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  •  I'm trying to understand why we have the money (9+ / 0-)

    to pay for this type of a program to build the tremendous infrastructure required to maintain it.

    No American no matter what their political affiliation wants to pay for that. But while the funding for this was being approved, we were told as a country that we were totally broke. Our credit rating was downgraded. They refused to raise our debt ceiling. Food stamps are cut. Unemployment shortened. We are told we can't afford Social Security and Medicare.

    But somehow, they managed to pinch enough pennies to build a giant fucking compount in Utah to store shit that is worthless.

    What. The. Fuck.

    "Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.” --Lord Vetinari

    by voracious on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:24:51 PM PDT

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    •  It's the biggest example of our government (4+ / 0-)
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      kurt, danps, GreenMother, rlochow

      being out of control.  We are cutting cancer meds to people whose lives could be saved, but there is plenty of money to pay $40 million per year electric bills for a vast data warehouse to store intensely personal data about all Americans all the time in absolute violation of the Fourth Amendment.

      We are cutting food stamps to children, but there are billions upon billions because the US government wants to break encryption schemes that allow the security of financial transactions.

      We don't have enough money to repair our bridges but we have enough to supply military vehicles to practically every little podunk town in the nation, so they too can have a "terrorist fighting militarized police department."

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 05:28:24 PM PDT

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    •  It's the other other giant vampire squid (0+ / 0-)

      The Security Squid. Not to be confused with landsharks.

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