December 7th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great. There were over 600,000 hunters.

Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at bay. [source]

tail wagging the dog

July 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

AP, via Wired:

“This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the
State Department.”

January 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Sy Hersh’s Nov 09 article on Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is not all that revelatory. But, given the last post here, it’s hardly reassuring to read of the Pakistani president defending nuclear security in these terms:

“Our Army officers are not crazy, like the Taliban. They’re British-trained. Why would they slip up on nuclear security?”

January 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

until less than ten years ago, the locks on RAF nuclear bombs were opened with a bicycle lock key. ” [BBC]

Admittedly, this looks like a case of auntie spinning their info as far as it’ll go. e.g. no bicycle lock itself, necessarily, just the same kind of key.

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