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The Page That Counts :: Summer 1998

Number of homeless in a recent US survey who cite gambling as a cause of their situation: 1 in 5

Percentage who believe that the prevalence of gambling opportunities makes it difficult

for them to put their lives back together: 70% 1

Number of homeless people in the US estimated to be suffering

from severe and persistent mental illness: 22%-48% 2

 

Number of people killed in the US in highway accidents: 42,000

Number of highway deaths in the US attributed to “road rage”: 28,000 3

 

Factor by which male readership of Sports Illustrated increases for the swimsuit edition: 2 4

Approximate amount the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue will net

in tobacco and alcohol advertising: $4.28 million

Amount the Miller Brewing Company paid for a 12-page beer ad

in the 1997 swimsuit issue: $2.1 million 5

 

Estimated profit that would be earned by a YES!  swimsuit issue featuring staff and

volunteers in trendy beachwear: minus $1,250 6

 

Percentage of US junior high and high schools that require students to view Channel One,

a 12-minute daily news and advertising program: 40%

Percentage of Channel One time devoted to commercials: 16%

Amount of money Channel One costs taxpayers annually in lost classroom time: $1.8 billion 7

 

Amount upon birth that a child in Tanzania owes to international creditors: $250 8

 

Percentage increase of lawyers in Washington, DC, in the past seven years: 23%

Number of lawyers currently in Washington, DC: 68,328, (or 1 for every 8 residents) 9

 

Probability that a Banks, Georgia, resident will be an Elvis fan,

compared to the average American: 250 times 10

 

Amount the average 50 year-old American has saved for retirement: $2,300 11

 

Number of the 17 major world fishing areas that have reached or exceeded their natural limits: 17

Portion of fish caught worldwide that are ground up and fed to livestock: 1/3 12

 

 

Sources: 1. Moon, Duncan, “New Statistics Suggest Link Between Gambling, Homelessness,” The Christian Science Monitor, 16 March 1998. 2. Wall, C. Edward et. al. eds. A Matter of Fact, vol. 25, Ann Arbor: Pieran Press, 1997. 3. Montague, Peter. Rachel's Health & Environment Weekly, no. 578 (25 December 1997). 4. “Harper's Index,” Harper's Magazine, February 1998. 5. Scherer, Ron, “Ads for Tobacco and Alcohol Swamp New Swimsuit Issue,” The Christian Science Monitor, 12 March 1998. 6. van Gelder, Sarah. Interview by Tracy Rysavy. Bainbridge Island, WA, 8 April 1998. 7. The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education. “Channel One in Schools Costs Taxpayers $1.8 Billion per Year,” Oakland, CA, 1998 (press release). 8. The Progressive Review Online, no. 78 (17 March 1998). 9. The Progressive Review, no. 352 (December 1997). 10. Edmonson, Brad. “Elvis Lives Again,” American Demographics, January 1998. 11. The President's Council on Sustainable Development, Population & Consumption Task Force Report, 1997. 12. EarthSave. “Save the Earth One Bite at a Time,” Seattle, WA, 1998, (press release).

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