5ifth Estate

Watched The 5ifth Estate yesterday on disc, and found it to be largely a character assassination of Assange. I enjoyed Daniel Brühl, liked seeing Berlin, and was glad to see a movie depicting the Collateral Murder incident, but overall found the piece largely a study of Assange’s narcissism and Berg’s doe-like altruism. Looking forward to Mediastan and We Steal Secrets.


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Booz Allen

I just received this invitation and am in something of a quandary: should I stay in San Francisco, or take a job with Booz Allen getting my hands dirty defending our nation with mission focused work in Fort Meade, MD? Decisions, decisions … Just how dirty might my hands get? One wonders.

October 13, 2014 10:06 AM

Hi Michael,

Do you like the technical side of things? If you are interested in low level development, come learn more about our Embedded Software development team supporting mission focused work in Fort Meade, MD. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with really interesting and challenging work that helps defend our nation. Enjoy this while you are supported by the stability of Booz Allen’s 100 year heritage, our competitive compensation package with benefits that emphasize training and work-life balance, and ample opportunities to grow your career. Desired skillsets include C/C++ application development, reverse engineering, low level programming, kernel/device driver programming, protocol analysis etc. A TS-SCI + polygraph is required; however, the firm is willing to process a clearance for qualified candidates that are willing to entertain a contingent upon clearance offer with a deferred start date.

If you are interested, please forward me a current copy of your resume to Hines_Dawn@ne.bah.com and let me know a good day and time for us to connect.

Please disregard this message if you are aware of any conflicts of interest (including non-solicitation agreements).


p.s. Suits NOT required. We care about your ideas not what you’re wearing.

Dawn Hines
Booz Allen Hamilton Recruiting Services Team



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Favorite Movies

Reading through on-line profiles of single women my age I’ve come across several women who list their favorite movie as Forrest Gump. I kid you not, Forrest Gump.

Getting towards the bottom of a margarita and looking forward to Citizen Four.

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OK Cupid’s Assessment


I find this amusing.

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William Casey and the GID

Casey won the GID’s [General Intelligence Department of Saudi Arabia] personal loyalty to the extent that Saudi intelligence, with permission from King Fahd, agreed to secretly fund Casey’s riskiest anticommunist adventures in Central America.

— Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, (New York: Penguin, 2004), 93.

“Anticommunist adventures.” Boy, that takes me back some thirty years. As it happens I was thinking of Casey’s anticommunist adventures just a couple months ago when consulting a doctor about mild arthritis in my knee. The visit took me back to the 1980s and another doctor’s office, where I’d explained that my knee was so swollen because the SFPD had cracked it with a nightstick. I’d tried to explain to the officers that I had a First Amendment right to be on the sidewalk protesting the solicitation of money for the contras who Americas Watch charged with programmatic rape, torture, and murder of civilians, that the International Court of Justice in The Hague had ruled against Ronald Reagan and the US, making Reagan an international war criminal, and that under the Nuremberg Principles I had not simply a right but a duty to resist my government’s sponsorship of the contras, but the boys in blue had been unimpressed and continued their clubbing. I remember the pain had been so intense I’d have fallen if a colleague hadn’t supported me.

So now I find myself reading about Casey’s collusion with, among other noble anti-communists, Osama bin Laden, and Coll throws off an aside about anticommunist adventures in Central America, while Barack Obama vows to destroy Isis’s “brand of evil”. Bill Casey where are you now?

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The More Things Change …

Started Coll’s Ghost Wars, on the rise of the Taliban and US activities in Afghanistan between the Soviet invasion and 9/11/2001. This morning came across this Guardian editorial on Obama’s rationale for arming ISIS:



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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

I went to forward someone my Facebook link to the SF Gate article on this study this morning and found the SF Gate link is broken. Jesus, the Chronicle is an embarrassing outfit… Anyway, wanted to get the link down for my own records: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/.

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McChrystal on LinkedIn

Just finished reading Michael Hastings’s The Operators last night. This morning LinkedIn has an article by McChrystal, The Hunt for al Zarqawi and the Power of “We”, purporting to offer leadership lessons applicable to business. I remember the mid-1970s and people like Rumsfeld, Cheney, Kissinger, going from serving a criminal Nixon into the Ford administration. The International Court of Justice found the contra war in violation of international law and Reagan’s got a Washington airport. Bush Jr.’s in the news for having a bucket not of Iraqi blood but of ice water dumped on him. McChrystal’s on LinkedIn.

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The Runaway General

Finishing Michael Hastings’ The Operators. Here’s the Rolling Stone article on McChrystal:


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Anbar Province

We find a way to buy off the enemies we’d created by invading — the strategy is akin to digging a hole in the desert, then filling the hole with cash and dead bodies and calling it a victory.

—Michael Hastings, The Operators, (New York: Blue Rider Press, 2012), 207.

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