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Aug. 22nd, 2006 | 12:33 am

While fighting with my compilation problems in the previous post, I was off reading Global Guerrillas. His discussion about how networked decentralized decision-making works for warfare just as well as it does for open-source software is fairly interesting.

The points about how terrorism can achieve goals by breaking infrastructure is disturbing.

In the near future not only do we have to worry about collapse from insufficient maintenance and catastrophic climate change, we'll also get terrorists blowing up transformers to destroy nation-states.

There's some point here that's more refined than "now that decentralization works, centralization of authority's days are numbered", but I'm to tired to find it.

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LOL- O wait that's not funny.

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)

Americans are pretty stupid. We are playing into their hands. If they thought they could get any more benefit from attacking us they would. Right now they have the right ammount of troops in the right location. They don't want us raining Nukes or comming in too hard (genocide). They are just going to build thier base Raise the next generation and see what happens.

Most of the world saw what just 2 guys in body armor and automatic weapons could do in North Holywood. Imagine 100 people running around with Aks in Say Disneyland or some other mall. Rampage 10 minutes, then disperse. Appear 4 miles away repeat, disperse 7 miles away Disperse.

The transmission lines are vulnerable to high powered rifles. You just need to poor water on a transformer and it will blow. (The Dam is interesting but where do you get the explosives. (Maybe just get a large boat to ram it?) I will need to go read it.

911 Scholars for Truth. I don't know what the truth is, but they seem to be more open then our administration/government.

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Re: LOL- O wait that's not funny.

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 22nd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)

Heck take a look at what happend in washington DC with a sniper in white delivery van.

Though the more frequently you attack the more adapted people become and the terrorism starts to fade into the background. Far more people are killed in automobile accidents than terrorism, and yet no one seems to worry that much.

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 22nd, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)

The problem is can you get enough motivated people to the right place with the right equipment? Currently its far easier for "them" to hurt us by blowing up oil pipelines--that might only cost a couple of thousand of dollars.

Flying people to the US or Canada and assembling all the needed equipment would be far more expensive.

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from: darkjudicator
date: Aug. 23rd, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)

There used to be an old maxim that an army marched on its belly - these days, it's all about the CCCI (command, control, communication and intelligence).

The fact that insurgents can steal fuel by taking away paperwork, and without firing a shot, is quite clever from a social engineering standpoint. I think we'll be seeing more of that kind of thing in coming years - not people trying to break technology so much as avoid it altogether. Ultimately people are an easier way to break into infrastructure than computers, and enemies can do more economic damage by (for example) screwing with stock prices than by attacking physical resources, no matter how lucrative. The fact that oil reserves are being released at the moment to reduce the impact on worldwide prices shows that.

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