Tuesday, January 29, 2008

War is not cheap.

Currently the total cost of the war in Iraq is about 500 billion dollars. I've often wondered what this war is worth in terms of opportunity costs.

http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home

2.5 magnetic levitation /vacuum trains from London to New York. These puppies can get you from London to New York in 1 hour. They fly through tubes under the ocean that are almost at a total vacuum at 4000 mph on magnetic tracks. Much faster than flying.

http://www.klanrur.co.yu/forum/index.php?showtopic=45349

Pfff, in fact all of the US could be setup with coast to coast maglev links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maglev_train#United_States

21 Manhattan projects

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project

1 600 $ tax rebate for every human alive in the US. That would stimulate the economy.

http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

35 Superconducting Super Colliders.. Physics would love you!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_Super_Collider

34 ITER nuclear fusion reactors.. Wow.. that would be cool.

[This link is missing because X-Windows copy and paste is unreliable and I don't want to go find the stupid page again]

1 man on Mars. awww... looks like Bush wanted a war instead...

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE3D6163FF932A15752C1A96F948260

4 International Space Stations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station

340 Montreal Olympic Stadiums! (wow, that beast really was expensive)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Stadium_(Montreal)

$3,749 per iraqi

http://zfacts.com/p/447.html

agh it goes on.. Carbon credits, electric car research, laptops for developing countries, UN back-dues...!

What's your favorite, expensive megaproject?

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