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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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Government Spending

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

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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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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Government Spending

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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Government Spending

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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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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Government Spending

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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Government Spending

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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Government Spending

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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Government Spending

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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Government Spending

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

How much do we spend on the military?

Military Spending By Country Over Time

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Government Spending

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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Government Spending

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 […]

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Government Spending

Americans Spend More on Weight Loss Products Than It Would Take to End World Hunger

Americans spend more than $60 billion annually to try to lose weight, on everything from paying for gym memberships and joining weight-loss programs to drinking diet soda. Resolving the global food crisis would cost $30 billion a year according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Government Spending

You’re 14 Times More Likely To Die of Cancer Than From an Opioid Overdose

You have a 1 in 96 chance of dying of an opioid overdose. You have a 1 in 7 chance of dying of cancer. It’s extremely easy to avoid dying from an overdose. Just don’t use opioids. So why is the opioid “epidemic” given so much more attention by politicians and the media?

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Government Spending

Less REM Sleep Linked to Dementia

The people who developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared with 20 percent for those who did not develop dementia. The researchers found that for every 1-percent reduction in REM sleep, there was a 9-percent increase in the risk of dementia. Do you know how to […]

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Government Spending

How much does the US spend on the military compared to the rest of the world?

The US accounts for about 37 percent of total global military spending, but only represents 4.4 percent of the world’s population. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37% of total global military spending.