Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A New Perspective on the Cost of WAR

A New Perspective on Cost of War .. Click link to view source of information.
United States, Britain and the UN-Member nations all went into Afghanistan and Iraq to help save the world. This is how much it cost them to "Ensure safety for the World".
One Hundred Dollars
$100 - Most counterfeited money denomination in the world.
Keeps the world moving.
Ten Thousand Dollars
$10,000 - Enough for a great vacation or to buy a used car.
Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.

One Million Dollars
$1,000,000 - Not as big of a pile as you thought, huh?
Still this is 92 years of work for the average human on earth.
€1 Million Euro
One Hundred Million Dollars
$100,000,000 - Plenty to go around for everyone.
Fits nicely on an ISO / Military standard sized pallet.
€100 Million Euro

$100 Million Dollars = 1 year of work for 3500 average Americans
It takes 3500 Americans 1 year of work to make $100 Million dollars. The 155 million Americans who worked with earnings in 2005 on average made $28,567 / year.

In front of the 3500 people is the $100 Million pallet that they all have to work for 1 year to earn.
Look carefully to see a stack of $1 Million and the 35 average Americans required to earn that $1 Million in 1 year. - $100,000,000 - One Hundred Million Dollars

Dead American Soldier
Dead British Soldier
Dead Coalition
2 Billion Dollars & Caskets
A military truck with $2 Billion dollars and fallen soldiers of countries that participated in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars since 2001.

Iraq Deaths

139 Deaths
Afghanistan Deaths

594 Deaths
UN Countries' Deaths
Deaths of soldiers from countries that are members of the United Nations and participated in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars.

This includes soldiers from Australia (2 deaths), Azerbaijan (1), Bulgaria (13), Czech Republic (1), Denmark (7), El Salvador (5), Estonia (2), Fiji (1), Georgia (5), Hungary (1), Italy (33), Kazakhstan (1), Latvia (3), Netherlands (2), Poland (23), Romania (3), Slovakia (4), South Korea (1), Spain (11), Thailand (2), Ukraine (18), Canada (158).
The monetary cost has not been calculated. $2 billion truck is for comparison.

"If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (WWII General & President of USA)

British Deaths & War Costs
Deaths of soldiers from the United Kingdom & money spent on war.

"If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another." - Winston Churchill

As of June, 2010 UK estimates £18 Billion ($31.5B USD) has been spent on wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. The trucks show the money UK spent on wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Source: The Telegraph
Afghanistan Deaths

397 Deaths
Iraq Deaths -179 Deaths

USA's Deaths & War Costs
Not sure what was meant when Obama said: "Mission Accomplished". This is not it.

With more then 5x the size of military power of all world's countries combined,
USA has no problem showing its military power.

The trucks show the Iraq & Afghanistan war budget in fiscal year 2012.
The total bill of Iraq war is estimated around $4 Trillion USD ($4 million millions dollars).

US Government has authorized 1.38 Trillion USD through 2012 for War Budget for Iraq & Afghanistan.

The real cost of war is much higher, with ~2.6 Trillion estimated additional expenses, including health care for wounded, etc. That is illustrated by the 2x $1.3 Trillion dollars towers.
There are a also 14342 wounded soldiers, but the wheel-chairs are not shown.
Note the full-size American Football field on the right & the small truck on the right by cash tower.
Deaths 4484 Soldiers
2012 Cost $10.1 Billion USD
Total Cost $807.4 Billion USD
Deaths 1893 Soldiers
2012 Cost $111.1 Billion USD
Total Cost $570.9 Billion USD

Post War Cost
2x $1.3 Trillion USD towers.
This is post-war costs
estimated by economists.

Iraq War Cost   Afghanistan War Cost
"The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (WWII General & President of USA)

Note: The real cost of war is much higher than shown above, as this is only US, UK & UN nation expenses, and does not reflect the total death toll released by WikiLeaks at 109,032 deaths in Iraq alone (most Iraqi, Afghan civilian, insurgent or Iraqi military), the cost of destruction, emotional toll, wounded people, etc...

