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photoblog image My Peachtree Street: The Dialog of the Deaf...

My Peachtree Street: The Dialog of the Deaf...

Or There Is A Better Way To Spend $1.98

As if they conversed on two different languages. Two levels of thinking. Like two parallel lines, which will never find a common crossing point (Einstein's theory of relativity cannot be applied to these two, I assume).

Judging by the numbers, the conversation took place a while ago. Here's a quote from the page "Military Budget of United States" on Wikipedia:

"For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of Defense rose to $533.8 billion. Adding spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.8 billion.

When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense's budget was $680 billion, $16 billion more than President Obama had requested. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expected an additional supplemental spending bill, possibly in the range of $40–50 billion…in order to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense-related expenditures outside of the Department of Defense constitute between $216 billion and $361 billion in additional spending, bringing the total for defense spending to between $880 billion and $1.03 trillion in fiscal year 2010".

In comparison, the US budget for basic science for 2011 is $7.4 billion, a mere 0.007%  of the Department of Defense budget.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2011/assets/science.pdf

If our science was financed as well as our military, we might already live in the world where cars run on water and cancer is a thing of past like smallpox. :-) 

My Peachtree Street: The Dialog of the Deaf...

Or There Is A Better Way To Spend $1.98

As if they conversed on two different languages. Two levels of thinking. Like two parallel lines, which will never find a common crossing point (Einstein's theory of relativity cannot be applied to these two, I assume).

Judging by the numbers, the conversation took place a while ago. Here's a quote from the page "Military Budget of United States" on Wikipedia:

"For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of Defense rose to $533.8 billion. Adding spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.8 billion.

When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense's budget was $680 billion, $16 billion more than President Obama had requested. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expected an additional supplemental spending bill, possibly in the range of $40–50 billion…in order to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense-related expenditures outside of the Department of Defense constitute between $216 billion and $361 billion in additional spending, bringing the total for defense spending to between $880 billion and $1.03 trillion in fiscal year 2010".

In comparison, the US budget for basic science for 2011 is $7.4 billion, a mere 0.007%  of the Department of Defense budget.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2011/assets/science.pdf

If our science was financed as well as our military, we might already live in the world where cars run on water and cancer is a thing of past like smallpox. :-) 

comments (14)

  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 11 Jun 2010, 00:49
Astronomical numbers, Viktor.
The written words on your photo are grim, but even more so is its impression of poverty, neglect, and darkness...not a far cry from how it reflects in everyday life.
vz-nostalgia: You bet, Ms. Suzanne. I don't think poverty would stand a chance be such money available for the welfare of people, not for the destruction of their lives in order to make a few rich.
A picture with a strong message and an equally powerful caption. And for all that money, we still cannot remake the world to our liking, nor defeat our enemies.
vz-nostalgia: wonder if the path we chose was the wrong one, Larry, and we went too far to turn back.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Jun 2010, 04:01
Analog blog
A colourful commotion...


[Some years back I flew about once per week from Melbourne to Sydney for business meetings...on the taxi route from the Airport to the Business district we passed a brick wall on which someone had sprayed the message "Goodbye John Lennon"...it became my favourite part of the trip to see this message...after a couple of years, another artist added "So long Ayrton Senna"...wonderful!!!]
vz-nostalgia: Geez... Ray. I had to wiki Ayrton Senna, as I'm not into racing at all. The only name I heard from teh racing world is Michael Schumacher. smile

Are you sure it was Ayrton Senna's name on teh wall? The timing is a bit off. John Lennon was killed in 1980. Senna died in a Formula 1 crash in 1994. smile
We are facing austerity measures and people are being "asked" where they want the cuts to fall. No doubt we will still spend billions pretending we are a world power. It all makes me very sad
vz-nostalgia: While we pretend, the next world powers are emerging, Bill. Then, the history will turn one more circle, this time with different players. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jun 2010, 06:47
I humbly submit that you may have missed the conversion point. The Yup in blue is a confirmation that Blue Paint read the comment. Then answered that a little bit of antagonism can be had for $1.98.
There is a conversation going on here.
vz-nostalgia: smile I knew someone will notice teh "yup". smile It's a different blue, though, Louis, not the $1.98 one. I don't believe that a mere nod of agreement of a yes-man could be considered as a dialog. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jun 2010, 08:32
Two world on one wall Vik
vz-nostalgia: Well, the wall itself could qualify for the third world, Chris. smile It does look like one, doesn't it? smile
Very strong message here! I like the dark atmosphere
vz-nostalgia: With that amount of money down the drain it can't be any darker, Ms. F&F.
  • kiem
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2010, 15:13
where was this photographed ?
vz-nostalgia: At an old apartment complex off Peachtree Street between 14th St. and 10th St., Kiem.
The war is a much better business than science at the moment. We could have lived very well without any of them. Unfortunately we let the worst human nature to lead our nature.
vz-nostalgia: :
Delia: The war is a much better business than science at the moment.
VZ: It was a better business at any moment in human history, Ms. Delia. smile
What is teh worst human nature and how is it different from "our" nature? I thought it all our nature. smile
This photo has a great symbolic force and is a further demonstration of the complexity of the human. The figures announced are terrible , it's so incredible, so huge, I can't imagine. Well seen.A+ VAL smile
vz-nostalgia: Just something to think about at your spare time, Ms. Valerie. smile
I doubt that a normal human mind comprehends any number with more than six zeros. smile and even that is too much for some. smile
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 13 Jun 2010, 12:12
Makes me sad, frustrated and mad...too many negative emotions anyway...


I'm over it...over the whole mess..

It's time to start helping..so many lives lost..

pff..never mind..I'm getting too worked up now..
vz-nostalgia: You have all the rights to be mad, frustrated and sad, Ms. N. I feel kind of the same. smile The way this world works is often upside down.
How can you be over the whole mess, if the mess itself is not over? smile
ha brilliant stuff Victor just don't get me going on anything to do with politics,the new world order,bilderberg group,imf,the trilateral commission,iraq/afgan maybe iraq soon,greenhouse gasses and climate change lolsmile

nice shot btwsmile
vz-nostalgia: I won't get you going, Tim. I promise. Because I know your position on this, we discussed it in detail before. smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2010, 04:48
So True! I like the way you think.
Important sentiments, made all the more poignant by the banal dismissal from $1.98-person (is this an unintended commentary on the loss of that budget to education?). And excellently captured and contextualised - thanks!
vz-nostalgia: smile
Harry: is this an unintended commentary on the loss of that budget to education?
VZ: I think you hit the bull's eye here, Harry. smile
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