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  • Strategy corner: End class warfare (from Mark Penn no less)

    07/29/2009 10:56:20 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 12 replies · 451+ views
    Politico ^ | July 29, 2009 | Mark Penn
    It sounds so simple: Just tax the few to pay for social programs that benefit the many. Yet no political idea — embodied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call to tax the wealthy to cover health care for everyone else — has ever proved more contentious. The country was founded on the principle of unlimited and unbounded opportunity. Despite what poll questions often appear to say, class warfare language, outside the Democratic primary electorate, has always been politically counterproductive, because it divides Americans from one another and from their own aspirations and dreams. And class warfare could be especially problematic...
  • Biophysical Warfare - The Mind Has No Firewalls

    06/30/2009 9:34:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 745+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | 6/30/2009 | Timothy L. Thomas
    The human body, much like a computer, contains myriad data processors. They include, but are not limited to, the chemical-electrical activity of the brain, heart, and peripheral nervous system, the signals sent from the cortex region of the brain to other parts of our body, the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that process auditory signals, and the light-sensitive retina and cornea of the eye that process visual activity.[2] We are on the threshold of an era in which these data processors of the human body may be manipulated or debilitated. Examples of unplanned attacks on the body's data-processing...
  • A History of Violence

    06/07/2009 3:33:28 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 35 replies · 1,156+ views
    Edge ^ | 03/19/07 | Steven Pinker
    A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE In sixteenth-century Paris, a popular form of entertainment was cat-burning, in which a cat was hoisted in a sling on a stage and slowly lowered into a fire. According to historian Norman Davies, "[T]he spectators, including kings and queens, shrieked with laughter as the animals, howling with pain, were singed, roasted, and finally carbonized." Today, such sadism would be unthinkable in most of the world. This change in sensibilities is just one example of perhaps the most important and most underappreciated trend in the human saga: Violence has been in decline over long stretches of history,...
  • US needs 'digital warfare force'

    05/05/2009 9:56:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 511+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/5/09 | BBC
    The head of America's National Security Agency says that America needs to build a digital warfare force for the future, according to reports. Lt Gen Keith Alexander, who also heads the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, outlined his views in a report for the House Armed Services subcommittee. In it, he stated that the US needed to reorganise its offensive and defensive cyber operations. The general also said more resources and training were needed. The report, part of which was outlined in an Associated Press news agency story, is due to be presented to the subcommittee on Tuesday. During the past...
  • Technology, Threats Accelerate Army Focus on Ground Electronic Warfare

    03/06/2009 3:40:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 319+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2009 – Portable electronic devices such as iPods and cell phones have provided U.S. adversaries in Iraq and Afghanistan with lethal capabilities, the Army’s chief of electronic warfare said this week. “They may be living in rough terrain and may not have all the comforts that we do, but they have the same access to technology,” said Col. Laurie Moe Buckhout, chief of the Army’s Electronic Warfare Division in the Operations, Readiness and Mobilization Directorate. She explained the Army’s efforts to increase ground electronic warfare capabilities during a March 4 “Armed with Science: Research and Applications...
  • Not Even Close [Devotional]

    01/27/2009 4:58:09 AM PST · by tenger · 3 replies · 197+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | January 27, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked. "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-18 Every so often in the...
  • Judaism And Warfare (Steven Plaut Sets Straight The Jewish Understanding Of Just War Alert)

    01/21/2009 2:31:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/21/2009 | Steven Plaut
    Judaism And Warfare , Steven Plaut Dear Dr. H: You write about how Judaism is devoted to the pursuit of peace. You bring assorted citations from the Bible and Psalms about how nice peace can be. You emphasize that Judaism grants peace priority over competing goals. You find biblical quote after biblical quote about how good peace is. You then conclude that Israel is behaving in a manner that contradicts Jewish tradition when it wars against Hamas barbarism and Gaza terror. Israel must pursue "negotiations" with Hamas, you insist, citing the biblical desire for peace as the over-riding consideration. That...
  • Detainee Transfer Announced

