Robert, you are the originator of the concept of a Smart Nation, with your article in 1996 published in the Government Information Quarterly, entitled “Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information.” Quebec is a nation, recognized by Canada, with a distinct culture, a distinct geography, and perhaps a distinct future.
New York State Just Banned Fracking (Mother Jones)
Phi Beta Iota: The media coverage of this historic decision has been mediocre. Everyone has missed two really big deals. First, the NY ban stems from a single legal couple going village to village over the years, persuading each village to pass an ordnance against fracking. Although industry took the case to the Appeals Court, they lost. Second, fracking is recommended as an energy solution in Global Trends 2030, the flagship of the US secret world’s grasp of intelligence with integrity — in other words, they don’t have a clue. So this specific decision on fracking in NY represents both the triumph of informed localized citizens, and the pathetic collapse of any semblance of “national” intelligence.