Great Foresight Statistics
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Statistics categories on this page:
1. Top Foresight
2. Science: Research, Evolution, Development, and Complexity 
3. Technology: Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech)
4. Environment: Energy, Natural Resources, and Sustainability
5. Economics: Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innovation 
6. Politics: Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Urban Infrastructure 
7Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education, Religion 
8Organizations: Ldrshp, Mgmt, Innov. & Entrep, Org. Sustainability & Development
9Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle
10. Multidisciplinary
11. Unclassified 

1. Top Foresight Statistics

Sites and Books
50 Facts That Should Change the World (book)
Excellent introduction to some of the most shocking abuses and inequities in need of global resolution (Jessica Williams, 2004)
Swedish NGO making beautiful free software for visualizing global development (growing and shrinking gaps) using U.N. data. Updating screensaver available.
David Sibbet's graphical, facilitation, and meeting consultancy. Experts at visualizing change (San Francisco).
Simple, memorable dynamic presentation of key world statistics. 

1A. Top: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

World population will peak at
9.5 billion in 2045, then level off. (Ian Johnson, The World in 2052. Cadmus 1(3). Nov 2011.)
    [What is still missed by most demographers, is that world population starts to decline increasingly fast after 2045. 
     All our population impact issues start falling away fast in a world of declining population and continually accelerating,
     increasingly autonomous tech. Not something a doom and gloom environmentalist wants to admit however. - John Smart]

As of 2009, 1.7 billion of 6.7 billion people regularly use the world wide web. (Internet World Stats)

1B. Top: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)
    In the next 10 years (before 2018) China is predicted to be the #1 English speaking country.
    Lesson: Don't bother learning Chinese, you won't need it!

    Although the majority serious crimes saw decreases in 2005 relative to 2004 (with some having seen continuing declines over a number of years), there were a few categories of crime in which the recorded number of incidents rose. The really serious crimes are decreasing in popularity but the less serious ones are increasing, which is likely due to how our legal system works and the current trend towards less severe punishments for less serious offenses, many more "slaps on the wrist" are used today than in previous decades. From -John Cross

    The Coming Age of Intelligent Computers. After looking at trends in machine vision, speech, reasoning, and movement, and estimating how important these are for doing various kinds of work, the author estimates displacement rates could be over 80% in some fields-- sales, administrative support, food preparation, and personal care. These are also the sectors that employ the largest number of people. The safest fields for humans? Law (6%), medicine (10%), science (10%), and engineering (11%)-- fields which currently employ the smallest number of people. Source: IFTF's Future Now: Futures - Kristopher Velez

    1C. Top: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    Youth Statistics:
    • 1/3 of victims of violent crimes are between the ages of 12-19
    • 2,800 U.S. teenagers become pregnant everyday
    • About 1 in 3 high school students (33%) will not graduate
    • 3,000 U.S. youths smoke for the first time everyday

    More people die each year from suicide than in all the world's armed conflicts. 
    (Williams, J. (2004). R. Bernardo, Ed.50 Facts That Should Change The World. New York, NY) - Steven Janca

    An accidental death occurs every six minutes in the U.S. 46% of these are vehicle related. ( -John Cross

    "We have increased sedentary activities for children by 4.5 times since 1950. Children and adolescents now spend 45 hours each week watching television, working on the computer, playing video games or watching movies. -James Breyley

    It takes roughly a hundred times as much water to produce a pound of beef as it does a pound of wheat.
     -Brooke Beresford

    In 2002, approximately 1.29 million abortions took place in the U.S. Our annual abortion rate was 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2002, more than 42 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. Unwanted abortions are largely an urban blight. There are 36 abortions per 1,000 live births in Idaho and 767 abortions for every 1,000 live births in NYC. 49% of pregnancies among American women are unintended; about 40% of these are terminated by abortion. -Brandon Jacobs 

    The U.S. is a big outlier in the number of non-war deaths caused by guns each year worldwide: 381 in Germany, 255 in France, 165 in Canada, 68 in the United Kingdom, 65 in Australia, 39 in Japan, and a whopping11,127 in the United States, per Michael Moore Source: - Eric Fisher

    2. Science: Research, Evolution, Development, and Complexity Statistics

    2A. Science: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    A team of experts with varying backgrounds was able to converge on a common vision of the likely future of medical device technologies over the next decade, with continued progress in medical research. The projected developments generally fall into six major categories: (1) computer-related technologies, (2) molecular medicine, (3) home- and self-care, (4) minimally invasive procedures, (5) device/drug hybrid products, and (6) organ replacement/assist devices using both hardware and tissue-engineered components. These developments suggest an unfolding pattern of "smart" technologies that integrate engineering and biological approaches, and that enable increasingly precise clinical interventions as well as a progressively decentralized health care delivery system. ( -Stephen G

    2B. Science: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    NASA plans to have 14 shuttle and rocket launches in 2008. [Source] - Aaron J. Otrin

    "NASA's budget blueprint for the next five years (2008-13) calls for cutting the aeronautics budget by almost $200 million, and that’s on top of cuts totaling $639.8 million since 1994. This steady starving of the aeronautics research function will have dire consequences for the U.S. aviation industry." (Source:Aerospace Industries Association, March 28,2005. - Cody Ziegler

