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The Page That Counts :: Spring 2008

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Italian street sign for bicyclist

Amount of its roads budget that Copenhagen devotes to services and infrastructure for cyclists: 1/3 [1]

Amount of money that a community gains for every mile biked instead of driven: 50 cents [2]

Benefit to Norwegian society for each physically inactive citizen who chooses to bike or walk to work: $4,500 - $5,900 [3]


Number of jobs created by spending $1 billion on defense: 8,555

Number of jobs created by spending $1 billion on health care: 10,779

Number of jobs created by spending $1 billion on education: 17,687

Number of jobs created by spending $1 billion on mass transit: 19,795 [4]


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Percentage of American high-schoolers who report extreme daytime sleepiness: 59

Percentage of high school seniors that average at least eight hours of sleep a night: 5 [5]


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Percentage of people in the U.S. who said they were satisfied with the state of their nation in 2002: 41

Percentage of people in the U.S. who said they were satisfied with the state of their nation in 2007: 25

Percentage of people in Latin America who said they were satisfied with the state of their nation in 2002: 7

Percentage of people in Latin America who said they were satisfied with the state of their nation in 2007: 34 [7]


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Distance from which a blue whale’s heartbeat can be detected: 2 miles

Number of pounds a blue whale calf can gain in an hour: 8 [6]


Percentage of major media stories about the 2008 presidential elections that focused on political, financial, and tactical aspects of the campaign: 63

Percentage that focused on the personal backgrounds of candidates: 17

Percentage that focused on the ideas and policy proposals of candidates: 15

Percentage that focused on records and past public performance of candidates: 1 [8]


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Pounds of carrots an average American consumed annually in 1985, the year before the invention of the peeled “baby carrot”: 9.63

Per capita carrot consumption, in pounds, at its peak in 1998: 18.16 [9]


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Amount by which U.S. rice production was subsidized in 2003: $1,279,000,000

Percentage below production costs at which U.S. rice was exported to Honduras in 2003: 40

Percentage by which U.S. rice prices in Central America will further drop under CAFTA quotas: 20

Percentage of Honduran rice farmers who have lost their jobs due to U.S. rice dumping: 92 [10]


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Percentage of Iranians who favor normal relations and trade with the United
States: 68
Percentage of Iranians who strongly support a
democratic system: 79



  1. “Livable Copenhagen: The Design of a Bicycle City,” Alyse Nelson, Center for Public Space Research, Copenhagen, 2007.
    This is a 7mb pdf file and will take a while to load depending on your internet connection.

  2. “Quantifying the Benefits of Non-Motorized Transportation for Achieving Mobility Management Objectives,” Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, November 30, 2004.

  3. “Walking- and cycling track networks in Norwegian cities: Cost-benefit analyses including health effects and external costs of road traffic,” Kjartan Sælensminde, Instituute of Transport Economics, 2002.

  4. “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities,” Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Dept of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 2007.

  5. “2006 Sleep in America Poll Summary of Findings,” National Sleep Foundation, 2006.

  6. “Endangered Species: Blue Whale,” World Wildlife Fund.

  7. “A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World,” Pew Global Attitudes Project, July 24, 2007.

  8. “The Invisible Primary—Invisible No Longer,” Project for Excellence in Journalism, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, October 29, 2007.

  9. “Factors Affecting Carrot Consumption in the United States,” Gary Lucier and Biing-Hwan Lin, USDA, March 2007.

  10. “A Raw Deal for Rice under DR-CAFTA,” Oxfam International, November 16 2004. 


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