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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The deficit argument and the austerity policies advocated in its name is a form of class warfare designed largely for the state to be able to redirect revenue in support of the commanding institutions of the corporate - military-industrial complex and away from funding crucial public services. Read more...

Defense spending in U.S. over $1 trillion not $495.6 billion
Ken Hanly | Mar 18, 2014 | Digital Journal


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Wheeler shows that there is much more than $495.6 billion in the Pentagon budget and does so by using the government's own data that can be accessed here but the relevant parts are in his article. The article itself is quite detailed and I will provide only a summary of some of the salient points.

One way that the Department of Defense(DOD) hides its spending is by moving "base" spending into an Overseas Contingency Operations(OCO) fund. Although spending on military retirement is part of mandatory spending in the base budget, in public presentations it is often left out, even though it is as much part of the base budget as military pay. When all the hidden costs are entered, the total comes to $1009.5 billion.
He notes that the budget should include such "placeholder" amounts for wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere estimated at $79.4 billion but which could be larger or smaller.

There is also a $6.2 billion cost for military retirement. The Pentagon also has its own "slush fund" of $26 billion that is part of the euphemistically titled "Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative." Just within the Pentagon's own expenses, Winslow calculates the expenditures at $645.1 billion rather than $495.6 the figure usually used. The higher figure is over $149.5 billion or 30 percent higher.

However, there are other costs outside of the Pentagon budget that are still central to U.S. security and defense. There is $52.1 billion in non-DOD expenditures in the Department of Homeland Security. There is another $161.2 billion " for the human consequences of past and ongoing wars in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and $39 billion for the activities of the Department of State and related agencies-for international security and the exercise of US power abroad. " If all these additions are added up together with the share of interest on the national debt for the spending the total is over a trillion dollars.
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In all, seven tech companies – Apple, Microsoft and IBM, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Google and Hewlett-Packard – have $341.3 billion sitting in offshore accounts.
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To really understand the extent of Google and Apple’s innovative zeal, you may want to look past their groundbreaking products – and more at their tax avoidance strategies. In a new scheme that defies belief, some of the nation’s top tech giants are managing to evade taxation on money by parking it overseas – and then somehow taking government payments on it.

Though the rest of the business sector had a head start, tech firms have begun to lobby Washington with more persistence over the past few years; the top 10 spent more than $61 million in 2013. The more hopeful among us might believe this shift could possibly produce more beneficial results for the public. (After all, Google’s motto is “don’t be evil,” right?)

But while it’s true that, in certain discrete areas, tech lobbying has yielded positive results — like when companies aided grass-roots efforts to stop Internet censorship legislation sought by Hollywood — in the vast majority of cases, Silicon Valley wants what the rest of our multinational conglomerates want: low taxes and cheap labor. And they’ve been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that.

Take a look at the recent Bloomberg report on companies stockpiling cash in offshore tax havens to avoid higher U.S. rates, for example. (Though the new FiveThirtyEight.com downplayed the significance of this buildup, in actuality it has increased at a fairly steady 10-15 percent rate since the start of the Great Recession.) The tech sector has led the way on this, moving their patents and other intellectual property to low-tax countries to give the appearance that their profits have been earned offshore.

According to Securities and Exchange Commission filings, Apple, Microsoft and IBM accelerated their overseas profit hoarding in 2013 more than their counterparts, adding $37.5 billion to the pile. Over the past three years, Microsoft’s cash stash has more than doubled, and Apple’s has quadrupled. In all, seven tech companies – the three mentioned above, along with Cisco Systems, Oracle, Google and Hewlett-Packard – have $341.3 billion sitting in offshore accounts. At current tax rates, the companies would have to pay $119.45 billion of that to the IRS if they repatriated it. Much of this money is held in segregated U.S. bank accounts, solely for the purpose of avoiding taxes by nominally keeping it offshore.

Sure enough, tech firms are among the companies lobbying for a repatriation tax holiday, which would allow them to return that money home at ultra-low rates. The LIFT Coalition (short for Let’s Invest for Tomorrow), run by former Obama administration communications director Anita Dunn, advocates for the repatriation holiday, and includes Intel, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and “TechNet,” a separate lobbying coalition that counts as its members Google and Facebook.

These lobbying coalitions claim that repatriating the money will allow companies to invest and spur economic recovery, although the last repatriation tax holiday, in 2004, did nothing of the sort. The top 15 companies that made use of that holiday to move money home actually cut 20,000 jobs in the aftermath, while increasing their executive compensation and stock buybacks, according to a report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Hewlett-Packard and IBM were among the 15 companies benefiting the most). Sadly, both the recent Republican tax reform proposal and the Obama administration’s budget call for a repatriation tax holiday along the lines of the lobbying coalition’s wishes, so their efforts could bear fruit.

But it’s actually worse than all this. A report from the Bureau on Investigative Journalism shows that these tech firms are actually taking government payments on the money they have parked overseas to avoid taxation. That’s because that money isn’t sitting under a mattress somewhere in Bermuda or the Cayman Islands; it’s invested, and the No. 1 investment these firms use is the ultra-safe, ultra-liquid instrument of U.S. government debt.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hypersonic flight is a particularly intense engineering challenge (let's just say billions of dollars) both in the mechanical forces placed on the structure of the plane and in the physics of the sophisticated engines that must operate in the extremes of the upper atmosphere where the planes would fly. When vehicles reach hypersonic speeds - beyond Mach 5, or about 5,600km/h - the fuel and oxygen at typical speeds inside an engine do not have enough time to mix and ignite effectively.

