Category: Geo-strategic issues
Let us soberly ponder, reading between the lines: Food for thought. END PS: By way of sharpest contrast:
is our ruinous nightmare. This can be seen through a game, from the conspiracism thread: KF, 86: >> . . . there is a silly little mental game we can consider. [The Crooked Yardstick Effect:] Step one, define that a certain crooked yardstick, S, is the standard of straight, accurate and upright. Once that is […]
ID is a proposition that, first, it is reasonable to inquire scientifically as to whether certain features of the world of life and/or the physical cosmos can or do show observable signs of design. To which, the answer has long since been given, e.g. by the well known OoL researcher Orgel in a significant 1973 […]
The ID issue vs Digital Empire/Cartel concerns: information utilities/ “superhighway” vs shadow-censoring, de-platforming information gatekeepers
The ID issue has long been a focal point for intense, often deeply polarised debate on our origins and world roots as informed by science. Science, being a major source of knowledge and understanding about our world, which also energises technological innovation and economic growth. Science is often treated as though it is the grounds […]
|June 6, 2018||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, UD Newswatch highlights|
. . . which was decisive, not only for the Second World War but for the Cold War. For a dominant, totalitarian state in control of Mackinder’s Heartland and ranging to the Atlantic would have sobering global geostrategic consequences. D-Day Beaches vid. Summary of the thesis: “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who […]
On reflecting on the ongoing discussion on ethical matters (as part of the science and worldviews in society theme of UD) in the thread in response to Sev on moral truth, I suggest yes. Not least, because the already in progress, suicidal moral bankruptcy of our civilisation will take down science, math, technology, sound governance […]
CT4: AK on morality: “Since the moral fabric is man made, all we are doing is seeing it change . . .”
Sometimes, one of our frequent objectors has a truly noteworthy letting- the- cat- out- of- the- bag moment that is worth headlining. In the still live CT2 thread, AK unwittingly exposes the incoherence and implied amorality of atheistical, evolutionary materialism when he comments in key part: AK, 80: >>Since the moral fabric is man made, […]
Retro: Futurist Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) on the future of space exploration. Which is where we are living now.
|May 25, 2018||Posted by News under Astronomy, Culture, Exoplanets, Geo-strategic issues, Intelligent Design|
Suzan Mazur has republished her wide-ranging interview with the Renaissance man (in an age of specialization), first published in Omni in 1981, at Oscillations. The interview as a whole offers insights on how space exploration was viewed back then (for example, habitable planets were not top of mind): Suzan Mazur: Since every last mineral can […]
Answering AK’s claims [a] “[the so-called Gish Gallop is an] ID technique” and [b] “evil is a concept fabricated by religion”
|May 12, 2018||Posted by kairosfocus under agit-prop, opinion manipulation and well-poisoning games, Answering the problem of evil (vs good), Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Geo-strategic issues, Logic and First Principles of right reason|
Sometimes, one of UD’s frequent objectors makes an inadvertently telling objection that deserves highlighting in order to publicly document what we are up against. In this case, AK has provided us with TWO, as headlined. Accordingly, over the past several days, I responded in the Skeptical Review thread. This morning, on seeing doubling down, I […]
Sci-Tech: Meltdown patches patched as a first wave of lawsuits hits Intel over Meltdown and Spectre [u/d, AMD sued over Spectre too]
|January 23, 2018||Posted by kairosfocus under Computing, AI, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, General interest, Geo-strategic issues, governance, UD's Sci-Tech watch|
The Meltdown-Spectre processor architectural flaw crisis we have been monitoring has deepened as Intel has to patch its initial patch: . . . and as a first wave of the inevitable lawsuits hits. Here, we clip one in San Francisco: NB: Comment 3 below links and clips documentation AMD has been sued over its […]
AFP tells us regarding the current Consumer Electronics Show (CES): >>Tech is the new religion, offering hope of salvation in a troubled world as industry leaders converge in Las Vegas this week. Technology will not just help us communicate better and give us bolder and brighter screens. It is promising to end urban congestion, treat […]
|January 1, 2018||Posted by kairosfocus under faith, Food for thought, General interest, Geo-strategic issues, Stirring the pot (tentative thoughts/explorations)|
One wishes as happy a new year as possible to one and all. It falls to insomnia power to open the innings for 2018 for UD. Let us use this open thread to share new year’s day thoughts. END PS: My own general thought is one of grave concern for our civilisation (per Machiavelli of […]
. . . and similar manipulative spin and mob-ocracy games masquerading as truth, news, knowledge/education, etc now clearly needs to be confronted — if we are to think straight and act soundly in good time to avoid going over the cliff as a civilisation: The Parable of Plato’s Cave (and the linked idea of the […]
