A compendium of revealing stats
(Fortune Magazine) -- Bing bling
Donation by Hollywood mogul Stephen L. Bing to the campaign for Prop. 87, a California referendum that would tax oil companies and give the money to clean-fuel research. It's the biggest single donation in California history. Big Oil has donated $30 million to fight the proposed tax, which would cost it $4 billion over ten years.
Reported price of a counterfeit 80GB iPod in Mexico City - the real thing costs $350. Bloggers have also spotted fake Nanos in the Philippines ($77) and India ($65). Knockoffs haven't turned up in the U.S. yet.
Typical reduction in Ebitda for big U.S. companies to lower carbon emissions to 10% below 2005 levels by 2012, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. It assumes a price of $25 for each ton of carbon reduced, the going rate on Europe's emissions-trading market.
On the lighter side
Award plantiffs lawyers are seeking in a new round of tobacco lawsuits for claims that light cigarettes are healthier. Lawyers say smokers deserve $120 billion- and any damages would be tripled because the case will be tried using RICO laws.
Televisions per person in U.S. households. This is the first year in Nielsen's 31-year survey that TVs outnumbered people in U.S. homes. Today 19% of homes have just one TV, vs. 57% back in 1975.