"A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody."
Thomas Paine (via hipsterlibertarian)
In his gigantic body of work, Arno Rafael Minkkinen uses the human body in a truly ingenious way. Instead of the person being the center of focus, Arno cleverly aligns parts of the human body seamlessly with the rest of the picture.
"Though the recent examples involve a Democratic administration, Republicans have shown they are just as tempted to abuse the power of government.
At its core, the IRS scandal is not the result of one political party attacking another. It is the inevitable consequence of a federal government that has gotten too big and too expensive to control. The federal government’s massive bureaucracy is inherently dysfunctional, corrupt, intolerant, and incompetent — regardless of who is in charge.
These are not random incidents perpetrated by bad actors. They are systemic features of the $4 trillion enterprise known as the federal government."
From Q2 Music, watch an intimate concert inspired by Nico Muhly’s exciting, intrigue-filled opera Two Boys, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.
Photos: Ebru Yildiz for NPR
Watching this today while I work.
Oh my god. Star Trek. It was so good.
The math isn’t the only thing wrong with this picture.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that today at noon every person in the U.S. received a check for $1,000,000. What would happen? Here are a few back of the envelope points that come to my mind:
- So everyone in the U.S. is now up to their assholes in cash. Would you really be wealthy in such an environment? Would the buying power of the dollar stay the same?
- Even if there wasn’t massive inflation, people like Lauren and Kurt aren’t very good at math and have no idea how money works. If you gave them a million dollars, I guarantee they’ll be broke and worse off than before within two years.
- I also think the Laurens and the Kurts of the U.S. would quit their jobs en mass. If that did happen, and I think it would, what would happen to the cost and availability of many goods and services in the U.S.?
I have no quarrel with the desire to do good, but giving everyone a million dollars would not “fix everything”.
Since the numbers seem so far fetched to most of you Google the names of the operations.
Iran - “Operation Ajax”
Guatemala - “Operation PBSUCCESS” ,”Operation PBHISTORY” ,”Operation PBFORTUNE”
Vietnam- well yeah 20 years of war and unrestricted bombing on any country will stack up a body count
Dominican Republic- Read about the American occupation
Chile- “Project FUBELT”
East Timor- the amount of evidence about US Government’s involvement /stuff written about this is staggering
Angola- “Operation IA Feature”
Nicaragua- the Iran–Contra affair
El Salvador- “Atlacatl Battalion” and other units like them
Panama - Operation Just Cause
Iraq- 13 years of sanctions then 8 years of American Occupation……
you also can refer to ——> Philip Bradbury, Insight Magazine, November 2001