The Cold War Is Over, So Why Are We Spending $31 Billion A Year Fighting It?

Annually, the U.S. government spends approximately $31 billion on maintaining strategic nuclear offensive forces — you know, the weapons that are capable of wiping out humanity. These numbers don’t take into account the amount spent on additional nuclear weapons-related programs, the cost of keeping these dangerous weapons out of the hands of terrorists, cleaning up weapon development sites and other non-strategic nuclear weapons. When you consider that the costs rise every year, we have to ask ourselves — why not cut back a program that exists solely for the destruction of human life?

The Cold War Is Over, So Why Are We Spending $31 Billion A Year Fighting It?

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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