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An Open Letter to Neil deGrasse Tyson | Leaping Robot Blog | Patrick McCray
"This brings me to my disappointment with you – in a recent issue of the weekly newspaper supplement Parade, you made some remarks about scientists. To wit – you said, “You will never find scientists leading armies into battle. You just won’t. Especially not astrophysicists…”  I don’t wish to pile on you here, but your statement is simply wrong. "
science  military  military-industrial-complex  cold-war  war  technology 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Science in a Complex World: When big secret data meet future science | Santa Fe Institute
"While we can, and probably should, limit contemporary collection, part of the debate as we reassess our national surveillance policies should be a consideration of the future scientific utility of archival collections: should we, in the future, release previously collected "legacy" data in a manner that both protects privacy and helps scientists understand the collective patterns of human interaction that govern our daily lives? If so, what should be the design of a curation policy that would balance privacy concerns and make full utility of what we have already gathered?"
big-data  big-brother  privacy  future  science  archaeology  surveillance  remote-sensing  history  sts  cold-war  military-industrial-complex  from instapaper
february 2014 by tsuomela
Military-industrial complex? Blame the torpedoes - Ideas - The Boston Globe
"But as the history of the torpedo shows, the roots of the military-industrial complex lie deeper. Even before World War I, the government and the private sector were entwined: The government investing in defense contractors and guaranteeing a customer for their products; a branch of the private sector depending on the military for growth; and a body of rules growing alongside their collaboration to ensure that scientific and technological information emerging with private-sector input would stay protected, rather than travel like other discoveries."
history  sts  war  military-industrial-complex  20c  19c  government  research  r&d 
january 2014 by tsuomela
The endless frontier: U.S. science and national industrial policy (part 1) « The Berkeley Blog
"The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan. Post WWII the responsibility for investing in research split between agencies focused on weapons development and space exploration (being completely customer-driven) and other agencies charted to fund basic and applied research in science and medicine (being driven by peer-review.)"
science  research  funding  government  military-industrial-complex  history  cold-war  sts  from instapaper
july 2013 by tsuomela
Netflix, Facebook — and the NSA: They’re all in it together - Salon.com
"They’re all in it together. The spooks and the social media titans and the online commerce goliaths are collaborating to improve data-crunching software tools that enable the tracking of our behavior in fantastically intimate ways that simply weren’t possible as recently as four or five years ago. It’s a new military industrial open source Big Data complex. The gift economy has delivered us the surveillance state."
internet  privacy  surveillance  business  open-source  military-industrial-complex  spying 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Field of Nightmares | TomDispatch
"Dirty Wars is really the secret history of how Washington launched a series of undeclared wars in the backlands of the planet and killed its way to something that ever more closely resembled an actual global war, creating a world of enemies out of next to nothing.  Think of it as a bizarre form of unconscious wish fulfillment and the results -- they came! -- as a field of nightmares."
book  review  terrorism  terror  war  journalism  military  military-industrial-complex  2000s  foreign-affairs  blowback 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Technology - Alexis Madrigal - Hey, Brother, Can You Spare a Hubble? DOD: Sure! Have Two - The Atlantic
"This is the state of our military-industrial-scientific complex in miniature: The military has so much money that it has two extra telescopes better than anything civilians have
government  nasa  telescope  astronomy  astrophysics  military-industrial-complex  spying  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
NASA gets two military spy telescopes for astronomy - The Washington Post
"The secretive government agency that flies spy satellites has made a stunning gift to NASA: two exquisite telescopes as big and powerful as the Hubble Space Telescope. They’ve never left the ground and are in storage in Rochester, N.Y."
government  nasa  telescope  astronomy  astrophysics  military-industrial-complex  spying  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Jon Taplin's Home Page » American Crack-Up
"This election should be fought on this pie chart. Where are we going to spend our collective wealth? On guns, jet fighters and tanks or on schools, hospitals and roads. This will mean that the Democrats will have to have the courage to fight the “soft on terrorism” brickbrats thrown by Newt or Mitt. Ron Paul is already used to hearing this bullshit, and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him."
politics  government  defense  budget  money  military-industrial-complex  from delicious
february 2012 by tsuomela
Huge US command-
Pentagon boffinry powerhouse DARPA has announced plans to fit a giant new US military command and control airship - known as "Blue Devil Block 2" - with through-the-air optical links offering bandwidth normally achievable only by fibre cables. This is to be done using newly-applied technology developed in the 1990s for use in astronomical telescopes.
technology  military  astronomy  optics  military-industrial-complex  technology-adoption  from delicious
january 2012 by tsuomela
War and the Tragedy of the Commons | Truthout
"In this seven-part series of articles on each environmental impact of US militarism, scientist and author Patricia Hynes provides an overview of modern, military pollution and the use of natural resources with a central focus on the US military superpower, a power without precedent or competitor. From Superfund and former nuclear weapons sites in the US to Vieques, Agent Orange, depleted uranium - particularly in Iraq - biowarfare research and the use of fossil fuels in routine military training and wars, Hynes examines the war machine as the true tragedy of the commons."
commons  war  military  military-industrial-complex  environment 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Deadliest Rhetoric - Reason Magazine
"Official government violence against nonviolent Americans and residents, by contrast, occurs daily. And for the last 30 years it has been increasing at an alarming rate. From the early 1980s to the mid-2000s, University of Eastern Kentucky criminologist Peter Kraska conducted an annual survey on the use of SWAT teams in the United States. Until the late 1970s, SWAT teams were generally used in emergency situations to defuse conflicts with people who presented an immediate threat to others, such as hostage takers, bank robbers, or mass shooters. But beginning in the early 1980s, police departments across the country began using SWAT teams to serve drug warrants.

Kraska found that the number of SWAT deployments in America increased from 3,000 per year in the early 1980s to around 50,000 by the mid-2000s. That’s about 135 SWAT raids per day. The vast majority of those are for drug warrants."
crime  police  terrorism  drugs  war  metaphor  politics  rhetoric  militarism  military-industrial-complex  weapons 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Ike's forgotten speech
"We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. "
military-industrial-complex  militarism  economics 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The military failure machine — Crooked Timber
"But the striking thing about military expenditure is that its failure rate is so high. More or less by definition, it’s impossible for both sides to win an armed conflict, but it’s certainly possible (and probably the par outcome) for both sides to lose. So, the US success rate since 1950 is probably about what would be expected."
military-industrial-complex  military  america  systems  education  failure 
january 2011 by tsuomela

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