The King of Wisconsin

Winter is the king of Wisconsin. Winter is owner of all the land and all the people, a grim, solemn magistrate with moments of mercy and warmth in modest portion, but majestic and terrible in power and authority. Trees drop their leaves in annual submission, paying tax for their lives, offering all the bright color and texture of their existence to the implacable monarch, ruler of forests and all who dwell therein. Animals disappear, virtually vanish and hide deep within their burrows and nests, breathing slowly as if in a long somnambulistic sigh until the king at his good pleasure shall avert his penetrating gaze and depart. Water freezes and stays motionless. Great drops cling to one another in teeth of frozen, indifferent ferocity, brittle fangs the king can snap and break or melt away and reform every day. Fish and fowl are identically miraculous in their respective mediums and […]

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The Nearest Star

The National Debt now stands at $34 trillion dollars. It is 93 million miles to the sun. The nearest star otherwise is Proxima Centauri, 4.24 light years away. The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second or 5.88 trillion miles per year. If dollars were miles and the United States were in debt one dollar for every mile to the nearest star, we would be $24.93 trillion dollars in debt by the time we reached Proxima Centauri, spending $186,000 per second in borrowed money over the course of 2.4 years. That distance and that debt, the distance to the nearest star, would be 73% of the current national debt. ♠

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