A ‘blood moon‘ and its environs: Sometimes, when the moon dips into Earth’s shadow during an eclipse, the natural satellite takes on a coppery-red color, leading some people to dub it a “blood moon.” The eclipse should reach totality just before sunrise at about 6:25 a.m. EDT (1025 GMT) on the east coast of the United States.
(Illustration found here).
Beyond the lunar, a ‘blood moon‘ also indicates to olden brains, a time of bad shit, and/or war. In this current perpetual war zone, the conflict against ISIS has been a blood-money trough for American weapons makers and all their perimeter industries.
Expensive every day:
That includes $62 million in Navy airstrikes and Tomahawk cruise missiles that have been fired against ISIS militants, according to U.S. Central Command statistics released Monday.
The Central Command figures broke down the costs of the Navy strikes but did not provide a cost estimate for the Air Force’s strikes.
The Pentagon has previously said it is spending between $7 million and $10 million per day on the campaign.
The AP came up with the $1.1 billion calculation based on that estimate.
So far, U.S. forces have carried out more than 266 airstrikes in Iraq. In Syria, there have been more than 103 airstrikes.
The Pentagon has declined to give an exact figure for the cost of operations against ISIS, but said the cost is an average of $7 million to $10 million per day, since June.
And the assholes who reap all this destruction are the people who construct those weapons — American business loves war, no matter where/what/how.
Via the LA Times:
Three days after U.S. warships fired 47 cruise missiles at Sunni militant targets in northern Syria last week, the Pentagon signed a $251-million deal to buy more Tomahawks from Raytheon Co., a windfall for the military giant and its many subcontractors.
As U.S. combat operations ended in Iraq and Afghanistan, the defense industry braced for protracted budget cuts at the Pentagon.
Major contractors have laid off workers, merged with one another and slowed production lines as spending shrank and leaner times loomed ahead.
But with U.S. and allied aircraft now bombing Islamic State and Al Qaeda positions in Iraq and Syria, including 41 airstrikes since Monday, many analysts foresee a boost to bottom lines for munitions manufacturers, weapons producers and other military contractors — including many in Southern California.
Ironically, dozens of the U.S. airstrikes have targeted American-made Humvees, mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles and other armored vehicles that Islamic State fighters captured as they overran Iraqi military bases and airfields during their blitz across northern Iraq this year.
The new government in Baghdad is scrambling to rebuild its battered army and will need to buy replacement vehicles.
Wall Street is paying attention.
Shares of major military contractors — Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. — all have been trading near all-time highs, outpacing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index of large companies’ stocks
Yet with all that money and all that asshole know-it-all, bad, bad shit happens:
A medical source in Hit announced on Monday the killing of 22 civilians, including 5 women and 4 children, and wounding 43 others, mostly women and children by bombing of the international coalition aircrafts the center of the popular market of Hit district, in addition to the bombing of an apartment building inhabited with families.
The source told the National Iraqi News Agency /Nina/ that the planes of the international coalition did not focus so far in their airstrikes on gatherings of the IS, adding that the building, which was bombed by mistake was just 70 meters far of the IS gathering.
In some places, there’s a ‘blood moon’ 24/7.
And in some places, people are laughing all the way to the bank.