The United States rankes 88th out of 158 nations on the Global Peace Index

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According to a new study by the Institute for Economic and Peace – the world is getting more peaceful – but the United States is still a pretty violent place to live. The just released 2010 Global Peace Index ranks the nations of the world based on how peaceful they are taking – taking into consideration prison populations, political instability, wars, and military expenditures. Iceland ranked first on the Global Peace Index – while the United States ranked 88th out of 158 nations.

It’s no surprise considering the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and is currently waging a limitless war on so-called terror in several nations across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. These conflicts – including U.S. military misadventures and other wars – are costing the global economy a lot of money. The report argues that if the world was in peace in 2011 – then there would have been $9 trillion more in global economic activity.

More than a half century ago – Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation about the growing influence of the military industrial complex. Tragically, his warnings were ignored.

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How many of the 158 nations in the "Global Peace Index" do we, the United States, provide the national defense for? Close the offshore bases, protect our borders, and we probably will move up a notch or two if that really matters.

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Yeah you ever notice that even the liberals in border states don't think open borders are a good idea. It's because they get to see what mobatters live on the other side of the southern border. That's why in Texas we have started deploying gun boats on the rip grande to stop the flow of violence over our border.

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If you are among the Americans who still believe the United States government really goes to war to "protect our way of life," then you need a wake-up call. Please read "The real cost of Amerikkka's sordid wars" in www.WRISEUP.COM.

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You also know what no one ever talks about? How we put sadism and the Taliban in sothe way I see it was our moral obligation to take them out.

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Should public radio program in the public interest?

NPR is supposed to be our national public radio, but they're barely covering climate issues that are in the public's interest.

Only one month ago, a national New York Times/CBS News poll found that half of all Americans think that global warming is already having a serious impact. Sixty percent of those surveyed even said that protecting our environment should be a priority “even at the risk of curbing economic growth.”

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