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NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy | WIRED
"We need to put more pressure on social media," Bay says, "to address these vulnerabilities that can be used for the detriment of national security for individuals and for society as a whole."
military  nato  europe  socialmedia  security  surveillance  war  attention  data  privacy 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War | Frieze
Modernity is war on ever increasing scales: expanding from the tactical to the strategic to the logistic. World War II was won not by generals but by quartermasters, by the ones who kept the biggest flows of boots and bullets and bodies moving toward the front.

Modernity is also war on more and more kinds of terrain. Warfare not only took to the air but to the airwaves. The modern world is a condition of generalized information warfare. Not only is architecture vulnerable to bombs, it proves defenseless against information, passing through the doors and walls of our homes, rearranging the space and time we imagine we live within.
war  information  philosophy  speech  theory  writing  nonfiction  wwii  terrorism  terror 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
From Ballistics to Programming - IEEE Spectrum
But there were no recruiting posters for one group of women whose work was absolutely essential to the war effort. Instead, they were recruited mainly by letters sent to colleges by the War Department. These were women being recruited not for their impressive biceps but for their prowess in math and engineering.
Their work was classified at the time, and that probably contributed to the fact that it has been almost entirely overlooked for more than 60 years now. Another reason, though, is that whatever light was shone on this corner of the war effort depicted these women as clerks, though in fact by the mid-1940s they had become the world’s first computer programmers.
women  wwii  programming  computers  technology  war  feminism  mathematics 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Songs They Carried: Music at War - Americana and roots music - No Depression
As personal technology spread into the field alongside military technology, soldiers blast into earbuds what they previously would have shared with comrades on Vietnam-era 45s and radio, and Gulf War I-era cassette Walkmen hooked to PAs. While decreasing fighting in the barracks about what music to play, Ricks does worry about unit cohesiveness, because the battlefield is "the loneliest place on earth... you don't want soldiers feeling alone, you want a group feeling." The fractured music landscape created by personal technology doesn't the create the opportunity for group feelings, just as our professional, volunteer military reduces shared experiences between soldier and civilian.
war  military  music  technology  psychology  attention 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Confessions Of A Gay Soldier. | The New Republic
[...] I cannot help but think that many soldiers (though clearly not all) would simply shrug it off and welcome the gay soldier with a joke. Why? Because for every unit in which I have served, there has been a “Shrek,” the large soldier who needs to drop a few pounds. I have also encountered a “Speedy Gonzalez,” a Latino soldier who was crazy fast, and a “Helmet,” a cadet with an exceptionally large noggin. Each did his job competently nonetheless. The unit embraced him, but noted the way in which he was different. This teasing may seem mean-spirited, but it’s not; it’s a means of communicating, a way for fellow soldiers to remind one another “I know everything about you, yet I have your back.” [...]
gay  military  usa  dadt  love  war  power  ethnicity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Rolling Stone Writer: McChrystal Pals 'Were Lying' About Ground Rules - DailyFinance
"Having a journalist around is like having a pet bear. Most of the time it's really cool, but once in a while it'll bite your hand off."
media  magazines  journalism  afghanistan  war  ethics 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Courtland Milloy - WWII hero Vernon Baker fought fascism over there, racism at home
"My hero's mantle has been crafted out of carnage, the senseless sacrifice of young men and my mad-dog desperation to outlast the enemy and disprove the fiction that black soldiers were afraid to fight," he wrote. "It's not a cause for national celebration or the incarnation of heroes. It is reason for us to mourn our losses and question our motivation."
war  1940s  race  military  identity  usa 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Final Salute Gallery - The Digital Journalist
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. [...]
death  digital  journalism  iraq  military  photography  politics  war 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Army Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn on how to fix intelligence in the Afghan war - By Tom Ricks | The Best Defense
This is one of the most informative documents I've ever read on contemporary intelligence issues. I think you should stop reading this blog and read it now!

By the way, the report has the effect of an order from a two-star general -- I believe that's a first in think tank history. As I understand it, the paper was released through CNAS because Gen. Flynn wanted to reach beyond his own chain of command and his own community and talk to people such as commanders of deploying infantry units about what kind of intelligence they should be demanding.
war  afghanistan  attention  reputation  military  usa  terrorism 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - On Storytelling: The Interview with Donald Miller
You can't tell a good story without conflict — the story can't be beautiful or meaningful. We're taught to run from conflict, and it's robbing us of some really good stories.
story  beauty  plot  writing  creativity  war  books  life 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | South Asia | Kabul struggles to get back on song
The original translation of Harabat meant "ruins". But there is another meaning: "dedication". It seems the quarter is living up to its other translation in every sense.
