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Weekend Links – 18 May 2008

These may or may not be of interest to you:

Pricings For Underground Markets In Computer Crime


Ancient humans started down the path of evolving into two separate species before merging back into a single population, a genetic study suggests. The genetic split in Africa resulted in distinct populations that lived in isolation for as much as 100,000 years, the scientists say.

Very Cool idea for a blog – http://althouse3.blogspot.com/ :

The Time That Blog Forgot. If only I could have blogged in the century before blogging! I will imperfectly satisfy my longing by using a random number generator to pick the year and the NYT archive to scan the news stories for today’s date in that year

Unqualified Reservations’ Open Letter To Open-Minded Progressives Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

http://stephenpampinella.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/thinking-about-xgw/ :

And as per the above quote, each strategic paradigm has been around forever, so each Generation does not evolve to displace each other, but instead merely adds to a belligerent’s repetoire of strategic paradigm. That being said, given one’s place in the social structure of the international political system, employing certain strategic paradigms is politically self-destructive (and irrational) or alternatively can lead to political success (and thus, rational). Thus, most states aren’t supposed to kill civilians, but some do and get away with it as well as the non-state actors they are fighting. These actors can fight one type of war without losing legitimacy, unlike more established states who are deeply embedded in a normative culture that prohibits ‘collateral damage’. Each Generation is a repetoire and has existed throughout time, but just because an actor has learned a repetoire doesn’t mean it can always use it and expect to win. That’s why history is important. It conditions which Generations/repetoires/strategic paradigms will be most successful to achieving one’s policy goals.

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2008/05/distributed-emergence-networking.html :

The mission of the Counterjihad is to organize action to resist sharia and roll back Islamization in the nations of the West. This purpose will be accomplished via a number of strategies that can operate together or separately, consecutively or concurrently. They may include some or all of the following…
The most important characteristic of an effective anti-Islamization network is that it be international. The enemy’s networks are very international, and radical Islam coordinates effortlessly across national boundaries. We must do the same thing.

http://www.steynonline.com/content/view/1217/ :

I’m not sure why Michelle would stick “pastor of a church” in that list of downscale occupations: Her pastor drives a Mercedes and lives in a gated community. But, insofar as I understand Mrs. O, she feels that many Harvard and Princeton graduates have to give up their life’s dream of being a minimum-wage “community organizer” (whatever that is) and are forced to become corporate lawyers, investment bankers and multinational CEOs just to pay off their college loans. I’m sure the waitresses and checkout clerks nodded sympathetically.

http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=43EB6031-8C4B-42DB-AB4B-E8BD78132710 :

With its heavily funded proxies marching through an Arab democracy’s ruins, Iran has arrived on the Mediterranean, outflanking Israel.

http://shrinkwrapped.blogs.com/blog/2008/05/sometimes-a-thi.html :

The neocons, especially President Bush, were convinced that if only the jackboot of fascism were removed from their necks, the Iraqi people would eagerly adopt democracy and freedom. Our painful experiences in Iraq have shown how naive such a hope was.


So, Obama was a Muslim? Here and Here.

Rachel Lucas is a Firefly Fan. Shiny!

http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/05/13/former-head-of-iraqi-anti-corruption-agency-now-an-undocumented-immigrant.html :

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State may two the two worst-run agencies in the federal government. When they work together, things get truly bad

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/05/13/suspected-fbi-hezbollah-spy-sentenced-to-no-jail-time/ :

She was here illegally, pursuant to a sham marriage she arranged with a U.S. citizen. She illegally accessed FBI records about herself and her brother-in-law not once but twice while working for the Bureau, a breach that warranted debriefings at the “highest levels of government.” Best of all, she was actually assigned to Baghdad for a time, where she spent her days interrogating Al Qaeda. Total penalty for her various crimes: A $750 fine and off scot free.

Political Satire: “Yes We Shall”

Video of a GR watching Air Bud

There has been a lot of recent activity on this old post of mine – Found on Wikipedia: “The Dulles Plan”

Podcast: This American Life on The Mortgage Crises – “The Giant Pool of Money”

The Singularity & the 12th Imam

3 Responses

  1. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121115437321202233.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

    The Next American Frontier

    Without noticing it, we have once again discovered, and then raced off to settle, a new frontier. Not land, not innovation, but ourselves and a growing control over our own lives and careers.

    And why not? Each step in the development of American society has been towards an ever-greater level of independence, freedom and personal liberty. And as the rest of the world catches up to where we were, we’ve already moved on to the next epoch in the national story.

    But liberty exacts its own demands. Entrepreneurial America is likely to become even more innovative than it is today. And that innovation is likely to spread across society, not just as products and inventions, but new ways of living and new types of organizations.

    The economy will be much more volatile and much more competitive. In the continuous fervor to create new institutions, it will become increasingly difficult to sustain old ones. New political parties, new social groupings, thousands of new manias and movements and millions of new companies will pop up over the next few decades. Large corporations that don’t figure out how to combine permanence with perpetual change will be swept away.

  2. Thanks for the links!

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