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David Erin Anthony

Let the arguments.....I really felt Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and Chris Paine's "Who Killed The Electric Car" have to be given consideration. They did more than present a documentary. These movies generated debate on thier respective issues and are making a change in the attitude of the American public towards the environment.

MountainGoat

I haven't seen LMS yet, although it's on my list.

This week's movie for me was a 2005 film called Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. A film based on the life of anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl, it details her membership in the Nazi resistance and her subsequent arrest and "trial." I found it compelling and chilling, especially some of the comparisons I drew to current events.

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I glad someone brought up Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. This is the best film I have seen in ten years. And you hit it spot on mountaingoat... it does relate well to current events.

Bubblehead

Julie --
Do you have a reference for the $750B annual defense budget number?

Julie Fanselow

That was cited by a source (sorry, I can't remember who) in the film ... that we have a defense budgget of three-quarters of a trillion dollars. He noted that when there's that much money awash, and when defense contractor profits rose 25% in a year, we will find causes for war.

I just looked at Wikipedia and saw that the official 2007 DOD budget is $466 billion. I'm thinking the filmmakers probably are including (as we all should) the supplementals and other off-budget expenditures to cite the significantly higher amount.

What do you think?

Also, did you see the movie? If so, what was your reaction as a retired military man?

Bubblehead

Julie -- I haven't seen it, but will when it comes on HBO, and will let you know.

To answer your question, here's how they come up with the 3/4 trillion dollars ( http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1253 ); they add in the budgets for the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and VA, plus part of the DOE budget. Not very honest if the film portrayed it as all DoD money -- or do the filmmakers not like the Coast Guard?

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