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Guest Post: Springtime For The Military-Industrial Complex

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Submitted by John Aziz of Azizonomics

Springtime for the Military-Industrial Complex

The FT erroneously concludes that the boom-times are over for the military contractors:

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been a boon to US contractors. The US has used so many of them in the conflicts that at times they outnumbered the military they supported. But the boom times are coming to an end and military service companies in particular are being squeezed.

 

Moody’s, the rating agency, expects revenue and margin pressure on defence service companies to become visible soon as the US Department of Defence, the world’s biggest military spender, negotiates tougher terms for contractors, reduces spending on them and brings its troops home from Afghanistan in time to meet the end 2014 deadline set by President Barack Obama.

 

In Iraq and Afghanistan the top contractor was Kellog, Brown & Root, the engineering and construction services company. It earned $40.8bn during the past decade, while Agility, the logistics company, and DynCorp, which specialises in security, earned $9bn and $7.4bn respectively, according to a US government report.

 

After a decade of unrivalled prosperity thanks to war and a booming global economy the defence service sector will have to work harder through innovation, as well as lean and well-focused management, to prosper.

In a word, nope. What cuts? The Obama budget aims to increase military expenditures far-above their already-puffed-up status quo:

Offering a military budget designed to head off charges that he’s weak on defense, President Obama unveiled a Pentagon spending plan that fails to cut any major procurement programs and calls for spending $36 billion more on the military in 2017 than it will spend this year.

Here’s what Obama intends to increase (and what Romney, of course, intends to increase more):

Yeah, America is spending more today drone-striking American citizens in Yemen, drone-surveilling Mexican drug lords and “turning our attention to the vast potential of the Asia-Pacific region“ than she was during the cold war when a hostile superpower had thousands of nukes pointing at her.

Military contractors have nothing to fear. Whether it is the Pacific buildup to contain Chinese ambition, or drone strikes in the horn of Africa or Pakistan, or the completely-failed drug war, or using the ghost of Kony to establish a toehold in Africa to compete with China for African minerals, or an attempted deposition of Bashar Assad or Egypt’s new Islamist regime, or bombing Iran’s uranium-enrichment facilities, or a conflict over mineral rights in the Arctic, or (as Paul Krugman desires — and what the heck, it’s 2012, why not?) an alien invasion, or a new global conflict arising out of a global economic reset, it’s springtime for the military contractors. It’s everyone else who should be worried.

 

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Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:12 | 2540445 Cognitive Dissonance
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Boy.

It sure looks like 9/11 came just in time to "save" the day.

http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:13 | 2540457 Newsboy
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Gotta' find a way to sit this one out for 20 years...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:20 | 2540488 CIABS
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Hey John, here's a re-write:

The FT lies that the boom-times are over for the military contractors...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:44 | 2540568 Gully Foyle
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I found this particularly creepy.

http://www.effie.org/winners/showcase/2012/5940

Troy Public Library would close for good unless voters approved a tax increase. With little money, six weeks until the election, facing a well organized anti-tax group who'd managed to get two previous library-saving tax increases to fail, we had to be bold. We posed as a clandestine group who urged people to vote to close the library so they could have a book burning party. Public outcry over the idea drowned out the anti-tax opposition and created a ground-swell of support for the library, which won by a landslide.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:57 | 2540633 CommunityStandard
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At least it wasn't an orphanage....

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:50 | 2540796 ZerOhead
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9/11 sure saved the Pentagon's budget... considering the news from the day before that got burried... you know... the $2.3 trillion dollars missing that Rummy was yammering about...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kpWqdPMjmo

Talk about great timing! ;)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:47 | 2541245 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Dude, I don't think that FT knows what they are talking about. Military contractors are laying people off left and right due to the fact the US Congresscritters have not passed a budget in over 2 years. I was an example.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:57 | 2541483 Greyhat
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"the $2.3 trillion dollars missing that Rummy was yammering about... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kpWqdPMjmo "

It was really lucky that "they" bombed the pentagons bookkeeping dep. just in time! :)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:14 | 2540709 Bring the Gold
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Ok so this is a thread about insane levels of military spending and you're concerned that a group did a *chortle* "False-flag" operation to pretend to be enthusiastic about book burning to SAVE a public library?! REALLY?!?!?! Uh holy what the fuck batman? Seriously? Priorities perhaps? 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:23 | 2540733 TruthInSunshine
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I miss AMC's Rubicon series. I'm not a big consumer of media, but that was one of the best shows of all time, IMO. I think AMC canceled it after one season because a) there are too few non-imbeciles in the U.S., or b) the director and producer of the show, along with AMC, had the kabosh put on them, as it hit way too close to reality, or c) a combinatrion of too few non-imbeciles in the U.S. -AND- the director and producer of the show, along with AMC, had the kabosh put on them, as it hit way too close to reality.

