Recommended Reading (2010-06-07)

Lessons learned from the Gaza flotilla raid.

Not so much a Sunday edition, I know. My apologies – I’ve come down with something at the worst possible time, but now my head might be starting to clear. Anyways, your links:

– Mike Burleson reveals the “dirty little secret” of the Falklands War: two “small, modestly capable” V/STOL carriers defeated the entire land-based air force of Argentina.

– General Cartwright gets it on cybersecurity and civil liberties, but Michael Tanji says there are still some major contradictions we need to resolve:

  1. Is access to the Internet a right? If it is not a right (on par with life and liberty, vice, say freedom from having to hear ‘hate speech’) then stop and move on to the next national security topic. We should spend not one iota of time worrying about defending conveniences. If we are going to consider it a right, then move on to #2.
  2. Is cyberspace a domain akin to land, sea and air? Which one? Pick the closest analog and start building your doctrine from there. Make it purple.

– Aliens, the Fermi Paradox, and the likelihood of humanity annihilating itself are all interconnected. But our own demise might be more of a ‘soft’ collapse than a nuclear war…

Jalopnik has a fantastic article on the notoriously finicky U-2 and the chase cars that help it land. Join the Air Force, drive a Camaro down a runway at 140 MPH.

– Surprise, surprise! China occasionally does something deceptive regarding mass media. Film at eleven.

And this past week on Automatic Ballpoint:

We remember Memorial Day. We also remember how crazy nuclear weapons made our plans for society.

Israeli naval commandos raid a Gaza-bound “aid” flotilla, and everyone disagrees on every noun in that sentence. Especially Turkey, who might bring it up with NATO.

We look at some media including pictures and video of the Libyan anti-Gaddafi protest, maps of deep time, and my own hilariously edited video of a mugging, courtesy CCTV. And speaking of the surveillance state, don’t forget about Stephen Graham tonight at LSE.