The human species and military spending

Humans are a strange species when you think about it. We seem to have mastered the art and science of killing each other and of blowing things up. No other species can come close and it is inescapable that America places a higher value on these primal abilities than any other country. At least that … More The human species and military spending

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A simple screening quiz to run for federal office?

Watching the current crop of politicians pursuing the Republican presidential nomination is very much like watching a reality television show where there are no qualifications required to participate.  That may be fine for the Kardashians but shouldn’t there be slightly higher standards for running for president? Maybe it would make sense to have a simple … More A simple screening quiz to run for federal office?

Vietnam to Afghanistan: What does it take?

I started this post because I was curious about how the number of deaths in the wars I can remember compared. I remember the morning news reporting weekly American deaths in Vietnam reaching into the hundreds and I know, thankfully, mortality rates have been lower in Iraq and Afghanistan. When comparing the monthly death counts … More Vietnam to Afghanistan: What does it take?