Archive for the 'World' Category

Prolonged Warfare

Monday, May 25th, 2009

When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.
Now, [...]

Taxing Oil

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

David Frum floats an interesting idea – a standby tax on oil:
The one (and probably only) thing that will promote a shift away from oil is an excise tax to ensure that the price of oil remains at or above $65 a barrel. If oil falls below that figure, the tax kicks in: $1 at [...]

The Global Poverty Act and Our U.N. Overlords

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

An article by Cliff Kincaid on the Global Poverty Act has been getting mentioned quite a bit lately. The bill was passed in the House and is currently sponsored in the Senate by Barack Obama. According to Kincaid, this legislation would plunge the U.S. into an era of unprecedented economic despair and destruction at the [...]

“The Genocide of Southern Culture”

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

A letter writer in today’s News and Record compares the sale of Mexican flag license plates with genocide:
Now I ask, why is the N.C. license plate office allowed to sell a plate with a flag of a foreign country but not a Confederate flag plate? … This is just another example of the increasing genocide [...]

Iraq War Coalition Fatalities

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

A visual (and aural) representation of coalition deaths in Iraq over time since the beginning of the war.
The animation runs at ten frames per second – one frame for each day – and a single black dot indicates the geographic location that a coalition military fatality occurred … Accompanying the visual representation is a soft [...]

Surging Towards What?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

General David Petraeus testified before the House Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees today:
President Bush ordered nearly 30,000 additional troops to Iraq in January as part of a campaign to pacify Baghdad and its surrounding provinces. Petraeus said that campaign has largely met its military goals, reducing sectarian killings by more than 50 percent nationwide [...]

Another Bomb Plot Bombs

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

This week, German authorities broke up a terror network that was attempting to bomb U.S. interests in Germany:
German police were searching Thursday for 10 suspects believed to have belonged to a terror network that provided assistance to three men accused of plotting massive attacks against U.S. interests in the country, according to an interior ministry [...]

A Solution to Iraq

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The outlook for democracy in Iraq is not so good:
Nightmarish political realities in Baghdad are prompting American officials to curb their vision for democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security.
A workable democratic and sovereign government in Iraq was one of [...]

Greensboro, By Way of Vienna

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

We’ve had a friend visiting us at the Iconfactory this week – Wolfgang Ante, the proprietor of ARTIS Software and fellow collaborator on xScope and Frenzic. Wolfgang flew over from Austria last week for WWDC in San Francisco, and stopped by Greensboro afterwards. He has some great photos of downtown Greensboro up on his Flickr [...]

Stillborn Surge?

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Fecund Stench has an update on the now-full-strength surge in Iraq. It’s not sounding too helpful, unfortunately.