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DECEMBER 2018 MONTHLY QUIZ PRIZE
LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
by P. W. Singer
Were you looking for more reasons to worry about the future, or the present? LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media will fuel your nightmares. P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking’s treatise travels well beyond the disinformation and fake news we’re all now familiar with (right?), addressing the ways the internet and our social networks will be deployed in actual war: recruiting terrorists, inflicting sabotage remotely on a vast scale, and even Matrix-grade reality manipulation.
Backed by over 100 pages of notes, LikeWar is sober, deeply researched, and still compulsively readable. Comparisons to On War and The Art of War are apt, while likely optimistic—given the accelerating pace of technology, any reasonable futurist can expect to see their predictions become obsolete in three to five years, or maybe two. But even if the specifics change, the principle holds: Disruption is coming, and we are not ready. It’s frightening, but as individuals, we are far from helpless. As Singer and Brooking conclude, “Social media is extraordinarily powerful…. Yet within this network, and in each of the battles on it, we all have the power of choice.” —Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review
Source: Amazon.com Review
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
WEEK OF DEC 10-16, 2018
1. Violent action broke out in Paris and other major French cities over the last four weeks as rioters known as “Gilets Jaunes” protested fuel tax increases, high living costs and other social issues. The movement which has already cost the French economy $1.5 billion in damage and lost revenue, seeks to highlight economic frustration of the working poor is called THIS.
A. 15th of November Movement
B. Yellow Jackets
C. The Workers Brigade
D. The Miserable Ones
Correct Response: B. Yellow Jackets
2. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said March 1st was the deadline for resolution of THIS important issue affecting the US-China relationship.
A. Resolution of intellectual property piracy claims made by Washington against Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies Co.
B. A new quota on importation of American products in the transportation sector targeting automobiles and aircraft.
C. A truce announced at the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires delaying a US hike in US tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
D. A proposal from Washington for China to increase purchase of U.S. goods by 25% by 2020.
Correct Response: C. A truce announced at the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires delaying a US hike in US tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
3. After nearly 60 years as a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) the State of Qatar – currently in a diplomatic crisis with several of its Arab partners – dropped out of the group that has been key to setting oil production quotas and hence impacting global energy pricing. Which of these countries is NOT a member of OPEC?
Correct Response: C. Russia
4. Delegations representing Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government held face-to-face negotiations in Sweden on Sunday seeking a breakthrough in the three year-old civil war that has evolved into a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN has brought together a Houthi delegation and representatives of THIS recognized president of Yemen.
A. President Michel Aoun
B. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
C. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi
D. President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Correct Response: C. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi
5. The saga of what Brexit will look like is entering the final phase of negotiations. THIS action is the critical next step in the process that began with a referendum two years ago.
A. The Assembly in Belfast votes on the final Northern/Southern Ireland border protocols needed for a final Brexit pact.
B. NATO Ministers take up discussion of defense/security implications of UK separation from Europe.
C. Prime Minister May’s proposed withdrawal agreement goes to Parliament for approval.
D. The EU Council considers Prime Minister May’s withdrawal agreement for final vote.
Correct Response: C. Prime Minister May’s proposed withdrawal agreement goes to Parliament for approval.
6. President Trump confirmed he planned to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to THIS key diplomatic post. However, the announcement drew criticism due to Ms. Nauert’s inexperience in government or international affairs.
A. Ambassador to the United Nations
B. National Security Advisor
C. Ambassador to France
D. White House Chief of Staff
Correct Response: A. Ambassador to the United Nations
7. The leader of the State of Qatar, which has been the target of an economic and diplomatic embargo by its Arab neighbors since mid-2017, declined to attend the summit of THIS regional cooperation organization that includes six of the Arab Gulf states.
A. The Arab League
B. The Gulf Cooperation Council
C. The Organization of the Islamic Conference
D. The Arabian Gulf League
Correct Response: B. The Gulf Cooperation Council
8. This week Secretary of State Pompeo said the US would start the formal process of abandoning THIS treaty unless Russia re-established compliance. Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened Russia would respond if Washington acted outside the bounds of the treaty. What treaty is Washington and Moscow wrangling over?
A. 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
B. 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
C. 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
D. 2003 Tactical Nuclear Weapon Deployment Limitation Agreement
Correct Response: C. 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
9. Thousands of Hindu protestors marched on THIS site of a Muslim mosque destroyed in 1992 demanding the government of Prime Minister Neandra Modi help build a temple there, a flashpoint between the Hindus and Muslims, about 14 percent of the population, of India. Where is THIS flashpoint?
B. Bodh Gaya
10. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister announced, “We do not extradite our citizens,” in response to arrest warrants from THIS place to turn over suspects in the October 2nd murder of journalist Jamal Khasghoggi. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people in connection with the killing but continues to deny Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved.
B. United States
D. The Hague
Correct Response: A. Turkey
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