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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Bomb Train

I gave this post the title "bomb train" not that there is any particular significance to that - it's a song by the Mekons. And when you think about it, do things really need more significance than that? But perhaps I also wanted to put thought of the Mekon (from whom the band took their name) in your head, or (and) put you in mind of the film Closely watched Trains.

I saw a book that came into the library this week Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld. Written by Sharon Weinberger, it is a look into the world of daft mindsets of the Department of Defense's myriad research programs. The book is an expansion of an article Ms Weinberger wrote for the Washington Post two years ago Scary Things Come in Small Packages ( Not to go off on too many tangents but this also reminds me of a novel I skimmed through early this year the Begum's Millions: a recently translated Jules Verne book . [I am convinced I remember this story from a film strip presentation I once saw on the Boston PBS station while I was home sick from school one day -- somewhere back in the 1970's.] An Indian millionaires widow gives two men a million dollars, a frenchman and a german as it happens. The frenchman builds a utopia in the American west, the 'city of well-being'. The german uses his money to build a big big cannon a few miles away to blast the utopia into rubble. Consider the mixed reviews this got: The New Atlantis - Jules Verne: Father of Science Fiction? - John Derbyshire. This sort of comparison causes some to blush and conclude Verne just didn't understand things. Those who invent techo-magical militaristic solutions to their problems are not the bad guys  -  they're the good guys. So go ahead and set up your alternative to the globalizing corporate market. We will take its measure and determine the amount of dynamite we need.

The heart of Weinberger's book is a bomb, the hafnium bomb. There is a wikipedia node: Ballotechnics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ballotechnics involves something called "induced gamma emission" (IGE). The DoD keeps an ad hoc group on tap; the Jasons to look over things like this - they didn't see anything in it at all. But it was going to win us the war on terror, so a great deal of money was spent anyway. I want to read this book when it emerges from processing and hits the shelves.

From stem to stern this country is awash in junk science. The current administration not just a-scientific but anti-scientific. I recall the junk science debate from '04. (when I last wrote about this). A point of concern then was the Proposed Bulletin on Peer Review and Quality Information - Office of Mananagement and Budget's OIRA Regulatory Matters. The idea was to quietly rewrite the rules on the advisory boards that supply technical advice to government agencies - to allow scientists from regulated industries to staff these committees. The Union of Concerned Scientists U S was very concerned. They still are and have pieces to read and view on their web site on the problematic nature of the new class of nuclear bombs being readied for Iran The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP). And on the faint possibility that our missile defense will be enough that we can cease being serious about nuclear proliferation U.S. Missile Defense Would Offer Little Protection against North Korean Missiles - these days the fastest growing world sport.

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Monday, July 24, 2006
Further Alberta

I nurse the thought I have been played. Played like a cheap theramin. A couple of months ago I wrote a post which revolved around seeing an article in the Washington Post on Canada's oil sand fields a couple days after having an apparently chance conversation about the same thing. Of course the conversation was with a guy who, in addition to being my niece's soccer coach, is also the Toronto Globe and Mail's Washington bureau chief. Still I chalked it up to coincidence - because, well because I'm simple. Then the annual Smithsonian Folklife festival roared into town 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and I saw the big truck. Just like the big trucks they use in the Canadian oil sand fields up in Alberta. One of the featured regions in this years festival. I've lived in and around this town for many many years, since the Navy brought me here, and  I still can't spot things emerging out of the ephemerous fog of the 'Washington agenda" until I read it off their stern after they've sailed by.

A picture named Dumptruck.jpg The big truck it turns out was not from Alberta but simply one of the same make and model from the Caterpillar factory, stopping off to play a part in the Smithsonian's big show before continuing on to a strip mine in West Virginia. A man (a docent) explained this, adding that when one of these trucks goes into the mines environmental regulations would prohibit it from making any field trips back outside. Also once they start them apparently they never turn them off. The Folklife festival always delivers, because so much is going on there is always something that will appeal to you. Plus most of the year that grass strip between the Washington Monument and the Capital just sits there empty. What I liked this year: Native American Bark Baskets from Alaska, not woven but folded. Then, in addition to the Fort McMurray people, the U. of Alberta had a display on their solar powered led lights for the third world project Light up the World Foundation- increasing productivity and education.

