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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Fleet Week

Cost of fuel for three, 1-hour Blue Angel performances with 3 jets: $54,000

Cost of fuel for survey flights that are the preliminary event of Fleet Week: $90,000

Total fuel costs: $144,000

For the price of the fuel alone, we could fund approximately 24 lower-division, semester-length college courses.

But then, why would we do that? Better to ooh and ahh at the Angels, thump our chests, wave our flags, and revel in our false pride.

Blue Angel costs based on data mined from http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18268
College course costs based on information from City College of San Francisco


Blogger boneman said...

Oh, hell, gal. It's worse than that.
NASA bragged about throwing a rocket into the bottom of the moon at 6000 MPH this morning.
And it only cost taxpayers $17.7 MILLION.
Just to watch dust fly around?
Are y'kidding me?

October 09, 2009 12:20 PM  
Blogger /t. said...

how about that?!?

i mean, you could have thrown
washington into the bottom of the sea
for a lot less than that AND saved money long term

× × × 2 bird


October 28, 2009 1:42 PM  
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November 18, 2009 1:30 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

yeah... why would we want to educate people to learn that they are oppressed...

poignant post here in light of the protests at Berkley this last week...

November 30, 2009 6:16 PM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

Those tuition hikes in Cali are terrible. Glad to see students picking up the Berkley spirit and protesting. Let's bail 'em out!

December 20, 2009 8:21 AM  
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December 21, 2009 5:16 PM  
Blogger J Cosmo Newbery said...

Christmas comes but once a year
And perhaps it's just as well.
With food and drink and bonhomie
Our tummy's prone to swell.

But it is a chance to tell our friends
The ones too oft neglected,
That we're glad they're there
A friendship much respected.

Thank you.
May you Christmas be merry and the New Year everything you wish for.

December 24, 2009 11:15 PM  
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