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Postby bigh0rt » Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:06 am

Quick, fun read. ;-D
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Postby Madison » Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:53 am

Art Vandelay wrote:I realize that this wasn't meant to be taken literally, but the author of this thing really ignores a lart portion of where that money will go. It's not as if it will all be spent to rebuild homes. Infrastructure needs rebuilding as well. I forget what the exact number is, but I know that building roads is expensive as hell...and there has to be a few thousand miles of road that needs to be rebuilt down there...among other things. Anyway, is the $250 billion in aid too high? Probably. Will lots of it get wasted, mis-used, or "lost"? Definitely. But the given argument is a poor one for why this shouldn't take place.


True. Of the 250 billion they are asking for, maybe 100 billion is what it will actually take to rebuild. In other words, 250 billion is way too much to give them. That's how I read the article.

OhMrScottyTrav wrote:Just thought I'd make a correction on that error.


Nice work! ;-D

I knew someone would double check the math, so that's why I stuck a disclaimer there in the first place. Lol. :-D

dannyolbb wrote:I wonder how much it costs to dredge a major city and make it safe for human inhabitance...


A whole lot more than if local government had done their jobs and built decent levees to protect it's citizens that are living under sea level, but I've had that discussion way too many times. :-X

dannyolbb wrote:I don't know. I shouldn't get worked up about this sort of thing, but it's just such blatent misinformation. It implies that the people living in New Orleans are just soaking up the money when that clearly isn't true.


It's not blatent misinformation. It just shows the information a different way to try to show just how much money we are talking about. Had local government done their jobs in the first place, oops, I started to go down that path again. :-X
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Postby Arlo » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:50 pm

beerman648 wrote::-X . Granted that it is all not meant to rebuild a simple house for all of the families there, but that is still a helluva price.

How about OhMrScottyTrav06 checking the true time of a billion seconds. Props to him I would have avoided it altogether and say it was right. So I checked it all and all and he is right with 1 billion seconds being 31.7 years ago.

So does that mean that this e-mail is actually 15 years old? :-b
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Postby knapplc » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:17 pm

All I hear is Carl Sagan (via SNL) saying, "Billions and billions and billions........"
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:22 pm

knapplc wrote:All I hear is Carl Sagan (via SNL) saying, "Billions and billions and billions........"


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Postby bleach168 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:24 am

Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans
(every man, woman, child), you each get $516, 528.


Horribly, horribly misleading.
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Postby knapplc » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:21 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
knapplc wrote:All I hear is Carl Sagan (via SNL) saying, "Billions and billions and billions........"


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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:48 pm

knapplc wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:
knapplc wrote:All I hear is Carl Sagan (via SNL) saying, "Billions and billions and billions........"


:-[



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While he was a brilliant man, I found a lot of what he wrote contradicted itself on occasion. That's why the :-[ .
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