Archive for October, 2010

U.S. Defense Spending: The Hard Facts

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The U.S. spends $1.98 million per second on the military.  Ultimately, 59% of the U.S. budget is spent on the production and use of weapons that aim to kill human beings, and in many cases maim and mentally disturb men, women and children throughout the world, including U.S. citizens in the military.  Unfortunately, only 4 cents of every tax dollar is allocated to education, which is the cause that could inhibit future spending on the military.  We have sacrificed education, which is our collective future, for an institution that is in direct opposition to the progress of a prosperous humanity. 

 

Yet, many argue that strong defense is vital in an era of rampant terrorism.  However, we have been on a mission to “rebuild Iraq” and “Bring Democracy to (insert nation)” for many years.  These goals have been neither effective nor beneficial for the afflicted nations, nor for the people of the U.S.  In order to prosper a nation cannot expect to spend 59 cents out of every dollar of tax revenue on war while leaving one penny out of every dollar for labor and expect to effectively combat rising unemployment.  Defense spending has transformed the U.S. into a demented, paranoid monster who is rotting away from a giant cancerous tumor under a false façade of muscle.  In life, do our priorities not guide our destiny?*

 

 

*Note:  These numbers are based upon President Obama’s 2011 discretionary budget.  A full breakdown of the budget can be found at www.afsc.org, the American Friends Service Committee has supplied these numbers pro-peace work.

Operation Dark Heart, International Burn a Quran Day and The destruction of Books

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010



            It’s 2010 and people are still destroying books.  First, wacko extremists were burning the Quran on “International Burn a Quran Day.”  Then, the hungry and sleazy mainstream media eagerly turned the event into a disgusting orgy of unneeded coverage, giving these extremists an expanded platform. 


Second, Anthony Shaffer, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, published a memoir entitled Operation Dark Heart about his experiences there, which the Pentagon claims to contain “classified information.”  As a result, the pentagon announced that they will try to buy up and destroy every book in the initial printing of 10,000.  This is nothing more than fear of the exposure of knowledge which manifests itself in depriving the public of an important and empowering tool—understanding.  


For all of the proclamations of progress for mankind which is attributed to scientific and technological advances.  How have we still not moved beyond the mentality which led to the Bonfire of the Vanities in 1497, an event which centered on the destruction of books?    


Loren