    01/18/2009 11:55:33 PM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 452+ views ^ | January 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 040-09 January 17, 2009 Detainee Transfer Announced The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of six detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Four detainees were transferred to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan. These detainees were determined to be eligible for departure following a comprehensive series of review processes. The transfer is a demonstration of the United States’ desire not to hold detainees any longer than necessary. It also underscores the processes put in place to assess each individual and make a determination about their detention while...
  • Early chemical warfare comes to light

    01/12/2009 7:37:48 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 633+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 11 Jan 2009 | Bruce Bower
    Roman soldiers defending a Middle Eastern garrison from attack nearly 2,000 years ago met the horrors of war in a most unusual place. Inside a cramped tunnel beneath the site’s massive front wall, enemy fighters stacked up nearly two dozen dead or dying Romans and set them on fire, using substances that gave off toxic fumes and drove away Roman warriors just outside the tunnel. The attackers, members of Persia’s Sasanian culture that held sway over much of the region in and around the Middle East from the third to the seventh centuries, adopted a brutally ingenious method for penetrating...
  • History's Most Terrifying Conventional Weapons

    01/05/2009 10:25:22 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 100 replies · 4,132+ views ^ | Monday, January 05, 2009 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans and Paul Wagenseil
    Modern conventional weapons, deadly as they are, have no monopoly on terrorizing soldiers and civilians. Many military innovations of the past scared the enemy senseless — especially when only one side got to use them. "When you defeat someone psychologically, that's really how you win battles," says Pentagon spokesman and artillery officer Lt. Col. Mark Wright. "If [enemy forces] think they've been beaten, they're going to turn and run." Here, then, are five of the most terrifying conventional weapons of all time. Each was effective because it was a surprise introduction to a conflict, permitted essentially no defense, and only...
  • DoD Takes Steps to Defend Cyberspace Warfighting Domain

    11/21/2008 3:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 352+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2008 – Cyberspace is a warfighting domain, and the Defense Department is taking steps to defend this crucial capability, a Pentagon spokesman said today. “We are aware of a global virus for which there are some public alerts, and we’ve seen some of these on our networks, and we are taking steps to identify and mitigate the virus,” Bryan Whitman said. “We do aggressively monitor our networks for intrusions and take adequate steps to protect them.” Public alerts on this global virus threat urge all computer users to take precautions. Users should have current anti-viral software programs...
  • Electronic Warfare Officers Keep Soldiers Safe

    11/21/2008 3:08:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 524+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Evan Loyd, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, Nov. 21, 2008 – Navy Cmdr. Ed Fischer and Air Force 1st Lt. E.J. Wong would seem to be out of place in an Army heavy brigade combat team conducting operations in Iraq. Navy Cmdr. Ed Fischer, left, and Air Force 1st Lt. E.J. Wong inspect a Warlock-equipped Humvee. The Warlock system is a countermeasure against roadside bombs. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Fischer, whose career field is nuclear engineering, and Wong, an air battle manager, are electronic warfare officers for the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat...
  • Soldiers Learn Electronic Warfare Skills in Eastern Baghdad

    11/05/2008 4:21:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jeremy Todd, USA
    td> FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq, Nov. 5, 2008 – Selected soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team and Multinational Division Baghdad received electronic warfare training here. Army Sgt. Nicholas Hoffert applies the final additions to an antenna system during an electronic warfare class at Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, Iraq, Oct. 29, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Todd  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Electronic warfare applies the radio frequency spectrum to defeat an enemy and save lives on the battlefield. Improvised explosive devices are the biggest threat to coalition and Iraqi forces, and...
  • DoD Launches Web Site on Chemical-Biological Warfare Exposures

    10/06/2008 5:20:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 272+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2008 – The Defense Department has launched a new Web site to educate the public about chemical and biological testing conducted from the early 1940s through the mid-1970s. “This is a new Web site that we have created to put together for all those who may have interest in everything that we have been able to uncover and understand about the chemical and biological testing of warfare agents done from probably the early 1940s up through 1975,” said Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, strategic communications director for the Military Health System. He explained the recently launched Chemical-Biological Warfare...
  • Lights Out: EMP Warfare