 

Having said all that, what will the next Operation Northwoods be, that doesn't get 86ed, and is carried out to fruition? The higher ups at the Pentagon have hired the brightest minds in Hollywood to write scripts for them (The Pentagon's strengthening grip on Hollywood), so it's probably going to be something that James Lipton will find "delightful."

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 01:52 | 2541445 Bringin It
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ETF - various controlled opposition plays spring into existance and dissipate as required.

As with the RPs, best to avoid the kool-aide.

And I made the only political contribution of my life for RP.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:44 | 2541763 mirac
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I'll pick door numnrt 3 Bob...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:14 | 2540711 Matt
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Well, Marketing is Propaganda, and they did a great job at using propaganda to exploit the citizens to get them to make the "right choice", so I say they totally deserve their marketing award.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:48 | 2540882 Bob
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Special Olympics Edition, maybe. 

I mean, once the medium openly is the message (and the only message in that medium), it can't be all that hard. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Act_of_1996

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing at least that somebody got what they paid for, free market and all. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:51 | 2540969 Stuck on Zero
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What exactly does a library do today?  It seems like you only need a Kindle and a NetPad to get access to all the worlds greatest works. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:07 | 2541143 RECISION
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Just so long as you can pay the entry fee/tax

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:22 | 2540491 Sudden Debt
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Yeah... Just sit and relax because when the banks need their hard earned cash back from the citizens who spoiled it all away, there will need to be done some backbreaking work at in the mines of the United States Of Goldman Sachs!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:22 | 2540492 resurger
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Yuri Orlov

"There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"

Don't blame the MIC Aziz, the US is capitalist country and its a cold world, money is money to those pigz

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:24 | 2540499 Sudden Debt
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Like the russians did it in WOII!
12 men are send to the front, the first gets the riffle and if he get's shot, the one who stands behind him picks it up and fights.
Talk about guts...
Can you imagine those guys actually did it like that and beat hitler that way?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:34 | 2540528 optimator
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They had a chance of surviving.  Turning around and retreating meant no chance of surviving as the Commisars 'blocked' any step back.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:40 | 2540552 Offthebeach
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FDRs' good old Uncle Joe's "Not One Step Backward" order. Very motivating. Basically, you will most likely die fighting the Nazis, but you will be killed by the KGB kill battalions right behind you. And your family maybe too.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:38 | 2540786 aerojet
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What guts?  Anyone who didn't advance was immediately shot by an officer.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:43 | 2540563 Gully Foyle
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57454545-71/canadian-airport-to-bug-tr...

Canadian airport to bug travelers' conversations

Ottawa airport installs microphones that are intended to, quite simply, bug private conversations between travelers. Might this be slightly intrusive? Or just plain creepy?

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:16 | 2540715 Bring the Gold
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Ok now this actually IS creepy.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:25 | 2540894 Never One Roach
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Reminiscent of Communist USSR before the wall fell. Very creepy, indeed.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:21 | 2540480 vast-dom
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ATTENTION: all concerned parties please write to The Federal Reserve consumer complaint email and report the Federal Reserve bank for FRAUD at the following email:

 

consumerhelp@federalreserve.gov

 

This is their very own service for fraud and econ misuse for the banking sector that they themselves are bestowing fraud and misuse upon. Report them for the subversion of interest rates as determined by marketplace: ZIRP. For QE. For Hopium. For any and every valid FRAUD that The Fed has egregiously engaged in. Remember your complain is predicated upon the concept of FREE MARKETS and the very constitutionality, more at lack thereof, of The Fed.

 

PS remember, inflation targeting is illegal according to the Federal Reserve’s mandate.

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:26 | 2540503 resurger
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VD 

"Thank you for saving your money with HSBC. We wanted to let you know that your Online Savings Account Annual Percentage Yield (APY) was lowered to 0.50% APY1 as of June 14, 2012."

I wrote a short message to Andrew saying "Fuck You"

+1


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:29 | 2540510 vast-dom
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you the man resurger! 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:52 | 2540564 sunaJ
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They make the laws.  They choose which laws to enforce and when.  We are all the frogs in the proverbial boiling pot (eventually TPTB, too).  But before we die from the boil, there are a few thousand psychopaths with power in the world that would like to have a little bit of fun with the frog before we check out.

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:26 | 2540740 waterhorse
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Good idea.  However, when I made a complaint they published it for public view with my name, address and telephone number now on the net for anyone and everyone to see.  I'm not intimidated by that tactic, but I'm not real pleased about it either.

I asked them the same questions about the GAO audit, TARP, ZIRP, QE, etc.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:44 | 2540941 vast-dom
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that is also in violation of YOUR privacy! yet another illegal tactic by The Fed.

 

i shall provide my PRIVATE DETAILS and INFO when Ben Bernank et. al. provide theirs. We are all citizens after all. 

 

I think we shall post Bernank's private info somewhere public shortly....

