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Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man? - Quillette
For those who believe that gender is a social construct, and there are no differences between men and women’s brains, this paper is something of a reality check.
feminism  intelligence  sex 
may 2018 by whip_lash
Some links to cool CIA articles – the grugq – Medium
This is a listicle, but without a theme or a business model. Just some cool stories you might want to read if you want to kill some time. (There’s tradecraft and counterintelligence knowledge in here, so you’ll learn something too, but I’m not gonna pretend like that’s my goal.)
cia  us  intelligence 
october 2017 by whip_lash
al Sahwa
A network of warfighters, analysts, and scholars dedicated to critically examining the future of intelligence and irregular warfare (COIN, CT, PSYOP, IO)
intelligence  defense  war  terrorism 
january 2012 by whip_lash
About | Public Intelligence
Public Intelligence is an international, collaborative research project aimed at aggregating the collective work of independent researchers around the globe who wish to defend the public’s right to access information.
intelligence  news 
january 2012 by whip_lash
Spy Games - By Scott Horton | Foreign Policy
When news of Davis's arrest first came to light, the U.S. media gave lead play to the American's own account of the events. In this telling, a clean-cut former soldier, coming from the U.S. Consulate where he worked, had stopped to withdraw cash from an ATM. At a traffic stop a few minutes later he was accosted by two young men on a motorcycle who threatened to rob him, one brandishing a firearm. Davis says he shot them through the windshield of his Civic in an act of self-defense and then, still fearing for his safety, departed the scene.

Pakistani media accounts, conversely, have focused on the myriad details of Davis's story that cannot be reconciled either with the observations of witnesses on the scene or the reports of police investigators. They dwell on the report that each victim bore three bullet wounds, all of which entered from the back -- meaning that neither victim could have been facing Davis or brandishing a firearm when he was shot.
foreignpolicy  intelligence 
march 2011 by whip_lash
Ex-Spy, Duane R. Clarridge, Runs His Own Private C.I.A. -
Hatching schemes that are something of a cross between a Graham Greene novel and Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy,” Mr. Clarridge has sought to discredit Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Kandahar power broker who has long been on the C.I.A. payroll, and planned to set spies on his half brother, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, in hopes of collecting beard trimmings or other DNA samples that might prove Mr. Clarridge’s suspicions that the Afghan leader was a heroin addict, associates say.
foreignpolicy  intelligence  wtf 
march 2011 by whip_lash
The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: an article by William Deresiewicz about how universities should exist to make minds, not careers | The American Scholar
In short, the way students are treated in college trains them for the social position they will occupy once they get out. At schools like Cleveland State, they’re being trained for positions somewhere in the middle of the class system, in the depths of one bureaucracy or another. They’re being conditioned for lives with few second chances, no extensions, little support, narrow opportunity—lives of subordination, supervision, and control, lives of deadlines, not guidelines. At places like Yale, of course, it’s the reverse. The elite like to think of themselves as belonging to a meritocracy, but that’s true only up to a point. Getting through the gate is very difficult, but once you’re in, there’s almost nothing you can do to get kicked out. Not the most abject academic failure, not the most heinous act of plagiarism, not even threatening a fellow student with bodily harm—I’ve heard of all three—will get you expelled.
career  education  intelligence  culture 
july 2010 by whip_lash
A hidden world, growing beyond control |
These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.
intelligence  politics 
july 2010 by whip_lash
Evolution and Creativity: Why Humans Triumphed -
The notion that exchange stimulated innovation by bringing together different ideas has a close parallel in biological evolution. The Darwinian process by which creatures change depends crucially on sexual reproduction, which brings together mutations from different lineages.
evolution  culture  economics  intelligence  trade  psychology 
may 2010 by whip_lash
Dismantling of Saudi-CIA Web site illustrates need for clearer cyberwar policies
By early 2008, top U.S. military officials had become convinced that extremists planning attacks on American forces in Iraq were making use of a Web site set up by the Saudi government and the CIA to uncover terrorist plots in the kingdom.

"We knew we were going to be forced to shut this thing down," recalled one former civilian official, describing tense internal discussions in which military commanders argued that the site was putting Americans at risk. "CIA resented that," the former official said.
military  terrorism  internet  security  intelligence 
march 2010 by whip_lash
Your high IQ will kill your startup - Cube Of M
Being intelligent is like having a knife. If you train every day in using the knife, you will be invincible. If you think that just having a knife will make you win any battle you fight, then you will fail. This believe in your own inherent ability is what will kill your startup. Success comes from the work and ability you put in becoming better than the others, and not from some brilliance you feel you may have within you.
intelligence  business  psychology  entrepreneurship  startups 
march 2010 by whip_lash
How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade -
One of the latest entrants into the government spy-services marketplace, Palantir Technologies has designed what many intelligence analysts say is the most effective tool to date to investigate terrorist networks. The software's main advance is a user-friendly search tool that can scan multiple data sources at once, something previous search tools couldn't do. That means an analyst who is following a tip about a planned terror attack, for example, can more quickly and easily unearth connections among suspects, money transfers, phone calls and previous attacks around the globe.
software  government  intelligence  security  technology 
september 2009 by whip_lash
Sensemaking: How intellectual pollution has crippled America's children
There's no especially good reason for low-SES parents to talk less with their children and use more prohibitions. They're just following Dr. Spock's advice and raising their children according to their intuition. Which, as it happens, is to manage their children the way their employers manage them at work. Raising children like employees has benefits that are immediate and hugely salient, whereas the harms created are subtle and visible only in aggregate through statistical analysis.
sociology  psychology  education  intelligence  children  parenting 
june 2009 by whip_lash
Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire. -
As the Los Angeles Times first reported last October, more than half the workforce in two key CIA stations in the fight against terrorism -- Baghdad and Islamabad, Pakistan -- is made up of industrial contractors, or "green badgers," in CIA parlance.
security  intelligence 
july 2007 by whip_lash
What's the probability that we're living in the Matrix?
Perhaps its most startling lesson is that there is a significant probability that you are living in computer simulation.
intelligence  philosophy  physics 
july 2007 by whip_lash
CIA opens the book on a shady past - Politics -
The CIA declassified nearly 700 pages of secret records Tuesday recording its illegal activities during the first decades of the Cold War
june 2007 by whip_lash
Don’t Privatize Our Spies - New York Times
A procurement executive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence gave a PowerPoint presentation at a conference in Colorado and let slip a staggering statistic — private contracts now account for 70 percent of the intelligence budget.
privatization  intelligence 
june 2007 by whip_lash

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