Friday, January 6, 2017

Well that blew up

Lost my post for the third and the partial for the fourth. Time to regroup and create something that is not so susceptible to fat finger errors.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RCP 2012.01.02 review

This is a daily report I'm starting up in order to find and create Citizen Intelligence government oversight widgets by simply taking the meat of what's already getting written and putting it into a form that a computer can automatically update a widget automatically and inexpensively. Articles that have no potential widgets are labeled as no substance because, for my purposes, there's nothing usable there. 

RealClearPolitics Morning Edition

Obama made race relations worse - potential report, how are race relations?
Obama made economy modestly recover - potential report, evaluating presidential economic performance fairly

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

liar liar pants on fire

I have a conversation on Quora where the person I was talking to deleted a comment and is now claiming that they did not. Here's the relevant screen shot just so it can be preserved at an url that she can't get rid of. 


Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's official

I've ceased to be a lazy bum who didn't shave and now officially have a beard. This morning was the first time I actually did a bit of grooming to manage it. 

Right now my family's split between new house in North Charleston, SC and old house in Munster, IN and all the anti-beard members of the family are in new house while I work on getting the old house in shape to sell. I've got a hard date of mid November to get this done and move but hope to be out of the midwest sometime in October. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Military Corruption

Strategy Page has an important article on a form of military corruption that is growing in the US. Unfortunately, some people don't seem to intuitively get how the phenomenon of micromanagement on the field of battle is corrupt and the article doesn't lay out its "j'accuse" thesis clearly enough to make it clear to all. Senior military officials and politicians are offloading their career risk of something bad happening in the field by stretching out the OODA loop of combat troops. This increases the chance that people die and a given combat mission fails. Protecting the career of a president or a flag rank officer with the blood of some private out in the field is corrupt, offensively so. Even if nobody dies and the cost is merely extending a firefight by half an hour, that is half an hour extra that the team is playing the PTSD game of russian roulette. There is no cost free way to micromanage. There are just ways to do it that are visibly cost free for the people in DC.

Here's the comment I put at the article:

We know that delays getting wounded to medical care increase deaths beyond what is unavoidable. The "golden hour" is something that has been identified as a metric that is important and that's right and proper. But micromanagement kills too and that appears not to be as universally recognized with no metrics to track it and blame to apportion when it happens. It is stretching out the combatants OODA loop which increases the chance we lose or at least take greater casualties than otherwise necessary. 
We need to measure the phenomenon and attach consequences to the abuse. The computing power needed to do this is available. When command knows that there is a timer going on every time they stick their nose in and that their names will attach to casualties caused by their intervention, the problem of micromanagement will shrink because we will have a feedback loop to punish those who engage in inappropriate intervention. 
The fact that we have not embedded this feedback loop and are increasing the risk enlisted and junior officers take unnecessarily is a corrupt offloading of risk from seniors who are engaging in career protection to juniors who bleed for it.

HT: Instapundit

Monday, January 19, 2015

Restoring the Caliphate is an imperial project

Words have meaning. It seems perfectly obvious to me that the Caliph leads the Caliphate and that the caliphate is the multi-national collection of islamic states. In general terms, the Caliph is an emperor, which makes restoring the caliphate an imperial project, and radical islam, which wants to restore the caliphate, an imperialist venture.

Then the world turns upside down.

The putatively anti-imperialist forces in the west on the left tend to be the softest when it comes to radical islam. Bill Maher has made left wing softness on radical islam a major theme of his career. But even Maher doesn't look at radical islam in terms of empire. For him, his opposition is part and parcel of his deep commitment to atheism. To him radical Islam is just religion on steroids.

Finding anti-imperial critiques of radical islam arising from the left is tough going. This provides an opportunity to call out the left and for a new left to arise that is authentically anti-imperialist no matter where imperialism arises.