Links for 12th May 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Civilisations: why they fail

    "… I think there's a road map of factors that can identify when a society, or a group, is staring failure in the face.

    First, a group may fail to anticipate the arrival of a problem. Second, the group may fail to perceive it when it arrives. Third, having recognised it, they fail even to try to find a solution. Finally, they may try to solve the problem but ultimately fail. "

    Tagged with: civilisationcollapseeschatologyhistorycommunitydecisionsJared-Diamond

  2. Brain scanning may be used in security checks

    Brain scanning may be used in security checks

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    * Owen Bowcott
    *, Sunday 10 May 2009 23.12 BST
    * Article history

    Distinctive brain patterns could become the latest subject of biometric scanning after EU researchers successfully tested technology to verify ­identities for security checks.

    The experiments, which also examined the potential of heart rhythms to authenticate individuals, were conducted under an EU-funded inquiry into biometric systems that could be deployed at airports, borders and in sensitive locations to screen out terrorist suspects." No recession in the Security Theatre industry, looks like.

    Tagged with: securitytheatresurveillancebiometricsEUtravelauthentication


    "the Pentagon's approach to the global media sphere is so hilarious. Bathed in a world view dominated by deprecated cold war logic/secrecy, it is in the process of trying to create an impervious bubble to shield itself from the very environment within which it is expected to fight. This can be seen in everything from a growing plethora of buildings that bar any and all communication devices to the blocking of Web sites that contain dangerous ideas."

    Tagged with: mediawebinternetPentagoncommunicationsisolationbubble

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