To my mind, it is clear that the United States must pursue policies to destroy the brutal and barbaric ISIS regime, and to create conditions that prevent fanatical extremist ideologies from flourishing. But we cannot – and should not – do it alone.
Our response must begin with an understanding of past mistakes and missteps in our previous approaches to foreign policy. It begins with the acknowledgment that unilateral military action should be a last resort, not a first resort, and that ill-conceived military decisions, such as the invasion of Iraq, can wreak far-reaching devastation and destabilize entire regions for decades. It begins with the reflection that the failed policy decisions of the past – rushing to war, regime change in Iraq, or toppling Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, or Guatemalan President Árbenz in 1954, Brazilian President Goulart in 1964, Chilean President Allende in 1973. These are the sorts of policies do not work, do not make us safer, and must not be repeated.
“If you can practice patience in the traffic jam with a sense of humor approach or whatever approach you want to use, you are training for really major difficulties in your life. So, it sounds silly, but actually, it’s true. If you’re sowing seeds of aggression in the traffic jam, then you’re actually perfecting the aggression habit. And if you’re using your sense of humor and your loving-kindness or whatever it is you do, then you’re sowing those kinds of seeds and strengthening those kinds of mental habits; you’re imprinting those kind of things in your unconscious. So, the choice is really ours every time we’re in a traffic jam.”
From her talk, Don’t Bite The Hook
Coming up with a super secure password that’s easy to remember can be difficult sometimes. With a little poetry, however, you can create a very strong password that will stick in your head like a nursery rhyme.
Generally speaking, the longer the password the better. Trouble is, the longer a password is, the harder it can be to remember. So what can you do? Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute suggest you make a simple poem. During their research, they randomly generated poems comprised of two eight-syllable lines that rhyme. For those of you counting, that puts the passwords at a whopping 60 bits, which is pretty strong. Here are some randomly generated examples:
- Considers neo enterprise, McLaren often emphasize
- Japan Colombia survey, and London students holiday
- A Kansas fountain expertise, a market workers overseas
Of course, in password form the words would run together like “akansasfountain…” perhaps with some capital letters or numbers in there somewhere too (some words might be shortened even for extra security). When researchers Ghazvininejad and Knight tested the memory of study participants, their rhyming poetry passwords were by far the easiest to remember compared to other passwords with similar strength. It might be worth writing a little poem the next time you need to make a password. If you don’t want to write one yourself, you can also use their generator to create one randomly. You can read the full study at the link below.