    2C. Science: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    Self-centric evangelism. 95% of all church budgets in the US are spent on our own comforts and programs. Less than 1% is spent on evangelism to the most unreached. 40% of the church’s entire global foreign mission resources are being deployed to just 10 oversaturated countries already possessing strong citizen-run home ministries. More than 90% of all Christian materials are in English, but only 8% of the world speaks English. All costs of ministry divided by number of baptisms per year. Cost per baptism in India - $9803 per person. Cost per baptism in the United States - $1,550,000 per person. 91% of all Christian outreach/evangelism does not target non-Christians but targets other Christians in already-evangelized countries or people-groups. - Doug Perry

    3. Technology: Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech Stats

    3A. Tech: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    Solar Thermal Collector shipments have more than doubled in growth over the last ten years, and with current high energy costs should continue to grow as technology becomes better. - Brooke Beresford

    In the next 25 years, we’ll learn how to augment our 100 trillion very slow interneuronal connections with high-speed wireless connections via nanorobotics. This will allow us to greatly boost our pattern-recognition abilities, memories, and overall thinking capacity, as well as to directly interface with powerful forms of computer intelligence and to each other. By the end of the 2030s, we will be able to move beyond the basic architecture of the brain’s neural regions. ( -Miguel Almendariz

    47% of US adults have high-speed internet connections at home as of March 2007, up five percentage points from a year earlier. -Eduardo Aguirre

    Statistics recorded from TiVo are more accurate than the traditional Nelison Ratings and capiable of recording a wider range of viewing habits. [Link] -Christopher Sell

    “ Forty-two percent of game players say they play games online one or more hours per week. In addition, 34 percent of heads of households play games on a wireless device, such as a cell phone or PDA, up from 20 percent in 2002.” (source: -Paul Ardiles

    In 1984 only 40,000 people used cell phones. In 2002, 180 million used this device. - Katie Lindner

    "The video game industry has become the most active and dynamic merchandisers of culture to the young. It has already won 30% of the US toy market, earning $8.8 billion in the US alone - a share which is larger than the Hollywood box-office gross ($5.2 billion) and ten times the amount spent on the production of children's television (Haynes and Dinsey, 1995). And with the help of their growing global marketing efforts, video game culture is developing a loyal following of millions, who prefer interacting in cyber-play rather than "vegging-out" in front of the television, hanging around with friends or playing street sports."
    ( - Paul Ardiles

    As of 10/26/07, the Xbox 360 leads the console war, with Nintendo right behind Microsofts machine and Sony a third behind. (
    Consoles Consoles Sold
    Xbox 360 12,097,532
    Playstation 3 4,999,465 
    Wii 12,072,155 

    3B. Tech: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    For 30 years, educators involved in secondary mathematics education claim that the integration of technology will change mathematics education, its goals, its pedagogy, its curriculum and its assessment. However, so far the influence of technology seems to be limited. ( - Stephen G.

    Internet Explorer vs Mozilla Firefox
    "These statistics are shocking. There's not a lot more which can be said about them; one can only guess as to the reasons behind Microsoft's apparent lack of commitment to security for Internet Explorer. However, let me represent this data for you graphically:"
    Statistics - ForesightDevelopment@UAT-CourseWiki
    Source: Basically Tech: Security - Kristopher Velez

    3C. Tech: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    In 2010, only 69% of U.S. HS students graduate.
    U.S. 19-24 yr olds in 2010 are the least employed they've ever been, since we started measuring in 1948..
    - Are they being outcompeted by elders with a stronger work ethic?
    - Are they less motivated and prepared than ever before?
    - Are they undereducated in the science and technology backgrounds that will create lasting new innovations, jobs, and industries?

    Only 8,000 U.S. students graduate each year with a BS in Computer Science. Out of 1,600,000 BS degrees. That's just 0.5% of all college grads!
    - We need a new CS curriculum, from grade 4 up.
    - We need competitions and incentives for CS achievements, throughout HS, College, and beyond.

    World Clock A link to a website that has a running total on current diseases and other scary stats. -Chris Shaw

    One in five kids aged 10-17 have received a sexual solicitation or approach via the Internet. Brainy Quotes, Mark Kennedy, 2007) -Bernard Clary

    Former secretary of education Richard Riley says the top 10 jobs in 2010 did not even exist in 2004 - Brooke Beresford

    At its peak infection rate, about 1 in 12 emails on the Internet were MyDoom Viruses. (Source:, 2004) -Chris Shaw

    IAccording to the OCLC ( the percentage of the public internet used for pornography range from 1998 to 2002 Ranged from 2 to 3.3%. In 2008, according to the Internet Filter Review, ( that number has grown to 12% of the public internet! --Rich Armijo

    The average broadband download speed in the US is only 1.9 megabits per second, compared to 61 Mbps in Japan, 45 Mbps in South Korea, 18 Mbps in Sweden, 17 Mpbs in France, and 7 Mbps in Canada, according to the Communication Workers of America.(Source: Rats! -Matt Brassey

    53% of gamers expect to play as much or more 10 years from now than they do today. (Source: Fifty-three percent of game players exp -Chris Shaw

    “Complications from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAID, have been linked to 103,000 hospitalizations and more than 16,000 deaths per year in the US, according to a study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics.” (Source:, Evelyn Pringle, 2006) – R.J. Jundt

    4. Environment: Energy, Natural Resources and Sustainability Stats

    4A. Environment: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    The industrial city of Tianjin in northern China has invested in seawater desalination over Eastern Route water piped from the Yangtze River, which is polluted by industrial waste. Desalination supplies 200 megaliters of fresh water daily. This will rise to 500 megaliters by 2015. Desalination costs 5000 yuan (US $732) per megaliter. Eastern Route water costs 18,000 yuan per megaliter. And desalination's costs should continue to fall. (IEEE Spectrum June 2010).

