This little gizmo continues to intrigue me. It’s a continually updating clock of the national debt. The thing has continued to update while stored as a draft post, no doubt due to some rudimentary programming principle I am unaware of.
The Outstanding Public Debt as of 07 Feb 2007 at 06:37:34 AM GMT is:
I wanted an icon I could post on this site, but the guy that maintains the site does not want people posting icons. Instead he wants people to go to his site and get his political message. He does have some nice bar graphs with historical comparisons and he also shows the per capita public debt. The website is http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/, but if he’s not giving out an icon, I’m not giving him a link.
The exact same national debt clock is also available at http://zfacts.com/p/364.html along with some other clocks, like a carbon clock to show per capita usage of fossil fuels. This site is nice enough to provide HTML code for people who want to display a clock on their website, but none of their clocks work with my sidebar widgets. What is the fascination with these clocks?
Of course, these clocks are based on some very public information. Here is a link to the government website that provides the “national debt to the penny”, and here is a link to the government website that provides a running total of the U.S. population.