Review: Ben Garrison’s Big Book of Editorial Cartoons

6 Star Top 10%, America (Founders, Current Situation), Atlases & State of the World, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Censorship & Denial of Access, Civil Society, Congress (Failure, Reform), Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Culture, Research, Democracy, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Impeachment & Treason, Intelligence (Public), Justice (Failure, Reform), Leadership, Media, Misinformation & Propaganda, Offbeat Fun, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Philosophy, Politics, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Truth & Reconciliation, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
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Ben Garrison

6 Stars — A Most Extraordinary Collection of Culturally Important Cartoons — Unabashedly Pro-Faith, Pro-Family — A Patriotic Celebration of Sanity

This was a LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies, copy #001 of which has gone to President Trump.

There are TEN COPIES left at $200 each, I will say that in my view these books are $500 collector items and Ben is underpricing them.  Contact Ben Garrison using the Contact Form if you want to buy one of the ten copies remaining.

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Review: Augmented Intelligence – Smart Systems and the Future of Work and Learning

5 Star, Economics, Information Operations, Information Society, Information Technology, Intelligence (Government/Secret), Intelligence (Public)

Daniel Araya (editor)

5 Stars Best Available Overview, Most “Experts” Still in Denial

Augmented Intelligence is the new meme that goes beyond Collective Intelligence. The editor has done the best possible job of collecting inputs from top people, a few of whom I know such as Jim Spohrer, and I recommend the book without reservation. Certainly it is my hope that the editor will be recognized as a rising star and given the freedom to do more outreach to include travel including China, toward what I hope will be a more multinational follow-on book.

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Review (Guest): Margin of Victory by COL Steve Patarcity as Published by Center for Military of Military History

5 Star, Force Structure (Military), Intelligence (Commercial), Intelligence (Public), Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Public Administration, Strategy, Survival & Sustainment
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Margin of Victory

“Margin of Victory: Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern Warfare” by Douglas Macgregor.  Naval Institute Press. 2016, Hardcover, 268 pages, $34.95.

“Margin of Victory” is about change, intelligently and soberly recognizing the need for that change regardless of preconceived notions and the consequences of failing to do so.  Each of the conflicts analyzed by Macgregor, all seemingly unrelated at first glance, center on his repeated premise that victory will depend on lessons learned that will drive accepting change and implementing the hard decisions that must accompany transformation – notably in technology, people, strategy and organization.  While history provides perspective that must be considered, holding on to outmoded concepts or failing to properly leverage what’s been learned will ultimately lead to decisive defeat.

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Review: Explosive Growth – A Few Things I Learned While Growing To 100 Million Users – And Losing $78 Million

5 Star, Information Technology, Intelligence (Public), Intelligence (Wealth of Networks)
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Cliff Lerner

5 Star Combines Lessons with Reading Recommendations

I’m starting to think about how to spend $200M to create an alternative to #GoogleGestapo that connects the President to 200 million eligible voters, and this book jumped to the top of the pile.

It is a fast pleasant read and it delivers both the expected lessons and an unexpected bonus, a very fine integrated list of books he read and gathered lessons from. I’ve read most of them but it was — for those who do not read as much as I do — a fine added value.

Here are a few items that stood out:

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Review: ANTIFRAGILE – Things That Gain From Disorder

7 Star Top 1%, Best Practices in Management, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Change & Innovation, Complexity & Resilience, Economics, Environment (Solutions), Intelligence (Public), Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Survival & Sustainment, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

7 Star Transformative — As Important as Governing the Commons — LOCALIZE

For those who do not know this, Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action earned Elinor Ostrom a Nobel Peace Prize in Economics. This book, by the author of Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable   is of that caliber. A later book,, Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life is easier to read — if you have time for only one go with the latter.

The core message of this book is that you cannot predict or control high impact low probability events, but you can downsize, localize, you can decentralize, and in so doing make much of the ecology “antifragile.”

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