    Malta has the world's first multiutility (water + power) smart grid, and the highest density of private wells in the world. 30 per square km, or 8600. and rapidly shrinking aquifers. It also has three reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plants. RO desalination supplies 40% of Malta's fresh water. (IEEE Spectrum June 2010).

    "In 2006, twenty-nine companies reported shipping 79,903 complete solar thermal collector systems, a 56 percent shipment increase compared with 2005." The various tables and charts found on this page show a growing trend in domestic and foreign solar collector purchases. We seem to be approaching a time where a push for cheaper, more efficient production of these collectors is in desire, and in the next ten years we could see the numbers on these charts rise expotentially. (Source: Energy Information Administration ) - Chris Schoerning

    "Organic agriculture is expanding rapidly in the United States, as consumer interest continues to gather momentum and new organic production and marketing systems evolve. In the wake of USDA's implementation of national organic standards in October 2002, continued growth in the industry is expected. Similarly, consumer demand rose throughout the 1990s-20 percent or more annually-and that pace has continued. Organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and 73 percent of conventional grocery stores, and account for approximately 1-2 percent of total food sales in the U.S. in - Nick Shaw

    4B. Environment: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    Urbanization. By the end of 2007 it is estimated that more people will live in cities than rural areas for the first time in history.

    By 2100, Japan’s population is forecast to be half its current size, with fully one third being retired. Europe will shrink from today’s population by 63 million citizens over the same time period. At the same time, the most underdeveloped parts of the world are still growing unsustainably. In 1950, Africa’s population was 1/3 the size of Europe. By 2050, it is projected to be three times the size of Europe. World in the Balance: The Population Paradox, NOVA, 2004 –John Smart 

    World electricity generated by nuclear reactors was 1% in 1960, rising to 16% in 1986 and still flat at 15% for 2006 (Source) -Brad Reamer

    British Columbia’s caribou population in 2007 was 1,900 animals in 12 herds, a decline from 2,500 in 1995 and historic levels of 10,000. - Brad Reamer

    Over 1,000 new cars hit Beijing’s roads every day, adding to an existing vehicle fleet of 3.2 million in 2007.- Brad Reamer

    The world's current population growth rate is 1.3%, a doubling time of 54 years. We can expect the world's population of approximately 6 billion to become 12 billion by 2054 if the current rate of growth continues. The world's growth rate peaked in the 1960s at 2% and a doubling time of 35 years. -James Breyley

    American women use handguns 416 times a day in defense against rapists, which is a dozen times more often than rapists use a gun - James Breyley

    "Only 13 percent of congressional Republicans say they believe that human activity is causing global warming, compared to 95 percent of congressional Democrats. Moreover, the number of Republicans who believe in human-induced global warming has actually dropped since April 2006, when the number was 23 percent." - Chris Schoerning

    “Belching, farting farm animals account for about 16 percent of worldwide emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that’s about 20 times as harmful as carbon dioxide…when the researcher’s ran garlic-spiked feedthrough an artificial cow stomach, its daily gas emissions dropped by as much as 50 percent.” Popular Science Oct 2007 p37 - Eric Kaplan

    Energy usage per person is quite uneven across countries at similar developmental levels. The average UK person uses less than half the energy each day that of the average US person uses. -Bill Nega 

    4C. Environment: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    An estimated 19.5 million Americans, 7% of the U.S. population, got sick in 2009 from contaminated drinking water. See Niel Gordon, "America Needs a New Strategy for Safe Drinking Water,Nanotechnology Now, May 2010. 

    Oil usage by country, with a vast difference between #1 and #2. China is increasing in population and its use is increasing a lot. Soon they will overtake us in this number.
    #1United States:20,730,000 bbl/day
    #2China:6,534,000 bbl/day
    ( - Alan Cacciamani 

    A kiwi fruit flown from New Zealand to Britain emits five times its own weight in greenhouse gases. Williams, J. (2004). R. Bernardo, Ed.50 Facts That Should Change The World. New York, NY - Steven Janca

    More than 2.6 billion people-over 40 per cent of the world's population-do not have good sanitation, and more than one billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water. Link -Brad Stein

    Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century functionally illiterate. Unable to read a book or sign their names. Link -Brad Stein

    The clearing of Indonesia's peat swamps is estimated to cause two billion tonnes of carbon emissions a year - about 8 per cent of total global emissions alone, according to Wetlands International. Link -Brad Stein

    78-Number of days by which the US fire season has increased over the past 20 years - due to increased global temperatures and earlier snowmelt. - Eduardo Aguirre

    80 % decrease in U.S. CO2 pollution required by 2050 to prevent the worst consequences of global warming. - Brooke Beresford

    Of the 30 countries with nuclear power, the percentage of electricity supplied by nuclear varies widely78% in France54% in Belgium, 39% in Republic of Korea, 37% in Switzerland, 30% in Japan, 19% in the USA, 16% in Russia, 4% in South Africa, and 2% in China.

    Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday - James Breyley

    Surveys by the federal agency show that there has been a sharp increase in obesity in the United States over the last 20 years. In 1985, not a single state had more than 20 percent of its residents considered obese. Now more than 40 states do. - James Breyley

    "10 percent of vehicles produced 50 percent of the hydrocarbons -- essentially unburned gasoline that contribute to ground-level ozone pollution, or smog. Nationally, the problem is major, says Gary Bishop, a University of Denver researcher. "What you find, almost anywhere in the United States, is that 6 to 8 percent of the cars are responsible for 50 percent of the carbon monoxide pollution, and 15 to 20 percent of the cars cause 50 percent of the hydrocarbon pollution."" Electric cars still have the benefit of polluting from a concentrated and controlled source that can benefit from many types of controls such as scrubbers -- scrubbers that people would be opposed to having on their standard fossil fueled powered vehicle. - Chris Schoerning

    The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year." -[BBC News] - Aaron J. Otrin 

    "Nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria." Tuttle, Cameron. (1997) The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide. San Francisco California: Chronicle Books. - Brant Hestrup

    Air travel is expected to contribute 17% of UK greenhouse gases this year; if current trends are to continue that figure could be 50% by 2050. - John Cross

    "Between 1999 and 2003 2.5 million cell phones were collected to be recycled accounting for less than 1% of the phones discarded each year." In the near future it is likely many if not all cellphone companies will give customers very substantial discounts for returning old cell phones. - John Cross

    The availability of fresh water will decline, according to the UN, who project that by 2025 1.8bn people will be affected by water scarcity ... - Tom Andrys
    drinking water map

    Oil Exports

    Statistics - ForesightDevelopment@UAT-CourseWiki

    Figure 23 - Total Oil exports from the assessed countries, including the projections for the 2006 - 2020 period. The graph in Figure 23 depicts a leading scenario: total exports from the assessed countries declines hereafter, never recovering again. Source: World Oil Exports and Projections - Kristopher Velez (JS Comment: Such predictions have been made before beginning in the 1980's. Can we trust this one? I don't see the evidence for it.)

    Energy Supply and Demand - The demand for energy of all forms is likely to increase significantly, according to the Energy Information Administration. By 2030, even with expected dramatic gains in efficiency, total energy consumption is forecasted to increase by 31 percent, petroleum by 30 percent, natural gas by nearly 19 percent, coal by 49 percent, and electricity by 43 percent. (Source)

    World energy production by source in 2004: Oil 40%, coal 23.3%, natural gas 22.5%, hydroelectric 7.0%, nuclear 6.5%, biomass and other 0.7%.[4] In the U.S., transportation accounted for 28% of all energy use and 70% of petroleum use in 2001; 97% of transportation fuel was petroleum (

    Estimations based off the current trend of CO2 emmissions and Global Warming are going to cause major strains on most of the world and it's ecosystem. Some places that are higher altitude might benefit from higher farm yields but over all many regions will become subject to heat stress and rising sea levels. [Link] -Christopher Sell

    5. Economics: Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innov. Infrastructure Stats

    5A. Economics: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    “From the 1980’s to the present, 300 million Chinese have been lifted out of poverty by global market and free trade reforms” (Source: Commanding Heights: Episode 3, Daniel Yergin, 2003) –John Smart 

    Africa and the Middle East have experienced around a 900% increase in internet usage in the past 7 years beating out China's 300% increase in the same time frame.The world overall has experienced a 245% increasein internet usage in the past 7 yearsSourceInternet World Stats, 2007. - Cody Ziegler

    Why is Luxembourg considered the richest and healthiest country in the world? "Like other successful European economies, Luxembourg's federal tax rate is high, at 41.7 percent, behind Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy and Norway. This figure for the United States is 26 percent." Source: - Chris Schoerning

    “Households that owed nothing on credit cards are 55% of all households. Of the ouseholds that did carry a balance, the median amount owed was $1,900.” Americans don't carry as much debt as one might think. (Source:, Liz Pulliam Weston, ND) – R.J. Jundt 

    The amount of optical fiber a country is importing can be a good indicator of how quickly you can expect powerful computing networks to grow there in the next 5-10 years. Source: - Bill Nega 

    By identifying different factors affecting a country's overall technology rating (includes things such as creativity and productivity of scientists, spending on R&D, internet and PC penetration), the weak spots can be targeted and bolstered. Source: - Bill Nega 

    5B. Economics: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    The golfer Tiger Woods is the world's highest paid sportsman. He earns $78 million a year or $148 every second. (Williams, J. (2004). R. Bernardo, Ed.50 Facts That Should Change The World. New York, NY) - Steven Janca

    According to futurists Arnold Brown and Edie Weiner, Generation Y, the population segment born between 1978 and 1995, may be the first generation in U.S. history to have many of its members leave the U.S. to pursue large portions of their lives, if not their entire adult lives, overseas. Source: -Miguel Almendariz [JS Comment: I would argue that early 21st century Americans are too globally unaware to do this given our insular culture and self-centered education. We shall see.]

