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Here in NYC from 1989 to 2000, we had a large billboard right near Times Square that was a “debt clock.” Up top was a running tally of our national debt, and down below was a second digital clock–moving at a frighteningly fast pace–that showed each US citizen’s portion of that dollar amount.

It was an amazing tool–a scare tactic, sure, but an unavoidable beacon, casting its beam of light on the country’s increasingly debt-ful future.

Here’s another clock for you; it has two parallel clocks, one of which shows the world population (guess what! it goes up really really fast), and the one below showing the amount of productive–i.e. arable– land (guess what! it goes down really really fast). There’s power in seeing an inverse proportion move with that kind of speed–hard not to see what’s coming.