Sources: (1), (2), Huffington Post,

Monday, October 22, 2012

How to Follow a Facebook List

If someone you know creates a public list, you can follow that list of Facebook pages and people who share information. It will show up as a news feed of all of the list members who are included on the list. Once you click "follow list" you can find it easily on the left hand side of your home screen on Facebook. Scroll down to find the Tab that says, "Interests."  All of the lists that you are following will show up there. Simply click the name of the list that you would like to see.

Follow the Elk Valley List here:

A couple of lists that you may find interesting are:
How to Social Media
Beyond the Secret
Elk Valley BC
11:11 Awakening Community
Peace In OUR Lifetime
Daily Inspiration 

You can also add public lists to your Interest list by searching topics here:
If you have any Social Media related questions, feel free to ask them here:
I will get back to you!

I hope this helps make your Social Media experience a little more fun!

No matter where on earth she is, Marcia is not very far away and is always happy to help, so feel free to connect with her online.
Here are just some of her links.
Apex Power & Automation Ltd.
Peace in OUR Lifetime
Twitter: @Marciajk
Facebook: Marcia Johnson
Radio Show:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Social Media for Business

Social Media for Business
Just encase you were not able to make it out to the Small Business Week, we wanted to share some information from the Social Media presentation by the Valley’s own Marcia Johnson. Marcia is co-Owner of Apex Power & Automation and co-Founder of Peace in OUR Lifetime. She is a social media maven who has built over 30 pages and groups online and has global conversations on her radio show with Bullion Bankers, Authors, and Leaders in Social change.  She shared with us how she was able to share Global concerts for peace on over 2000 websites including the United Nations website every year on Peace day.  She also gave us great information to help all of offer value to our customers and staff through a social media marketing plan.

  • ·       Build a business page. If you do not currently have a Facebook page for your business she suggests building one, it is a great and free way to share, inspire and communicate with current and potential customers and clients. Don’t be intimidated because it is very simple and step by step process. It is like taking baby steps, you just have to take the first one here:

  • ·       Create a URL for your business page. If you're an admin of your Facebook Page, you'll be able to choose a username for it at:  You can choose a username for each eligible Page you manage.

  • ·       Facebook Buttons: Integrate Facebook connect buttons into your company website. Website visitors can easily connect to Facebook with the click of a button.

  • ·       Add Value: Share information about products & services, but don’t spam. Insert an interesting data point into a visual. Find Cartoons about your industry. Take behind the scenes pictures of staff, customers and office happenings. Share videos, like case studies, interviews and quick tips & how-to content. Answer Questions (either posted or FYI)

  • ·       Posting Tip: When posting information on Facebook & Twitter, add a statement describing the link that you post so that when it shows up on the Newsfeed, it will encourage more people to take action and click the link! On Twitter it simply shows up as a URL, so why would anyone click on it?

Once you have your Page set up and you start adding content and information invite people to “Like” your page. You are invited to share it on the Elk Valley BC page as long as you add a descriptive comment letting people know what your business is about, what you do, who you are and why you are inviting people to check out your page. Just adding a link is the online equivalent of walking up to a total stranger and trying to French kiss them. If you would not do that in real life, don’t do it online by just posting a URL to your website on everyone’s page; that is Spam and just as unwanted!
ou can find out more great information about Social Media on another one of Marcia’s pages: If you have any questions about how to start or what to do, post your question there, she will get back to you!

No matter where on earth she is, Marcia is not very far away and is always happy to help, so feel free to connect with her online. Here are just some of her links.
Apex Power & Automation Ltd.
Peace in OUR Lifetime
Twitter: @Marciajk
Facebook: Marcia Johnson

This video has some GREAT tips that will provide YOU some do-able things that will make a huge difference to your social media traffic!