The Magic Washing Machine


  1. Hans Rosling deserves to be better known. In addition to Eli's point (which is not wrong), Rosling describes two global class thresholds: the "wash line", below which people wash their laundry by hand, and the "air line", above which, people fly. The point being that folks above the air line should not be surprised that everyone wants to AT LEAST be above the wash line, and this has implications for global energy demand.

  2. When Eli was a boy his family did not have a washing machine, but we did have a commercial laundry down the block that did the washing for a reasonable fee, and when he was a student he used the commercial laundry even on a student stipend or the laundromat, so yes, there are other ways

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