Fun Facts

In the first decade of this century, America lost 56,190 factories, 15 a day.
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18911/murdering_american_manufacturing_TPP

The scale of workers’ insecurity since the economic crisis is revealed in research showing that 32% believed that there was a risk of losing their jobs and 38% were anxious that their pay would be cut. Many workers also feared arbitrary dismissal and loss of autonomy and pay, as well as discrimination and victimisation by management.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/s-aat030116.php

China accounted for just 3 percent of global manufacturing output in 1990. Today it produces almost a quarter, including 80 percent of all air conditioners, 71 percent of all mobile phones, and 63 percent of the world’s shoes.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601215/china-is-building-a-robot-army-of-model-workers/#/set/id/601326/

Chinese steel production has expanded hugely. Over the past 25 years, output has grown more than 12-fold. By comparison, the EU’s output fell by 12% while the US’s remained largely flat.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36099043

Beijing now had 100 billionaires living in the city, 5 more than New York. China now has more billionaires than any other country
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-35672287

GM paid $904M more in taxes to China than the US in 2015
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/03/31/wheres-presidential-debate-on-gms-crony-capitalism.html

About 16.1 percent of China’s land is polluted. This amount of land is equal to more than twice the size of Spain. 19.4 percent of arable land in China is polluted. 82.8% of contaminated lands are polluted by pollutants like Arsenic, Cadmium, and Nickel.
http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/pollution-a-huge-problem-in-china/

More than 80 percent of the water from underground wells used by farms, factories and households across the heavily populated plains of China is unfit for drinking or bathing because of contamination from industry and farming.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/world/asia/china-underground-water-pollution.html?_r=2

Delhi has 8.5 million vehicles and with car sales soaring in India, 1,400 extra cars are added to the capital’s streets every day.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36051628

Syria’s drought has likely been its worst in 900 years.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/syrias-drought-worst-900-years-20087

Water availability in India’s 91 reservoirs is at its lowest in a decade, with stocks at 29% of their total storage capacity. Some 85% of the country’s drinking water comes from aquifers, but their levels are falling.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35888535

Children spend less time outside than prison inmates.
http://www.treehugger.com/culture/children-spend-less-time-outside-prison-inmates.html

The United States’ Largest Public Schools Have More Police Than Counselors.
https://www.colorlines.com/articles/study-nations-largest-public-schools-have-more-police-counselors

The two largest private prison operators made a combined $361 million in profits in 2015.
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/703366272726208518

In 1988, 0.20% of the population of the USSR was police, and the US had 0.24%. Today, the US has 0.35% of the population acting as police.
https://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/49jyor/in_1988_020_of_the_population_of_the_ussr_was/

At the current rate of decline in prison population (~1.8 per year), it will take until 2101 —88 years — for the prison population to return to its 1980 level.
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/02/america-fact-of-the-day-5.html

The NFL makes more than $9 billion annually, is projected to make more than $25 billion a year by 2027, and pays its CEO more than $30 million a year. Yet sixty-eight percent of NFL stadium construction costs since 1923 have come from taxpayer money.
https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/43os83/til_that_despite_the_nfl_making_more_than_9/

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=5125929&page=1

Almost no industry would be profitable if environmental costs were included.
http://www.trucost.com/_uploads/publishedResearch/TEEB%20Final%20Report%20-%20web%20SPv2.pdf

When adjusted for inflation, wages for investment bankers and securities-industry employees, including salary and bonuses, increased 117 percent from 1990 through 2014, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Over the same period, wages for all other industries rose 21 percent, to $51,029 in 2014, about one-fifth of the $264,357 that bankers and brokers earned that year.
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-04-11/wall-street-wages-double-in-25-years-as-everyone-else-s-languish

The U.S. individual income tax will raise about four times as much as the corporate income tax ($1.8 trillion vs. $419 billion).
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets/042616/what-all-candidates-tax-plans-are-missing.asp

The first architect ever to appear on television was Albert Speer.
http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-architect-of-the-Reich-8384

A successful campaign for the Best Picture award could spend around $10 million to influence just 6,000 Academy members.
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35613630

According to a 2012 survey in El Tiempo 82% of Colombian men and 42% of women say they have been unfaithful at least once in their lifetime.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35660047

Scientists in 1916 felt America was degenerating into a second rate nationality. They listed the Top 20 threats to USA: #8 America leads all nations in murders #12 Hearty eating without exercise #18 Remarkable cancer mortality increase.
https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/43zif0/til_that_scientists_in_1916_felt_america_was/

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