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:52 | 2541464 Bringin It
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Fair's fair.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:20 | 2540486 LawsofPhysics
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Yep, building a new society somewhere between fahrenheit 451 and 1984, winning.  So long as the paper holds anyway.  More and more I see two economies in play.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:22 | 2540493 Tirpitz
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I'm with the black, underground economy.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:42 | 2540559 Gully Foyle
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Cognitive Dissonance

From Canadian Bacon

Secretary of State: We were thinking, what could be a bigger threat than aliens invading from space?
General Panzer: Ooh boy! Scare the shit out of everyone. Even me, sir!
U.S. President: Jesus, is this the best you could come up with? What about, ya know, international terrorism?
General Panzer: Well, sir, we're not going to re-open missile factories just to fight some creeps running around in exploding rental cars, are we, sir?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:57 | 2540822 Uncle Remus
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Wow. You can still rent a Crown Vic?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:47 | 2540586 asteroids
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War Pigs.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:10 | 2540447 Careless Whisper
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The Careless Whisper News Update & Threadjacking

 

VIDEO: Charles Biderman Tribute To Dan Dorfman (Dead At 80)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpOpJ4ZZ8Wo

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was wrong, and when you're wrong you don't wait, you just get out. I took a beating and left."  Mark Cuban Explains His Losing Facebook Trade

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/mark_cuban_sells_facebook_stake_dbJtYPLARYc2z8tVycWm0O

GS Shareholders Spend More For Convicted Felon Board Of Director Gupta Legal Bills Than Lloyd's Salary & Bonus

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/gupta-legal-bills/?ref=business

HIDING IN PLAIN VIEW: NSA Data Center To Monitor Everything So They Can Protect You; Promotes Hit TV Show "Person Of Interest"

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/the_machine_is_real_vchDOSJXWs20IaBUJkk9CO

 

 

 

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:14 | 2540451 hedgeless_horseman
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What about that modest proposal to build an Empirial Death Star?    Since the USA no longer operates under a budget, why not?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:28 | 2540481 narnia
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No kinetic action & no freshly printed promises make Homer something something

http://youtu.be/5yGJGTjV2WE

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:38 | 2540544 francis_sawyer
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Only problem with building a 'death star' is that then the joos will start a full fledged campaign of fear that some other intergalactic planet is also building a death star and is hell bent on using it to take out downtown Tel Aviv... Then you'll be on the hook (no pun intended) for at least 2 death stars...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:47 | 2540584 Gully Foyle
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francis_sawyer

Dude, would that be a DEATH STAR OF DAVID?

And who the fuck would run it from Friday evening to Sunday?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2540605 francis_sawyer
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Fuck Gully, it never ends...

20 years after that, you'd get some kinda story that towelheads (with boxcutters), commandeered one of the death stars (from caves in Afghanistan) & flew them into the Magic Castle at Disneyland... They'd know it was towelheads, because despite the fireball wreckage, one of their intergalactic passports would be found unscathed over by the "It's a Small World" ride...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2540666 krispkritter
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And then 'magically', The Hall of the Presidents would collapse all on it's own after receiving only minimal damage...all history of prior regimes, er, presidencies would be erased.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:08 | 2540684 Cognitive Dissonance
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Priceless. Just priceless.

Ten Gold Stars and one hundred up arrows. :>)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:06 | 2540840 Uncle Remus
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Not exactly that far-fetched...

http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/alien-language-present...

And it's called "It's A Small Universe" ride now...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:08 | 2541397 New World Chaos
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Werner Von Braun spent decades warning us that a UFO hoax would be used to shovel money and power to the MIC.  But it goes beyond that.  The puppetmasters got feudalism back by other means but they are still pissed about losing their divine right of kings.  Being untouchable under the law is not enough.  They want to be worshipped.  Think Stargate SG-1.  Much is hidden in that series.  This Witch Mountain movie (and Prometheus) might be a way of conditioning us to the idea that the elites have alien ancestry and alien occult secrets with which they have "protected" us for thousands of years. 

They are never sloppy when they implant occult symbols into the collective unconscious.  They see these symbols as a sentient network of mind-viruses.  Gateways of control.  The CIA's heavy involvement with the symbology of this film is just one more clue that they are planning an epic UFO hoax on Dec. 21.  There have also been a lot of alien invasion documentaries, even on supposedly respectable channels like National Geographic and the BBC.  The overarching message is that we will have to rely on governments, experts, and military.  We will have to unite behind a world government.  Michio Kaku said so and he is way smarter than you.

On the Discovery Channel, Lynn Rothschild (astrobiologist) said what is unique about Earth is the biosphere.  The aliens would want to wipe us out without harming the biosphere.  She also argued that the aliens would be much like us.  WTF?  An astrobiologist said this?  Are the Rothschilds so broke they will have to rely on nose-putty special effects?  With all the diversity on Earth, real aliens should be squids or cockroaches or robotic plants or something completely unimagined. 

The alien weapons were EMP, engineered bird flu, and tsunamis.  Micro-drones with botox stings were conspicuously absent because we can't mass-produce them (yet)!  The solution was for the military to save the day by putting a nuke at the bottom of a mine elevator shaft and turning it into a giant shotgun to take out the mothership.  I bet the inflatable mothership will go down in the uninhabited South Pacific.

