Monday, December 2, 2013
The modern use of military exercises grew out of the military need to study warfare and to 'reenact' old battles for learning purposes. During the age of Kabinettskriege (Cabinet wars), Frederick the Great, King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786, "put together his armies as a well-oiled clockwork mechanism whose components were robot-like warriors. No individual initiative was allowed to Frederick's soldiers; their only role was to cooperate in the creation of walls of projectiles through synchronized firepower."
This was in the pursuit of a more effective army, and such practices made it easier to look at war from a top-down perspective. Disciplined troops should respond predictably, allowing study to be confined to maneuvers and command.
German Army soldiers during exercise Joint Resolve 26 in Bosnia. The stunning Prussian victory over the Second French Empire in the Franco-Prussian War (1870--71) is sometimes partly credited to the training of Prussian officers with the game Kriegspiel, which was invented around 1811 and gained popularity with many officers in the Prussian army. These first war games were played with dice which represented "friction", or the intrusion of less than ideal circumstances during a real war (including morale, meteorology, the fog of war, etc.).
21st century militaries still use war games to simulate future wars and model their reaction. According to Manuel de Landa, after World War II the Command, Control and Communications (C3) was transferred from the military staff to the RAND Corporation, the first think tank.
The achievements of RAND stem from its development of systems analysis. Important contributions are claimed in space systems and the United States' space program, in computing and in artificial intelligence. RAND researchers developed many of the principles that were used to build the Internet. RAND also contributed to the development and use of war gaming.
Current areas of expertise include: child policy, civil and criminal justice, education, health, international policy, labor markets, national security, infrastructure, energy, environment, corporate governance, economic development, intelligence policy, long-range planning, crisis management and disaster preparation, population and regional studies, science and technology, social welfare, terrorism, arts policy, and transportation.
RAND designed and conducted one of the largest and most important studies of health insurance between 1974 and 1982. The RAND Health Insurance Experiment, funded by the then-U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, established an insurance corporation to compare demand for health services with their cost to the patient.
According to the 2005 annual report, "about one-half of RAND's research involves national security issues". Many of the events in which RAND plays a part are based on assumptions which are hard to verify because of the lack of detail on RAND's highly classified work for defense and intelligence agencies. The RAND Corporation posts all of its unclassified reports in full on its website.
As RAND's agenda evolved, systems analysis served as the methodological basis for social policy planning and analysis across such disparate areas as urban decay, poverty, health care, education, and the efficient operation of municipal services such as police protection and fire fighting.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Yale University Press|
From ReelNASA: For generations, we have dreamed about a place to live and work in space...a space station. And right now, 260 miles above us, moving 5 miles a second...that dream is a reality. We dreamed that life up there would benefit life down here. That dream has come true. Can the research on board the space station lead to cleaner drinking water on Earth? Can it help farmers produce better crops? Can it inspire a generation of students? Can it even save a life? It already has. As the work aboard the International Space Station begins to reach its potential, the benefits to humanity are becoming evident. These are just a few of the stories from people who have benefited....told in their own words.
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What did earlier humans really look like? What was life like for them, millions of years ago? Award-winning paleo-artist John Gurche is artist-in-residence, Museum of the Earth, Paleontological Research Institute, Ithaca, NY. His works have appeared frequently in National Geographic and similar publications and in major natural history museums including the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Field Museum. He enriches our awareness of the various paths of human evolution and humanity’s stunning uniqueness in the history of life on Earth.
Shaping Humanity- the Book
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Definition - A security breach is any incident that results in unauthorized access of data, applications, services, networks and/or devices by bypassing their underlying security mechanisms. A security breach occurs when an individual or an application illegitimately enters a private, confidential or unauthorized logical IT perimeter.
The public has been breached: Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., reasserted their opposition to the NSA's collection of phone records data in a joint statement, in which they said significant violations of privacy in the NSA program remain classified. "We have said before that we have seen no evidence that the bulk collection of Americans' phone records has provided any intelligence that couldn't be gathered through less intrusive means and that bulk collection should be ended," according to the joint statement.
"The court entrusted NSA with extraordinary authority, and with it came the highest responsibility for compliance and protection of privacy rights," NSA Director Keith Alexander wrote in one of the declassified documents. "In several instances, NSA implemented its authority in a manner inconsistent with the orders, and some of these inconsistencies were not recognized for more than two and a half years."
