Below is a guide for some things to study on diplomacy and espionage. If one has not heard of these ideas before, it’s a good idea to keep studying.

Shooting stars

I have served as something similar to a State Department shooting star (other terms possible), by which I mean someone who magically ends up with foreign policy capital, lots.

Shooting stars may go on for quite a while, but before they have their day in space, the FBI etc. have collected information on them to incriminate them in case of non-cooperation. This has not changed in decades; although I was hoping we could do without the lynching angle.

Campaign disinformation

U.$. law is very lax in stimulating the newspapers to worthwhile journalism. A third party candidate can expect to lose by a lot. Far more troublesome is a major party candidate scheduled to lose by a large margin or for some sudden persynal reason loses interest in office. In such a situation, the party bosses and media can easily come up with a story in exchange for other benefits not seen to the public.

Fund-raising for Hillary Clinton after she has lost but hangs in the campaign and Gov. Paterson being down so many points in the polls are examples where we can expect deals were in the works. In closely contested and spirited contests, much mud ends up slung, but in many ways it is more predictable than disinformation with outside-the-campaign motivations.


This is a word I use fairly often in lieu of Aesopian language or symbolism. In that instance I am using the computer software meaning of “pointer.”
says for instance:

“Computers. an identifier giving the location in storage of something of interest, as a data item, table, or subroutine.”

Wikipedia says:
“In computer science, a pointer is a programming language data type whose value refers directly to (or “points to”) another value stored elsewhere in the computer memory using its address.”

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