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Recommended Reading

Going for an odd juxtaposition today.

Top Billing! On Google:  LA TimesGoogle ready to pursue its agenda in Washington and The GuardianGoogle plans to make PCs history

Let’s be very clear. Google will be to the Obama administration what Halliburton and Blackwater combined were to the Bush II administration…and maybe then some. That doesn’t make Google “evil”, some of what the search engine giant desires from the USG is good policy but it means that those watching the intersection of politics, public policy and technology need to give Google below the radar scrutiny in order to be ahead of the curve.


Check out the link to WindowonEurasia ( hat tip Galrahn ). This fits the growing “neo-Eurasianism” ideology of the Siloviki clique around Putin.

Haft of the Spear –  Book Update 

I will post on this topic when it goes “live” on Amazon.


An interesting analysis by John Robb on the nature of the state.

Conversations with History Niall Ferguson

Committee of Public SafetyNeglected Strategists: Kautilya, the Arthashastra, the Spectrum of Power, and 5GW

An introduction to the Machiavelli of India ( China’s Machiavelli was Han Fei-tzu )

SEEDSeed Salon: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi + James Fowler and  Revolutionary Minds

Network theory’s great figure and cutting edge thinkers.

On Networks and Time: 

“Time-Dependent Complex Networks: Dynamic Centrality, Dynamic Motifs, and Cycles of Social Interaction*”   by Dr. Dan Braha and Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam

This stretched my brain and I’m not qualified to vet the work BUT for military/intel types, this research implies IMHO that “targeted assassinations” or less than total war “EBO” campaigns may only have transient effects or at least less effect than expected because the dynamic nature of nodal roles gives the network more resiliency than a casual analysis might lead one to believe. Shane and Dr. Von are cordially invited to weigh in and correct me here.

Logic and EmotionThinking Visually

Thinking Visually

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That’s it!

4 Responses to “Recommended Reading”

  1. Lexington Green Says:

    The Google thing is a hoot.
    Will it make computing power and data storage way cheaper and easier for millions of people, via cheap commodity-like Internet-hookup stations?  Or am I not getting it?
    I totally don’t care if Google has more access to my stuff.   They have a lot now.  Others may freak about it, but most people will want convenience and cheapness.

  2. zen Says:

    Hi Lex,

    I’m a big fan of  redundancy. I have my most important files on a hard drive, flash drive and on the net so if anything goes awry there are back-ups. I already make most of my PPT presentations available for anyone to download at Slideshare though not the ones on Sliderocket.
    Personal data – I’m leery of putting all those eggs in one basket but if people want to give their whole lives to Google in a single account, their choice.

  3. deichmans Says:

    As always, Zen, a thought-provoking "Recommended Reading" post.

    On Yaneer’s: I got to see some of the early work he referenced this paper from (his "Temporary Fame" piece), which helped me articulate two of my biggest concerns about the core USJFCOM J9 operational concepts of Effects-Based Operations (EBO) and Operational Net Assessment (ONA).

    Both of these ideas, while interesting on the surface, suffered from little to no consideration of the time metric.  Ironically, time is the easiest thing for us to measure (the accepted standard of distance is actually based on the distance light travels in a vacuum in a given amount of time).  We can measure time to more than 12 orders of magnitude precision, while spatial distance is at best 10 orders of magnitude.

    Our operational concepts of EBO and ONA paid scant attention to time — which is devastating to their intellectual foundation.  ONA is useless to a decision maker if you can’t also tell the perishability of the data.  And EBO is useless if you do not also assess the latency of the effects you took such pains to generate.

    Again, a great set of posts.  Glad to see Yaneer back on the Zen stage.

  4. Larry Dunbar Says:

    "I totally don’t care if Google has more access to my stuff."
      I think this is more of a generational issue. At one time free-markets meant that markets were free to  fail. Now it seems to mean that markets are free to give the consumer the lowest price at equal quality for goods and services. If, by giving a corporation our personal information, there is a way we can make that price lower, then may be we need to do this. Lowest price for the same quality of goods is always better, in my way of thinking. Of course there are some downsides to this and maybe one of them will be inovation. You’re giving the consumer what they want, but is it what they need, and who has the information to judge? Also in the end, everyone will have the same list, so I am not sure how "free" that is. But this does seem to be the way of the future, with all these "reward" cards and such, so it will work itself out eventually.

    "We can measure time to more than 12 orders of magnitude precision, while spatial distance is at best 10 orders of magnitude." This must be why accuracy is time based and precision is distance based. Accuracy is usually what we seek and precision is what our engineers try to give us. Accuracy is less perishable than precision.

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