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oldgoat
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posted 12 November 2007 06:04 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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If the Bush administration succeeds in its latest request for funding for the war in Iraq, the total cost would rise to $611.5 billion, according to the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit research group.

The amount got us wondering: What would $611 billion buy?


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jester
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posted 12 November 2007 06:29 AM      Profile for jester        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And the lights still don't work in Baghdad.
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oldgoat
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posted 12 November 2007 06:32 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
They shine brightly at both Halliburton and Blackwater.
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Will Hiscock
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posted 12 November 2007 07:27 AM      Profile for Will Hiscock     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
could you buy a real democracy? That would be a good investment I think
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500_Apples
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posted 12 November 2007 07:32 AM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You could colonize mars for that kind of money.
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jack.windsor
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posted 12 November 2007 07:47 AM      Profile for jack.windsor   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
well I hope that at lest part of it will go to a noble cause.
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jester
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posted 12 November 2007 12:26 PM      Profile for jester        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by oldgoat:
They shine brightly at both Halliburton and Blackwater.

Plotting the restoration of democracy in Iran mission,no doubt.


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West Coast Greeny
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posted 12 November 2007 12:33 PM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Buy a controlling intrest in Newscorp, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Sean Jean and Exxon.

Geez, I think I still have a half trillion dollars kicking around.

[ 12 November 2007: Message edited by: West Coast Greeny ]


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Polly Brandybuck
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posted 12 November 2007 05:32 PM      Profile for Polly Brandybuck     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
A real war on poverty
According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth.

At the upper range of those estimates, the $611 billion cost of the war could have fed and educated the world's poor for seven years.
(AP Photo)



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contrarianna
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posted 13 November 2007 10:34 AM      Profile for contrarianna     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This just in:
"Costs of Iraq, Afghan wars total $1.6 Trillion

By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer 1 hour, 37 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total $1.6 trillion roughly double the amount the White House has requested thus far, according to a new report by Democrats on Congress' Joint Economic Committee.

The report, released Tuesday, attempted to put a price tag on the two conflicts, including "hidden" costs such as interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars, lost investment, the expense of long-term health care for injured veterans and the cost of oil market disruptions.

The $1.6 trillion figure, for the period from 2002 to 2008, translates into a cost of $20,900 for a family of four, the report said. The Bush administration has requested $804 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, the report stated...."

This does not include the cost to the fabric of society of having large numbers of emotionally maimed, and desensitized trained killers returned home.

I wonder if anyone has done a similar accounting for Canada's foreign venture.Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan...


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jester
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posted 13 November 2007 12:52 PM      Profile for jester        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
What would $611 billion buy?

Half of PetroChina


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Sandy47
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posted 14 November 2007 07:00 AM      Profile for Sandy47     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
$611 billion? Easy. If I could get financing for the rest, I'd use it as a down payment to buy the Leafs.
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West Coast Greeny
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posted 16 November 2007 11:26 AM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What could you do with one trillion dollars? ($1,000,000,000,000)

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Democrats in the U.S. Congress released a report on Nov. 13 estimating the real cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at $1.6 trillion US through 2008.

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West Coast Greeny
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posted 16 November 2007 11:27 AM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by jester:

Half of PetroChina


PetroChina may COST that much, but it sure as hell ain't WORTH that much.


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The Wizard of Socialism
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posted 16 November 2007 11:42 AM      Profile for The Wizard of Socialism   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
$611,500,000,000.00 just might be enough money to get a single so-called green elected to parliament in our lifetime. Scary..
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West Coast Greeny
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posted 16 November 2007 02:35 PM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Wizard of Socialism:
$611,500,000,000.00 just might be enough money to get a single so-called green elected to parliament in our lifetime. Scary..

For this retaliatory insult, I would like to thank my Australian friend, who shall remain unnamed, for showing me the "bloody offensive Aussie insult" application, from which I have borrowed this insult from.

Ahem.

Wizard of Socialism, you are a a chundering boofhead with a face like a half-sucked mango.


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Noops
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posted 16 November 2007 02:56 PM      Profile for Noops     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by 500_Apples:
You could colonize mars for that kind of money.

...with a guaranteed democracy.


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kropotkin1951
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posted 16 November 2007 03:04 PM      Profile for kropotkin1951   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by West Coast Greeny:

For this retaliatory insult, I would like to thank my Australian friend, who shall remain unnamed, for showing me the "bloody offensive Aussie insult" application, from which I have borrowed this insult from.

Ahem.

Wizard of Socialism, you are a a chundering boofhead with a face like a half-sucked mango.



Oh give him a break he obviously suffers from a limp wand.

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500_Apples
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posted 16 November 2007 05:38 PM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Noops:

...with a guaranteed democracy.


Not according to Kim Stanley Robinson.


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