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WEEKLY MIND FOOD 09/06/12 Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Weekly Mind Food aims to show you what TTPers without a regular column, but with deep expertise in key fields, are paying attention to. We call ourselves TTP's Team B. Note the "Weekly Mind Food" category in the left side-bar now, which will have all our issues. They're Free Access, as are all the linked articles, so feel free to read them at your leisure - and to mail the article's URL to your friends!

Paul (internet tech, privacy, economics). Citizen K (hydrocarbon industry), and "devry" (online security, economics, Personal Plan B) are aboard. We also congratulate TTPers hardcharger, mrapp and skye for freelance link suggestions that met the test.

The geo-politics section offers some Iran updates, along with an in-depth analysis that I set out back in 2006. Jack Wheeler needed a strong drink after reading it; fortunately, that goes well with G.K. Chesterton's poetry. This week's Polis theme seems to involve various sorts of fraud, and Economos sings that same tune with a central banking chorus. Techne Logos looks at a showdown over regulating the Internet, and adds a turn into medical science. Finally, you'll want to send this week's URL to university students you know, so they can read some excellent advice from Walter Russell Mead.

To simplify your scans, I've divided the links into sections: Economos (global economy), Techne Logos (tech), Polis (domestic politics), Stratiootika (geopolitics & military), plus 1 Good News This Week item to brighten your week and/or make you better. Enjoy!


jkatzman: As The American Thinker points out, it's time to brand not just biased media outlets, but in some egregious cases, the people who read/watch them as well. Britain's Pat Condell offers a red-hot but deserved branding that goes to 11. Even if you'd rather just turn the dial to 4 or 5 and sow discomfort, you get the idea. There are lots of deserving targets out there.


Techne Logos


  • Our Darkening Sky: Iran and the War (Winds of Change, Jan 20/06). jkatzman: "I tell you naught for your comfort/ Yea, naught for your desire/ Save that the sky grows darker yet/ And the sea rises higher." My 2006 summation and thoughts - read it, consider the past 6 1/2 years of developments, and make up your own mind about where this is headed. Comments welcome in the forum...

  • Iran/North Korea: Tehran and Pyongyang Sign Cooperation Agreement (LIGNET, Sept 3/12). jkatzman: Here's more about the Langley Intelligence Group Network (John Bolton, Lord Rees-Mogg, Gen. Hayden, etc.), which has a $1 30-day trial. What they don't discuss here is whether China is using the DPRK as a proliferation cutout.

  • 'Iran installed 350 new underground centrifuges' (Jersualem Post, Aug 29/12). jkatzman: At Fordow, buried deep inside a mountain near the holy Shi'ite city of Qom.

  • Iran's Meth Empire (Front Page Magazine, April 27/12). jkatzman: A quick Google search shows that the article isn't just blowing smoke.

  • The Geography of Iranian Power (STRATOR, Aug 29/12). jkatzman: By Robert D. Kaplan.

  • The Complexity Trap (US Army War College Parameters, Spring 2012, PDF format). jkatzman: "Sound strategy requires hard choices and commitments.... a model in which everything is potentially relevant is a model in which nothing is.... because strategy copes with complexity, complexity actually rewards truly strategic actors."

Over The Hump: Good News This Week

  • Back to School (Walter Russel Mead, Aug 31/12). jkatzman: Very good advice for current students. You'll want to email this issue's URL to the university students you know.

  • Gallery: Incredible home-made Lamborghini (Calgary Herald, Aug 31/12). jkatzman: Wang Jian has taken apart a second-hand Nissan and Santana and rebuilt them into a Lamborghini look-alike that supposedly hits 160 mph. It doesn't have windshields or a dashboard, but it sure makes 'em stare in Suqian, China!

For The Constitution!

Joe Katzman


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