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Friday, May 10, 2024

News Factoids for Second Quarter 2024

The postal service plans to raise the price of “forever” stamps to 73¢ in July, so you may want to get yours now.

There are more golf courses than McDonald’s locations in the U.S.

62% of New Mexicans in Congressional District 2 identify as Hispanic or Latino.

May 2024: 1,133 people have been fatally shot by police in the past 12 months, according to the Washington Post.

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Only about a quarter of American households have a landline phone.

54% of American adults read below a sixth-grade level


March 24th: The number of U.S. measles cases this year has already surpassed 2023’s total.
At least 64 cases had been recorded nationwide by late last week, according to the C.D.C. A total of 58 cases were reported last year. What’s driving this? The U.S. rate of vaccinations against measles has fallen since 2019. The C.D.C. has urged parents to ensure their kids are up to date on their shots.

3.6 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2023 — the lowest fertility rate in more than a century — according to provisional data from the C.D.C.; the birth rate was highest among women ages 30 to 34, while the teen birth rate reached a record low.

Extreme heat is the number 1 weather-related cause of death in the U.S.

Japan has 4 percent obesity. America has 42.5 percent obesity.


America's commercial casinos won $66.5B in 2023, their best year ever - per ABC News

2022 Census Bureau survey says that about 50% of people in the U.S. between 55 and 65 reported that they didn’t have any money saved for retirement.

The U.S. economy has seen 38 consecutive months of job growth through February (the fifth-longest period of employment expansion on record), and the nation’s unemployment rate has been below 4% for 25 straight months — the longest stretch in more than 50 years.

Since 1949, evidence indicates that when Democrats are in the White House, key economic indicators have performed better. — josh bivens, Economic Policy Institute chief economist

"Every billionaire under the age of 30 inherited their fortune" - per Fortune Magazine

Global military spending reached an all-time high in 2023 at $2.4 trillion.


There are currently 94 nuclear reactors operating in the US that together generate 20% of the nation’s electricity

HEADLINE "Natural Gas Is a Climate Scam — and Consumers Are Paying for It"
Despite the fracking boom, the price of natural gas for U.S. households has skyrocketed by 52 percent since 2016.

A record-breaking 30% of the world’s electricity was produced by renewables last year as wind and solar power got more popular.

India accounts for 83 of the 100 most polluted cities in the world, according to a new report.

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