If real aliens do show up, it will be to stop the nuclear war which the Illuminati have planned as a desperate last measure.  You will know which scenario is happening by the the way the media treats it:  Hype and fear --> it's a hoax.  Distraction and coverup --> alien hippies (which would scare the Illuminati way more than the stomach bursters).

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:50 | 2540530 Cognitive Dissonance
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With tongue slightly in cheek........exactly how do you know they are NOT building something along those lines?

The so-called Pentagon budget is not an accurate counting of all that is being 'spent' on defense. Let's count the hundreds of billions of cash that comes in from "official" (CIA) drug running and various financial scams.

Black Budgets Bitches!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:48 | 2540591 midgetrannyporn
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You must first take zee Siegfried Oath.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:19 | 2540876 Bunga Bunga
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Why you need a Death Star to destroy Earth, if alone building one destroys Earth.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:14 | 2540458 Jason T
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somebodies got to borrow money to keep this debt ponzi going..  

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:29 | 2540754 Sudden Debt
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Full spectrum dominance doesn't come cheap!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:15 | 2541167 RECISION
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Back in the 80's the West's strategy was to ramp up military Spending until the competition drove the Soviet Union into bankruptcy.

It worked.

Now apparently, the strategy is to continue with that policy until the West is also driven into bankruptcy.

Also working...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:14 | 2540460 gaoptimize
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Budget volatility is the foe of affordable force management and (decades long now) major acquisition programs.  The consequences on the way down will be magnified.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:15 | 2540462 roadhazard
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The MIC never lost a beat when Amerika crashed.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:15 | 2540463 Dr. Engali
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Those fucking drones worry me more than the jackbooted thugs. At least with the thugs you know where the enemy is.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:20 | 2540489 Cognitive Dissonance
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Ummm

The real enemy is the apathetic and compliant neighbors to our left and right, figuratively and physically.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:23 | 2540495 Dr. Engali
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Good point.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:23 | 2540498 Tirpitz
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Nope. The real enemy is the one that produces laws which permit the use of drones for state-sanctioned murder.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:27 | 2540506 10mm
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All three mentioned are worthy.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:27 | 2540508 Cognitive Dissonance
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So where does the buck stop? We are not victims unless we consent to being victims.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:38 | 2540546 Tirpitz
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May I just recommend you Gustave Le Bon's "Mass Psychology"?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:48 | 2540593 Cognitive Dissonance
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May I recommend my ZH blog? :>)

http://www.zerohedge.com/blogs/cognitive-dissonance

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:31 | 2540516 Dagny Taggart
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@Tirpitz - If all the neighbors were paying attention, the laws that allow drones probably wouldn't exist.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:35 | 2540533 Tirpitz
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In a world of 24/7/365 highly sophisticated mass media manipulation of the gullible masses I won't hold it against them if they are more busy feeding the kids and dogs than worrying about what is right and wrong in D.C.

And then, most measures passed are neatly wrapped and packaged to hide the real content, so even most congress hands won't have a clue what they vote upon.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:45 | 2540573 Cognitive Dissonance
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Sorry, but just because the magician is good doesn't absolve the audience from asking the tough questions.

The fact is that we don't want to know the answers to the questions we don't ask. When everything finally comes apart we then search for scapegoats in a desperate attempt to once again hide from ourselves.

We enable our own victimhood. This is the only way several thousand can control several hundred million.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:52 | 2540611 Gully Foyle
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Cognitive Dissonance

"This is the only way several thousand can control several hundred million."

Bullshit!

Those several hundred million, more like six odd billion, are damn near complete self absrobed idiots.

They don't give a shit enough to monitor their own children, why the fuck should they care who runs their cranky asses.

You assume the majority WANTS TO BE FREE.

That isn't the case.

The majority want, no need, to be told what to do and when to do it. They are too goddamned scared to think for themselves. because then they would actually have to take responsibility for their own actions.

Fuck them all! Let them burn!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2540663 Cognitive Dissonance
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Gully,

You have been reading me for a long time now so you know that I have stated dozens of times, both in my articles and in the comment section, that "we" don't really want to be free or to experience true freedom. Instead most of us would rather be comfortable slaves, both mentally and physically.

If a small elite can steer the control systems that enables these conditions to exist, effectively they have controlled the masses. The rat may make his own way down the maze and even think he is making his own choices. But effectively the builder of the maze is "controlling" the rats.

This is an old script played out over and over again for thousands of years. It does not need to be this way. Time to wake up.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:35 | 2540772 Rick Masters
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What is true freedom? And if it's so much worse, as you make it sound, at least in terms of comfort, why would someone want it, as it sounds like a negative incentive or against self-interest? I'm not mocking. I generally want to know as I think I would like to be free but maybe not, under your defintion. Thanks for any reply.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:49 | 2540809 Cognitive Dissonance
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Not sure how I am making freedom sound "so much worse" or at least uncomfortable. However I am speaking about the present reality of total emotional, psychological and physical pain avoidance practiced by the masses and that ain't too pretty in and of itself.

