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Percentage of Americans who rated dealing with the nation's energy problem a top priority in 2003: 40
Percentage in 2006: 58

Amount willed to the U.S. Treasury by a 98 year-old widow to help pay off the national debt: $1.1 million (2)
Total amount of the U.S. national debt: $8.4 trillion (3)

Number of job openings at a new Wal-Mart outside Chicago: 325
Number of people who applied: 24,500 (4)

Percentage of U.S. troops serving in Iraq who believe the U.S. should exit the country in 2006: 72
Percentage who said that the U.S. mission is mainly "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the 9-11 attacks": 85 (5)

Percentage of 600 full-time MBA programs across six continents that required one or more courses in ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or business and society in 2001: 34
Percentage in 2005: 54 (6)

Percentage of injections, in a Dublin study, that did not properly penetrate the buttocks due to fat tissue: 68 (7)

Number of times the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has met since it was created in 2004: 0 (8)

Number of U.S. universities placed on a Pentagon watch list as a national security threat because they hosted on-campus protests against military recruitment: 8 (9)

Amount in student loans the average U.S. student borrower will owe at graduation: $17,600 (10)

Percentage of students whose federal student loan debt burden at graduation is "unmanageable": 39(11)
Number of paid hours per week a student borrower at a public, four-year university works: 22.8(12)

Total value of socially responsible investments in the U.S. in 1995: $639 billion
Total value in 2005: $2.29 trillion(13)

Average annual cost of regular checking at the 300 largest banks: $266
At small community banks: $191
At credit unions: $101(14)

Estimated number of babies born to women in U.S. prisons each year: 2,000
Number of state corrections departments that expressly allow shackling of pregnant prisoners during labor: 23
Number of women in labor who have escaped or attempted to escape: 0 (15)

Amount of money spent by the Bush administration on public relations and media contracts over the last two and a half years: $1.62 billion
Amount of that spent by the Department of Defense: $1.1 billion(16)

Number of karate club members hired at a New Zealand rally to protect 140 vintage cars against pecking by native parrots attracted to shiny objects: 40 (17)

Percentage of Americans who agreed that buying and consuming is the American way in 1995: 89 (18)
Percentage who agreed in 2004: 40 (19)


1. "Both Reds and Blues Go Green on Energy", Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, February 28, 2006, The Associated Press

2. "Woman leaves entire estate to pay down national debt", Akron Beacon Journal, January 20, 2006,

3. Bureau of the Public Debt, April 10, 2006,

4. Leslie Baldacci, "Thousands apply for jobs at new Wal-Mart", Chicago Sun-Times, January 26, 2006,

5. "U.S. Troops in Iraq", Le Moyne College/Zogby International, February 28, 2006,

6. "Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2005: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship", World Resource Insitute and Aspen Institute, 2005, pdf/2005_beyond_grey_pinstripes.pdf

7. "Obesity stops jabs hitting target", BBC News, November 29, 2005,

8. Richard B. Schmitt, "Privacy Guardian is Still a Paper Tiger", Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2006,,0,4164820,full.story

9. Meg Rafferty, "Pentagon singles out schools as security threats", The Daily Free Press, January 24, 2006,

10. Heather Boushey, "Student Debt: Bigger and Bigger", Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 2005,

11. Tracey King and Ellynne Bannon, "The Burden of Borrowing: A Report on the Rising Rates of Student Loan Debt", State PIRGs' Higher Education Project, March 2002,

12. Heather Boushey, "Student Debt: Bigger and Bigger", Center for Economic and Policy Research

13. "2005 Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States", Social Investment Forum, January 24, 2006, research/trends/sri_trends_report_2005.pdf

14. "Big Banks, Bigger Fees: A National Survey of Bank Fees", U.S. PIRG, November 1, 2001,

15. Adam Liptak, "Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor", The New York Times, March 2, 2006,

16. "Media Contracts: Activities and Financial Obligations for Seven Federal Departments", U.S. General Accountability Office, February 13, 2006,

17. "Heavies fight off 'feathered terrorists'", The New Zealand Herald, February 2, 2006,

18. "Yearning for Balance: Views of Americans on Consumption, Materialism, and the Environment", Merck Family Fund, July 1995,

19. "New American Dream Poll", Center for a New American Dream, 2004,

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