Since the First Earth Day, the World Population Has Doubled

It’s the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, and it’s never been more important. Since the worldwide event first celebrated environmental protection back in 1970, the world population has nearly doubled. That’s a seriously sobering fact, for an obvious reason. Even if we have more knowledge of threats to the earth than we did 45 years ago, and even if we are taking action to treat our home planet kindly, there are literally twice as many people creating an impact every day.

Why Tax Law Screws Actors, Screenwriters & Directors

Unless you’re getting a seriously fat tax return, April 15th isn’t your favorite day. But if you’re an actor, screenwriter or director, tax day can especially hurt. The US tax code disproportionately penalizes these careers in some unique ways while often giving others a miss, or at least not hitting so hard.

Is College Drinking on the Decline? The Latest Freshmen Say “Yes”

College drinking is on the decline, and it’s been that way for the past decade. That’s according to “The American Freshman: National Norms” reports from UCLA (CIRP/HERI). It found that over the last 10 years entering freshman consistently reported less and less drinking, with the number of students reporting “frequent” or “occasional” beer, wine and spirits drinking dropping by a sizable 25%. Students also reported a large decline in partying, with a growing share saying they didn’t party at all.

Who is Most Likely to Die of Alcohol Poisoning? Middle-Aged People

For many people, the term binge drinking conjures up visions of wild frat parties filled with poor youthful decisions. But if you look at what age group is most at risk from alcohol poisoning, the majority of deaths are actually happening to middle aged people between 45 and 54 – a staggering 34% of total alcohol poisoning deaths.

Guess What The Most Popular Dot GOV Website Is Right Now?

You knew it already. IRS.gov is the hottest website right now out of all the US government websites… not that anyone really wants to be there. At this time of the year that website gets a massive hit, but the rest of the time you’ll find people at the next choices down our list of most trafficked dot gov sites — namely Weather.gov and its forecasting service (highly reliable in our experience).

Is FOX News the Most Trusted Network? This Poll Says “Yes”

Fox News is the most trusted network and cable news in the United States. That’s according to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month which revealed that 29% of Americans say they trust the coverage from Fox. Depending on where you fall in the political spectrum, that might be a surprise, or a no-brainer.

The University of Phoenix Has Lost Half of Its Students in Just 5 Years

You read that right. The University of Phoenix has lost half of its students. Five years ago the institution had about 460,000 students, today that number is just 213,000. That’s a huge share by any measure of business (and the for-profit university is certainly one of those). Why such a large decline?

For the First Time Ever, Streaming Music Tops CD Sales

It had to happen sometime. Last year, for the first time ever, income for streaming music from services like Pandora and Spotify was higher than sales for CDs.

That’s according to a report released this month by the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major recording companies. To be fair it was a pretty dismal year for music sales in general, but that follows the downward trend we’ve seen for years. With the near unlimited selection, and low (to no) cost for streaming services, it was only a matter of time before CDs had to face the music.

1 in 3 Americans Lives With a Gun, But That’s the Lowest Rate in 40 Years

The number of Americans who have a gun in their household is at the lowest rate ever. According to the NORC’s General Social Survey, 32% of Americans either own a gun themselves or live with someone who does. That’s down from the 1970s and 1980s when nearly half of the country lived with a gun.

Bill Gates Has Donated More Money Than The ENTIRE FORTUNE of Most Tech Billionaires

Bill Gates is famous for starting Microsoft, amassing the largest fortune in the world, and now, giving a huge amount of money back. While those first two items are probably the most well known, a quick look at the immense scale of Bill’s giving will probably make you appreciate that even more. According to two lists from Forbes (their famous “Rich List” and “America’s Top 50 Givers), Bill Gates has given away more money than the entire fortune of most tech billionaires. 6 out of 10 to be exact.