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Old 03-10-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Mar 11, 2009: The Bailout

I received these pictures and the accompanying text via email, with nothing to identify the original author. Since it was so well done I am going to copy it here, and the author can make themselves known if they wish. The cellar will only let me do four pics at a time so this will have to be over two posts.

The Bailout

All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...

A billion dollars...

A hundred billion dollars...

Eight hundred billion dollars...

One TRILLION dollars...

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


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A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


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Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.


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While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...


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Old 03-10-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...


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Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It's pretty surprising.

Go ahead...

Scroll down...

Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars..


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(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:00 PM   #3
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holy fuck
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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don't forget those are stacks of HUNDRED dollar bills too.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:09 PM   #5
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So were the three plane loads of pallets that went to Iraq.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:11 PM   #6
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don't forget those are stacks of HUNDRED dollar bills too.
Yes, we were able to follow along with the illustrations.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:24 PM   #7
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well aren't you just the schmarty pants of the group? (insert applicable smilie here)
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:24 PM   #8
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Often.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:26 PM   #9
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:09 AM   #10
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Makes me really wonder why so many people have to live homeless, without food, clothes, in poverty, when such large amounts are just thrown around for random and often poorly managed purposes.

For some reason the imagery of the snake eating it's own tail comes to mind. Only maybe the snake is made of gold and bureaucracy, and all the people on the outside can do is watch it go round and round and pick up what little pieces of gold poo it leaves behind....
Yeah I'm really tired, I'll cease my prattle now :P
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:14 AM   #11
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When all of this bailout, stimulus and recovery money is spent, there will be 9 trillion dollars on the red side of the ledger. We probably haven't got the facilities to print that much worthless paper.
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:19 AM   #12
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That's the beauty of it, they don't even have to print the stuff. It's just 1s and 0s in the computer.
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:57 AM   #13
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This is the original, "A Little Perspective on $87 billion:"

http://87billion.com/
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:00 AM   #14
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... We probably haven't got the facilities to print that much worthless paper.
Shouldn't be a problem:
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:32 AM   #15
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With growing numbers like these, you coulda/shoulda waited until Saturday to publish this post - Saturday being Pi Day (also an irrational number, though it's a far happier thing than all those pallets of cash)
And yes, I celebrate Pi Day.
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