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The Great Swindle

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    sysrpl

    This article is note worthy. Rolling Stone’s Matt Tiabbi narrates a related video, you can watch it to the left.

    How is the swindle done? How do you farq the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins — he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq.

    You start off as a well-connected bureaucrat: in this case, as an Air Force civil engineer, a post from which Robbins was responsible for overseeing 70,000 servicemen and contractors, with an annual budget of $8 billion. You serve with distinction for thirty-four years, becoming such a military all-star that the Air Force frequently sends you to the Hill to testify before Congress — until one day in the summer of 2003, when you retire to take a job as an executive for Parsons, a private construction company looking to do work in Iraq.

    Now you can finally move out of your dull government housing on Bolling Air Force Base and get your wife that dream home you’ve been promising her all these years. The place on Park Street in Dunn Loring, Virginia, looks pretty good — four bedrooms, fireplace, garage, 2,900 square feet, a nice starter home in a high-end neighborhood full of spooks, think-tankers and ex-apparatchiks moved on to the nest-egg phase of their faceless careers. On October 20th, 2003, you close the deal for $775,000 and start living that private-sector good life.

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    ZippyV

    What's new in Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2008? Has the IE team fixed some of the render issues or is it still the same as with Vista + security fixes?

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    Lloyd_Humph

    sysrpl wrote:
    
    ZippyV wrote:
    

    What's new in Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2008? Has the IE team fixed some of the render issues or is it still the same as with Vista + security fixes?


    Oh, I get it. You're numb/fatigued. Until there are dead soldiers/Iraqis lying in the streets of in your home town you'll continue to be apathetic.


    Cheers.


    I predict..

    I predict...

    An argument and a lock.

    Here we go again.

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    sysrpl

    ZippyV wrote:
    

    What's new in Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2008? Has the IE team fixed some of the render issues or is it still the same as with Vista + security fixes?


    Oh, I get it. You're numb/fatigued. Until there are dead soldiers/Iraqis lying in the streets of in your home town you'll continue to be apathetic. Enjoy your oligrarchy while it lasts.

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    Royal​Schrubber

    sysrpl wrote:
    
    ZippyV wrote:
    

    What's new in Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2008? Has the IE team fixed some of the render issues or is it still the same as with Vista + security fixes?


    Oh, I get it. You're numb/fatigued. Until there are dead soldiers/Iraqis lying in the streets of in your home town you'll continue to be apathetic.


    Cheers.


    Basically yes, war does not affect us, especially us that don't live in US. kthxbye.

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    W3bbo

    sysrpl wrote:
    
    ZippyV wrote:
    

    What's new in Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2008? Has the IE team fixed some of the render issues or is it still the same as with Vista + security fixes?


    Oh, I get it. You're numb/fatigued. Until there are dead soldiers/Iraqis lying in the streets of in your home town you'll continue to be apathetic. Enjoy your oligrarchy while it lasts.

    Well Zippy is a Belgian, and IIRC Belgium didn't participate in the War of TerrorTM, so he has a right to remain apathetical (even though he isn't, he's just against politically-charged threads on the forums).

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    Cybermagell​an

    How do you know that's the building?
    How do you know that's what those people said?
    Um, KBR Employees aren't supposed to be lead vehicles, the military's policy is armed vehicles.


    So what's the answer?

    Stop paying taxes?
    Stop joining the military?
    Stop voting the people that you did vote into office into office?

    Posting stuff like this to Channel9 doesn't do anything.

    Shawn
    (Deployed to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Korea, and more)

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