New documents, including once-secret court opinions and disclosures to congressional committees, show that the NSA was under strict judicial supervision when collecting information connected to Americans. But they also make clear that the agency repeatedly failed to comply with its guidelines. Violations were caused by "poor management, lack of involvement by compliance officials and lack of internal verification procedures, not by bad faith." (Yeah Right)
The Fourth Amendment has been violated which states, "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." For years, the Fourth Amendment also included a person's mail and phone calls, which is why the wiretapping of the '60s and '70s were a major controversy.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
World War, War between the States, Nation against Nation, Civil War, Revolutionary War and just plain War, someone pissed off someone. An organized effort by a government or other large organization to stop or defeat something that is viewed as dangerous or bad and most certainly the powers at hand want something, usually control or resources.
Ideology, the body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, group, class, or culture (this will pull the trigger). The body of doctrines, philosophical bases, symbols, etc., associated with a particular social or political movement, large group, or individual. Government, Politics & Diplomacy a body of ideas that reflects the beliefs and interests of a nation, political system, etc. and underlies political action. Yeap they're all paranoid, spy vs spy.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
|"Give 'em the Green Weenie"|
Well we're going to have some fun ripping your ass and not doing business with you boys' and once all hard working people who bust their ass for the little life we have are on one main stream you will think Godzilla just plunged his Green Weenie deep into your vault, because that's the only place it hurts, oh you will feel it cause here it comes! What it is, are more and more people pulling money.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
|NASA Satellite Super Typhoon Haiyan|
Oh man, the poor people of the Philippians been pounded all year by storms but this monster in the making was passed over Nov. 4 by NASA's Aqua satellite (good thing the government shutdown is over) passed over Tropical Storm Haiyan on and infrared data showed a large area of powerful thunderstorms affecting Micronesia. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has forecast newborn Tropical Storm Haiyan to strengthen to a powerful typhoon before making landfall in the Philippines on Nov 8.
The infrared data showed cloud top temperatures as cold as 210 degrees kelvin/-81.67F/-63.15C/ in the thick band of thunderstorms around the center. Those cold temperatures indicate very high, powerful thunderstorms with very heavy rain potential maybe 8 inches. Haiyan has made landfall it's moving west-northwest at 22 knots/25.3 mph/40.7 kph and generating extremely rough seas with wave heights to 50 feet/15.2 meters. After passing through the Philippines, Haiyan is expected to move through the South China Sea as it heads for landfall in Vietnam.
Haiyan is the Chinese word for petrel, a type of bird that lives over the open sea and returns to land only for breeding. Cute name for a Typhoon but this bitch is not going to be nesting.
Typhoon Haiyan (280 photos you won't believe this)
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Some of the first footage
Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. By those measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., nearly in the top category, a 5. Many reports on wind seed, near and around the eye of the storm the winds are the highest speed. Tropical meteorology expert Dr. Jeff Masters said that with sustained winds at 195 mph and gusting to 235 mph, the storm was the strongest tropical cyclone on record to ever make landfall and "the 4th strongest tropical cyclone in world history. The previous record was held by the Atlantic's Hurricane Camille of 1969, which made landfall in Mississippi with 190 mph winds."
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Lots of Water
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Stronger than Katrina and Sandy combined
Typhoon Haiyan plowed through the Philippines with gusts of 235 miles per hour, leaving homes and buildings destroyed. It is estimated over 10,000 people have been killed and missing. Oh my God, this number is going to keep rising.
R.I.P. Those killed by this monster.
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Paula Hancocks describes what she saw while flying over the region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
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One blow after another
Typhoon Haiyan is the Philippines' fifth natural disaster in a single year, only adding to the relief challenges facing that nation. There are hundreds of other towns and villages stretched over thousands of kilometers that were in the path of the typhoon and with which all communication has been cut, Natasha Reyes, emergency coordinator in the Philippines at Medecins Sans Frontieres, told Reuters. "No one knows what the situation is like in these more rural and remote places, and it's going to be some time before we have a full picture." Overall, the United Nations estimates 9.8 million people have been affected by the typhoon, 2.5 million need food, and 659,268 have been displaced.
