Mike the Mad Biologist

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Suffice it to say, the average Iraqi citizen has had a crappy deal from Bush’s Excellent Adventure (and that’s a macabre understatement). Courtney Martin, who unintentionally demonstrates the uselessness of ‘progressives‘ with a piece on the potential withdrawal from Iraq. It starts off well: Iraqi citizens shouldn’t be the only ones infuriated by our military’s…

Related to this morning’s post about the find of $1 trillion dollars worth of minerals in Afghanistan, even if we were to capture (if the verb fits….) ten percent of the total worth of those resources, it still wouldn’t come close to the break-even point for the occupation of Afghanistan (which is somewhere between $200-$300…

Or something. Look at what we found in Afghanistan: The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including…

Memorial Day Thoughts by Andy Rooney

When it comes to war, we should spend more time listening to those who have seen it. With that in mind, I bring you this by Andy Rooney, from last year’s Memorial Day:

If those who are upset about runaway government spending were serious, they would look at defense spending, which has increased in nominal terms by 75% percent. Consider what even a small level of war department waste would buy for us: With a price tag now approaching $330 million per plane and a total program cost…

I’ve described the Mad Biologist’s Rule of Base Ten Numbers before: My colleagues have all heard of the Mad Biologist’s Rule of Base Ten Numbers: when you see too many numbers that end with zero, become skeptical. That’s because only one in ten numbers should do should end in zero. I then added:

What Our Taxes Pay For

In light of the April 15 protests, I think this chart by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which describes the federal budget is appropriate:

ScienceBloglings Greg Laden and John Wilkins have discussed whether or not CIA employees complicit in torture should be exempt from prosecution. The debate has revolved around the ‘following orders’ issue. But this misses a key point:

This is the kind of story that makes me sick to my stomach–soldiers stateside were expected by their base commander to applaud for Pastor of Evil Rick Warren:

In case you missed it, there’s a fascinating, albeit horrifying, article about the intersection of the business interests of retired military officers with their depiction in the mainstream media as unbiased commentators who are putting country first. Here’s a sample: