FM newswire, 11 Nov – links to old-fashioned journalism

Today’s broadsheet from the FM website pressroom.  There are four sections, all with hot news.

  1. Links to interesting news and analysis
  2. Today’s special item
  3. News about themes from posts past on the FM website
  4. Lifted from the comments of the FM website

(I)  Links to interesting news and analysis

  1. Barack Hoover Obama: The best and the brightest blow it again“, Kevin Baker, Harper’s magazine, July 2009 — A look at Hoover’s impressive but inadequate accomplishments. Will Obama follow in his footsteps?  I strongly recommend reading this, hidden history to most Americans.
  2. How they are turning off the lights in America“, Edwin X Berry (PhD Physics, Meteorologist; bio here), posted at Climate Physics, October 2009
  3. Studies ‘overstate species risks’“, BBC, 6 November 2009 — A rare note of sanity amidst the green hysteria.
  4. The lost generation“, Paul Krugman, blogging at the New York Times, 7 November 2009 — The sad reality that economic growth in the developed world peaked during the 1960’s, and has slowed every decade since.
  5. Reagan! Reagan! Reagan!“, Paul Krugman, blogging at the New York Times, 7 November 2009 — The sad reality that US economic growth was slower by almost every metric from 1950-1980 than 1980-2007.

(II)  Today’s special item

Observation of the day:  “There are families not eating at the end of the month … literally lining up at midnight at Wal-Mart stores waiting to buy food when paychecks or government checks land in their accounts.” — Stephen Quinn, EVP of Wal-Mart.

(III)  Updates from posts past on the FM website

(a)  Why won’t Obama give you a job?“, Washington Post, 8 November 2009 — Nice discussion of the different forms of stimulus programs, and the limitations of each.  It also shows how the government is paralyzed by ignorance forgetting much of what has been learned about economics during the past 80 years.  For more information about this see:

(b)   “Does Biased News Have a ‘Time Bomb’ Effect?“, Miller-McCune, 9 November 2009 — “A European study shows that, over time, even the most sophisticated readers can be manipulated.”  For more information see the articles listed on the FM reference page:

(c)  About the Fort Hood killer (breaking news added)

  1. On War # 321: 4GW Comes to Ft. Hood“, William S. Lind, DNI, 10 November 2009 — His usual excellent analysis.   Looks at this in terms of 4GW theory in the light of a era in which nation-states are declining — coming to conclusions similar to mine.
  2. The Mystery of Maj. Nidal Hasan’s Powerpoint“, by Charles Cameron (an expert on forensic theology), posted at Zenpundit, 11 November 2009 — He is a former Senior Analyst with The Arlington Institute and Principal Researcher with the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston U.
  3. On the FM website:  Update about the killings in Texas, perhaps another crack in an Army near the breaking point, 6 November 2009

A note about #2:  what is “forensic theology”?  From Google I found the following:

  • Follow the Mullahs“, Stephen Grey, The Atlantic, November 2004 –“With theologians at the center of terrorist strategy, “forensic theology” is rapidly becoming a valuable intelligence tool”
  • Forensic Theology Resource Center — provides law enforcement, health care professionals and public safety agencies with research and training regarding unfamiliar religious groups and practices.
  • See the other entries here.

I know nothing about this field or its practitioners.  But it reminds me of the “experts” that appeared in the 1980’s on satanic cults and recovered memory syndrome.  I suggest caution.

(IV)  Lifted from the comments of the FM website

Steel Rain asked an interesting question here (as usual for these belligerent folks, he’s never responded to my reply — except with more insults):  “have you ever linked to a pro-war/pro-american website?”

This website does provides both analysis and advocacy, so there is no pretence of balance.  Rather the opposite, as the material here often attempts to show the rest of the story — the side less shown by the mainstream media.

But the answer is still definitely yes.   Here are a few examples:

These (and others) have been recommended on this site many times (the links go to articles on the FM site, as evidence). All have had their pro-war articles excepted here, with varying degrees of criticism.

More importantly, this website’s primary source of information about our wars is also most important and valuable of the pro-war sites: the US government.

More broadly speaking, this site has linked to most of the major pro-war voices, with long excepts and links. For example:

Readers of this site have been exposed to the writings of the war’s advocates. What pro-war websites do your read, and can you say the same about them?  For example, most of the comments on that thread come from those reading the Instapundit, which seldom shows criticism of the war.

