WEEKLY MIND FOOD 07/20/12
Welcome to the second issue of a new feature on TTP, Weekly Mind Food, which 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. Paul continues to focus this week on Internet technology & security, with some side trips into economics. David will soon be joining us to cover technology, economics, and Plan B personal security; and Citizen K is beginning to cover the global hydrocarbon industry. More to come. We also congratulate TTPers mrapp, hardcharger, and dougk, for freelance link suggestions that met the test.
Note the "Weekly Mind Food" category in the left side-bar now, which will have all our issues. We’ll put out each issue by Friday, so you can peruse the linked articles at your leisure over the weekend. Note also that "Weekly Mind Food" is Free Access, as are all the linked articles.
To simplify your scans, I’ve divided the links into sections: Polis (domestic politics), Techne Logos (tech), Economos (global economy), Stratiootika (geopolitics & military), and Friday Joy (brighten your day and/or make you better). Enjoy!
- jkatzman: The July 4th Question: 236 Years After The First Revolution Is It Time For A Second? (Forbes, July 3/12). He asks the question well. When Forbes is starting to ask it…
- jkatzman: As Evidence Mounts, DC Insiders Worry About Holder’s Inaction on Wall Street Crime (Huffington Post Politics, July 10/12). Liberals think he’s covering for his cronies, instead of being the Attorney-General. So, it’s unanimous now.
- mrapp: The Day Your Life Fell Apart (Laissez-Faire Today, July 11/12). What can endless government regulations really cost you?
- jkatzman: The Kids Are All Libertarian (VICE Magazine July 12/12). I’m seeing a lot of this, too.
- prosenberg: 14 Incredibly Creepy Surveillance Technologies That Big Brother Will Be Using To Spy On You (Economic Policy Journal, July 10/12). Please understand that there are many more like these. My sources guess that less than 1 in 5 will actually be implemented, but can you really find 2 or 3 in this list that you would feel good about?
- jkatzman: Better Than X-Rays: The Z-Backscatter Scan-Van (Defense Industry Daily). Covers and explains #3 of the 14, when it was just getting started from 2004-2008.
- mrapp: FAA Releases Thousands of Pages of Drone Records (EFF.org, July 13/12). JK – Re: #5 of the 14, records of the temporary certifications that UAVs all need, in order to fly in civil airspace. Without that, the Navy recently had to ship its new fighter-sized X-47B stealthy attack drone across the country on a truck.
- dougk: Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet Away (Gizmodo, July 10/12). Make that 15, thanks to a Canadian company’s picosecond laser scanner. If it ends up as one of the 20%, it also has medical uses.
- hardcharger: The price of gold has been manipulated. This is more scandalous than Libor (The Telegraph, July 11/12). See also Mike Krieg’s "China Will Blink and Gold Will Soar," based on his look at China’s M2 money supply figure.
- citizenk2: Venezuela: Chavez gives China control over oil (Fausta’s Blog, July 10/12). It is a far cheaper price than to U.S. with a long haul and the Panama Canal limiting to Panamax sized tankers.
- jkatzman: Rethinking the Strait of Hormuz, by USN Cmdr. Daniel Dolan (USNI Proceedings, May 2012). A good look at the real tactical situation. It’s becoming a very live issue.
- jkatzman: Vietnam wants to buy weapons from the USA (Defense News, June 4/12). Biggest winner if the USA allows it? Probably Israel.
Over The Hump: Wednesday Joy
- jkatzman: Getting a Grip on Envy (Crisis Magazine, June 28/12). A Jew walks into a Catholic magazine… and likes their article a lot. Jack has explained why this matters so much.
Recruiting & Submissions
Those of you who have been to TTP Rendezvous know how much knowledge and experience can be found within the TTP community, outside of the regular columnists. "Team B" aims to tap the knowledge and experience of those TTPers, and the community in general, by offering some of the best things they’re reading and recommending.
We’re looking for a small core of people with really deep expertise in a specific area, especially knowledge related to economics, key industry sectors, technologies shaping our world, geopolitics, etc. I am a bit flexible about the areas covered, so if you have an area of deep expertise that you aren’t sure would fit with Team B, I say "try me."
To apply, email me to explain your desired focus area and background, and throw me an example link or 2 (joe at windsofchange dot net, subject "Team B application"). If you’re not an "official" contributor, but stumble on something great, email me (joe at windsofchange dot net, subject "Team B item"). No guarantees, but even if I decide not to include it, there’s always an open avenue in the Forums to add it there (Recommendation: give such posts their own title).
The TTP bonus cookie is still unclaimed. Can you use this week’s forum to explain either the "Team B" appellation’s national security history, or Jack’s original "FTC" from which our feature’s new-era sign-off is derived?
For The Constitution!