As speeds approach the speed of sound, the additional phenomenon of wave drag appears. This is a powerful form of drag that begins at transonic speeds (around Mach 0.88 ). Around Mach 1, the peak coefficient of drag is four times that of subsonic drag. Above the transonic range, the coefficient drops dramatically again, although remains 20% higher by Mach 2.5 than at subsonic speeds. Supersonic aircraft must have considerably more power than subsonic aircraft require to overcome this wave drag, and although cruising performance above transonic speed is more efficient, it is still less efficient than flying subsonically. Another issue in supersonic flight is the lift to drag ratio (L/D ratio) of the wings. At supersonic speeds, airfoils generate lift in an entirely different manner than at subsonic speeds, and are invariably less efficient. For this reason, considerable research has been put into designing planforms for sustained supersonic cruise. At about Mach 2, a typical wing design will cut its L/D ratio in half (e.g., Concorde managed a ratio of 7.14, whereas the subsonic Boeing 747 has an L/D ratio of 17). Because an aircraft's design must provide enough lift to overcome its own weight, a reduction of its L/D ratio at supersonic speeds requires additional thrust to maintain its airspeed and altitude.

As a supersonic aircraft flies, it adiabatically compresses the air in front of the vehicle. This causes an increase in the temperature of the air resulting in heating of the aircraft. Normal subsonic aircraft are traditionally made of aluminium. However aluminium, while being light and strong, is not able to withstand temperatures much over 127 °C; above 127 °C the aluminium gradually loses its temper and is weakened. For aircraft that fly at Mach 3, materials such as stainless steel (XB-70 Valkyrie) or titanium (SR-71, Sukhoi T-4) have been used, at considerable increase in expense, as the properties of these materials make the aircraft much more difficult to manufacture. For example, the Aurora aircraft (not supposed to exist - using a methane scram jet/pulse configuration engine to achieve Mach 6) wing/fuselage edges will get to 1000F

The range of supersonic aircraft can be estimated with the Breguet range equation. We can say it's very poor.

Pentagon: Hypersonic Needed to Defeat Russian Air Defense Systems
Kris Osborn | March 21, 2014 | Defense Tech


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Pentagon leaders see hypersonic flight of weapons and aircraft as essential to future military superiority, citing it as a revolutionary technology that could enable U.S. forces to thwart sophisticated next-generation integrated air defense systems.

“Integrated air defense systems are getting to be very hard. Electronic warfare is part of the answer but part of the answer is speed. If they can’t catch you – you can get in and do your strike,” said Al Shaffer, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering.

Shaffer mentioned Syrian, Russian and Chinese air defense systems as among the more technologically advanced systems, suggesting that hypersonic weaponry could be key in the future should the U.S. need to go up against these countries.

While today’s cruise missiles travel at speeds up to 600 miles per hour, hypersonic weapons will be able to reach speeds of Mach 5 to Mach 10.

Shaffer mentioned hypersonic flight alongside electronic warfare and autonomy as areas of potential revolutionary technological change. As a result, it needs to be an area of continued prototyping, experimentation and emphasis, he said.

He cited four tests of hypersonic technology, highlighting that two of the tests were successful. In particular, he referred to the test of the X-51 waverider over the Pacific Ocean in May of last year wherein a scramjet accelerated to Mach 5.1.

The May 1 test flight, which wound up being the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight ever, wrapped up a $300 million technology demonstration program beginning in 2004, according to an Air Force statement.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One in three people in the US live “hand-to-mouth”
Nick Barrickman | 27 March 2014 | WSW


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One in three people in the United States live paycheck to paycheck, without any significant cash or savings reserves, according to a paper published last week by the Brookings Institution. While 16 percent of the population—49.7 million individuals—is officially classified as poor, the number of people living “hand to mouth” is twice as large.

The study expresses the fact that the great majority of working people in the United States live in an economically precarious state, even if they are not officially classified as being in poverty. The report categorizes “hand-to-mouth” households as those who “spend all of their available resources in every pay-period, and hence do not carry any wealth across periods.”

Of the 38 million households who live paycheck to paycheck, two thirds do not technically fall below the poverty line. These households “own positive illiquid wealth,” such as houses, cars, and retirement funds, in spite of their low, or even negative, holdings of liquid wealth,” such as cash, checking, and savings accounts.

The report observes, startlingly, that “nearly one half of U.S. households would probably be unable to come up with $2,000 in 30 days.”

The study, entitled the Wealthy-Hand-to-Mouth, includes figures for the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Among all of these countries, the US had the highest percentage of its population living “hand to mouth.”

The release of the report corresponds with an earlier study released last month by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) showing that nearly half of all Americans were classified as “liquid asset poor,” in which “If a… family faces an unforeseen expense, such as a broken down car or a medical bill, they have to borrow to cover the tab.”

The report follows the release of a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which detailed record levels of poverty, joblessness, hunger, youth unemployment and wealth disparity in the United States since the 2008.

The study found that In the US, the top 1 percent of the population earned 19.3 percent of all income in 2013, more than double its earnings in 1985. The percentage of people in the US who said they could not afford food for themselves and their family in the past twelve months increased from 13.4 percent in 2006 to 21.1 percent.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you say money hole? When do the gutless wonders just say no? There is a quote below of $1 Trillion or more - I mean c'mon - that is insanity. For what really - One engine? The F-35 program is an easy target. It is the indemic waste that I am trying to illustrate here - plus the parasitic new debt levels the gov signs us up for every year.

