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Follow Friday for 25 July, 2014: MidnightOil-Politics

A weekly mostly random sampling of resources shared on twitter on various topics. This week: the MidnightOil-Politics list.


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Arc of the Sun: Does the US Need More Ships and a Bigger Naval Budget?

Burning the Midnight Oil for the Arc of the Sun

Way back in the third Presidential debate (that was pre-Sandy), the challenger said:

Our Navy is older — excuse me — our Navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We’re now down to 285. We’re headed down to the — to the low 200s if we go through with sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me. I want to make sure that we have the ships that are required by our Navy.

So, how many ships does the Navy need?

On his website, the challenger says:

This will not be a cost-free process. We cannot rebuild our military strength without paying for it. Mitt Romney will begin by reversing Obama-era defense cuts and return to the budget baseline established by Secretary Robert Gates in 2010, with the goal of setting core defense spending—meaning funds devoted to the fundamental military components of personnel, operations and maintenance, procurement, and research and development—at a floor of 4 percent of GDP.

So, do we need to boost the Naval Budget?

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Drones R Us

"The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published an unclassified version of its February 2012 report on the proliferation of UAVs. The report states that between 2005 and December 2011, the number of countries that possess drones rose from 41 to 76."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/mapping-drone-proliferation-uavs-in-76-coun...

I wouldn't worry if I was you, that's not even half of the 196 countries on earth.

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Humanitarianism is Geopolitical Rohypnol: Mali, continued

In case you didn't know, there is serious shit going down in Mali. In case you did know, all the information that's delivered to your door about it serves the interests of the Western Empire, not the people of Mali. Time for the latest chapter on how Western humanitarianism is being used to rape the world.

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Thursday Evening Open Thread

Historic drought covers nearly two-thirds of continental U.S.

The most extensive drought since the 1950s in the continental U.S. keeps getting worse. For the 10th consecutive week, drought conditions expanded.

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of the contiguous U.S. is experiencing at least moderate drought (as of July 17) - an increase of three percentage points from last week (on July 10), the latest U.S. Drought Monitor reports. More than 80 percent of the land surface is abnormally dry.

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Humanitarianism is Geopolitical Rohypnol: Mali

In case you didn't know, there is serious shit going down in Mali. In case you did know, all the information that's delivered to your door about it serves the interests of the Western Empire, not the people of Mali. Time for the latest chapter on how Western humanitarianism is being used to rape the world.

Mali is the latest subject of Western imperial ogling, and all of Obama's international neoliberal fraternity brothers are taking their turn explaining why Mali is just asking for some forcible intervention.

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Arc of the Sun: If We Didn't Have an Empire, What Would It Look Like?

Burning the Midnight Oil for the Arc of the Sun

An Empire is not a single policy: it is a system. The details of an Empire vary, according to historical accident and to the different geopolitical location of the Empire and the technological base that it rests upon. It could not be otherwise, since the maintenance of the power of the Empire always takes precedence over the kinds of abstract theories and principles which might lead to uniformity in Imperial Structure. So the Incan Empire, the Qing Dynasty and the Second British Empire are all quite dramatically distinctive.

Even so, the American Empire stands out as quite distinctive in one respect. While many Empires have come to be a drain of resources for the metropole, when we look at the broad sweep of history, when the Empire is being established, Imperial expansion funds Imperial expansion. Except, to a large extent, not for the American Empire.

I stress, however, that I do not speak to single out the American Empire, but to bury it.

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