Matters of Scale - Aid and Comfort

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Official U.S. aid pledged for tsunami relief as of late December 2004
$35 million
Official U.S. aid pledged as of mid-January 2005
$350 million
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Estimated funds (mostly private) budgeted for Bush inauguration
$30–50 million
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Japan official tsunami aid pledge
$500 million
Japan aid pledge per capita
$3.93
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Sweden official tsunami aid pledge
$75 million
Sweden tsunami aid pledge per capita
$8.33
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U.S. aid pledge per capita
$1.19
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Sweden total foreign aid, 2003
$2.1 billion
As share of GDP
0.7 percent
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Japan total foreign aid, 2003
$8.9 billion
As share of GDP
0.2 percent
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U.S. total foreign aid, 2003
$15.8 billion
As share of GDP
0.14 percent
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U.S. estimated sales of Botox (to eliminate facial wrinkles), 2003
$540 million
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U.S. spending on all cosmetic procedures, 2002
$7.7 billion
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U.S. sales of pet food and supplies, 2003
$18.9 billion
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U.S. sales of Prozac-type antidepressants, antipsychotics, and sexual dysfunction drugs (e.g., Viagra), 2003
$20.3 billion
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U.S. spending on potato chips and other salty snacks, 2002
$22 billion
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Sources: U.S., Japanese, and Swedish tsunami aid pledges: various news sources. Estimated Bush inaugural spending: CNN.com. Per-capita aid pledges: calculated with population data from CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bureau of the Census. Foreign aid totals and GDP shares: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Spending data: www.emptytomb.org/lifestylestat.php, except drug sales from www.imshealth.com and pet food/supplies data from www.mindbranch.com.