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Economics Federal Reserve Government Spending

When the government prints new money, who gets it?

The primary recipients of newly created money are currently banks and corporations who are able to borrow from the Fed almost 0% interest and loan this to the public at much higher interest rates.

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Healthcare

Depression Rates Correlate Highly with Changes in Diet and Autoimmune Disease

The increase in depression is most correlated with the increase in inflammatory autoimmune diseases and with significant changes in the western diet.

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Democracy

Democracy Gonna Make You Rich, Bitch!

A country that switches from non-democracy to democracy achieves about 20% higher GDP per capita over the next 30 years.

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Politics

Most Voters Believe Their Own Party Will Win

A 2008 and 2016 poll of voters showed wishful thinking bias led a majority of people to believe their favored candidate was going to win.

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Economics Healthcare

How much does it cost to develop a drug?

The average cost of getting a new drug to market is $1.3 billion.

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Economics Utilitarianism

A World Run By Economists

If only economists could run for office, the the compound interest on more efficient resource allocation, would have produced a utopia with flying cars by now.

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Economics

How to Identify the Bottom of a Stock Market Correction

This chart shows when the cost of the average stock (the S&P 500) exceeds its underlying value (corporate profits after taxes).

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Economics

Long-Term Trends in Human Well-Being

For millennia, everything sucked. Then something magical happened!

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Government Spending

USPS Has Received Over $45 Billion from Taxpayers to Reduce the Cost of Junk Mail, Killing Billions of Trees

100 million trees and $178 billion worth of time could be saved every year by not subsidizing junk mail.

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Military

We Have Enough Nuclear Bombs to Kill EVERYONE 2.6 Times

A 10 kiloton nuclear weapon can kill 1.32 million people.  The 15,000 nuclear weapons globally could cause 19,500 megadeaths.

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Healthcare

Free Advanced Interpretation of Your 23andMe Raw Data

Free tools to discover important and useful clinical research about your DNA.

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Healthcare Utilitarianism

How many NET lives does the FDA save?

The NET outcome of lives saved minus lives lost is likely between 11,000 and 115,000 additional deaths each decade due to added delays and costs of the regulatory process.

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Science

How much of our DNA is useless junk?

At least 75 percent of the human genome consists of non-functional, junk DNA. The functional portion of the human genome probably constitutes only about 10 to 15 percent of our overall DNA.

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Economics

US Stock Market Grew 3 Times Faster Under Obama Than Trump

U.S. stocks gained 21% for the first two years of the Trump administration. versus 71.2% in the first two years of the Obama administration.

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Drug War

What is the cause of the opioid crisis?

Deaths from opioids have increased by 753% since 1999, but deaths from cocaine and methamphetamines have increased by approximately 456% during this same time.

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Statistics

What was the population when the United States was established?

There were about 2.5 million people living in the United States’ original 13 States in 1776.

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Politics

Has political power become more decentralized over time?

Over the last 60 years, the number of democracies has doubled and the number of autocracies has been cut in half.

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Economics

How much money is there in the world?

In 2017, the entire world produced about $127.8 trillion of wealth (GDP). 

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Statistics

How much time do people spend consuming news?

The average American spends about 70 minutes per day consuming news.

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Economics

What percent of economists support protectionist tariffs?

0% of economists expressed support for tariffs in a recent poll.

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Terrorism

How many Americans are killed by terrorists?

3,222 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks from 9/11/2001 through 12/31/2016, including perpetrators and excluding deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq. 3,081 of these deaths occurred on American soil. 2,902 of these deaths occurred during the attacks on September 11, 2001. This is an average of 214 deaths per year. As of August 2016, the […]

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Health

How many people have Alzheimer’s disease?

Worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s or related dementia. An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018. The NIH spent $1.9 billion on Alzheimer’s research in 2018. This comes out to $327 per victim.

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Government Spending Military

How much do we spend on the military?

Military Spending By Country Over Time

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Productivity

Prioritize Your To-Do List By Converting To Present Value

Prioritize Your To-Do List By Converting Costs and Benefits To Present Value There is an infinite number of ways you can spend your most valuable resource, time. How can you decide what the most cost-effective way to spend your time is? By converting the returns of each activity to its present value and picking the activity […]

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Health

Fecal Transplant Reduces Autism Symptoms 45%

Research has also found that autistic children often experience chronic gastrointestinal problems a lot more frequently than children without autism. This has led scientists to explore whether microbiota transfer therapy (MTT) — can help solve gastrointestinal issues and affect other autism markers. MTT involves collecting, processing, and freezing the fecal material of healthy people, and […]