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1.9 Trillion dollars in debt....what is a trillion?

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posted on Jan, 11 2009 @ 10:00 AM
A trillion by any other name....

As we listen daily to broadcasters, bankers and politicians talk about the current economic crisis we hear numbers like millions, billions and trillions. Most of us, myself included have trouble getting our heads around these numbers. I thought this would be helpful to make sense of these numbers.

1,000,000 (1 million) seconds equals ~0.031 years

1,000,000,000 (1 billion) seconds equals ~31.6 years

1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) seconds equals ~31,688.8 years

Lets see, one million seconds ago it was summer!

Worse yet, one billion seconds ago it was it was May of 1977!

If you can grasp this, one trillion seconds ago it was......29,679 BC

Perhaps this will bring the numbers that politicians throw around a bit more realistic for us all to grasp. Basically, we need to be aware of the debt we are in or that we are leaving our children, grandchildren and likely our great grandchildren! Happy Deficit Day!

posted on Jan, 11 2009 @ 11:10 AM
if you break it down,

Tr - ill - ion

Tr: Translate, squeeze, and/or delete characters


Translate, squeeze, and/or delete characters

ill: worst


ill (il)

adjective worse, worst

1.characterized by, causing, or tending to cause harm or evil; specif.,
a.morally bad or wrong; evil ill repute
b.causing pain, hardship, etc.; adverse ill fortune
c.not kind or friendly; harsh; cruel ill will
d.promising trouble; unfavorable; unfortunate; unpropitious an ill omen
2.not healthy, normal, or well; having a disease; sick; indisposed
3.not according to rule, custom, desirability, etc.; faulty; imperfect ill breeding
Etymology: ME < ON illr (replacing OE yfel, evil, in many senses): prob. < Gmc *ilhila < IE base *elk-, hungry, bad > OIr elc, bad

anything causing harm, trouble, wrong, pain, unhappiness, etc.; specif., evil or misfortune
2.a disease
adverb worse, worst an ill manner; specif.,
a.badly; wrongly; improperly; imperfectly ill-gotten gains
b.harshly; cruelly; unkindly ill-spoken
2.with difficulty; scarcely they can ill afford to refuse

ion: The Son of Creusa by Apollo.


Ion -- completed by Doolittle during her five-month analysis by Freud -- also rests on the idea of an infant being abandoned by its mother, then surviving to confront her as an adult. Kreousa, queen of Athens, has been seduced by the god Apollo and bears his son, Ion. Knowing nothing of his lineage, he's raised by priestesses of Apollo at Delphi and eventually becomes the guardian of the shrine, home of the famous oracle. After some years Kreousa and her husband, Xouthos, who are childless, come to Delphi hoping the god will help them. Apollo gives them Ion but lies and says that he's Xouthos' biological child, not Kreousa's. Jealous and bitter because she thinks the boy isn't hers, Kreousa attempts to have Ion murdered, and Ion's attraction to her turns to enmity. But instead of a tragic matricide or infanticide, Euripides delivers a seemingly tacked-on happy ending that's long perplexed scholars: was the playwright trying to excuse Apollo's deception or criticize the cruelty of the god and his oracle?

tr = delete
ill = worst
ion = abandoned

So a trillion is delete worst abandoned

I would say that this amount is so large that it (trillion) will delete our surplus harm it in the worst way causing our monitary system/value to be abandoned.

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