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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Putting a Billion into perspective.

I am really cranky today. I just read this.

A billion seconds ago it was 1975. War in Vietnam, Watergate scandal, VHS and Betamax video, Margaret Thatcher becomes the British Prime Minister, Queen releases 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and the world's population breaks the four billion mark
A billion minutes ago was not long after Jesus was crucified
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age
A billion dollars ago was 17 hours, at the rate Washington spends taxpayers' money to kill people

The US Military budget for 2007 is $532.8bn. This excludes nuclear weapons research and production, and also exludes the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq ($120bn for 2007). Who gets this money?

5 comments:

just jamie said...

Yikes! Add those dollars to the dollars spent by the ever-so-clever folks at NASA who spend billions to explore WHAT? Freakin' rocks trillions of miles away while our world lives in poverty. Well, we've got ourselves a poker match! Which idiotic institution wins? Because we know who loses.

Cheri said...

I am cranky too. But this reason is better than mine.

JL Mealer said...
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Anonymous said...

your a fucking retard 1 billion seconds ago it was 1959

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Anonymous:

It should be "You're" not "your" as in "You are a . . . "