My older sister's family (nephew and niece) are off to Sweden for two weeks. I mention this because they are visiting my nephew's best friend, Philip, (the same one who was in town visiting the last time this subject came around. What does one do in Sweden? I suppose I don't really know much about Sweden. I imagine it to be a place filled with blond people, Volvos, Saabs, and self assembled furniture. With wild strawberries growing disturbingly along the roadsides, and Jens Lenkman around every corner. In my email this morning, from Sweden (a coincidence I suppose...), was an change of address notice for a Organisationer i samverkan for global rattvisa. I've never heard of them, but they have my email address. Forum Syd aims to "strengthen civil society via development cooperation." Atomized Jr. endorses global rattvisa.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Blue tooth fairy

I came across the phrase "Bluetooth Fairy" recently. Meaning a person who has a cell phone rigged with one of those wireless earpiece/microphones so they can chatter away unemcumbered by any obvious communication apparatus. The twin benefits of hands-free operation and giving people the first impression that you're quite mad.
Ordinarily I would smile because there was someone I used to see regularly who matches this description. One of our student shelvers (I work in a University Library). She has been around on and off for five years now - as familiar a face as anyone I know. I think I only spoke to her once or twice the entire time she was here. One day she asked me if there was an incinerator on campus. I said I thought there was, but asked why. She said she wanted to burn all her paintings. I believe she was an art major. I told her she probably did not want to burn all her paintings. You would hear her talking in a low murmur among the shelves before you would see her. Then there she would be, often sitting on one of the wooden book carts as she shelved. Propelling herself along from location to location with the cane she often carried, like a Venisian gondalier. As I saw her do just the other week.
Our Bluetooth fairy will not be returning to us, she died from injuries due to a fall while on vacation in Paris earlier this month. I had a short conversation with Tran, who knew the Bluetooth fairy a little, about this. It did not dispel the disquiet I felt.
25Jul06 I made some minor edits to this post for clarity.
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Shachmati, Russian from the Persian al schah mat; the King is dead. Il est Mort. Poetically: Mr. Kurtz, he dead. More simply chess. Chess is the game of kings. Or at least it sounds good to say so. The Kings of this world were gathered in St Petersburg last week and the games were afoot. In this light consider the insult comedy of vlad the impaler Jokes backfire at G8 as leaders smart from Putin's acid tongue - World - Times Online [other acts included Bush and Blair trying out either an old Abbot and Costello routine perhaps Fry and Laurie, and Bush with a bit of Benny Hill]. For our own President Bush who is well known for preferring to be on the giving end of sarcasm. Putin had first ""To be honest, we certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq," Mr Putin said, prompting laughter and applause from reporters." And then for for Prime Minister Tony Blair "There are also other questions; questions, let's say, about the fight against corruption. We'd be interested in hearing your experience, including how it applies to Lord Levy." Recent statements from Vice President Cheney were dismissed with "unsuccessful hunting shot".

That was not all of it either, apparently when President Bush first arrived and went out to Putin's Dacha where he was enthusiastically met by the Russian President's dog. Putin's off-the-cuff comment was along the lines of: my dog bigger jumps higher runs faster, meaner than your dog Barney [I think I heard this on last Friday's Diane Rehm]. The G-8 now with all the nuance and subtly of a third grade recess. I also recall reading somewhere that at a previous meeting of the two leaders when George Bush tried to pressure Putin on freedom of the press, Putin retorted - Well you fired Dan Rather. Which in many ways accurately captures that moment in time. Certainly there are web loggists out there who have stenciled Rather's face to their crates. But they were mere errand boys sent by a grocers clerk. If I may take a moment and apply a small equation: Hinderaker + Captains Quarters to obtain Hindquarters as an all purpose designation of the blogs of the hyper-ventilating right. George W. Bush used his family connections to get himself into the Texas air national guard in order to avoid duty in Vietnam, and then he used similar connections to walk away from that when he tired of it and duty became inconvenient. The broad outlines of this, frankly, are self evident. Dan Rather, in the right forest, if barking up the wrong tree.

