Gray Flannel Dwarf


Pssst! Your political roots are showing!

Yeah, so I work in tech, but my educational background is in Political Science and History. Part of this probably comes from growing up outside DC. In any case, I always find myself falling back into old, comfortable familiarities, and end up buying political and or religion (my minor) tomes.

Anyone who knows me probably knows this already, and the same circle are pretty familar (weary?) with my interest in Canada these days.

Well, after whetting my interest with A Short History of Canada, I got interested in the whole separatist movement. On Alibris I found two books that once again cover the crossroads of the two interests. I bought The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada, as well as a book on secession in general, Secession: The Morality of Political Divorce from Fort Sumter to Lithuania and Quebec.

Upon arrival, I flipped through them; both seemed fairly scholarly, and at least thus far, this has been the case. I am reading the former right now, and however ‘scholarly’ or dry the topic and writing style might seem to people, I’m finding it fairly fasicinating, if a little bit repetitive in the analysis style.

I sometimes wonder about going back to get a Masters in some part of polisci… but for now I’m satisfied being, in the words of Bad Religion, “a lazy, middle-class intellectual”.

cswiii @ 10:18 pm

getcher geek on…

Alternately, “It’s alright ma, I’m only shrinking”…

-rw-rw-r--    1 root     root      1044649 Oct 19  2001 vmlinuz-2.4.12
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      1030147 Apr 18  2002 vmlinuz-2.4.18-3
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      1108097 Apr 18  2002 vmlinuz-2.4.18-3smp
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      1012422 Feb 25 15:06 vmlinuz-2.4.20smp
-rw-rw-r--    1 root     root      1052189 Oct 19  2001 vmlinuz-2.4.7

Note: I didn’t build the 2.4.18 kernels, those are stock RH 7.3

Wondering what else I can do to shrink the kernel…


-rw-r--r--    1 root     root       851650 Feb 25 16:47 /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20smp

Everything seems to be in working order… we’ll see…

cswiii @ 3:25 pm

Entangling Alliances

So, the hawks are, and have been training a wide variety of Iraqi people for invasion and/or regime toppling. This includes Iraqi exiles, fringe military groups, and of course, Kurds. The Kurds probably have the most to gain from a regime change, and is no doubt one of the reasons Washington’s gone a-courtin’ them. Thus, assuming the result of this thing is as expected, there is no doubt that the Kurds will want some restitution. I’d say right now that the US has made assurances of such, but I can’t state this with certainty.

Now, let’s turn to Turkey.

According to a CNN article today,

Turkey also has sought assurances that Iraqi Kurds will not get more political or military power during and after any war.

Ankara fears any separatist ambitions by Iraqi Kurds in northern Iraq could spread to its own Kurdish minority concentrated around the border with that country.


Should these assurances be made — and somehow, I don’t doubt that they will, in a greasy, snake-oil sort of way, we’ve had a history of making contradictory promises to opposing factions — it’ll just be more fuel for the fire… all the more evidence to support the notion that Iraqi invasion and/or occupation will only open Pandora’s box.

cswiii @ 10:04 am