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The Page That Counts :: Fall 2005

Number of people on the U.S. “no-fly” list in September 2004: 19,000

Number of people on the list in April 2005: 31,000(1)

 

Number of times Senator Ted Kennedy was stopped and questioned at airports in March 2004 because  his name appeared on the list: 5(2)

 

Percent of American children expelled from school before they reach kindergarten: 6.67(3)

 

Average annual health care costs of an elderly person with income under $10,000/year: $14,692

Average annual health care costs of an elderly person with income over $30,000/year: $8,855(4)

 

Average amount each American spends on health care each year: $4,887

Average amount each Canadian spends on health care each year: $2,702(5)

 

Number of the 44 attempted gun purchases by people on the FBI terrorist watch list that the FBI failed to prevent last year: 35(6)

 

Number of interstate highways in Hawaii: 4

Number in Puerto Rico: 3(7)

 

Percent of Americans who say they do not follow international news because they lack background knowledge: 65

Percent of Americans who say they do not follow international news because there is too much war and violence: 42(8)

 

Percent of National Guard and reservists who could not be deployed last year because they had serious dental problems: 20

Percent of National Guard members without dental insurance: 40(9)

 

Number of U.S. newborns named Lexus since 2000: 1,495

The name's popularity rank: 792(10)

 

Shrinking of glaciers in the Alps each year since 1970: 1%

Years until the Alpine glaciers melt completely, if summers continue to be hot and dry: 50

Size of the blanket that a Swiss ski resort is using to try to save its glacier: 3–4,000 square meters(11)

 

Number of peer-reviewed articles on climate change published in scientific journals between 1993 and 2003 that disputed the reality of human-caused global warming: 0(12)

 

Number of American medical schools, out of 126 surveyed, that required students to take a course on death and dying before graduation: 4(13)

 

Miles per gallon that the Toyota Prius hybrid gets, city/highway: 60/51

Miles per gallon that the Ford Escape hybrid gets: 36/31

Miles per gallon that the Chevy Silverado hybrid gets: 18/21(14)

 

Percent increase in sales of the Prius over the last year: 21.3(15)

 

Number of times a moose rang a family's doorbell in Buvikåsen, Norway, before giving up: 2(16)

 

1. Brian Bennett, “Air Safety: Extending the No-Fly Zone,” Time, April 25, 2005, www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1050224,00.html. 2. Sara Kehaulani Goo, “Sen. Kennedy Flagged by No-Fly List,” The Washington Post, August 20, 2004, www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17073-2004Aug19.html. 3. Yale Child Study Center, “Pre-K Students Expelled at More than Three Times the Rate of K-12 Students,” May 17, 2005, http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/. 4. The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, “Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-Being,” www.agingstats.gov/chartbook2004/healthcare .html#Indicator%2029. 5. Paul Krugman, “America's Failing Health,” The New York Times, August 27, 2004, www.pkarchive.org/column/082704.html. 6. United

States Government Accountability Office, “Gun Control and Terrorism: FBI Could Better Manage Gun-Related Background Checks Involving Terrorist Watch List Records,” January 2005 lautenberg.senate.gov/images/GAO%20on%20terrorists%20and%20guns.pdf. 7. U.S. Department of Transportation, “Interstates in Hawaii:

Are we Crazy???” May 7, 2005, www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/hawaii.htm. 8. Pew Research Center, “Public's News Habits Little Changed by September 11,”

June 9, 2002, http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=156. 9. The Associated Press, “Dental Problems Take a Bite Out of Deployment,” The

Navy Times, May 23, 2005, www.navytimes.com/story.php?f=1-213101-866910.php. 10. Social Security Online, “Most Popular 1000 Names of the 2000s

through 2004,” www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/decades/names2000s.html. 11. Reuters, “Swiss Put Glacier Under Wraps to Slow Ice Melt,” www.alertnet.org/

thenews/newsdesk/L10260973.htm. 12. Naomi Oreskes, “Undeniable Global Warming,” The Washington Post, December 26, 2004, www.washingtonpost.com/

wp-dyn/articles/A26065-2004Dec25.html. 13. Karen Orloff Kaplan  and Christopher Lukas, Staying In Charge: Practical Plans for the End of Your Life

(New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2004), p.13. 14. U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, “New Hybrid Vehicles Increase

Gas-Saving Options for Consumers” www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hybrid_news.shtml. 15. The Auto Channel, “Toyota USA Reports April 2005 Best-Ever Sales

Month,” May 3, 2005, www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/05/03/057818.html.  16. Aftenposten, Norway, Norwegian News in English, “Moose

Rings Twice,” March 4, 2005, www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article986065.ece.

 

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