War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
"He said a civil service which could "adapt, deliver and innovate is
a hugely valuable asset". It "needs to encourage and reward lateral
thinking" he added.
"It needs to reward civil servants who look outwards for learning rather than up the hierarchy for approval," the prime minister said."
what I've seen in the civil service, he's very, very, very right.. I
heard the BBC 24 hour news say the word, "entrepreneurial." If only!
Nothing I've seen in the civil service is entrepreneurial. When I heard
that, I thought of universities, some of which have departments that
look into making money out of some of their research. If the UK civil
service could start thinking in that way too, they and we'd (us
subjects — we're not citizens here in the UK) be so much better off.
"This is so far out it is laughable..."
This Salon blogger thinks that Sunday's Observer article
was rubbish. I hope so. Germany obtaining nuclear weapons? Sure that sounds unbelievable.
Still, I do watch a lot of global warming stuff on the Discovery Channel and elsewhere, mainly about the mechanics of global warming (nothing about the social or geo-political implications) and I do think the article has quite a bit of truth, all be it a lot sooner than I thought (18 years).
I wonder if those skeptical of global warming watch such programmes or know much about the earth's history of abrupt climate change.
I've downloaded the actual article and will read through it tonight. Will I feel more secure? I doubt it. Global warming is real, is happening, but what I hadn't considered, and what has shaken me is the thought of climate wars.
[Update:] Looks like this article wasn't leaked nor suppressed. Just one of those wilder contingency plans the Pentagon has thousands of. From the downloaded doc, "our intent is to dramatize the impact climate change could have on society." The Observer has over dramatised to sell papers.
I've been checking out blogdex for references to this article. I think it's so shocking that most people have dismissed it.
The observer article echoes an earlier, longer more detailed one in Fortune.
MeFiers seem to be putting their heads in the sand. Mostly.
As for me? I'm terrified of such a world, and I know it comes. Maybe it's because I have kids and worry for their future. Right now, as I look over my frosty English garden I wonder where I can run to with them. Australia? I dunno what would be happening down there. US? Not with all those flaky people with guns. Should we stay here? Siberia? People live in Siberia. But the glaciers came as far as here in the last ice age, and that could indeed, be our fate.
Sometimes I wish I never had had kids.
The Labour party is
considering giving Tony Blair a weblog as part of its attempt to make
its general election campaign an "engaging dialogue with the British
Perhaps it's one of those, 'by all means necessary' but could it be that the most powerful man in the UK said the word, blog?
Pretty sure it wouldn't be a bloggers' blog, more a news page updated by lowly labour supporters. Missing that "voice."
Tony Blair's credibility
over his use of intelligence before the Iraq invasion came under fresh
assault yesterday when he said that at the time of the war he was
personally unaware that Saddam Hussein did not have the ability to fire
long-range chemical and biological weapons.
He "never asked?" Not even "out of curiosity."