    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury -Brandon Jacobs 

    In the varied world of today's media, the consumer is increasingly in control. A 2005 study by Yankelovich showed that 70% of consumers were actively looking for ways to block, opt-out, or eliminate advertising. --Camren Hughes

    5C. Economics: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    The entire United States economy added 937,000 jobs in 2010. A single company, Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn, added 300,000 jobs in 2010 using contract factories in China. What does that say? Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek Year in Review, Dec 2010. 

    For economic growth and almost all of the other indicators, the last 20 years [of the current form of globalization, from 1980 - 2000] have shown a very clear decline in progress as compared with the previous two decades [1960 - 1980]. For each indicator, countries were divided into five roughly equal groups, according to what level the countries had achieved by the start of the period (1960 or 1980). Among the findings: 

    • Growth: The fall in economic growth rates was most pronounced and across the board for all groups or countries.
    • Life Expectancy: Progress in life expectancy was also reduced for 4 out of the 5 groups of countries, with the exception of the highest group (life expectancy 69-76 years).
    • Infant and Child Mortality: Progress in reducing infant mortality was also considerably slower during globalization (1980-1998) than over the previous two decades.
    • Education and literacy: Progress in education also slowed during the period of globalization.
    Source -Brad Stein

    Globally there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, with at least 300 million of them being obeseSource -Brad Stein

    "Only 37% of American workers say they have calculated how much money they will need to have saved by the time they retire. Making matters worse, many who say they have crunched the numbers used less-than-reliable methods or obtained dubious results. (2003 Retirement Confidence Survey)" (Source: 10 Shocking Stats, Selena Maranjian, 2003) - Bernard Clary

    "The British pound sterling has improved 12% against the dollar over the same period, the euro by 10%, and the Swiss franc 7%." -[Declining Dollar] - Aaron Otrin

    Many Americans at or near retirement age would require more than $1 million to pre-fund medical costs over their remaining years. For those with employment-based insurance, the maximum figure exceeds $500,000. (Employee Benefit Research Institute) (Source: 10 Shocking Stats) - Kristopher Velez

    "While 63% know the difference between a halfback and a quarterback, only 12% know the difference between a load and no-load mutual fund. .[I]n one recent survey, most mutual fund investors thought the stock market -- over the next decade -- would gain an annual average of more than 20 percent.. Most troubling of all, 65 million American households will probably fail to realize one or more of their major life goals because they have not developed a basic financial plan." (Former SEC chief Arthur Levitt, in a 1999 speech) - Nick Shaw

    According to the US Census Bureau, there are 36.5 million people in the US alone, living in poverty (12% of the total population, considering a household with two people earning under $13,167/year) and 47 million with no health insurance at all (2006 data) (source: -MustanshioMcHatman 

    6. Politics: Policy, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Urban Infrastructure Stats

    6A. Politics: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    Violent crime and property damage. Since the mid 1990s violent crime has been on a massive downward trend and property crime is falling even faster. Is this a trend to a less crime-filled world? Source: - Roivas

    Only 82 countries, representing 57% of the world's population, are fully democratic. - Levar H

    This is a short summary of a recent survey [FR03] focusing on the observed evidence, that Internet connectivity is positively correlated with spread of democracy at high levels of significance. The results of multivariate correlation analysis and probabilities regression estimate models are based on the combined analysis of mid - 1991’s, to 2001 data series of the Eurostat’s and US Census Bureau, the World Bank, and OECD’s statistical data service which track the growth of information technology and rating of freedom and democracy worldwide. ( - Stephen G

    6B. Politics: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    6C. Politics: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    Defense costs. The U.S. government pays an average of $1.2 million annually fore each soldier in Afghanistan. The annual cost in World War II, [in today's dollars] adjusted for inflation, was $67,000. Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Dec 2010, Year In Review. [Q: What does this number include?]

    Health - Smoking and Heart Disease. "Those who believe in "smokers' rights" would be well advised to consider the case of Helena, Montana, a city of about 70,000 that banned indoor smoking in public places in June 2002. The heart attack rate immediately began to decline, and by 6 month's time there were 58% fewer heart attacks for people living inside the city limits - but NO decrease for people living in the same area, but in places without a similar ban!! When the Big Tobacco lobby succeeded in "persuading" the state legislature to make such bans illegal, the number of heart attacks in the city immediately began to climb again, and within a few months had returned to normal. Exposure to smoke, whether first or second hand, causes platelets (the blood cells that cause clotting) to become stickier, which leads to more frequent clotting in a matter of 30 minutes, and hence an increase in blockage of blood vessels leading to the heart - heart attack!! "Source - Blue Thunder 

    Heath - Diabetes. 23.6 million children and adults in the United States—7.8% of the population—have diabetes. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006. We are massive sugar fiends. Source:

    Total number of nuclear missiles built, 1951 - 2008: 67,500
    Total land area occupied by U.S. nuclear weapons bases and facilities: 15,654 square miles. Source: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project.
    Projected operational U.S strategic nuclear warheads and bombs after the enactment of the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty in 2012: 1,700 - 2,200.
    Sources: U.S. Department of Defense; Nuclear Weapons Databook Project

    Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine inherited stockpiles of nuclear arms after the breakup of the Soviet Union. They have supposedly been turned over to the Russian Federation. Source: The Federation of American Scientists.
    Gun-related deaths per 100,000 people in the world's 36 richest countries in 1994: United States 14.24; Brazil 12.95; Mexico 12.69; Estonia 12.26; Argentina 8.93; Northern Ireland 6.63; Finland 6.46; Switzerland 5.31; France 5.15; Canada 4.31; Norway 3.82; Austria 3.70; Portugal 3.20; Israel 2.91; Belgium 2.90; Australia 2.65; Slovenia 2.60; Italy 2.44; New Zealand 2.38; Denmark 2.09; Sweden 1.92; Kuwait 1.84; Greece 1.29; Germany 1.24; Hungary 1.11; Republic of Ireland 0.97; Spain 0.78; Netherlands 0.70; Scotland 0.54; England and Wales 0.41; Taiwan 0.37; Singapore 0.21; Mauritius 0.19; Hong Kong 0.14; South Korea 0.12; Japan 0.05. Diced this way, the U.S. gun related fatalities look only about three times as bad as the next closest comparable developed countries (Finland, France, Canada, etc.

    Identity Theft. Fastest growing crime in the world. With over 9 million victims each year and a predictive model for it to become exponentially troublesome identity theft is one of the most prolific and popular crimes today. With 30 hours of work averaging to sort out the trouble, and costing the victim personally about $500 per victim, and the businesses nearly $5,000 per victim its one of the most costly crimes in the world right now. Source: and

    Since the 1960's, Americans are 10-15% less likely to voice their opinion, 15-20% less interested in politics, 25% less likely to vote, 35% less likely to attend public meetings, and 40% less engaged in political organizations. Source: Bowling Alone, Robert D. Putnam, 2000 -Chris Shaw

    Global warming data bias. A recent report brought forth some of the false statistics used by global warming activists showing the methods and way the trim data to fit their models for global warming. Studies talking about declining snowfall were being used from a peak during the 1950s to a low point in the mid 1990s rather than the hundred year model, which showed no significant changes. The money spent to stop global warming and for the scientists to gather this falsified statistical data is in the billions. 
    Source: - Roivas

    War Costs. Additional war costs for the next 10 years could total about $472 billion if troop levels fall to 30,000 by 2010, or $919 billion if troop levels fall to 70,000 by about 2013. If these estimates are added to already appropriated amounts, total funding about $980 billion to $1.4 trillion by 2017. Source:

    One thing is certain about the Iraq war: It has cost a lot more than advertised. The tab grows by at least $200 million every day. Source: MSNBC - Matt Brassey

    "More than 8,000 computer viruses are thriving worldwide, and three to six new ones are created every day." Tuttle, Cameron. (1997) The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide. San Francisco California: Chronicle Books. -- Brant Hestrup

    "Hackers infiltrate Pentagon computers more than 160,000 times a year. Roughly 65% succeed on their first try." Tuttle, Cameron. (1997) The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide. San Francisco California: Chronicle Books. -- Brant Hestrup

    7. Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education and Religion Stats

    7A. Culture: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    "Nationwide, there were 7.4 million scientists and engineers in the United States in 2005, representing 5 percent of the total labor force. However, the concentration of scientists and engineers varies significantly in different parts of the country." With our current estimated population being approximately 301,000,000, I think that's doing pretty well. Hopefully, we see a shift towards more advanced occupations in the United States by 2012 which will help keep us innovating even if it means outsourcing large majorities of the manufacturing. Source: Population Reference Bureau -Chris Schoerning

    • More than 49 million active users in 2007
    • An average of 200,000 new registrations per day since Jan. 2007
    • An average of 3% weekly growth since Jan. 2007
    • Active users have doubled since Facebook expanded registration in Sept. 2006
    Source: -Trenton Kennedy 

    7B. Culture: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    More people can identify the golden arches of McDonald's than the Christian cross(Williams, J. (2004). R. Bernardo, Ed.50 Facts That Should Change The World. New York, NY) - Steven Janca

    Average Number Of TV Channels Receivable in 1985 18.8 in 2001 89.2 This is making it look like that shows talking about having 500+ channels in the future are incorrect.
    Source: PVR Blog, 2004 - Cody Ziegler

    2006 U.S. Economic Literacy at 12th grade. Key Findings:
    • The average economics score of male students was higher than the average score of female students.
    • White and Asian/Pacific Islander students scored higher, on average, than other racial/ethnic groups.
    • Students from large city schools had lower average scores than students in other locations.
    • Students whose parents had higher levels of education exhibited higher performance in economics.
    • Most students study some economics in high school.
    Source:Mead, N., and Sandene, B. (2007). The Nation’s Report Card: Economics 2006 (NCES 2007–475). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. -EduardoAguirre
    Family life
    • There were approximately 2,230,000 marriages in 2005 -- down from 2,279,000 the previous year, despite a total population increase of 2.9 million over the same period.
    • The marriage rate in 2005 (per 1,000) was 7.5, down from 7.8 the previous year.
    • The divorce rate in 2005 (per 1,000 people) was 3.6 -- the lowest rate since 1970, and down from 4.2 in 2000 and from 4.7 in 1990. (The peak was at 5.3 in 1981, according to the Associated Press.)
    • 8.1% of coupled households consist of unmarried heterosexual partners, according to The State of Our Unions 2005, a report issued by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. The same study said that only 63% of American children grow up with both biological parents -- the lowest figure in the Western world.
    • In 2004, the state with the highest reported divorce rate was Nevada, at 6.4 (per 1,000). Arkansas was a close second, with a divorce rate of 6.3, followed by Wyoming at 5.3. The District of Columbia had the lowest reported divorce rate, at 1.7, followed by Massachusetts at 2.2 and Pennsylvania at 2.5. (Figures were not complete for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, or Oklahoma.

