Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.
- 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
- Big expenditures on fun things: “A Tale of Carriers Investing in Slide Rules“, Fred Reed, 23 April 2010
- Another few billion down the drain: “Killer Drone Builder General Atomics Builds Killer Electromagnetic Rail Cannon“, DefenseTech, 5 May 2010
- 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.
- 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.
- Analysis of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s report on climate change in the US, Willis Eschenbach, 8 May 2010
- “The End of the Free Market: Six Questions for Ian Bremmer“, Scott Horton, blog of Harper’s, 7 May 2010
- 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.