The Great Walls of the World

This isn’t meant to be political. It is meant to be informative about the great walls of the world.  Donald Trump stated that he planned to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. He like many other great leaders of the past may leave his mark on humanity for millennia, if successful. in October of 2016 did a post called 13 famous Walls around the world.  They only did photos though. Let’s take a look at some.

The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese states against raids and invasions from the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.  Though different pieces were constructed as early as 7th century BC under the rule of Qin Shi Huang between 220-206 BC the most famous part of the wall was built.  Among its purposes was defense and yes, border control.

A less known but, still a great wall was the Walls of Ston.  Famously known as the “European wall of China.” Spanning more than 4.3 miles long it surrounded the city of Ston, which is now southern Croatia.  The city used this wall to protect itself and its Saltpans, which brought it great wealth.

Another wall is the Israeli West Bank Barrier. A wall spanning more than 430 miles!  Israeli considers it a security barrier against terrorism, while Palestinians call it a racial segregation. Politics aside, this wall began construction in 2000 proving modern walls can be built and maintained.  This wall is still in existence today.

Lastly, The Walls of Babylon. Constructed under Nebuchadnezzar II between 634-562 BC. This massive wall is truly wonder! Even the greek historian Herodotus claimed that “Babylon surpasses in wonder any city known in the world.”  According to Herodotus the wall was 56 miles long, 80 feet thick, and 320 feet high!  Large enough chariots could race around the top. Keep in mind a football field is 360 feet long! That is one hell of a wall!

Walls for security, walls for border control, walls for defense.  Walls are truly a great accomplishment of man.  Even psychologically, we built walls to protect ourselves!  Consider the historic significance of these select few walls from history.  Now imagine, the United States, in all its glory being part of that Great Wall history.   A man once said, “If we want to compete with China we need a wall bigger then China.”

Tech Companies. Hoarders in disguise?

Hoarding isn’t just a problem for people anymore. I believe this pathology extends to companies as well.  It may even be at clinical levels given how much data they are acquiring but potentially not even using. That my friend, is hoarding.

It is estimated that google has 10 exabytes of data that’s 10 million terrabytes.  A common hard drive at home holds 5 terrabytes.  GOOG

Walmart is estimated to process 2.5 petabytes of data an hour.  That’s 360 petabytes a week or 360,000 terrabytes.  WMT

Even the U.S. is believed to be storing up to a yottabyte of data with it’s new NSA facility.  Which is 1,000,000,000,000 terrabytes.

That is a lot of data.  The true sign of a good hoarder is whether they are unwilling to part with items they no longer use.  In my opinion, I doubt any of these tech companies would delete old user data, location statistics, or any data that could be potentially profitable someday.  That’s the key word COULD.  I’m no psychologist but I do believe these companies have a pathological relationship with their data. They are hoarding it.  It no news that google is now the largest buyer of magnetic tape.  Why? To save all the data! Magnetic tape is to slow to read so why keep it? Because they are hoarders.