    Only 0.7% (just over 1 million people) of the U.S. Labor Force (151.4 million people, 2006) is made up of farming, forestry, and fishing1. While World of Warcraft, an extremely popular persistent online game, has well over 2 million current U.S. subscribers2. Keep that in mind next time a politician says farmers are the “real Americans”. Source:: -Trenton Kennedy

    Sixty-two percent of Americans report that they are saving and/or investing. However, more than 40 percent of all Americans save less than 5 percent of their annual household income. Sixteen percent save between 5 and 10 percent. Only nine percent save more than 20 percent of their annual income. --Camren Hughes

    China's population will hit 1.36 billion by 2010 (Source: The Scientists Mind,, January 12, 2007) Noah Watkins China's population aged over 60 will jump from the current 143 million to 430 million by 2040. (Source: The Scientists Mind,, January 12, 2007) 

    7C. Culture: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    Media. Corporate media abandon unpaid political news. "Media corporations don't cover political news anymore. Political news coverage in 2000 was half what it was in 1996, and 1996 was half what it was in 1992. In 1981 the media received $80 million in political ads. By 2000 this had grown to $1 billion. The third leading source of revenue for media today is political ads. So if you are a politician today, the only way your issues, views, and polices get heard is through paid political ads. This is why only multimillionaires, those complicit in the system, those who won't rock the boat, those who can spend tens and hundreds of millions of dollars on political ads can go into politics today. The media's position is that providing free airtime for politicians [as they used to have to do] is an infringement of their "corporate free speech" rights, and they recently (2002?) spent $10 million on congressional lobbying to keep it that way." Charles Lewis, Center for Public Integrity (paraphrased). Source: Orwell Rolls in His Grave (DVD).

    Children's "nature deficit disorder" will grow as a health threat. Children today are spending less time in direct contact with nature than did previous generations. The impacts are showing up not only in their lack of physical fitness, but also in the growing prevalence of hyperactivity and attention deficit. Studies show that immersing children in outdoor settings--away from television and video games--fosters more creative mental activity and concentration. (source: (Miguel Almendariz)

    “One in six people in high-stress Singapore suffer from some form of mental illness, with the rate expected to rise...” Source: Data and News Analysis, 2007 – R.J. Jundt 

    Body image. In 1970, the average age of a girl who started dieting was 14; by 1990 the average dieting age fell to 8. Source: -Chris Shaw

    Higher Education. College participation rates. While the US continues to extol the virtues of a college education it lags far behind other countries as far as completion goes. In 2006, only 17% of the US populace complete college (true?!?), somewhat odd considering 35% of all Americans take to secondary education. Source: USA Today - Roivas

    According to the Federal Communications Commission, as of September 2000, there were a total of 1,663 television licenses (and 12,717 radio licenses). The major networks all have their own television station groups which own TV stations in major markets. For instance, ABC owns 10 TV stations covering 24% of the nation. This is only owned stations and does not include the affiliated ABC television stations. News Corp operates 35 television stations, 25 of which transmit the Fox Television Network. News Corporation also owns the satellite TV provider DirectTV. CBS owns 39 television stations of which 21 are affiliated with the CBS Television Network. CBS television network has over 200 affiliates. General Electric, through NBC Universal, operates 10 TV stations and the network has more than 220 affiliates. Of the hundreds of channels available through cable and satellite, the major cable channels and broadcast networks are owned by a handful of companies. Source: - Matt Brassey

    Obesity. 3/4 of Americans will be overweight by 2015, it is currently 1 in 4 that is overweight now. Source: AlliedQuotes - Brooke Beresford
    n 1970 the average age of a girl who started dieting was 14; by 1990 the average dieting age fell to 
    "About 65% of new marriages will end in either divorce or separation." Tuttle, Cameron. (1997) The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide. San Francisco California: Chronicle Books. 
    -- Brant Hestrup

    "Half of this year’s college seniors will still be jobless a year after they graduate." Tuttle, Cameron. (1997) The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide. San Francisco California: Chronicle Books. -- Brant Hestrup

    Facts and Statistics of Autism, a growing concern:
    • 1 in 150 births(1)
    • 1 to 1.5 million Americans(2)
    • Fastest-growing developmental disability
    • 10 - 17 % annual growth
    • Growth comparison during the 1990s(3):
      • U.S. population increase: 13%
      • Disabilities increase: 16%
      • Autism increase: 172%
    • $90 billion annual cost(4)
    • 90% of costs are in adult services(4)
    • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention(4)
    • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion(5)
    Sources: -Trenton Kennedy 

    Relative Cause of Death in U.S. and our main fears. In 2004 alone, 652,486 Americans died of heart disease; 38,444 died from fatal car crashes. Fewer than 60 Americans have died from terrorist attacks, all of which were overseas, since 9/11. Sources: CDC. MSNBC. -Trenton Kennedy

