Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Flow of International Trade

"Click here for full interactive chart, enabling users to select a country to see its share of trade alone, or spin/navigate the globe by using your mouse."

via ZeroHedge


deborah said...

Seems appropriate, re-post of comment from below:

I'm reminded of this Paglia rant, where she points out that it is men who have built things and made modern life. Yes, civilization has been spread by at the tip of a sword, but how else would it be?

Start at 1:30

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

How can I be sure that video doesn't actually show how the ICBMs are going to fly someday?

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I didn't click on the link but still I somehow feel confident in believing that Ms. Paglia does not make the point that women helped create ever-improving technology by systematically, throughout history, identifying the very smartest guys and then denying them sexual access.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Yeah, I know, cheap joke.

deborah said...

I don't think she made the point there, but her claim to fame is her college thesis celebrating the sexual/reproductive power of women. Here's a nice little ditty where she praises Sarah Palin:

"The mountain of rubbish poured out about Palin over the past month would rival Everest. What a disgrace for our jabbering army of liberal journalists and commentators, too many of whom behaved like snippy jackasses. The bourgeois conventionalism and rank snobbery of these alleged humanitarians stank up the place. As for Palin's brutally edited interviews with Charlie Gibson and that viper, Katie Couric, don't we all know that the best bits ended up on the cutting-room floor? Something has gone seriously wrong with Democratic ideology, which seems to have become a candied set of holier-than-thou bromides attached like tutti-frutti to a quivering green Jell-O mold of adolescent sentimentality.

And where is all that lurid sexual fantasy coming from? When I watch Sarah Palin, I don't think sex -- I think Amazon warrior! I admire her competitive spirit and her exuberant vitality, which borders on the supernormal. The question that keeps popping up for me is whether Palin, who was born in Idaho, could possibly be part Native American (as we know her husband is), which sometimes seems suggested by her strong facial contours. I have felt that same extraordinary energy and hyper-alertness billowing out from other women with Native American ancestry -- including two overpowering celebrity icons with whom I have worked..."

Couldn't find the whole blip, originally found at Salon.

chickelit said...

That video makes the USA look like a big, sucking eddy of despair. We only suck things up without producing much. Why the rest of the world (I'm looking at you Ms Aussie) can't see this as a major problem is beyond me.

deborah said...

Chick if you didn't click it yet, the link to the interactive gif is fascinating. You can spin the globe and zoom way in on the trade routes. Australia is pretty sad, but not as sad as all of Africa and most of South America. It's interesting to look at Brazil and South Africa, of BRICS fame.