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“I Was Living Like Scarface”: The Ludicrous Costs of the War in Afghanistan Revealed in New Documents, Testimonies

I had $50 million in cash. The most I ever had at one point was $24 million on hand, in $100 bills, sitting in safes in my bedroom. And there was hardly any oversight whatsoever. Once we signed that money out of the vault in Baghdad, it was up to me how to document that money was spent and where the money went…I had no requirement. Literally. I am not joking. No guidance and no requirement to provide documentation about where that money went.”

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The Scientific and Technological Options Assessment reportreleased in November 2001 by the European Parliament showed that the combined effect of discharges from the La Hague and Sellafield reprocessing facilities constitutes “the world’s largest releases of radioactivity into the environment, corresponding to a large-scale nuclear accident every year.”

According to a Johnson State College student research paper, the United States began dumping radioactive waste in 1946, and the practice was carried on by 14 countries over a 48-year period. During this time, 80 dump sites were used all around the oceans.  Over that period it was estimated that radioactive dumping had reached a total of 84,000 terabecquerels.

“Using the world oceans as a dump” must stop.

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Trump administration facing lawsuit for allowing fracking companies to dump waste in Gulf of Mexico

 

It comes just months after the Environmental Protection Agency finalised a Clean Water Act allowing oil companies to offload unlimited amounts of waste into ocean basin

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that can do no wrong. This is from 2016.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

$2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year.

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Cost of violence hits $14 trillion in increasingly divided world

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Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?

This is according to American University professor David Vine in his forthcoming book Base Nation, in which he seeks to quantify the financial, environmental, and human costs of keeping these bases open.

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“Vanity capital” is the new metric for narcissism, and analysts say its value worldwide is greater than Germany’s GDP

Whether $4.5 trillion is an accurate measure of how much people spend on purchases motivated in some way by vanity is debatable. But in the age of the selfie, it seems a safe bet that the number, whatever it may be, is growing.

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Farmers are watering your food with fracking chemicals

Industrial scale poisoning is now the norm. Maybe we could just change the nation’s name to Evil Incorporated?

They found methylene chloride aka dichloromethane at 56 parts per billion. The EPA’s safe drinking water level is 5 ppb.

TELL THE GOVERNOR

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Posted: April 30, 2015 in -
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Tax cuts for middle, lower income Americans boost economy while tax breaks for the rich do little to help

Economists finally study what everyone else already knew. Are they shitting me? That’s some major fucking malpractice on the part of the entire economics cult. How can anyone take these people seriously when they just get around — in 2015 — to studying how class affects jobs and job creation? They are a ridiculous and pathetic lot who are largely employed to suck the corporate cock of their ideological masters. Prove me wrong.

The study is unusual in that it is believed to be the first study that relies on empirical evidence to measure the impacts of tax cuts for different types of people on total employment in the U.S.

“I find that the positive relationship between tax cuts and employment growth is largely driven by tax cuts for lower-income groups and that the effect of tax cuts for the top 10% on employment growth is small,” Zidar says.

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Legalization, hypocrisy, racist policy and a psychotic society…

Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs

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