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  SixBillion.org// Battleground States
Six Billion contributor Albert Maysles' documentary coverage of the "Vote for Change" tour appears on the Sundance Channel, October 2004.
Hear Six Billion contributor Nancy Updike's report about private contractors in Iraq, a story for which she was awarded a Scripps Howard Foundation award.
Six Billion contributor William T. Vollmann is a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction.
www.sixbillion.org   (399 words)

  Billion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The word "billion" and its equivalents in other languages refer to either one million million or one thousand million, depending on whether the writer is using the long scale or the short scale.
About a billion hours ago, modern human beings and their ancestors were living in the Stone Age (more precisely, the Middle Paleolithic).
A billion meters is almost three times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Billion   (601 words)

 U.S. International Transactions News Release
Other contributors to the increase in the deficit were a decrease in the surplus on income to $1.6 billion from $30.4 billion and a small increase in net outflows (payments) for unilateral current transfers to $82.9 billion from $80.9 billion.
In the third quarter, the current-account deficit was revised to $185.4 billion from $195.8 billion.
The goods deficit was revised to $197.3 billion from $197.9; the services surplus was revised to $15.9 billion from $15.1 billion; the income surplus was revised to $4.9 billion from $0.5 billion; and unilateral current transfers were revised to net outflows of $8.9 billion from net outflows of $13.5 billion.
www.bea.gov /bea/newsrel/transnewsrelease.htm   (3766 words)

 Increase in War Funding Sought (washingtonpost.com)
A $70 billion request would be considerably larger than lawmakers had anticipated earlier this year.
The two bills combined suggest the cost of combat is escalating from the $65 billion spent by the military in 2004 and the $62.4 billion allocated in 2003, as U.S. troops face insurgencies that have proven far more lethal than expected at this point.
In August, Congress approved $25 billion for the war as a bridge to the larger request the president promised for early 2005.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A62554-2004Oct25.html   (1028 words)

 Farm Program Pays $1.3 Billion to People Who Don't Farm - washingtonpost.com
An investigation by The Washington Post found that billions of dollars in crop payments were paid out over the past six years, with a good deal of the money going to people who don't farm.
Nationwide, the federal government has paid at least $1.3 billion in subsidies for rice and other crops since 2000 to individuals who do no farming at all, according to an analysis of government records by The Washington Post.
In 2005 alone, when pretax farm profits were at a near-record $72 billion, the federal government handed out more than $25 billion in aid, almost 50 percent more than the amount it pays to families receiving welfare.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/01/AR2006070100962.html   (890 words)

 Classroomtools.com Warm-up Activity - Interesting Numbers - How Big Is A Billion?
The fact that the middle and high school students in my experience are so far off in their attempts to estimate answers to this sort of problem, proves to me that our school systems are failing to instill this fundamental grasp of number.
In Britain, however, one billion is defined as 1,000,000 million (one million million, or what we in the U.S. call a trillion).
The nearly two and three quarter million years between today on the calendar and the final accumulation of one billion (British) dollars is nearly equivalent to the time span between the disappearance of Australophithecus Afarensis (the species represented by the "Lucy" skeleton discovered by Donald Johanson in the mid-70s) and today.
www.classroomtools.com /billion.htm   (931 words)

 National Priorities Project Cost of Iraq War Notes and Sources
NPP's analysis of the administration's request indicates that $60.8 billion of the request would be for the Iraq War (both military and non-military).
UNAIDS, spoke of the need for "a minimum $10 billion needed annually to mount an effective, comprehensive response in low- and middle-income countries." In reporting to the UN General Assembly in September, 2003, on the proceedings of the
To account for inflation and provide a margin for error, the Cost of War calculator uses a figure of $3 billion to calculate the number of years that the war in Iraq could pay for the immunization of all children in the developing world.
www.costofwar.com /numbers.html   (920 words)

But $87 billion is an impossibly high number for anyone to visualize.
If we spread the $87 billion over an American football field, we would not be able to see much of the game.
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved $81 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a spending bill that would push the total cost of combat and reconstruction past $300 billion.
www.crunchweb.net /87billion   (1101 words)

 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Billion
This is known in French as the échelle courte ("short scale") and is now generally used by most English-speaking countries, as well as Brazil, Turkey and Greece.
The numeral trillion refers to one of two number values, depending on the context of where and how it is being used.
The word "billion" and its equivalents in other languages refer to one of two different numbers, depending on whether the writer is using the long or short scale.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Billion   (1856 words)

