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The above graph is from a Pew Research Center report on the American public’s global focus. More and more see China as the world’s leading economic power. David Leonhardt at the Economix thinks we have an irrational awe of China. He points out major innovation (GE, GM, Apple) has all occurred here and that 25% of Americans have college degrees compared to 5% of people in China. Several of the commenters tell Leonhardt where he’s missing the point: the reason for this “awe” is simple enough and is NOT irrational. jus as in the stock market, what matters is THE DIRECTION AND SIZE of growth, not simply the CURRENT situation. the world is moving very fast, and anyone who simply rests on their laurels or worse, goes backwards will not remain in a good spot for long.   in this case, china is VERY deserving of their “awe”. the ability of…

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When a major hardware component goes it can often fail in catastrophic and spectacular ways. If your serpentine belt in your engine breaks not only does it mean your crankshaft stops but then by extension your alternator will stop charging your batteries which could result in power loss pretty quickly. Then your water pump would stop and your engine would start overheating while  simultaneously your power steering pump would quit meaning you’d feel like you went from driving a modern car to some sort of fifty year old tractor. Serpentine belts are treaded on the inside for this reason. Wear can be measured much like on your tires where the depth of the tread tells you how long you have left to go on it and you can also visually inspect for cracks. But in more complicated assemblies, a single point of failure isn’t always as obvious. The result can be catastrophic system…

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