"As a result, I suppose, of high-level changes of mind about how we were to be used, we went through several reorganizations. Perhaps because Americans as a nation have a gift for organizing, we tend to meet any new situation by reorganization, and a wonderful method it is for creating the illusion of progress at a mere cost of confusion, inefficiency and demoralization." (Charlton Ogburn Jr in The Marauders, 1959)
Report:UN report says CIA drone strikes in Pakistan 'illegal' June 2010A hard-hitting United Nations report says a covert CIA programme to assasinate al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan using drone aircraft is "illegal" and should be halted. The report, written by the UN's Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston can bedownloaded in PDF
This guy was interesting when he was alive, his name is John O'Neil. Visit the CBS documentary here.
Terms + Concepts
Chansons de Geste
Definition:,"(French: “songs of heroic deeds”) any of the Old French epic poems forming the core of the Charlemagne legends. More than 80 chansons, most of them thousands of lines long, have survived in manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 15th century. They deal chiefly with events of the 8th and 9th centuries during the reigns of Charlemagne and his successors.(Encyclopædia Britannica). Carl has worked with leading chansons de geste translator Michael Newth who has authored several scholarly translations to integrate this theme in his paintings. Newth is currently working on a new version of the Roland. Carl is interviewed about chansons de geste's influence in his recent paintings in the current issue of US literary journalLady Jane's Miscellany.
Definition (Oxford Dictionary). Noun (plural Weltanschauungen /-(ə)n/) - a particular philosophy or view of life ; the world view of an individual or group. Origins German from "welt" (world) and Anschauung (perception).