The Scale Of Money

from the spend-a-few-hours dept

No one I know puts "scale" into perspective better than Randall Munroe at xkcd. If you haven't seen the latest, you should take the time to dive into what may be his largest image ever (and he's known for creating large images) dealing with money. I warn you, though, it may suck up a lot of time as you go through it:
Money
While he's offering a poster of it for sale (along with some of his other "giant" images), I'm not sure even a poster does something like this justice, which is why he's also offering it as a "custom-printed four-poster tile pack. It comes as four individual 36"x24" posters which can be tiled on the wall, for a six-foot-wide mural view of the chart, allowing you to clearly read even the finest details." I may have to put that on my holiday wishlist.
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    Steve R. (profile), 22 Nov 2011 @ 5:39am

    Jack Daniels Explains The Deficit

    Another interesting take on the scale of money in terms of the budget deficit; U-Tube video: The proposed deficit cuts explained with whiskey and shot glasses. This was done back in February 2011, so some of the numbers may no longer be current.

    Now for the mandatory disclosure. So-called claims for "deficit reduction" are a disingenuous play on words. There is NO actual deficit reduction, what is being proposed is to spend slightly less then originally proposed. The US will still have deficit spending along with increasing debt.

    To phrase this a bit differently. Hypothetically, blame Bush proposes to buy a $20,000 clunker of a car. Obama gets elected and now proposes to by an extravagant luxury $100,000 car. The people get upset, so Obama downgrades his proposal to only buy a stripped down $50,000 sports car while lamenting over this sacrifice. He now claims to have "saved" (reduced the deficit by) $50,000. No mention of the fact that unfunded deficit spending increased by $30,000.

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