 Rumsfeld's $9 billion slush fund. By Fred Kaplan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Most of the supplemental request is fairly straightforward: $32 billion to maintain the tempo of military operations, $18 billion for military personnel, $5.1 billion for security and a new Iraqi army, $5.7 billion for electrical power, and so forth.
Not less than $1.4 billion, to remain available until expended, may be used, notwithstanding any other provision of law, for payments to reimburse Pakistan, Jordan, and other key cooperating nations, for logistics, military and other support provided, or to be provided, to United States military operations.
The entire $87 billion request is officially designated "an emergency requirement." Yet much of it is broken down into specific line-items or at least general categories of spending.
slate.msn.com /id/2089674   (1005 words)

 CBS News | GM Loses $4.8 Billion in Fourth Quarter
Revenue was $51.2 billion for the quarter, down slightly from $51.4 billion a year ago.
GM said it expects to spend between $3.6 billion and $12 billion on benefits that were promised to Delphi workers.
Wall Street analysts were expecting a loss of 16 cents per share on revenue of $41.7 billion in the fourth quarter, according to a survey by Thomson Financial.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2006/01/26/ap/business/mainD8FCDFA06.shtml   (676 words)

 The Seattle Times: Nation & World: $401.7 billion defense budget omits Iraq, Afghanistan costs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
That is nearly a $1.2 billion increase over this year, according to budget books provided by the Pentagon.
Weapons procurement is weighted heavily in favor of new planes and other aircraft, including $11 billion for the controversial F-22 Raptor, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, all of which have had cost overruns in recent years.
The Pentagon also plans to spend $1.6 billion on satellite and laser-guided bombs, Tomahawk missiles and other precision munitions, all of which have been used heavily in combat operations since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/nationworld/2001849555_military03.html   (958 words)

 CNN.com - Vivendi posts $12 billion loss - August 14, 2002
It wrote off 11 billion euros associated with Messier's $70 billion spending spree that lumped Vivendi with a debt pile of 35 billion euros, a figure that includes debt belonging to its water and sewage utility.
Messier spent billions building up the empire to challenge the world's biggest media group, AOL Time Warner (AOL), which is the parent of CNN.
Acquisitions included a $30 billion buyout of Canada's Seagram and a $10.3 billion purchase of USA Networks, a cable and entertainment company run by Hollywood mogul Barry Diller.
www.cnn.com /2002/BUSINESS/08/14/vivendi.loss/index.html   (436 words)

 DefenseLINK News: Congress Sends $416.2 Billion Budget to President   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Excluding supplementals and the $25 billion Emergency Wartime Appropriation to cover the costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is still a $25 billion increase over fiscal 2004.
Excluding supplementals and the $25 billion wartime fund, this is still a $25 billion increase over fiscal 2004.
Research and development is pegged at almost $70 billion, including money for continued development of the Joint Strike Fighter, unmanned aerial vehicles and the Army's future combat system.
www.defenselink.mil /news/Jul2004/n07262004_2004072604.html   (603 words)

 Names for Large Numbers
The English names for large numbers are coined from the Latin names for small numbers n by adding the ending -illion suggested by the name "million." Thus billion and trillion are coined from the Latin prefixes bi- (n = 2) and tri- (n = 3), respectively.
This is primarily due to American finance, because Americans insist that $1 000 000 000 be called a billion dollars.
Anyone who uses the words "billion" and "trillion" internationally should make clear which meaning of those words is intended.
www.unc.edu /~rowlett/units/large.html   (670 words)

 PPI: U.S. Sugar Subsidies: $1.2 Billion a Year
For context, $320 billion is a bit more than the currency-basis $310 billion GDP of all 48 sub-Saharan African countries combined, while $125 billion is about double the value of all foreign aid donations.
Alternatively, $320 billion is about equal to the economies of mid-size states like Massachusetts and Georgia, and $125 billion is comparable to those of Louisiana, Iowa, or South Carolina.
Others include 4.4 billion euros to produce butter, 2.7 billion for olive oil, 1.9 billion for tomatoes, 900 million for wine, 543 million for pears, 535 million for cucumbers, and so on through barley, clementines, kumquats, tobacco, dried milk, apricots, artichokes, grapes, lentils, chick peas, hops, oats, and hemp.
www.ppionline.org /ppi_ci.cfm?knlgAreaID=108&subsecID=900003&contentID=253294   (681 words)

 FactCheck.org Kerry Exaggerates Cost of War in Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
The $200 billion figure also is used in a Kerry-Edwards TV ad: "Wrong Choice" (see script at left) released Sept. 7.
Nevertheless, Kerry further pads the $144 billion figure by adding another $60 billion that his campaign says the Bush administration is expected to ask for after the election, as a supplemental appropriation.
Kerry would be correct to say the cost of the war in Iraq "is now $120 billion and counting." He would be well within the bounds of argument to say "this war will cost $200 billion," by some unspecified date in the future.
www.factcheck.org /article.aspx?docID=253   (1194 words)

