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Copyright piracy costs U.S. $58 billion annually

Cost to the United States in annual economic output due to theft of copyright-protected products, including motion pictures, video games, sound recordings, and business and entertainment software, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Innovation: $58 billion

Number of jobs lost by U.S. workers through copyright industry piracy: 373,375

Estimated annual earnings lost by U.S. workers: $16.3 billion

Estimated tax dollars lost annually by the U.S. government: $2.6 billion

Source: Institute for Policy Innovation.

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Percentage of U.S. adults who say they know their kid(s) best, according to a survey conducted by BIGResearch: 68

Percentage of males who say they know their kid(s) best: 44.5

Percentage of females who say the same thing: 92

Percentage of males who say their spouse/partner knows their kid(s) best: 53.4

Percentage of females who say the same thing: 5.9

Source: BIGresearch.

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Percentage of U.S. workers who say they are well-paid, according to an International Herald Tribune/France 24/Harris Interactive survey in the United States and the five largest European countries (Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Spain): 63

Percentage of British workers who say the same: 52

Percentage of German workers who say the same: 51

Percentage of Spanish workers who say the same: 50

Percentage of Italian workers who say the same: 46

Percentage of French workers who say the same: 42

Source: Harris Interactive.

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Percentage of Americans who say they have a personal prejudice against Hispanics, according to a survey conducted by ABC News: 10

Percentage of Americans who say they sometimes or often come into contact with others who speak Spanish rather than English: 78

Percentage of those who say this bothers them: 33

Source: ABC News.

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Ranks of Washington, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island among the states with the highest gas tax per gallon, according to a study by CCH: 1, 2, 3

Number of states that charge more than 30 cents per gallon in gas tax: 4

Amount charged by Washington per gallon, the highest in the country: 36 cents

Source: CCH.

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On average, amount U.S. grandparents spend on grandchildren per year, according to a study conducted by two Sacramento State University professors on behalf of Liberty Reverse Mortgage: $27.5 billion

Source: Liberty Reverse Mortgage.

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Estimated number of workdays lost each year due to chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension, according to a report released by the American Hospital Association: 164 million

Estimated annual cost to employers: $30 billion

Source: American Hospital Association.

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Percentage of senior executives who said that when dealing with mergers and acquisitions, they ranked people issues as extremely or very important, according to a business outlook survey conducted by Barometer Surveys: 84

Percentage who saw integration as a top priority: 80

Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Ranks of Captain Jack Sparrow ("Pirates of the Caribbean"), Spider-Man and Dracula as the most popular movie-themed costumes for men this Halloween, according to a survey by Fandango: 1, 2, 3

Rank of Catwoman, Tinkerbell and Cinderella as the most popular movie-themed costumes for women this Halloween: 1, 2, 3

Source: Fandango.

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Percentage of men who believe that working on home improvement projects with another family member strengthens the relationship, according to the Dremel "Do-It-Yourself" Index Survey: 44

Percentage of women who feel the same way: 31

Source: Dremel.

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Percentage of employers who reported difficulty finding skilled accounting and finance professionals, according to the Robert Half International Global Financial Employment Monitor: 56

Percentage who expressed concern about losing top performers to other job opportunities: 43

Source: Robert Half International.


John MacIntyre has been writing Figuratively Speaking since 1989. You can contact him by e-mail at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca