- Twelve Intervention points of a system as proposed by Donella Meadows on Joseph Fouche's Committee of Public Safety
"These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. "
- Debates about protectionist policies from the PRC's refusal to revalue its currency to the Boeing-favored specifications for the replacement of US Air Force fueling tankers on International Political Economy Zone
"Earlier this week, a rival consortium composed of Northrop Grumman Corp. and European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. withdrew from the competition, in part because it said the terms favored Boeing. "Such methods by the United States are not good for its European allies, and such methods are not good for the United States, a great, leading nation with which we are on close and friendly terms," Mr. Sarkozy said. "If they want to be heard in the fight against protectionism, they should not set the example of protectionism." In addition, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde told the Wall Street Journal Friday that "avoiding protectionism, avoiding exclusion and restrictions is something we should all be very keen to do."
- US preparations for the next-generation of war; cyber-war in this article on Common Dreams adapted from BBC news
"Summer of 2008, Beijing Olympics. As the world settles down to watch the Games, war erupts deep in the Caucasus Mountains. Georgian rockets fly, Russian tanks roll, - and Russian hackers storm Georgian websites.
Some experts regard this as the first cyber war"