Review (DVD): Frank Lloyd Wright

6 Star Top 10%, Best Practices in Management, Change & Innovation, Consciousness & Social IQ, Culture, Research, Environment (Solutions), Leadership, Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Philosophy
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Frank Lloyd Wright by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Star — Utterly Brilliant Man, Mind, and Treatment, October 24, 2013

WARNING: This DVD has two parts, and if you are inattentive, you can get to the end of Part I (the 1920’s and Frank Lloyd Wright’s low point) and forget that there is a Part II (the rest of his life, with his greatest accomplishments during his 70’s).

PBS has really out-done itself with this production. The detail, the mosaic of interviews and the integration of glorious music and spectacular photography make this one of the best DVDs I have ever enjoyed.

This is not just a DVD about a man; it is a DVD about a philosophy of life, about the integration of humanity, nature, work, and artifact – from a single house that is a spiritual temple to heaven on earth, and across the board re-invention of how man relates to everything.

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Review: Nonzero–The Logic of Human Destiny

7 Star Top 1%, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Best Practices in Management, Change & Innovation, Civil Society, Communications, Complexity & Resilience, Consciousness & Social IQ, Cosmos & Destiny, Culture, Research, Economics, Education (General), Education (Universities), Environment (Solutions), Future, Games, Models, & Simulations, History, Information Operations, Information Society, Insurgency & Revolution, Intelligence (Collective & Quantum), Intelligence (Public), Intelligence (Wealth of Networks), Media, Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Politics, Religion & Politics of Religion, Science & Politics of Science, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 7 Stars–Nobel Prize (Of Old, Before Devalued) – Life Transformative Insights
November 28, 2009
Robert Wright

QUOTE: “Non-zero-sumness is a kind of potential–a potential for overall gain, or for overall loss, depending on how the game is played.”

This book is one of the most sophisticated, deep, documented, and influential I have ever read, right up there with Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. Published in 2000, this book has NOT received the marketing promotion or the public attention it merits.

THIS BOOK HAS SUBSTANTIALLY ALTERED MY PERCEPTION OF EVERYTHING ELSE.

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Journal: Cultural Intelligence (Or Not)

Cultural Intelligence

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Mother of All Conspiracy Theories: “Cultural Cleansing in Iraq”

The Iraq Crisis List has publicized a new book entitled, Cultural Cleansing in Iraq Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.

According to Iraq Crisis,

Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning in a campaign to liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime.

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Worth a Look: Literature in Rebuttal of Global Warming

03 Environmental Degradation, Communities of Practice, Earth Intelligence, Ethics, Key Players, Policies
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Global Warming False Alarm: The Bad Science Behind the United Nations’ Assertion that Man-made CO2 Causes Global Warming

In language that a layman can understand, Ralph Alexander explains how the whole global warming claim got started, who started it, and how it has been maintained by too many scientists (and others) using deliberately false or distorted science. – Bookviews by Alan Caruba

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Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science

‘This is a very powerful, clear, understandable and extremely useful book . . . [Plimer] convincingly criticizes the UN, the IPCC, U.K. and U.S. politicians, as well as Hollywood show business celebrities. He strictly distinguishes science from environmental activism, politics, and opportunism.’—Vaclav Klaus, President, The European Union

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Dr. Richard Lindzen–Professor of Meteorology at M.I.T., member, the National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, says global warming alarmists “are trumpeting catastrophes that couldn’t happen even if the models were right.”  …  and many others

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Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) comes Red Hot Lies, an exposé of the hypocrisy, deceit, and outright lies of the global warming alarmists and the compliant media that support them. Did you know that most scientists are global warming skeptics? Or that environmental alarmists have knowingly promoted false and exaggerated data on global warming? Or that in the Left’s efforts to suppress free speech (and scientific research), they have compared global warming dissent with “treason”?  Shocking, frank, and illuminating, Chris Horner’s Red Hot Lies explodes as many myths as Al Gore promotes.

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Review: The Looming Tower–Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

5 Star, 9-11 Truth Books & DVDs, Culture, Research, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, History, Insurgency & Revolution, Iraq
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings us from 1940’s to date, superb writing
September 29, 2006

Lawrence Wright

Edit of 11 Sep 08 to add links. the rest of the world (at least one quarter of the Germans, most Arabs, mixed ratios elsewhere) is quite certain that 9-11 was either made to happen by the US Government, or allowed to happen (my own view, with Silverstein adding controlled demolitions and Gulliani helping destroy the crime scene quickly).

