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Govt to Borrow More Money, Buy More Bombs

Posted by feww on October 17, 2013

Congress votes to end shutdown, raise debt ceiling

U.S. Congress has approved a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling until February 7, 2013, and Mr Obama has promised to sign the legislation immediately…

The Senate voted 81 to 18 to send the 35-page bill to the House of Representatives, where it was approved 285-144 about two hours later. All 198 Democrats present in the House and 87 Republicans voted for the bill; 144 Republicans voted against.

$1 Trillion On Defense

U.S. will have spent an astonishing $931 billion on DEFENSE in 2013, and that’s a conservative figure, according to The American Conservative .

“And this will turn out to be a conservative figure. We won’t spend less than that, but among other things, it doesn’t include the interest we’re paying on money we borrowed to fund past military operations; nor does it include portions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that are dedicated to national security. And we don’t know if this number captures the entire intelligence budget or not, because parts of intelligence funding are classified.”

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U.S. Debt clock screen dump at 04:00UTC on October 17, 2013. Source: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

The following are Key Points from National Priorities Military Spending Fact Sheet

  • Total Security Spending: The U.S. has spent more than $8 trillion on national security since Sept. 11, 2001. That includes funding for the Department of Defense, the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and homeland security.
  • War Costs: President Obama proposes spending $79.4 billion in fiscal 2014 to fund war operations in Afghanistan and Iraq; by way of comparison, the president’s 2014 budget allocates a total of $65 billion for all federal education programs. Through fiscal 2013, an inflation-adjusted $1.65 trillion has been spent on the two wars.
  • U.S. and the World: In 2012, the U.S. accounted for 39 percent [the figure was closer to 43 percent according to FIRE-EARTH estimates] of global military spending, while Iran, North Korea and Syria accounted for less than 1 percent, according to SIPRI, a Swedish research institute that tracks global military spending.
  • What’s Happening Now: Committees in both the House and Senate voted to increase military funding in fiscal 2014, a move that could necessitate additional cuts to domestic programs in order to keep overall spending within mandated spending caps. The House proposed offsetting a 5 percent increase in military spending with an 18.6 percent cut to Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Here’s U.S. Budget Breakdown for 2014, according to War Resisters League

Military Spending in the 2014 Budget

  • Total Outlays (Federal Funds) $2,890 BILLION
  • Military: 47% and $1,334 Billion

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Source: War Resisters League

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – October 12, 2013

Posted by feww on October 12, 2013

Pipeline leak in North Dakota likely due to corrosion

The 20,600-barrel leak on Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline in North Dakota was probably caused by corrosion on the 20-year-old pipeline, state regulators said.

A farmer discovered oil gushing out of the six-inch pipeline, which carries oil from the Bakken shale play to the Stampede rail facility near Columbus, North Dakota, on September 29, said a report.

“This is the largest oil spill in the state since it became a major U.S. producer. It is the biggest oil leak on U.S. land since March, when an Exxon Mobil pipeline spilled 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of heavy Canadian crude in Mayflower, Arkansas.”

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Iraq Bloodbath

October casualties in the ongoing Iraqi violence so far stands at 381 civilians killed, and about 1,000 others wounded.

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Majority of U.S. Citizens say: “The hell with the Congress!”

Six in ten Americans say they would replace every single member of the U.S. Congress if they could, according to a new poll by NBC News and Wall Street Journal.

As for the state of U.S. economy over the next 12 months, 42 percent of the people believe it will get worse, while only 17 percent are optimistic, and 38 percent see no change.

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Conflicts of interest in the Syria debate

22 media commentators, and seven think tanks that participated in the media debate on whether the US should bomb Syria, had major  conflicts of interest, says Public Accountability Initiative.

The most egregious example cited is Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush. “Hadley argued strenuously for military intervention in appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV, and authored a Washington Post op-ed headlined ‘To stop Iran, Obama must enforce red lines with Assad.'”

“In each case, Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria. Hadley earns $128,500 in annual cash compensation from the company and chairs its public affairs committee. He also owns 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate ($77.65 on August 23, making Hadley’s share’s worth $891,189).” The report said.

Hadley was presented to the audience as an experienced, independent national security expert, said the report. Read more…

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U.S. Public Debt Defies Gravity for 68 Days

Posted by feww on July 26, 2013

U.S. Federal Debt hit $16,738,105,803,858.21 on July 24: Daily Treasury Statement

The Total Public Debt Outstanding now exceeds the statuary debt ceiling by more than $38.68 billion.

  • As of May 19, 2013 the debt limit was increased to $16,699,421,095,673.60,  according to Treasury Department.

However, the U.S. federal debt has been kept unchanged at $16,699,396,000,000.00 for 68 straight days, an amount which is exactly $25 million less than the statuary debt limit, ETFGuide reported.

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TABLE III-C – Debt Subject to Limit – DAILY TREASURY STATEMENT – Cash and debt operations of the United States Treasury – Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  

The US National Debt was more than $16,878 billion, with the debt per taxpayer calculated at $148,015, as of posting, according to usdebtclock.org.

 

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The American Nightmare

Posted by feww on August 2, 2011

READ THIS FIRST

Continued hacking and content censorship

In view of the continued hacking and censorship of this blog by the Internet Mafia, the Moderators have decided to maintain only a minimum presence at this site, until further notice.

FIRE-EARTH will continue to update the 2011 Disaster Calendar for the benefit of its readers.

WordPress Continues to Hack Fire-Earth, Affiliated Blogs

WordPress is HACKING this blog!

The Blog Moderators Condemn in the Strongest Possible Terms the Continued Removal of Content and Hacking of FIRE-EARTH and Affiliated Blogs by WordPress!

UNFORTUNATELY, NO AMOUNT OF CENSORSHIP COULD SAVE AMERICA!

The following is from the August 2 entry in the 2011 Disaster Calendar

[August 2, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,688 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

America Has Finally Lost Her Will to Live

U.S. Politicians Plan to Euthanize Gravely Ill America

If you were as super-morbidly obese and gravely-ill as America, your doctor would put you on super deep diet and hourly exercise routines, while keeping you under 24-hr watch pending a major surgery.

The U.S. politicians have instead elected to condemn the country to an early death by planning to make her fatter, rather than fitter.

By allowing the United States to absorb more of the world’s natural resources, via other peoples’ money, the politician have ensured the country would be the first major nation to undergo collapse.

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