Commentator of Note: Victor Davis Hanson

Authors & Editors

Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson

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.

Journal: Public Search of Cell and Radio

Civil Society, Collective Intelligence, Methods & Process, Mobile, Real Time
Public Access to Cell & Radio
Public Access to Cell & Radio

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.

Thus does the public recapture its power–by paying attention.  Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would be proud….and this might be a good point at which to observe that Thomas Jefferson was himself one of the first American counter-culture icons, see  Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House.

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2001-09-11 10:04:54 Skytel [003927743] ALPHA|RE:Please call me. I am in my office| NYSE is also bombed. I am leaving the building. I am with HARI. Pray me.

Journal: Climate battle bill to top $300 billion–Guyana

Analysis, Communities of Practice, Earth Intelligence, Ethics, Key Players, Policies, Threats
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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.

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Review: The Vanishing of a Species? A Look at Modern Man’s Predicament by a Geologist (Hardcover)

5 Star, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Consciousness & Social IQ, Culture, Research, Economics, Education (General), Education (Universities), Environment (Problems), Future, History, Survival & Sustainment, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution
Amazon Page
Amazon Page

5.0 out of 5 stars Posthumous Reflections of Extraordinary Value

November 30, 2009
Peter Gretener

“The system has had it.”

“Environmental science–or engineering–is at best a misnomer and at worst a fraud.” This author, like the author of The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with “Climate Change” Turning Out to Be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History? anticipate ClimateGate and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) being a totally dishonest organization.

Fragmentation of Knowledge
Fragmentation of Knowledge

“We need all the brainpower we can get.”

“Any human revolution must be preceded by an intellectual revitalization.”

“Education is an integrated concept. Thus a truly educated person has integrity.”

“The enemy in achieving a global solution is the fragmentation of knowledge. The interdisciplinary dialog is a step toward addressing this fragmentation.”

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Journal: $20M water desalination project in Iraq

12 Water
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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.

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AFRICOM Week in Review Ending 30 Nov 09


Hot Topics

AA: Mercenary Mann says South Africa backed coup plot 11/29/09

AA: Are SA mercenaries assisting Guinea’s military junta? 11/26/09

AO: Angola: Armed forces reiterate support for public health services 11/26/09

CD: DR Congo appeals for arrest of FDLR leaders in Western countries 11/26/09

ET: Ethiopia’s Human Rights Reports presented to the African Commission on Human … 11/27/09

ET: Ex-Ethiopia President Negasso Gidada joins opposition 11/26/09

NA: Namibia begins vote count 11/28/09

NG: How illegal arms, ammunition enter Nigeria 11/27/09

NG: Nigeria: Yar’Adua Should Draw Up Roadmap to Delta Peace 11/30/09

SO: Militia warns UN to buy from Somali farmers or cut aid 11/25/09

SO: Somalia: Hisbul Islam Bans the Business of Kat in Beledweyn Town 11/25/09

SO: Two journalists released in Somalia 11/25/09

ZA: Zimbabwean refugees face crime, harassment in South Africa 11/27/09

Below the Fold: Instability, Special Operations, Security Forces, Foreign Affairs, Crime

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Handbook: 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities

HUMINT, Stabilization
12 Traits Handbook
12 Traits Handbook

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.

Search: matrix for sustainable communities

03 Environmental Degradation, Searches
Leadership Matrix Institute
Leadership Matrix Institute

This comes up in connection with communities seeking to achieve sustainable lviing, both as communities (residents) and governments (municipalities.

Twelve Traits
Twelve Traits

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.

Critical Thinking for Sustainable Community Decision-Making (5 pages)

Bio-Regional Stability Matrix
Bio-Regional Stability Matrix

7 slides.

Reference: Are Hackers Pioneers with the Right Stuff or Criminal Pathological Scum? Mitch Kabay Reprises

03 Economy, 04 Education, 10 Transnational Crime, Civil Society, Collective Intelligence, Ethics, Hacking, ICT-IT, InfoOps (IO), Law Enforcement, Media Reports, Methods & Process, Mobile, Real Time, Technologies

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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.

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Worth a Look: Ushandi Open Source Crowd-Sourcing

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Ethics, Geospatial, InfoOps (IO), Key Players, Methods & Process, Mobile, Policies, Real Time, Technologies, Threats, Worth A Look
Ushandi Home Page
Ushandi Home Page

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.

Usahndi Visual Concept
Usahndi Visual Concept

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.