Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.
He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 and the Bradley Prize in 2008.
To read his full biography, click on on the photo.
We draw from him very selectively, but often enough to merit his own explicatory page here.
We anticipate all text messages being available for public search in the near term, joining our observation that Twitter is now a crowd-sourcing as well as a point of presence intelligence tool.
Click on the collage to search text messages from 9-11–the scope is believed to be limited (e.g. NYC only) but this is a harbinger of things to come.
The Hacktivists are working on running all radio communications among the fire and police in NYC into the CISCO digitzer, and then making that searchable. Unlike the result in seaching for bomb or bombs in text messages, we anticipate that the radio traffic will blow people’s mind, especially when visualized.
PORT OF SPAIN — The true cost of fighting climate change will top 300 billion dollars and developed countries may balk at footing the bill, Guyana’s Prime Minister Bharrat Jagdeo said Saturday.
Leading economists have calculated that “the cost of action and mitigation would be about one percent of the global economy,” he told journalists. “This is one percent of the GDP of a 30-trillion-dollar global economy,” he estimated.
Adding to installations in Oman and Egypt, India’s Shivsu Canadian Clear says its new plant in Baghdad is expected to convert 20 million liters per day.
The company’s Vice President Satish Kumar told the Cleantech Group today that the Iraq installation uses reverse osmosis to convert seawater into potable water that has industrial and drinking water purposes. Kumar said the desalination technology builds on other installations the company has made around the world, with improved wall paneling inside the containerized system so that it can withstand different environments.
This is UNDER CONSTRUCTION but still useful to intelligence analysts thinking about stabilization & reconstruction, and when combined with our revolution preconditions matrix, can inform Strategic Communications as well as Information Operations (IO). Notice the emphasis on identifying INDICATORS, in political science this is called “operationalization” and serves to connect outcomes with indicators with data to be observed and evaluated.
This comes up in connection with communities seeking to achieve sustainable lviing, both as communities (residents) and governments (municipalities.
Two versions of the 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities are available, one abbreviated, one in-depth. Reach both via the logo. The second is a 22-page handbook (on its way to 500 pages) from June 2009 that is so cool we are making it a Handbook. These ideas scale globally.
Why Criminal Hackers Must Not Be Rewarded Part 1: The Fruit of the Poisoned Tree By M. E. Kabay, 11/30/2009
In 1995, I participated in a debate with distinguished security expert Robert D. Steele, a vigorous proponent of open-source intelligence. We discussed the advisability of hiring criminal hackers. Perhaps readers will find the polemic I published back then of interest today. I’m sure it will provoke vitriolic comments from the criminal hacker community.
The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.
This is a huge development, one that could lead to a more rapid creation of the World Brain with embedded EarthGame as a means of connecting all human minds with all information in all languages all the time.
See our briefing given in Denmark to think about how this might apply to the global harmonization of gifts from the one billion rich to needs of the five billion poor at the household and item level.