afghanistan  music  identity  war  history  culture  religion  education 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US | Energy Bulletin
My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use is the "Collapse Gap" – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the Cold War.
energy  usa  russia  war  oil  society  futurism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
RT: Features : Swarming – the new face of subversion and terrorism
However, the latest advances in communications and information technology has made swarming one of the most attractive combat doctrines of the near future. To use swarming tactics successfully, combat units, like locusts and bees, need a high degree of mutual alertness and a kind of ‘critical mass’ to ensure spontaneous decision-making and instantaneous synchronization of efforts. It is, basically, networking, but of a kind where no time is lost on the forming of the necessary network and on causing it to act.
physics  aesthetics  information  communications  fauna  war  terrorism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - John Hodgman
"Nostalgia is the most toxic impulse of all. It's what drives terrorism, on either end of the political spectrum, the idea that there is a beautiful past we can recover if we just force everyone to do what we want, through persuasion or bombs. That has been a fantasy since the good old days that never existed."
memory  writing  creativity  books  portland  war  politics  terrorism  interviews 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SPIEGEL ONLINE - Druckversion - The End of Arrogance: America Loses Its Dominant Economic Role - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"The new US president will only have been in office for a short time when a document titled 'Global Trends 2025' appears on his desk. The report is being prepared by analysts at the National Intelligence Council. Its chairman, Thomas Fingar, has already released a preview, and reading it will not exactly be enjoyable for proud American. 'Although the United States will remain the most important power, American dominance will be sharply reduced,' says Fingar. According to the preview of the report, the erosion of American supremacy will "accelerate in the areas of politics and economics, and possibly culture."
usa  toread  war  economics  power  politics  futurism  finance  realestate  stocks  europe  germany 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
David Foster Wallace's "Roger Federer as Religious Experience" - Tennis - New York Times
"[...] Of course, in men’s sports no one ever talks about beauty or grace or the body. Men may profess their “love” of sports, but that love must always be cast and enacted in the symbology of war: elimination vs. advance, hierarchy of rank and standing, obsessive statistics, technical analysis, tribal and/or nationalist fervor, uniforms, mass noise, banners, chest-thumping, face-painting, etc. For reasons that are not well understood, war’s codes are safer for most of us than love’s. [...]"
sports  writing  essay  nonfiction  beauty  men  war  love  toread 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
As Oil Giants Lose Influence, Supply Drops -
“There is still a lot of oil to develop out there, which is why we don’t call this geological peak oil, especially in places like Venezuela, Russia, Iran and Iraq. What we have now is geopolitical peak oil.”
oil  energy  venezuela  russia  iran  iraq  politics  power  business  war  geography  environment 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jennifer Nix: Resurrecting Literature: Sustenance for the Progressive Soul
"When people ask me why I put photos in The Lazarus Project, I say it is in the hope President Bush would flip through my book. Its main character is not a pet goat, but there is a picture of boobs in it."
bush  literature  history  creativity  writing  fiction  public  social  chicago  war  europe  iraq  police 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - David Benioff
"To me, the best storytellers these days tend to be genre writers, because so much literary fiction has drifted away from the idea of telling a story. Narrative fiction is often looked down upon."
story  fiction  russia  war  creativity  writing  authors  novels  books  shortstory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
HorsesAss.Org » Blog Archive » Help Darcy get her house in order… and ours
"That bit of XML is a demarcation of the end of a block of data enclosed in tags marking it as of type 'war.' What’s profound to me is that by putting it into context by wearing it on your shirt, you’re saying “war ends here - with me.”
war  protest  washingtonstate  politics  fashion  data 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
El Oso » Blog Archive » Thoughts on Media Attention, Development, Ninjas, and Chivas
"We should be learning new languages, we should be introducing our friends in one country to our friends in another. And we should always drink at least three mojitos when we do."
world  nigeria  japan  ninjas  media  attention  identity  war  drinking  cinema  film  africa  globalization 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
In Wyoming, the Dark Side of America’s Thirst for Energy - New York Times
“Throwing warm beating hearts at a failed energy policy is a tragedy, whether it’s the war or the oil fields. The jobs are a good thing. But going after it so frantically and doing so much damage is wrong.”
oil  wyoming  writing  energy  environment  war  politics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Summary of Findings: Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets
"According to the News Content Index conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the percentage of news stories devoted to the war has sharply declined since last year, dropping from an average of 15% of the newshole in July to just 3% in Febru
statistics  polls  war  iraq  news  journalism  media 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Points Memo: Teflon John
"[...] I would not broadcast to the world that I am going to bomb a sovereign nation in order to accomplish my goal."
elections  politics  mccain  2008  campaigns  gop  republican  war  iraq 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Capa Cache
"Capa established a mode and the method of depicting war in these photographs, of the photographer not being an observer but being in the battle, and that became the standard that audiences and editors from then on demanded."