There is no fix if that fix is expected to come from external sources. We are our own authority and our problems spring from our desire to give away our own inner authority, our true sovereignty, in exchange for the false promises of an external fix.

We are lost to ourselves and to each other. The only solution is to begin within and rediscover our inner source of power and knowing. Clearly what we "own" naturally must be extremely valuable if others are constantly trying to steal, connive and con it from us.

I am so tired of hearing people talk about how our present predicament is the consequences of "human nature". Bullshit. It is the consequences of thousands of years of conditioning and reality distortion by those we willingly subjugate ourselves to. It can all change within a few generations if only we had the courage to look within and self examine. 

Time to rediscover ourselves and reclaim our sovereign being. Hopefully I will finish an article on this very subject in a week or two and post it here on ZH.

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:30 | 2541204 Cosimo de Medici
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I believe another term for "thousands of years of conditioning" is human nature.

Of the thousands of societies that have existed and left either a written or archeological record, one might be able to find one or two that did not evolve into the exact same structure of society we have today (a successful elite who, once having succeeded, do whatever they can to maintain their status until someone comes along and knocks them off and becomes what they were), but finding that one or two would take a lot of work.

Human nature.  That is kind of a self-important way of saying we are different from the animal kingdom, but a half hour on Animal Planet will prove to all we just do it with nicer props like 40K sq ft estates and Gulfstreams.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:28 | 2541385 Cognitive Dissonance
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I appreciate the response and I submit that their just might be another explanation.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/wetiko-%E2%80%93-cognitive-infiltration-third-kind

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:50 | 2540596 Dagny Taggart
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I agree the truth is often hidden, but that doesn't excuse the neighbors or make them less responsible to LOOK and see what is really going on. People choose to "see" or not. We should not forgive their apathy because things are hard.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:14 | 2540712 sdmjake
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"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

-Plato

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:14 | 2541531 Bringin It
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Nice Jake.  The quote and the avatar.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:25 | 2540500 idea_hamster
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That's what the East Germans thought about the Stasi -- but when the archive was opened, they realized that the true enemy was their friends, neighbors, and relatives who were all informing on them.

By the time you hear the standard issue kicking in your door, the civil rights event horizon isn't even a distant speck in your rear-view mirror (to mix a metaphor cocktail).

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:29 | 2540512 Cognitive Dissonance
Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2540618 Gully Foyle
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idea_hamster

Artist: Phil Ochs
Song: Love Me, I'm a Liberal
Album: There But for Fortune

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I'd lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don't talk about revolution
That's going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I'm glad the commies were thrown out
of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board
I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
as long as they don't move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

The people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can't understand how their minds work
What's the matter don't they watch Les Crain?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I read New republic and Nation
I've learned to take every view
You know, I've memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I'm almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There's no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I vote for the democratic party
They want the U.N. to be strong
I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
I'll send all the money you ask for
But don't ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I've grown older and wiser
And that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:03 | 2540835 Husk-Erzulie
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Brutal, 'specially the last verse, LOL.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:15 | 2540464 TimmyB
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Military spending is the one type of stimulis spending both the Dems and the GOP can agree on.  That and tax cuts.  No one in D.C. cares if military spending or tax cuts increase the deficit.  Reagan increased militarty spending and cut taxes, and Romney promises to do the same.  Its exactly what Keyes would perscribe, if he thought killing people all over the globe was a noble goal.        

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:27 | 2540505 Spastica Rex
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+1

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:36 | 2540537 LawsofPhysics
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Regan cut taxes?!?!  FAIL.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:13 | 2541327 TimmyB
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Reagan cut Federal Income taxes by decreasing the tax rates on high income earners.   

Soon after taking office in 1981, Reagan signed into law one of the largest tax cuts in the postwar period.  That legislation -- phased in over three years -- pushed through a 23% across-the-board cut of individual income tax rates. It also called for tax brackets, the standard deduction and personal exemptions to be adjusted for inflation starting in 1984. That would reduce "bracket creep" since the high inflation of the 1970s and early 1980s meant incomes rose very fast, pushing taxpayers into ever higher brackets even though the real value of their income hadn't changed.  The 1981 bill also made certain business deductions more generous.

In 1986, Reagan lowered individual income tax rates again, this time in landmark tax reform legislation.   As a result of the 1981 and 1986 bills, the top income tax rate was slashed from 70% to 28%.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:42 | 2540946 Henry Hub
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We are all Keynesians now, Military Keynesians that is. Its something both parties can agree on.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:15 | 2540465 UTICA CLUB XX PURE
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I'm anti-drone because the flyer has no skin in the game.

