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For those of you who might be wondering at the lack of recent posts I’m a little pre-occupied at the moment as I’m writing a book. Hope to have a first draft ready in July. ; )

Earlier this year the US Government declassified a WWII OSS field manual on sabotage. Now the Simple Sabotage Field Manual is not what you might think. No it’s not a 101 on blowing up bridges, nor is it a cookbook for how to conduct Operation Kutschera, but rather it’s aimed at a lower key sabotage of ordinary working practices inside the organisation. For example using conferences and meetings to strategically delay decision making. Nobody get kills but that new Panzer design with the Porsche turret? Well sorry Reichs Marshall it’ll be buried in design committee until about 1948. Charlie Stross went on to twitter asking for modern updates to the OSS manual, I’m not sure whether that exercise increased or decreased the net sum of human happiness, but hey, it was amusing.

Which got me to thinking, if you read the OSS manual and find that every working day seems like a text book play courtesy of the boys from Prince William Park, then shouldn’t you logically conclude that you are sitting in the middle of a war? If you see folk in your organisation regularly using moves out of the OSS play book they may not be just haplessly incompetent. If nothing else this should make you look at your daily fare of corporate hooey in a new light. So stay frosty people, and remember three times is enemy action.

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Once again my hometown of Newcastle is being battered by fierce winds and storms, in yet another ‘storm of the century’, the scene above is just around the corner from my place in the inner city suburb of Cooks Hill. We’re now into our our second day of category two cyclonic winds and rain with many parts of the city flooded, and without power. Dungog a small town to the North of us is cut off and several houses have been swept off their piers there, three deaths are reported. My 8 minute walk to work this morning was an adventure to say the least.

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Well after a week away teaching system safety to Navy in the depths of Victoria I’m off again! Current destination, the IET’s System Safety and Cyber Security conference in Manchester.

Just to mention that if you’re coming to the workshop day I’ll be running one on safety cases, so if you’re interested drop by and pull up a chair. 🙂

Good grief, apparently it’s five years ago that I started writing this blog, with the first post being Flu pandemics and Small World Theory, percolation being all the rage back then. 🙂

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Garbage, lots and lots of garbage. I guess if nothing else this shows what a giant waste dump we’ve turned our oceans into.

Hopefully the sub-search will have more luck, but with the search box as big as it is, and the undersea terrain as mountainous as it is, it’s a bit like searching from the air for the glint of a needle that’s been thrown out of plane somewhere over the Rockies…when you don’t even have a good map of the Rockies.