US military….

US military spending vs. the World:

us military spending


and a roundup Americana….

Most potential recruits for US military too fat, dumb, or drugged out

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

About 75% of Americans eligible as military recruits couldn’t serve if they wanted to: they’re too obese, intellectually challenged, diseased, or they’re stoners. [Wired Danger Room]


found at Light Reading: 1941

January 21, 1941. “Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Plaza, New York. Popular Room.” 5×7 safety negative by Samuel H. Gottscho. View full size.

25 hilarious defaced dollars

from by hahanu

What a waste of money? Click to see more of them.




Chomsky book banned from Guantanamo Bay

from Wikinews

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

U.S. military censors blocked a Pentagon lawyer’s donation of a book by U.S. dissident intellectual, Noam Chomsky, to an inmate at the U.S military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


America?s Most Stressful Cities

To find the country?s most stressful cities, we examined quality of life factors in the country?s 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or metros?geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics.

Working Boys: 1910

May 17, 1910. Alton, Illinois, “Noon hour. These boys are all working in the Illinois Glass Company. Smallest boy, Frank Dwyer, 1009½ E. Sixth Street, says he has been working here three months.

As Economy Impacts Halloween, Americans Get Creative
Source: National Retail Federation

One of the spookiest parts of Halloween this year may be the amount people plan to spend on their celebrations. According to the National Retail Federation?s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, consumers are expected to spend an average of $56.31 on Halloween, down from $66.54 last year. Total spending on the holiday is expected to reach $4.75 billion.


Bringing Social Science to the White House

Reflection Cafe by Reflection Cafe
Barbara J. Risman
University of Illinois at Chicago
Contexts Magazine, Summer 2009

One thing I know is that the American people deserve a government that draws upon the best social science available when developing social policy.

In countries all over the world, legislation and policy are more rational, effective, and efficient when informed by careful social scientific data and analysis.


Joe Biden: America’s reassurer-in-chief

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Anyone notice how you can describe almost any international trip by the vice president with the following madlib: “Vice President Joe Biden traveled to [U.S. ally] to reassure leaders that they had not been abandonded despite [larger foreign-policy priority.]”?

Why are scientists such bad spies?

from FP Passport by Bobby Pierce

It appears astrophysics isn’t a good prerequisite for espionage. Hot off the heels of this month’s arrest of an alleged al-Qaeda operative at the CERN lab, a U.S. scientist was brought down yesterday for trying to sell state secrets to Israel.


Fox News Viewed as Most Ideological Network
Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

The Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks. And while the public is evenly divided in its view of hosts of cable news programs having strong political opinions, more Fox News viewers see this as a good thing than as a bad thing.


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