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Melissa Gatlin

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  • Dear Oklahoma: We Feel for you, we love you, but do us some favors
    • The "cost engineer" side of me had to look at the cost .. avg cost of building or buying pre-made shelters is $125-200 per sq ft or per student (as being crammed in for 15-30 min does not require a lot of space per kid) and yes it might only save a life every 10 years or so and FEMA only picks up around 75% .. so you could say on the high side $200 per child .. but you also have to figure in the fact that the safe room has a 50-100 yr life .. so that would be $200 per student divided by the lifetime of the structure .. so for a high school where you would have a 4 yr student that would be $200/50(life time)X4 or $16 per student attending. Now that is using the high number for building (runs $125-200 per student) and the low number for life of structure (only used 50 yr) since using a low number of $150 for build and the high number for lifetime of school/structure make the figure so low I couldn't even buy a cheap cup of coffee with the amount .. or $.37 per student per year. And that is not including the fact that FEMA will reimburse about 75% of the cost.

      Of course $4 a year per student is a lot of money .. more than any kid should be worth don't ya think.

  • Why this and not that? America's topsy turvy priorities
    • Melissa Gatlin 04/01/2013 at 7:20 am

      Esp. ludicrous was that Cesar Chavez's birth date was Sunday, just a quirk of the lunar calendar that Easter fell on it this year.

  • Bye, Bye Alexandria: A 1-Meter Sea Rise is Certain
  • The Tesla S and World Peace: Can American Green Energy End the Gulf Oil Wars?
    • Well since every war from WWII to now has been over control of oil .. I would hope that a reduction on oil dependance would reduce the chance for War. (see "The Color of Oil",by Michael Economides and Ronald Oligney)

      Though part of me thinks we will just find another excuse.

  • Top Ten Coming Disasters: Romney's America 2016
  • A Letter from Benghazi on Crappy Republican Talking Points
    • Understand your frustration. We are dealing with one candidate for president that doesn't seem to even know there is a difference between embassies and consulates .. probably doesn't even know we have both. So it's not surprising that americans don't know we have both or what any of them do. Those of us americans that have lived outside of the states do, but we make up probably less than 30% of the population here (probably less as we just recently had passports go up to 30% and of those probably less than 1/2 actually have done more than take a trip to a Mexican or Caribbean resort).. most americans do not even know that the majority of our laws are per state as they have never been outside of their state, quite commonly, have never have been outside of their county. In Houston which stretches into 5 counties I met people all the time that had never even made it to more than 3 of the counties .. so they had never even been across the city. So for Americans not to know anything about another country is not abnormal .. they can't even name neighborhoods on the other side of the city they live in.

  • Congress Wants the Department of Defense to Propagandize Americans
    • excuse that was supposed to be "were a white male".

    • I spent 9 of my first 11 years out of the states .. I didn't realize there was a time when the US did not propagandize. Came to the states the first time in the late 50's .. land of the free .. if you where a white male .. opps they left that out of the propaganda. Came to the states again in early 60's .. from central america that time to hear how we had to have the coup's in central america because the commies were taking it over .. excuse me, they were legally elected governments that were really only interested in taking care of their own people rather than pandering to US interests. I assumed that the lack of world news was the US form of propaganda in the states .. coupled with the constant "america is the greatest" "all other countries suck" that was the constant in news stories.

  • Romney ads anger Latinos, Slam Santorum for Sotomayor Vote
    • Think RW needs to update his database. The percentage of New Mexico's population that was Hispanic in 2009 was 47%, the highest of any state. Hispanics also made up at least one fifth of the population in California and Texas, at 37 percent each, followed by Arizona (31 percent), Nevada (26 percent), Florida (22 percent) and Colorado (20 percent).

  • Al-Maliki: US Troops Out!
    • Melissa Gatlin 12/29/2010 at 4:11 am

      Ft. Kobbe and Ft. Clayton as well as the rest of the post/bases in Panama are other examples of posts and bases closed. And we know they aren't permanent in the States as well. (another brat who was raised on posts that no longer exist)

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