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The Page That Counts :: Fall 2004

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Number of inches by which Europeans exceed European-Americans in height: 2 (1)

Number of pounds by which American suburbanites exceed American city dwellers

in weight: 6 (2)

Number of miles driven per day per resident in Los Angeles: 23

In Seattle: 26

In New York City: 14 (3)

Percent of the 7 million pet reptiles in U.S. homes that carry salmonella: 94 (4)

Percent of Americans who believe Americans have “too much freedom to speak freely”: 12 (5)

Number of new secrets the Oval Office classified last year: 14 million

Approximate percent of these secrets, according to the National Security Archive, whose

classification was “dubious in the extreme” (including Augusto Pinochet's favorite liquor beverages, Scotch and Pisco Sours): 90 (6)

Fraction of prisoners now serving a life sentence in the United States: 1 in 11

Fraction of those prisoners who have no option of parole: 1 in 4

Number of prisoners serving a life sentence in Michigan alone, for crimes committed between the ages of 14 and 16: 146 (7)

Number of the 2000 Bush campaign's 241 Pioneers (fundraisers who raised at least $100,000) appointed to federal posts: 99 (8)

Number of feature stories that major television networks aired on the March for Women's Lives of April 2004, which had an estimated turnout of 1.15 million: 6

Number of feature stories aired on the Promise Keepers' march of October 1997, which had an estimated turnout of 750,000: 19 (9)

Amount that Catholic clergy in Europe, the U.S., and Canada pay clergy in India to perform a  ritual prayer request: $5.00 to $10.00 (10)

Number of board feet of lumber buried each year in U.S. cemeteries: 30 million (11)

Number of 2,000-square-foot homes this would construct: 15,000 (12)

Number of times more money the Department of Homeland Security gives Wyoming per resident to prevent terrorism than it gives New York: 7 (13)

Amount of money taken from the Department of Energy's solar, renewables, and energy

conservation budget to pay for 10,000 copies of the White House 2001 energy plan: $135,615 (14)

Tons of lead waste that the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center shooting range has prevented in six years, since switching to “green” bullets made of iron and copper: 35 (15)

Age at which U.S. children begin asking for brand name products: 3 (16)


1. John Komlos, Marieluise Bauer, “From the Tallest to (One of) the Fattest: The Enigmatic Fate of the American Population in the 20th Century,” 2. Reid Ewing, Tom Schmid, and Richard Killingsworth, “Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Physical Activity, Obesity, and Morbidity,” p. 52, American Journal of Health Promotion, September/October, 2003. 3. Bob Dunphy, “Who Drives Most/Least Among U.S. Regions?,” Highway Information Quarterly Newsletter,, October 2002. 4. Jonathan Mermin, Lori Hutwagner, and Duc Vugia, “Reptiles, Amphibians, and Human Salmonella Infection: A Population-Based, Case-Control Study,” p. 6, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Infectious Diseases, 5. State of the First Amendment Survey, p. 25, First Amendment Center Online, 6. “Dubious Secrets: National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book no. 90”, ed. Jeffrey Richelson, William Burr, and Thomas Blanton,, May 21, 2003. 7. Marc Mauer, Ryan S. King, and Malcolm C. Young, “The Meaning of Life: Long-Term Prison Sentences in Context,” The Sentencing Project,, May, 2004. 8. “Payola Pioneering: Exposing the Bush Pioneer/Ranger Networks,” Texans for Public Justice, 9. “Action Alert: Women's March Coverage Hard to Find on Television News,” Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR),, May 3, 2004. 10. Saritha Rai, “Short on Priests, U.S. Catholics Outsource Prayers to Indian Clergy,” New York Times, June 13, 2004. 11. Mary Woodsen, Pre-Posthumous Society,, compiled from statistics by Casket and Funeral Association of America, Cremation Association of North America, Doric Inc., and Rainforest Action Network. 12. Al Heavens, “Lumber Tariffs Could Boost New Home Prices,” Realty Times, June 6, 2002. 13. Elizabeth Kolbert, “Risk Management,” The New Yorker, May 31, 2004. 14. Tom Doggett, “Bush Tapped Solar Energy Funds to Print Energy Plan,” Reuters, Friday, March 29, 2002. 15. “Ammunition,” Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, 16. “New Poll Shows Marketing to Kids Taking its Toll on Parents, Families,” Center for a New American Dream, 1999,
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