Lim from Save the Children told the UK’s Independent children had been particularly impacted by the typhoon. “We are witnessing the complete devastation of a city. In Tacloban everything is flattened. Bodies litter the street, many, many of which are children. From what I saw, two out of every five bodies was that of a child", he said.
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BBC News 11/17/13
People in remote parts of the Philippines cut off by Typhoon Haiyan have been desperately scrambling for aid which is starting to arrive from the air. More than 600,000kg of food, water and medicine has been handed out since the relief effort began.
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We're in trouble, the coastal areas are going to be uninhabitable as this warming continues along with sea level rise. The poor people of the Philippians have just experienced the most Perfect Storm of nature. The central dense overcast, the solid area of clouds around the eye, indicates good health and extreme strength in the core of the storm on Nov. 7, 2013. Hurricane expert Michael Lowry states that few storms have ever been this 'perfect' in terms of symmetry.
This infrared satellite image loop shows Super Typhoon Haiyan about to make landfall near the town of Tacloban in the Philippines. The gray area is what Michael Lowry is referring to, so dense and smooth, the most Perfect Storm of nature. This is the beginning of change to come, the death toll is off the charts taken by this monster, we better heed the warning as the climate changes, for the ones taken here it was the end of the world! You do not, want to be in there.
To All The Poor Souls Taken R.I.P.
|Multi Billion Dollar Banks & Corps all over the World, Whats This Then? I Don't Know|
The sea is telling us something Pod, we better listen. Be still and listen to what in life is calling or we miss the big picture. At this point the Philippians need a world benefit and who's next? A moment of silence, to pay attention to all life and all nature around us.
This disaster really proves the monetary system is not for everyone. Lets take war for instance, when attacking the enemy an armada of ships line the coast just before dawn and a massive landing is unleashed on a certain beach head. Every country on this planet puts more into military efforts to where their broke and have to barrow money. In this instance of the Philippians the world experienced natures wrath where as all the military might of all countries couldn't even begun to fight this monster. So why is it at the dawn of the next day there was not an armada ships and aircraft ready to assist our neighbor and storm the beaches up and down the coast with relief. What a proud day that would have been for the world towards humanity and the look on all faces of the ones lost on the beach as they smiled and cried at the same time. What was that I heard? Right, no money in that!
Instead there's looting, rape, starvation, medical needs and our dead in the streets along with meg shift facilities trying to operate while people themselves are digging up the ground to reach a water pipe and break it open to drink. At some point money will have to go, it serves no one and certainly makes a poor master as corrupted governments and corporations run the show, were going to need more body bags. Damn, I wished we would have all showed up with the logistics we're capable of, no excuse of our capabilities. The only one is we're not done evolving and that would be; what it is to be more humane than human and for that I'm truly sorry where more is less at this time in our existence.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|Praia do Norte|
Here's that Brazilian fellow which caught a gnarly wave out in the North Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. Short video but has lots of meaning in ones life and the assist from a jet ski to track the wave, pretty cool. But before the Brazilian caught the big one he save fellow surfer Maya Gabeira. She wiped out and was out cold face down, heading for the rock! Carlos was on a rescue jet ski (another good idea for the ski) and found her after 5 min., shes OK! Then he goes and breaks a record, thanks to St Jude’s storm that battered the coast of Europe early in the week, yep that would be a time for helping a friend and go break some records.
Carlos Burle rode perhaps the biggest wave in history, Maya Gabeira almost died and a number of other surfers including Sylvio Mancusi, Rodrigo Koxa, Felipe "Gordo" Cesarano, Hugo Vau, Eric Rebiere, Pedro Scooby, Andrew Cotton and Garrett Macnamara all took on the fat swells from hell. The Brazilian crew traveled to Portugal with a goal in mind. To beat the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed, which belongs to the Hawaiian hellman, Garrett McNamara. Carlos Burle, Pedro Scooby, Felipe Cesarano, and Maya Gabeira had big hopes for the European super swell.
Today, on the 28th October, 2013, Burle claimed one of the biggest wave ever ridden at Praia do Norte. The first pictures show that he may be above the world record set by Garrett McNamara, at 23.77 m (78 feet) on 1 November 2011. It's estimated to be 100ft high!
|Carlos Burle, how long will I Slide|
"This video is gnarly"
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Surf Accident with Maya Gabeira
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