Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 04, 2014

Ranks of telemarketer, ex, debt collector and friend on the list of the various persons whose calls smartphone users block, according to a study by WhitePages: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Dotted Line Communications.

Percentage of male bosses who admit to having an inappropriate relationship with their secretaries, according to a poll by SeekingArrangement.com: 28

Percentage of men who reported they had not slept with their secretaries -- but they would if given the chance: 25

Source: SeekingArrangement.com.

Average percentage lower tax rates that S&P 100 companies pay on international taxes than U.S. taxes, according to analysis by WalletHub: 30

Percentage lower tax rates that tech companies -- including Apple, EBay and Google -- pay abroad than in the U.S.: 80

Number of S&P 100 companies that are actually paying a negative overall tax rate and are therefore due a tax refund (Abbott Laboratories, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, AIG, Bristol-Myers and Verizon): 6

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) who said communication (lack of face time) is their greatest challenge in managing a remote workforce, according to a survey by Robert Half Technology: 30

Percentage who cited productivity (lack of insight into how work gets done): 22

Source: Robert Half Technology.

Percentage of Americans who consider their lifestyle to be mostly or completely "green," according to a survey by RetailMeNot.com: 44

Percentage of respondents who say the top reason they have for not living a completely green lifestyle is because it is too expensive: 42

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Participation rate in the overall labor force of non-institutionalized Americans near or at retirement age (ages 55 or older) in 2013, according to a report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey: 40.3

In 2012, percentage of the workforce represented by Americans aged 55 to 64: 19.2

Percentage of the workforce represented by Americans aged 65 or older: 7

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of Americans who believe economic inequality in the U.S. today is a problem, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 79

Percentage who believe more specifically that it's a major problem: 54

Source: Harris Interactive.

In 2010, of the 64.8 million children of a "householder" who were under the age of 18, percentage who were the biological children of the householder, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 93

Percentage who were stepchildren: 4

Percentage who were adopted children: 2

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of grill owners who feel happy when they fire up the grill, according to the 25th annual Weber GrillWatch survey: 56

Ranks of relaxation, a sense of accomplishment, excitement and being adventurous on the list of positive feelings evoked by the act of grilling: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Weber-Stephen Products Co.

Percentage of Americans who confirm their town or city offers "curbside collection" of recyclables, according to a survey commissioned ahead of Earth Day by the National Waste & Recycling Association: 55

Percentage of Americans who say they're clear on what materials go in recycling bins: 67

Percentage who know it is necessary to rinse used food containers before placing them into recycling receptacles: 64

Source: National Waste & Recycling Association.

Idle Thought

"Broaden your horizons / Open different doors / You may find a you there / That you never knew was yours." -- Mary Poppins

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)