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:
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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    Someantimalwareguy (profile), 22 Nov 2011 @ 7:54am

    Re: Re: Jack Daniels Explains The Deficit

    Closing the gap between revenues and outlays requires raising tax levels and reducing the military budget significantly; closing the gap on the debt requires sustained surpluses that are then used to pay down the principle over an extended period of time (perhaps decades). All of this can be done without having to go the British route. True, it will be hard and in the short term there is going to be a great deal of pain which is why maintaining social services and safety nets will be even more important than they already are...

    I just don't see Congress (now or in the future) ever having a backbone stiff enough to do what is required here unless/until the criteria that makes YOUR Congressmen/woman the best thing since buttered bread because they bring home the bacon shown to be the con game it has always been at the expense of everyone else.

    In other words, we will not get out of this crisis until congress rediscovers that they have a duty, responsibility, and constitutional mandate to actually work collectively towards what is best for the entire country. We are too parochial in our vision which is why we have the mess and seeming corruption we have now.

    Just because YOUR community and/or demographic is doing well in this environment does not mean that you will not sink with the rest of the Titanic passengers when this is all said and done...

    Too much trees vs forest going on; and if we don't all get our collective heads out of the sand, while you might save your favorite tree, the forest is still going to die off...

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