I mean if you've got the power to kill someone in real time it just seems like your life should also be at risk but we've got people in office cubicles piloting these things.... It's not right. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:18 | 2540478 Sudden Debt
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I bet if the "pilots" lose 3 drones, they won't be allowed to go to the next level where they get to do homeland security city raids.... Unless of coúrse they capture 2 magic potions and the sword of zelda...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:50 | 2540554 Dr. Engali
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They've reduced war to a video game, and they have millions of young teenagers in training on their x-boxes right now. Have you seen the reality in some of the games?....everything but the inconvenience of the blood and screams of agony. They have dehumanized any of the killing.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:18 | 2540867 Uncle Remus
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"Enders Game"

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:18 | 2540869 Husk-Erzulie
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IDF all female (Why?) Gaza turret gunners.  No skin in the game, no mess, no emotion.  Completely sanitized killing.  This should make it easier to target  North American dissidents when anyplace but the camps and "safe" cities are kill zones.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2540616 Cyrano de Bivouac
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It's like the reverse of the Battle of Maldon where Olaf asked the Anglo Saxons if they would allow his vikings to cross a causeway uncontested to do a proper battle with them. The Anglo Saxons agreed and were later defeated. Now we are authorizing drone strikes on alleged terrorists in countries we aren't formally at war zapping a lot of innocents while doing it. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:17 | 2540864 kurt
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It's like shooting from the castle walls. Problem is; we have no castle. How stupid can we be bombing nuclear armed Pakistan with the drones. There will be consequences. Sick. The problem is the contractors keep prodding these arab countries until they produce the terrorists they long for; self justification, intentional self-fulfilling prophecy, to make a buck. Knowing the depravity of the tactic, the complex is flailing, looking for new enemies and plots among its own citizens. It sickens me to think 911 was a false flag, more sickening, they can do it again, bigger. Where are our true men?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:26 | 2541564 Bringin It
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Even the "unassailable" drone drivers must be thinking about this type of event.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aimal_Kasi

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:15 | 2540466 John Law Lives
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Dipshits in Congress (excluding Ron Paul and maybe a few others) don't know how to do much more than spend.  The bottom line here is Congress is spending massive amounts of money to stimulate economic activity.  Chairsatan is more than happy to subsidize their spending by making money real cheap.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:28 | 2541571 Bringin It
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I really wonder about Ron Paul now.  They need someone to take the opposite side or the show doesn't look real.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:15 | 2540467 Chupacabra-322
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Ahhhhhh, I love the smell of killing indigenious people, and stealing their natural resources in the morning. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:16 | 2540470 Sudden Debt
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ALL HEIL TO OUR OVERLORD THE NOBEL PRICE WINNER OF PEACE!!!

STAND UP AND SALUTE GODDAMNED!! YOUR WEBCAM IS WATCHING YOU!!!!!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:07 | 2540682 WillyGroper
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>>>>>>YOUR WEBCAM IS WATCHING YOU!!!!!

 

Corporate was employing this tactic just b4 I retired. No shit! Covered it up with electrical tape.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:17 | 2540471 Tirpitz
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No worries for the contractors. Once those humanitarian bombing missions subside, the battle on the home front will require skilled and ruthless murderers.

TSA is always hiring, and subcontracting.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:18 | 2540479 icanhasbailout
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the GOP nominated a military contractor lobbyist in my Congressional district... and his Democrat opponent is a Communist/Fascist hybrid who loves military spending also

 

representative government, my ass

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:20 | 2540482 dick cheneys ghost
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Ike was right

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:41 | 2540797 John Law Lives
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So was General Smedley Butler...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:54 | 2540815 LFMayor
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so was Scipio Africanus.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:10 | 2541673 Bringin It
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So was this guy;

"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

-Plato

--------------------

Thanks to whoever 1st put this up today.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:20 | 2540485 Jack Sheet
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In the film "Falling Down" Michael Douglas' license plate read "D-Fens". He'd probably have a job today.,

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:43 | 2540565 francis_sawyer
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"economically viable"

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:45 | 2540805 John Law Lives
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Maybe he'd still be employed by Notech.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:24 | 2540496 printmoremoney
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Dont' forget the War on Terror in the US. Domestic DoD spending at least employs Americans while they do the surveillance on their neighbor Americans. I watch you and you watch me, just like East Germany. Snitch Spiffs will soon be offered to those "Patriots" that turn in "possible terrorists" to the "Authorities". The new business model to accessorize the Fraud and keep attention diverted to the "real danger", those pesky dead and buried terrorists like Osama and those Americans who dare to question the Masters.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:27 | 2540502 ptoemmes
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Hmmm...http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-19/u-s-navy-bets-42-billion-on-car... A twenty story high floating target at 42 billion a pop even if: “A carrier is 4 1/2 acres of sovereign U.S. territory,” Captain Bruce Hay, a Navy pilot who helps set requirements for the new carrier, said in an interview.  Submariners consider all surface ships targets. I imagine antiship misslers do too.

 

 

Pete

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:10 | 2541137 Colonial Intent
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Gimme a PLAN kilo (non-russki export model) and I'd take my chances....

