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Thursday, May 26th, 2005


Dave at The Glittering Eye has posted his long awaited piece on the WTO and intellectual property rights, entitled “The Sound of Coins “. In a nutshell, Dave gives a cogent explanation of the core issue:

In practice, things are not quite so rosy. Once again narrowing the focus to the intellectual property law of biotechnology, Article 27.3(b) of the agreement micro-organisms, non-biological, and microbiological processes must be eligible for patents. Governments may elect to exclude plants, animals, and “essentially biological processes” from patent protection but plant varieties must either have patent protection or some sui generis system created especially for the purpose (or both). There are also a number of issues outstanding:”

My second recommendation involves the semi-psychotic outburst from Amnesty International on al Qaida detainees at Guantanamo ( one wonders how the entire island of Cuba can be invisible to Secretary Khan except for Guantanamo. It’s a remarkably selective sense of political geography to say the least) covered by Penraker who argues that Amnesty has lost all credibility because their Secretary is a moral idiot:

“What is Khan doing? Is she really this dumb? No. She is fundraising. She knows what impulses drive her contributors. She is doing this at the expense of the honor of the United States. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch used to be of some value. But like many international organizations, they were taken over by the more radical elements, and have become seriously opposed to the United States and perhaps even to democracy. How else can you account for their relative nonconcern for the real trouble spots in the world? How else to account her giving China, Cuba and a hundred other countries with far, far more egregious abuses a free pass?”


ADDENDUM: Marc Schulman weighs in asking if Secretary Khan has a soft spot for Islamists.

Thursday, May 26th, 2005


Called NuSapiens: Biology, Technology, Philosophy The proprietor is certainly a more liberal fellow than I am ( not a high bar to meet, admittedly) but he/she devotes the blog to an array of congruent issues that you find here at Zenpundit, plus some different ones that are just plain intriguing. This blog would be, I think, right up the alley of praktike, Whirledview, Dr. Von, Armchair Generalist and perhaps Mithras while Pundita, riting on the wall , Marc Schulman, Dave, Dan and the gentry at Coming Anarchy will find an intelligent raconteur to debate ( or perhaps bait, as the case may be).

I left a comment on the “ Occidentalist” post and I encourge you to peruse. Good visual format and Gravatar enabled as well.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005


I realize that have not posted any in-depth analysis in a few days but that is a result of a couple of factors – reading through a vast amount of research material for another project and ” real world” commitments that will remain intense for a couple more weeks. I do have a post in the works though that builds on the earlier ” White Noise” discussion but it is not yet finished.

In the interim I’d like to offer a set of point -counterpoint articles that take the interested reader to the days when some elements of PNM theory were just starting to fuse into intial concepts – at least that’s how I’m reading these with the advantage of an outsider with hindsight:

1) “Network-Centric Warfare: Its Origin and Future” by Vice-Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski.

2) ” The Seven Deadly Sins of Network-Centric Warfare” by Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett

The second article is a critique of the ideas presented in the first and it should have eyes lighting up in those who have read through The Pentagon’s New Map. I may possibly offer a critique of my own later today, assuming I can move the pile of paper off of my desk and still see straight afterwards.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005


This is the centennial of Albert Einstein’s revolutionizing the field of physics and Dr. Von has directed attention to the implications of Einstein’s less-well known discoveries from 1905.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005


It’s getting late but I read this paper today while walking on the treadmill at the gym, part of a bundle of research material I gathered for a paper I’m writing on the Bush Administration. The author is Vice-Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski (ret.), until very recently he was a top adviser to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on defense transformation issues. Cebrowski is also one of Dr. Barnett’s mentors and the father of Net-Centric Warfare theory .

A deep horizontal thinker and a formidible conceptualizer. This one is worth your time.

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