FUN FACTS!

  • Compiled from:

    08/02/12 thru 2/09/2013

  • A The following is a partial list of the companies who threatened layoffs and job losses (and later followed through) that were announced soon after Obama was re-elected on Nov. 6th, 2012; greedy bastards all:
  • Abbott Labs
  • Activision
  • Adventist Health
  • Airlines SAS
  • AMD
  • American Cotton Growers
  • ArcelorMittal
  • American Independence Museum
  • Ameridose
  • American Airlines
  • American Coal
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation
  • Assc Milk Producers
  • Aveo Oncology
  • ATI
  • Bankia
  • Bechtel Power Corp
  • Bigpoint Games
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brake Parts LLC
  • Brattleboro Retreat
  • Bristol Myers
  • Career Education
  • Cigna
  • Citigroup
  • Commerzbank
  • Consol Energy
  • Covidien
  • Crouse Hospital
  • Cummins
  • CVPH
  • DEP in Tallahassee FL
  • DuPont, Co.
  • Eagle-Tribune, Andover
  • Emanuel Medical Center
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Ericsson
  • Exide Technologies
  • City of Findlay, OH.
  • First Energy
  • Gameforge Berlin
  • Gamesa Energy
  • GenOn Energy Inc
  • Glen Falls Hospital
  • Groupon
  • GT Advanced Tech
  • Harris’ Broadcast
  • Hawker Beechcraft
  • Hill Rom
  • Hills Holdings
  • HMX Group
  • Hostess
  • Iberia Airlines
  • ICM of Colwich
  • ING
  • Judson University
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kinetic Concepts
  • Kratos Defense Security
  • Lackawanna County, PA.
  • Lightyear Network Solutions
  • Lonza
  • Majestic Star Casino/hotel
  • Major Wind Company
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Medtronic
  • Mills Manufacturing NC.
  • Momentive, Inc.
  • Monitor Group
  • Montco Behavioral Health
  • NBC
  • Nebraska Medical Center
  • Neovia Logistics Services
  • New Energy
  • Ormet
  • Panasonic
  • PayPal
  • Penn Refrigeration
  • Penske Logistics
  • Pepsi
  • Philips Electronics
  • Pierce Mfg
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
  • Research in Motion
  • Rheem Manufacturing
  • Sentry Foods
  • Shaw’s Supermarket
  • Shawano foundry
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Smithfield Packing Co.
  • Solel Solar Systems
  • Southeastern Container
  • SpaceX
  • SRA International Inc.
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Stryker
  • Sulake game developer
  • Sun Media
  • TE Connectivity
  • TECO Coal Corporation
  • Texas Instruments
  • The Providence Journal Co.
  • TMX Group Ltd.
  • Turkey Point Nuclear Plant
  • Oce North America, Inc.
  • Turbocare OCE
  • UBs/Credit Suisse
  • US Cellular
  • Utah American Energy Inc.
  • Volvo Trucks Pulaski County
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical
  • Welch Allyn
  • Westinghouse
  • World Media Enterprises Inc
  • WPS Health Insurance
  • Wright Patterson AFB
  • Wyodak Coal Mine
  • Xerox
  • Just goes to show the CEOs of these companies are no more than hustling sociopaths with an entitlement attitude.
  • A WHAT TV’S HIGHEST PAID NEWS REPORTS MAKE:
  •     There are few news anchors who speak out in favor of increasing taxes for those making more than $250,000 per year. Why? Because they all have high incomes! They are in favor of cutting Social Security because they do not need it. They are in favor of raising the retirement age claiming, falsely, that people are living longer (only the rich and well to do, such as they, are living longer). They would much rather have the poor and struggling middle class pay more than they themselves.
  •     This bunch of extremely rich pundits sit around and tell everyone that there just hasn’t been enough shared sacrifice from the working class, the elderly and the poor in order to solve the deficit problem. If these people want to go on the air and pontificate about how the pound of flesh should be taken out of the working class, their salaries and net worth ought to be displayed right under their names for the viewers. (Salaries from various online sources. Most statistics from 2012, some salaries may be outdated and various people may have a higher or lower net worth or make more or less in salary as of this writing).
  • -Tom Brokaw, former NBC anchor, has an estimated net worth of $70 million.
  • -Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe, has a $4 million yearly salary & a net worth of $18 million.
  • -Zbigniew Brzezinski, talking head, is worth $8 million.
  • -Katie Couric, CBS, has $15 million yearly salary and $10 million in marketing money.
  • -Diane Sawyer, ABC, has $12 million yearly salary.
  • -Glen Beck, formerly of Fox, has a $2 million yearly salary & averages $32 million a year in total income.
