Over 500 species of insects and mites on U.S. farms now resist chemical controls, along with over 150 viruses. Over 300 weed species resist all herbicides.
In 1965, U.S. farmers used 335 million pounds of pesticides. In 1999 they used 985 million pounds. This is 3.5 pounds of chemicals for each person in America; 20 percent of these pesticides are reported by the Environmental Protection Agency to be carcinogenic in humans.
U.S. farmers produce 3,900 calories per U.S. citizen every day. Twice what a person needs and 700 calories per day more than were produced in 1980.
(Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.)
The number of people that have bled green blood at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital: 1
Sami Al-Hajj, a Sudanese photographer for Al-Jazeera and Guantanamo Bay prisoner #345, reached the 250th day of his hunger strike on September 13, 2007. He was arreseted 6 years ago in December of 2001 and has never been charged with or tried for any crime.
He is close to becoming the 5th detainee at the U.S. naval base to take his own life.
At age 84, a man in Kenya became the oldest person in the world to start primary school. Primary education fees were dropped in Kenya in 2003.
During the first 8 months of 2007, 25 percent of all domestic flights arrived late.
On August 31, 52,840 domestic flights were cancelled.
(The New York Times, September 17, 2007: “Seeking Relief: Sizing Up the Alternatives As Summer’s Air Delays Threaten to Stretch into Fall”)
The war in Iraq has cost $600 billion for U.S. taxpayers.
U.S. monthly spending in Iraq, 2007: $12 billion
U.S. daily spending in Iraq, 2007: more than $200 million.
Cost of deploying one U.S. soldier for one year in Iraq: $390,000.
As of September 12, 2007, 3,777 U.S. soldiers have been killed and 27,848 have been seriously wounded.
In 1900, corporations spent $450 million on advertising. In 2005 advertising budgets were nearly $300 billion.
CEOs made 42 times what their employees did in 1980. In 2005 they made 411 times.
(Yes! Magazine, Fall 2007: “Just the Facts”)