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    links for 2006-04-21

    Watching America Discover What the World Thinks About U.S., with Translated Foreign News Available NOWHERE Else In English. (tags: PublicDiplomacy Media)

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    links for 2006-04-19

    BAPSC : British Association of Private Security Companies remember IPOA and BSIA are very different creatures. BAPSC is specifically British not international; BAPSC is focussed on regulation rather than promotion; and they have an interest in peacekeeping but it is not the primary activity of many of their mem (tags: PMC) IPOA: International Peace Operations Association IPOA is specifically international; IPOA is focussed on promotion through COE adoption (tags: PMC)

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    links for 2006-04-16

    NPR : Calling Out a Top Defense Official Looking at General Billy Mitchell in the early 1920’s made heavy (very heavy) charges and was court-martialed. (tags: Civil-Military DoD Rumsfeld) NPR : Bush Defends Rumsfeld’s Performance in Iraq "Heck of a job, Rummy" (tags: Civil-Military DoD Rumsfeld) NPR : Retired Generals Criticize Rumsfeld’s Leadership (tags: Civil-Military DoD Rumsfeld) NPR : Gen. Riggs Joins in Calling for Rumsfeld to Quit The gloves come off. This is the afternoon re-broadcast / analysis of the morning public pronouncement by General Riggs for Rummy to resign. Citing an atmosphere of "arrogance" among the top civilian leaders at the Pentagon, another retired general is (tags: Civil-Military…

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    links for 2006-04-14

    Москва невоплощенная/Unrealised Moscow Architectural monuments to the Soviet. Reminds me of the great Embassy of Baghdad we are building, among other “noble” buildings. (tags: PublicDiplomacy CulturalDiplomacy) US Is Its Own Worst Enemy Opposition to the US creates both real and imagined threats to national security, yet the biggest threat for the US and the world comes from US policy and its formulators, both Congress and President Bush. After 9/11, the world displayed sympathy for the (tags: PublicDiplomacy) Set Condition 1: Super Sub Sunday Looking at increased pace of ASW by USN (tags: China Navy Submarine) US moving bulk of attack-submarine force to the Pacific The navy recently decided to take…

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    Slight pause on posting…

    My posting will continue to be sparse or non-existent for a few more days as I work heads down on some other projects. Keep the email and comments coming. — talk soon, going back under. Stuff I’d like to post on, but can’t right now (some I may, others will slide by): NYT "Dash to Baghdad" and decision failures Top 10 Firms profiting in Iraq from the Independent and how much is spent on security. Don’t ignore the previous article and relative costs and timelines of escalation. Most Americans not Fit to Join from the AP. Come on parents, Xbox is no substitute for outdoor activities. GoogleAccelerator and Google’s expansion…

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    Off Topic: Race across Manhattan

    Off topic is this link I’ve been sitting on for a while. Not only a MountainRunner, I was also a MountainRider (bartered my 22.9 lb full-suspension cross country mtn bike for massages… a lot of massages) and a RoadRider (and tri-geek). Now the rollers, CompuTrainer, and bikes just rot in the garage begging to be used. Enough of the tears. To share the joy of riding, check out this vid of the NYC Drag Race of Feb 2004 (50mb so it’ll take a few to download, but it’s good, turn up the sound). If you don’t know anything about bikes, some of these guys are on track bikes: no brakes…

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    FEMA and President Bush

    Finally people are starting to see the colors of this Administration and their failure to really protect. Unfortunately, it took massive destruction and incurring the jibes of the world, but it happened. Now, let's not lose the momentum. People, you must remember Katrina.