Prime-time TV gets racier
Broadcast TV is getting a whole lot racier, according to a new report by the Parents Television Council. It found 76 incidents of full nudity on prime-time network TV last year—an increase of 407 percent from the year before. The networks’ new trick is to show fully naked characters with their breasts, buttocks, and/or genitals pixelated.
Food wastage reaches forty percent
Forty percent of all food in the U.S. ends up in the trash, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The average family of four wastes $2,275 in food each year, or 20 pounds per person per month.
Los Angeles Times
Fake reviews on the Internet
At least one third of “consumer” reviews of books and other products found on the Internet are fake. The fake reviews are written by marketers, retailers, authors, friends of the sellers, and even third-party companies paid to churn out positive reviews.
The New York Times
U.S. weapons sales skyrocket
U.S. weapons sales more than tripled in 2011, according to a new congressional report. The country sold $66 billion worth of arms last year, up from $21.4 billion in 2010. America’s largest customer was Saudi Arabia, which purchased more than $33 billion worth of weapons, including dozens of F-15 fighter jets.
2016: Obama’s America, a political documentary by conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, was the sixth-best-selling movie in the country last weekend, having expanded from a limited run to 1,091 cinemas nationwide. The central thesis of the film, which has already grossed $9.1 million, is that Barack Obama’s worldview was shaped by the anti-colonialist, anti-white, and anti-Christian politics of his Kenyan father and a series of Marxist mentors.