Stratfor looks at the stray cubs of the Caliphate

Summary: Here Stratfor examines a growing and disturbing aspect of fourth generation warfare -- the increased use of children as soldiers -- by jihadists. This can help us to better know what to expect from this dark aspect of our future, and to prepare for it. The Stray Cubs of the Caliphate By  Scott Stewart … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the stray cubs of the Caliphate

“Ender’s Game” is a horror movie, showing us our dark side. No worries; we’ll forget faster than we eat the popcorn.

Summary:  Reader's have requested revisits to the posts about "Ender's Game". As the poster below shows, it holds a mirror to show us aspects of today's America.  Dark themes, evoking aspects of ourselves we prefer to hide (as popular art so often does).  Our fear, even paranoia. And our willingness to kill as a first … Continue reading “Ender’s Game” is a horror movie, showing us our dark side. No worries; we’ll forget faster than we eat the popcorn.

Orson Scott Card and the Dark Side of “Ender’s Game”

Orson Scott Card has become the latest icon in the culture war.  DC hired Card to write Superman comics. The Left protested Card's right-wing views (especially his anti-gay stance). DC fired Card. Conservatives protest this economic sanction due to non-job-related personal opinions (like Scientific American firing a writer for his Christian views).  See the details … Continue reading Orson Scott Card and the Dark Side of “Ender’s Game”

The Real Revolution in Military Affairs (it’s not what you think)

Summary: one of the most important and least discussed changes in the nature of warfare is who does the fighting. Women and children acting as soldiers are not unknown in the past, but never with such a large and increasing role. Their participation changes the very nature of war, with effects today we can only … Continue reading The Real Revolution in Military Affairs (it’s not what you think)