OK, Earthlings, fire up your calculators. What’s the difference between a million, a billion and a trillion?
A million seconds is 11.57 days. A billion seconds is 31 years. A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.
Western civilization has not been around a trillion seconds.
A trillion seconds ago: 31,688 years was well before the peak of the last Ice Age. Apparently global warming started shortly thereafter.
A million minutes ago was 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours ago.
A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.
A trillion minutes is 1,901,280 years. Did global warming exist then?
Now let us get back to the dreaded “T” word. One trillion is the words politicians glibly use without understanding the line of zeros accompanying it. It is Washington’s favorite word these days. Millions and billions are just chump change to them.
The debt ceiling was just raised to $12.9 trillion. Oh, hell, make it $13 trillion — what’s a $100 billion among friends? There are 535 members of Congress. One trillion dollars represents $1,869,158,878.50 spent by each and every member of Congress of the taxpayers money. That’s almost $2 billion each. Beam me up Scotty, I’m ready.
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