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Lower 9th Ward: March 2006

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    These are stills captured from video shot March 2006 in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

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    These are photos and stills captured from video taken August 2006 of the Lower 9th Ward specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

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December 03, 2012

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The "no we can't" spirit so prevalent in government and private industry these days only seems to apply when we feel like it.

And when they feel like it is...pretty much any time a project would benefit the general public. Nope, can't have flood control...but the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy MUST remain...

that's fucked up.

The people that make up ACoE are 98% civilian. So the agency basically combines the inflexible bureaucracy of the military with subcontracting funded by Congressional priorities. It's just about the worst way to run an engineering firm imaginable which is why non-military engineers surpassed military engineers sometime around 1870.

I see this Israeli bunker thing more as the US and Israel being defense BFFs and having to draw on each others notebooks about the latest developments in geometry class and/or Iran. Israel can sure as shit build a state-of-the-art bunker without the help of the ACoE. It's just they might have to pay for it themselves if they don't come up with some BS reason to get the US involved.

It may be a U.S. contract, but, dollars to doughnuts, it's going to use local labor.

I continue to be completely perplexed by the attitude that condones this kind of spending (had a relative express genuine shock that I would even question the rectitude of the U.S. having a thousand bases--secret and not--around the world: "what's wrong with that?"). We close bases here so we can afford to build bases elsewhere, which are uniformly more expensive to operate and maintain, via a contracting and logistics system that was designed over twenty years ago to be fundamentally corrupt (what else could it be?--it was Cheney's idea).

And yet, we continue to hammer away at the security of many tens of millions of U.S. citizens in the search for even more money to pay for this newfangled Foreign Legion.

But, ask the ordinary citizen, and you'll get a shrug and "they're keepin' us safe."

Are they, really?

Don't even get me going on the insanity that is US foreign aid to Israel. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is too good for our 51st State. Over $3,000,000,000.00 a year in military subsidies and probably another 5,000,000,000.00 to $7,000,000,000.00 per year in "economic development" aid. Much of which simply vanishes into building settlements in occupied territories - building that we oppose!

As much as I despise the Bush Dynasty I will say this. Poppy did bring Israel to heel and did so by cutting off the dollars. Of course, he was soon gone from office and no one has ever uttered the thought of cutting them off again. Even when they break their promise not to use the cluster bombs we sold them (Lebanon, '06) - a violation which by law should have resulted in the immediate suspension of military assistance aid.

And to think, we could do much good at so many levels with $10,000,000,000.00 per year. How many more teachers? Firemen? Bridges? Water treatment plants? Or levees?

Sigh.

RP

There's ALWAYS money available for defense projects, but no no no, don't have the cash to rein in the super-rich, help the poor, etc.

Which is why SEC enforcement should be accomplished via drone strikes.

As any good salesman will remind you when you start wondering if you can afford it:

it isn't a matter of what you can afford as much as looking at the sizzle of the new product. Just think of the joy and self esteem that a new car will get you as people turn their heads to notice you.

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