Posted By Marc on April 12, 2013
A series of recent stories by CBC.ca’s Go Public is providing some intriguing detail on how Canadian banks are, one would assume inadvertently, supporting the practice of economic serfdom or debt bondage while, at the same time, firing Canadians. Needless to say, this has caused a PR nightmare. (more…)
Posted By Marc on August 8, 2012
Reuters is reporting that the Teddy Bear bombings have led to a series of diplomats from Sweden and Byelorus being withdrawn. Apparently the use of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Derision) by Swedish pro-democracy activists has also led to a change in Byelorus’ ROE (Rules Of Engagement) for border guards as well, as Reuters is reporting that
He [President Lukashenko] told the incoming border guards chief not to hesitate to use weapons to stop any future air intrusions from abroad.
Posted By Marc on August 1, 2012
In one of the most bizarre case of job termination I have ever come across, BBC is reporting that Belarus’ President, Alexander Lukashenko, has sacked both Chairman of the State Border Committee, Maj Gen Igor Rachkovsky, and Air Defence Commander Maj Gen Dmitry Pakhmelkin for “failing in their duties”. Their failure? Allowing a small plane to “bomb” areas of Belarus with Teddy Bears. In the world of Terrorism Studies, this would be called propaganda of the deed. In a broader context, it is still propaganda of the deed, but designed to “hurt” and ‘terrorize” the Belarus government at its weakest point: it’s inability to laugh at itself. (more…)
Posted By Marc on February 15, 2012
It is now no longer an open secret that some members of the Canadian Forces (CF) are considering adopting the Human Terrain System for the CF – the information has been released by COL Sharon Hamilton, HTS program manager (see here and here). But does the CF actually need something like the HTS?
Posted By Marc on January 4, 2012
It is with a sad heart that I post this. My friend of nearly forty years, Bill Craig (aka the Reverend Doctor William Leonard Craig), died suddenly at his home in Toronto on Christmas day. He was truly a gentleman of the old school; a man of style, grace, viscious humour, a love of silly songs and widely read. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
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Posted By Marc on December 23, 2011
Jason Antrosio over at Anthropology Report has collected over 100 Anthropology blogs by way of running a survey of the top 10 in 2011. It’s quite the list, and really does show how many different areas we work in.
Posted By Marc on November 8, 2011
Well, I haven’t blogged much this year for a whole variety of reasons, too long to go into here. Let me just say that, to quote Her Royal Highness, it has been a bit of an anno horribilis! Regardless of that, I actually have been working away at various projects, including one I’ll be posting on in the next week or so.
Posted By Marc on July 28, 2011
The recent attacks in Norway by Anders Breivik have some interesting features that are starting to come to light. Scott Stewart, of STRATFOR, just posted an analysis that is worth reprinting. I have a few observations after the article. “Norway: Lessons from a Successful Lone Wolf Attacker is republished with permission of STRATFOR.”
Posted By Marc on May 25, 2011
It’s been a while since I last posted. In part, that’s because I have been busy and, honestly, also because I haven’t had any fully formed thoughts that I thought worth posting :-).
That said, I just got back from New York on tour with the OBC and our Carnegie Hall debut. It was certainly an “intense” experience but, on the whole, a LOT of fun. Here’s what the NY Times had to say about our Monday concert at Carnegie Hall.
Posted By Marc on October 12, 2010
This letter if from Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Here is his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society.
Anthony Watts describes it thus:
This is an important moment in science history. I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door. It is worthy of repeating this letter in entirety on every blog that discusses science. (more…)