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Thread: Bush Signs $400 Bn Defence Bill

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3234960.stm

    Here are some quotes that disturb me:-


    funds to develop so-called "bunker-busting" nuclear weapons which would be used against underground bunkers or weapons of mass destruction
    So, they are prepared to use weapons of mass destruction to totally obliterate sites that may possibly contain other weapons of mass destruction, so that no-one will be able to prove or disprove whether they actually were there or not.

    This stinks!


    FIVE BIGGEST DEFENCE BUDGETS
    USA: $401bn
    Russia: $65bn (2001 figures)
    China: $47bn (2001 figures)
    Japan: $42.6bn
    UK: $38.4bn
    Source: US Centre for Defense Information
    More than twice the money of everyone else put together eh, just how dominant do they need to be?

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely; the sheer scale of the mismatch of resources seriously concerns me for the future.

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    I just don't see how bombing a nuclear bomb can result in any good.

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t

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    You guys have nothing to worry about.

    Based on historical precedent this is nothing but a little pre-election payoff to the Republican's cronies in the defence industry.
    No one really expects them to actually develope any viable weapons with this cash.
    Nooo.
    This is just to make sure that Bush gets re-elected.
    We'll see "feasability studies" of all sorts of bluesky horseshit, but fear not, nothing will ever make it to production.
    Our defense budget is a giant bluff, designed to preemptively scare off attackers.
    Much of it ends up in the purses of hookers and the coffers of Las Vegas casinos.

    Hell, if we actually used that kind of money on real weapons we'd just wipe your asses off the face off the Earth like Randy Newman suggested in Political Science.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    Much of it ends up in the purses of hookers and the coffers of Las Vegas casinos.

    Wonder if i can get a Job with these people?

    An It Harm None, Do What You Will

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    Originally posted by clocker@26 November 2003 - 02:56
    Our defense budget is a giant bluff, designed to preemptively scare off attackers.
    Much of it ends up in the purses of hookers and the coffers of Las Vegas casinos.
    Well at least it's getting pumped back into the national economy. But you'd think there would be a few other worthwhile things they could spend the money on.

    If it's all a waste of time, why don't they just make a law that says they can tell everyone whatever they like about how much gets spent on defence? Then they could inflate the figure, everyone would be scared of the US and they could spend the money on hospitals, schools, infasturucture, etc.

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    Originally posted by Alex H+26 November 2003 - 00:55--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Alex H @ 26 November 2003 - 00:55)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-clocker@26 November 2003 - 02:56
    Our defense budget is a giant bluff, designed to preemptively scare off attackers.
    Much of it ends up in the purses of hookers and the coffers of Las Vegas casinos.
    Well at least it&#39;s getting pumped back into the national economy. But you&#39;d think there would be a few other worthwhile things they could spend the money on.

    If it&#39;s all a waste of time, why don&#39;t they just make a law that says they can tell everyone whatever they like about how much gets spent on defence? Then they could inflate the figure, everyone would be scared of the US and they could spend the money on hospitals, schools, infasturucture, etc. [/b][/quote]
    That&#39;s not a bad idea, but Mr. Gates doesn&#39;t give money to other rich people, so they have to get it from the government.

    It&#39;s always been that way, ever since Lucky and the mob built Vegas.

    Why do you think all those arms industries are out in the desert?

    &#39;Cuz Vegas is just down the road.

    We&#39;ve got some serious cash to throw around, don&#39;t we?

    It&#39;s all that unbridled capitalism, don&#39;t you know.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    I still want to know what genius thought that hitting a nuclear bomb with a nuclear bomb would be good.

    Maybe it&#39;s the same guy who thought nuking hurricanes was a good idea.

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t

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    Just another good example of why you really have nothing to fear, Magic.

    Most of these "strategic thinkers" are, in fact, just guys who couldn&#39;t make a go of it as Wal-Mart greeters or Burger King managers.
    So they drifted into the defense industry where their ineptitude and lack of practicality make for amusing morning paper reading, but primarily keeps them out of the way of people with real jobs.
    For this luxury, we shower them with billions of dollars.

    Seems a fair bargain.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    I can come up with ideas like that too.

    How do I get a job like that? I want to be showered with billions of dollars.

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t

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    Originally posted by MagicNakor@27 November 2003 - 03:10
    I can come up with ideas like that too.

    How do I get a job like that? I want to be showered with billions of dollars.

    "Fellatio" is one of the first words that seems to spring to mind...


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