SmartPlanet: The world’s top universities — still no “smart nation”

Western universities still dominate the upper reaches of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. But a power shift is underway and the east is beginning to rise through the ranks. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings powered by Thomson Reuters judges research-led universities on teaching, research, citations (research influence), industry income and international …

SchwartzReport: The Decline of Wikipedia

I loathe Wikipedia. I fought for months through their arcane rules to have a mass of misinformation about myself and my work deleted. And many of my friends and colleagues tell similar stories. Nothing that has anything to do consciousness research can trusted to be accurate on Wikipedia. In fact there is a group called …

Sreeram Chaulia: Russia-China-India “Strategic Triangle”

A new power triangle The relative decline of America’s military, economy and soft power has led to new possibilities for restructuring leadership. Russia, India and China have been grasping at these new horizons. The Asian Age, 22 October 2013 Two back-to-back diplomatic summits this week between India and Russia, followed by India and China, are …

2013 ON REVOLUTION — HelpngTransform the US Army Consistent with CSA Guidance

* The Chinese character for revolution, “fire in the lake,” was made well-known to literate Americans by Frances Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (Little, Brown and Company, 2009), originally published in the early 1970’s.  The book remains startlingly relevant to a learning-disabled US military repeating the same mistakes, …

SchwartzReport: NSA Has Not Foiled a SINGLE Terrorist Plot + NSA Meta-RECAP

Here is what I believe is a correct assessment concerning the creation of the national security state in which we live today. Absurd amounts of money have been spent, and civil liberties abridged to an unprecedented degree, on the basis of a threat consisting of little gangs. It is transparently disproportionate, there has to be …

LtCol X: CSA Sends – Strategic Priorities for the Army – with Phi Beta Iota Comments

Please note Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno‘s updated strategic priorities for the US Army, arranged in five (5) categories. PDF Slide Show: CSA Strategic Priorities vFinal 16Oct13 From those, here is an extract . EXTRACTS: [DOWNSIZED ARMY; EXPEDITIONARY] – Downsize, transition, and then sustain a smaller, but ready and capable Total Army …

SchwartzReport: All Dried Up – China Water Crisis

All Dried Up The Economist (U.K.) Water is destiny. And here, once again, is evidence of this. China’s water and, thus, food problems hold tremendous implications for not just China but the world. BEIJING — CHINA endures choking smog, mass destruction of habitats and food poisoned with heavy metals. But ask an environmentalist what is …