May 2014
 

Numbers on the Periphery

Issue II


Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died this month at the age of 87.

 
53

Number of pesos Marquez and his wife had between them when he sent off his initial manuscript. [1]

50,000,000

Number of copies his masterpiece, 100 Years of Solitude, has sold worldwide. [2]

 

 

As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in the McCutcheon vs. FEC trial, any individual can now give up to an aggregate of $3.5 million in any election cycle.

 
 
  Money spent by the largest ten American unions in the 2012 elections.

Money spent by the largest ten American unions in the 2012 elections. [3]

 
 

Money spent by the Koch Brothers in the 2012 elections. [4]

 

 

Despite death threats from the Taliban, an estimated seven million Afghanis voted in April’s presidential elections.

 
 
57.5
 
 

Percent of eligible American voters who voted in the 2012 Presidential elections. [5]

 
 
60

Percent of eligible Afghan voters who voted in April’s Presidential elections. [6]

 

 

Miguel Cabrera re-signed with the Detroit Tigers, putting pen to paper on a ten-year, $292 million contract.

$49,423

Amount of money Cabrera will make during each at bat in the coming decade. [7]

$122

Average amount of money SNAP-dependent US citizens receive in food assistance each month. [8]

 

This winter was the snowiest season ever recorded in Detroit’s history.[9]

 
94.8

Number of inches it snowed this winter in Detroit.[10]

  Height in inches of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Height in inches of Napoleon Bonaparte.[11]

49

Number of US states that spend more, per capita, on road maintenance than Michigan.[12]

 

In Rikers Island, New York City’s largest jail, a mentally ill homeless veteran died after being left for hours in a 100 degree cell. Jerome Murdough was on anti-psychotic and anti-seizure medication when he was arrested and charged with trespassing after being found sleeping in the stairwell of a Harlem public housing complex.

 
64

Percent of local jail inmates in the US with symptoms of serious mental illness.[13]

$4,350,000,000

Dollars cut from federal mental-health spending following the 2008 recession.[14]

 

 

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that if no dramatic changes were made to current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the planet could see a temperature hike of up to 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.

 
 
54

Percent of Americans who feel the effects of global warming have already begun.[15]

 
 
  Long-term profit the Koch Brothers are expected to earn if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved.

Long-term profit the Koch Brothers are expected to earn if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, in dollars.[16]

 

There were immigration protests held in 40 states in April’s national day of action.

 
2,057,780

Total number of deportations under President Obama.[17]

 
 
2,012,539

Total number of deportations under President George W. Bush.[18]

 

 

In the face of US warnings about their nuclear program, North Korean authorities seized a 24-year old American tourist seeking asylum.
 

 
 
55
 
 

Number of pages the Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper committed to a photo spread of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un after he was awarded The Onion’s Sexiest Man of the Year award in 2012.[19]

 


Sources:
[1] http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/18/gabriel_garcia_marquez_in_his_own
[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Gabriel-Garcia-Marquez-Only-the-Bible-sold-more-copies-than-his-book/articleshow/33923691.cms
[3] http://www.thenation.com/blog/178743/koch-brothers-spent-twice-much-2012-election-top-ten-unions-combined#
[4] http://www.thenation.com/blog/178743/koch-brothers-spent-twice-much-2012-election-top-ten-unions-combined#
[5] http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/04/06/early-tallies-show-cast-votes-afghan-election/qBfBU6ArqxuJRKWBrWuT6L/story.html
[6] http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/2012-voter-turnout
[7] http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/2012-voter-turnout
[8] http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/18SNAPavg$PP.htm
[9] http://www.wxyz.com/weather/new-record-michigan-breaks-130-year-old-snowfall-record-with-948-inches-of-snow
[10] http://www.wxyz.com/weather/new-record-michigan-breaks-130-year-old-snowfall-record-with-948-inches-of-snow
[11] http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/03/napolean-bonaparte-having-been-short-is-a-myth/
[12] http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-last-all-50-states-capita-road-spending
[13] http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Top_Story&Template=/ContentManagement /ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=38174
[14] http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Top_Story&Template=/ContentManagement/ ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=38174
[15] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/22/climate-change-poll_n_5009727.html
[16] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/keystone-xl-koch-brothers_n_4136491.html
[17] http://presente.org/deportations/
(Number valid as of 2:15 p.m. on 4/3/2014)
[18] http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/05/obama-exceeds-million-mark-deportations/7340419/
[19] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-20518929