Factoids of fate 

Fascinating yet deeply depressing facts, brought to you by that bastion of reason and rectitude, Mother Jones magazine:

The U.S. government is going into the red at the rate of $991,000 per minute.

The IRS Web site is maintained by a company incorporated in Bermuda.

Since 2001, corporate tax collections have fallen by $11 billion.

Halliburton has 15,000 workers in Iraq and Kuwait, 4,000 more than the number of British soldiers deployed there.

Less than 10 percent of the SUVs sold in America today meet China’s proposed fuel-economy standards.

If global-warming trends continue, 15 percent to 37 percent of the world’s species will be extinct by 2050.

Sixty-one percent of Americans think the biblical story of the world being created in six days is “literally true.”

Sixty-one percent of American workers say they received “no meaningful rewards or recognition” for their work last year.

The cost of the Bush tax cuts this year alone is enough to give $9,793 to each of the 2.9 million people who’ve lost jobs since he took office.

Revenue loss from the Bush tax cuts over the next decade equals Social Security’s baby-boomer reserve.

Without Social Security, 48 percent of senior citizens would live in poverty.

In 2001, 476 more Americans died of malnutrition than from terrorism.

American adults have gained an estimated total of 150,000,000 pounds in the past year.

Suburbanites weigh an average of 6 pounds more than city dwellers.

One in every 115 Americans works for Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart offers workers $1,000 in catastrophic health coverage, but they must pay at least $500 a year for it.

More than half of all Salvadorans would like to move to the United States.

Alabama became the last state to repeal a ban against interracial marriage — in 2000.

Forty-one percent of Alabamans voted against lifting that ban.

Paperless voting machines were named the worst technology of 2003 by Fortune magazine.

The odds that two members of Yale’s Skull and Bones could face each other in a presidential election are 1 in 26 billion.

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