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Our energy production supply is already centralized and will continue to be so. It's called the "sun."
An anti-network network: "Religious Form Network Against Human Trafficking" "Sister Sangma continued: "Given the complexity of the factors involved in human trafficking, networking in this field is not an option but a necessity if we hope to make any kind of strategic commitment. "The criminal bands that prey on women and children are highly organized and linked to one another, from one part of the world to the other."
New forms of drug organization are evolving in Mexico: "The unprecedented sting operation here revealed that, in response to President Felipe Calderón's nationwide anti-narcotics strategy, the big drug cartels are splintering and then rapidly reassembling into increasingly resourceful criminal enterprises, capable of penetrating and corrupting government and society. As one Mexican official put it, the cartels are "evolving," growing more efficient and resilient."
New forms of social structure are emerging in Mexico. La Familia is attempting to play a positive role within this. This is smart, very smart. "Rafael Pequeño García, chief of anti-drug operations at Mexico's Public Security Ministry, said La Familia filled a vacuum in social services and community development. "'When you needed help, you didn't go to the government. You went to the narcos," he said. "They are a parallel structure, and they have a way of satisfying the needs of the people. In this way, they maintain social control.'"
"B.C.'s gang war: How cocaine makes it to Vancouver's streets" describes the networks whereby cocaine reaches British Columbia. "Most major criminal gangs here get their cocaine from Los Angeles-area distribution centres run by Mexican cartels, who sell it for $17,000 to $20,000 US a kilo, says Supt. Pat Fogarty of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. That means the B.C. gangs must make their own transportation arrangements from L.A. to Vancouver, clandestinely crossing the Washington-B.C. border. Some Canadian drug-smuggling gangsters use brokers to get the cocaine into the U.S. “Some may have a good contact that actually lives down in Mexico ... Some may have someone living there six months of the year to take care of the coordination,” Fogarty said. “Some fly off and live in other parts of Central America for the purpose exclusively of being a contact to arrange things. It is common. “It depends on how connected you are. Some people can only go through distribution centres in L.A.,” Fogarty said. "
Once upon a time, an athletic scholarship was the ticket out of the coal patch. That's why high school athletics were - and to some extent still are - so important in mill towns.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2009 on JOURNAL: UN online University at Global Guerrillas
Isn't "Network Command" an oxymoron? And isn't that why it has not been adopted?
For a case study, read: The Montenegro Connection "At the center of this case is a hidden bit of history, say prosecutors, of how tobacco smuggling became a state enterprise in Montenegro, a Balkan republic in southeastern Europe bordering Serbia and the Adriatic Sea. Home to just 600,000 people, the country is smaller than Israel and is known for its scenic coastline. But it is also known for its smuggling routes through the heart of the Balkans, which, during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, allowed organized crime to thrive. Italian authorities noted as much in the DIA report. "Montenegro, for a decade, was the real Tortuga of the Adriatic sea," they wrote, comparing the Balkan state to a Caribbean island notorious for its pirates. "A heaven for illicit trafficking; impunity granted to mobsters ...a place where authorities guaranteed the passage of illicitly traded goods." And investigators left no doubt who they thought was behind the billion-dollar racket: "Milo Djukanovic ruled this Tortuga." .... According to the Italian indictment, from 1994 to 2002, during Djukanovic's long tenure, Montenegro was a haven for cigarette smuggling by two of Italy's mafia syndicates: the Neapolitan mafia, known as the Camorra; and the crime family of the Apulia region, in Italy's boot heel - the Sacra Corona Unita. Both syndicates set up shop in Montenegro. Almost every night dozens of pilots steered a fleet of large speedboats crammed with cigarettes across the Adriatic from the Montenegrin port of Bar to the Italian city of Bari and nearby. According to court records, during those eight years an extraordinary one billion cigarettes per month - 100,000 cases - were smuggled out of Montenegro, most of them Marlboro and Marlboro Light. Once in Italy, the untaxed cigarettes were sold by the mafia on the black market. The judicial papers originally named 15 people. Among them: Djukanovic himself; Dusanka Jeknic; a former Montenegrin finance minister; managers of the Montenegrin company MTT, allegedly set up to control the smuggling; reputed Balkan and Italian mobsters; and a Serbian businessman. In March, noting that Djukanovic is protected by diplomatic immunity, prosecutors dropped him from the indictment"
"Scientists studying why parasites are not more harmful to their hosts have discovered that as the world becomes more connected so natural selection will favour more dangerous parasites." I'm not sure what this tells us about Global Guerrillas, but it explains much about lawyers.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2009 on NOTE: What I am up to at Global Guerrillas
There is a difference between being connected and and being aware. Virtually the entire population of the US has access to the Internet somehow - at least through public libraries - and hence to this blog. On the other hand, Al Jazerra is still difficult to come by for some reason and much current news coverage seems to deal with Kirstie Alley's latest weight gain.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2009 on THE BUBBLE at Global Guerrillas
The biological nature of open source insurgencies refutes the contention that entropy is is the order of the day. If entropy were the order, it would govern the affairs of insurgents as much as anyone else. That open source insurgencies are progressing biologically suggests, rather, that solar inputs, which have profound impacts upon all biological organisms, including insurgents, are actually the order of the day. At issue is who is best attuned to these solar inputs and how one might better attune oneself or one's organization.
The solar inputs that we daily receive from the sun offset entropy - whether solar technologies are developed or not. John's thesis is correct only to the extent that humans proceed without reference to these inputs.
According to Juan Cole, besides opium, the Taliban have an alternative funding source, Gulf millionaires. (sorry, no link - I can't figure out how Juan's blog deals with his individual posts.)