FM newswire for May 8, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.

  1. This is a tale about the horrors of medical care in Mexico (next to us, but with a very different system), Fred Reed, 18 April 2010
  2. Big expenditures on fun things:  “A Tale of Carriers Investing in Slide Rules“, Fred Reed, 23 April 2010
  3. Another few billion down the drain:  “Killer Drone Builder General Atomics Builds Killer Electromagnetic Rail Cannon“, DefenseTech, 5 May 2010
  4. More of the “just make stuff up” school of political thought:  “The minority leader’s absurd charge about Obama’s counterterrorism strategy“, John Dickerson, Slate, 6 May 2010 — Esp since Obama’s actions so closely resemble those of Bush.
  5. Big government = government spending that does not benefit them:  “Tea Parties and Farm Subsidies“, Matthew Yglesias, ThinkProgress, 7 May 2010 — Yes, they are typical Americans.
  6. Analysis of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s report on climate change in the US, Willis Eschenbach, 8 May 2010
  7. The End of the Free Market: Six Questions for Ian Bremmer“, Scott Horton, blog of Harper’s, 7 May 2010
  8. Valuable insights about inteligence, based on one of the great secret ops of WWII:  “Pandora’s Briefcase“, Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, 10 May 2010 — “It was a dazzling feat of wartime espionage. But does it argue for or against spying?”

Current status of the Deepwater Horizon Response project

From their website, as of 7 May 2010:

  • Total Vessels (including tugs and skimmers): 256
  • Boom deployed: 876,936 feet
  • Boom available: 1,287,764 feet
  • Oil and Water Mix – Recovered: Approximately 1.89 million gallons
  • Dispersant Used : 267,195 gallons
  • Dispersant available: 317,591 gallons
  • Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV): 4
  • Overall Personnel Responding: 8,497
  • Volunteers trained to assist in the response effort:  2,500+
  • Staging areas in place and ready to protect sensitive shorelines:  10

About the best hope to quickly control the oil spill:  “How the Gulf Oil Spill Containment Dome Will Work“, LiveScience, 7 May 2010 — It’s now on the seabed, being hooked up to the surface.

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