Friday, December 19, 2014


…Sometimes the world is a scary place. 
Two days ago the Taliban invaded a school in Pakistan, killing 145 children, most between the ages of 12 and 16.
The next day Boko Haram terrorists in Africa kidnapped over 200 women and children.
Last month there was this:

Isis has executed at least 150 women for refusing to marry militants in Iraq, Turkish media has reported.
A statement released by Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights on Tuesday said the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah.
Some of the women killed were pregnant at the time
At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage," the statement said.
It’s enough to make a person sick…

…But changing gears, here are some other things I learned this week:

With the drop in gasoline prices of late, it’s estimated that U.S. drivers will save a combined $350 million every day.

A loss of $10 per barrel of oil costs Russia the equivalent of $15 billion dollars a year and could send the country into a stark recession.

A recent poll  revealing 71% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country and just 49% predict 1025 will be better—the first time since 1990 that optimism for the year ahead has dipped below 50%

Americas are far more likely to kill themselves than each other.  Homicides have fallen by half since 1991, but the suicide rate keeps climbing.  The nearly 40,000 American lives lost each year make suicide the nation’s 10th-leading cause of death, and the second-leading killer for those ages 15-34

Colorado brings in $1 billion each year from elk hunting season.  The state is home to 267,00 elk, and about 43,000 are harvested each year.

Americans spend $1.09 billion on Thrillers each year, just slightly ahead of Romance novels at $1.08 billion.  86% of Romance readers are women, 16% men

The earth is headed toward its hottest year ever recorded, along with its highest level of atmospheric carbon dioxide in at least 800,000 years

Nevada is the driest state in America averaging a mere 9.5 inches of rain annually

The number of men growing mustaches in November had grown from 2,180 in 2007 to 219,953 in 2013

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