Some items of interest:
- SOCOM. "National Manhunting Agency" While this proposal is tied to current affairs, it's not hard to see this becoming the future of SOCOM due to the exponential rise of individual superempowerment (as in, when one man can declare war on the world...).
- Bruce Sterling: "I wonder what’ll happen to our civilization when people realize that financiers don’t really do very much for the privilege of mishandling all the money. They work extremely hard, don’t get me wrong — they just don’t allocate funds very effectively. Societies top-heavy with financiers are in visible, physical decline — empty houses, unhealthy populations, decaying bridges, hollowed-out industries, that sort of thing." NOTE: 30 years of gross mis-allocation of capital and counting... If the growth in income/GDP had been allocated per the post-WW2 social contract, median incomes in the US would be $80-100k and not $40k and falling. Further, the investments made by this financially empowered middle class would have been MUCH better. However, this doesn't matter, we are where we are and it's getting worse.
- Panzer points to exponential debt loads. These graphs radically understate the problem due to the chasm between average income and median due to wealth concentration. Unsustainable trends are actually unsustainable.
- Lind. La Familia. "This model – an illegal but widely profitable local economy + social services + religion – will, I think, spread widely." It appears that Bill Lind is moving towards GG theory, however, he's wrong in thinking that global guerrillas replace the state. Chet Richards appears to get this in his comments at the bottom of the article: we may be witnessing 4GW as the evolution of crime more than it is the evolution of war. Successful GGs are both additive (they bring new economic connections to the global economic substrate) and minimalist (in that they have few rules/requirements for those that live within their areas of operation).
- Cascio. Carbon 350. Again: Isn't global warming an issue of concern only for globalization's shrinking number of winners?
- Roubini. Bubbling our way out of crisis. In controls theory, this type of corrective is pure poison. It implies that we will have a fierce financial "recovery" followed quickly by a collapse worse than the one we just experienced (this is in contrast to a corrective that is focused on improvements in the inherent stability of the system via sustained income growth/debt reduction in the middle class).
- FP (old). Do government's control their cyber-war efforts?
- Bloomberg. Hamas rockets that can reach Tel Aviv? Once these inevitably become DIY (do-it-yourself) devices, the occupation is at the start of the end game (since more accurate and more plentiful DIY tech will follow). Substituting DIY rocket/RPV tech for suicide bombers is already a dominant strategy due to a large number of factors.