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15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Make Your Head Explode
1. America spends more on its military than the next 15 countries combined,
 2. By 2033 the U.S. will be paying $59 billion a year to its veterans injured in the wars.
3. In 2007, the amount of money labeled ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ in Iraq — $11 billion — could pay 220,000 teachers salaries.
4. America’s defense spending doubled in the same period that its economy shrunk from 32 to 23 percent of global output.
5. The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.
6. Defense spending is higher today than at any time since the height of World War II.
7. The total known land area occupied by U.S. bases and facilities is 15,654 square miles — bigger than D.C., Massachusetts, and New Jersey combined.
8. Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon.
9. In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year.
10. The pentagon budget consumes 80% of individual income tax revenue.
11. Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Defense Department still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based in Europe.
12. The amount the government has spent compensating radiation victims of nuclear testing ($1.5 billion) could fully educate 13,000 American kids.
13. The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.
14. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population — but almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure.
15. The US. must spend a full 1 percent of its GDP just to maintain its arsenal.
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occupyallstreets:

15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Make Your Head Explode

1. America spends more on its military than the next 15 countries combined,

 2. By 2033 the U.S. will be paying $59 billion a year to its veterans injured in the wars.

3. In 2007, the amount of money labeled ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ in Iraq — $11 billion — could pay 220,000 teachers salaries.

4. America’s defense spending doubled in the same period that its economy shrunk from 32 to 23 percent of global output.

5. The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.

6. Defense spending is higher today than at any time since the height of World War II.

7. The total known land area occupied by U.S. bases and facilities is 15,654 square miles — bigger than D.C., Massachusetts, and New Jersey combined.

8. Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon.

9. In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year.

10. The pentagon budget consumes 80% of individual income tax revenue.

11. Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Defense Department still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based in Europe.

12. The amount the government has spent compensating radiation victims of nuclear testing ($1.5 billion) could fully educate 13,000 American kids.

13. The Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.

14. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population — but almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure.

15. The US. must spend a full 1 percent of its GDP just to maintain its arsenal.

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ARCADE FIRE COLLABORATOR VINCENT MORISSET ON DANCING IN THE SPRAWL

The imagery and lighting in this video remind me of the photographs of Gregory Crewdson.  It’s not terribly surprising, of course, since both are dealing with the same landscape, but the depiction is so similar that one can’t help but see that the video was inspired by the earlier photographic series. 

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OWS Invests In Unmanned Surveillance Drone Dubbed The ‘Occucopter’

For years we’ve seen images of the military’s unmanned aerial vehicles aiding soldiers in combat zones, and their evolution from surveillance tools to the heavily weaponized Predator drones. Now, the Guardian reports, Occupy Wall Street livestreamer Tim Pool hopes to use that technology as an additional set of eyes on the police department.

Tim Pool, an Occupy Wall Street protester, has acquired a Parrot AR drone he amusingly calls the “occucopter”. It is a lightweight four-rotor helicopter that you can buy cheaply on Amazon and control with your iPhone. It has an onboard camera so that you can view everything on your phone that it points at. Pool has modified the software to stream live video to the internet so that we can watch the action as it unfolds.

The Occucopter comes in response to police departments, across the country, stepping up efforts to prevent their actions from being recorded. Some have started covering up their names and badge numbers. Others attempt to stand in the way of recording devices, or declare “frozen zones” that are off limits to even the most credentialed reporters. Tim hopes that the Occucopter will allow protesters to monitor the police, and record any cases of brutality that may have otherwise remained undocumented.

In addition to modifying the Parrot’s software for internet livestreaming, Pool is also currently working on modifying the software for multiple controllers. He even hopes to add 3G functionality, so that even protesters and supporters outside of New York could aid in the monitoring process. When asked about his plans by the Guardian, he explained:

We are trying to get a stable live feed so you can have 50 people controlling it in series. If the cops see you controlling it from a computer they can shut you down, but then control could automatically switch to someone else.

Now you, much like myself, might find yourself wondering, “Isn’t he concerned that some officer(s) will just shoot it down?”

No…They can’t just fire a weapon in the air because it could seriously hurt someone. They would have no excuse because the occucopter is strictly not illegal. Their only recourse would be to make it illegal, but it is only a toy

So it would appear that we finally have an answer to a twenty five year old question. Tim Pool is watching the watchmen.

And doing a damn good job of it.

(images courtesy of Time/iPhoneZA/GeekAlerts)

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From The Daily What:

Heartbreaking Human Interest Story: An unidentified serviceman from West Michigan, who was wounded in action while serving in Afghanistan, was forced to sell his Purple Heart to a pawn shop in order to make ends meet.

“He was falling on hard times,” said…

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leftish:

It takes guts sometimes…

leftish:

It takes guts sometimes…

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cartoonpolitics:

The latest census showed that   50 million Americans now live below the official poverty level and a   further 100 million below the ‘low-income’ level, making approx. 50% of   the population officially ‘poor’. But hey .. at least the 1% are doing okay.

cartoonpolitics:

The latest census showed that 50 million Americans now live below the official poverty level and a further 100 million below the ‘low-income’ level, making approx. 50% of the population officially ‘poor’. But hey .. at least the 1% are doing okay.

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