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Ok, probably not too much new for the people here around, but the size of some numbers, like the deflation of US consumer goods is probably still surprising.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Tue May 13th, 2008 at 08:21:06 AM EST
Maybe so, but still very entertaining.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Tue May 13th, 2008 at 09:27:08 AM EST
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Actually, this is the one that caught my  eye:
one needs today 100 weeks gross wage more than 30 years ago to buy a house.

Has impact. Should be common knowlege in the US. We need statistics, but stats comprehensible to everyone, relevant to everyone.

How many work days are needed to pay the rent today, as compared to 1980?

How many hours a day do most people need to work, to provide an adequate food/shelter state?

Long ago I read, in one of those radical rags published by commie pinkoes like myself, that in the middle ages in the couple centuries before the industrial revolution, it was about 5 hours a day--less than today.

I am reading afew's excellent diaries (linked below), but it's a necessary thing to find ways to make the real numbers (or more reality-based numbers) widely accessible.
Good diary, important subject.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Thu May 15th, 2008 at 12:24:47 PM EST
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