Archive for April 2011

Priorities…

Last Wednesday, these three¬†events took place at the same time: President Obama released his birth certificate to quell a fringe conspiracy theory–never supported by any facts–that he was not born in this country. Fans of Sony PlayStation were complaining because their network was down. And eight U.S. Air Force members, along with a civilian contractor,…

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What Are The Chances? Our Inability To Assess Risk

The lights of Tokyo glittered underneath our wings as my Air National Guard crewmates and I flew a recent airlift mission. As we arrived in our C-5 Galaxy, news reports spoke of a thousand-fold radiation increase in seawater at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. We landed at Yokota Air Base, about 150 miles south of…

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The Aging Air Bridge

To the layman, the recently announced Boeing contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force may sound exorbitant. At $35 billion, it ranks among the largest contracts in Pentagon history, and it comes at a time of steep deficits and government cutbacks. Commentator Robert Scheer called it “perverse.” In the Truthdig web magazine,…

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