This is an extraordinary, gifted piece of work that covers a broader swath of history, a deeper cultural well, and more detailed personal portraits of the key players, than any other book I have read in this area. It joins Louise Richardson’s “What Terrorists Want,” Dick Clarke’s “Against All Enemies,” and Professor Pape’s “Dying to Win” as a core reference on the rise of suicidal terrorism.

I especially liked the historical survey from the 1940’s through the 1960’s (Six Day War), 1970’s (Sadat and rise of Arab despots), 1980’s (arming of the jihadists in Afghanistan) to the 1990’s (Sudan as home base).

Towering sentence: 9-11 began in Egyptian prisons–“torture created an appetite for revenge.” It was the combination of Saudi government money and Egyptian prisoners and revolutionaries tortured by that government, and then inspired by jihad in Afghanistan, that created a global remobilization of terrorism.

Penetrating insight: Arab governments funded jihadists to get their rabble-rousers out of town, but no one gave any thought to how this was creating a permanent “stateless vagrant mob of mercenaries.”

The level of detail across the book is very good, and presented in an easy to read and compelling fashion. For all that I have read, here are a few gems from this particular book:

1) Despite Clinton’s claims, US simply did not take Al Qaeda seriously until late 1990’s, and then the lionized Bin Laden with the Tomahawk attack, in the process enriching Bin Laden by $10 million, the price he got from the Chinese for the unexploded Tomahawk missiles that failed.

2) FBI blew it in 1996 (the book does not mention the two walk-ins that the FBI brushed off in 2000 and 2001), CIA refused to share key information with FBI, NSA refused to share Bin Laden transcripts with CIA or the FBI, the grotesque incompetence and bureaucratic idiocy–even for someone like myself who has worked for the CIA, is simply unbelievable.

3) US support to Israel, US tolerance of Israeli genocide against Palestinians, is hands down more aggravating to the Arabs than US presence in Saudi Arabia, but it was the latter that began Bin Laden’s radicalization. The US seriously misunderstood the negative impact of staying on in Saudi Arabia, and Dick Cheney’s violation of his promise to pull out of Saudi Arabia when Iraq was displaced from Kuwait, can be said to be directly responsible for pushing Bin Laden over the edge.

4) Muslim Brothers of Egypt have mastered “civil affairs” and are able to sponsor hospitals, schools, factories, and welfare societies at the same time that they sponsor a violent secret side.

5) Both communism and capitalism are despised by the fundamentalists for their materialism; this slightly outranks the secular Arab dictators. Jews, England, and America are in for a rough time.

6) The author has done a really fine job of investigating and recounting details of Bin Laden’s life including his illnesses, his genius, and his occasional possible loss of sanity.

7) The Saudi government is a hollow shell waiting to implode; Saudi Muslims are 1% of the global Muslim population, but Saudis fronted 90% of the money for mosques and maddresses all over the world, exporting radical Wahabbism over more balanced Islamic variants that tolerate Jews and Christians.

8) Al Qaeda playbook written by an Arab trained by US Special Forces.

9) Bin Laden was happily retired in Sudan, he was re-energized out of retirement by US forces staying in Saudi Arabia, and by the King stripping him of his citizenship.

10) US economic interests world-wide, not just cultural targets within the USA, are part of Bin Laden’s total plan. He believes that the US will fragment over time, as the Soviet Union did (see my review of Joel Garreau’s “Nine Nations of North America”_.

11) 1994 was the first time airplanes into the World Trade Center were discussed with Bin Laden. 2001, seven years later. My personal view, based on this book and others, is that we are about to be hit again, and I would not be surprised if it were a combination of a Taliban attack on Kabul, a nuclear or bio-chemical event in the US, and precision attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations.

12) Egypt recruits boy spies on their parents by drugging them and sodomizing them, taking photos, and threatening to publish the photos. Charming…..just the kind of stuff George Bush Junior wants to legalize.

The author concludes the book with a very good nine page description (one paragraph each) of the key characters in this saga. It’s not over, by a long shot–as this and other books document, terrorism is a tactic, not an enemy, and we cannot beat Bin Laden by playing into his hands with heavy handed occupation in Iraq and lightweight easily over-run forces in Afghanistan. The next twelve months could see a great deal more damage done to the West by disparate allies from Iran to Hezbollah to Al Qaeda to white supremacists to a new break-out of terrorism in Asia.

