Saturday, February 10, 2007
Barnett, T.P.M. (2007). Why the yin disconnects from the yang. Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog. February 3, 2007. Available online: http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/2007/02/why_the_yin_disconnects_from_t.html/
Dunbar, L. (2007). Friction. Larry Dunbar. February 7, 2007. Available online: http://connectinginconversation.org/larrydunbar/2007/02/07/friction/.
Weeks, C.G. (2007). Tying loose ends. Dreaming 5GW. February 7, 2007. Available online: http://www.fifthgeneration.phaticcommunion.com/archives/2007/02/tying_loose_ends.php.
Just as last week saw a flurry of discussion on global guerrillas theory (and its definition), this week saw a wave of posts on tdaxp and early Christianity.
Recently, Larry Dunbar offered his critique of my view of power as displayed in Jesusism-Paulism.
TDAXP has a good, as always, piece going that examines friction and nation building. Because Dan has to, somewhat, pander to his base, his examination of friction is not quite what I believe to be accurate. Overall, we will both probably get to similar conclusions, but our understanding of how forces flow is different.
Dan is correct when he says, “Generally, there are two means to use against an enemy–violence and politics–and two strategies–take-over and take-down.” The tactics are force and the strategies are displacements.
However, his reassigning Peaceful to mean political is grossly wrong. There is nothing peaceful about politics, it is only because it has mostly potential energy does it seem peaceful.
As for my conclusions to Dan’s post, I conclude that the great internal forces that Christianity was able to produce was combined with Rome’s ability to displace across a great area. This created a great momentum that was able to carry Rome, until the internal pressure was destroyed by possibly greed and hate.
My writings on early Christianity are currently divided into five sections.
1. Love Your Enemy As You Would Have Him Love You
2. Caiaphas and Diocletian Did Know Better
3. Every Man a Panzer, Every Woman a Soldat
4. The Fall of Rome
5. The People of the Book
More thoughts, by Curtis of Dreaming 5GW and Tom of Barnett :: The Weblog appear below the fold.
Friday, January 19, 2007
While other bloggers have draconian rules if you want your voice to be heard, at tdaxp we make it easy. Do you want everyone to read an article, listen to a question, or hear a thought? Do you want to add something to a discussion that doesn't fit under a typical post? Then use the open thread.
- Open Thread I reached 19 comments, spanning from December 7th to December 17th.
- Open Thread II reached 37 comments, starting December 21 and ending January 16.
You decide how popular Open Thread III will be. Post whatever you like. Let your voice be heard.
Talk, discuss, converse, post, comment, and, most of all, enjoy!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
It's a wonderful new year for new blogs. I've already sun the praises for Dreaming 5th Generation War, Small Wars Journal Blog, Soob de Jour, and Quiet Thoughts. Now I am thrilled to introduce polisci.
polsci is written by a colleageu of mine at the Unviersity of Nebraska, who shares my interest on how genes influence human behavior. Thus our subject matter is often similar, with the different this his writing is far more scholarly, precise, and knowledgeable than mine.
Two of his best:
- "Evolutionary Psychology" is a reaction to the same material as my rant again "The Cultural Determinists and their Lies" (back from August)
- "U.S.'s Fastest-Growing Religious Group is Apolitical" is a nifty companion to my post, "Identity, Reason and Other Lies." I'm skeptical of the possibility and/or utility of rational discourse, and this argue treds the same ground.
Welcome to the blogosphere, John!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
- Their first post is way more professional than tdaxp's first entrance into blogospheric debate
- Their post on ending the Iraq War makes me recall
lakotization... er, family liberation
- Then a historical post on Guy Fawkes Day -- does Catholicgauze have any comment?
So now Small Wars Journal Blog joins Dreaming 5th Generation War, Soob, and Quiet Thoughts as blogs that I need to add to my blogroll. Welcome!
Monday, January 08, 2007
One of the neatest things about the blogosphere is how a conversation can jump from blog to blog, with each blog addings its own touch.
First, Mark's July 2005 post on 5th Generation Warfare inspired my first post on the topic the next day. Then just this month Herb Harris joined the conversation, which quickly jumped over to Dreaming 5GW.
