Quick airport security ouroboros, sad

[ by Charles Cameron — here’s an example of recursion as farce, closing in on tragedy ] . This: The last kid who searched me, a young Muslim boy with an immaculate line-beard and goatee, was particularly apologetic. “Sorry bro. If it makes you feel any better, they search me before I fly too.” From […] 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 »

The President’s Speech

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]           President Obama addressed the nation in the wake of the ISIS-inspired terrorism San Bernardino that killed 14 people. You can read a transcript of his speech here. A few quick comments: It is a positive, albeit small, step toward realism in the White House that the President […] Read more »

Australian Defense Force responds to Climate Change

Australians are facing a changing climate more than almost any developed country. The Australian military is working with U.S. and U.K militarizes to prepare for the security implications of these changes, especially given threats to nearby Pacific islands.

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Christianity, culture, compassion, camels — and their shadows too

[ by Charles Cameron — by way of TS Eliot, Mario Vargas Llosa and others, and leading to a post on camels and their shadows ] . ** In the year I was born, 1943, TS Eliot published a series of essays titled Notes Toward the Definition of Culture in the New English Weekly. Mario […] Read more »

DoD Report on Security Implications of Climate Change

The US Department of Defense released the “Report on National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.”

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Arming Egypt

Two years after imposing a weapons ban on Egypt, the US lifted the sanctions in March. Reinstating the $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt, the new policy intends to shift away from “cash-flow financing” (buying on credit) by 2018. This flow of aid has been widely debated. In order to understand his change […]

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The ‘Incomplete’ Strategy Against ISIS

The deployment of an additional 450 military personnel to train Iraqi forces is a necessary, but political solutions will also be needed to combat Daesh.

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Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quad copter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination.

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Aircraft Carriers and Maritime Strategy – a debate

[by J. Scott Shipman] Last Friday night at the U.S. Naval Academy, retired Navy Captain Henry “Jerry” Hendrix and Commander Bryan McGrath debated the future of the aircraft carrier. My wife and I were fortunate to attend. Given the pressure placed on the Navy’s shipbuilding budget, the debate could not have been more timely. Commander […] Read more »