Software Testing Problems Continue to Plague F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program
Robert N. Charette | 27 Mar 2014 | IEEE Spectrum



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The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this week released its fifth annual report on the state of the F-35 Lightning II, aka the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), aka the “most costly and ambitious” acquisition program ever. What the GAO found was foretold by a report earlier this year by the Department of Defense’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation. The upshot: the F-35 operational and support software development continues to be the major obstacle to the program's success.

In addition, the GAO report states that the projected cost of acquiring the planned 2443 F-35 aircraft (which comes in three flavors) threatens to consume some 20- to 25 percent of annual defense program acquisition funds for the next twenty years or so. The GAO doesn’t explicitly say so, but the operations and maintenance costs of the program—currently estimated to be between $800 billion and $1 trillion dollars or more over the next 50 years—will also consume a significant chunk of DoD’s annual weapon-system related O&M budget as well.

The GAO report states that, “Challenges in development and testing of mission systems software continued through 2013, due largely to delays in software delivery, limited capability in the software when delivered, and the need to fix problems and retest multiple software versions.” Further, the GAO notes that the F-35 program continues to “encounter slower than expected progress in developing the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS),” which is the F-35’s advanced integrated maintenance and support system (pdf). In the latter case, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 Program Executive Officer, conceded last month that the ALIS system was “way behind” where it should be and was “in catch-up mode.” This, the GAO indicates, was apparently at least partly because of a lack of testing facilities that remains a problem years after ALIS development began.

The GAO notes that as a result of the on-going software problems with the aircraft's mission and support systems, F-35 program officials and contractors alike believe that software development will continue to be the F-35 program’s “most significant risk area.”

Software-testing related issues involving the development and fielding mission systems were the main thrust of this year’s GAO report. The F-35, you may recall, is delivering its mission capabilities in a series of incremental “software blocks,” designated as Block 1A/B, Block 2A, Block 2B, Block 3i, and Block 3F. Each block builds on the mission capability developed in the preceding block. As described by the report, “Blocks 1 and 2A provide training capabilities and are essentially complete, with some final development and testing still underway. Blocks 2B and 3i provide initial warfighting capabilities and are needed by the Marine Corps and Air Force, respectively, to achieve initial operational capability. Block 3F is expected to provide the full suite of warfighting capabilities, and is the block the Navy expects to have to achieve its initial operational capability.” According to Flightglobal, a software Block 4 is being planned as an eventual mission capability upgrade for which development will begin late this year or more likely early next.

However, the GAO report states that, “Developmental testing of Block 2B software is behind schedule and will likely delay the delivery of expected warfighting capabilities,” required by the Marines for their variant of the F-35 (the F-35B) that is scheduled for delivery by July 2015. As of January of this year, “the program planned to have verified the functionality of 27 percent of the software’s capability on-board the aircraft, but had only been able to verify 13 percent,” says the GAO report. In more than a bit of an understatement, the GAO says that, “This leaves a significant amount of work to be done before October 2014, which is when the program expects to complete developmental flight testing of this software block.”

The GAO notes—and seems to agree with—the Operational Test and Evaluation Director's view that a more realistic estimate for when Block 2B’s software functional verification will be completed is sometime closer to November 2015. The report also notes that such a delay would create a knock-on effect to the subsequent F-35 software blocks as well, increasing the cost of the acquisition, not to mention delaying the planned initial operational capability (IOC) of the aircraft (2016 for the Air Force F-35As, and 2018 for the Navy F-35Cs).

Yet, despite everything it saw, the GAO indicates that the F-35 program office and contractors, and especially the Marines, seem to be all whistling along to Bobby McFerrin’s song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” The GAO states that, “Program and contractor officials have stated that while they recognize that the program faces software risks, they still expect to deliver all of the planned F-35 software capabilities to the military services as currently scheduled.” Why do they think so? Why, they are now going to introduce new approaches to gain “testing efficiency.” The plan: mainly by using “test results from one F-35 variant to close out test points for the other two variants in instances in which the variants have common functions.” However, Bloomberg News quoted a recent RAND assessment of the F-35 program as stating that, “As of this writing, it is not clear how common the mission systems, avionics, software and engine will be among the three service variants,” so how much efficiency will in reality be gained remains to be seen.

In fact, in testimony before Congress yesterday, Lt. Gen Bogdan was reported by Reuters as saying he was “pretty confident” that Block 2B software would be delivered within 30 days of its current target date to allow the Marines to get to initial operational capability by July next year, as the software is “80 percent complete.” However, Bogdan also indicated that he was not as confident that even ten Marine F-35Bs would be IOC ready given that most of the 40-plus Marine F-35Bs will require some 96 engineering modifications by then.


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Related: Definition of Debt vs Deficit

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

U.S. to Test Seabed Resupply Systems by 2016
Bryant Jordan | April 21, 2014 | Defense Tech


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Credit: Defense Tech

The Pentagon wants to set up a network of seafloor-bedded “nodes” that would include anything from supplies to weaponry to be called to the surface for military action when needed.

The Defense Department could begin field testing its “Upward Falling Payloads” anytime after October, according to the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency.

The system will be made up of a payload – a surveillance or communications system, for example – that goes into action once it reaches the surface in its “riser,” an ocean-resting pod and launch system, and the communications link that will trigger the “riser” to launch, according to DARPA.

During the first phase of the project, DARPA funded more than 10 study and design efforts, the agency’s program manager for UPF said on the DARPA’s science blog earlier this month. The first part also dealt with different kinds of mission payloads, Andy Coon said.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congress Wants More Control of Special Ops Iron Man Suit
Matt Cox | April 29, 2014 | Defense Tech


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Photo: TALOS
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Lawmakers today moved to tighten congressional control over U.S. Special Operations Command’s new “Iron Man” battle suit, expressing concerns that program officials are already mishandling the complex effort.

