So all of a sudden there’s a big push to “attack” ISIS, or ISIL, or Islamic State, whatever the MSM and the government wants to call them (was there a focus group conducted to determine what sounds scarier to us?). Now I understand the need to take down these crazy head chopping animals, but the FUD everyone’s pushing is off the charts…WSJ Polls supposedly show 2/3 of the public agree with attacking ISIS…My issue with polls is that they can be manipulated to bolster a particular viewpoint. For example, you can easily say you’re polling 1000 registered voters but the makeup of the voter pool can be (without telling you, the reader) 60/40 Republicans/Democrats, thereby skewing the poll towards Republicans…and they can take another 1000 registered voters a month later, but change the makeup 80/20. Most Republicans would probably vote for going after ISIS. And so by doing two polls, a month apart, but changing the makeup of the 1000 polled, you can show an increase in the number of voters approving an attack.
My point is, it’s hard to trust what you read. Everyone has a motive. Most of the time, the motive is money. Going to war allows for the Military Industrial Complex to increase military spending, thus more money going to all industries that are supported by wars. The media can benefit from a new story to follow, more people will read the articles, watch the news shows, all spewing the same FUD.
Ok so here’s my latest government run amok gripe. I received my property assessment and guess what? My property taxes are going up! Here’s what I don’t get…NYC has a budget. The tax burden amongst us property owners should be shared. If more property is being built, and there are certainly plenty of condos going up where I am in North Brooklyn, you would think that would bring in more property tax revenue so the overall tax burden is spread across more property owners, thus it should get less for each individual owner. But no, it goes up! Yet for huge corporations like Google, their property taxes go down, despite what the City’s own assessors say!
Fair? Hell no! What I would like to see is how the increase is being used to better my local community. Are there more trash collectors to pick up the extra garbage that’s going to be produced in my area due to the influx of condos? Is the local waste treatment plant ready for the influx of more crap? Will my kid’s public school get more teachers? More police? Firefighters? What I would like to see is a before and after breakdown. A list showing what services we had before the tax hike and what we’re going to have after. Do we have that type of transparency?
As taxes increase, and my already huge monthly mortgage goes up, who do you think will actually be paying for the increase? The renters! So now you’ll have people who actually drive the economy with less money to spend in local businesses.
Thank you, new Mayor Bill DiBlasio. I guess someone has to pay for the $170,000 salary for the First Lady’s new Chief of Staff!
This is crazy – Cops were called into an assisted living facility because of a resident, a WWII Vet, who refused to go to the hospital to get treated for a UTI. They came, tased him, shot him with a bean bag, He died of internal bleeding. WTF?
Regardless of the man’s attitude, refusal to get treated, whatever his state of mind, this was not the way to deal with the situation. Unless the guy had a gun and was a danger to others, the authorities and residence staff should’ve used better judgement,
A majority of Americans oppose any military intervention in Syria’s civil war. And rightly so. We know that rebels comprise of elements of Al-qaeda, jihadists, extremists, and Anti-Christian groups. Do we really want to help these people? I don’t. Do we need to help the innocent families, children, who are not taking sides, but are being displaced, driven out by Assad or by rebels? Of course. But limited military strikes won’t do that. What military strikes would do is help feed the families of the military-industrial complex. Do we know for sure Assad used the chemical weapons? Who’s to say rebels didn’t do it? Just to pull us in? Then you have crap like this – Video of rebels executing soldiers .
No, we don’t need to get involved with missile strikes. We know we’re already involved covertly. We don’t need to be providing al-qaeda with air support. Let’s stay out and provide humanitarian aid to the families/refugees that need it.
Perhaps, Dems that are up for re-election are being promised mucho donations by the military-industrial complex, if we get involved.
It’s funny how the Yahoos, Googles, Microsofts, Apples, and Facebooks say that they did not give the NSA “direct access” to their servers. That doesn’t mean they didn’t replicate the data to the NSA servers!
Let’s face it. There will never be peace in the Middle East. Or any where for that matter. Why? Because the vast military–industrial complex needs wars and conflicts to continue to make money. Tanks, jets, missiles, arms, ammunition, etc, don’t get sold to countries that are at peace. They get sold to countries in battle. Not just military equipment though. Then comes the reconstruction equipment. The building materials. The bulldozers, diggers, and cranes. If there’s peace in the Middle East, if there’s no body to fight, what would happen to all these companies? What would happen to all the factory workers? What would happen to the Congressmen who represent the states that have these factories? The money would dry up. They would all become irrelevant. They won’t let that happen.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. — President Dwight D. Eisenhower
According to news reports, Amazon.com is in talks to buy the company that makes this chips for its Kindles.
I’m no technical or financial analyst, but once a company starts expanding beyond it’s primary product (in this case, being a web retailer), I think it’s jumped the shark. Look at Dell, HP, even Google and Microsoft, going into the phone making business, how’s that working out? How’s about their Mp3 players? There’s no point in buying the chip company, IMHO.