[FoRK] Falling into the ocean, also California "earnings per resident"

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Sun Jul 6 10:24:10 PDT 2008

On Jul 6, 2008, at 1:36 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> How much has fallen into the ocean so far?

"Falling into the ocean" is a common euphemism for "every few years a  
random and significant shaker happens that severely disrupts or  
destroys lives, businesses, and infrastructure."  Nobody really thinks  
it's going to slide off into the ocean, of course.  Nonetheless, it's  
a significant enough problem.  People who tend to think in the long  
term generally don't like to build in California;  there's a reason  
e.g. Alcor is in Arizona.

Apropos the California economy, I'll merely note that despite the  
impressive number of links and the passion with which fans tend to  
defend it, it's not so MUCH more impressive than others that it makes  
any conclusion about policy a no-brainer.  Texas, at number two, has  
an gross annual product of around $1.1T;  and with 23.5M residents vs.  
California's $1.6T (not seeing support for $1.7T) over 36.5M  
residents, Texas has a higher per-citizen contribution to its gross  
product than California, about $46k to $42k.


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