The Hypocrisy Over MH17 Is Killing Me

The outrage over the suggestion that Russia might have provided or sold the rocket launcher that downed MH17 and killed 300 civilians is such a joke when the annual total of civilians deaths from small arms sales by the permanent members of the UNSC makes that 300 look like a blip.

My data is a little out of date, but I’m sure nothing much has changed. Here are some facts for you to consider.

1. Some 300,000 to half a million people around the world are killed by them each year. (globalissues.org 2006)

2. World military expenditure in 2012 is estimated to have reached $1.756 trillion. (globalissues.org 2012)

3. The 5 UN Security Council permanent members are generally the largest arms dealers. (globalissues.org 2013)

4. The USA is responsible for 44% of arms sales. (globalissues.org 2013)

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5. Therefore, if there are between 300K – 500K people killed by small arms every year, and the USA is responsible for 44% of  arms sales, then we can assume that the USA is responsible for somewhere in the region of 176,000 deaths every year.

Remember this the next time you hear Obama or Abbott decrying Putin.

No Illusions Podcast #62 – Politics & Ethics Part 2

My guests again today are J. David Markham, my regular co-host on the much-loved Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast, and his friend of 35 years, a regular guest on this show, Doug LaFollette, the Secretary of State of Wisconsin.

This week I again try to get down to basics – how do we form our political beliefs? Where do our ethics come from? Do we even know?  

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No Illusions Podcast #61 – Politics & Ethics

My guests again today are J. David Markham, my regular co-host on the much-loved Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast, and his friend of 35 years, a regular guest on this show, Doug LaFollette, the Secretary of State of Wisconsin.

This week I try to get down to basics – how do we form our political beliefs? Is government really about ethics? What political ethics do we want our society to strive towards? Are psychopaths screwing up the world? Do they make up a large percentage of the 1%?

 

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No Illusions Podcast #60 – SHUTDOWN

My guests today are J. David Markham, my regular co-host on the much-loved Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast, and his friend of 35 years, a regular guest on this show, Doug LaFollette, Secretary of State of Wisconsin. They joined me this morning to discuss the recent US government shutdown and the forces at play behind it. If you, like me, have been trying to understand how something like this could happen in the world’s leading economic power, then I hope this conversation will shed some light on the issue. As David and Doug are both Democrats, I, being an Australian, try to throw in some counter-arguments into the conversation for balance.

BTW, if you’re having trouble getting the show to download in iTunes, please try deleting the feed from iTunes and re-adding it using this link.

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The “core values” of Booz Allen Hamilton

The “core values” of Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton released a statement on its website Sunday addressing Snowden: “Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.”

(source)

So what exactly do the “core values” of Booz Allen Hamilton say an employee should do when they discover that the US government is secretly spying on its citizens? And is “telling the truth” against their “code of conduct”? I, for one, would like to know more.