Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Few Statistics

I am a language-arts person, but sometimes I look over the "Numbers" section of Time Magazine. The following is from the April 10, 2006 edition of Time:
"$853.7 billion China's foreign-currency reserves, which surpassed Japan's as the world's largest

"$202 billion China's 2005 trade surplus with the U.S., a record high that is partly fueled by Beijing's booming reserves

"259 Katrina-damaged school buses that New Orleans hopes to sell on eBay to raise money for its public-school system. Bids on one hit $5,500 within 29 hours

"23 Public schools in Orleans Parish--out of 117, pre-Katrina--that have reopened

"5 Contestants, of 6 million in three major pools, who correctly chose the Final Four in the NCAA basketball tournament

"26 Years since the Final Four last had no top-seeded teams

"8.1% Government-mandated improvement in fuel efficiency for new SUVs from 2008 to '11

"10.7 billion gal. Expected total fuel savings over the life of vehicles in those model years--less than the U.S. now uses in one month
Commentary:

1. China is an economic force to be reckoned with.

2. New Orleans doesn't need many schoolbuses these days.

3. I don't follow basketball, but did root for George Mason University.

4. We need to save a lot more than 10.7 billion gallons of gasoline if we're ever going to get away from our dependence on foreign oil.

9 Comments:

At 4/06/2006 6:51 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

China became a power by tossing Marx in the trash. Marx and Islam are not models for a modern economy.

 
At 4/06/2006 7:27 AM, Blogger nanc said...

after seeing the varying levels of stupidity in n.o. during katrina - do you really think they needed those buses in the first place? eye candy - that's all they were. hey, everybody - we could go to school if we wanted!

 
At 4/06/2006 8:29 AM, Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

Check out the report on support for Israel in the US by party affiliation on Daniel Pipes' site. It's frightening. I may repost it somewhere. www.danielpipes.org

 
At 4/06/2006 1:08 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

As usual Beak you are asking the wrong questions. Yes, China is turning out mountains of cheap stuff...most of which nobody really needs.

But the rural poor are getting poorer, issues of resources such as petroleum and water are not being managed, environemntal degradation is accelerating and you just sit there thinking life is beer and skittles because you can by a cheap three pack of briefs made by virtual slave labor.

That's why we call you "deep thought" Beak. The sarcasm flag is up.

 
At 4/06/2006 2:17 PM, Blogger Cubed © said...

OK, AOW, I rooted for George Mason too, up to a point (the point being the match up with U.F.

I love the historical George Mason. He was a curmudgeon who was pretty bitchy because of a bad case of the gout, but he refused to sign on to the Bill of Rights because it failed to exclude any further importation of slaves. He always seems to be overlooked on this, and many other, issues.

I love George Mason University because it tends to be pro-capitalist, and because Walter Williams, one of my heros, head the department of economics there.

But when push came to shove... well...

GO GATORS!!! YEAAAA! WE'RE NUMBER ONE!

 
At 4/06/2006 6:10 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

George Mason was quite a character. Lots to admire in him.

One of my favorite historical sites is Gunston Hall. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, yet provides excellent hands-on activities. The docents are superb. One can spend a nice day there. I prefer Gunston Hall to Mount Vernon.

GMU is quite a good university. It started out small and as part of UVA. All the athletic activities place emphasis on good sportmanship.

 
At 4/06/2006 6:10 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

sportmanship = sportsmanship

Ugh!

 
At 4/07/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

AOW, your link to Jason's screed "Liberty and Culture" appears to be broken.

 
At 4/07/2006 4:25 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Duck,
Thanks for letting me know. I think it's fixed now.

 

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