Bailout, in comparable costs

From Barry Ritholt, come some numbers calculated by Jim Bianco.

Jim Bianco of Bianco Research crunched the inflation adjusted numbers. The bailout has cost more than all of these big budget government expenditures – combined:

  • Marshall Plan: Cost: $12.7 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $115.3 billion
  • Louisiana Purchase: Cost: $15 million, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $217 billion
  • Race to the Moon: Cost: $36.4 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $237 billion
  • S&L Crisis: Cost: $153 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $256 billion
  • Korean War: Cost: $54 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $454 billion
  • The New Deal: Cost: $32 billion (Est), Inflation Adjusted Cost: $500 billion (Est)
  • Invasion of Iraq: Cost: $551b, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $597 billion
  • Vietnam War: Cost: $111 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $698 billion
  • NASA: Cost: $416.7 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $851.2 billion

TOTAL: $3.92 trillion

That is $686 billion less than the cost of the credit crisis thus far. The only single American event in history that even comes close to matching the cost of the credit crisis is World War II:
Original Cost: $288 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $3.6 trillion.

That’s incredible.

Coldest Winter?

From the Telegraph comes a story of global warming that wasn’t.

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

Yikes, but that is embarrassing. Climate change folks seem to shoot themselves in the foot rather often…

Update on Tellico for KDE4

Evidently, there’s a lot of website searches for Tellico and KDE4. Well, not a lot, but a decent number really. So here’s a quick update. Everything compiles and runs. Visually, there’s nothing out of place, as far as I can see. There is something wrong with the image loader, so don’t overwrite your files with the trunk version just yet.

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I’ve been wonderfully busy with wedding preparations lately, so my priorities don’t include Tellico right now. Occasionally, I have a chance to sit down and do a little coding. I have not tried all the functionality in the KDE4 port just yet, so I’m not sure what’s actually broken. In the screenshot above, there are some theme issues, I think, which is why some of the buttons are squished and the menu bar color looks a little off.

Previous versions of Tellico also have pretty high memory usage, especially for large files. I believe the issue is just that the Qt DOM classes for loading XML take up multiples of memory. I’ve been experimenting with using the SAX loader instead, which may makes things more efficient.

That’s a pretty big change to an integral part of the application, so it won’t be on by default if I have another release in the 1.3.x series. But maybe it’s something to explore more in a new release. Also, from my quick estimates, running with KDE4 decreases the total memory used by Tellico by about 25-30%. That’s pretty nice.