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Category “Pisses Me Off”

Economic Hitman

I really enjoyed reading John Perkins’ book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, a few years back. This video covers a few of the salient facts he wrote about.

Reality Check from Louis C.K.

Comedian Louis C.K. brings a refreshing perspective to the trials and tribulations of our day. He sums it up as, “Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy.” Good stuff. This aired on Late Night with Connan O’Brien, 10/1/08. Tip ‘o de hat to the Independent Thinking blog for the pointer.

Gulf War Syndrome Is Real

Veterans of the first Gulf War have suffered a variety of diseases and complaints since returning in 1991. As many as one-fourth of the 700,000 men and women, between 175,000 and 210,000, who served have had some maladie associated with their time in service to our country in the Kuwait/Iraq theater.

After 17 years of dicking around, an official report from The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses has finally concluded that it’s real.

Many Gulf War veterans suffering these symptoms say they were met with skepticism when seeking treatment.

“Today’s report brings to a close one of the darkest chapters of the 1991 Gulf War, and that is the legacy of Gulf War illness. For those who ever doubted that Gulf War veterans are ill, this report is definitive and exhaustive,” said Anthony Hardie, a Gulf War veteran from Madison, Wisconsin….

The U.S. government has spent roughly $440 million on Gulf War health research since 1994, but spending has declined in recent years and often is not focused on improving veterans’ health, the committee said.