I was reading the news and was fascinated that less than 1% of the planet owns over 50% of it.
To put it in perspective that make sense to our human minds - imagine that for every 100 people, one, yes that is (1) owns half of everything on the planet.
Lets say you go to the grocery store or market. you have 8 rows of shelve of food. 100 people are inside it, one owns four of the rows and shelve of all the food.
you look at a picture of the skyline of Manhatten. i think there is 1,600,000 people living on the island. so if you fill Madison Square Garden with the 1% of the population, they own half of what you see from the south end of central park all the way down to the financial district.
If you imagine 100 people all being born equally, with one dollar, euro, yen, pound, or franc in their pocket and they all walked into a room and put their dollar in to be invested, year later the distribution would be 1 person has 44 dollars, 8 people have 5.12 dollars each , 22 people have .54 dollars, and 69 people have .10 dollars. Imagine a shiny US dime in your pocket!
It is ironic that in the robber baron days of the early 1900s inside the US when a few made massive accumulation of wealth, the dime is what John D. Rockefeller gave away to everyone he met, purportedly because his image was so bad in how he accumulated the wealth, he needed to do some image PR.
Pretty staggering numbers. While money doesn’t’ buy happiness or joy – it does buy one the freedom to try – even though the odds are slim for success with that method. It would be interesting to test happiness and joy among those in the top1%. Would it be the same, higher or lower than the other 99%?
Then I pondered that after 2008, the biggest con that has transpired in the history of the planet, which amounted more to Las Vegas gambling than Business. More money was given to the same players to find a solution for what amounts to systemic gambling.
Now I see markets at levels that have me shake my head, as I guess what they taught me in business school was all wrong. Perhaps the new model is do and IPO for a company that simply prints more money?
The other article that was interesting involved the idea to optimize hypersonic flight on the planet
I really found this interesting, and then had to think about gene Rodenberry ideas with Star Trek and my personal dream that teleportation in the physical sense would one day be possible.
I pondered, If the world is skewed and everyone is trying to suck off the nipple of the money cow – what would air travel be like for the VIP or wealthy that were not able to own their own what will amount to today’s Gulfstream 650 or if you are wealthy Middle Eastern prince - a tricked out airbus 380 to zip around the planet in the future? Not the 1% but the next tier down.
I imagine as human beings get larger, the merchandising brains for airlines would simply design seats to fit a very small person comfortably and then sell them so that when the financially disadvantaged folks got on the plane and could not fit, the flight attendants and cabin crew would gleefully hold out a credit card scanner and say, “we do have seats that might be more comfortable for ONLY….”
Should that tactic not work, I just sketched out the “people packer” airline seat of the future. The seats extend to normal size as each row boards, and when the people are seated, it simply contracts like a vice and squishes everyone in the row into alloted space. Probably not the best idea for long haul flights – but for short haul - what is a little discomfort to save money?
Can you sense my mind is struggling to get back to Agrowvillage and Augmanity.
Thus, I can see the teleportation groups of the future.
(Female VO - firm, comforting and re-assuring tonality)
“Have meetings scheduled in London, Tokyo, Chicago, Dubai, Sydney and Rio on the same day? Not a problem with Tele-U! There is no longer any need to go to the airport and spend all your valuable time riding in a plane, going through layers of security, hassles with the inconvenience of “other” passengers. Just step into our Tele-U ports and we will beam you anywhere on the planet, not in hours, but minutes!”
“How much does that cost?” Inquires the prospective teleportation traveler
“We have a variety of plans all designed to get you to your destination on time.”
Then in 5point type, a disclaimer flashes across the screen moving so fast that you need to grab a snapshot with your camera phone to capture the Chuck Lorre little snippets he put on after his shows.”
“DISCLAIMER – the various teleportation plans all come with various risks. TELE- VIP plans are 99.999% accurate at getting you to the destination in the same state as you left – TELE-BUSINESS plans 90.334% accurate at getting all you to your destination the same as you left - TELE-DISCOUNT are 34.54% accurate that you will get to the actual destination you want, with most of your cells correctly reassembled. Also, with the TELE-DISCOUNT plan, there is a risk your cells will collide with other passengers and you might end up arriving looking and thinking very differently than when you left. You agree to the terms of this disclaimer when you sign up for any TELE-U ticket and shall not hold TELE-U liable for ANYTHING that does or can go wrong in your trip, even if we offshore production and use less precise or expensive components to ramp up the company idea for a grand IPO money making venture.”
Suddenly I like the idea of the “people packer” seat idea. With 3d printing, you can scan your own bones and at least print out new hips and a pelvis when you land.
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