Category Archives: History

CIA and NSA funding seeded Google founders first research in that direction

This article outlines an interesting but generally unknown detail at the origins of Google, namely that CIA and NSA funding was at the origins of first research leading towards Google, via university research grants. It also addresses how this made … Continue reading

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Sticks, for trade and human rights: Why not tariffs?

Tariffs as a means of influencing standards involved in production processes are 1) difficult to define and also difficult to implement, 2) reduce ties and increase probability of any given issue leading towards heightened conflict or even war and 3) … Continue reading

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A Show of Force Operation (SOFO) is …

A Show of Force Operation (SOFO) is an activity that is used to warn, intimidate, and showcase capabilities … … The BSSR describes a SOFO as an impressive display of … power and resolve, which is used to convey an overwhelming … Continue reading

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Silent reading may have been key for intellectual advancement and freedom

There’s much debate about when Europeans began to read silently, but it’s likely that the development “helped facilitate intellectual rigor, introspection, criticism of the government and religion, even irony and cynicism that would have been awkward to read aloud.” More … Continue reading

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Chilean saltpeter mining experience, not technocratic expertise, may explain its effective macroeconomic management of resource wealth

Why is Chile an exception to the rule among non-Western countries, whose macroeconomic management of resource wealth enables natural resources-based growth without high inflation or Dutch Disease? Chile is commonly held up as a model for other countries which may … Continue reading

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“How many targeted individuals?”

Estimates seem to range between a few hundred thousand and a few million. A YouTube video even said so, so probably it’s true. This number suggests somewhere in the range of tens or hundreds of millions of active perpetrators. But … Continue reading

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Orwell’s Big Brother on steroids-2.0

Every media you consume scanned in advance to tailor the individualized brainwashing and/or torture which is inflicted in the moment you consume it. If ever trying to stray from the pre-predicted path, or to some other-than-predicted news story, film, song or scientific … Continue reading

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100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution

I’m not convinced that regimes under Stalin or Mao would have been particularly less murderous under some form of capitalism (whether state capitalism, monopolistic capitalist, or other), or that any system birthed by revolutions against Czarist Russia or pre-revolutionary China … Continue reading

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Notes on Russia scandal, of generalizeable nature

Through Quartz, Nov 4: The key lesson of the scandal is not that Russia is dangerous to US democracy, but that social media makes all democracies vulnerable to anyone with a political agenda, a bit of money, and a reasonable … Continue reading

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Organized stalking and systematic psychosocial torture, if “extort a say nothing” is not a sure thing

I participate in organized stalking at any indication of a victim of organized stalking being present. Upon meeting any person try to obtain means to “extort a say nothing” before considering to know that person, and otherwise indicate the need … Continue reading

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