The Eighth Wonder of the World

(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

PARIS-At a press conference Tuesday, the World Heritage Committee officially recognized the Gap Between Rich and Poor as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” describing the global wealth divide as the “most colossal and enduring of mankind’s creations.”

“Of all the epic structures the human race has devised, none is more staggering or imposing than the Gap Between Rich and Poor,” committee chairman Henri Jean-Baptiste said. “It is a tremendous, millennia-old expanse that fills us with both wonder and humility.”

“And thanks to careful maintenance through the ages, this massive relic survives intact, instilling in each new generation a sense of awe,” Jean- Baptiste added.

The vast chasm of wealth, which stretches across most of the inhabited world, attracts millions of stunned observers each year, many of whom have found its immensity too overwhelming even to contemplate. By far the largest man-made structure on Earth, it is readily visible from locations as far-flung as Eastern Europe, China, Africa, and Brazil, as well as all 50 U.S. states.

“The original Seven Wonders of the World pale in comparison to this,” said World Heritage Committee member Edwin MacAlister, standing in front of a striking photograph of the Gap Between Rich and Poor taken from above Mexico City. “It is an astounding feat of human engineering that eclipses the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, and perhaps even the Great Racial Divide.”

“It’s breathtaking,” said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, a longtime champion and benefactor of the rift’s conservation. “After all we’ve been through in recent years, there’s no greater privilege than watching it grow bigger and bigger each day. There may be a few naysayers who worry that if it gets any wider, the whole thing will collapse upon itself and take millions of people down with it, but I for one am willing to take that chance.”

Added Blankfein, “Besides, something tells me I’d probably make it out okay.”

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    • Edger on February 3, 2011 at 21:28

    • RUKind on February 6, 2011 at 04:56

    As the wealthiest approach the asymptotic line of infinite wealth the curve leading up to the skyrocket sinks ever lower tot the zero axis. At some point in the equation those at the bottom can no longer maintain food, shelter, heat/cooling, medication or transportation.

    When you have nothing, you  have nothing to lose. The ultra-wealthy are extremely myopic in their greed. And just plain fucking stupid. Without a strong middle class barrier to damp down the social imbalance shit will happen.

    God willing the flames of Tunisia reach our shores this decade. The economy is so far out of balance that it cannot sustain this level of disparity forever.

    Fuck the selfish rich. In the end we all die. Death is the great leveler of wealth. The good you do in this life is your currency in the next.

    Shanti. Salaam. Omaha.

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