DefDog: SecDef “Normal” is Two-Star Generals Approving Individual Patrols

Amazing….just amazing.  Reality out-does bad fiction. Whatever Pentagon Says, U.S. Patrols With Afghans Aren’t ‘Normal’ Yet By Spencer AckermanEmail Author WIRED, September 27, 2012 EXTRACT: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters on Thursday that “temporary adjustments” to low-level joint U.S.-Afghan patrols, enacted in the wake of widespread protests over an anti-Islam video, had mostly come …

Chuck Spinney: How Hot is Hot? Case Study in Government Misrepresentation

Below is a very important 2 part analysis of the meaning of the recent heat wave in the US and and the nature of reported temperature increases in general, and whether or not they can be attributed to increases in CO2 concentrations. The author, John Christy, is a highly regarded climatologist, albeit a skeptical one. …

20120707 Open Source Everything Highlights

Open Source Everything 20120706 Open Source Everything Highlights Filmmaker to attempt year of Open Source Everything Open Source Life: How the open movement will change everything Open Source Like Open Source? For Collaboration, Try Group-Office 4.0 Mozilla Foundation and EFF join hunt for Syrian open source developer Q&A: Harris president Jim Traficant on the ‘genius’ …

Yoda: In with Flynn, Out with What? Can He Effect Change Clapper Could Not?

Military Intelligence Gadfly Will Lead All Military Intelligence Spencer Ackerman WIRED, April 17, 2012 One of the most disruptive men in the sprawling U.S. spy community, someone who turned the military’s elite killers into top spies, will likely soon be in charge of all military intelligence. The Pentagon on Tuesday nominated Army Lt. Gen. Michael …

Review (Guest): Conversations with Wall Street – The Inside Story of the Financial Armageddon & How To Prevent the Next One

Peter Ressler, Monika Mitchell 5 Stars Co-authors Peter Ressler and Monika Mitchell have been 20-year Wall Street insiders as partners in an executive search firm. Their book is a page-turning account of the 2007-8 meltdown and continuing unsolved issues that will inevitably lead to the next crises. Woven throughout their analysis are conversations with dozens …