Berto Jongman: Social Media This and That

Commerce, Corruption, Government, Idiocy, Ineptitude, IO Impotency
Berto Jongman

Visualizing the Social Media Universe in 2018

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

Stephen E. Arnold: Google’s $350 Billion Haircut

Commerce, Corruption, Idiocy, Ineptitude, IO Impotency
Stephen E. Arnold

By Rick Webb at Medium.

Google’s $350 Billion Haircut

The math’s not pretty on digital advertising’s future revenues. That could mean a massive devaluation for both Google and Facebook.

DefDog: Blow to morale: Afghan forces worry about US withdrawal – Bullshit (should not have been there, never understood how to train, equip, and organize Afghans)

08 Wild Cards, Corruption, Government, Ineptitude, Military
DefDog

Blow to morale: Afghan forces worry about US withdrawal

Several high ranking Afghan military officials, who spoke on condition they not be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media, said the morale of Afghanistan’s under-trained and poorly
equipped security forces was already at a dangerously low ebb.

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Berto Jongman: Future IoT Needs Privacy & Security by Design

Corruption, Earth Intelligence, Government, Ineptitude, IO Impotency
Berto Jongman

IoT Future Needs Privacy, Security by Design

“A significant number of smart devices, including smart CCTV cameras, thermostats or smart TVs, are insecure by design,” said Petrus. “It’s not even possible to make some of them more secure as they’ve been made with hard-coded account names and passwords that can’t be changed.”

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Betty Boop: Two Drones Shut Down Key Airport — Over & Over…. UPDATE 2

Drones & UAVs, Government, Ineptitude, Law Enforcement, Military

now multiply by 100, choosing key Western cities…

Holiday chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick Airport

Phi Beta Iota: The West assumes impunity from interruption and is not ready for asymetric rear area attacks. An electromagnetic pulse gun in a helicopter would have been able to fry these drones on the spot. In a worst case a machine gunner, shooting downwards.  No one wants to think about this stuff….too inconvenient.

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Doug Macgregor: Army Makes Another Bad Move — “Light” Tanks for Dead Infantry

10 Security, 11 Society, Corruption, Ineptitude, Military
Col Dr. Douglas Macgregor

Army picks two companies to build prototypes for a new cannon-toting vehicle to back up infantry

My comment: The Army is pursuing a 1942 tactical solution to contemporary warfare. Providing light infantry with light tanks was a desperate measure in 1942 to make up for a lack of firepower and protection. It did not work against the Germans who triumphed wherever it was tried. The German and Soviet use of Main battle tanks led to whole sale mechanization and fielding of armored infantry/panzer grenadier formations in all Western armies by the end of WWII.

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Yoda: WWIII – Saker Video with Summary

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Civil War, 06 Genocide, 07 Other Atrocities, 08 Proliferation, 09 Terrorism, 10 Transnational Crime, Corruption, Government, Ineptitude, Military, Peace Intelligence

Latest Saker interview.  Sobering.  Start at 5:06 minutes.

Summary and comment below the fold.

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CounterPunch: The End of the NRA?

Civil Society, Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Ineptitude, Non-Governmental

The End of the NRA? Business Magazines Tell Activists: The Strategy is Working

Good news for humanity: the NRA is weakening. The gun-lobbying group is in “deep financial trouble,” Fortune Magazine reported, and warns that the NRA may not be able to keep going.

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Steven Aftergood: CRS on Intelligence Oversight

Corruption, Government, Ineptitude
Steven Aftergood

Congressional Oversight of Intelligence:  Background and Selected Options for Further Reform

The usual suspects: joint committee, consolidated authorization & appropriation, dedicated HPSCI intelligence staff, abolish term limits for HPSCI Members.

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