  • -Bill O’Reilly, Fox, has a $20 million yearly salary.
  • -Rush Limbaugh, Fox Plus, who backed a 50% pay cut for auto workers has a $28 million yearly salary
  • -Sean Hannity, Fox, has a 5 year contract worth $100 million and a net worth of $30 million.
  • -Shepard Smith, Fox Report and Studio B, has a $10 million yearly salary.
  • -Megyn Kelly, Fox, has a $250,000 yearly salary & a net worth of $5 million.
  • -Rick Santelli, CNBC, has a net worth of $3 million.
  • -Maria Bartiromo, CNBC, has a $1 million yearly salary & a net worth of $22 million.
  • -Eric Burnett, CNBC, CNN: has a $2 million yearly salary.
  • –Larry Kudlow, CNBC, has a $1 million yearly salary & net worth of $80 million.
  • -Jim Kramer, CNBC, has a net worth of $100 million.
  • -Soledad O’Brien, CNN, has a yearly salary between $600,000 and $1 million & net worth of $12 million.
  • -Anderson Cooper, CNN, has a $5 million yearly salary.
  • -Meredith VieiraNBC Today co-anchor, has a $10 million yearly salary.
  • -Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News, has a $13 million yearly salary.
  • -Keith Olberman, former MSNBC anchor now with Current TV, made a $5 million yearly salary while at MSNBC.
  • -Harry Smith, former CBS Early show anchor now with NBC, had a $3 million yearly salary at CBS.
  • -Ernie Anastos, Fox (until July 2012),   had a $2 million yearly salary.
  • -Lesley StahlCBS 60 Minutes correspondent, has a $1.8 million yearly salary.
  • -Matt Lauer, TODAY, has a $21.5 million yearly salary.
  • -Charlie Rose, CBS This Morning, has an $8 million yearly salary.
  • -Al Roker, TODAY, has a $7 million yearly salary.
  • -Bret Baier, Special Report, has a $7 million yearly salary.
  • -Robin Roberts, Good Morning America, has a $6 million yearly salary.
  • -Piers Morgan, Piers Morgan Tonight, has a $6 million yearly salary.
  • -Scott Pelley, CBS Evening News, has a $5 million yearly salary.
  • -George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, has a $5 million yearly salary.
  • -Chris Matthews, Hardball, has a $5 million yearly salary.
  • -Wolf Blitzer, The Situation Room, has a $3 million yearly salary.
  • -Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe, has a $2 million yearly salary.
  • -Erin Burnett, OutFront, has a $2 million yearly salary.
  • -Gayle King, CBS This Morning, has a $2 million yearly salary.
  • -Savannah Guthrie, TODAY, has a $2 million yearly salary.
  • -Robin Meade, HLN Anchor, has a $750,000 yearly salary.
  • -Sheri Shepherd, The View, has a $1.5 million yearly salary.
  • -Savannah Guthrie, NBC News, has a $2 million yearly salary.
  • -Kelly Ripa, ABC, has a $20 million yearly salary.
  •     I remember when news reporters were working stiffs making an average wage with some ethical standards for reporting objective truth. The current crop of pundits practice class war under the guise of “reporting”. Never trust a rich person or a rich person’s mouth piece.
  •     There is a war going on and you, my dear reader, are losing. It is a war of attrition, a war of grinding you into poverty until you are so weak you die. Whether you are aware of it or not, that is what is happening. These ‘news reporters’ are the front line troops, the propagandists and apologists, for the wealthy who conduct this war.
  • A The mayor of Scranton, Pa. cut the pay of all city workers to the minimum wage (eventually being forced to rescind this).
  • A The mayor of Altoona, Pa. reduced the number of streets it is repaving and clearing of snow, and cut down on leaf pickups and removing dead animals, trash and bicycles from roadways.
  • A Princeville, N.C. handed control of its books to a state commission in late July after struggling to pay for water system updates. The town had turned off water services to about 200 homes, many residents said they couldn’t afford the higher bills.
  • A Only 6% of scientists identify themselves as Republicans.
  • A Evolution is less accepted in the US than in other western countries.
  • A A direct result of capitalism: Around 3 million children died before their fifth birthday due to starvation and malnutrition while half the world’s food rotted.
  • A Since 2008, four California municipalities have filed for bankruptcy protection—Vallejo, Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and most recently, San Bernardino, which declared bankruptcy Aug. 1, 2012.
  • A Providence, R.I.’s $423 million pension system staved off bankruptcy after reaching a tentative deal in May to cut pensions for retirees and current police, firefighters, municipal laborers, and cutting 200 city employees resulting in a savings of about $18.5 million a year.
  • A An all-time record 49% of Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government.  In 1983, it was less than 30%.