The past is past. For now I want to say that if Mr. Putin thinks he is making a point here he isn't Putin's 'Sovereign Democracy'. I just need someone to say so - to say something like this

It's time to stop pretending that the Kremlin shares the free world's interests. The high energy prices the Putin administration requires to keep its hold on power are driven by the tensions that come with every North Korean missile launching and Iranian nuclear threat. It's no surprise that Russia continues to block United Nations sanctions against these rogue states. The mystery is why the West continues to treat Russia like an ally. Garry Kasparov [Mr. Kasparov is the co-chairman of the All-Russia Civil Congress and the chairman of the United Civil Front of Russia.] What's Bad for Putin Is Best for Russians - New York Times.

I am assuming that this is the same Garry Kasparov (Grandmaster) who held the FIDE world Chess Championship between 1985 and 1993.

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Monday, July 17, 2006
Still more Ra5cs

I have gotten my scanner to work again. I checked the Microtek site and found they had written a OS 9 driver for the 3600 series scanner and I can still boot this ibook into OS 9. It had seemed that previously they had nothing newer than an OS 8.6 driver so I was stuck. I have new scans now of old but still good pictures. This is a picture of two planes, Ra5c Vigilantes, from RVAH 3 not RVAH 7 which I was attached to, below them is (I think) fort Zachary Taylor which is on a 'dry tortuga' a few miles beyond Key West. RVAH 3 was the wing's training squadron [note 09Dec06 it is not Fort Taylor or any Fort Jackson as the jpg is named, but Fort Jefferson that is in the Dry Tortugas National Park.]
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I also want to mention a comment I received on a post from last year just today. I have mentioned people I knew back then from time to time and someone wrote in to ask if I knew how get in touch with a officer I knew back then, Lcdr Paul Habel. Unfortunately I don't. I haven't seen any one of those people in over twenty years. But on the off chance that someone drawn to this page by the irresistable image of the RA5C, does know his whereabouts. Henner Lenhardt would like to contact Mr. Habel to ask him about "a book he gave my father." The book is One Day in a Long War: Air War, North Vietnam, May 10, 1972. which is about the opening day of air offensive Operation Linebacker.
One thing I did turn up (I am repeating most of my reply comment here, but what the heck) Admiral Fallon who is the current commander U S Pacific command is a former Ra5c pilot he would have been in one of the RVAH squadrons and served in the wing staff, CRAW 1.
I will revisit this theme occasionally as I scan more pictures.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: FCC and Media Ownership

The Federal Communications Commission issued the "Further Notice of Proposed Rule-making" with a 120 day public comment period quietly last month. The subject was Media Ownership. I saw two articles on this at the time, noting then they seemed to reflect two different views of the subject: "The Single Most Important [Media] Policy Debate" and As FCC Digs Into Ownership, Big Media No Longer Cares.The Washington Post article takes the position that media consolidation no longer matters that since the previous iteration of this perennial battle, media companies have made business plans in other directions, Fox corp. unable to assemble 'triopolies' in your city is just as happy to have bought MySpace. The article while containing a grain of truth is mostly the talking points of those who now wish to proceed with media consolidation.

    A reading list brought to you by the Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH): Mass media Ownership

  • News incorporated : corporate media ownership and its threat to democracy / edited by Elliot D. Cohen ; preface by Arthur Kent. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2005.
  • Convergent journalism : an introduction / Stephen Quinn and Vincent F. Filak, editors. Burlington, MA : Elsevier/Focal Press, c2005.
  • Converging media, diverging politics : a political economy of news media in the united states and canada / edited by David Skinner, James R. Compton, and Michael Gasher. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2005.
  • Bagdikian, Ben H. The new media monopoly / Ben H. Bagdikian. Boston : Beacon Press, c2004.
  • Who owns the media? : global trends and local resistances / edited by Pradip N. Thomas and Zaharom Nain ; with a foreword by Peter Golding. London ; New York : Zed Books ; Penang, Malaysia : Southbound ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the U.S. by Palgrave, 2004.
  • Cooper, Mark N. Media ownership and democracy in the digital information age : promoting diversity with First Amendment principles and market structure analysis / Mark Cooper. Stanford, Calif. : Center for Internet & Society, Stanford Law School, [2003]
  • Media organisation and production / edited by Simon Cottle. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2003.
  • Demers, David P. Global media : menace or Messiah? / David Demers ; with a foreword by Melvin DeFleur. Creskill, N.J. : Hampton Press, c2002.
  • Herman, Edward S. Manufacturing consent : the political economy of the mass media / Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky ; with a new introduction by the authors. New York : Pantheon Books, 2002.
  • Compaine, Benjamin M. Who owns the media? : competition and concentration in the mass media industry / Benjamin M. Compaine, Douglas Gomery. Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 2000.
  • Johnston, Carla B. Screened out : how the media control us and what we can do about it / Carla Brooks Johnston. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2000.
  • Alger, Dean. Megamedia : how giant corporations dominate mass media, distort competition, and endanger democracy / Dean Alger. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c1998.
  • Schultz, Julianne, 1956- Reviving the fourth estate : democracy, accountability, and the media / Julianne Schultz. Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Invisible crises : what conglomerate control of media means for America and the world / edited by George Gerbner, Hamid Mowlana, Herbert I. Schiller. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c1996.

