Page 5 - Interesting Facts

China has banned reincarnation unless the government preapproves how you plan on being reborn!


Not only does this epitomize government control going overboard, it also is much more devious than it seems. You’re probably thinking the entire thing is ludicrous.

How could a government decide what happens to you in the next life? And on the surface that is how it comes across, but in reality it's purpose is to curb the influence of the Dalai Lama!

Because Buddhist monks are now banned from reincarnating without government permission, the Chinese government will technically know where the next Dalai Lama will be born.

If, for example, someone comes forward later and claims to be the new Dalai Lama, the government can simply say, “Sorry! Our records don’t seem to indicate that!” Which divides the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism.

The current Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 and claims he will not be born in Tibet in the future to escape Chinese oppression!

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Unlike most places, Woman in Algeria are more successful than men, making up 70% of lawyers, 60% of judges and more!


Unlike most places, Woman in Algeria are more successful than men!

Algeria is the largest country in Africa and 35th in world population. The country has a population of nearly 38 million after having less than 5 million at the start of the 20th century.

About 90% of Algerians live in the northern, coastal area; the inhabitants of the Sahara desert are mainly concentrated in oases, although some 1.5 million remain nomadic or partly nomadic. 28.1% of Algerians are under the age of 15.

The population is fairly split between men and women, with women making up only about one percent more than men.

Women fare a lot better here than in most places. Women make up 70% of the country's lawyers and 60% of its judges.

They also dominate the medical field and make up 60% of university students. Women are also increasingly contributing more to household income than men.

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The company that owned the World Trade Center had scheduled a meeting for 9/11/2001 on the 88th floor of tower 1 to discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, but rescheduled the night be


September 11th was a devastating time in the United States and around the world. I

t is, of course, most important to recognize the people who lost their lives that day, but there were other effects as well.

For one, what happens with the people who owned the buildings? The Port Authority owned the World Trade Center buildings but were in the process of selling them at the time of the attacks.

The new owners were actually supposed to meet in one of the buildings on September 11th to discuss what would happen in the event of a terrorist attack.

The meeting was cancelled the day before because one of the participants couldn’t make it.

Luckily, the site was insured, as overall damages were in the trillions. The attacks cost insurance companies $39.5 billion, including property, business interruption, aviation, workers’ compensation, life and liability insurance claim costs.

About two thirds of these losses were paid for by reinsurers, companies that provide insurance for insurers.

For some perspective, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing resulted in insured losses of $125 million and the Los Angeles riots of 1992 resulted in insured losses of $775 million.

At the time, September 11th was the costliest disaster in American history. It was surpassed a few years later by Hurricane Katrina.

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Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' is about the negative effects of the Vietam War on Americans, but is often misunderstood to be a patriotic or nationalistic anthem


‘Born in the USA’ is one of Bruce Springsteen’s most famous songs, but it’s often completely misunderstood. At first it may seem like a patriotic song, but in reality it’s anything but.

The song is both a tribute to Springsteen’s friends who went through Vietnam, some of which didn’t make it back, and a protest of the hardships veterans faced when returning home.

The song is a narrative, following a fictional protagonist from his working-class origins to his introduction to the armed forced to his return home.

Some scholars have looked a little more deeply into it and claim that the song is a metaphor that the imagery of the Vietnam War could be read as metaphor for "the social and economic siege of American blue-collar communities" at large, and that lyrics discussing economic devastation are likely symbolic for the effect of blind nationalism upon the working class.

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Martine Rothblatt made millions by inventing satellite radio. When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, she earned a PhD in bioethics & formed a biotech company.


Martine Rothblatt is the founder of Sirius Satellite Radio, from which she earned millions of dollars.

Her daughter Jeni, however, was diagnosed with the rare, fatal disease pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) which is caused when the artery between the heart and lungs is damaged.

Martine felt useless, stating “I was an expert in satellites, and I didn’t know anything about medicine.”

She didn’t let this feeling of helplessness last long, however. She sold her stock and started a $3 million foundation to fund research. Unfortunately not much came of this, so Martine started her own biotechnology company United Therapeutics and went for her Ph.D. in bioethics.

Investors weren’t easy to convince, but eventually she got the support she needed. The company ended up doing extremely well, with shares up 800% from the time the company went public.

The medicine had to be sold at a high price which she was not happy about at first, but that changed when she realized what other affects her company had on the market for rare disease medicine.

There were 75 specialists in PAH in the U.S. when Jeni got sick. Now 10,000 doctors treat it and a few major pharmaceutical companies carry the drugs needed to treat it. It’s still a fatal disease, but people can last a lot longer with it now.

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