SOCOM recently launched a new website to promote its vision of elite commandos outfitted in futuristic, battle suits like those depicted in Hollywood blockbusters such as Marvel’s Iron Man series.

The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit effort, known as TALOS, would provide operators with full-body ballistic protection and increased physical performance. It would also feature embedded antennas and computers designed to give operators increased situation awareness. It’s even supposed to keep the wearer cool in hot weather and warm in cold climates. Despite “aggressive marketing efforts by USSOCOM,” members of the House Armed Services Committee want to know more about the program before funding is approved.

“The committee understands that present efforts are being used to survey current technologies and to better inform future requirements documents, and that USSOCOM intends to deliver a fully functional prototype assault suit by August 2018,” according to language in the Fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill released by the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

“The committee is concerned that these requirements are not being properly coordinated with related or complementary efforts at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Command.” The bill’s language includes guidelines to go with SOCOM’S $17.5 million budget request to support TALOS.

The committee directs the Secretary of Defense to brief the congressional defense committees by August 1, 2014, on the TALOS project and similar efforts to include:

– The overall TALOS requirement for U.S. Special Operations Forces, including requirements validation

– A list of funded activities for fiscal years 2013–14, as well as planned activities for fiscal year 2015 and beyond, including efforts through DARPA, Natick Soldier Systems Command, the other military services, the Rapid Innovation Fund, and industry

– Coordination efforts undertaken with USSOCOM, DARPA, Natick Soldier Systems Command and other similar ongoing research and development activities

– Project timelines including the development of prototypes and anticipated funding

– Any other developmental efforts underway that could satisfy USSOCOM TALOS-like requirements

– Any other items the Secretary of Defense deems appropriate

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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are people starting to see the pattern? We must fight the bogey man, be it a Muslim, a Bokom Harum meth head (even Canada has been sucked in to this charade) or now a Communist/Red under the bed. Good gawd! The continuing story of as the stomach turns.
The engine of NATO/IMF/American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:

    * making the world safe for NATO/IMF/American corporations;

    * enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to the hordes of the one celled, three chromosome, banker pond scum/gutless, moraless dirty politicians/members of congress;

    * preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;

    * extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible


This in the name of fighting a supposed moral crusade against an evil international Muslim/Nigerian meth head/Communist conspiracy, which in fact never existed, evil or not. Same old noise people!

Strike fear into everyone. Young, old, male, female, urban, rural, rich, poor, educated, less educated. Keep pounding away at society.

Then secretly buy shares in or better yet head up the defense contractors (this includes filthy bankers as well - who dish out whipped up from thin air money to gov's who then turn around and repay the imaginary debt at loan shark rates) that are ruining the planet, dragging down society and bleeding our coffers dry. The IMF is now the mercenary fund.

NATO members mull rearmament
Klaus Jansen | May 7, 2014 | DW


NATO Secretary General Rasmussen is asking for increased armaments due to the Ukraine crisis. But many in Germany see overwhelming strength in NATO and don't view Crimea as a catalyst for instant upgrades.

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For many European countries, that had previously meant cutting defense spending after the end of the Cold War. Germany in 1990, for example, spent 2.8 percent of GDP on defense; today it spends 1.3 percent. NATO recommends two percent, but hardly any member country hits this target. Russia, by contrast, generally spends more than four percent on its military and is investing large amounts to upgrade military equipment considered to be outdated. It wants to spend 600 billion euros ($835 billion) on new weapons by 2020, according to Alexander S. Neu, a Left Party politician on the defense committee of German parliament.


Just listen to these crazy freaks. Can you believe the language that these fools are using? Just let what is written in the link above sink in after you read it. Are they crazy? Or is this just about the cash?

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Superiority with weak points
That strength, says defense expert Mölling, is in the numbers. "European NATO members alone outnumber Russia. That applies for the number of troops as well as for the size of the tank fleet and other military units."And NATO also is qualitatively superior to Russia," he added.

While NATO certainly has some weak points, they're unrelated to the Crimea crisis, according to Mölling. The defense alliance has to invest in drone and satellite reconnaissance and in logistics, for example, and in large transport aircrafts.

"We need to spend money on things like that, but that's not new."

These acquisitions, he says, should be purchased in masse. Were they projects and purchases to be made transnationally, up to 30 percent of the cost could be saved.

Utilize potential savings
The transnational aspect is what Left Party politician Neu views as unfeasible. "That generally doesn't work too well. When the division of labor is too wide, the defense suppliers don't work well together."

Current co-operations are exemplary: The Eurofighter warplane, with its difficulties in the development process, or the A400M military transport aircraft, whose development costs ballooned.

Those costs could be reduced, according to military experts, if countries were to take special responsibility for a single military task: Great Britain might provide the navy, for example, with Germany responsible for logistics and transport.

Not one of the experts thinks the Ukraine crisis should mark the beginning of a new arms race, as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has requested.

SWP expert Mölling would like to see armament "in homeopathic doses and at the right place." He added that, "We are not talking about hundreds of billions of euros, as Rasmussen is currently dreaming of."

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iran has been a target of various war mongers for quite a while. I am sure we will continue to hear this and that about Iran; how it needs to be turned to rubble like Iraq and Palestine.

The Real Iran

The fact of the matter is that a majority of Iranians live at least as well as Americans. Iran is a first world country which aside from mandating women wear a head scarf (and men not walk around half naked), actually allows people to live their lives as they wish with far less interference than in America. That's the real truth about Iran.