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7 thoughts on “FM newswire, 11 Nov – links to old-fashioned journalism

  1. Breaking news added to this post!

    Section III.c About the Fort Hood killer

    1. On War # 321: 4GW Comes to Ft. Hood“, William S. Lind, DNI, 10 November 2009 — His usual excellent analysis. Looks at this in terms of 4GW theory in the light of a era in which nation-states are declining — coming to conclusions similar to mine.
    2. The Mystery of Maj. Nidal Hasan’s Powerpoint“, by Charles Cameron, posted at Zenpundit, 11 November 2009
    3. On the FM website: Update about the killings in Texas, perhaps another crack in an Army near the breaking point, 6 November 2009

    What is “forensic theology”? From Google I found the following:

    * “Follow the Mullahs“, Stephen Grey, The Atlantic, November 2004 –“With theologians at the center of terrorist strategy, “forensic theology” is rapidly becoming a valuable intelligence tool”
    * Forensic Theology Resource Center — provides law enforcement, health care professionals and public safety agencies with research and training regarding unfamiliar religious groups and practices.
    * See the other entries here.

    I know nothing about this field or its practitioners. But it reminds me of the “experts” that appeared in the 1980’s on satanic cults and recovered memory syndrome. I suggest caution.

  2. Hey, Paladin Press! When are you ever going to send my secret decoder ring?

    The Forensic Theology Resource Center provides law enforcement, health care professionals and public safety agencies with research and training regarding unfamiliar religious groups and practices.

    The organization was created by Tony M. Kail who is an as author as well as trainer for numerous regional, state and federal agencies. Kail has twenty years experience in research, writing and training on deviant religious groups. He is the author of A Cop’s Guide to Occult Investigations (2003 Paladin Press)…”

    http://www.cultcrime.org/aboutus.html

  3. Forensic Theology, eh? I would have thought a Forensic Theologist was someone like this guy:

    Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried incessantly: “I am looking for God! I am looking for God!”

    As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there, he excited considerable laughter. Have you lost him, then? said one. Did he lose his way like a child? said another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? or emigrated? Thus they shouted and laughed. The madman sprang into their midst and pierced them with his glances.

    “Where has God gone?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we not ourselves become gods simply to be worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whosoever shall be born after us – for the sake of this deed he shall be part of a higher history than all history hitherto.”

    Here the madman fell silent and again regarded his listeners; and they too were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern to the ground, and it broke and went out. “I have come too early,” he said then; “my time has not come yet. The tremendous event is still on its way, still travelling – it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time, the light of the stars requires time, deeds require time even after they are done, before they can be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the distant stars – and yet they have done it themselves.”

    It has been further related that on that same day the madman entered divers churches and there sang a requiem. Led out and quietened, he is said to have retorted each time: “what are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchres of God?”

    Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

    Although “theology” is commonly stretched to include the study of religion, it more properly refers to the study of the nature of God, which implies a faith on the part of the practitioner, and is something not particularly amenable to the techniques of forensics. More correct would be Forensic “Pisteology” (study of faith)!

    Etymological quibbles aside, though, item III.b is interesting but not surprising. For instance, everyone says “I don’t pay any attention to advertising” but it wouldn’t be a multi-trillion dollar industry if it didn’t work. What we think of as our rational consciousness is but the tip of a very large iceberg. Much of the time it works hard generating rationalizations for decisions made much further down . . .

  4. Not eating? Hm. I’m sure that this temporary decline in the demand for food, can be corrected by a F … FR … say it with me now … FRRRRR … come on, EVERYBODY …. FREEEE MARKET! Bada bing!

  5. The sad reality that economic growth in the developed world peaked during the 1960’s, and has slowed every decade since.

    One of the big problems of the post-60’s is that exploration of the moon, the planets, and outer space generally has turned out to be such a dud. ( Yes, discovery of distant planets is interesting, but we can’t get there. Discovery of massive black holes is even more interesting, but we don’t want to go near there. )

    This concludes the Westward Ho! impulse that has been such a feature in our civilization. What do we do for an encore?
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    FM reply: Exploration generates no economic returns. Look at the many expeditions to the poles. Settlement produces gain. The fatal error was made at the inception of the Apollo project, when the NASA configured it as a race to the moon — instead of the next frontier. There was just one-shot disposable craft, with no construction of infrastructure that would facilitate the next wave. A miscommunication between the politicians and the engineers, one of the most serious errors in all of history.

    Eventually, like Hiro’s steam engine, we (humanity) will go to space again. The right way, and the gains will be beyond anything we can imagine today.

  6. Hay! You can’t blow up the earth. That’s where i keep all my stuff.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwxc_zLH560&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

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