Have You Discovered Yet the 414s?

Have You Discovered Yet the 414s?

| | history, security
Discover magazine has just published a review of the 1980s phenom known as the 414s (Milwaukee area code, adopted by teenage hackers) While the 414s’ antics didn’t spark a nuclear conflict, they ...

This Day in History: 1864 Sand Creek Massacre

| | history, security
The US National Park Service calls it… 8 Hours that changed the Great Plains forever In brief, on November 29, 1864 at Sand Creek, Colorado a peaceful non-threatening group of Southern Cheyenne ...
Explosive Projectile-laden Drones to Navigate Small Spaces

Explosive Projectile-laden Drones to Navigate Small Spaces

| | history, security
I’ll never forget being briefed by a US Army General about the redesign of South Korea in ways that would force invading Chinese tanks into tight “killing zones”. Take the humans out ...

Why Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving

| | food, history, security
I’ve written about Thanksgiving history here many times for many years (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010) and this year it feels like time to write again. It is clear that the holiday was ...

Who Was The Pirate? Curious Case of Blackbeard’s Murder

| | history, Sailing, security
A site called Coastal Review has a fascinating take on the events that led to Blackbeard’s untimely violent death. Blackbeard did not prey on a single ship in the waters off the ...
Hao Projection: Chinese-Drawn World Map

Hao Projection: Chinese-Drawn World Map

| | history, Sailing, security
Maps are political by nature of defining boundaries. Whoever has that authority to classify territory, gains a lot of power. More interesting than just drawing the lines, however, is the graphical representation ...
Song of the Uber

Song of the Uber

| | history, Poetry, security
Is Uber just a rehash of earlier lessons in economics? Some might say so (hat tip to Rohan Light) if they’re familiar with criticisms of the “putting out” economy in 19th Century ...

Book Review: “Violence and Trolling on Social Media”

| | history, security
A new book called “Violence and Trolling on Social Media” attempts to help define wrongs in social media. Unfortunately, at first read, it seems to be wrong in a number of areas ...

Who Caused 2018 Power Outages in Russia?

| | Energy, history, Sailing, security
It was 1984 when Severomorsk, Russia hit the news for a horrible tragedy. A navy weapons depot caught fire and exploded, killing hundreds. …the Central Intelligence Agency learned of the accident from ...
“Like mustard gas… psychological warfare and its poison… linger on for years.”

“Like mustard gas… psychological warfare and its poison… linger on for years.”

| | history, Poetry, security
From 1946 “Paper Bullets” “DEDICATED to the men and women of the Overseas Branch, United States Office of War Information… to serve their country as propagandists in time of war….” …like mustard ...