They Started It…

From a friends’ Facebook post: February 10 – “This is what 78,400 barrels of oil looks like, passing through in two and a half minutes. 98 rail cars, each hauling 800 barrels. Or, if you prefer: 130,704 Liters, for a total of 12,808,992 Liters. Canada ships the equivalent of more than forty of these trains …

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Oahu, Missile Drills, and Chaos

This post was originally intended to be published on December 4, 2017 – shortly after the initial testing of these sirens on Oahu. December 1st marked the start of the monthly testing of attack sirens on Oahu, and – as usual – a conversation on Facebook got me to thinking about the article, its purpose, …

Twitter

“Joined November 2017” I’m still not sure about this step – joining Twitter. I have been extremely critical of our growing dependence on social media platforms and their impact on attention spans when it comes to complex ideas and perspectives, and Twitter is usually the first culprit in mind when I ponder the “Why?” and …

Light Reading, Heavy Thinking

Most of my ideas and inspirations occur when I am driving my truck. Apart from negotiating and the occasional profanity at the growing trend of distracted drivers (we have smart bombs and smart phones, but combining the latter with vehicles makes for more destructive power than any GPS-guided munition), I am usually rocking out to …

Opinion: Violence, Legislation, and the Person in the Mirror

“We are trying to solve tomorrow's crime with last weeks' laws.” I wrote this in the wee hours of the morning on the small notepad beside my computer. I had several tabs open from the Associated Press and other sites from my attempt to make sense of the chaos that has become the routine headlines, …

Information Whack-A-Mole

My digital rabbit hole runs deep and has lots of branches. Over the last few days, I have found myself browsing interesting articles on the idea of hybrid warfare and Information Operations. One of which resonated strongly: John Little’s podcast, “Propaganda, Influence, and Disruption.” There is some sort of perverse fascination in what the predictions …

A Conversation with Curtis and Mical

A recent conversation thread brought me to a topic which, for me, is a sensitive subject to discuss in an open forum – experiences with racism. Central to this discussion was a 32-year-old article from The New York Times, summarizing first hand experiences with the lingering effects of the Jim Crow laws in Alabama, Georgia, …

The Anthem, Football, and Observations – Round Two…

“I was lookin' back to see if you were lookin' back at me To see me lookin' back at you…” I was on my way to go see the dentist earlier today and my mood dictated that I transition from my 70’s playlist to Massive Attack – the soundtrack of a deep and dark place …