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For another illustrious opinion, addressing the multiple issues inherent to my What's In A Number topic, click here.
WHAT'S IN A NUMBER, part 2
Some folks work to earn a living. Some go into
business to make money. Personally, I’d like it very much if all those
in this latter group would quickly depart to the moon.
Now this may be a pretty radical concept to wrap a brain around. For one thing, it has been (deviously?) made to seem far more acceptable (by those folks who set their sites on making profits) to try to figure-out “avoidance” tactics so that they can keep for themselves more (and more and more) of what others are legitimately entitled to be paid.
Also, it takes a great stretch of imagination to
have any kind of conversation on subjects of this economic nature
without those illustrious demons called “communism” and “socialism”
rearing their ugly heads.
A short diversion:
There's a nasty critter making the rounds that is especially devious as it appears to have been sent to folks directly from Microsoft and reads something like this:
From: Microsoft Corporation Security
From there the message goes on to explain just how you should "install" this (bogus) "security update." DON'T DO IT!!!
As with all unsolicited email attachments, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY and then EMPTY THE TRASH to keep your computer happy and healthy. And for more info on this particular virus/trojan/worm, click here.
There’s a question I’ve long sought to answer. It’s weighed not so gentle on my mind for nearly 20 years. And it’s a simple question, really, the answer to which – given modern technology – ought to be just a demographic mouse-click away. Yet it evades me.
So, I’ll pose it to you in the hopes that somewhere wandering around in cyberspace there is a woman or man (or boy or girl) who knows how to solve my little mystery, the gist of which is this:
How much money changes hands in the United States of America each week?
Now before you go getting all excited, jumping up and down and dunning me with emails about the Gross National Product (or other figures of a similarly contrived ilk), I challenge you to be aware that I am seeking a literal answer to my figurative question. I want a real number stated in dollars, calculated pragmatically and based in common sense.
I want that number to include every product or service that’s purchased, each electricity and water bill that’s paid, and every paycheck that’s cashed, stashed or deposited. I want it to include the sale of every house, business, automobile, bean salad, soft drink, and loaf of bread, plus every dime spent on advertising or paid in interest and all the money that changes hands daily on each and every share of stock.
Now I hear you wondering: “Why on Earth would anyone want to know such a number? What good will it do? What purpose does it serve?” Well, while I do have an answer to those questions, until I have an answer to my primary question I have no way of knowing whether my ultimate quest is meaningful or completely absurd.
What I will confide, however, is that if my guesstimate about the size of this unknown number is anywhere in the ballpark, well… it could be the key to simplifying and enhancing life all around the world.
So please get out those calculators, ladies and gents. Take your best shot at doing the math. See what number you come up with and let me know from what data you tallied the sum. And, while you’re at it, allow if you will one other niggling question to roll round in that noodle of yours: “Who rightfully owns all the natural resources of the earth?”
Now whilst these curiosities are cookin’ in that sumptuous brain of yours, how also about inventing a Hobo Stew recipe and entering it in our Gozarkian cook-off???
In honor of the 2nd birthday of our little e-zine and the umpteenth birthday of Earth Day, we're planning a shindig next month. On Saturday, April 20, we'll be having a "happy birthday to ALL of us" picnic in the park.
Our vision is for a spectacular yet sublimely simple event, designed with egalitarian good will in mind. In other words, what we're aiming for is to co-create a friendly spot of happiness laced with magical moments and shared by a leisurely group of like-minded friends.
As the featured festivity, we're sponsoring a "Hobo Stew Cook-off" with proceeds to benefit ARDPArk. But mainly we plan to devote ample time to schmoozing, noshing, laughing, dancing, playing in the lake and strolling through the woods. In other words, celebrating the wonders of a happy earth with our Gozarkain kin.
So please, have a look at the campground where this "Happy Birthday Planet Earth" party is happening, then take a gander at the page where we've posted the Hobo Stew Cook-off rules and other details about our big event. Then pack your picnic basket, get your bathing suit out of moth balls, and mark Saturday, April 20, on your calendar to make sure to attend. And remember to check back here often for updates about all the warm-fuzzy neat stuff that's to come!!!
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