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Could be an old one

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Could be an old one

How  many zeros in a billion?
The  next time you hear a politician use the
Word 'billion' in a casual  manner, think about
Whether you want the 'politicians'  spending
YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to  comprehend,
But one advertising agency did a good job of
Putting  that figure into some perspective in
One of it's  releases.
A.
A  billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B.
A  billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C.
A  billion hours ago our ancestors were
Living in the Stone  Age.
D.
A  billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E.
A  billion Pounds ago was only
13 hours and 12 minutes,
At  the rate our government
Is spending it.

Building  Permit Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate  Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Income Tax
Unemployment Tax
Fishing License  Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Petrol/Diesel  Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory  Tax
(tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage  License Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate  Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road  Usage Tax 
  Local  Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales  Tax 
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL  THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not  one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
And our nation was one of the most  prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national  debt...
We had the largest middle class in the world...
And  Mum stayed home to raise the kids.
What  happened?
Can you spell 'politicians!'

What  the hell happenedHuh?Huh
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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Yes fair comment, but also think about what else happened 100 years ago.
Mortality rates were hugely greater, especially for children, mothers giving birth, deceases that we cure with antibiotics and more.
Poverty rates were much higher, and the poor had no real health provision,
pollution in the cities was horrendous
we could write just as long a list.........
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Re: Could be an old one

Quite enlightening when put in that context Petlew.
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Re: Could be an old one

Also is this a UK Billion or a US Billion, they are different by quite a factor, like the fact their gallon is only 4l etc.
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Re: Could be an old one

dont know where, but have seen it recently
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Quote from: mal0z
Yes fair comment, but also think about what else happened 100 years ago.

If some "researchers" are to believed...not much has changed then!!
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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I know when I would rather live -
NOW
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Quote from: biker955
Also is this a UK Billion or a US Billion, they are different by quite a factor, like the fact their gallon is only 4l etc.

I believe the difference is in the number of zeros used to denote a billion.
US = 1,000,000,000
UK = 1,000,000,000,000
Our "Billion" is an American "Trillion".
As for what happened 100 years ago, first we had WW1 which was rather expensive, followed by social reform, then along came WW2 the sequel which at the end left the UK spending 55% of it's GDP on the war effort, we were basically broke.  However the nice Americans were helpful and were sending us supplies to keep us going, except half way through (essential supplies like food and stuff) they decided that we had to pay for it instead and put on major provisos, like we couldn't resell the products they were selling us, and we couldn't sell our *own* products which were near enough the same as the American ones, as well as financial constraints which led to the Americans doing what the Germans could not, they brought the UK to its knees and almost destroyed us.  We only just (2006) finished repaying the "loan" from the Americans.  In contrast, we're still owed something like £260 billion in loans from WW2 that we never bothered to collect and never will (I believe that £260b figure is in 1940's value too).
So 2 world wars, moving currency systems, adding social reform including the NHS and MP's expenses.
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Quote from: pierre_pierre
dont know where, but have seen it recently

Me too.
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I think we have now adopted the American billion.
Either way I think the advertising agency has got it's maths wrong; I make 1 billion (1000 000 000) seconds ago to be towards the end of 1978! 1000 000 000 000 seconds would have been over 31 700 years ago.
Unles I have my maths wrong Cheesy

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1 year is approx 31 557 600 seconds
so 31.688 years or 316,899 years
of course this could have been written in 1990
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I rounded some figures up for the 1000 000 000 000 billion figure so should be just over 31 688 years ago.
Never thought about the date it was written Wink

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I make one year exactly 31,557,600.00 seconds - given a year is 365.25 days ( hence leap year every four years  Smiley
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I'm pretty certain we don't have some of those taxes and others are called different things in the UK so I'm assuming its US based.  So yes it would be the US billion.
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Assuming the US definition (1,000,000,000) in seconds, would take us back to Monday 12 June 1978 (Excel spreadsheet calculation).