Madness walks the streets of America. We can defeat it.

Summary: The front pages of major American newspaper these days read like the community newsletter for a high-class asylum, written by and for educated but mentally dysfunctional people. Those of the far Right read like the Arkham Asylum newsletter, written for and by brilliant but deranged people. While a natural reaction, it's wrong. They prey … Continue reading Madness walks the streets of America. We can defeat it.

“Combating the Growing Threat of International Organized Crime”

Summary:  On rare occasions speeches by public officials deserve attention.  This is one, describing the growing danger of international criminal organizations.  For more on the geopolitical implications of this, see John Robb's Global Guerillas website, or read his book Brave New War.  Hat tip on this to Simon Hunt Strategic Services. "Combating the Growing Threat … Continue reading “Combating the Growing Threat of International Organized Crime”

Another perspective on Cordesman’s “A briefing from the battlefield”

Anthony H. Cordesman has provided some of the most comprehensive and reliable information about the Iraq War, so his latest report deserves attention. "The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing from the Battlefield", Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies (13 February 2008) Two things I find fascinating about this report: The US-centric perspective.  … Continue reading Another perspective on Cordesman’s “A briefing from the battlefield”

When will global oil production peak? Here is the answer!

Peak Oil will be one of the defining events of this century. Forecasts by professionals in energy-related fields fall in a large range between 2006 and 2025+, with most forecasts by institutions in the later half of this range. Estimates vary widely due to two very different kinds of factors. Factor #1:  Known Unknowns We … Continue reading When will global oil production peak? Here is the answer!