So the FCC goes into action. The period between 2003 ( FCC: Public Be Damned) and now consisted of the Powell descendency, and interregnum, when the commission had no chair. Now there is, and also a conservative majority on the commission. This brings us to the 2006 Quadrennial Regulatory Review & 2002 Biennial Regulatory Review[~] Review of the Commission's Broadcast Ownership Rules and Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Cross- Ownership of Broadcast Stations and Newspapers, Rules and PoliciesConcerning Multiple Ownership of Radio Broadcast Stations in Local MarketsDefinition of Radio Markets . What Commissioner Copps refers to as the 'slim document'. Here is the:  News Release FCC Opens Media Ownership Proceeding for Public Comment and Fact Sheet: on this from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Home Page (06/21/06 entry). Note the section of the release where they refer to "Comprehensive studies that will address a variety of issues including: (1) How people get news and information (2) Competition within types of media and across media platforms (3) Independent and diverse programming in today[base ']s media environment (4) And that they budgeted $200,000 for these studies. There are also statements by each commissioner on this same page, the one by Copps is worth glancing at.

Alexander Micklejohn speaking of the inherant difficulties of democracy, it's unclear even contradictory nature quotes Edward Carr:

"What these terms define is not democracy but anarchy" here  he is speaking of our conventional defining of democracy as "'self-government' or 'government by consent.' " We do not see how baffling even to the point of desperation, is the task of using our minds, to which we are summoned by our plan of government. That plan is not intellectually simple. Its victories are chiefly won, not by the carnage of battle, but by the sweat and agony of the mind." (Political freedom 1965, 10)

What he is saying is that our government as we created and conceived it - covenanted it - cannot be put on auto-pilot. It can not be delegated, not to our delegates, nor by them (congress) to the executive. It is the debate. It is whatever consensus arises from that debate, it is the information, the communication, the knowledge. Without these it doesn't exist. The opposing force we contend with is alien (or alienated) government which seeks to rule without consensus, or to limit the range of public opinion within certain boundaries. Done perhaps to simplify or streamline decision processes, or make them privately, compatible with its own class interests. In practice there are incentives to get 'big', to merge for media corporations to reduce risk and uncertainty; remain profitable. Which they claim a free market should allow. Against this are public interest considerations of a free press and democracy, to which some would argue this is why the freest market is one institutionally restrained, if not regulated, from oligopic and monopolistic tendencies Wikipeadia gives a decent quick overview of the issues and current degree of consolidation Concentration of media ownership - Wikipedia.

That the FCC budgeted for studies speaks of a need for data. Lack of obvious consensus usually indicates need for more information. FCC may not have liked what commentary and information exists. Which is why they are going to generate more. Online; the Pew internet project has kept up a steady stream of reports on integration of the internet into American information assimilation - of news and opinions. The ultimate sources of information, contrasted with information providers; the roles and ownership of services and content providers are treated more tangentially. The last time a Pew project tackled this directly seems to be this 1999 report Striking the Balance, Audience Interests, Business Pressures and Journalists' Values. In Sec. iv of that report they claim that surveys indicated that news editors and management of media held widely divergent opinions on how they perceived mergers were affecting news collection and reporting. There are some other internet watch dogs: Media Access Project which bills itself as a non-Profit Public Interest Telecommunications Law Firm. The quote which forms the led paragraph on their site: "the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public, that a free press is a condition of a free society" is from Associated Press v. U.S., 326 U.S. 1 (1945) Mr. Justice Black delivering the opinion of the Court. Another interesting site calls itself Fire the FCC . Certainly there is no paucity within the published literature, see sidebar.