This is Tehran


This is the city that Iran built the nuclear reactor for


The people have individual identities, tastes, etc...


This is another major Iranian city


Another Iranian city


Here are some badly beaten Iranian women (according to MSM)


Here is Tehran at night


Another shot of Tehran


Here are some Iranian goat herders/peasants


Here are the tents they live in


If America goes in and destroys these people it will be one of the greatest crimes the world has ever witnessed. The best kept secret in the world is Iran. This nation has stood up to Israel and the "elite" and maintained it's national integrity. This is the true free world, where the people don't get jammed into the corporate monoculture and do the bidding of the banks. Despite severe sanctions placed on them, they have flourished because they are a people of a very high caliber.

Iran has NEVER attacked a neighbor (Iraq attacked Iran at the coaxing of US/Britain), all wars in modern history that the Iranians got involved in were defensive, unlike America and Israel, which are the two nations of the world that have proven repeatedly over and over and over and over and over and over again that it is THEY that are the terrorists, indeed, the world fears America, and for a very good reason. Iraq was VERY similar to Iran, and has been bombed to sand after doing nothing to deserve it. How much do you think they love us for it? Think a nation like this is built for free?

Question: Do you think these people want to be LIBERATED by America? Do you think they dream about living in New York?


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Note: They did not notify the IAEA in a TIMELY (whatever) manner (minute 2:09) - they did notify eventually. Perhaps Israel can stop trolling convenient points to whine about and man up and declare their nuclear facilities/warhead arsenal. Their little piece of turf has no resources and nothing to offer - and will soon run out of water, so they need everyone else to be miserable like them.

The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is Iran's first commercial nuclear reactor. In 1994, Tehran and Moscow signed an agreement to construct the VVER 1000MWe light-water reactor, and construction started the same year.

Iran had previously attempted to build a nuclear power plant at the Bushehr site, and in 1974 contracted the German company Siemens (then KraftWerk) to build two reactors. The first unit was approaching completion when Iran halted the project as a result of the 1979 Iranian revolution. During the Iran-Iraq war, the reactors sustained severe damage in an Iraqi bombing raid. After the war Siemens refused to continue with construction in the face of extreme diplomatic pressure from the United States.

The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is unique in design because Russia agreed to incorporate its VVER technology into the original German-built infrastructure. In a series of shipments between December 2007 and January 2008, Iran received a total of 82 tons of fuel from Russia for the initial fuel loading of the BNPP. The IAEA has arranged to verify and seal the fresh fuel shipments, and all of the fuel assemblies imported from Russia for use at the Bushehr plant remained under Agency seal before being loaded into the reactor. Iran is required to return spent fuel rods from Bushehr to Russia as soon as they are safe for transport. Indicating that the plant was nearing completion, engineers conducted a series of pre-start tests in 2009 and 2010.

Loading of fuel into the reactor core was finished in November 2010. However, in February 2011 Iran informed the IAEA that the fuel would have to be removed. A broken pump had caused small metal particles to infiltrate the reactor's cooling system, and it was feared that the particles might have made their way into the fuel assemblies. It was speculated that the Stuxnet computer virus had caused damage to the facility (we know who is responsible for the Stuxnet Virus). In April 2011, the fuel was reloaded into the reactor. The following month, the Bushehr plant began operating at low levels. On 11 February 2012 the plant was connected to the national grid, generating 700 megawatts of electricity. That same month, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani announced that the plant would operate at full capacity starting in late March 2012.

Source: http://www.nti.org/facilities/184/


Related: Merchants of Death’ Could Make a Lot of Money Off a War in Ukraine

BRICS now has a combined GDP of 16.309 trillion, but the world bank says the real financial power level due to various factors is right around 68 percent of the world economy, and 90 percent of the world's population. Factor that into a world economy of $90 trillion dollars annually to get the real number BRICS represents, which would be right around 60 trillion.

In short, if you want the real truth about Ukraine, it is in Brics. I am sure the bankers believe that if they take down Russia, the whole thing will fail. Forget Japan on the world stage for anything other than Toyotas and Walkmans, the real power brokers are America, China and Russia. Those are the nations that matter. So it would be natural then for Russia to be attacked and destabilized by the bankers if U.S. dollar hegemony is to be maintained.

With a real unemployment rate near 50 percent in America, and 45 million people now on food stamps, and with practically ALL of America's manufacturing (sans the war machine) exported to China, it is now obvious that America can't stay on top and fund it all without the cash flow provided by the petrodollar. Take that away, and America's war machine will go kaput. So as far as the bankers can see, it's use it or lose it, BRICS may well spell their doom if they fail to. It is the bankers fear of BRICS that will cause World War 3.

The dollar has approximately 16 percent of the world economy backing it, and BRICS has approximately 65 percent of the world economy backing it. It really leaves one to wonder how on earth the FED has held on for so long, I guess the fear the American war machine has put on the world has done a lot to keep the dollar in place.

Why the U.S. is running Blackwater in Ukraine - http://bsnews.info/five-reasons-world-needs-brics-bank/

This announcement was preceded by plenty of feel good talk on various alternative news blogs predicting a “revaluation.” It turns out this was simply a move to suddenly increase the SDR quota by 800% and make the SDR the new world currency by starting with the Ukraine. The move was a failure. The countries that back the SDR account for only 10% of the world’s population and 32% of its GDP (the flip side of this are the BRICS numbers mentioned above).

The data for this comes from a World Bank study of the GDP of different countries based on Purchasing Power Parity (how much you can buy with what you earn), which is widely accepted by economists as a more accurate way to measure the real size of an economy.

