That might be because you don't have Ghostery installed.
Btw. a really nice plugin to visualize all those background connections is Lightbeam: https://addons.mozilla.org/En-...
Well, they have a lot of money to devote to it since they don't have to spend ANY money on defense. If the USA took all of its money from defense and put it into Healthcare or "Green Tech," then yes, we'd be able to claim advances in those areas. But we can't, because we're the only Western World with a _real_ military and we use it to protect all of the other countries, and they know it. If America suddenly disassembled its Military, every other country would have to step up and pick up the slack to a have a force to send into every hotspot on the planet and to keep the other guys from attacking.
So you have already found the solution ! The only thing you didn't get right here ist that the rest of the world would actually do a LOT better without America's policy to play world-police.
I don't say that a little intervention here and there wouldn't be bad, it's only that the foreign wars that the US is fighting right now (and in the past) didn't exactly help anyone besides maybe Haliburton etc.
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