What started on DeviantART 2 years ago has turned into a monolith of data. I hope you can put it to good use.
This is the federal discretionary budget. Your federal income taxes at work. You paid for part of everything in this graph whether you like it or not.
Tips on reading this graph
The file is 2 megs so it might be slow loading. Another viewer is here [link]
Read the center circle first.
The graph is split into military funding on the right side and non-military funding on the left side, unless otherwise noted
The departments on the left side are in loose clockwise alphabetical order, e.g. Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy...etc.
Don't forget about the national debt! Its the circle so big it doesn't even fit in the box.
It all started three years ago on deviantART. [link]
A project to bring the federal budget to the people that pay for it.
Gaining momentum on deviantART [link] and then blossoming worldwide, Death and Taxes: 2008 is culmination of months of work and years of refinement.
It is the 2008 Federal discretionary budget of the United States. is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2008. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.
The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.
So now you know what you've paid for, the next question to ask, is why?
Spread the word! This is a poster of your near future!
*i know this satire has been done before but i just had to do my own so spare me those comments*
as you might know all the images come directly from [link] ...the Dept of Homeland Security's website on how to survive a terrorist attack... its really quite laugable.... i hope this is equally as laughable too
This piece got lost in a shuffle a while ago - the scandal is old, but the revelations are still important...
This piece involves a comment from George W. Bush Jr. made during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, September 24, 2006.
Here is the full quote:
Bush Jr.: Yes, you see — you see it on TV, and that’s the power of an enemy that is willing to kill innocent people. But there’s also an unbelievable will and resiliency by the Iraqi people…. Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago. I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point is, there’s a strong will for democracy...
Trying to dismissing the four years of death and destruction as 'just a comma' seems almost unbelievable. A few pundits later claimed that Bush was making a nod to his right-wing religious base by working from Gracie Allen's famous quip, "never place a period where God has placed a comma." -- but honestly, do you think 'Mr. is-our-children-learning' can be so eloquent, even to his own followers?
Bush doesn't speak in code - he only speaks of his indifference to the disaster that he created by being indifferent to the possible consequences of his actions in the first place.
Call your congressman/woman. Call your Senator. Demand an end to the war. Demand justice: impeach Bush.
I have a crazy fetish for the number 3 evidently. At any rate, this is probably the most personal of the three, being as it hits rather close to home.
Please remember that beyond all the political beliefs I personally hold, this series is meant to make you think for yourself and then voice your opinion to make things change. Especially among the younger generation voter turnout is at a crazy low percentage of the population. So many people hate the way things are going right now, but if we all vote then things will change.
Everyone is so happy and giving. Love is in the air...
Please don't mind me spoiling the Christmas spirit, but I really believe this is the perfect time of the year to think about others more than ourselves.
My latest art pack, AlternHATE, has been created with this specific idea on mind. Please take the time to see the works in full view and THINK before you decide to comment. All of the pieces showcased on this pack require a good amount of reviewing time so please do not say anything if you're not able to understand it.
Note: Works from this pack will be released randomly through the month of December and probably January. Although not registered, they're all protected by international copyright laws.
#007 - Central Processing Unit
"You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea"
- Medgar Evers