An assessment of the Battle of Smallville by Dr. Edward Johnson of the University of Metropolis has shown that fully 87% of the damage to Smallville was caused by friendly fire, with billions of dollars of aircraft, satellites, and other hardware lost during the ensuing conflict Heroes, Villains, Bunglers and Profiteers: Superman's Damages by Kinetic Analysis Corporation (Ft. Perry White)

The military attempted to fight General Zod on civilian grounds, rather than drawing the enemy away from population centers. This is basic strategy, and a considerable failure to follow procedure. As a result, they destroyed personal and public property for little reason. This ignores the fact that they refused to believe Superman and engaged the practically invincible force.

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With billions more in cleanup, economic impact, and other costs the total will easily be in the trillions of dollars. Heroes, Villains, Bunglers and Profiteers: Superman's Damages by Kinetic Analysis Corporation (Ft. Perry White)

KAC estimates a clean-up cost of approximately $2 trillion, roughly one half of the entire U.S. budget. To compare, the estimated clean-up cost for Hurricane Katrina was $150 billion. Most likely, Metropolis will never recover.

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As we look back on the attack by the forces of General Zod last weekend, the human cost of the invasion is becoming apparent Heroes, Villains, Bunglers and Profiteers: Superman's Damages by Kinetic Analysis Corporation (Ft. Perry White)

Zod, seeking to transform Earth into a new Krypton, unleashed a terraforming machine on Metropolis. The death beam created a path of destruction on the scale of a nuclear weapon, utterly demolishing Metropolis and the surrounding area. Zod later attacked Superman through the streets, destroying and killing more.

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Days like these lead to
Nights like this leads to
Love like ours
Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

The perfect day and perfect night add up to one thing: a perfect love. If you can manage to enjoy spending a full day with someone, and do this for years, congratulations! You’re in love. Blunt is entirely engaged, caught up in the girl and her allure and losing himself in a new love.

But realistically, it is all a game played between Blunt and the girl. Everything is temporary, and the fire burns out, leading to another person and another night.

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All the trees, all the birds
And this thing called life
I’d stake it all
For forty acres and a trophy wife
Tree Village by Dance Gavin Dance

After the end of the Civil War, former slaves were often promised “40 acres and a mule” as part of reparations for damages. It was believed that each former slave should have a start at a good, normal life with farmable land.

Playing on the idea, the singer debates trading their “life,” filled with good things from nature and the horrors of loneliness and depression, for the token “perfection” of 40 acres and an easy wife. While it seems nice, it lacks in satisfaction and depth.

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February, been so lonely Tree Village by Dance Gavin Dance

February is widely (anecdotally) held to be the most depressing month, shortly after “Blue Monday,” a day in late January that also claims to be the “most depressing date.” Whether aiming for this or the general idea of a “lonely” fall, the singer simply feels lost and alone.

They have nothing on “Mr. Lonely.”

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Beautiful girls with no ambition
Piling hair at the fucking salon
I'm Down with Brown Town by Dance Gavin Dance

A perfect metaphor for the cycle of an unambitious life! The “beautiful girls,” always at the salon getting haircuts, watch their hair pile up in the same way week after week. Nothing changes, and the piles remain the same. This continues for life.

Ambition, however, breaks the cycle: you begin to change and grow.

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We also find reprehensible your administration’s Espionage Act prosecution of Edward for disclosures indistinguishable from those which routinely find their way into the public domain via your high level appointees for partisan political advantage. Classified details of your predator drone protocols, for instance, were shared with the New York Times with impunity to bolster your national security credentials Letter to President Barack Obama, 07/26/2013 by Bruce Fein (Ft. Lon Snowden & President Barack Obama)

The drone program scandal was used advantageously by the White House to show solidarity and security. It also gave them a conduit through which to launch “White House supported” leaks, which could be published and promoted freely. It has been speculated that such “official” leaks are a policy of the administration, meant to allow the apparent flow of information without compromising secrets, a pseudo-leak. Unlike Snowden’s leaks, these can be controlled and are not prosecuted.

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Civil disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act and Jim Crow laws provoked the end of slavery and the modern civil rights revolution Letter to President Barack Obama, 07/26/2013 by Bruce Fein (Ft. Lon Snowden & President Barack Obama)

Abolitionism, the movement to “abolish” slavery, gained heavy popularity during the Civil War period. A key feature of abolitionism was the “civil disobedience” toward pro-slavery laws, either in intentionally challenging racist “Jim Crow” laws or in preventing slave trade/aiding escaped slaves. The efforts of these movement, however impossible to know the numbers of, indeed helped to dismiss the laws.

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As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Letter to President Barack Obama, 07/26/2013 by Bruce Fein (Ft. Lon Snowden & President Barack Obama)

This quotation, however apt, cannot be proven to be Burke’s. Though it does not appear in anything ever written by him, it is possible that he simply said it. Still, the message remains true (and apparent in his writings): if “men” combine to push a change, and nobody opposes, those men will succeed. This is true from baseball to politics.

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