Armageddon overkill

[ by Charles Cameron — on abuses of word and image ] . Exhinit A, The Four Horsies of the ‘Pocapypse: Meet Calamity (Pestilence), Raven (Famine), Clash (War) and Ghost (Death). They’re the Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse (or at least they would be if they could only get their act together)! This next-generation of […] Read more »

From the caliphate to Ferguson and back, it’s a small world

[ by Charles Cameron -- starting with the news, closing with Jay Forrester & the impact of systems dynamics on our understanding of cause and effect -- a catchup post ] . Clearing the decks grom the last few days, I found this DoubleQuote in the Wild from Ferguson staring out at me from my […] Read more »

What We Are Reading … June 26, 2014

Daily News Iraq helicopter crashes in airborne commando assault on Tikrit Oliver Holmes and Isabel Coles / Reuters Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities. Government says […]

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What We Are Reading

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A Sustainable National Security Posture?

[ by Charles Cameron -- and what about climate change, Mike Mazarr? ] . Is there even a Cheney-esque one-percent possibility that 97% of climate scientists (NASA’s estimate) are right? . . ** I just opened up Michael Mazarr‘s NDU Strategy Study Group report, Discriminate Power: A Strategy for a Sustainable National Security Posture. It’s [...] Read more »

Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth

[ by Charles Cameron -- this post is about comparisons -- what you make of them, and what they make of you, death calculus, and Handel ] . . Scraped from my morning read, these two quotes — a tweeted headline from Breitbart and a gobbit of the Jerusalem Post — neatly illustrate a paradox [...] Read more »

Of the destruction of places of prayer

[ by Charles Cameron -- the destruction of sacred spaces considered -- réfléchissons ] . A church in Missouri is destroyed: because someone hated a black man becoming President. A mosque is destroyed in Massachusetts: because someone hated Islam. ** A synagogue is destroyed: during Kristallnacht. A mosque is destroyed: in Gaza. ** A mosque [...] Read more »

When you have a worldview, it all fits together

[by Charles Cameron -- the difficulty of difference, plus a poem for M ] . . When you have a worldview, it all fits together pretty seamlessly. You see a map of record high temperatures such as the one above, swiped from emptywheel today, and it’s either global warming, and maybe: this is getting to [...] Read more »