A Tear In The Consciousness: Irony, Secrecy, and Dissimulation

The latest issue of Harper's includes a tongue-in-cheek proposal for a study of "weaponized irony" (not, not iron-working; the "it's ironical" kind of irony), and development of a sort of semantic mapping technology, the "Ironic Cloud". According to Harper's, "Last winter, Lockheed Martin Corporation approached Princeton University with a request for research initiatives." Sounds like a Minerva sub-contract." In April, [D. Graham] Burnett, an historian of science, and [Jeff] Dolven, a professor of English,

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SACEUR’s New Blog

US Navy Admiral James Stavridis, dual-hatted (as per norm) as NATO's new Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander EUCOM, is now officially engaged as such through social media. According to Donna Mills, writing at the American Forces Press Service, "The very day he assumed his post as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe last week, Navy Adm. James Stavridis reached out in a way none of the previous 15 NATO commanders since Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had: he

Commander Of The Fearful

Imtiaz Ali's profile of Baitullah Mehsud in Foreign Policy, "Commander of the Faithful," raises an interesting question. In summarizing Mehsud's deeds and accomplishments of the last few years, Ali writes

With this singular résumé, it was no surprise that Mehsud was named head of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan when the group formed in December 2007. Since then, the man known asamir(leader) by his followers has expanded his campaign by launching a remarkably

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