Sub launched missiles that drop Nuke tipped torpedo's 50NM out are the way to go IMHO, sod all the ASBM's and their Playstation circuit boards.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:26 | 2540504 Sudden Debt
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More people get killed falling from the stairs inAmerica than there where killed by terrorists last year?

SO WHAT ARE THEY GONG TO DO ABOUT THOSE STAIRS I SAY?!?!?!?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:48 | 2540589 hangemhigh77
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They will place a TSA agent by all stairs and grope your nut sack before you go up or down on them to make sure you don't have a bomb hidden in your scrot sac and therefore keeping you safe.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:04 | 2540669 Sudden Debt
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Well... There's people who pay for stuff like that so it can't be all that bad right?...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:29 | 2540511 Jack Sheet
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This is a main theme of Richard Maybury

http://www.chaostan.com/weaponstocks.html

makes interesting reading

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:29 | 2540514 SmoothCoolSmoke
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John McCain, "I hate war".  No bigger MOFO'n lie has ever been told.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:45 | 2540572 hangemhigh77
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He is scum.  He is soaked in other people's blood. War Criminal.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:10 | 2540697 WillyGroper
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Must be why he said "Bomb, bomb, bomb--Bomb, bomb Iran."

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:35 | 2540529 reTARD
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The military will be home alright... only to then become the police state.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:46 | 2540578 hangemhigh77
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That's right they were practicing crowd control in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USA.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:36 | 2540539 deez nutz
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WAR MACHINE! WAR MACHINE! WAR MACHINE! ........

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:39 | 2540549 Tirpitz
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Take the war economy out of GDP and suddenly the Greek numbers look alluring.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:39 | 2540547 midgetrannyporn
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Springtime for Hitler (keep it ghey):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ZbKbtMmnk&feature=related

der fuhrer would be proud!

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:41 | 2540555 hangemhigh77
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ENOUGH ALREADY WITH WAR!!!  At this rate we're goijng to run out of people to kill.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:42 | 2540560 JustObserving
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That graph is off by about $300 billion.  US defense spending in 2012 is $986.1 billion and is slated to be $994.3 billion in 2013.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/02/the-real-defense-budget/253327/

 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:51 | 2540606 Tirpitz
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And the CIA is still not in it. How much again is the entire tax revenue?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:43 | 2540567 hangemhigh77
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When the wheels come off and we're vulnerable the rest of the world is going to attack us, and rightfully so. We are a murderous evil empire.  I say when that happens we give up the war criminals and help hunt them down and hang them.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:28 | 2540749 Jim in MN
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Only if it's the Finns and Icelanders leading the invasion.  With Pirate Party backup.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:46 | 2540577 Gromit
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Drones are pretty popular because they "save American lives".

Hopefully we can protect the technology as it can't be much fun to be on the receiving end.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:53 | 2540613 hangemhigh77
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I'm sure we can patent it and then it would be illegal for any other country to have one. If someone attacked you and killed you with a drone you could sue.  i recommend a lawyer named stein or something similar.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:25 | 2540739 Jim in MN
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MY drones won't be saving any namby-pamby lives.  MY drones will be out doing God's work.

'What did you do during the Drone Wars, Daddy?'

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:41 | 2540794 Tuco Benedicto ...
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How does that blue pill taste Gromit?  Did they sneak into you dog food!?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:51 | 2541100 Gromit
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Isn't its more honest to acknowledge we've bought into this deal, that the USA is the world's policeman, able to ensure that American consumers enjoy the very best that globalization can provide for us?  Consider it market positioning, if you will. 

There are some clear benefits, few serious wars take place because the fear of US retribution is too high. And don't kid yourself, in order to have the best military force it's absolutely essential to fight frequently. If we decide to give up this role, or are forced to do so as was the Soviet Union, the World will become a darker and more dangerous place.

Or maybe, as John Lennon used to say, we should give peace a chance, having given up nuclear weapons and disbanded our military.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:17 | 2541696 Bringin It
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- There are some clear benefits, ...

The world's been made a more dark and dangerous place by your kind of rationalizing the deaths of innocents.  Wipe the blood off and enjoy your iCrap.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 00:58 | 2542095 Gromit
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Perhaps you are right, I'm not arguing for the morality if the US position.

But for 65 years we have escaped the threat of world war. Over twenty millions died in each of the two great wars of the last century.

This is not going to happen when one nation controls the battlefield and I hope we can agree that this is a good thing!

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 01:50 | 2567460 Bringin It
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Dream on.  One nation does not control the battlefield.

As far as whether it's a good thing or not, I reject your Faustian bargain.

Keep you bloody icrap and your slaughter.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:22 | 2540884 Uncle Remus
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When they remake "The Graduate", the word will be "drones".

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:47 | 2540583 q99x2
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When the money does begin to run out they can attack half of the NWO banksters to force the money to flow from the other half.

