The Page that Counts :: Winter 2005

Percent of female representatives in the national legislature in Rwanda: 48.8
Percent in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: 21.6
Percent in the U.S.: 14.3(1)
Percent by which Abbott Labs increased the price of a month's supply of the AIDS drug Norvir in December 2003: 500 (to $250)
Percent Abbott CEO's bonus increased weeks later: 40 (to $1.75 million)(2)
Percent of Latin American immigrants' earnings that stay in their adopted communities in the U.S.: 93(3)
Percent of U.S. adult population who read one or more books in 2002: 56.6(4)
Tax bill for oil and gas drilling company Nabors Industries in 2001: $83.7 million
Tax bill in 2003 after Nabors reincorporated in Bermuda: $8.5 million
Number of U.S. oil and gas company subsidiaries incorporated in Bermuda: 126(5)
Number of Rainier beers a bear drank from a Washington state campground before passing out: 36
Number of Busch beers the bear drank before it switched to the local Rainier brand: 1(6)
Number of states that do not use the word “evolution” in their school science standards: 6(7)
Jail sentence Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia received for refusing to return to fight in Iraq: 1 year(8)
Jail sentence Specialist Armin J. Cruz received for abusing Abu Ghraib inmates: 8 months(9)
Number of beauty products, out of 72 studied, found to contain phthalates (toxic chemicals): 52
Number of these products that list the offending chemicals on the label: 0(10)
Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad in first-class: $40,000(11)
Percent of the nation's poor who live in the suburbs: 38.5
Percent who live in central cities: 40.6(12)
Salary and bonus that Fog Cutter Capital CEO Andrew Wiederhorn will draw while serving an 18-month federal prison sentence for two felonies: $2.5 million(13)
Amount that federal prison inmates earn per hour working at mandatory institution jobs: 12 to 40 cents(14)
Number of times the average person passes intestinal gas each day: 14 to 23
Amount of intestinal gas produced per person each day: 1 to 3 pints(15)
Number of drivers, out of 24, in a driving simulation who missed their exit while using a cell phone withheadset: 12
Number out of 24 drivers who missed their exit while talking to a passenger : 3
Number out of 48 drivers who missed their exit while driving only: 2(16)
Amount Iraq is paying Toys R Us in reparations resulting from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait: $189,449
Amount Iraq is paying Phillip Morris: $1.3 million
Amount Iraq is paying Halliburton: $18 million(17)
Number of Iraqi civilian deaths attributed to the 2003 invasion (through September 2004): 100,000(18)

1. Inter-Parliamentary Union, “Women in National Parliaments,” June 30, 2004, 2. Stephen Smith, “AIDS Drug's High Cost Spurs Doctor's Boycott,” The Boston Globe, March 19, 2004. 3. Inter-American Development Bank, “Sending Money Home: Remittances to Latin America from the U.S., 2004,” January/April, 2004, as sited by Joel Millman, “Immigrants Spend Earnings in U.S,” Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2004. 4. U.S. Census Bureau and the National Endowment for the Arts, “2002 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts,” July, 2003, 5. Center for Public Integrity, “Gimme Shelter (from Texas),” July 16, 2004, 6. “Bear Downs 36 Beers, Passes Out at Campground,” The Associated Press, August 19, 2004. 7. National Center for Science Education, “Georgia Regresses: Drops E-word,” February 1, 2004, and National Center for Science Education Deputy Director Glenn Branch via personal communication. 8. “Deserter GI Gets Year in Jail,” The Associated Press, May 21, 2004, 9. Norimitsu Onishi, “Military Specialist Pleads Guilty to Abuse and Is Jailed,” The New York Times, September 12, 2004, 10. Jane Houlihan, Charlotte Brody, and Bryony Schwan, “Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products & the FDA,” Environmental Working Group, Coming Clean, and Health Care without Harm, July 8, 2002, 11. American Airlines Spokesman Tim Wagner via personal communication. 12. U.S. Census Bureau, “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2003,” August 26,2004, 13. “Fog Cutter Replaces Auditor,” The Business Journal: Portland, September 8, 2004, 14. Federal Bureau of Prisons, “Inmate Programs and Services,” 15. National Institutes of Health, “Gas in the Digestive Tract,” March 2004, 16. Frank A. Drews, Monisha Pasupathi, and David L. Strayer, University of Utah, “Passenger and Cell-Phone Conversations in Simulated Driving,“ Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting – 2004, September, 2004, 17. Naomi Klein, “Now Here's a Good Reason for Invading Iraq,” Guardian Unlimited, October 16, 2004,,3604,1328664,00.html. 18. Les Roberts, Riyadh Lafta, Richard Garfield, Jamal Khudhairi, and Gilbert Burnham, “Mortality Before and After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq: Cluster Sample Survey,” The Lancet, November 6, 2004.

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