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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave Macaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Us, Stingy?

It’s All Relative

by DAVE LINDORFF

Cost of one F-22 Raptor tactical fighter jet — $225 million

Cost of the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq–$228 million/day

Amount spent by Kerry and Bush campaigns — $400 million

U.S. aid to Yushenko camp in recent Ukrainian conflict — $30+ million

Estimated cost of Bush’s Second Inauguration and Ball — $ 40+ million

Amount of U.S. tax cuts under Bush — $1 trillion

Cost of the U.S. Iraq War in 2004 — $147 billion

U.S. reconstruction aid budgeted for Iraq (though never spent!) — $18 billion

Amount the U.S. initially in aid to Indian Ocean tsunami victims — $ 10 million

Amount U.S. offered in tsunami aid after being chastised by UN official — $35 million

DAVE LINDORFF is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can’t be Happening!" to be published this fall by Common Courage Press. Information about both books and other work by Lindorff can be found at www.thiscantbehappening.net.

He can be reached at: dlindorff@yahoo.com