  • A More than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government (not counting Social Security or Medicare).  Overall, there are almost 80 different “means-tested welfare programs” that the federal government is currently running.
  • A The number of Americans getting food stamps has grown from 17 million in 2000 to 46.6 million today.
  • A New numbers show that the number of Americans living in poverty rose to a new all-time record of 49.7 million in 2011.
  • A The number of Americans on Medicaid grew from 34 million in 2000 to 54 million in 2011.
  • A In 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid (how’s that “healthcare for profit” working for you?)
  • A Real median household income has decreased by more than 4,000 dollars since 2008.
  • A The number of Americans living below the poverty line has risen by 6 million since 2008.
  • A Overall, the amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has risen by 32% since 2008.
  • A There are 4,095 dams in the US that are at risk of failure. That number has risen by more than 100% since 1999.
  • A Of all the dam failures that have happened in the US since 1874, a third of them have happened during the past decade.
  • A Close to half of all US households do not have access to bus or rail transit.
  • A Aging sewer systems spill more than a trillion gallons of untreated sewage every single year. The cost of cleaning up that sewage each year is greater than 50 billion dollars.
  • A Rolling blackouts and inefficiencies in the US electrical grid cost the US economy approximately 80 billion dollars a year.
  • A By the year 2020 every single major container port in the US will be handling at least double the volume that it was originally designed to handle.
  • A The US spends about 2.4% of GDP on infrastructure. Meanwhile, China spends about 9% of GDP on infrastructure.
  • A Approximately 16% of construction workers are unemployed.
  • A It would take 2.2 trillion dollars over the next 5 years just to repair existing infrastructure. That does not include a single penny for badly needed new infrastructure.
  • A Over the past decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages have in the US.
  • A Health insurance costs have risen by 23% since 2008 again (‘health care for profit’ once again)
  • A Back in 1980 less than 10 percent of US GDP was spent on health care but now about 18% of US GDP goes toward health care.
  • A The Toxic 100. The 20 Top Corporate Air Polluters:
  • 1) Bayer Group
  • 2) Textron
  • 3) General Electric
  • 4) Precision Castparts
  • 5) Koch Industries
  • 6) SPX Corp.
  • 7) Dow Chemical Co.
  • 8) ExxonMobil
  • 9) BASF
  • 10) Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • 11) Public Services Enterprise
  • 12) Sony Corp.
  • 13) LyondellBasell
  • 14) Biomet Inc.
  • 15) Owens Corning
  • 16) Berkshire Hathaway
  • 17) Honeywell International
  • 18) Eastman Kodak
  • 19) Ineos
  • 20) Alcoa Inc.
  • A About 57% of all children in the US are living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.
  • A More than 25% of all US children have a chronic health condition that affects their ability to learn. Perhaps we should not be feeding them so much junk food.
  • A Only 37% of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the nation of Iraq on a map.
  • A About 50% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 cannot find the state of New York on a blank map.
  • A Only 26% of Oklahoma high school students know what the first ten amendments to the US Constitution are called. (Answer: Bill of Rights)
  • A There are more school shootings in America than anywhere else in the world.
  • A The US has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.
  • A There are approximately 1.4 million gang members living inside the US. That number has risen by 40% just since 2009.
  • A Sadly, the US actually has the highest child abuse death rate on the entire globe.
  • A According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.
  • A The US produces more pornography than any other nation has in the history of the world.
  • A 21% of the jobs lost during the recession (the US considers itself to be out of recession now) were low wage jobs paying between $7.69 and $13.83 an hour.
  • A 58% of the jobs created since the end of the recession have been low wage jobs paying between $7.69 and $13.83 an hour.
  • A 60% of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs paying between $13.84 and $21.13 an hour.
  • A 22% of the jobs created since the end of the recession have been mid-wage jobs paying between $13.84 and $21.13 an hour.
  • A If you make $21.13 an hour and you work full-time hours for the entire year you will end up making about 42,000 for an entire year. Yes, that can probably support a family of four in most areas of the country, but you really have to scrimp and save to do it. And keep in mind that 80% of all the jobs being created now pay at that level or less.
  • A Back in 2007, 19.2% of all American families had a net worth of zero or less.  By 2010, that figure had risen to 32.5%.
  • A The average American household spent approximately $4,155 on gasoline during 2011, and electricity bills in the US have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.
  • A Medical bills are a major factor in more than 60% of the personal bankruptcies in the US.  Of those bankruptcies that were caused by medical bills, approximately 75% of them involved individuals that actually did have health insurance.
  • A Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by 178%.
  • A Americans spend approximately twice as much as residents of other developed countries do on health care.
  • A The following is how income gains in the US were distributed during 2010….