YeeeeHaaaa. As the collapse goes farther up the ladder the more entertaining it becomes.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:03 | 2540665 Miles Kendig
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“The debate on the debt is an opportunity to send the world a signal that we are going to remain the strongest military force in the world. We’re saying, ‘We’re going to keep it, and we’re going to make it the No. 1 priority of a broke nation” - Senator Lindsey Graham

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:26 | 2540741 Jim in MN
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Love that man.  Pure Xanax psycho to the core.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:37 | 2540780 hangemhigh77
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Idiots like that are born not made.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:39 | 2540791 Tuco Benedicto ...
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How many top brass at the pentagon are traitors?  Answer:  How many top brass are there at the pentagon!?  These are no longer Americans.  They are traitorous globalists inflicting slavery upon their progeny!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 16:50 | 2540810 Joe A
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The drones are soon coming to a place near you.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:28 | 2540908 toomanyfakecons...
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So what? Dones are known to land unscathed in places like Iran, roll over, and play dead.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:28 | 2541043 Winston Churchill
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Helps when your Chinese friends provide the avionics components for

the drones.No worries ,just poit a Chinese made microwave at them.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 17:54 | 2540944 falak pema
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the argument of last resort : Caesar's legions on the warpath.

As far as ancient Rome was concerned, from 217 AD it was all downhill, as the army ruled in increasing anarchy, where corruption was the key to power.

When you lose the people you lose the foundation. We are in Septimius Severus times...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:21 | 2541027 blindman
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"More about that missing $2.3 trillion, the Pentagon plane hit a fairly unpopulated part of the Pentagon by circling around to the landward side (away from the Potomac). Who WAS in that part of the building? Google: "Army unit piecing together accounts of Pentagon attack" to see this report:

"One Army office in the Pentagon lost 34 of its 65 employees in the attack. Most of those killed in the office, called Resource Services Washington, were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts."

Accountants. Hmm."

keywords: "Zakheim and Pentagon trillions"
.
"This last technology is FTS, for Flight Termination System, was pioneered by SPS International, System Planning Corporation, whose CEO in 2001 was Dov Zakheim. SPC is a defense contractor majoring in electronic warfare technologies, including remote-controlled aircraft systems, and the Flight Termination System. Zakheim was appointed the Pentagon's chief financial officer by Bush and this was his position at the time $2.3 trillion was announced missing from the Defense Department on the day before 9/11/2001. Zakheim was also a member of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), and one of the signers of both a letter to Bill Clinton in 1998 urging the overthrow of Saddam by force, and PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses," which recognized such an invasion might be impossible unless the U.S. got a "new Pearl Harbor." Other signers of these documents were Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and Donald Rumsfeld.

Maybe coincidentally, Zakheim's SPS oversaw the investigation of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. This would have given them intimate knowledge of the security systems and structural blueprints of the World Trade Center."
.
not even Sherlock Holmes could figure this one out,
right. these conspiracy theories could cause mental
illness or even blindness.
http://www.dailypaul.com/153527/dov-zakheim-and-911-from-freedom-of-info....
.ps. i read dov is now part of the romney team.
good choice.
Following Zakheim And The Pentagon Trillions To Israel And 911
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
3-28-7
http://www.rense.com/general75/latest.htm
with that money someone could buy the entire
federal government including potential investigators?
ridiculous, someone would say something.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:27 | 2541041 theTribster
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Drones represent the most flexible weapon in the history of war and politics, these will be used and abused thoroughly with incredible breakthrus in technology - tons of money thrown at these. The drones are just one of many different methods of collecting information from us, the cell phone is an existing tool that works pretty well for survellience. I've read about bumble bee size video/audio transmitters that can fly for hours and then recharge via the sun. The can be autonomous to some extent already. I like to keep my cell turned off whenever I can and fortunately that's most of the time.

Working is what has become a fascist system will lead to lots of survellience by the gubmint, we know that Google is already in bed with the NSA and all the phone companies route all comms to the gubmint in realtime. I forget what high level official recently said that they plan on putting sensors in washers and dryers (being a dick), he also indicated that many street lights have audio/video already installed and working...

Its a sad state of affairs when the gubmint knows more about us then we know about ourselves, this is truly scary situation to be in. Right now I think they are spending more time with storage then they are actually mining - imagine the data model used to stored everything that happens everywhere all the time :) Pretty fucking crazy ain't it? That's our gubmint and our fearless leader with his special hit lists - really glad he got the Nobel Peace Prize!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:41 | 2541076 blindman
Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:43 | 2541083 reader2010
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It looks like the final implementation of the New World Order will be carried out by scarifying someone else' kids.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 18:54 | 2541106 Colonial Intent
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Privatisation is the name of the game.

Ring up xe/blackwater, cheaper than using a nationalised army.

War is for the benefit of the corporations, so it makes sense that their armies should be private entities

Corporate armies employ ex squaddies at half the cost to a national army, no one complains about their lack of protection and military contractors killed at work don't even get a mention in the press.

Better still any injured/maimed contractors are not the responsibility of government for the rest of their lives.

 

 

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