JJ Sutherland http://www.kunc.org en No Longer 'Wine And Roses' For Defense Spending http://www.kunc.org/post/no-longer-wine-and-roses-defense-spending One of the big-ticket items in any budget deal will have to be the defense budget. The latest budget request calls for spending about $700 billion on defense next year, the highest level since World War II. President Obama has already proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in defense cuts, and proposals by the Senate's "Gang of Six" call for hundreds of billions more over the next decade.<p>Since the Sept. 11 attacks, when the Pentagon asked for money, it got it — a lot of it. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:00:00 +0000 JJ Sutherland 11648 at http://www.kunc.org No Longer 'Wine And Roses' For Defense Spending In Kesennuma: Destruction So Complete, It's Hard To Tell You're In Japan http://www.kunc.org/post/kesennuma-destruction-so-complete-its-hard-tell-youre-japan <em>(NPR producer JJ Sutherland has been in Japan since shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11. He has sent us this report about the destruction he saw in one city.)</em><p>The sheer scale of it stuns you.<p>I'm going to talk about one town, in one place, but the same thing is repeated over and over and over again up the northeastern seaboard of Japan.<p>Kesennuma was one of the busier fishing ports in Japan. It's famous for its bonito. The best, residents tell me, comes from here. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:20:00 +0000 JJ Sutherland 5449 at http://www.kunc.org In Kesennuma: Destruction So Complete, It's Hard To Tell You're In Japan Google Robot Cars. Again With The Skynet, People? http://www.kunc.org/post/google-robot-cars-again-skynet-people First it's the GPS <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/06/130374218/i-for-one-welcome-our-new-robot-overlords">router of doom</a>, now the robots are just going to be driving the cars?<p>The New York Times had <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/science/10google.html?ref=google_inc">a piece over the weekend</a> that outlined yet another Google-cum-robot <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/12/130507554/google-invests-in-wind-power-line">plan for world domination</a>. Robot cars. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:51:00 +0000 JJ Sutherland 22566 at http://www.kunc.org