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    The Economist's Take

    The Economist weighs in on the topic.


    I get a little queasy when we start handing decision making over to algorithms. As we used to say, you can't quantify the bad things that don't happen.
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    Does this mean the C.O. will have to blow when he...

    Does this mean the C.O. will have to blow when he comes on the bridge? Or a Gunny before stepping onto the parade deck at MCRD? What a spectacularly bad idea. I think Munson pretty well crushed...
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    The got a little better as the line evolved. ...

    The got a little better as the line evolved. Some of the '90's models put the fear of the Almighty in me. Still take them over a Caprice Classic any day of the week.

    Overall I'd say wheel time...
  4. Slap: AMEN! In my humble experience, dealing...

    Slap: AMEN!

    In my humble experience, dealing with straight death wasn't so bad. Dealing with the families was the hard part. Humans are spring-loaded to emotional absorption and that's about...
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    Longshoremen

    A little better coverage in The Seattle Times. That picture embedded in the story is worth 10,000 words. Curious thing is that both unions, the current one and the one the terminal operator wants...
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    Corporate Advocacy

    In what is fundamentally a good sign, Scott's is expressing interest in entering the marijuana production business.
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    Flotilla Part Deux

    For those that haven't gotten over to Information Dissemination in the past few days. This is strategic Aikido at its best. (Hat tip Zenpundit.)
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    RSA Security Breach

    I wonder if the Pentagon's formal cyber strategy will articulate a threshold for when attacks on private sector resources become a national security issue. The recent attack on RSA SecurID tokens is...
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    A Few More...

    Two more that are worth the time are Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. I'd also recommend getting a subscription to The Economist.
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    Fusion centers were supposed to address this to...

    Fusion centers were supposed to address this to some degree. From the street level I never saw any evidence of that. For that matter, I saw very little evidence that they actually existed at all. ...
  11. Twilight of the $UPERfluous Carrier...

    Good piece along these lines in the May issue of Proceedings. Also a good analysis, as always, by Galrahn. From a sheer dollar standpoint, the price tag per unit doesn't look sustainable.
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    Foreign Policy Article

    How Goldman Sachs Created The Food Crisis.
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    Real Housewives of Wall Street

    Another Tiabbi article that raises some interesting points.



    Just wish he didn't work for Rolling Stone.
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    Finally got around to reading the Stalcup & Craze...

    Finally got around to reading the Stalcup & Craze piece. The whole thing had the feel of clues in search of a mystery. Guess this is what passes for journalism these days.

    I had the benefit of...
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    Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses

    Have not dug into this one in depth yet. Thus far it has the odor of someone with a hypothesis that went in search of facts to shore it up. Anyone that uses that double word score term financial...
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    I'm not anything approaching technically versed...

    I'm not anything approaching technically versed in this matter, but I read something a few years ago about step down transformers. Apparently that's the weak link in the power grid. Thing I read...
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    I would normally agree. Any publication whose...

    I would normally agree. Any publication whose sole mission is celebrity aggrandizement shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone over the age of 18. But Tiabbi isn't so much giving financial news or...
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    The fifth star hasn't always had a stellar...

    The fifth star hasn't always had a stellar pedigree. William Manchester's American Caesar doesn't exactly paint a flowery portrait of MacArthur. Fleet Admiral's Leahy and King were political...
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    Portugal's Experiment

    Interesting take on the problem.
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    Sticky: Digression

    Widmer, Bridgeport, Deschutes, Tug Boat, VooDoo Donuts, etc., etc. That town is a serious challenge to those wanting to stay in shape.
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    Sticky: Man, if I lived in Portland I'd be dropping some...

    Man, if I lived in Portland I'd be dropping some serious coin at Powell's.

    A few that have stood out to me in the last few years:

    The Long Tail by Chris Anderson
    Global Brain by Howard Bloom...
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    The money quote from the piece:



    This describes a lot of cities, not just Newark. What recently happened in Oakland is probably a preview.
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    Severe Space Weather

    It would appear there's a big slug of solar energy inbound. At worst these cause communications disruptions and play hell with satellites, at best they give a nice light show to those of us in the...
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    Oakland Shuts Down

    With a verdict returned in the Oscar Grant BART shooting trial we now wait for the other shoe to drop. This piece has a pretty decent photo essay of Oakland's preparation of for any civil...
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    Kaboom

    Finished Kaboom: Embracing The Suck In A Savage Little War a few weeks ago. Enjoyed it immensely. Read it because I was an avid follower of his blog until the army pulled the plug. The blog was...
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