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Friday, June 29, 2018

News Factoids for Second Quarter 2018

Carbon dioxide levels have surged to the highest point in 800,000 years due to human-caused pollution and a strong El Nino The key greenhouse gas' concentrations reached an average of 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 parts per million the year before, and the increase was 50 percent greater than the average over the last 10 years.
~~ The World Meteorological Organization, in October 2017

Emperor Trump is using motor-mouth lawyer Rudy Giuliani to contaminate the New York and D.C. juror pools in advance of any indictments. The lawyers can battle on this issue for years. Whether he wins or he loses, he wins: moving trial to another jurisdiction is a simple delay, and if the jury pool is declared not contaminated, then he will have a nicely-contaminated juror pool. Then the lawyers can fight a different artificial legal battle.

Emperor Trump complains that giant retailer Amazon is not paying its 'fair share of taxes', and too little for using the Post Office, but Trump’s own retail website only pays sales taxes in three states, while Amazon pays sales taxes in 45 states.

From 2010 to 2017, films earning more than $100 million have grown from 48 percent to 64 percent of the domestic box office.

Today there are 40 million slaves around the world. ~~ per Raj Patel

Since 2016, half of all coral in the Great Barrier Reef has died.

U.S. banks have logged $643 billion in profits since the 2008 financial crisis.

In 13 states, plus Washington DC, voter registration is now automatic: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State, and West Virginia.

Facebook says that posts on my account have 200 'likes'. (5/2018)

Electronic debit card payments exceeded cash payments in the U.K. for the first time in 2017.

People killed by handguns last year: Japan 10, Sweden 41, Switzerland 47, U.K. 50, Israel 105, Canada 611, United States 38,658.

The Golden State Fence Company was hired to build part of the US-Mexico border wall and were fined $5M for hiring illegal immigrant workers.

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