01-16-2013 | Big Wall Theory
"Everyone mocks the Maginot Line -- it’s an easy target: bloated defense spending, the folly of centralized planning, and the arrogance of the Generals, all wrapped up into one classical tragedy. Despite carefully designed preparation, the Maginot Line fell to the Germans...and somewhere, vaguely, there’s a moral about being the fastest predator on the field, or something."
"However: the architects of the Blitzkreig proceeded to make exactly the same mistake. The Atlantic Wall was more expensive, more elaborate, and proceeded to fail more decisively, yet it’s the Maginot Line that’s still getting slandered in 2012. Either way, firewall strategy hasn't evolved an inch since those dark days. A militarized border is a strange waste of investment for one of the primary conduits of global trade, and it's hard not to note the resonance with previous walls."
North Korea Cracks Down on "Knowledge Smugglers" - Tim Sullivan
How China is Sealing Holes in the Great Firewall - Bloomberg
EU Crisis has Pushed Millions into Poverty - AFP
Sweden Pays Jobless Youths to Move to Norway - Telegraph
The US-Mexico Border: A Desert Monument to Failure - Mark Pitzke
Afghanistan Opium Cultivation Continued to Rise in 2012 - NYT
How the FBI Infiltrated White Supremacist Cells (or Vice Versa) - FP
No Evidence that Tamiflu Actually...Stops the Flu - NY Daily News
Gerard Blanchard Can Destroy Your Security System No Matter Who You Are - Joshuah Bearman
Dark Side of the Shortwave Band - Jason Walsh. A look at Cartel number stations. c/f Markovian Parallax Denigrate & Russian Shortwave Radio Enigma