If you're like me, you are getting quite irritated and tired of the American habit of talking and writing in a constant stream of anagrams and abbreviations, with a "reference" at the end of it all that comes from the modern "style" manuals of a brief parenthetical(reference like [Farrell, 2014]) inserted in texts, with no more bibliographical data than that to go on, such as the title of the work, the year and place of publication, and most importantly, the exact page number or numbers from which the point referenced is taken. Write all that down to modern Amairikun edgykayshun and the edubabblers in it. Now, mind you, I'm partially guilty, because I indulge in the occasional LOL and ROF, and even a TTYL or two(Farrell et al, 2014, 2013, 2012). But to hang around corporate, government, military or edubabbler types is enough to set any lover of the English language's teeth on edge, as I found out when trying to uncover information on President Obama's newest cabinet nominee(insert useless MLA parenthetical reference sans any page numbers or titles here).
Here's what I learned:
The new nominee for SECDEF, Dr Ashton Carter, will occupy an important position, being chief liaison between POTUS, the NCS, DCI, and JCS, with tentacles and tendrils spread to HUD, FINCEN, and a host of other alphabet soups, and stands uniquely qualified for all roles since he has a PHD in QM and MH, which makes him uniquely qualified to oversee the military aspects of QM and BBP and associated agencies like DIA, DARPA, IARPA and contractors like B and LM, and able to drop an anecdote or two on SMOM and PKCTJ(WSJ, NYT, WP, LAT, 2014). With political and academic skills like these, he will be easily able to handle the HSIC and SSIC "WEE."
(Anagramese to English translation: "The new nominee for Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter, will occupy an important position, being chief liaison between the President of the United States, the National Security Council, Director of Central Intelligence, and Joint Chiefs of Staff, with tentacles and tendrils spread to (the Department of) Housing and Urban Development, Financial Information Center, and a host of other alphabet soups, and stands uniquely qualified for all roles since he has a Ph.D. in quantum mechanics and medieval history, which makes him uniquely qualified to oversee the military aspects of quantitative easing and black budget projects and associated agencies like the Defense Intelligence Agency, Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency, Infernally Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency, and contractors like Boeing and Lockheed-Martin, and able to drop an anecdote or two on the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Jerusalem [(according to sources like) The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times). With political and academic skills like these, he will be easily able to handle the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and the Senate Subcommittee on intelligence "with effortless ease.")
Honestly, it was about that bad folks, in some of the stuff I read.
Seriously though, he really does have twin degrees in physics and... well... medieval history. Check out these intriguing bits of information, shared with us by Mr. G. LR (for which we are immensely grateful):
Now you'll note that in his vita curriculum (sic) he was an MIT research fellow specializing in some Star Wars stuff:
"1982-1984 Research Fellow, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Authored first public report based on full access to classified information of the "Star Wars" initiative. Analyzed the prospect thatspace-based chemical, free-electron, or excimer lasers, or neutral particle beams, or space-based interceptors, could protect the United States from nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. Report's finding that such defenses were not technically feasible attracted wide attention."
This might signal some sort of shift in the Obama Administration's stance on the missile defense system, so long a matter of controversy and a sticking point between the US, Europe, and the Russian Federation. One is left to wonder exactly why a physicist with specialization in quantum chromodynamics, time reversal invariance(p. 5 of the vita), and dynamical symmetry breaking, not to mention his numerous roles in variious government and private studies of a geopolitical nature, now finds himself nominated to be the Secretary of Defense of the U.S.A.
One thing is certain: Dr.. Ashton was carefully vetted to be acceptable to the new Republicrat majority in the Congress,and his scientific credentials not only mean that he can hold his own in conversation with Frau Merkel (whose PhD is in quantum chemistry remember), but perfectly positions him to understand and oversee whatever exotic projects - or claims - might be running in the black projects world. His role in continuity of government programs during the Reagan era under then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger is also significant.
In short, folks, this is a highly significant nomination, for a scientist and moreover a physicist is now to head up the USA's entire defense department. In the light of the past year's growing amount of news stories relating to space, space collateralization, new energy sources, and the constant stream of temporal cloaking news, invisibility and stealth news, news about new energy sources, and so on, I suspect that this is yet another indicator that profound changes are under way, and that the power elite means to manage them closely and attentively.
See you on the flip side...