The Page That Counts :: Fall 2007

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Percentage of female representatives in national legislatures around the globe in 1990: 12
Percentage in 2006: 17 [1]

Percentage of fast food restaurants with more bacteria in their ice than in their toilets, as tested by a Florida 7th grader: 70 [2]

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Percentage of studies reporting favorable results for a medication if they are funded by the drug's producers: 80
Percentage reporting favorable results if funded by a pharmaceutical competitor: 30
Percentage reporting favorable results if conducted with no industry support: 50 [3]

Percentage chance that a given gene in your body is patented and privately owned: 20 [4]
Number of human pathogens privately owned, including haemophilus influenza and Hepatitis C: 20 [5]

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Number of states that don't require adult drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts: 1
Percentage of 2006 traffic fatalities in that state (New Hampshire) not wearing a seatbelt at the time of accident: 77 [6]

Percentage of adults who say Medicare should negotiate with drug companies for lower prices: 79
Number of seniors and disabled Americans who receive drug coverage through Medicare: 22 million [7]
Percentage of senators who, last April, voted in opposition of legislation to renegotiate Medicare drug prices: 55 [8]

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Amount, in dollars, “sustaining contributors” donate monthly to Scooter Libby's defense fund to “clear his name”: 25-1,000 [9]
Dollars required to supplement the diet of a four-member family for one month through the charity Feed The Children: 20 [10]

Dimensions, in feet, of the shack London squatter Harry Hallowes calls home: 8x12
Years the 70 year-old Hallowes has squatted there: 21
Assessed value, in pounds, of the land given to Hallowes by the Land Registry after he invoked squatter's rights: 2 million [11]

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Winning distance, in feet, of 2006 “Punkin Chunkin” contest, in which competitors fling pumpkins with trebuchets and catapults: 3870.50 [12]

Average payout, in dollars, to the families of innocent Afghans killed by Marines: 2,000 [13]
Average payout, in dollars, to 9/11 victims and victims' families: 1.7million [14]

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Summer 2007

Amount the federal government allots to abstinence-only education per year: $170 million
Percentage of Americans who favor comprehensive sex education over an abstinence-only curriculum: 82

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Spring 2007

Amount spent per year worldwide on bottled water: $100 billion
Amount per year needed to meet the United Nations' goal of giving everyone access to drinkable water by 2015: $11.3 billion


  1. “The Millennium Development Goals Report 2006,” United Nations, retrieved June, 2007.

  2. "Fast Food Ice Dirtier than Toilet Water," ABC News, February 20, 2007.

  3. “Relationship between drug company funding and outcomes of clinical psychiatric research,”Igor Galynker, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, 2006

  4. "Someone (Other Than You) May Own Your Genes," Denise Caruso, New York Times, January 28, 2007.

  5. "Patenting Life," Michael Crichton, New York Times, February 13, 2007.

  6. "The time has come to pass seat-belt law," Editorial staff, The Nashua Telegraph, May 27, 2007.

  7. "Americans back price negotiations on Medicare drugs," Christopher Lee,The Washington Post, December 9, 2006.

  8. "Bill to let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices is Blocked," Robert Pear, New York Times, April 18, 2007.

  9. The official web site of the Libby Legal Defense Trust, .

  10. Figures based on averages and confirmed by organization headquarters.

  11. “Tramp wins rights to prime land,” BBC News, May 24, 2007.

  12. The official web site of the Punkin Chunkin World Championship, .

  13. “U.S. Pays and Apologizes to Kin of Afghans Killed by Marines,” David S. Cloud, New York Times, May 9, 2007.

  14. “September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Claims' Deadline Approaches,”Department of Justice, Nov. 25, 2003.

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