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My new booklet, "The American Way" is now on Amazon. If you are wondering what is wrong with America. This booklet provides a concise answer. Also, this booklet provides a way to get us back on a path towards economic... Continue reading
Posted 20 minutes ago at Global Guerrillas
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Israel just shot down a drone using a Patriot missile. ROI on that "attack" was ~100 to one. At $100 a drone, a solid strategy would be to launch them 24x7 to grief the air defense system. More on how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Very simply, it's a morally sound basis of economic decision making that emerged in 1500's Europe. It's the method of decision making that Adam Smith saw in action in Scotland when he wrote the Wealth of Nations. Unfortunately, we've diluted it. It's now only self-interest and we're all the worse for it.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on The NSA now owns Bitcoin at Global Guerrillas
40 Indians working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul, Iraq were taken hostage by ISIS. During the last Iraqi insurgency, the kidnapping of foreign workers provide three benefits: Financing (ransom) as well as pressure on the company (the Turkish... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Bitcoin has a flaw. It's always been there. Satochi Nakamoto (the nom de guerre of the mind behind Bitcoin) designed this flaw into the software because of one false assumption. What was that assumption? He believed that it was possible... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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I have a new article up at Betabeat about the cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia. Hackers, Not the Government, Will Fight Our Next Big War If you want to get closer to the conflict, Russian Cyber Command can be follow... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Here's a map of the natural gas basins in Ukraine. Note the big natural gas basin under the Sea of Azov (bottom right). As I've said for years, Russia is an energy company with all the trappings of nation-state. Everything... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Is Putin using open source warfare? Of course he is. Who sold him on the approach? Apparently, he has an advisor called Vladislav Surkov who is a science fiction writer. He recently wrote a short story (published under his nom... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
The key idea in this post is that this term is a weapon of disruption. Don't use it if you want to achieve anything other than conflict.
Quick question: do you believe there is a vast conspiracy at work here?
This is a form of attack that makes progress on issues almost impossible. How is that a good thing?
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The growing popularity of "check your privilege" and "white privilege" at Universities and in political debates is interesting. Why is it interesting? It's not a force for progress or positive change, it's a form of moral warfare. That means it's... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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I've finalized my keynote for the World War D conference in Melbourne, Australia at the end of the month. It's called: iWar: How anybody can declare war on the world and win Should be a fun conference. I've also offered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
America has been in decay for decades (since the mid seventies). It's a problem that has consumed a large portion of my thinking for nearly a decade. I've read the analysis. Listened to the debates. Very little of it resonated.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Here's a strong motive for open source warfare -- the model of warfare that has become the hallmark of 21st century conlfict, from potest movements to fullscale insurgencies. It's the driver of the recent conflict in Ukraine. A conflict we're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
If you've been reading Global Guerrillas for years, you'll recognize the type of attack I'm about to describe. It's very similar to the easy (anybody can do it, as opposed to cyber) type of attack on critical systems that be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
When I wrote Brave New War back in 2006, I made this aggressive projection on how rapid technological change would change warfare: The threshold necessary for small groups to conduct global warfare has finally been breached, and we are only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Ouroboros is the mythical snake that eats its own tail. In this case, it represents how modernity ends. It eats itself. Specifically, the technologies the modern system accelerated, are in the process of obsoleting it. Eating its value, industry by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
I'm still writing my next book online. Today's pages might be of interest to GG readers. It's entitled "The National Insecurity State" There's also some thinking on the end of bureaucracy if you are interested. I suspect the only thing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Reuters. Bossnapping returns to France. The target? A couple of unlucky Goodyear executives. What's bossnapping? Here's the entry for it in Wikipedia Bossnapping: a form of lock-in where employees detain management in the workplace, often in protest against lay-offs and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
What happens when the global industrial bureaucracy that ruled the world for the past couple of hundred years becomes obsolete? We're about to find out. This industrial bureaucracy is being made obsolete by the very same technological change that spawned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Dear Friends, As you know, I’ve spent the last couple of months working on ways to revive the American Dream over on the HomeFree America blog. The good news is that I think we’ve made lots of progress. I now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an interesting question. The world is awash in money. There's so much money available that interest rates are nearly zero. On top of that, the Fed is printing money furiously to very little effect. You would think that with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Over the last month, cyberterrorists operating from offshore locations, launched a massive attack on US citizens. By hacking point of sale terminals in Target stores, the group was able to steal information from 40 million citizens across the US. Given... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Global Guerrillas
Put some thinking regarding bitcoin up on Twitter. @johnrobb as a currency hedge, bitcoin's rise makes being a goldbug look pretty stupid. zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-0… @johnrobb It's important to understand that #bitcoin works because transactions are open/visible. It's not something you use... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Global Guerrillas