    Reading. According to the Jenkins Group, 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives after HS, and the same applies to 42% of college graduates. A startling 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. As a result, 70% of the total books published do not make a profit. -Rich Armijo

    Illiteracy. According to UNESCO, today in the world there are about 1 billion illiterate adults. That's nearly 26% of the population, and 52% of those live in China or India! Only 2% of illiterates live in developed nations.--Rich Armijo

    Illiteracy US. In a study of 20 'high income' countries, the US ranked 12th on literacy tests. Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their child. A few other shocking facts:
    * 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level.
    * 20 percent of Americans are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level.
    Nearly half of all Americans read so poorly that they cannot find a single piece of information when reading a short publication. Source: - Nick Shaw

    The length of compulsory education, in years, varies greatly between First World and Third World countries. Some, such as Angola, only require 4 years of mandatory education, while many developed countries require 12-13. This gap needs to be closed, so that the developing countries can support themselves. Source: - Bill Nega 

    Most developed countries have all of their schools connected to the internet, but a depressingly small amount of African and Latin American countries have a good percentage of schools connected to the internet. -Bill Nega 

    8. Organizational: Leadership, Mgmt, Innov. & Entrep., Org. Sustainability & Development Stats

    8A. Organizational: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    8B. Organizational: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    This article goes in to detail on some of the changes that are projected to happen to our workforce by 2014. It talks of current trends in age and labor force demographics. Some 
    demographics I found interesting. Like the transportation industry is pretty much at its optimal efficiency and not growing. Other fields like education and business services are growing still. As jobs become less labor intensive from automation, more and more people will need to be educated enough to create or manage these new technologies
    Source -Christopher Sell

    8C. Organizational: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    30 to 40% of Internet use in the workplace is not related to business. (IDC Research) (Source: Shocking Statistics,, 2004)
    -Bernard Clary

    77.7% of major U.S. companies monitor employee behavior by checking their e-mail, Internet, phone calls, computer files, or by videotaping them at work. (American Management Association) (Source:Shocking Statistics,, 2004) -Bernard Clary 

    One million Americans per year, about 3,000 each day, take up smoking each year. Most of them are children

    9. Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers and Lifestyle Stats

    9A. Personal: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    Women in the Workplace. The gap between women and men's average earnings is closing as more women break through the glass ceiling. This is due in part to women entering college at a higher rate than men, 69% to 62% respectively. One in four wives now earns more than her husband. Source: 

    Workers will increasingly choose more time over more money. The productivity boom in the U.S. economy during the twentieth century created a massive consumer culture--people made more money, so they bought more stuff. In the twenty-first century, however, workers will increasingly choose to trade higher salaries for more time with their families. Nearly a third of U.S. workers recently polled said they would prefer more time off rather than more hours of paid employment. Source: - Miguel Almendariz

    Since 1994, violent crime rates have declined, reaching the lowest level ever in 2005. Source: US Dept of Justice - Eric Kaplan

    Nielsen ratings show 16% increase in consoles in home in two years. Showing why the gaming industry has become a rival to the movie industry as billions are pumped towards making the next big console hit, consoles have increased home penetration even further in recent years with the Wii and more casual games being developed for mass audience appeal. Source:

    9B. Personal: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    Estimated number of TV homes: 109.6 million. Average time kids spend watching TV each day: 4 Hours. Children spend more time watching television than in any other activity except sleep. Source: Austin Walker

    9C. Personal: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

    Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents. - Brad Reamer

    Network Security.
    - “91% of Broadband Users Have Spyware Lurking on Home Computers 
    - 97% of Broadband Parents Do Not Use Parental Controls 
    - 67% of Users Do Not Have Properly and Securely Configured Firewalls 
    - 62% Do Not Regularly Update Anti-Virus Software 
    - Despite Vulnerabilities, 86% Keep Sensitive Information on Home Computer” 
    Source: Google Answers.

    A whopping 29% of workers say they have not saved for retirement at all. Regardless of whether or not they have saved for retirement, 48% have no stocks or stock mutual funds, either inside or outside of a workplace retirement savings plan. Source: - Austin Walker

    44% of kids say they watch something different when they're alone than with their parents 25% choose MTV when alone. Source: - Austin Walker

    Watching TV more than 2 hours a day early in life can lead to attention problems later in adolescence, an 40% increase in attention problems among heavy TV viewers (>3 hours a day). Symptoms of attention problems included short attention span, poor concentration, and being easily distracted. Source: Numeric Life. - Brandon Jacobs 

    An adult has a 1 in 33 chance of losing his or her job during the next year." Tuttle, Cameron. (1997) The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide. San Francisco California: Chronicle Books.
    -- Brant Hestrup

    10. Multidisciplinary Statistics

    10A. Multidisciplinary: Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)

    The future of Agriculture from the Sciences behind it to job outlook. This article describe what the future of agricultural studies in America will be like. Most of the jobs are going toward research and development and require a Bachelor's Degree. Around 1/4 of the jobs currently for this area are employed by federal or state governments. This ensures job security for the future of Agricultural studies. Source - Christopher Sell

    10B. Multidisciplinary: Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)

    10C. Multidisciplinary: Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, Uncool or "Sick")

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