Posts filed under “War/Defense”

Paying (both meanings) for War

My friend (and Washington State money manager) Carl writes about our three trillion dollar war post:

The biggest reason the U.S. is marching towards receivership—-the U.S. refused to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instead of raising taxes like we did to pay for WW 1 —we lowered them. Instead of having a high marginal tax rate for the wealthy, President Bush and the congress lowered taxes.

The following is just about Iraq and does not include the cost of Afghanistan.

Read about steps taken to prepare for and pay for WW 1.

And tax rates during WW 2.

Fascinating stuff — thanks Carl!

Category: War/Defense

The Three-Trillion-Dollar War

Speaking of costly wastes of money: This colorful graphic via Perceptual Edge, shows the outrageous costs of war in Iraq: > click for truly ginormous infographic > Whenever I hear a a congress critter discussing deficit spending, the first thing I do is check their vote on the Iraq war to see if they are…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

US Overseas Grants & Loans

Cool display of US overseas aid: > click for interactive site Source: Tableau Software

Category: Taxes and Policy, War/Defense

WikiRebels – The Documentary

From YouTube:

“Exclusive rough-cut of first in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it!

From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange.

Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version –!

Where is the secretive organization heading? Stronger than ever, or broken by the US? Who is Assange: champion of freedom, spy or rapist? What are his objectives? What are the consequences for the internet?”



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Category: Financial Press, Video, War/Defense

4th Amendment Wear (Printed in metallic Ink)

I love the concept of this: the 4th Amendment, printed in metallic ink, on T-shirts, Bras, panties, etc. showing up on TSA backscatter machines, from Cargo Collective: UPDATE: These are SOLD OUT . . . click for web page ~~~

Category: War/Defense, Weekend

Wikileak GS Quote of the Day

Ironic quote of the day, from Kazakhstan, via Wikileaks:

The Ambassador asked if the corruption and infighting are worse now than before in Kazakhstan. Idenov paused, thought, and then replied, “No, not really. It’s business as usual.

They’re confused by the corrupt excesses of capitalism. “If Goldman Sachs executives can make $50 million a year and then run America’s economy in Washington, what’s so different about what we do?’ they ask.

Too bad we don’t have a category labeled “Irony.”

Full release after the jump . . .

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Category: Humor, War/Defense

Wiki Leak World Map

Everyone seems to be going batty over the big Wikileak data dump. • How media is visualizing the ‘Cablegate’ • Reuters sums up early reactions from pundits. • Editorials: -Le Monde’s -New York Times -The Guardian • British think tank believes the really secret stuff hasn’t and probably won’t get leaked. (Millions of people already…Read More

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense

Happy Travels

via the New Yorker: By Ed Fisher, September 2, 1972. ~~~ By Peter Steiner, December 3, 2001. ~~~ By Robert Leighton, January 10, 2005. ~~~ Oh, and one other thing: Your emergency number: TSA Public Affairs (571) 227-2829 If you get stopped by security, and they are acting inappropriately — call the number Members…Read More

Category: Humor, Travel, War/Defense

Oil’s Well That Ends Well?

It’s been a while since I paid over $3.00/gallon for gas, but had that pleasure once again very recently, as prices have been creeping slowly ever upward.  As the gas flowed, I thought back to a piece I’d written elsewhere some time ago (April ’06, to be exact) lamenting the fact that those who had…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Energy, Markets, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Battle over Britain’s Skies 1940

I wish I could recall where I found this — I love these sorts of graphics: > Thank you Nathan Gilliatt for the source ~!

Category: War/Defense, Weekend