The Page That Counts :: Spring 2005

Percent of Americans who say they have voluntarily made changes in their lives over the past five years that resulted in earning a smaller income: 49
Percent who are happy with the change: 60(1)
Number of seconds it takes for a new blog to be created somewhere in the world: 7.4(2)
Value of free drug samples passed out to doctors in the U.S. in 2002: $11.9 billion
Amount in sales of top-selling drugs prescribed to U.S. patients in 2002 for purposes not approved by the FDA: $12.9 billion
Number of drug company sales representatives for every seven doctors in the U.S. as of 2003: 1(3)
Number of FDA staff monitoring the safety of FDA-approved drugs for every 31 million prescriptions filled in the U.S.: 1(4)
Percent growth of businesses owned 51 percent or more by minority women from 1997–2004: 54.6
Percent growth of all U.S. privately owned businesses during that same period: 9
Sales generated in 2004 by the 1.4 million U.S. businesses majority-owned by women of color: $147 billion(5)
Weight of the moose that ran off a cliff in Norway and landed on Leo Henriksen's Mazda: 770 pounds(6)
Percent of voters who said the most urgent moral crisis facing the U.S. is materialism and greed: 33
Percent who said poverty and economic justice is our biggest moral crisis: 31
Percent who said gay marriage is the biggest moral crisis: 12
Percent who said the Iraq war was the issue that most affected their vote: 42
Percent who said gay marriage most affected their vote: 97
Percent of the U.S. homeless population made up of families with children: 40
Percent of requests for emergency shelter by U.S. homeless families that went unmet last year: 32(8)
Percent of U.S. police chiefs who believe that drug enforcement efforts have failed to reduce the drug problem: 67(9)
Length of the nail a misfiring nail gun shot into the roof of a construction worker's mouth: 4 inches
Number of days he was unaware what was causing his headache: 6
Amount of money he will owe the hospital due to lack of medical insurance: $80,000–100,000(10)
Year Social Security trustees in 1996 predicted the Social Security trust fund would be depleted: 2029
Year the trustees in 2000 predicted the trust fund would be depleted: 2037
Year the trustees in 2004 predicted the trust fund would be depleted: 2042(11)
Number of boys and girls age 11 and 12 strip-searched in a public charter school in Texas: 10
Amount of missing money the school was searching for: $10(12)
Percent decline of international graduate student applications in the U.S. from 2003–2004: 28
Percent of graduate schools taking policy action to address this drop: 72(13)
Number of galaxies discovered in 2004 by one research station across one-quarter of the sky: 110 million(14)
Estimated percent of the universe's matter not directly observable because it does not emit light: 90(15)

1. “The New American Dream Survey,” Center for a New American Dream, Widmeyer Research and Polling, August 2004, 2. 3. “Prescription For Trouble: Drugmakers pushing risky off-label uses on physicians,” by Alison Young, Chris Adams, researcher Tish Wells, Nov. 4, 2003, Knight
Ridder, 4. “American consumers suffering as more new drugs debut in U.S., analysis shows,” by Tony Pugh,
Seth Borenstein, researcher Tish Wells, Knight Ridder, Dec. 17, 2004, 5. Center for Women's Business Research, press release Nov. 16, 2004, 6. Aftenposten, Norway, Norwegian News in English, February 24, 2003, 7. “American voters say urgent moral issues are peace, poverty and greed,” Zogby International, Center for American Progress, Res Publica, and Pax Christie USA, Nov. 2004, 8. “The United States Conference of Mayors—Sodexho USA Hunger and Homelessness Survey 2004,” 9. “Drugs and Crime Across America: Police Chiefs Speak Out,” survey by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc., for Drug Strategies and Police Foundation, Dec. 2004, 10. “Cause of “toothache” was 4-inch nail in man's skull,” by Erin Gartner, Associated Press, Jan. 17, 2005, 11. “Issue Guide: Social Security,” the Economic Policy Institue, 12. “10 Young Students Strip-Searched in Texas,” Associated
Press, Jan. 7, 2005,;=383213 13. Council of Graduate Schools study, Sept. 7, 2004 press release,  14. “What Just Happened?” The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2004, p.WK10
15. Sloan Digital Sky Survey,