Good Riddance to the First Decade

The first ten years of the millennium are just about over and it has been a bumpy ride to say the least. Let’s take a look at someof the highs and mostly the lows of the last ten years.

In 2000 the polar ice cap measured 2.7 million square miles, ten years later the ice cap is 1.9 million square miles. If you are looking for proof of global warming, this is the place to start.

On I guess a more positive note, the number of billionaires rose from 306 in 2000 to 1011 this year. Despite the economic meltdown, someone is making huge gobs or money, probably as a result of all those bonuses, stock options and golden parachutes.

Terrorist attacks in many ways defined the decade and in 2000 there were 423 attacks, but ten years later there have been 11,000 and counting with 4500 of them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For those of you concerned about safety, the prison population in the US rose from 1.3 million to 1.6 million. This country has the questionable distinction of imprisoning more people than any other country in the world. The only problem with this ” honor” is that we spend more money imprisoning people than on educating our young people.

Then there is gay marriage. This decade has seen 10 countries adopt laws sanctioning gay marriage, when in 2000 there were no countries providing this right. When will the US get on board?

Just to show you that there is an element of stability during these past ten years, the all time grossing film in 2000 was James Cameron’s Titanic as it pulled in $ 1.8 billion. In 2010 the highest grossing film was James Cameron’s Avatar with a take of $ 2.8 billion. I guess you could say that Mr. Cameron has done quite well during this decade.

Well there you have it, a few bits of info on what happened during the last decade, some good things, some not so good things. Somehow we survived, all 6.9 billion of us, a jump of 800 million since 2000.


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