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/ICPINT/Resources/270056-1183395201801/Summary-of-Results-and-Findings-of-the-2011-International-Comparison-Program.pdf

So what are the genius' now saying about their historical defeat in the Ukraine? They are threatening to use their “oil weapon” against Russia.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/commodities/10823349/Obama-aims-oil-weapon-at-Putin-but-will-he-pull-the-trigger.html

This “oil weapon” it turns out, is the threat to depress world oil prices by selling oil from the US strategic oil reserve. This is a desperate loser’s bluff. The oil reserve only contains enough oil to meet 8 days of world demand. Wasn’t the cabal supposed to control the petro-dollar because it controlled the world oil supply? Apparently no longer because, what this threat really means is that no oil producing countries have agreed to go along with the George Soros/Obama plan to bankrupt Russia by forcing down the price of oil. So they are down to their tiny oil piggy bank.

The cabal has been defeated and it is now time to start the new financial system. The BRICS are in no hurry to build their alternative because time is on their side. They view the US regime as a dying lion and know that instead of trying to fight it, it is better to wait for nature to take its course. As it does, the BRICS are quietly building up new institutions to fill in the void that will be created by the demise of the cabal financial structures.

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Turn the place to sand to disarm the leader. Along the way; punish the populace, fragment the country, ruin/destroy their cultures, ruin/destroy historical sites/artifacts, commit atrocious war crimes, lie, repeat over and over and over and over how we need to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction, lie some more...then leave. Prop up a puppet government. Then weaponise this puppet government?

Then to have the nerve to blather on, Russia this and Russia that, how dare they violate this, violate that, blah blah fu***** blah....Nato, US, Britain are a god damned laughing stock. Collective credibility was low before - now it is zero.

US plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq
15 May 2014 | Agence France-Presse


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The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq.

The deal includes 24 AT-6C Texan II light-attack aircraft, a turboprop plane manufactured by Beechcraft that has .50 caliber machine guns, advanced avionics and can carry precision-guided bombs, the Pentagon said.

The aircraft and related equipment and services are valued at $790 million.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed Congress on Tuesday of the planned sale, which will go ahead unless lawmakers block the deal.

"The proposed sale of these aircraft, equipment and support will enhance the ability of the Iraqi forces to sustain themselves in their efforts to bring stability to Iraq and to prevent overflow of unrest into neighboring countries," the agency said in a notice.

The sale is the latest in a series of US weapons deals with Iraq as Baghdad seeks to bolster its armed forces amid rising violence linked to Al-Qaeda militants and sectarian divisions between the Shiite-led government and disgruntled Sunnis.

Iraq has previously agreed to purchase 36 US F-16 fighter jets.

This week's deal also included 200 "up-armored" Humvee vehicles with machine gun mounts, worth $101 million.

The vehicles will help "Iraq's ability to defend its oil infrastructure against terrorist attacks," the agency said.

And Iraq purchased seven aerostats, airships or tethered balloons that rely on a buoyant gas, to provide surveillance for military installations and key infrastructure, it said.

The aerostats and deployment towers were worth about $90 million.

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"Yankee dollar talk
To the dictators of the world
In fact it's giving orders
An' they can't afford to miss a word"

Lyrics - The Clash



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If there were any doubts that Western "leaders" live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration of the Normandy landing dispelled the doubts.

The howlers issuing from these occasions are enough to split your sides. Obama and his lap dog Cameron described the Normandy landing on June 6, 1944, as "the greatest liberation force that the world has ever known" and took all the credit for the US and Britain for the defeat of Hitler. No mention was made of the Soviet Union and the Red Army, which for three years prior to the Normandy landing had been fighting and defeating the Wehrmacht.

The Germans lost World War II at the Battle of Stalingrad, which was fought from August 23, 1942 until February 2, 1943, when most of the remnants of the powerful German Sixth Army surrendered, including 22 generals.

Nineteen months previously the largest invasion force ever assembled on planet earth invaded Russia across a one thousand mile front. Three million crack German troops; 7,500 artillery units, 19 panzer divisions with 3,000 tanks, and 2,500 aircraft rolled across Russia for 14 months.

By June 1944, three years later, very little of this force was left. The Red Army had chewed it up. When the so-called "allies" (a term which apparently excludes Russia) landed in France, there was little to resist them. The best forces remaining to Hitler were on the Russian front, which collapsed day by day as the Red Army approached Berlin.

The Red Army won the war with Germany. The Americans and the British showed up after the Wehrmacht was exhausted and in tatters and could offer little resistance. Joseph Stalin believed that Washington and London stayed out of the war until the last minute and left Russia with the burden of defeating Germany.

Hollywood and popular writers have, of course, buried the facts. Americans have all sorts of movies, such as "A Bridge Too Far," that portray insignificant events, however heroic, as turning points in the war. Nevertheless, the facts are clear. The war was won on the Eastern front by Russia. Hollywood's movies are fun, but they are nonsense.

Russia is again on the outs with "the world community," because Obama's plan to seize Ukraine and to evict Russia from its Black Sea base in Crimea has come a cropper. Crimea has been a part of Russia for as long as the US has existed. Khrushchev, a Ukrainian, stuck Crimea into the Ukrainian Socialist Republic in 1954 when Russia and Ukraine were part of the same country.

When the Washington-imposed stooge government in Kiev recently declared that it was abolishing the use of the Russian language and arresting Ukrainians who had dual Russian citizenship and began tearing down Russian war memorials consecrated to the liberation of Ukraine from the Nazis, the people in Crimea used the ballot box to disassociate from Washington's stooge government in Kiev, first voting their independence and then voting for reunification with their mother country.

