Access to classified information
More than 4.9 million people—many of them working for private companies—have some level of access to classified U.S. government information. About 1.4 million have access to information classified as “top secret.”
The government's surveillance applications
The federal government made 33,900 surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1979 through 2012. The court approved all but 11, or 99.97 percent.
The Wall Street Journal
The world's daily bytes
An estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data are created daily. Thanks largely to the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices, 90 percent of all the digital data in the world was created within the last two years.
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Is America splitting apart?
Either the Republicans or Democrats control both the legislature and the governor’s office in all but 13 states. As a result, blue states are moving to the left on issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, unions, and taxes, while red states are moving to the right. In effect, America is splitting apart without an actual civil war.
Allowable levels of insects
The average American eats one to two pounds of dead insects and insect parts a year that are contained in such foods as pasta, spinach, broccoli, cereal, rice, and beer. The Food and Drug Administration has allowable levels of insects for various foods; beer, for example, can contain up to 2,500 aphids per 10 grams of hops.