Log in

No account? Create an account
Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Book meme
Fight evil; read books
Snagged from mdemvizi .

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.  Bueller?  Bueller?

From Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman:

Cities all over the world have caught America's affluenza -- surely one of the most infectious diseases ever known to man.  Tom Burke, co-founder of the group E3G -- Third Generation Environmentalism, a nonprofit green consultancy -- likes to put it this way:  Think of America as a unit of energy.  So one "Americum," as Burke puts it, "is any group of 350 million people with a per capita income above $15,000 and a growing penchant for consumerism."  For many years, there were only two Americums in the world, says Burke -- one in North American and another in Europe, with small pockets of Americum-style living in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

"Today," he notes, "there are Americums taking shape all over the planet."  China has given birth to one Americum and is pregnant with a second, which is due in 2030.  India has one Americum now and also has another on the way, also due by 2030.


  • 1
Interesting... I'm afraid mine won't be nearly as... adult. ;)

A little Elmo, perhaps? *g*

And how sad is it that as soon as I saw the word "adult," my brain went straight to the gutter?

lol, well it's Baby Einstein this morning...

and how sad was it that my brain went straight to the gutter as soon as I typed the word "adult"? *g*

And how sad is it that as soon as I saw the word "adult," my brain went straight to the gutter?

i suspect you'll find few people here to sympathize with that. we like our dirty minds. ;)

it's wild to think that $15,000 a year is very wealthy compared to the majority of the planet. it's not an easy task to get by in a city like LA for 15k. i've done it, and it's stressful as hell.

What a fascinating meme

*snags it*

*looks around for nearest book*

PS. current mood: sick ... you OK sweets? *hugs*

Oh...how much fun! Though my nearby books are way less intellectual!

  • 1