If the FCC truly wishes to learn something, the key issues are the relations between service provider, content provider, particular as this address the emerging diversity of non professional or alternate news dissemination. Always with merging ownership who cuts the paychecks who collects the fees is the critical question. I would like some data that would demonstrate that conglomerations and mass vertical integration do not indicate that a handful of (private) corporations do not own all I see hear and know. Again see the list that wikipedia was able to assemble. The danger is not that speech will be eliminated, rather that you will have marginalized voices within the infrastructure of available media (without net neutrality the web is firmly inside that structure). Under regime control as surely as state control, narrowing the channel of discourse, boxing the debates. Privileged mainstreamed tiers, secondary tiers, tertiary tiers. The owners pricing out voices, projecting their voice and interests while limiting others.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Big tree, fake

On recent excursions out to Great Falls park on the Potomac river with various members of my family (one of which my mother, visiting from Arizona, still refers to guardedly, because we took her on a shortcut which ended up being a three mile hike through the woods) I have had occasion to exclaim "hey that's not a tree over there, that's a big honking metal tower painted to look like a tree!" To which my sisters and nieces and nephews invariably reply "sure unkie, whatever you say, its one of those new "metal tree's", if you want it to be." But now:

It's tough to spot, but there is a pine tree in Great Falls Park that's a little taller and fatter than most of the others in the dense forest. The tree -- with a steel trunk, rubber bark and plastic needles -- is actually a cellphone tower in disguise, bolted to a concrete base and surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. Missing the Tower for the Trees

The article actually seems to refer to a "tree" on the Virginia side of Great Falls built by Digital Design & Imaging Service Inc. of Falls Church (or perhaps, also, a tree on the Virginia side). The picture in the article shows a tree similar to the one on the Maryland side.

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Monday, July 10, 2006
Tran slated

I wanted to write a post that if my friend Tran were to read this weblog, which mericifully she doesen't, she might care about. One way to do that is to write about Vietnam issues. Certainly Vietnam has been in the U S press a number of times since the begining of the year. Just recently Secratary of Defense Rumsfeld visited An Upbeat Rumsfeld and Vietnam Agree to Broaden Ties - New York Times heralding closer military and security cooperation between the two nations, this was presaged by earlier meetings in Feburary Military ties warm between US, Vietnam | . Bill Gates was in Vietnam back in April presumbly to check out the level of sophistication and support of this emerging global technology center Vietnam's Tech Sector Hails Gates' Visit. Intel Corp. had been through a few months earlier to settle plans to build a chip assembly plant Intel to Build Vietnam Chip Assembly Plant. Shortly after this in mid-May there was news of a trade treaty with the U S Vietnam reaches trade deal with US: state media | Reuters.comand an agreement to allow Vietnam entry into the WTO US agrees to deal for Vietnam to join WTO | . There were also stories, I wrote a post on earlier, about Vietnam's softening intransigence toward Christianity In Vietnam, Christianity gains quietly |; though I recall what happened when I ran that by Tran - she wasn't buying it. [I doubt these months-old urls are going to link to full text articles  anymore, they are essentially here just to decorate this post]

During the month of the World cup Championship series I came to discover that Tran is a keen and passionate soccer fan! Are there any famous Vietnamese Soccer players I wondered? Just considering Vietnamese-Americans, yes. "And if you need Vietnamese intrigue to get you into the sport, in 2010 mid-fielder Lee Nguyen should be on the U.S. team. He was the Gatorade High School Soccer Player of the Year and now plays professionally in the Netherlands" NGUOI VIET Online. I find myself possessed of Vietnamese intrigue. I also came across this odd article in the official Chinese press on how Vietnam is reacting to the world cup. I'll give you a taste:

a restaurant in southern Ho Chi Minh City hangs a plate which says "A place of refuge during World Cup." The Faifo Hoai Pho restaurant in the city-based Huynh Tinh Cua Road with the odd plate has attracted more and more customers, especially wives since the world's biggest soccer event started early June. The customers want to run away from the sight of their husbands gluing eyes to TV screens and crying all night. Ironically, owner of the restaurant without TV sets, a poet named Huy Tuong, is a crazy soccer fan People's Daily Online -- Amusing World Cup-relating facts in Vietnam.