Washington, and the other G-7 countries following Washington's orders, described this Crimean act of self-determination, which is exactly comparable to the act of self-determination declared by Britain's American colonies, to be a case of "Russian invasion and annexation." Similar efforts to disassociate from Kiev are underway in other former Russian territories that today comprise eastern and southern Ukraine.

Washington has equated self-determination in eastern and southern Ukraine with "terrorism" and has encouraged its stooge in Kiev to use military violence against protesting civilians. The reason for branding separatists "terrorists" is to make it OK to kill them.

It is extraordinary to any learned person that the President of the United States and the titular heads of state of the Western European countries would publicly declare such blatant lies to the world. The world has historians. The world has peoples whose knowledge vastly exceeds that of the "mainstream media," a.k.a., the Ministry of Propaganda, or, as Gerald Celente brands them, "the presstitutes." Whatever name we use, the Western media is a collection of well-paid whores.They lie for money, dinner party invitations, and speaking invitations with large honorariums and book contracts with large advances.


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For decades, America has used its armed strength to enforce the use of the dollar as the world's reserve currency, effectively making the US military the armed wing of the international banking cartel (IBC). Since 1971 when President Richard Nixon stopped paying US debt obligations with gold, America has increasingly used its military might to prop up the value of the dollar and enforce a global financial structure whose primary beneficiary is the US itself, and whose central bank, the Federal Reserve, serves as the IBC's supervisory authority.

Who or what is this IBC? It consists of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo along with Deutsche Bank, BNP and Barclays. Eight families reportedly control the IBC: the Goldman Sachs, Rockefellers, Lehmans, Kuhn Loebs, Rothschilds, Warburgs, Lazards and the Israel Moses Seifs. Besides owning the US oil behemoths Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco, IBC member institutions are among the top ten shareholders of nearly every Fortune 500 company. While the IBC itself has no formal status, nevertheless its members are represented by an international body, the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Organized as the Financial Security Forum in 1999 by G7 finance ministers and central bank governors, the FSB "seeks to give momentum to a broad-based multilateral agenda for strengthening financial systems and the stability of international financial markets."

War is extremely profitable for the IBC, since not only do its members profit from financing arms sales to both sides during the conflicts that they themselves often initiate, but also from the post bellum reconstruction. In fact, the most powerful of the central banking institutions in the world, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), was established in 1930 to oversee reparation payments imposed upon Germany by the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War. In addition to providing banking services for central banks worldwide, the BIS supervised the Bretton Woods international currency agreements from the Second World War until the early 1970s, when Nixon reneged on pledges to pay US debt obligations in gold. The BIS also works with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to expand the IBC-imposed debt-dependency cycle among the nations of the world.

The methodology for global financial domination is really quite simple: America imports more goods than it exports and therefore dollars flow out of the US and accumulate in the central banks of other countries. Since the US has refused to honor these obligations in gold, the central banks are forced to invest in US treasury bills, bonds and other US financial instruments that pay interest which is financed by the issuance of further debt. The result is a US-dominated global financial system dependent upon maintaining the value, or more correctly, minimizing the rate of depreciation, of the dollar, allowing the US to enjoy an extravagant consumer-based economy at the expense of the rest of the world.

Regarding the insidious US debt-domination process, Wall Street analyst Michael Hudson explains that "by running balance-of-payments deficits that it refuses to settle in gold, it has obliged foreign governments to invest their surplus dollar holdings in Treasury bills, that is, to relend their dollar inflows to the US Treasury." The system is somewhat self-perpetuating, for should a non-US central bank decide to divest its dollars, it would effectively sabotage the economy in its own country. Of course, foreign central banks and financial institutions are well aware that by investing in US treasury securities, they will lose money since the Federal Reserve will only turn around and "print" more dollars, thus further diluting the value of their reserves. However, if these foreign institutions would fail to reinvest their dollars in more T-bills, the rate of depreciation of their dollar holdings would accelerate dramatically. Such awareness holds most governments in check, preventing wholesale dumping of dollars, which of course would bring the entire global system down, along with the IBC.

Hence, demand for US dollars and government and agency bonds continues even as [dollar] value falls. The losses on these holdings represent a tax paid to the 'Empire'," writes Catherine Austin Fitts, adding, "The fundamental system is as old as the hills. It is based on force." Conversely, this ability of the IBC to call upon the US military, which incidentally consumes 40 percent of global military spending, whenever and wherever the cartel's interests are threatened, results directly from the global dominance of the dollar. India-based scholar and social activist Rohini Hensm writes, "It is the dominance of the dollar that underpins US financial dominance as a whole as well as the apparently limitless spending power that allows it to keep hundreds of thousands of troops stationed all over the world." In short, dollar dominance allows the obscenely profligate spending to maintain the US military's global presence, which in turn insures the continuing hegemony of the dollar.

Nevertheless, an increasing number of challenges to this dollar hegemony regime has arisen, some of which have necessitated suppression by the US military. Iraq is a good case in point. In November of 2000, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein announced to the world that Iraq would no longer accept dollars for petroleum transactions. Despite the declining value of the Euro, Saddam demanded payment for Iraqi oil in the troubled currency while declaring dollars to be "the currency of the enemy." By 2002, Iraqi oil was being traded in Euros, effectively dumping the dollar. Former US President George W. Bush, who was a deputy of the IBC from the oil industry, used the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a convenient excuse to invade Iraq in March 2003, thus eliminating Saddam's threat to dollar domination.