  • 37% of all income gains went to the top 0.01% of all income earners
  • 56% of all income gains went to the rest of the top 1%
  • 7% of all income gains went to the bottom 99%
  • A The number of “new entrepreneurs and business owners” dropped by a staggering 53% between 1977 and 2010.
  • A Right now, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.
  • A One out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.
  • A The US actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.
  • A The US poverty rate is the highest that it has been in almost 50 years.
  • A One out of every six elderly Americans lives below the federal poverty line.
  • A Child homelessness in the US has risen by 33% since 2007.
  • A 50 million Americans do not have any health insurance at all right now.
  • A One out of every three Americans that grew up in a middle class household has slipped down the income ladder.
  • A Criminals at the Heart of the Economic Breakdown Include Central Bankers:
  • Alan Greenspan, chairman US Federal Reserve 1987-2006
  • Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England
  • Politicians: Bill Clinton, former US president
  • Gordon Brown, former prime minister
  • George W Bush, former US president
  • [Scum of the Earth] Senator Phil Gramm
  • Wall Street Bankers: Abby Cohen,
  • Goldman Sachs senior strategist
  • Kathleen Corbet, former CEO, Standard & Poor’s
  • Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former chief executive AIG insurance group
  • Andy Hornby, former HBOS boss
  • Fred Goodwin, former RBS boss
  • Adam Applegarth, former Northern Rock boss
  • Dick Fuld, chief executive Lehman Brothers
  • Ralph Cioffi, former Bear Stearns executive.
  • Matthew Tannin, former Bear Stearns executive.
  • Lewis ‘Lew’ Ranieri, ‘godfather’ of mortgage finance
  • Joseph Cassano, AIG financial products
  • Chuck Prince, former Citi boss
  • Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide Financial
  • Stan O’Neal, former boss of Merrill Lynch
  • Jimmy Cayne, former Bear Sterns boss
  • Others: Christopher Dodd, former chairman Senate banking committee
  • Geir Haarde, prime minister of Iceland 2006-2009
  • John Tiner, FSA chief executive 2003-07
  • A The prices of  many of things that we buy on a regular basis soared between 2002 and 2012.  Just check out these price increases:
  • Eggs: 73%
  • Coffee: 90%
  • Peanut Butter: 40%
  • Milk: 26%
  • A Loaf of White Bread: 39%
  • Spaghetti and Macaroni: 44%
  • Orange Juice: 46%
  • Red Delicious Apples: 43%
  • Beer: 25%
  • Wine: 60%
  • Electricity: 42%
  • Margarine: 143%
  • Tomatoes: 22%
  • Turkey: 56%
  • Ground Beef: 61%
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: 39%
  • Gasoline: 158%
  • A 10 Stunning Facts about America’s Prisons:
  • 1) In 2009 there were 7.2 million people in prison and under official supervision like probation — a larger population than the state of Washington
  • 2) Between 1987 and 2007 the national prison population tripled.
  • 3) 4 in 10 prisoners return to state prisons within three years of release.
  • 4) One in 30 men between 20 and 34 is behind bars — and up to one in 13 in one state.
  • 5) One in nine black men between 20 and 34 are behind bars.
  • 6) 734 out of every 100,000 people are behind bars in the U.S. — far and away the highest number in the world.
  • 7) Part of the bizarre prison black market, a thimbleful of tobacco can fetch up to $50 at a maximum security prison.
  • 8) Typically parole programs cost taxpayers $7.47 per day per parolee, while prisons cost $78.95 per day per inmate nationwide.
  • 9) Some prisoners cost more. It costs New Jersey $253 million every year to house just its death row prisoners — $11 million apiece.
  • 10) Between 1987 and 2007 state prison costs rose by 315% to $44.06 billion a year.
  • A 25% of all Americans in the 46 to 64-year-old age bracket have no retirement savings at all.
  • A 26% of all Americans in the 46 to 64-year-old age bracket have no personal savings whatsoever.
  • A Only 46% of American workers have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.
  • A 60% of American workers said the total value of their savings and investments is less than $25,000.
  • A Between 1985 and 2010, the percentage of Americans in the 65 to 69-year-old age bracket that were still working increased from 18% to 32%.
  • A Back in 1991, 50% of all American workers planned to retire before they reached the age of 65.  Today, that number has declined to 23%.
  • A 56% of American retirees still had outstanding debts when they retired.
  • A Elderly Americans are finding it very difficult to survive on just a Social Security check. The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker was about $1,230 at the beginning of 2012. This amount changes monthly based upon the total amount of all benefits paid and the total number of people receiving benefits. Could you live on about 300 dollars a week?
  • A 49% of all American workers are not covered by an employment-based pension plan at all.
  • A American workers are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire comfortably.
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