Stratfor warns about the global food crisis

Stratfor picks up on something I mentioned in Important news about the global food crisis! (1 April 2008):  “A Wheat Fungus and the Potential Food Crisis”, Stratfor (17 April 2008) — Subscribers only.   Excerpt: A fungus that affects wheat growth has spread beyond East Africa into southern parts of the Middle East. Given the coming monsoon season, …

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America needs a Foreign Legion

Michael O’Hanlon advocates recruiting foreigners into the US military in this Bookings Institute video:  “The Future of the Military“.  He wrote two articles with Max Boot advocating this.  “Create a U.S. foreign legion“, Armed Forces Journal (March 2007). “A Military Path to Citizenship“, Washington Post (19 October 2006). These articles have attracted much consideration, even mockery, but the …

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Visionaries point the way to success in the age of 4GW

After WWII we entered the age in which 4GW is the primary mode of warfare.  In response first come analysts, followed by visionaries, then solutions (in three kinds). Analysts (see this chapter) and visionaries provide the foundation on which solutions are build.  Visionaries propose radical ideas for the conduct of warfare (beyond anything we can do today) or …

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The Internet makes us dumber: the Bakken euphoria, a case study

Summary:  A case study of information flow on the Internet, and some conclusions.  Why does the Internet sometimes make us dumber?  How can we use it better?  We will need all the help we can get in the days to come. The Internet can make us smarter — or dumber.  It depends on how we …

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