Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's by Trevor Paglen

By Trevor Paglen

Clean Spots at the Map is an divulge of an empire that maintains to develop each year—and which, formally, it isn’t even there. it's the adventurous, insightful, and sometimes chilling tale of a tender geographer’s highway journey in the course of the underworld of U.S. army and C.I.A. “black ops” websites. it is a shadow country of nation secrets and techniques: clandestine army bases, ultra-secret black websites, categorised factories, hidden laboratories, and top-secret companies making up what security and intelligence insiders themselves name the “black world.” Run through an amorphous staff of presidency organisations and personal businesses, this empire’s ever increasing price range dwarfs that of many massive international locations, but it denies its personal existence.

Author Trevor Paglen is a student in geography, an artist, and a provocateur. His learn into components that formally don’t exist leads him on a globe-trotting research right into a big, undemocratic, and out of control black empire—the unmarked clean parts no matter if you're looking at Google Earth or a U.S. Geological Survey map. Paglen knocks at the doorways of CIA prisons, stakes out the Groom Lake covert air base in Nevada from a mountaintop 30 miles away, observes categorized spacecraft within the evening sky with beginner astronomers, and dissects the protection Department’s multibillion buck black price range. touring to the center East, principal the US, or even round our nation’s capital and its surrounding suburbs, he interviews the folks who live to tell the tale the sides of those clean spots.

Paglen visits the widow of Walter Kazra, who, whereas operating building at Groom Lake, was once poisoned by means of the poisonous rubbish pits there. The U. S. Air strength safety to his estate’s swimsuit? the bottom doesn't exist. The U. S. ideal courtroom declined to study the case. even if Paglen stories from a resort room in Vegas, Washington D. C. suburbs, mystery prisons in Kabul, buried CIA airplane in Honduras, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, he's impassioned, rigorous, relentless—and eye-opening. this can be a human, shiny, and telling portrait of a ballooning nationwide mistake.

This is the 1st version, released 2009 electronically and hardcover.

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For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. 6a b 1 T h e poet's moral preferences are made clear by the fact that he grants the short middle strophe to the righteous, and honors h i m by speaking figuratively. T h e long strophes flanking the center, h o w ­ ever, show a remarkable reciprocity: the first strophe "defines" the righteous by contrasting h i m with the wicked, and the opposite happens in the third strophe. This is a balance of mutual exclusion. W i t h this symmetry the composition as a whole reveals that the g o o d / b a d antithesis has a basis: one solid set of values that is firmly oriented toward the "law" (torah, strictly speaking "teaching") of God.

T h e i r themes are c o m p l e m e n t a r y : Psalm 111 praises G o d s uprightness, and Psalm 112 mirrors this by placing t h e u p r i g h t m a n alongside it. B o t h p o e m s e n d w i t h a double t r i colon as t h e final strophe, and they are so perfectly t w i n n e d that they have exactly t h e same length: b o t h have 168 syllables in t w e n t y - t w o cola. T h e poems in Lamentations have b e e n constructed in such a way that the letter from the alphabet at the top (Greek aero-) of the strophe always opens an L-strophe in chs.

This highly remarkable finding can b e explained only by assuming that the poets themselves c o u n t e d syllables. As w e have seen, a simple example is Psalm 1, w i t h 144 syllables in sixteen cola; the average (number of syllables per colon) here is the integer 9, instead of the fraction that w o u l d b e likely to occur had the poets failed to count their syllables and left their n u m b e r s to chance. 63, the fraction that 10 48 Reading Biblical Poetry applies to Psalms 111 and 112. T h e 9 that w e have just discovered to b e the n o r m in Psalm 1 is at the same time a signal for the c o m ­ plete Psalter.

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