Other books that complement this one:
The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State
Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies
Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush’s War on Iraq
9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, Fourth Edition
Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory

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Why We Fight
9/11 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions

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PolicyDoDQDR Shift in Focus 18 Years After Gray and Steele Recommended Same

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PolicyMarkowitzDefense Science Board Report on Transitions (NGO, OSINT)

2006

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PolicyPetersCounterrevolution in Military Affairs

2006

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PolicySteeleTerms of Reference for Intelligence Reform 1.1

2006

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PolicySteeleIn Search of a Leader (Four Essential Reforms)

2006

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PolicySteeleElectoral Refrom as Precursor to Intelligence Reform

2006

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PolicyTsuruokaManaging for the Future: Interview with Alvin Toffler

2005

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PolicyAndreggEthics and the IC: Breaking the Laws of God and Man

2005

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PolicyBASICThink Tank Report on US Intelligence Incompetence

2005

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PolicyEUEuropean Union Proposed Multi-National Intelligence Service

2005

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PolicyGodsonCulture of Lawfullness

2005

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PolicySteeleON INTELLIGENCE: Overview in Aftermath of 9-11

2005

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PolicySteeleOp-Ed on Condi Rice’s Active Deception

2005

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PolicySteeleCease and desist letter on Naquin

2005

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PolicyTamaPrinceton Review on Intelligence Reform

2004

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PolicyAlexanderArmy G-2 Accepts OSINT as Separate Discipline

2004

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PolicyAndreggInsanity of Planned Intelligence “Reforms”

2004

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PolicyAnon & SteeleUpdate on OSINT in Australia

2004

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PolicyClercCognitive Knowledge for Nations

2004

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PolicyCordesmanQuestions & Answers on Intelligence Reform

2004

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PolicyCordesman & SteeleQuestions & Answers on Intelligence Reform

2004

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PolicySimmonsCongressman Simmons Letter to General Schoomaker on OSINT

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PolicySteeleDoD OSINT Program: One Man’s View of What Is Needed

2004

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PolicySteeleTranscript of Steele at Secretary of State’s Open Forum 24 March 2004

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PolicyTongeren (van)Need for Global Alliance for Human Security (Complete)

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PolicyTongeren (van)Need for Global Alliance for Human Security (Overview)

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PolicyCzechSteady State Revolution and National Security

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PolicyFyffeIntelligence Sharing and OSINT

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PolicyFyffeIntelligence Sharing and OSINT (Summary)

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PolicyLewisCreating the Global Brain

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PolicyMarkowitzOSINT in Support of All Source

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PolicyMarkowitzOpen Source Intelligence Investment Strategy

2003

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PolicySteeleOpen Letter to Ambassadors Accredited to the USA

2003

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PolicyTruyensIntelligent vs. Intelligence: That Is The Question

2002

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PolicyPoliti11th of September and the Future of European Intelligence

2001

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PolicyHeibelIntelligence Training: What Is It?  Who Needs It?

2001

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PolicyHeibelValue of Intelligence & Intelligence Training to Any Organization

2001

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PolicyOakleyUse of Civilian & Military Power for Engagement & Intervention

2000

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PolicyBerkowitzAn Alternative View of the Future of Intellligence

2000

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PolicyBudzkoRussian View of Electronic Open Sources and How to Exploit Them

2000

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PolicyErmarthOSINT: A Fresh Look at the Past and the Future

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PolicyPolitiThe Birth of OSINT in Italy

1999

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PolicyAllen (ADCI/C)OSINT as a Foundation for All-Source Collection Management

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PolicyRolingtonChanging Messages in Western Knowledge Over 400 Years (Slides)

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PolicyRolingtonChanging Messages in Western Knowledge Over 400 Years (Text)

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PolicySteeleSnakes in the Grass: Open Source Doctrine

1998

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PolicyDonahueBalancing Spending Among Spies, Satellites, and Schoolboys

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PolicyBotbolThe OSINT Revolution: Early Failures and Future Prospects

1997

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PolicyFelsherViability & Survivability of US Remote Sensing as Function of Policy

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PolicySteeleIntelligence in the Balance: Opening Remarks at OSS ‘97

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PolicySuttonGlobal Coverage ($1.5B/Year Needed for Lower Tier OSINT)

1997

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PolicyTsuruokaAsian Perceptions of What Is and Is Not Legal in Economic Intelligence

1997

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PolicyTyrrellProposals to Develop a NATO/PfP OSINT Capability

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PolicyClercEconomic and Financial Intelligence: The French Model

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PolicyKahinWhat Is Intellectual Property?

