Meanwhile, Mali destabilized out of Libya.
Meanwhile, Iraq and Afghanistan implode and Israel gets ready to strike Iran.
It was Carl Sagan who wrote ~ ” One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge ~ even to ourselves ~ that we’ve been so credulous. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.”
Phi Beta Iota: What interesting times. Government is supposed to be the service of common concern and operating in the public interest–nowhere is this more important than in the fragmented fields of education, intelligence, and research–the foundation of a Smart Nation with a unified soul–and in the fields of counterintelligence, inspections general, and operational test & evaluation. Unfortunately, if integrity is lacking at the electoral level and the political governance level, the good people trapped in a bad system can have all the integrity in the world, to no avail. Mini-Mi appears to be focusing on “root” causes, much as Hedrick Smith is focusing on the fundamentals in his new book, Who Stole the American Dream. Anytime Mini-Me and Hedrick Smith (a giant in the literature on power and the pathologies of power) are on the same meme, that meme is going mainstream. Corrupt politicians, take note. Integrity is coming back into fashion. One way to “reboot” America is with an Electoral Reform Act of 2012. Another is with an independent Open Source Agency. This is not rocket science. America is going into a revolutionary mode soon. Might be a good idea to start planning for that wave–you can surf it, you cannot control it.