Jean Lievens: David Graeber on Predatory Bureaucratization

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The era of predatory bureaucratization – An interview with David Graeber

David Graeber is an anthropologist and a well-known anarchist figure. He was one of the initiators of the Occupy movement in 2011. He is the author of a major essay, Debt, the First 5,000 Years. I met him in Paris for the release of his latest book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.

EXTRACT

…social movements are not about seizing power right away: it’s about changing the way we think about politics.

…feudalism. That’s what we have today: a fusion of public and private bureaucracies whose purpose is to create more and more debt that will then be the object of various forms of speculation.

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Apr 25

Marcus Aurelius: Army Heavy Drop Failures

Categories: Ineptitude,Military
Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Watch three (3) Army High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (“Humvees”) freefall into the Drop Zone after separating from their airdrop platforms following parachute canopy deployments during a 173d Airborne Brigade exercise at Hohenfels, Federal Republic of Germany on/about 11 April 2016.

Open Facebook Video (2 Minutes)

Investigation(s) reportedly underway, perhaps concentrating on identifying who captured the embarrassing video.

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Apr 24

Steven Aftergood: CRS on Cross-Cutting Intelligence Issues

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

CROSS-CUTTING INTELLIGENCE ISSUES, AND MORE FROM CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service raises the possibility that polygraph testing of intelligence employees could be phased out in favor of “continuous evaluation” (CE), i.e. the automated monitoring of financial, criminal and other databases.

The notion was suggested in a CRS overview of selected intelligence policy issues, including budget management, the quality of analysis, big data, workforce diversity, global coverage, and transparency. The new CRS report, written by Anne Daugherty Miles, does not make recommendations, but instead presents a series of questions for congressional consideration, such as:

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Apr 24