photography  beauty  war  documentary  aesthetics  creativity  journalism  art  spain  mexico  improvisation 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Iraq: The War Card - The Center for Public Integrity
"In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
bush  cheney  data  government  iraq  journalism  memory  military  politics  research  rhetoric  statistics  terrorism  usa  war 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Boys Grow Up To Be Jihadis
“Terrorism is really a collective decision, not an individual one. It’s about kinship and friendship.”
iraq  islam  journalism  news  politics  psychology  religion  social  terrorism  violence  men  identity  africa  morocco  spain  war  middleeast  immigration  europe 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Letter to the Editor | New York Times Video
"Charles Ferguson, a filmmaker, presents a rebuttal to claims made by L. Paul Bremer III that top American officials approved the decision to disband the Iraqi army." I saw "No End in Sight" last night.
politics  video  nytimes  iraq  war  government  military  film  cinema  documentary 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sadr's army proves hard to beat - Los Angeles Times
"The people say: 'I trust the terrorists. I trust that when the terrorist says he will kill my family, he will do it.' But they say: 'I don't trust the American. He has been saying I will have water and sewer for two years.' "
iraq  war  terror  terrorism  religion  islam 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Sounds like you did a lot of research for this one." "You know, it wasn’t even research! I happen to enjoy reading the newspaper."
via:wynn  comedy  design  war  books  comics  newspapers 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How the Democrats differ on Iraq | Salon News
"They are right now divided between what some might call the realists (Clinton, Obama and Biden) and the purists (Edwards, Richardson, Dodd and, of course, Kucinich and Mike Gravel)."
democrats  iraq  war  politics  2008  clinton  obama 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Dish: The Presser
"[T]he president conflated every single radical element in the Middle East into one amorphous anti-American entity. It appears that he sees Shiite militias, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Hamas and the Sunni insurgents as indistinguishable."
blog  blogging  blogs  iraq  news  weblogs  politics  bush  terrorism  islam  war 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
History Is A Weapon (And a blog)
"We want to make something new, something online and spectacularly dangerous. The kind of thing that takes over, changes everything, and skips well past hope into the realm of revolutionary possibility." Send PHP/Drupal expertise or cash!
blog  war  protest  drupal  php  volunteering  history 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall
"The White House announcement that they view South Korea as the model for a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq is further evidence of how dangerously out of touch with reality this administration is." Barbara Lee still speaks for me.
congress  democrats  elections  government  war  iraq  oakland  berkeley  alameda  bush  military  southkorea 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge News | Northern exposure
"Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau welcomed war deserters, declaring 'Canada should be a refuge from militarism.' Richard Nixon called him an 'asshole,' to which Trudeau allegedly responded, 'I have been called worse things by better people.' "
usa  canada  iraq  war  vietnam  politics  immigration 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Army Forbids Troops From Blogging - Wired News
"Some units may require that soldiers register their blog with the unit for identification purposes with occasional spot checks after an initial review. Other units may require a review before every posting."
military  blogging  weblogs  internet  www  law  war  terrorism  civilliberties 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Bill Moyers Journal "Buying the War" Transcripts | PBS
BILL MOYERS: "What did you think-- what-- what does that say to you? That dissent is unpatriotic?" "PHIL DONAHUE: "Well, not only unpatriotic, but it's not good for business."
iraq  newspapers  television  bush  republicans  democrats  marketing  media  politics  war 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalist Completes One Year in U.S. Military Custody in Iraq" by Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)
"The Pentagon wanted to send a message to the entire press community in Iraq: Cross us, and we can just lock you up. And we don't need reasons. This is justice in the style of the Bush administration."
iraq  war  photography  bush  usa  journalism  justice 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
But Who’s Against the Next War? - New York Times
"More broadly, however, the issue that is dividing the Democrats is that their leaders believe a muscular foreign policy is what the age of terrorism demands, while antiwar voters believe such a policy may only breed more disasters." Yup.
iraq  iran  war  democrats  2008  elections  politics  clinton  obama  bush  cheney  usa 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Pentagon Preps Mind Fields
"With technology, we're constantly interrupting people, burdening people. My phone is ringing, my Blackberry is buzzing, I've gotten 20 e-mails since we started talking. We just want people to be able to focus. Give them a bit of peace."
government  research  e-mail  memory  attention  presence  war  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Caught in the Spin Cycle: Politics & Power:
"Republicans have hopelessly branded themselves with the Iraq war. It could—and the National Review conservatives seemed appropriately doleful—take a generation to escape it."