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PolicySteeleCreating a Smart Nation (Govt Info Q and also CYBERWAR Chapter)

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PolicySteeleInfoPeace: OSINT as a Policy Option & Operational Alternative

1996

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PolicySteeleOpen Sources and the Virtual Intelligence Community

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PolicySteeleProtecting the Civilian Infrastructure as an Aspect of Information Warfare

1996

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PolicyZuckermanThe Central Role of Open Source Economic Intelligence

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PolicyPrusakSeven Myths of the Information Age

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PolicySteeleConference Executive Summary C/HPSCI and former DCI Colby

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PolicySteeleCreating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, & Information

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PolicySteeleSMART NATIONS: NI Strategies and Virtual Intelligence Communities

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PolicyOgdin & GiserCyber-Glut, and What To Do About It

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PolicySchmidtOpen Source Solutions 1994: The State of Intelligence

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PolicySchwartauLetter on NII Security

1994

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PolicySchwartau et alCross-Walk of 3 Experts’ Spending $1 Billion per Year for NII Security

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PolicySteeleCommunications, Content, Coordination, and C4 Security: Talking Points

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PolicySteeleCorrespondence to Mr. Marty Harris, NII Commission

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PolicySteeleDATA MINING: Don’t Buy or Build Your Shovel Until You Know What…

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PolicySteeleExpansion of Questions Posed by Senator John Warner to Aspin-Brown

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PolicySteeleLetter to the Open Source Lunch Club on PFIAB Being Useless

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PolicySteeleNational and Corporate Security in the Age of Information

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PolicySteelePrivate Enterprise Intelligence: Its Potential Contribution to Nat’l Sec.

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PolicyBeaumardFrance: Think-tank to Anticipate & Regulate Economic Intelligence Issues

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PolicyBeaumardLearned Nations: Competitive Advantages Via Knowledge Strategies

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PolicyBrennerLaw and Policy of Telecommunications and Computer Database Networks

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PolicyCastagnaReview of Reich, The Work of Nations

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PolicyChantlerNeed for Australia to Develop a Strategic Policy on OSI

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PolicyCislerCommunity Computer Networks

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PolicyCivilleThe Spirit of Access: Equity, NREN, and the NII

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PolicyFedanzoA Genetic View of National Intelligence

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PolicyKumonJapan and the United States in the Information Age

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PolicyLeijonhelmEconomic Intelligence Cooperation Between Government Industry

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PolicyLoveComments on the Clinton Administration’s ‘Vision’ Statement for the NII

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PolicyPetersenA New Twenty-First Century Role for the Intelligence Community

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PolicySchmidtHistory of Failure, Future of Opportunity: Reinventions and Deja Vu

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PolicySteeleA Critical Evaluation of U.S. National Security Capabilities

1993

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PolicySteeleACCESS: Theory and Practice of Intelligence in the Age of Information

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PolicySteeleExecutive Order 12356, ‘National Security Information’

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PolicySteeleReinventing Intelligence in the Age of Information (TP for DCI)

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PolicySteeleReinventing Intelligence: The Advantages of OSINT

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PolicySteeleRole of Grey Lit & Non-Traditional Agencies in Informing Policy Makers

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PolicyToffler (Both)Knowledge Strategies, Intellience Restructuring,  Global Competitiveness

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PolicyWallnerOverview of IC Open Source Requirements and Capabilities

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PolicyWoodThe IC and the Open Source Information Challenge

1992

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PolicyBarlowEFF and the National Public Network (NPN)

1992

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PolicyCastagnaReview of Toffler’s PowerShift

1992

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PolicyDedijerOpen Source Solutions: Intelligence and Secrecy

1992

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PolicyGageOpen Sources, Open Systems

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PolicyGreenwaldUnrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization: Diplomacy’s Cutting Edge

1992

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PolicyHughesAn Affordable Approach to Networking America’s Schools

1992

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PolicyKahinNew Legal Paradigms for Multi-Media Information in Cyberspace

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PolicyKahnOutline of a Global Knowledge Architecture, Visions and Possibilities

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PolicySteeleE3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, and Intelligence

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PolicySteeleInaugural Remarks Opening 1st International Conference

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PolicySteeleInformation Concepts & Doctrine for the Future

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PolicySteeleOSINT Clarifies Global Threats: Offers Partial Remedy to Budget Cuts

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PolicySteeleReview Strassmann, Information PayOff

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PolicyWoodRemarks, Don’t Be Suspicious of Contractors

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PolicyJFK Working GroupNational Intelligence and the American Enterprise: Possibilities

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PolicySteeleHow to Avoid Strategic Intelligence Failures in the Future

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PolicySteeleRecasting National Security in a Changing World

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PolicyWrightProject for a World Intelligence Center