Debate rages about whether Spongebob is a sea sponge or a dish sponge

Ignoring the Wikipedia page makes this much more fun and the only unanswered question is why the pineapple is transparent.

He may live in a pineapple under the sea, but just what exactly is Spongebob Squarepants?

“Another Twitter user proffered some useful evidence.”

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Defending the Indefensible: A New Strategy for Stopping Information Operations – War on the Rocks

One note, prevention (results driven) is more than just deterrence (consequence driven.)

In the book Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, malicious viral information is deliberately spread by a nefarious actor to infect computers and people’s brains. The virus is transmitted in a variety of ways: via bodily fluid exchange, exposure by observing code with your eyes, as an injected drug, and via computer

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A Personal Plea in Support of Haspel’s Nomination

A good perspective and read … not meant for people who think no plane went into the Pentagon or the 2 towers … or if it is was OK.

Observers counting potential Senate votes for the nominee to become the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency say Gina Haspel’s prospects look pretty good.  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is scheduled to meet on Wednesday morning, May 16, to vote on recommending her nomination to the full Senate.

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‘Words start wars’: Ex-NATO commander explains terrifying consequences of White House typo on Iran

Oh those typos … Words can start wars but they (words and typos) also stop wars to chagrin of religious fanatics, extremists and warmongers.

Not to dismiss the article’s core principle point but the conclusions on coordination do not necessarily follow. Why are alleged coordinated acts considered with no order or discipline at Natsec adviser and Israeli PM level even knowing they would be walked back? And, why does there need to be coordination if Bolton’s course of action is consistent with his past posture and Israel wants to influence the May 12 Iran deal decision point for Trump? Finally this type of signaling is neither unusual nor unacceptable if is part of a strategy to send a message from the highest level with a clarity that could be doubted if it came from a lower level (or lack of) dialogue. In a way it is its own ultimate transparency.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough pinned the blame for an explosive — and, apparently, mistyped — White House statement about Iran on new national security adviser John Bolton. The White House issued an official statement from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming that Iran “has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program,” but the Trump administration later walked back those claims by insisting the verb was supposed to be in past tense.

Source: ‘Words start wars’: Ex-NATO commander explains terrifying consequences of White House typo on Iran

John Boyd on Clausewitz: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Mental Model

Boyd sought not so much to circumvent Clausewitz as to use the Prussian’s concepts as fuel in his own mental refinery. And Boyd’s message to his audience was that the process of mental refinement could not stop, nor be confined to the ideas of any one individual, no matter how insightful they might

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The Psychology of Perceiving Uncertainty

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in “Off Guard,” a series on surprise in war inspired by a new CSIS study. Read the rest of the series here. Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush saw different worlds in early 2003, but shared a common belief: Each was certain that his read of the strategic situation was

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