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The Page That Counts :: Fall 1999

Number of gallons of fuel lawn and garden equipment users spill each year: 17 million 1
Number of gallons of fuel spilled in Prince William Sound by the Exxon Valdez: 11 million  2
Number of children in US public schools who report being bullied at least once a week: 1 in 10 3
Number of US cities currently in violation of federal standards for ground-level ozone smog: Nearly 100
Percentage by which asthma-related emergency visits increase
on days when ozone levels are high: up to 36%  4
Percentage of US citizens who “grow increasingly angry” when placed on hold by a business they have telephoned: 41%
Percentage of US citizens who cite having to listen to music they don't like while on hold as a “serious problem”: 51% 5
Amount a London-based insurance company pays on a policy if the insured party becomes impregnated by aliens: $333,000 6
Percentage of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, families who earn $12 or less per hour: 20%
Number of families in Milwaukee earning $12 or less an hour who could afford the median price of a home in any of Milwaukee's 77 suburbs: 0 7
Number of Parkinson's patients who had fetal tissue implanted in their brains for a 1998 surgery trial at the University of Colorado: 20
Number of Parkinson's patients in the trial who had four holes
drilled in their heads but nothing implanted: 20 8
Amount the average prison laborer makes with no benefits or vacations: 11 cents per hour
Percentage of prison industry leaders who said profit was the most important outcome of prison labor: 39%
Percentage who cited rehabilitation as the most important outcome of prison labor: 12%  9

Amount female international volleyball teams are fined per game for not competing in regulation skin-tight briefs and tops: $3,000
Number of US women's volleyball teams that consistently flouted the rule in protest during the 1998 season: 6
Number of times the Cuban women's volleyball team has been able to afford to break the rule, according to Adbusters: 0  10

Number of Americans killed by automobiles each year: 41,000 11
Number of Americans who die each year from adverse reactions to prescription drugs: 106,000 12
Number of pharmaceutical drugs found in a “typical water sample”around the world, according to German scientists: 30 to 60 13

Sources: 1. Cook, Stephanie, “The Grass is Greener ... on My Side of the Fence,” The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 1999. 2. Bonnell, Michael, et al., “Assessing the Threats of Oil Spills to Southern Sea Otters,” Endangered Species Update, vol. 13, no. 12, Dec. 1996. 3. Schor, Juliet, The Overspent American, cited by the Center for a New American Dream, “Responsible Consumption Quiz,” 1999. 4. “Smog Alert: Is Your City Safe from Ozone Pollution?” RTNDF Environmental Issues Bulletin, no. 5, April 1999. 5. Roper Starch Inc., “Please Hold,” In Roper Poll file [database online]. 6. The Portland Oregonian, cited in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 31 March 1999.  7. “Poor People Not Welcome,” Rethinking Schools, vol. 13, no. 4, Summer 1999. 8. Shepherd, Chuck, “News of the Weird,” 1999. 9. Smith, Sam, “Prison Slavery,” The Progressive Review, 18 June, 1999. 10. Casey, Allan. “Specto Sports,” Adbusters, Spring 1999. 11. Hollings, Earnest F., “Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions,” Congressional Record Daily, Ed. V143N132, 29 Sept. 1997. 12. Montague, Peter, RACHEL'S Health & Environment Weekly, no. 632, 7 January 1999. 13. “More Water Pollution,” The Ecologist, vol. 78, no. 6, Nov./Dec. 1998.
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