Useful lessons from the blizzard about ourselves & our future

Summary:  Every crisis tells us something about ourselves, and who we're becoming. This post looks for lessons from the NYC snowpocalypse, so revealing about the state of 21st Century America -- its people and leaders. This is a follow-up to Winter Storm Juno warns scientists not to burn away their credibility. Contents Typically outrageous actions by … Continue reading Useful lessons from the blizzard about ourselves & our future

An insightful review of “Catching Fire” (if only our spirits were so ignitable)

Summary:  Today we have a guest post by film critic Jonathan McCalmont, another review of "Catching Fire" that uses it as a mirror to our culture -- a reflection showing how we want to see ourselves. He shows how this film, like so many others these days, reflects our ambivalence about authority (starting with parental … Continue reading An insightful review of “Catching Fire” (if only our spirits were so ignitable)

A key to the power of FM 3-24, the new COIN manual

FM 3-24 provides a basis for DoD's people to describe a society. This is sketched out under "Describe the Effects of the Operational Environment" (3-16 through 3-65+) using standard social science definitions. This is valuable, as we cannot describe that for which we lack the words, and clear language promotes clear thinking.  Ths post discusses … Continue reading A key to the power of FM 3-24, the new COIN manual