Worth a Look: To the Secretary – Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s Foreign Policy Disconnect

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This title will be released on 12 July and is available now for pre-order.

To the Secretary also reveals the disconnect that diplomats face at home, guided by conflicting approaches from multiple Washington stakeholders intent on their own agenda, often unaware of realities on the ground. In an honest assessment of America’s foreign policy challenges, Thompson-Jones describes the deepening gulf between decision makers in Washington and their diplomats in the field. From misinterpreted analyses of anti-Americanism to Washington’s unwillingness to send resources to support diplomatic activities that could make a difference, To the Secretary shows what policymakers can learn from diplomats abroad―and how this can strengthen America’s place in an unstable world.

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Jul 1

Mongoose: ATM Skimmer Alert

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Mongoose

Mongoose

Tip of the Hat to Benjamin Tedesco at LinkedIn.

Finding an ATM Skimmer: It pays to be paranoid!

While on vacation with my family in Vienna, Austria, I went to grab some cash from an ATM. Being security paranoid, I repeated my typical habit of checking the card reader with my hand as I have 100’s of times… today’s the day when my security awareness paid off! Check out  my discovery of a custom made card skimmer that perfectly matches up to this ATM machine!

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Jul 1

Berto Jongman: The Empty Brain by Robert Epstein

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The empty brain

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer

by Robert Epstein

Our shoddy thinking about the brain has deep historical roots, but the invention of computers in the 1940s got us especially confused. For more than half a century now, psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists and other experts on human behaviour have been asserting that the human brain works like a computer.

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Jul 1