|November 26, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Culture, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Freedom, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Intellectual freedom, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Overnight, his brother and successor Raul announced the death of the former longest serving non-royal head of a state. While we must condole with those who mourn, we must also recognise his very mixed legacy, as a Communist dictator leading a state that — per fair comment — has been very un-free and hampered in […]
|October 16, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Evolutionary materialism's amorality, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Lessons of History, Politics/policy and origins issues|
. . . and of course, the long subversive march through the institutions that dominate culture. As in, we need to understand some of why a self-falsifying and inherently amoral ideology of evolutionary materialistic scientism has so much traction in our day, and why so many bizarre agendas are being pushed so hard by the […]
|October 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Free Speech, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Lessons of History, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Media, Politics/policy and origins issues|
This issue is directly relevant to the ID controversy, but also to much more of what has gone wrong with our civilisation and the utter, stark peril we now face because we ignored warning signs for decades: This has to be decoded a bit, as it is of course in the usual context of our […]
|September 13, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, Lessons of History, Politics/policy and origins issues, Video|
Video: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt (Please understand this i/l/o the context of complacency, attack and the lesson of Jan Sobieski. Ask yourself, in your heart is our civilisation worth fighting for given the likely alternatives (or, does it deserve to die . . . or be utterly “transformed”), and why or why not?) Ponder, […]
|September 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Culture, General interest, Geo-strategic issues|
For, on that day, Poland — personally led by its king — rode to the rescue of our Civilisation at the gates of Vienna. (Details — and movie, here; also see on Complacency Day, here.) Be it solemnly moved that from this day forward, we shall remember: Complacency Day, Sept 10; 9/11-01, Sept 11; Sobieski […]
|September 10, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, Politics/policy and origins issues|
I briefly discuss here. Notice the 100-year global subjugation map I first found online on an IslamIST site on the following day: And also, this sketch of history from the 630’s on (i.e. the last IslamIST 100-year expansion): Sky News coverage on that fateful following day: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Note, too, this outline […]
|June 24, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, governance, News, Off Topic, Politics/policy and origins issues|
. . . including, regarding major trends of our civilisation vis a vis the IslamISTS, also as a civilisation, we face “seven mountains of influence” issues. Drudge headline: The initial fall of the Pound off the cliff on the announcement from Sunderland that was the first clear indicator of which way the referendum would go: […]
Key initial impacts:
- UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has resigned, staying on as a three-month caretaker
- Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson (leader of the Brexit campaign) is tipped a likely successor
- A 2 – 4 year estimated Lisbon Article 50 leave process is likely to begin under Cameron’s successor.
- The Governor of the Bank of England has promised liquidity in Pounds and key foreign currencies to ease pressure on UK markets and the currency.
- Key stocks, starting with leading banks are off by up to 1/5.
- FTSE initially has dived 6.95% though as of this writing it has clawed its way back above the 6,000 threshold,
- the GBP dived 5.77% against the Euro (which is itself falling), and up to 8.46% against the US$, hitting as low as $1.36 down from $1.50 on the eve of the vote. The Yen is rising.
- Gold is surging, oil is falling.
- The Scots have long since warned that a Brexit would re-open the independence question, which would have major consequences for the UK’s geostrategic stance in the world, and knock-on effects for the global economy and stability.
- And much more . . .
Geostrategic issues are of sobering concern when we consider the global geostrategic situation:
[U/D Jun 28:] Let me add some illustrations to give geostrategic/ geopolitical background:
1: The classic heartland-rimland context:
. . . and a map of NATO vs the Warsaw Pact:
2: The practical Lebensraum goal c 1941 (expanding on Septemberprogramm 1914):
3: A Picture of today’s Euronetwork (Germany focussed):
5: Cecil B Rhodes as a Cape to Cairo Colossus (they had rail in mind then):
We must also ponder civilisation level trends, for which the (generic) seven mountains of influence approach may be helpful:
One obvious implication is this is a sign of rising nationalism in the midst of an unsettling and utterly atypical US Election year that just saw an assassination attempt — directly parallel to the murder of a UK Member of Parliament. (If anything, that would tend to favour Mr Trump; providing, he does in fact become the Republican nominee.)
As touching origins debates and linked concerns relevant to Intelligent Design and to the historic heritage of our civilisation, the key issue will be the power moves made during a time of uncertainties and instabilities. For, we deal with those of the Marxian type view that a “crisis” must not go to “waste.”
Vigilance, is eternally the price of liberty. END
PS: Pound, pounded
Here is 20 year context: