Adam L. Silverman, PhD**
Now that I've got a bit more time***, I wanted to follow up on the breaking news type post I did earlier about the Egyptian Supreme Court Ruling. If you click through to the BBC article I linked to, you'll see towards the bottom that it provides the Egyptian Supreme Court's rationale for, essentially, invalidating the last Egyptian parliamentary election, which for all intents and purposes brings down the government and forces new elections. The BBC reported that: "The court had been considering the validity of last year's parliamentary election, because some of the seats were contested on a proportional list system, with others on the first-past-the-post system. It decided that the election law had allowed parties to compete for the one third of seats reserved for independent candidates."
* The image is of The Question. COL Lang asked me to either start using an avatar or a picture of myself and when given a choice decided the faceless Question was the better choice. For full citation: The Question was originally a Charleton Comics character, later acquired by DC Comics, and created by Steve Ditko. He is faceless (its a hi tech synthetic flesh mask), something of a conspiracy theorist detective/information overload kind of character, was originally an Objectivist, but ultimately became more of an Asian philosophy/martial arts sort of type. This image is taken from the cartoon representation from the early to mid 2000s. I am not actually faceless, am not an Objectivist, do study Asian philosophy and actually run the aikido dojo at USAWC, was not created by Steve Ditko (as far as my parents told me), but do love conspiracy theory documentaries, as well as the ones on Bigfoots (or is that Bigfeet...), and the hallmark of a good cultural advisor is to live on information overload. For more Question info - the wikipedia entry is pretty good. So I'll be using this as an avatar going forward, provided DC comics doesn't send me a cease and desist notice...
** Adam L. Silverman, PhD is the Culture and Foreign Language Advisor at the US Army War College (USAWC). The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of USAWC and/or the US Army.
*** By more time I mean just that. I've been providing a ton of operational support over the past six months and have been just swamped. Things should, hopefully, slow down a bit in the next ten days or so so I can spend a bit more time here at SST.