I have studied Chinese negotiating tactics since the early 1990’s. In fact, in 1996 I wrote a classified dissertation on “China’s use of Denial and Deception in Diplomacy and Negotiating tactics”. In those days there were only a few of us in the US Intelligence Community who were considered China experts (or China Hands). We … More Chinese Negotiating Tactics
It was the eminent Greek philosopher Socrates who first brought skepticism and the art of questioning to Western political and philosophical thought. In 399 BC, the leadership of Athens sentence him to death for this crime considering it to be ‘corrupting the morals of the youth of the city’. His prize student Plato also tried … More Skepticism and the Art of Questioning
On December 21, 2015, Space X achieved a milestone in spaceflight. The pioneering company launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Falcon 9 carried a payload of 11 ORBCOMM satellites to orbit. While the satellites were on their journey to low earth orbit, the … More Space X’s Falcon 9: A Milestone in Spaceflight
The truth about terrorism is that you are far more likely to get hit by lightning than to die in a terrorist incident. And yet it frightens us. Its unpredictable nature and devastating results do exactly what its name suggests – terrorize. The world’s latest terror threat comes from ISIS, and it is the most … More 12 Things that you can do to stop ISIS
How does one say good-bye to someone like Leonard Nimoy? Nimoy died on Friday morning, 27 February at age 83 at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was a month short of his 84th birthday and died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a byproduct of years of smoking decades earlier. … More You were, and shall always be, Mr. Spock
I gave this presentation at DRAGONCON Space Track on Sept 1, 2014. The presentation is tittled China’s Space Program: An Introduction. The slides are in PDF format and include the following topics on China’s Space Program: ● Introduction ● Motivations ● Organization ● Programs ○ Satellites ○ Manned Space flight ○ Lunar … More An Introduction to China’s Space Program
Join 60k of your closest friends at this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta, GA 29 Aug – 1 Sept. Here is the Space Track Schedule. Top Astronomical Stories of the Year Our Sun’s sibling found! The universe is older than we thought! Comets! What were the biggest astronomical stories in the past year? Presenters: Fraser Cain, … More 2014 DRAGONCON SPACE TRACK SCHEDULE – TENTATIVE!!!!