 Annual ad spending exceeds $141 billion / Internet advertising shows largest percentage gain
The one exception was national radio, where advertising dropped from $2.635 billion in 2003 to $2.16 billion in 2004, a decline of 0.7 percent.
It was $112.5 billion in 2001; $117.3 billion in 2002; $128.5 billion in 2003; and up to $141 billion last year.
It was at $6.5 billion in 2001, $5.7 billion in 2002, $6.1 billion in 2003 and $7.4 billion last year.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/03/10/BUG7TBN0JP1.DTL   (774 words)

 How Rummy hid $40 billion. By Fred Kaplan
Second, whatever the budget totals, tens of billions in defense spending could be slashed if the president followed the principle he laid down in his State of the Union Address last week—to "substantially reduce or eliminate" all programs that "do not fulfill essential priorities."
According to the Pentagon's press release (and the many news stories taken from it), the Bush administration is requesting a military budget of $419.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2006, which amounts to a 4.8 percent increase over the $400.1 billion of FY 2005.
Well, it's a slight cut from last year's $10.5 billion but, given this program's continued testing failures and ambitions that seem beyond the scope of modern engineering and physics, the time may be particularly ripe for a swipe.
www.slate.com /id/2113274   (1420 words)

 American Encyclopedia - The Billion and Beyond
In the UK, a billion is 1,000,000,000,000 (10^12) but in the US it is only 1,000,000,000 (10^9).
So, a billion is really two -illions, or with 2*6 zeros, a trillion is with 3*6 zeros, a decillion is 10*6 zeros and so on, up to a centillion, which is 100-illions, or 600 zeros.
The US system was modelled on the old French system, but in the 1940s, the French system was brought in line with the UK system.
www.miketodd.net /encyc/million.htm   (195 words)

 FTD - Congressional Highlights
Goods were $82.1 billion in March, up from $80.4 billion in February, and services were $32.6 billion in March, up from $32.1 billion in February.
Goods were $148.8 billion in March, down from $150.2 billion in February, and services were $27.8 billion in March, down from $28.0 billion in February.
The February to March change in imports of services reflected a decrease in royalties and license fees ($0.6 billion), which had been boosted in February by payments for broadcast rights for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games; this decrease was partly offset by increases in travel ($0.2 billion) and other transportation ($0.1 billion).
www.census.gov /indicator/www/ustrade.html   (793 words)

 '04 Election Cost Estimate: Nearly $4 Billion
The estimate represents a 30 percent increase over the $3 billion spent on federal elections four years ago.
Individual contributions will total $2.5 billion by the end of the current election cycle, according to the Center’s estimates.
That represents a significant jump over the $1.5 billion in individual contributions raised in the 2000 election cycle.
www.opensecrets.org /pressreleases/2004/04spending.asp   (1266 words)

 AOL loses $44.9 billion in fourth quarter - Jan. 30, 2003
Company-wide revenue rose to $11.4 billion from $10.6 billion, as strong box office and DVD sales and improving ad revenue from old line media such as television and magazines overcame declining revenue at AOL.
The reduced value in the cable operations was a surprise and not good news for a company that is planning an initial public offering of a minority stake in the unit sometime later this year as one of its moves to reduce debt.
The company was able to reduce its long-term debt level to $27.4 billion from $28.2 billion at the end of the third quarter, although that number is well above the $22.8 billion debt level of a year earlier.
money.cnn.com /2003/01/29/technology/aol   (1423 words)

 Billions and Billions
A Spanish "billion" is in English a "trillion".
Although Italy had been the first country to make use of the word "million," it was slow in adopting the word "billion." Even in the 15th edition of Tartaglia's arithmetic the word does not appear.
As to the American usage, taking a billion to mean a thousand million and running the subsequent names by thousands, it should be said that this is due in part to French influence after the Revolutionary War, although our earliest native American arithmetic, the Greenwood book of 1729, gave the billion as 10
members.cox.net /mathmistakes/billion.htm   (1038 words)

 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (Billions and Billions)
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into perspective in one of its releases:
A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate Washington spends it.
In some places and usages, a billion is a one followed by nine zeros, or one thousand million; in other cases, a billion is a one followed by twelve zeros, or one million million.
www.snopes.com /inboxer/trivia/billions.asp   (762 words)

 Illegal aliens cost California billions - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - December 07, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Illegal immigration costs the taxpayers of California — which has the highest number of illegal aliens nationwide — $10.5 billion a year for education, health care and incarceration, according to a study released yesterday.
He also said the total cost of illegal immigration to the state's taxpayers would be considerably higher if other cost areas, such as special English instruction, school meal programs or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal-alien workers were added into the equation.
Stein said an enormous rise in the costs of illegal immigrants in 10 years is because of the rapid growth of the illegal population.
www.washingtontimes.com /national/20041206-102115-6766r.htm   (673 words)

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