A collection of fine posts that I don't want to lose track of:
Sage advice rarely comes from the corner office except in this blog at BigPictureSmallOffice:
Look to yourself, not to others, for happiness and happiness will come to you. Look to yourself, not to others, for sustenance and sustenance will surely appear.
Some say that corporations suck the life out of us - this 'suit' proves that some people are missing great wisdom. The rest of the advice is equally good.
Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide post on the pitfalls of focusing on interdisciplinary teams instead of interdisciplinary people:
In the name of democratic classrooms, sometimes the emphasis is more on equal treatment than diversity of thinking and problem solving styles. This is unfortunate, though, because it may be that an individual's greatest contribution to a group will be found in their differences - ideas, fund of knowledge, personal history or associations, and thinking style - rather than their traits in common.
This seems to be a general problem in society... diversity is often considered conforming to the definition of those who say so - often what I see is intolerance preached by those who claim to love diversity.
ZenPundit continues to tie together concepts from system resilience to the impact of types of thinking.
What would be the advantages of building "Consilience" in to a network's structure, system and culture? [Survivability - Influence - Compatibility - Adaptability]
Keep reading to see the importance of not getting trapped in narrow expert knowledge and missing the larger picture.
A Jordanian journalist describes the seven planned phases for al-Qaeda's grand strategy for the next two decades.
- 2001-2003 Stirring the Muslim world to understand that the west had declared war on Islam
- 2003-2006 Recruitment of young men into a global movement run by al-Qaeda with Iraq as its center <--- YOU ARE HERE --- let's make sure we disrupt them here
- 2007-2010 Syria falls to al-Qaeda carries out direct assaults on Israel and Turkey
- 2010-2013 More Arab governments are overrun by al-Qaeda which also conducts cyber attacks on the west (globalization and the global economy is directly attacked)
- 2013-2016 Caliphate is established over the Islamic world
- 2016+ Caliphate declares war upon the world
- 2020+ Caliphate rules the world (Finally the Left rejoices!)
I wish I could say that we shouldn't take this threat seriously and all go back to our hobbies.
Lest we forget al-Qaeda is not the only terrorist organization around - the larger set of terrorists and rogue regimes do share in common the intermediate desire of global disconnectedness in order to incubate their regimes until they reach a level that they could eventually challenge the free world.
Different River also reminds us of the incredible good we have done in Iraq by describing a few of the horrors women and children faced under Saddam where Howard Dean is rebuked for saying:
...as of today it looks like women will be worse off in Iraq than they were when Saddam Hussein was president of Iraq.
(Which is kind of like saying that Jewish women have it worse off today than when the Nazis were in power...)
Cindy Sheehan should know that some Iraqis are eternally grateful for our sacrifices (that is the men and women who freely offered to risk their lives for others freedom):
Ma'am, we asked for your nation's help ...
Our request is justified, death was our daily bread and a million Iraqi mothers were expecting death to knock on their doors at any second to claim someone from their families.
Our fellow country men and women were buried alive, cut to pieces and thrown in acid pools and some were fed to the wild dogs while those who were lucky enough ran away to live like strangers and the Iraqi mother was left to grieve...
Thank God for our freedom and for those who have volunteered to risk their own lives so we and others can live in freedom. Let us not squander all of their sacrifice let us prepare for the future.