Heat and Hajj 2076

[ by Charles Cameron — one black swan that’s almost predictable — where two timelines meet ] . God in His wisdom has decreed that all right thinking humans should circumambulate the Kaaba in Mecca if at all possible during their human lifetimes, so proclaims Islamic orthodoxy. A Guardian piece titled Extreme heatwaves could push […] Read more »

A Low Visibility Force Multiplier – a recommendation

[by J. Scott Shipman]                         A Low Visibility Force Multiplier, Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions, Dennis M. Gormley, Andrew S. Erickson, Jingdong Yuan Through an interesting turn of events I was able to attend an event at the Center for a New American Security [...] Read more »

Heavy breathing on the line: Crouching hero, Hidden nitwit

[dots connected by Lynn C. Rees] Sigh What did Lucius Aemilius Paullus know and when did he know it? Colonel Hamilton Alexander Hamilton thought he knew. And who is Colonel Hamilton (as he so liked to be called) that he should know? Not (then) Colonel Hamilton Recommendations on LinkedIn? Glowing: Je considère Napoleon, Fox, et [...] Read more »

The possible unexpected consequences of intervention

[ by Charles Cameron -- wondering whether it can ever be possible to expect the unexpected, and if so, what exactly that might mean? Libya & Mali ] . . Alex Thurston at Sahel Blog: Covering Politics and Religion in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa posted Libya and Mali, Part I today. The [...] Read more »