Stephen E. Arnold: Court Rules for Google on Corrupt Search — Precision, Recall, Relevance are “Irrelevant” — Paid Outcomes are “Legal”

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Google Free and Clear to Rank Search Results Any Way It Wants

Well, bad news for those who want to force Google to modify the order in which search results appear. If I understand “Court Rules Google Can Arrange Search Results Any Way It Wants,” relevance is what Google wants. Period.

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Nov 19

Eagle: Max Boot on Ten Lessons for Counterinsurgency

300 Million Talons...

300 Million Talons…

More Small Wars: Counterinsurgency Is Here to Stay

Max Boot

Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014

Since Washington doesn’t have the luxury of simply avoiding insurgencies, then, the best strategy would be to fight them better. Drawn from more than a decade of war, here are ten lessons for how to do so, which U.S. policymakers, soldiers, diplomats, and spies should keep in mind as they try to deal with the chaotic conflicts to come.

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Nov 12

ANSWERS to Spanish Dancer on CIA and SOF Replacing Conventional Forces

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My Masters is focused on Strategic Studies and International Security and my thesis is about the relevance of the black-ops (paramilitary) to the detriment of the conventional military operations in America´s foreign policy. Basically I argue (due to literature that I´ve been revising for more than a year) that it is a fact that since the 1980s the importance of the special forces when it comes to convey important missions has been increased drastically and paramilitary operations are used more and more. I came to the conclusion that operations are carried out nowadays (specially in Syria, Iraq and overall around the Machrek) by the Special Forces units of the USSOCOM  but with the support of the CIA (where CIA agents also engage in armed actions).

Dancer,

It is not possible to understand the American way of war or spying without understanding that money is the central factor in deciding what we do and what we buy and what we spend — including lives. Here are three key points:

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Nov 11

Berto Jongman: Trevor Tim in The Guardian on American Lies and Fear-Mongering About ISIS and Mor Elective Unaffordable War

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The American fear-mongering machine is about to scare us back into war again

So how, exactly, will the administration accomplish “destroying” Isis, when no amount of bombs and soldiers have been able to destroy al-Qaida or the Taliban in nearly 13 years of fighting? The administration openly admits it has no idea how long it will take, only that it won’t be quick. “It may take a year, it may take two years, it may take three years,” John Kerry said. He didn’t add, “it might take another 13”, but he might as well have.

Phi Beta Iota: The US Government lacks both intelligence and integrity. At the “bought and paid for” policy level t is wrong half the time, and lies to the public the rest of the time.  As this article makes clear, the good people in the US Intelligence Community have it right on ISIS — not a threat. They are ignored. Who benefits?

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Nov 9