In the wake of the France | Italy game. A lovely game even if I loathe penalty kick finishes. I wanted to close this post by defending Zidane - 2006 World Cup - Bruce Crumley: France swallows defeat -- but not hero's finale - Monday July 10, 2006 11:41AM. My first thought after seeing the head butt and realizing this was going to get him tossed out. Why this, an unforgivable unsportsmanlike offense in soccer, is the very heart of Americam football. I can recall our high school football coach, Tommy Cato, being distraught that one of our players was just too nice a guy to lower his head and "stick 'im", he would never make a "good" football player. I would horrify all civilization and modern Europe (certainly France) by proposing Zidane be considered an honorary American (or an honorary rugby player, if he prefers). This is because some have speculated he was provoked and had endured numerous uncalled fouls against himself There Are No Words for Zidane's Head Butt - Los Angeles Times . While most times valor consists of biting your lip, being professional, not reacting; always there is also deciding to pay the price. Sacrificing perhaps the greatest game in his career. The very moment being his permanent separation from the game. His career reputation for asterisked. Something never un-doable. Like Samson, pulling the roof down on your opponent and yourself. Like Heracles Heracles - Wikipedia asking the fire be set, that will burn away the mortifying flesh, and the mortal part. Sometimes you have to decide that enough is enough; you've bourne enough slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. And to take up arms, or in Zidane's case, heads, (new rules sucker!) and by opposing end them.

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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Tiptoeing around the Taepodong

What did the North Koreans think they would accomplish by this North Korea Tests Long-Range Missile? Did they think the world would quake in fear of their salvo-of-death 6 Missiles Fired by North Korea; Tests Protested - New York Time? Then it would have been better if the taepodong hadn't torn itself apart in under a minute from launch. Even so it seems the U S was determined not to react, and stowed away the usual rhetoric of alarm and ultimatum Bush: U.S. Will Stick to Diplomatic Efforts With North Korea..

For myself I am tired of hearing of North Korea's negotiating acumen. All it is, is dissembling and stalling for time. If you stick to a simple tune you probably won't make many mistakes. This is not the same thing as sophistication, or great skill. I saw one report that the Navy may have recovered portions of the big missile. The Taepodongs main function for Pyongyang is as an export product and revenue source. Some of the press felt that role of the little missiles may actually have been greater here, to underscore South Korea's fragile position, with Seoul just over the border, and as a warning to any strategic decision for Japan to fully re-arm, but here it also serves as an invitation.

What is the big message from all this, the message that Iran may be inclined to read. The relative impotence of the U S. That once you get the bomb they can't touch you For US military, few options to defang North Korea | Perhaps not so much. Or that the destabilization and risk of emerging nuclear powers embedded in rabid regional rivalries, or isolated regimes, coheres international opinion and creates a consensus against proliferation by any means necessary Quest for leverage on North Korea | Even with the acquisition of nuclear technology. A negotiating style and behavior like the North Korea's, a nation that lives closer to the edge of collapse than rationality or sustainability would allow, means that any error, any overreach - and everybody makes mistakes - will be turned back against you with increased, eventually unmatchable vigor.

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Monday, July 3, 2006
July July

It never seemed so strange.

About this time last year a dj at one of the radio stations I listen to played the song July July by the Decemberists, The Decemberists - Wikipedia. Though from a previous year it became one of my favorite songs last year.

A month or so ago I became aware that there was also a novel titled July July by Tim O'Brien July, July - Google Book Search. I resolved to read this book in this July (and have been). It brings up the question, where does Colin Meloy get his ideas from? He has a song called "a song forMyla Goldberg." The Decemberists once  did an entire ep called the Tain; A version of the Dun Cow of Ulster. Coming up he intends to put the Japanese folk tale the Crane Wife to music in a song cycle Colin Meloy Talks New Decemberists Album.

Does O'Brien's July July seem to have inspired the Decemberists. Not directly, though both have their share of ghosts. So its a ghost story then? Well no.

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