Trillion Dollar Wednesday

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Hundreds of happy Hummers that you paid for but never got.

When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the US Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million). The strike was symbolic at best, as the Assad regime ran bombing missions from the same airfield the very next day, but it did underscore one thing: the immense costs of military action of just about any sort in our era.

While $89 million is a rounding error in the Pentagon’s $600 billion budget, it represents real money for other agencies. It’s more than twice the $38 million annual budget of the US Institute of Peace and more than half the $149 million budget of the National Endowment of the Arts, both slated for elimination under Trump’s budget blueprint.

In this century of nonstop military conflict, the American public has never fully confronted the immense costs of the wars being waged in its name. The human costs — including an estimated 370,000 deaths, more than half of them civilians, and the millions who have been uprooted from their homes and sent into flight, often across national borders — are surely the most devastating consequences of these conflicts. But the economic costs of our recent wars should not be ignored, both because they are so massive in their own right and because of the many peaceable opportunities foregone to pay for them.

@ TRUTHOUT

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17 Responses to Trillion Dollar Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Comey, Comey, Comey, 6 feet 8 inches of slam dunking power, Swish!

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    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      I loved how he loomed over Trump in that handshaking clip they keep showing. Probably pissed Trump off.

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  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    “In a commencement ceremony at the Coast Guard Academy, Trump said “no politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down, can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.

    ““Over the course of your life, you’ll find things are not always fair,” he said. “Things happen to you that you do not deserve and are not always warranted, but you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever give up. Things will work out just fine.”
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    Trump, giving a speech at a Coast Guard graduation. Of course, he had to talk about himself and spit out more lies. He’s sure a piece of work and I can’t wait until he’s finally pulled down and kicked out.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    $$ down the drain.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Toenails!

    Grey out but no rain just now.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      The Repugs will never even start impeachment proceedings.

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    • Den says:

      All that hoopla over an unknown. Considering the checks and balances affecting rich boy, bible boy will receive the same scrutiny and oversight for his religious agenda.

      Lest we forget he was Manaforts’ pick for VP, he is under investigation by the FBI and others and has been issued a subpoena to produce paperwork for a very suspicious loan of a few billion and the story goes on. Whether bible boy gets snared God only knows.

      On you knees bible boy! Repent your sins!

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Out to the Birch & Barley in 51 minutes past all the construction, a flock of unrecognized birds and one of blackbirds.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Home via the p. stairs and stopped stick walking at B Street so just 83 minutes total today. Saw the head bobbing quail pair.

      Day 4: 175+83=258 minutes.

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  6. Den says:

    Didn’t even leave the street today and a damn redneck idiot made a hissy fit because I waited for his junker Lincoln to pass, then I pulled out evidently too close to his precious ass and frightened him causing him to come to a complete stop in the middle of the road in front of me flipping me off and waving his arms. Then he finally went, slowly all-the-way to the road stop sign where I could see he was posturing in his car to do more middle finger salutes but he was turning right and I went left so I kept my head turned left to watch oncoming traffic, fuck him!

    This is the third time I have been harassed by the redneck scum in this burg and I am getting sick of it. It appears I have landed myself in a nest of stupid meth tweakers and stupid idiots. Today I am pissed enough to sell this place and GTFO! I have made 0 friends in a year simply because there are no people smart enough to carry an intelligent conversation with, the few times I tried I ran away scared, there is NO intelligent life here only rednecks and tweakers. (& trump voters)

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Den, you could consider an appropriate local church as a place to make friends. Unitarian Universalist, Methodist, Quaker, …

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      • Den says:

        No organized religion for me, Mormons up the road and Bible Beaters up a bit further, no creative or remotely adventurous churches, just the usual run-of-the mill highly conservative ones.

        Fights breaking out in the bars all the time, tweekers, that is not an option, most places a bar is a good meet up alternative, here you will be greeted with a closed fist, rude.

        I did manage to sell my fence leftovers to a nice couple today, they were from Sac and moved up here, now being encroached by Russians that bought the land right next to them, hence the fence need to alleviate the dust of the road from them driving up and down their road 43 times a day. They also are becoming keenly aware of the dunderhead factor here, buyers remorse.

        According to local prices I made money being here a year, just nowhere to go that isn’t priced higher, I’m working on it though, like a rat in a maze looking for the way out. The last place I found as unfriendly as this was Marietta GA, Newt Gingrinchs District.

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      • micki says:

        One thing about the UUs and the Quakers (not much “personal” interaction that I know of with Methodists), is that, w/o exception, knowing them has enriched my life.

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