José Figueres abolishes the armed forces of Costa Rica – part three

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José Figueres and the abolition of the armed forces of Costa Rica – part two

August 5, 2018 at 2:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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José Figueres and the abolition of the armed forces of Costa Rica

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another test . . .

August 2, 2018 at 2:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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This is a test . . .

August 1, 2018 at 3:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 

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Nothing to worry about here

February 14, 2017 at 1:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A weapons system at the University of Dayton

October 12, 2016 at 2:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I haven’t looked at what UDRI is up to, recently. I wonder if the new president still says they don’t build weapons there . . . 

“University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $12,098,382 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. Contractor will provide development and application of conceptual, preliminary, and detailed vehicle design processes to current and future aerospace systems, weapon systems . . . “

http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/795646

 

Review of a “poetic” game about the suffering of war

June 3, 2016 at 2:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I know there is a very limited audience for this: a long video by a professor who could stand a haircut talking about a table game. But I find this all heartening. It is heartening that someone designed this game, The Grizzled, which is a cooperative card-based game about six WWI soldiers trying to help each other survive. It’s heartening that a professor — Marco Arnaudo, who teaches in Indiana — would make such an in-depth video about it. It is heartening that there is enough of an audience, at least, to provide several thoughtful comments about the video.

This also may be interesting if you were not aware that there is a community of gamers who are proud to be “unplugged” and who look for face-to-face table games. I found this video on the site Board Game Geek, which is all about this attitude.

Video review of The Grizzled from BoardGameGeek and Marco Arnaudo

 

 

A real war crime from the Philippines

February 24, 2016 at 3:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Donald Trump dredged up a myth about John Pershing a few days ago, but there were actual war crimes from the long U.S. wars in the Philippines.

Example: Major Littleton Waller had eleven of his Filipino porters executed in 1902 in retaliation for a loss of eleven Marines (although they had nothing to do with those combat deaths).

http://www.history.army.mil/armyhistory/AH79%28W%29r.pdf

The good news is, Waller may have largely ignored an order from his superior, General Jacob Smith, to kill Filipino males over age 10 in the area of Samar where he was operating.

If Trump fans want to embrace war crimes, they should cite things like this.

 

Too little defense spending?

February 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A Gallup poll shows that more Americans think we are spending too little on our military than at any time since 2002 (i.e. right after 9/11):

http://www.gallup.com/poll/189191/americans-less-likely-no-militarily.aspx?g_source=Politics&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles

It’s a minority of Americans, 37%, but this is still a plurality compared to those who say we spend too much, or “the right” amount. And the number has been a fairly steep climb for the past two years or so.

The National Priorities Project puts U.S. military spending at $598.5 billion for FY 2015. This is about 37% of the world total:

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states/

SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, put it at $609 billion for 2014 on their downloadable spreadsheet here:

http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/milex_database/milex_database

SIPRI lists total world military spending as $1.77 trillion, so the US share in that case would be about 35%.

The Center for Defense Information calls it $573 billion, although they write about budget “gimmicks” that conceal a larger total:

http://www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/defense-budget/2016/11-trillion-omnibus-bill-the-good-the-bad.html

The National Priorities Project pegs our spending at more than the next 9 nations combined:

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/us-military-spending-vs-world/

Not bad for a nation with less than 5% of the world population.

Do Gallup polls matter? Do these people vote? Does it have any bearing on eventual spending?  Who knows . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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