When former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi tried to establish a state-run central bank and trade petroleum in non-dollar currencies, the IBC tapped NATO to intervene. On March 19, 2011, a mere month after initial internal unrest, the Transitional National Council "rebels" announced they were establishing the Libyan Oil Company as the supervisory authority on oil production and policies, and designated the Central Bank of Benghazi as the authority for monetary policies. That a local group of rebels one month into a rebellion would form a national oil company and designate a private central bank astounded Robert Wenzel of the Economic Policy Journal who remarked, "I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising." Confirming suspicions of IBC involvement, the US Treasury placed sanctions on Qaddafi's National Oil Corporation, but assured the rebels, "Should National Oil Corporation subsidiaries or facilities come under different ownership and control, Treasury may consider authorizing dealings with such entities."
More: How the international banking cartel controls the world through the U.S. military and economic sabotage

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My intention is not to beat up Lockheed Martin here. Canada is still throwing this ridiculous idea of purchasing the F-35 around. Just say no! This is just a perfect example of all of our dollars wasted on useless junk from the MIC. At this point we've seen tons of stories describing how the F-35 project is nothing short of a clusterf*ck. Although the video is from last year, there's something about Pierre Sprey's bluntness that makes you realize just how misguided the entire endeavor has been.

According to the Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16, the F35 is a turkey. Inherently, a terrible airplane. An airplane built for a dumb idea. A kludge that will fail time and time again. Just impossibly hopeless. And judging from the bajillion times the F-35 fleet has been grounded, well, he's probably not wrong. It's a trillion dollar failure. Watch Sprey eviscerate the F-35 in the video below.


*The Fifth Estate is a Canadian television program

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More junk:

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I never understood why the US funds Israel? Why? I guess war criminals have to stick together. Why don't they pay their own way in the race to the bottom? A true parasite.

U.S. Rushes Funding for Israel’s Iron Dome
Brendan McGarry | August 1, 2014 | Defense Tech


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The U.S. government raced to approve more funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system, which has been used extensively in recent weeks to shield Israel from rockets fired from Palestinian fighters in Gaza.

The Senate on Friday voted to authorize $225 million for Israel to replenish its stockpile of Iron Dome interceptor missiles as a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic group that controls Gaza, collapsed amid ongoing clashes. The House of Representatives was expected to take similar action later in the day before both chambers of Congress adjourned for August recess.


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Stealth is a myth anyway. Russia uses old Radar tech utilizing lower frequencies. I am sure China uses the same methods. Longer waveforms are harder to hide from. Long-wavelength search radars, like those used in the Battle of Britain and still sold around the world by the Russians, readily detect stealth aircraft, and there is nothing aeronautical engineers can do to get around that problem. Low tech. This statement quoted below, "Increasingly sophisticated radar in China and Russia...", is a myth to justify certain expenditures. The lying just never stops.

Chinese Radar May Pierce F-35 Stealth Armor: Report
Brendan McGarry | July 31, 2014 | Defense Tech


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Increasingly sophisticated radar in China and Russia may soon be able to pierce the stealth armor on F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, according to a news report.

The stealth coating on the U.S.-made fifth-generation fighters shields the aircraft from high-frequency radars operating in the Ku, X and C bands and some of the S band, but not from low-frequency systems utilizing L, UHF and VHF wavelengths, according to an article by Dave Majumdar at USNI News.

China and Russia are now working to develop low-frequency radars with more computing power designed to track stealth aircraft with more precision — enough to target them with a missile, according to the report, citing an unnamed former senior U.S. Navy official.


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This is just what the region needs.

Iraq Wants Thousands More Hellfire Missiles
Brendan McGarry | July 30, 2014 | Defense Tech


"They fix the need, develop the taste
Buy their products or get laid to waste
" - Lyrics for No Shelter by Rage Against the Machine

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The government of Iraq plans to buy several thousand more Hellfire missiles made by Lockheed Martin Corp. in what would be its largest-ever purchase of the weapon.

The Defense Department’s notification of the sale to Congress this week comes as the Shiite-led government in Baghdad is trying desperately to thwart advances made by the Sunni-led Islamic extremist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL (also known as ISIS), which now controls vast swaths of the northern and western part of the country and areas in Syria.

The State Department has approved the sale, would include 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $700 million, according to a Pentagon press release. Congress has a month to block the deal.



"No Shelter"

The main attraction - distraction
got ya number than nnumber than numb
Empty ya pockets son; they got you thinkin that
What ya need is what they sellin
Make you think that buyin is rebellin
From the theaters to malls on every shore
Tha thin line between entertainment and war
The frontline is everywhere, there be no shelter here
Speilberg the nightmare works so push it far
Amistad was a whip, the truth was feathered and tarred
Memory erased, burned and scarred
Trade in ya history for a VCR

Cinema, simulated life, ill drama
Fourth Reich culture - Americana
Chained to the dream they got ya searchin for
Tha thin line between entertainment and war

There be no shelter here
Tha frontline is everywhere

Hospitals not profit full
Yet market bulls got pockets full
To advertise some hip disguise
View tha world from American eyes
Tha poor adore keep fiendin for more
Tha thin line between entertainment and war
They fix the need, develop the taste
Buy their products or get laid to waste
Coca-Cola is back in the veins of Saigon
And Rambo too, he got a dope pair of Nikes on
And Godzilla pure muthafuckin filler
To keep ya eyes off the real killer

Cinema, simulated life, ill drama
Fourth Reich culture - Americana
Chained to the dream they got ya searchin for
Tha thin line between entertainment and war

American eyes, American eyes....
View the world from American eyes
Bury the past, rob us blind
And leave nothin behind

Just stare
Relive the nightmare.

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