politics  republicans  2008  iraq  war 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Foreign Policy In Focus | Chomsky on Iran, Iraq, and the Rest of the World
"If the Middle East oil resources around the Gulf, which are the main ones in the world, if they link up to the Asian grid, the United States is really a second-rate power. A lot is at stake in not withdrawing from Iraq."
iran  china  iraq  usa  war  oil  power  politics  asian 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - By Ishmael Beah - Books - Review - New York Times
"Beah tells a story of a messenger sent by the rebels. All his fingers had been amputated except his thumbs. In more peaceful times, Sierra Leoneans used to give one another a thumbs-up sign that meant 'one love' (a gestural echo of the reggae song) [..]"
africa  writing  nonfiction  war  memory 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Failed Revolution
"In the end, Republicans didn’t shrink the government. But they did degrade it. Baghdad and New Orleans are the arrival destinations of a movement based on deep contempt for governance."
iraq  war  neworleans  nyc  newspapers  republicans  gop  washington  politics 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Peaceful Crusader
“Those who are confident of their faith are not threatened but enlarged by the different faiths of others. ... There are, surely, many ways of arriving at this generosity of spirit and each faith may need to find its own.”
religion  christianity  islam  peace  activism  identity  war  middleeast  mideast  history 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CSM: The value of a pro-war blogger's reports from Iraq
"[...] Roggio has become less a reporter than a validator of the pro-war viewpoint to many. He has become a phenomenon among war supporters, most of whom, judging from reader comments, read him largely because they agree with his views."
war  iraq  weblogs  blogging  media  journalism 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush
"The whole philosophy of using American strength for good in the world, for a foreign policy that is really value-based instead of balanced-power-based, I don't think is disproven by Iraq. But it's certainly discredited."
iraq  war  president  bush  elections  republicans  gop 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Few Bad Men
"I realized I had learned a valuable lesson about war. The guy you hate the most could be the one who saves your life."
war  writing  nonfiction  social 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi
“I’ve been a friend of America, and I’ve been its enemy. America betrays its friends. It sets them up and betrays them. I’d rather be America’s enemy.”
iraq  war  middleeast  mideast  uk  usa  bush  cheney  friendship 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Losses Color a Patriotic Town's View of the Iraq War
"At first I supported the war, but lately I don't understand what's going on. I don't understand why we're still there and getting attacked. But whatever they ask me to do, I'll do it."
usa  war  iraq  politics  election  alabama  military 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: The World after 9/11
"We were attackable. And so our enemies lost their respect for all of our billions of dollars’ worth of hardware."
911  september11  terrorism  usa  europe  afghanistan  iraq  iran  lebanon  war  politics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
MPR: Commentaries: Barber's Adagio brought back memories
"The first time several of us heard it was aboard our medivac chopper, a Bell HU-1, 'Huey' filled with wounded. To tell the truth we usually played rock for all these guys. We were all around nineteen even the pilot was only twenty-one."
music  songwriting  classical  war  vietnam  memory 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
FlaT-U: Newspaper's war coverage falling short of the mark
"This unfolding story should be handled as if it is one of the biggest and most important stories in a generation and as if it is deeply important to many readers in our community."
war  iraq  terrorism  journalism  media  newspapers 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaMo: "Confessions of a Humvee Liberal" by Michael Hirsh
"Wars are always deadly, no matter how perfectly planned. That's why one tries so hard to avoid them -- and why the whole idea of a 'war of choice' is a sin in itself."
iraq  war  terror  books  911  bush  usa  politics 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
CHE: 9/23/2005: Frans B.M. de Waal's "We're All Machiavellians"
"Power is all around us, continuously confirmed and contested, and perceived with great accuracy. But social scientists, politicians, and even laypeople treat it like a hot potato. We prefer to cover up underlying motives."
politics  animals  identity  altruism  psychology  social  friendship  stress  academia  education  war 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
World Oil Transit "Chokepoints" Country Analysis Brief
Let's see if it comes in handy sometime during the next four years, shall we?
oil  mideast  asian  energy  war 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
This American Life: Lee Sandlin's "Losing the War"
"All my life I've heard people say 'war is insanity' in tones of dramatic insight and final wisdom, and it took me a long time to realize that what they really meant was 'war is an activity I don't want to understand, done by people I fear and despise.'"
germany  history  japan  usa  war 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Bush Sending the Wrong Message as Chaos Smolders in Iraq
"Since the federal budget is already in deficit, that means we are effectively passing the bill for this war onto our children through an increased national debt."
bush  iraq  politics  usa  war 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Looking for Sam :: The West Virginia Mine Wars
"The United States was at war in August, 1921. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. I learned about it some five years ago, and I think it is one of the more fascinating chapters in American history."
elections  usa  war  westvirginia 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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