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Glenn Greenwald What collapsing empire looks like

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August 07, 2010 – Comments (3)

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As we enter our ninth year of the War in Afghanistan with an escalated force, and continue to occupy Iraq indefinitely, and feed an endlessly growing Surveillance State, reports are emerging of the Deficit Commission hard at work planning how to cut Social Security, Medicare, and now even to freeze military pay.  But a new New York Times article today illustrates as vividly as anything else what a collapsing empire looks like, as it profiles just a few of the budget cuts which cities around the country are being forced to make.  This is a sampling of what one finds:

 

"Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further -- it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation.

Many transit systems have cut service to make ends meet, but Clayton County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, decided to cut all the way, and shut down its entire public bus system. Its last buses ran on March 31, stranding 8,400 daily riders.

Even public safety has not been immune to the budget ax. In Colorado Springs, the downturn will be remembered, quite literally, as a dark age: the city switched off a third of its 24,512 streetlights to save money on electricity, while trimming its police force and auctioning off its police helicopters."

THe rest is here:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/08/06/collapse

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 07, 2010 at 12:42 PM, AvianFlu (35.40) wrote:

You are SO negative! Haven't you heard that it is recovery summer?

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#2) On August 07, 2010 at 12:51 PM, tomatoflu (< 20) wrote:

I hope nobody thinks i have anything to do with you AvianFlu.

I am my own TomatoFlu

Here in Australian you need an RFID card and surveilance just to have counselling.

Australia is rapidly becoming the surveilance capital of the world.

Being a "bit" negative is not as bad as being pathologically "positive".

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#3) On August 08, 2010 at 11:52 AM, AvianFlu (35.40) wrote:

Tomato:

Yikey crikey! Should I sell my Australian ETF?

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