Archive for the ‘Geopolitics’ Category

Moment of Truth in Iraq – book review

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Moment of Truth in Iraq by Michael Yon My rating: 3 of 5 stars A good compilation of Mr. Yon's blog posts plus some original material from the relevant period of his war reporting in Iraq. The story is worthy, but the book is fatally flawed by a lack of professional editing. ...

Political Destiny

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Demographics is destiny. — Arthur Kemp The political destiny of the U.S. for the next 25 years is sealed. Here's how: In the United States, the proportion of the population aged >65 years is projected to increase from 12.4% in 2000 to 19.6% in 2030 (3). The number of persons aged >65 years ...

U.S. states compared to countries’ GDP and Population

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

This is an interesting graphic from The Economist magazine. It compares U.S. states' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and population to their closest match among the countries of the world. [swfobj src="http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/media/2011InfoG/Interactive/US_equivalents_7/main.swf" width="595" height="630" align="none" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"]

Complexity, its burdens and its risks

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

  I read a good article on the radical re-making of the advertising market today: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/151/mayhem-on-madison-avenue.html The article referenced a classic post by Clay Shirky that I'd read before, but was worth revisiting: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2010/04/the-collapse-of-complex-business-models/ Clay, in turn, referenced a book by Joseph Tainter,  The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter makes many compelling observations, as summarized by Shirky: "Complex ...

Facing the Future

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

  I compiled my thoughts on the primary challenges the United States faces in the coming decade, and ways to overcome them, here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/facingthefuture.pdf The primary focus in this collection is on domestic challenges, although some geopolitical issues are addressed. .

Intro to Geopolitics – Public Opinion

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

  Following is a good overview of a current geopolitical situation from Stratfor, a public domain intelligence analysis firm. If you are interested in the particular issue and region at hand, Israel / Palestinians / rising Turkey / etc., you will probably find it of value. However, its true worth lies in some pearls of geopolitical wisdom, some ...

Elia Kazan’s America

Monday, May 31st, 2010

  As part of our effort to reintegrate into American society and its culture, we’re spending part of our summer in the air conditioned retreat of the Paramount, a faithfully restored theater originally built in 1915 to host vaudeville as the Majestic and transformed in 1930 into a Baroque Revival movie ...

What We Can Afford

Monday, March 29th, 2010

During America’s brief tenure atop the world’s pecking order between the end of WWII and the beginning of the current era, the country enjoyed an unprecedented run of prosperity and abundance. The country was so successful while producing copious wealth and endless opportunity, it could afford to take on costs ...

A Perfect Storm

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

  “…our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are … testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” – Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address ******* The United States ...

Buying Boxes

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

In the post Show Me Your Budget, I addressed the U.S. federal budget via an illustration that used proportionally sized boxes to reflect spending priorities. What I didn’t cover was how we pay for those boxes, both the overall box of the entire budget, as well as its constituent departments ...