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September 22, 2014

A rare sight: Congress working a full work-week

  • 4,700 the number of days since January 1, 1978 that both chambers of Congress have been in session at the exact same time, out of 13,000-plus total days. To put that another way, Congress works a little fewer than half of all weekdays on average—and they really like taking Fridays off. source
10:39 // 15 hours ago
September 2, 2014

Don’t worry about Eric Cantor, he’ll be fine.

  • $1.4M the size of the sign-on bonus Eric Cantor received for joining a Wall Street bank after resigning from Congress. It’s part of a $3.4 million compensation deal with the investment bank Moelis. Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, left his post after losing a primary earlier this year. Nice cushion. source
10:51 // 2 weeks ago
August 19, 2014
13:06 // 1 month ago
July 18, 2014

Did Malaysia Airlines choose cost savings over safety in Ukraine?

  • 10 the number of minutes that Malaysia Airlines likely saved on its flight time by having its planes travel over Ukraine instead of around the volatile country. It also probably saved $1,500 in jet fuel, or 2 percent of the total cost of fuel used on the flight, according to the aviation firm masFlight. Other airlines, however, have made a point of avoiding the airspace, particularly the Australian airline Qantas. Critics, including former NTSB officials, suggest that Malaysia Airlines took too big a risk by flying over the region. source
18:18 // 2 months ago
July 6, 2014

Here’s why pot smokers might have a problem getting a legal high in Washington

  • 2,600 the number of would-be marijuana growers that applied after Washington state legalized marijuana in 2012.
  • 80 the number of growers, out of that gigantic pool, that successfully received licenses to grow marijuana. Part of the problem is that the state’s Liquor Control Board faces a huge backlog of applicants.
  • 560k the size, in square footage, of the marijuana farms currently in production that have received state approval. That’s the size of just 10 football fields—and that’s leading to concerns about a shortage when legal marijuana sales begin this week. source
15:44 // 2 months ago
July 5, 2014

Egypt’s economic tank is starting to sputter. The result? Pain at the pump.

  • 70% the reported increase in fuel prices in some parts of Egypt after the country severely cut its energy subsidies, blaming a need for austerity measures. Prices for other basic amenities, like electricity, were also expected to increase as a result of the austerity measures. source
17:18 // 2 months ago

African countries try to get ahead of massive Ebola outbreak

  • 11 the number of African nations that are joining forces to take on a fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus. Among the countries taking part include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
  • 759 cases have been reported as a result of the current outbreak as of June 30, with 467 having led to fatalities. source
15:28 // 2 months ago
May 29, 2014

Exit, Donald Sterling. Enter, Steve Ballmer

  • $2B the amount ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is paying for the Los Angeles Clippers, taking it out of the hands of Donald Sterling. The result is that we’ll see a lot less racism and controversy and hopefully a few courtside scenes like these. Ballmer becomes the second former Microsoft exec to own a NBA team, after Paul Allen. source
23:18 // 3 months ago
May 8, 2014

The deadly, lingering toll of illnesses caused by Ground Zero

  • 60 the number of police officers who died at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of September 11, 2001—a scene filled with toxic chemicals, debris, and many heroic efforts by said officers.
  • 71 the number of police officers who since have died of diseases directly brought on by the health hazards of their heroic efforts that day; like the officers that died that day, their names have been added to the New York State Police Officers’ Memorial in nearby Albany. source
19:28 // 4 months ago
April 19, 2014

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, drug industry edition

  • $6.3B the value of the free samples that prescription drug companies offered to medical facilities in 2011. Sounds like a great deal, right? Not really—according to the latest edition of JAMA Dermatology, the drugs actually ending up helping out the drug companies more than patients. Why’s that? Because, quite often, these free samples are for costlier brand-name drugs—so while the first one is free, the ones you have to take down the line will cost ya. source
14:43 // 5 months ago