Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Whats in a gram (part II Gold)

I just did a quick back of the envelope calculation I was curious about;

Washington State Debt

6 Billion US$
325,240 lbs gold
162.6 tons gold

Or an 8 ft diameter sphere of solid gold

Federal Debt

13 Trillion (+/- a few Billion) US$
352,242.3 tons of gold

Or a 103.6 ft diameter sphere of gold

And an interesting observation;

In the entire history of humanity it is estimated that the total amount of gold ever mined is 343,000 tons of gold. That's 20 million years of mining the stuff AND ITS 10,000 tons less than the amount of DEBT we have.

I'll email you numbers if you want to check my figures. I used the recent record high for the price of gold of $1,260/troy ounce.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Jill England 36th District Legislature

Professional Experience

Software Designer/Engineer; Creating software for private industry and State of Washington DOAG, DSHS, Seattle DOJ, Federal Public Health Service


Bachelor of Science Computer Information Systems University of Puget Sound 1984


$6.2 Billion dollars in the red and Olympia can’t cut spending. That’s $931 for every person. Next year will be higher with pensions still unfunded. It’s time to bring common sense back to our state.

  • I believe in improving our education system by giving teachers more autonomy.

  • I'll cut wasteful spending.

  • I’ll not ignore the people’s tax initiatives.

  • I’ll reduce business manufacturing bureaucracy that is driving jobs from our state.

  • I'm against the income tax initiative because it does not eliminate other taxes such as sales tax and we know it will eventually be applied to all state citizens.

Help me restore fiscal responsibility to our state!
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

VFR not recommended ...

Preflght, on arrival do not fly over the cylindrical building at the end of runway eight. Contact Portland Approach for Mandatory Advisory 119.0 before PDX airspace. VFR not recommended due to low ceilings en-route.

Walls within walls and the brick in this wall is round.
Walls soft and hard,
My destination surrounded, controlled,
The sky gray, covered.
Before me this cover touched the hills, impenetrable.
Over the hills my destination lay.
Decisively, ninety degrees right I turned
So I would go West instead of South,
And dodge,
And weave,
Below and then above,
Looking for the door I knew was there,
Rechecking, always feeling something was left undone,
Around the storm and hills I flew
To the valley of the great western river called Columbia,
Through the valley I approached the Metropolis,
Listening as Pearson weather crackled to life through the static,
I contacted the controller,
Who instructed, ordered, requested,
I stay below her airspace,
And I ducked below the limit,
And was then too low to easily see my destination,
Then I saw the round brick,
The cylindrical tower of apartments
I had been told to avoid,
Marking the end of the runway and my destination.
I turned, I flared and landed with the wind.

Inspired by flight from Harvey to Pearson Field June 2010
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