We live in the age of Big Numbers We Don't Understand. To put Google’s annual revenue in more context, if Google were a sovereign nation, it would have the 90th largest economy in the world, below Panama and above Cyprus. Put another way, Google is worth two Albanias, four Haitis, or eight (!) Mongolias.
This in reference to a measly 149BN market cap.
Any suggestions for whose GDPs we can line up for the Big Shitpile?
Or another edifying context? Read below the fold...
These rabble in Washington are really better than the sniveling opposition. They have a sort of genius of a bold and manly cast, though Satanic. They see, against the unanimous expression of the people, how much a little well-directed effrontery can achieve, how much crime the people will bear, and they proceed from step to step...
RW Emerson, Journal
Department of Oh for Crying Out Loud:
The Vancouver Sun is reporting this AM that the province of British Columbia has formally called off seasonal flu shots, for all but the highest risk individuals -- on early reports of a Canadian study indicating a 50% increased risk of contracting H1N1 in subjects who received a seasonal shot, over those that did not.
Oh Sonia, Sonia, don't toy with me!
"Justice Sotomayor suggested the majority might have it all wrong -- and that instead the court should reconsider the 19th century rulings that first afforded corporations the same rights flesh-and-blood people have.
Judges "created corporations as persons, gave birth to corporations as persons," she said. "There could be an argument made that that was the court's error to start with...[imbuing] a creature of state law with human characteristics."..
Reached for comment at his private manor, concerned citizen Charles Montgomery Burns was not amused: Read below the fold...
Department of NOW NOW NOW NOW
Thus Sprach Rep. Paul Kanjorski: It (was) the End of the World as We Know It..
The Capital Markets Subcommittee Chair, Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania, tells C-Span how the world economy almost collapsed in a matter of hours. Read below the fold...