Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Because you may not know.......

The Global Musings of an Educated Man...................vol.136
We can't afford to fund our schools, health care, social security, but we can do this???? What are we getting out of this?



·      US soldiers' deaths under Bush [2001-2008] in Afghanistan: 630[i]


·      US soldiers' deaths under Obama [2009-Oct. 2010] in Afghanistan: 693[ii]


·      Total US soldiers' deaths in Afghanistan: 1,323[iii]


·      Total US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan: 5,748[iv]


·      Total US contractor deaths from 09.01.01 through 09.30.10 30: 2,400[v]


·      Total US soldiers wounded in Afghanistan: 8,530[vi]


·      Total US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan: 40,464[vii]


·      Total US contractors wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan: 44,152[viii]


·      Total US military suicides during 2001-2009: 1,985[ix]




·       Direct costs/month in Iraq: $12.5 billion[x]


·       Direct costs/month in Afghanistan $16 billion[xi]


·       Total direct cost, Iraq:  $737.5 billion[xii]


·       Total direct cost, Afghanistan: $354.4 billion[xiii]


·       Total projected direct and indirect costs, Iraq: $3 trillion+[xiv]


·       Total projected direct and indirect costs, Afghanistan: $1 trillion+[xv]



Published by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a reader-supported journal, critically following the Pentagon's Long War in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.


Monday, October 11, 2010

I have some questions to ask you.

The Global Musings of an Educated Man....................vol.135





              Where are the catchphrases for today's society? Where are the "Squeal like a pig boy!", "You're gonna need a bigger boat," "Make'em an offer they can't refuse," "Use the Force", and "Is it safe?" Where is the shock and awe in what was once considered a maverick industry? Where's the beef? Where is the weird, the scary, the off-the wall? "Are you talking to me?" In fact, where has our society's Travis Bickles driven off to? What happened to creative cinema, creative writing, and the counter-culture that could stir things up from the working class all the way to the upper class? Where is the earth shattering inability to accept the status quo? Instead we've seen our society's focus dropped from a tall building and shatter into a million pieces, unable to focus our concentration on anyone or anything for longer than the fifteen minutes of fame they so preciously desire. We get celebrity game shows that hold no meaning other than to sell us a product every ten minutes. We may be the last generation that actually holds books in their hands to read. The scary thing is that although there will no longer be the need to burn books, they'll simply hit the delete button instead. We get sixty minute football games with two hours of commercials. But no one seems to notice, no one seems to care. We are most the time unknowingly and unwittingly pawns in the game constructed on Madison Avenue so that we consume more and think less. The alcohol industry floods the market, distilling sex, fame, fortune and fantasy, all in a twelve ounce bottle. But perhaps we should be thankful; at least they're still made in America.