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Re: World Politics

24 Oct 2017 10:33

A recent Brown University Study showed that, between 2001 and 2016, the cost of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan has cost the US $3.6 trillion.

~ Ramzy Baroud

Imagine if you will that the U.S. had instead put $3.6 trillion into measures to improve infrastructure around the world. It has been estimated by the UNDP that to give the entire world fresh water and sanitation would cost half a trillion. That leaves $3.1 trillion for further projects. Now what would the U.S. have gained by being the country known for giving the entire world a glass a water and a place to ****? Think on it.

The first obvious effect would be a tremendous uplift to U.S. prestige. That is so obvious as to be unnecessary to argue. The public relations value of such an act would echo for generations. In addition, it would give the U.S. reputation a saintly glow that would render it all but immune to attacks of any kind. Who after all would sympathize with any who attacked such a country? Who would not come to its defense?

This of course would only be the beginning as there is $3.1 trillion still to go. The next thing the U.S. could do would be to give light to the world. I.e. To create small scale solar and wind power along with battery storage so that every village of the world no matter how remote would be able to light their way through the night. One of the biggest obstacles to schooling in the undeveloped world is that the children cannot read and study after sundown. I know of no studies as to what this would cost. What one can say with assurance is that as compared to the massive infrastructure requirements for water and sanitation the costs would be less for such an initiative. Let’s say $300 billion just to be safe. That leaves $2.8 trillion.

So now the U.S. is the country that has given the entire world a glass of water and a place to **** and the country that has lit the night. Again the goodwill that this would create is hard to overestimate. Again the U.S. would massively enhance its reputation and further immunize itself as a target. Again, who would sympathize with anyone who struck such a country?


https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/23/looking-for-a-glass-of-water-and-a-place-to-shit/
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Re: World Politics

31 Oct 2017 10:47

They should do the same in Brussels (while making sure that the people living in find new housing of course).

Functionalist modern concrete architecture such as Le Corbusier's, Niemeyer's, Wright's or Mies van der Rohe's is so ugly.

Just compare it to Neuschwanstein.

If I remember well, Prince Charles tried to defend architectural harmony back in the eighties and tried to create a village in that way. In this respect I'm on his side.
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06 Nov 2017 13:34

The momentum is there, now hopefully something fundamental will be done to make sure the (super-) rich actually pay their dues. Lump it together with the money carroussel of the mega-multinationals please. Think of what good could be done with all that money. Proper universal health care, investments in public transport, green energy, real aid for the developing world, etc. etc.
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07 Nov 2017 11:58

Jagartrott wrote:The momentum is there, now hopefully something fundamental will be done to make sure the (super-) rich actually pay their dues. Lump it together with the money carroussel of the mega-multinationals please. Think of what good could be done with all that money. Proper universal health care, investments in public transport, green energy, real aid for the developing world, etc. etc.


Without legal changes nothing can be done. Name a rich person or company that doesn't minimize their taxes.
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07 Nov 2017 15:55

movingtarget wrote:
Jagartrott wrote:The momentum is there, now hopefully something fundamental will be done to make sure the (super-) rich actually pay their dues. Lump it together with the money carroussel of the mega-multinationals please. Think of what good could be done with all that money. Proper universal health care, investments in public transport, green energy, real aid for the developing world, etc. etc.


Without legal changes nothing can be done. Name a rich person or company that doesn't minimize their taxes.


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10 Nov 2017 10:00

It would be absolutely fantastic if other countries would stop messing about in Lebanese politics.
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11 Nov 2017 15:18



Well, as this article indicates the Netherlands is one of the worst tax havens in the world and actually our newly formed government announced measures which more or less constitute further corporate tax cuts! Because who cares about the rest of the world? As long as we benefit from it, our current government has zero **** to give about basically stealing other countries' tax money. :o

I was just reading an interview with our prime minister who defended the new tax cut by arguing we need it to stay competitive in keeping multinationals in the Netherlands (despite the fact that we are already a tax haven compared to all neighbouring countries) for creating jobs and alluding to the lack of multinationals and job shortage of our southern neighbours, he literally said: "we don't want to become a second Belgium". Really, the guy has zero **** to give. He's been caught lying, ignored a referendum, extremely inconsistent with regard to ethical and social issues, giving away issues to whatever coalition party he needs to collaborate with. It seems that all he cares about is the economy and as long he gets in the money, apparently Dutch folks keep voting on him, because his on his third term already and the Dutch economy is doing great. :D
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