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Since Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana has sold $5.9 trillion in economic recovery bonds. Of that, 1 percent has been spent on New Orleans (none on the Lower 9th Ward) and 29 percent on the state’s oil industry.

Harper’s index

Percentage change in the U.S. unemployment rate since June 2009, when the recession officially ended: +1

Chance that a heterosexual man who moved in with his partner in 2010 had been unemployed for at least a year: 1 in 4

Estimated percentage of all U.S. murders that are committed by women: 10

Percentage of executions for murder since 1977 that were of women: 1

Percentage of U.S. female senior-level executives who say they have had an affair with a male boss: 15

Estimated percentage change since 2000 in the number of management positions in U.S. companies held by women: 0

Percentage change in reading scores for public-school fourth graders since No Child Left Behind became law: +1

Number of delayed-notice search warrants granted by federal judges last year under the Patriot Act: 1,150

Number that were related to drug offenses and terrorism, respectively: 844, 6

Number of times between January and June that Google turned over user information to government investigators: 4,287

Date a congressional report called the number of government entities to be created by the health care law “unknowable”: July 8, 2010

Estimated percentage change in the poverty rate in the developing world since 1990: -40

Change if China is not included in this figure: -18

Estimated value of Chinese household income that goes unreported: $1,400,000,000,000

Portion of China’s GDP this represents: 1/3

Portion of all pencils, pens and crayons sold last year that were manufactured in China: 1/3