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Catholicgauze in Spy Training

For a comparison, my stress has come from writing papers in the proper academicese:

Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze!: Snake Eatergauze: Days 1-3 and Iraq News
Day 2
Mission: Drive around the hills and mountains spotting “hostile” followers

Some were good. Some were bad. But if there is one thing that can defeat a well planned stragegy it is incompetence. The last quater of the 90 minute journey we managed to lose all our tails because we got lost. Another team had fun messing with some of the less experienced tails but forcing them into “Do Not Enters” and following the followers. The organizers of the training did not appreciate th

Congrats Catholicgauze!

Violent Intolerance

Catholicgauze has posted his really cool powerpoint slides for “United Caliphates of Europe,” which he presented at AAG ’07. CG looks at retaliatory violence through the group level of analysis:

Behead those who insult Islam

Earlier, in “The Wary Guerrilla, I looked at the phenomonon on the individual level:

Blah blah blah

Stay tuned to tdaxp for an expanded version of “The Wary Student,” which will follow up previous research by looking at classroom settings. Or even check out the attack on Mike Daisey for another example of this sort of intolerance.

Catholicgauze Hacks Google Earth!

Using KML2Shp, Forestry GIS, and Paint.net, Catholicgauze adds the Oregon Trail to Google Earth:

CG’s Oregon Trail on Google Earth

As he writes:

This is one way Catholicgauze has discovered to made “professional” looking maps. If you have your own way feel free to comment and share!

As part of my efforts to eventually get my writings on the Oregon Trail published I have been creating maps. However, as a poor person most cartographic programs are beyond my reached. However, by scouring the internet I have found a way to make maps for free. All one needs is a little time and several easy to use freeware programs.

Read the whole thing.

Climate Change

Barnett, T.P.M. (2007). In a nutshell, my “problem” with global warming. Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog. February 3, 2007. Available online: http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/2007/02/in_a_nutshell_my_problem_with.html.

Catholicgauze. (2007). IPCC Report. Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze! February 3, 2007. Available online: http://catholicgauze.blogspot.com/2007/02/ipcc-report.html.

Two posts from two great writers. Guess which…

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a report (PDF) on climate change with much media fan fare. The press hyped it as proving human-caused global warming and saying there are only ten years left to avoid disaster…. However, when “leading” scientists still cannot find blame enough to convict debate is open to causes. Instead of wasting time trying to find blame and using it as a political tool to enforce treaties which impose no regulations on serious offenders like China and India, let us spend resources on efforts to prepare any needed adaption. If one believes the IPCC report, this is the only reasonable option. Wineries once existed in England and Scotland but natural climate change put an end to that during the Little Ice Age. I am not saying we should not worry about climate change. One warming trend ended the last Ice Age and raised sea levels over 300 feet so there are hazards. All I am saying is we need to be realistic and not join a Robert Christopherson-style cult of global warming.

… is which …

And let me be clear on this: I’m not saying it’s unimportant or not real or not profound or not historic. It’s just that, as a grand strategist, I see the logical stimulus-reaction process at work here, with no obvious differentials on the downside that change my view of the world (it sucks to be poor, it’s much better to be developed)…

In short, I expect the usual: the less connected to get the shaft, the more connected to do just fine, and any resulting conflict to be insulatable by the Core. To the extent the “cure” emerges, it will involve new industries that favor the most risk tolerant and the most incentivized-by-rising-connectivity (as in, my New Core).

(The coolest part, of course, is that they both recently linked to me l-) ).