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June 03, 2011

Vigintillion Dollar Friday

Things have been busy and I've fallen out of the habit of giving out money for five dollar Fridays. This is problem because I made a vow to double the amount donated for every day I was late. This means I now owe over $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to, a number slightly smaller than the number of atoms in the observable universe. Right now we're engaged in negotiations to see if I can cover some of this with coupons to wash their car.

In the meantime, I'm getting started again with a $20 donation for the past month's worth of five dollar Fridays to The Real News. I encourage you to send them some money too, because they have until June 8th to max out a $200,000 matching grant, and currently they're only at $60,000.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at June 3, 2011 12:32 PM

1. There are 93 zeros Mr Schwarz according to your calculations. HOW DID YOU keep your talent a most guarded secret, for such a long time that you were a second "Srinivasa Ramanujan" from your readers and commenters?

2. Only If and a big if, our govt would keep its hands off of other countries' internal matters ( which it keeps accusing other countries of doing)?

3. I like The Real News, a lot. Their interview of Gore Vidal in July 2007 was one of their best! TRN has my support.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 3, 2011 01:48 PM

I recommend you default. I have been recommending that approach to everybody lately, the USG included.

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at June 3, 2011 05:48 PM

Interests rates are low right now.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 3, 2011 05:52 PM

If the following could file for bankruptcy, so can you Mr Schwarz. At least you will not have to wash cars! And you will be able to continue with your postings on your blog! And your loyal readers and commenters could start a "JS Debt Relief Fund"


Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 3, 2011 06:18 PM

By my records you gave $10 in early February, so you are only about 113 days behind. That would be a little above $5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or $5 decillion - barely the square root of the ventillion-dollar debt you were claiming. They should let you off with a quick squeegee of the windscreen, sort of like what the US government would do if the debtor were Goldman Sachs.

Posted by: setty, formerly hedgy at June 4, 2011 01:47 AM