Quick notes on intelligent intelligence, 2

[ by Charles Cameron — on a quote from my fellow whacky Brit, Geoffrey Pyke ] . Whacky? From a short description of the man by his biographer, Henry Hemming: Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator–and all-around misunderstood genius. In his day, he was described as one of the world’s […] Read more »

Quick notes on intelligent intelligence, 1

[ by Charles Cameron — I do believe this will be a new series ] . ** Intelligence, obviously, can mean something along the lines of bright thinking, but also that which is gathered, usually from the extremities of empire or the most hidden of an opponent’s or ally’s secret secrets — but for my […] Read more »

The Shoehorn — two into one won’t go

[ by Charles Cameron — these things are multi-factorial, and can’t truthfully be shoehorned to fit two categories — “terrorist” or “deranged” — as realtors might say, it’s nuance, nuance, nuance ] . Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt have an interesting piece in the NYT today, titled In the Age of ISIS, Who’s a Terrorist, […] Read more »

Michael Wilson

[ by Charles Cameron — quick update on Cameron’s Recomended Reading: Michael Wilson from 2008 ] . Back in 2008, Zen wrote of Michael Wilson‘s papers: I’ve only just begun to look at these and I’m posting them here for those readers whose interests gravitate toward issues of intel analysis and futurism. I checked recently, […] Read more »

Review: The Rule of the Clan

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Rule of the Clan by Mark Weiner I often review good books. Sometimes I review great ones. The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom  by Mark S. Weiner gets the highest compliment of all: it is an academic book that […] Read more »

“One Single” vs “Every Single”

[ by Charles Cameron — in courtroom and intel agency, the same problem ] . It’s an issue for the defense — both against criminal prosecution and terrorist attack — the defense needs to win 100%, the attack only needs to succeed once. I’d seen the counterterrorism version quite a few times, though I didn’t […] Read more »

Go googled, GBG still to go: 1

[ by Charles Cameron — games, games, games — & prepping a challenge for AI, the analytic community & CNA ] . Playing go, Hasegawa, Settei, 1819-1882, Library of Congress ** In the past, computers have won such games as Pong and Space Invaders: Google’s AI system, known as AlphaGo, was developed at DeepMind, the […] Read more »

ISIS: Paganism with an Islamic Face?

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“] “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21  “They rejected the commandments of the Lord … and served Baal. They consigned their sons and daughters to the fire” – 2 […] Read more »

Armageddon: if you can’t hasten it, maybe you can dodge it?

[ by Charles Cameron — plus a date-setting video, awaiting The End in 2031! ] . Armageddon. Even if you can’t hotwire it.. you may still be able to dodge it.. ** From the late Israeli analyst, Reuven Paz: Jihadi apocalyptic discourse, either by Jihadi-Salafi scholars, clerics, or supporters of global Jihad is one of […] Read more »