5GW was also misused by John Robb, whose interpretation was analyzed the same day by Aherring, Curtis, and myself. The stand-out quote: Robb lets others do a lot of the building, claims they're stealing his ideas, then changes his ideas to coopt and incorporate new little nuggets he'd not previously considered.
A more involved conversation included Tom and myself, spanning "Jimmy Carter's New Book," "The Jews, Israeli nationalism v. Globalism," "The Jews, Reloaded," and now "Another spiral development attempt on the Carter book controversy."
A three-way conversation on new theories for a new way of war has seen contributions on Small Wars Journal, D.N.I., and (to bring this all to a circle) Zen Pundit.
In closing, I of course have to link to Soob / Soob du Jour, and Quiet Thoughts / Silence in Mind, two blogs that are both inspired and original.
Friday, December 22, 2006
"Myspaces for" have been sprouting here and there lately. Mark (and myself, and Coming Anarchy, and Mountainrunner, &c) have talked about shelfy, while Adam of The Metropolis Times has blogged on flixster. The newest entrant into this mix is Slide Share. While the site may one day become a leading resource for those who present publicly, for now the most popular entrant is "Beautiful Indian Models - Kingfisher 2006 Calendar."
Thursday, December 21, 2006
On December 7, 2004, the first day of this blog's existence, I complained about the terrible, centralized nature of US public schools.
On December 7, 2005, the first anniversary of this blog's life, I bragged about my readership. Since then, things have along gotten better. The worst month I've had since then is better than the best month until then.
On December 7, 2006, tdaxp's second anniversary, I created an open thread, to correct the centralized (that is, written by me) authorship of this blog.
The open thread was a very successful experiment. Nineteen comments were left, on the subjects of depopulation, Pinochet's death, forums v. blogs, and some light theology.
So to keep the conversation open, this is Open Thread II. Post whatever you want, any question you have for others or any comment you want the world to hear.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Two social networking sites have come to my attention recently. First, Adam of The Metropolis Times introduced me to flixster, a networking site that works based on movies. Then, Mark of ZenPundit blogged about shelfy -- a "myspace for bibliomaniacs." Already, Mark, myself, and Chirol (of Coming Anarchy), and Mountainrunner (of MountainRunner) have shelfy profiles. Where's yours?
Sean and Critt: woudl it be worthwhile to create a shelfy profile for Tom, based on the books he has mentioend on the blog?
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature on the internet. Making it available free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Removing the barriers to serious research.
OANews charts the latest development in the rebellion against the Publishing-Company-centric approach to scientific literature. Two example posts. First, "The case for distributed over central OA archiving:"
Most important, institutions, being the primary research providers, have the most direct stake in maximising -- and the most direct means of monitoring -- the self-archiving of their own research output. Hence institutional self-archiving mandates -- reinforced by research funder self-archiving mandates -- will see to it that institutional research output is deposited in its natural, optimal locus: each institution's own IR (twinned and mirrored for redundancy and preservation). CRs (subject-based, multi-subject, national, or any other combination that might be judged useful) can then harvest from the distributed network of IRs.
And from "Self-archiving justified, regardless of effect on subscriptions:
Hence self-archiving is unlikely to cause journal cancellations until the self-archiving of all articles in all journals is reliably at or near 100%. If/when that happens, or is clearly approaching, journals can and will scale down to become peer-review service providers only, recovering their much reduced costs on the OA model that Jan favors. But journals are extremely unlikely to want to do that scaling down and conversion now, when there is no pressure to do it. And there is certainly no reason for researchers to sit waiting meanwhile, as they keep losing access, usage and impact. Mandates will pressure researchers to self-archive, and, eventually, 100% self-archiving might also pressure journals to scale down and convert to the model Jan advocates.
Open Access News seems most interesting for Eide, ZenPundit, and others who find themselves reading articles for fun and profit.
Update: Related to this, OpenCulture's listing of free university podcasts. Twelve Byzantine Rulers in particular has been getting rave reviews.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
I'm a little tipsy right now (fair warning). An 11 hour day, 2 hours past its decent termination due to unexcepted events will necessitate such an occurrence. But let me confess something, I am now a much more confident and confirmed conservative and "man of the Right" than I was 36 hours ago. After being slammed by several fellow ScienceBlogers, I am at peace with my political orientation
Read on to learn more...