Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ragtime: Code Name of NSA’s Secret Domestic Intelligence Program Revealed in New Book

My experience working with these folks is that they scrupulously adhere to the law and legal constraints and if anything — they err on the side of too much caution & restriction.  I do not know how much of the below is accurate, or not.   From The Washingtonian     In the Internet/digital/instant message/Tweet/Twitter […]

Bulls Stampede; Europe in Reverse; Sequestration/U.S Debt

BULLS STAMPEDE         We may not have gotten the Full Monti in Italy this week; but, we’re geting a bull stampede here and more upside appears almost inevitible.  The momentum appears as strong as it was in 1987 when the market went almost straight up 27% between Jan. 1 of that year and April.  The DOW and S&P eventually rose to 40% by […]

Cyberwar, China’s Rise: 2 Lectures in NYC, March 9

  On Saturday, March 9, the Foreign Policy Research Institute will kick off a three-part series of programs on “Old Wars, New Threats” in cooperation with — and hosted by — the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan. Each program features 2 lectures and continental breakfast, running from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15.  (Breakfast at 9:00, first lecture at […]

A Broader Reading of Seismic Waves From North Korea

BY JEFFREY PARK | 26 FEBRUARY 2013http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/broader-reading-of-seismic-waves-north-korea Article Highlights Based on seismic data, the explosion North Korea detonated on February 12 was consistent with a successful test of a crude, Nagasaki-type bomb. No regional nuclear power has conducted an explosive test that demonstrates its ability to deploy nuclear-tipped missiles. With only one nation still conducting […]

Aftermath of the Italian Elections: The Canary in the Coal Mine

There is such a disconnect between what the U.S. stock market is doing and how it is performing vs. the economic contraction in Europe and some weaker than expected numbers out of China lately.  I am reminded of the movie with the title, “Something’s Got To Give.”  Right now, the U.S. stock market has all the […]

Five Military Cuts That Would Fix Sequestration

By Paul Barrett on February 25, 2013 http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/98610-five-military-cuts-that-would-fix-sequestration As sequestration hysteria grips Washington, top uniformed officials at the Pentagon have joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in warning that across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect on March 1 will cripple the American military and endanger the effectiveness of soldiers, sailors, and pilots. General Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of […]

The Cyber Age Demands New Rules Of War

A system to check covert violence is needed, writes Zbigniew Brzezinski Financial Times February 25, 2013 The two centuries since the Congress of Vienna have seen the gradual codification by the international community of the “rules of the game” for guiding interstate relations, even between unfriendly countries. Their basic premise has been the formula “don’t […]

Italian Elections, Sequestration, Europe, Iran

Despite Friday’s gains, stocks finished last week down to flat with the DOW rose .13% and is up 6.84% for the year, the S&P lost -.28% but is up 6.27% for the year while, the tech heavy NASDAQ was down 0.95%  but up 4.71% for the year.  Last week’s losses broke a previous seven straight weeks of gains.  The DOW […]

Al Qaeda’s Guide To Avoiding Drone Strikes

Militant Tipsheet: How to Avoid Drone Strikes By Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd February 23, 2013 — Updated 1423 GMT (2223 HKT) Al Qaeda’s Guide to Avoiding Drones STORY HIGHLIGHTS A terrorism analyst says the list has been on the Internet for a couple of years Militants are advised to stay away from parked cars, […]

Sequester and the U.S. Army

So what? Some of you reading this might be thinking, ‘So what? Life is tough. These are times of austerity and there is no reason the U.S. Defense Department and the defense industry should be immune.’  Or perhaps you wonder how much of a negative impact these cuts can really have given that the U.S. […]