    08/18/2008 10:27:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies · 266+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8-17-08 | David Bueche
    Remember that guy that you made fun of because he got all caught up in the Y2K scare and wasted his money on water purification equipment, dried food and backup generators? Turns out he may be having the last laugh. Last month, the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse released a 200-page report detailing the potential effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse, (EMP), attack on the continental US. At this point you may be wondering what EMP is and how it ties in with the survivalist who's having a laugh on us. Electromagnetic Pulse is...
  • As Iran Tests Missile Fleet, Experts Map High-Tech Israeli Attack

    07/10/2008 7:51:26 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 17 replies · 264+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 09, 2008 | Joe Pappalardo
    War-game tests by Iran of long- and medium-range missiles sent shock waves across the globe today, with tensions centering on a potential attack on Israel and, ultimately, the country's nuclear ambitions. Among the nine ballistic missiles fired was an upgraded Shahab-3 with GPS guidance, 450 pounds of carrying capacity and an estimated 1250-mile range—already a potent threat to Israeli cities and bases, even before nuclear warheads enter the equation. What's more, Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, offered a blunt warning after the exercise, saying it demonstrated the country's "resolve and might against enemies...
  • Irregular Warfare

    06/08/2008 8:40:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 313+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Beyond the Unconventional. The Pentagon has decided on a name for the kind of war we have to be prepared to fight in decades to come. Unconventional? No. A couple of generations ago, the clash of national armies following the rules of the Hague and Geneva Conventions was called conventional war, as against a more terrifying unconventional war, which meant “nuclear” for a time; then that meaning changed to denote “special operations.” Any terminology now rooted in convention would be confusing. Asymmetrical? The meaning of that adjective is “unbalanced,” which carries the wrong connotation; besides, the term has been taken...
  • In India, death to global business-(Armed Maoists vs International CO's, Capitalism)

    05/16/2008 2:31:21 AM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 85+ views
    rediff ^ | Manjeet Kripalani, BusinessWeek | May 15, 2008
    On the night of Apr 24, a group of 300 men and women, armed with bows and arrows and sickles and led by gun-wielding commanders, emerged swiftly and silently from the dense forest in India's Chhattisgarh state. The guerrillas descended on an iron ore processing plant owned by Essar Steel [Get Quote], one of India's biggest companies. There the attackers torched the heavy machinery on the site, plus 53 buses and trucks. Press reports say they also left a note: Stop shipping local resources out of the state - or else. The assault on the Essar facility was the work...
  • Trench warfare to Denver; Update: Superdelegates leaning towards Obama?

    03/16/2008 10:19:32 AM PDT · by jdm · 20 replies · 851+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 16, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    According to Politico, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have despaired of any outright victory before the Democratic convention in Denver this August. The delegate math doesn’t allow for either to win without the superdelegates, and so the remaining contests will matter more for their symbolism rather than their actual delegate counts, especially for Hillary. Can she frighten enough superdelegates about Obama’s prospects against McCain to get them to support her despite being behind in pledged delegates? Yes, there will be the usual commercials, speeches and town halls in the remaining states. But the prime audience for the candidates isn’t...
  • Democrats set for trench warfare

    01/26/2008 8:36:46 PM PST · by jdm · 63 replies · 269+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Jan. 27, 2008 | By Edward Luce
    Barack Obama’s crushing victory over Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, where he received more votes than Mrs Clinton and John Edwards combined, will restore much of the momentum that he briefly enjoyed following his emphatic victory in Iowa. But Mr Obama’s stunning win is also likely to polarise further an already bitterly divided Democratic Party as the Clintons pull out all stops to maximise their chances on the “Super Tuesday” February 5 primary of 22 states. Even before the polls had closed on Saturday, Bill Clinton, who has been widely attacked for allegedly “playing the race card” in the last...