Archive for May 14th, 2007

More Government Science Fiction

Hey, kids, it’s time to read another piece of government science fiction! No, I’m not talking about the defense budget…

Jokes aside, this is an oldie but a goodie – a 1992 paper from the National War College, entitled “The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012,” by a then Lieutenant Colonel Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Available here (128KB PDF), it’s a fascinating and well-written story of life under the “Unified Armed Forces” in the “Military Plenipotentiary of the United States.” A cautionary tale that invites comparisons to Orwell’s 1984, it’s not too hard to see Dunlap’s bleak future as a lot less implausible today than it was fifteen years ago. After reading it, I’m not sure I can say anything more than this: “The following is a work of fiction,” the story is prefaced, “Hopefully, it will remain one.”

Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on May 14th, 2007 | Comments Off on More Government Science Fiction

Blocking Websites

Today’s announcement by the military that they’re blocking a dozen popular websites from Department of Defense computer networks says the actions were done not for productivity reasons, or with network security in mind, but to conserve bandwidth.

I have to wonder just how honest they’re really being.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, Security | on May 14th, 2007 | Comments Off on Blocking Websites