From 1962 to 1971 the US Army sprayed "Agent Orange" on about 25 million acres of Vietnamese farmland to deny the enemy food and cover. The herbicides were sloppily made by Monsanto and heavily contaminated with one of the worst toxins ever produce by mankind. It is estimated that the toxin created birthdefects in about 500,000 children. Even to this day the veterans hospitals spend about $1,570,000,000 a year on veterans that were freely exposed to the toxin, most of them suffering from cancer and Parkinson's desease.
In 2010, a Pew Forum survey offered a quiz of basic religious knowledge to US respondents of various worldviews. Mainline Protestants and Catholics both averaged around 16 correct out of 32 — about half right. Mormons averaged 20.3, while Jewish respondents averaged 20.5. The top group, the most religiously literate of all was atheists and agnostics at 20.9, about two-thirds correct.
In 2011, listeriosis from tainted cantaloupe killed 33 people in the United States. Foodborne pathogens also affected 48.7 million people, hospitalized 127,839 and killed 3,037. This was a typical year. Last year the US government spent $75 billion to prevent terrorism while the FDA struggled to get $1.1 billion for its food inspection program.
The total number of American war casualties from the battle of Lexington to the recent war in Afghanistan is 1,171,177. By contrast, the number killed by firearms, including suicides, since 1968, according to the CDC and the FBI, is 1,384,171.
There have been fewer than 20 terror-related deaths on American soil since 9/11 and about 364,000 deaths caused by privately owned firearms.
This is happening all over the 'civilised' world. Rich dicks getting richer and wielding all the power. Strange what money does to you. The more you have, the more you want to ensure that nobody else has any.
In the UK last year, we found that 2/3 of our respected and learned (me being sarcastic) cabinet was made up of millionaires. The rest aren't far behind (or not enough info can't be found on them). They're selling off all the national treasures to foreign or multinational companies at ridiculously low prices. These companies then charge subjects what the hell they want and our glorious PM squeaks at them and says, 'Ahem, that's a bit steep'. They just laugh and have a nice cosy chat about their next joint venture. I wonder how many directorships they'll recieve in a few years?
Three out of the four countries of the UK didn't even vote for the idiot and his cronies. They're now dismantling our National Health System - a long-term aspiration of theirs. "How dare the poor have access to medical care! We are the masters, it is our right, and our right alone to have access to doctors!" The economic downturn has given them the excuse they need to turn the screw and get rid of everything that serves everybody equally.
I heard someone talking on the radio the other day about a study linking socipathic behaviour with wealth. The point was that greater wealth = less empathy. He made it sound like the wealth was the corrupting influence. I believe the causation is backwards. I believe that people with more sociopathic tendencies are more likely to accumulate wealth because they are willing to do whatever it takes, regardless of who is affected and how.
Earlier this month hackers stole almost 3 million encrypted credit card records from Adobe. Over the last weekend, someone posted a 3.86GB archive file containing 150 million Adobe usernames plus a 2.56GB archive supposedly containing source code for Adobe Acrobat, Reader, ColdFusion and Photoshop.