sábado, 17 de janeiro de 2009

Errim bobim, what???

In this age of big recession and big stimulus, what’s a few more zeros?

There was a delicious (I’m attempting irony here) Correction & Amplification in The Wall Street Journal today:

The U.S. budget deficit is projected to total $1.2 trillion this year. A page-one World-Wide news summary in some editions Jan. 8 incorrectly put the figure at $1.2 billion.

Though they ought to be fluent with numbers containing oodles (technical term) of zeros, the editors of The Journal can be forgiven for the error, for we are boldly going where no exchequer has gone before. As the late Carl Sagan might have said, Trillions upon trillions….

Welcome to the twenty-teens, or whatever we are going to call this brave new decade, which begins not on January 1, 2011, but next Tuesday, around noon. To prepare ourselves for the big event, let’s get out our pencils and let’s do a little ‘rithmatic.


Muuuuito engraçado que o Wall Street Journal, não por acaso hoje pertencente ao Rupert Murdoch, erre nos zeros do déficit de Bush... Esse artigo é do Christopher Buckey, que citei muito lá atrás.

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