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Serious talk

Longtime fellow blogger Robin Burk sends this:

Mike,

It’s way overdue for me to say thanks for what you do on your blog. I’ve read you since way back, when I was at Winds of Change and then (anonymously because of my employer) at Rantburg.

Your work at the blog is an important voice. So I thought I’d let you know about a story you might find useful.

Here’s the background. After 9/11 I ended up teaching at West Point. Along the way I got involved in a brand new area of research and went down to DC to manage a program in the field for DOD. We were looking for new ways to model how WMD of all kinds – not just the big old fry-’em nukes – would impact the US or elsewhere if they were used. DOD needed this because nobody had a way to really model what would happen now that we rely so heavily on so many systems that depend on one another.

What we found sobered me.

Today I see the signs (don’t we all) that our social systems and political systems are under major strain. The National Academies just issued a report admitting we have major vulnerabilities in the US power grid. And more.

So I agreed to give a TEDx talk, on very little notice, about this and about steps we can take to reduce system unraveling. It’s not a polished talk. I didn’t hire a professional wardrobe and makeup person, or focus group the message. But when I learned that TEDx talks are being used in high school classes, and when I watched some (sigh), I knew I had to do this.

Here’s the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMfxbxuuwY
If you would, please view it (it’s about 12 minutes long). And if you’re willing, please Like/thumbs up it and help me get the word out on this issue. I used to think that if people don’t make some basic emergency prep, that’s their choice. But now I know the side effects their choice will have on my family and friends, and on yours, and on the country as a whole.

Like you, I responded to 9/11 with cold, inner fury and resolve. We can and must continue to push back on the forces that would destroy the best approximation of human liberty and dignity the world has ever seen.

As you’d expect, it’s grim but vital stuff. This is important work she’s doing here, I think, and my thanks to her for the heads up.

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2 thoughts on “Serious talk

  1. Yeah. I want to second what she said here: “It’s way overdue for me to say thanks for what you do on your blog”.

    Long overdue for me, too. I’ve been a reader and commenter here practically from the beginning, and I don’t believe I’ve mentioned how much of a daily read this place is for me. (Or weekly, when your posting slacks off. *grin*)

    So thanks. Keep the fires burning.

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