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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How much time do people spend consuming news?

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

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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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How much do we spend on the military?

Military Spending By Country Over Time

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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How much does the government spend per person?

The entire US Federal Budget alone is $4.4 trillion and the US population is 328,316,410. Dividing the US budget by the US population produces $13,401 in federal spending per American. $1.87 trillion in state spending produces $5,695 per person in state government spending. $1.99 trillion in local spending produces $6,061 per person in local government spending. Total […]

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How much does the average American pay in Taxes?

The average American pays $10,489 in “personal taxes,” representing 14% of the average household’s total income. This $10,489 includes: federal income taxes state income taxes personal property taxes vehicle taxes other small taxes However, the entire US Federal Budget alone is $4.4 trillion and the US population is 328,316,410.

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Anti-Terrorism Spending 50,000 Times More Than on Any Other Cause of Death

The US spends more than $500 million per victim on anti-terrorism efforts. However, cancer research spending is only $10,000 per victim. Evolutionary psychology may offer an explanation for this irrational threat amplification.

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Financial Sector Costs Us More than Any Other Sector In Economy

The financial sector receives more of the average paycheck than any other sector of the economy.  Its share of the economy totals $2 trillion dollars. In 1985, the financial sector earned less than 16% of domestic corporate profits.  Today, it’s over 40%. In the 1960s, finance and insurance accounted for only 4% of GDP, whereas in 2007 […]

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There’s a 0.00001% Chance that Your Vote Will Matter

There’s less than a 0.00001% chance that your vote will be the tiebreaker that decides the outcome of a national elections.You are more likely to be injured in a car accident driving to the polls (0.002% chance). Hence, if you are trying to make a practical improvement in your life and those of your loved ones, it is much more rational to just stay home on election day.

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Governments Spend $1.8 Trillion Murdering Us and Destroying Our Property Annually

World governments are spending $1.8 TRILLION each year finding ways to murder us and destroy our property.

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NEWS FLASH: US Government Wastes $1.5 Trillion on Devastating Drug War

Dear President Obama, I know you’re very busy, so I’m very sorry to bother you with this. However, I think what I have to say too important for you to ignore.  I appreciate that you are trying to make the world a better place. I respect you as a person. Against all adversity you have achieved some very amazing […]

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$2.3 Trillion Missing from Pentagon

On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, “the adversary’s closer to home. It’s the Pentagon bureaucracy,” he said. He said money wasted by the military poses a serious threat. “In fact, it could be said it’s a matter of life and death,” he said. Rumsfeld promised change but […]

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Every World Statistic You Could Ever Dream Of (In Real Time)!

A multitude of constantly updated world statistics that puts the current state of human existence—on this lonely blue orb—in tidy perspective!