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Friday, June 24, 2011

Economic factoids & Supermodels

~ Bar Refaeli

Admittedly I prefer not doing postings like this.

Ants & Grasshoppers provides useful information and is one of the few sites on the blogosphere that not only represents and genuinely cares about the everyday person, but does not advertise, or seek any kind of financial compensation. We aren't hawking gold or silver.  We don't seek donations or subscriptions.  A&G's wants nothing from you the reader except for you to spread the word to friends, family, coworkers, etc, about this site so others can be informed and aware of the reality of the economic situation facing us all in the near future.

We currently receive on average about 21,000 visitors a day. All of you, from the US & Canada, to Brazil & Germany, to Great Britain & Australia are appreciated for taking the time to visit.  But as stated previous, A&G wants to inform as many people as possible so we will use humor, pop culture reference points or photos of supermodels to bring people in that otherwise would ignore an economics blog.

To those offended, apologies given, but the ultimate purpose of A&G does not change nor waver- to present knowledge of the global economic reality, and prepare people for the future, by any creative means as necessary.

Without further ado.. Some factoids and of course- supermodels...

~ Brooklyn Decker
**  As of June 11th, the number of 'officially' unemployed Americans is 3,697,000.  This doesn't count seasonal hires, part-timers, those out of work for extended period or those who've given up looking for work completely  -- source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

~Gisele Bundchen
**  Commercial Real Estate dropped 3.7% in April, 2011 compared to March and dropped 13% from a year earlier. It’s now 49% below the peak of October 2007 and at its lowest point in data going back to December 2000.  Source:  Moody's

~ Adriana Lima
**  the International Energy Agency (IEA) and US plan releasing 60 million barrels of oil from their reserves. This equals about 80% of the amount of oil the world uses in one day.  Source: Business Insider

~ Joanna Krupa
**  Did you know: The last time the United States had a President that did not send the US military into any war, "Operation", 'limited' conflict or military action of any kind was Jimmy Carter (1977-81)

~  Heidi Klum
**Time to stock up on Coke (Coca-Cola that is).  The beverage company announced plans to hike prices 3 to 4% due to still surging commodity costs.  Prices go into effect on July 1st.  Source: AP

~ Laetitia Casta
** Part time workers average $19,000/yr in salary - 50% of the median income.  Source: AP

~Noemie Lenoir
**  The last time the US National Debt was paid off was in 1835- the great Andrew Jackson was President (the guy on the $20 bill)

Happy Saturday everyone...