American soldiers killed in Iraq as of Tuesday, according to US Dept. of Defense: 2,180

American soldiers killed in Iraq since “Mission Accomplished” speech: 2,047

Coalition civilian contractors killed in Iraq, as recorded as “incomplete list”: 293

Number of Iraqis killed, as acknowledged by President George W. Bush: 30,000

Number of Iraqis killed, according to official casualty reports: 27,569 to 31,088

Number of Iraqis killed, according to house-to-house survey in Iraq published in British medical journal, The Lancet, in October 2004: as many as 100,000

United States taxpayer funds spent on the Iraq War, from congressional appropriations: $228 billion

Taxpayer funds spent on Iraq War paid by Los Angeles County residents: $7,202,000,000

Arnie and Bush

FORGET THE PEOPLE: Arnie and Bush discuss the war on grammar, er, terror.

Amount spent by state of California on Nov. 8 Special Election: $54 million

Amount spent by pharmaceutical industry in support of Proposition 78, a discount drug plan created by the pharmaceutical industry, and in opposition to Proposition 79, a low-income discount drug plan that would have required deep industry discounts: $146,202,267

Amount spent by consumer organizations, educators, fire-fighters, school employees, healthcare providers and labor organizations supporting Proposition 79: $33,140,554

Total amount spent by unions in Special Election, as reported by LA Times: over $100 million

Amount spent by unions just to oppose Proposition 75, which would have forced unions to get employee consent to use dues for political campaigns: $41,308,881

Amount spent by Gov. Schwarzenegger to support Proposition 75: $32,498,525

Total amount spent by supporters and opponents of Special Election slate, making this the most expensive state election in California history: over $250 million

Estimated fees paid to political consultants: $37.5 million

Number of ballot initiatives passed: 0

Number of named tropical storms in 2005 Atlantic hurricane season: 31

Number which became hurricanes in 2005 (some did not make landfall): 14

Number of Atlantic hurricanes in 2004: 9

Rescue workers boat down New Orleans' Canal Street

TOTAL DISASTER: Rescue workers boat down New Orleans’ Canal Street on Sept. 3.

Amount in degrees Fahrenheit that global average land and water surface temperatures in 2005 were above the mean, as compared to average from 1880 to 2004: 1.06

Rank of 2005 in list of warmest years, in terms of global surface temperatures since 1880: 2 (warmest was 1998)

Number of days with cooler-than-average US temperatures in 2005: 0

Number of consecutive days Death Valley was at or above 125 degrees Fahrenheit in 2005, a new record: 7

Acres of US burned during 2005 wildfire season, a new record: 8.5 million

Acres burned in Alaska during 2005 wildfire season: 4.5 million

Tons of carbon dioxide, thought a key contributor to global warming, required for reduction by the administrations of either George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush: 0

Percent carbon dioxide emissions have increased from 1990 to 2003: 17

Percent carbon dioxide emissions have increased by producers of electricity: 26

Paid circulation of Los Angeles Times Sunday edition, for six months ending Sept. 30, 2005: 1,247,569

Percent reduction compared to same time period last year: 3.5

Number of blogs worldwide, as tabulated by The Blog Herald (some may be splogs, or spam blogs): over 100 million

Doses of Tamiflu on hand in the US: 2.3 million

Doses of Tamiflu the Bush administration plans to stockpile: 20 million

Cases of bird flu confirmed in the US, to date: 0

Percentage increase in core earnings per share of Roche, Swiss manufacturer of Tamiflu, in first half of 2005: 21

The Topanga wildfire near Simi Valley

TOASTED: The Topanga wildfire near Simi Valley, as seen from space on Sept. 29.

Movie tickets sold in 2004: 1.54 billion

Percentage drop in movie ticket sales from 2003: 2.4

Percentage that domestic box office receipts for 2005 are running behind those of 2004: 6

Percentage increase in film production days in LA, from 2003 to 2004: 18.8

Percentage increase in film production days in LA, from 2004 through October 2005: 10.96

Percentage increase in TV production days in LA, from 2003 to 2004: 26.83

Percentage increase in TV production days in LA, from 2004 through October 2005: 2.89

Money lost to US due to film and TV production leaving the country, in 1998 alone: $10.3 billion

Number of people employed by film and TV industry in LA County in 2004: 249,000

Cost to LA economy of losing one one-hour show that produces a full 22-episode season: $44 million

Number of US arrests for crimes involving marijuana in 2004: 771,605

Number of US arrests for crimes involving marijuana since Nixon declared “all-out war” on drugs in 1971: 10-15 million

Percentage of high school seniors who report marijuana as “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get in 2005: 85.6

Percentage of high school seniors who reported marijuana as “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get in 1975, when survey began: 87

Soldiers fire an artillery shell

FIRE AT WILL: Soldiers fire an artillery shell in Afghanistan.

Percentage increase of Oxycontin use by high school seniors, since 2002: 40

Money spent by Bush administration on “abstinence-only” high school sex education programs: $170 million

Average number of months teens who take “virginity pledges” resist premarital intercourse: 18

Percentage of American teens aged 15 to 19 who have engaged in oral sex, according to 2005 study: 50

CD sales worldwide, first half of 2005: 257.9 million

CD sales worldwide, first half of 2004: 270 million

iPods sold in fiscal 2005: 22.5 million

Number of US people who are talking on the cell phone while driving, at any given time: 1 in 10

Number of countries that sent a representative dignitary to the funeral of Pope John Paul II: 138