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QUIZ WINNERS FROM LAST WEEK
David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
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Nondi Walters, Lawrenceville, GA
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
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NOVEMBER 2018 MONTHLY QUIZ PRIZE
CHARLES BOWERS, NASHVILLE, TN
The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy by Stephen M. Walt
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 NOV 26-DEC 2, 2018
1. A major report on the consequences of climate change was released by the U.S. Government on Friday. The worrisome conclusions of the 1,656 page report mirrored the 2014 study but provided additional clarity on THIS prospect.
A. Climate change will cost the U.S. economy about 10 percent of its value by the year 2100.
B. Climate change will result in an increase of twelve inches to the mean sea level on America’s coastal regions.
C. Climate change will accelerate rural to urban population migration of about 1.5 billion people by the year 2050.
D. Climate change negative consequences will reach an irreversible tipping point by the year 2030.
Correct Response: A. Climate change will cost the U.S. economy about 10 percent of its value by the year 2100.
2. UK Prime Minister Theresa May made major progress in Brexit deal-making over the weekend with THIS development.
A. The parliament of Northern Ireland agreed to London’s terms for north-south border terms.
B. The British Parliament voted to approve May’s proposal for a EU-UK trade pact.
C. The European Commission endorsed a treaty setting terms for UK withdrawal.
D. The UK agreed to return Gibraltar to Spain opening the door for unanimous EU agreement on Brexit.
Correct Response: C. The European Commission endorsed a treaty setting terms for UK withdrawal.
3. An American missionary was killed by tribesmen with a history of repelling outsiders when he illegally landed on North Sentinel island in THIS area.
A. Greater Mauritius Island
B. Diego Garcia Island
C. Seychelles Islands
D. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Correct Response: D. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
4. A major showdown lies ahead in the British Parliament when Prime Minister Theresa May seeks agreement on a treaty with the European Union on Brexit. The main opposition Labour Party will likely stand against the deal. WHO is the leader of the Labour Party in the UK?
A. Boris Johnson
B. Nigel Farage
C. Jeremy Corbyn
D. David Cameron
Correct Response: C. Jeremy Corbyn
5. An attack on a Chinese consulate in THIS south Asian country followed pushback on a major economic corridor initiative including access from China to the port of Gwadar as part of the “Belt and Road” initiative as well as growing Chinese influence.
A. Sri Lanka
Correct Response: B. Pakistan
6. Madrid briefly attempted to use contentious negotiations over a UK-EU Brexit agreement to advance its argument to return Gibraltar to Spanish control. Which of THESE statements regarding Gibraltar is NOT true?
A. Gibraltar is commonly referred to as “The Rock”
B. Gibraltar will remain in the EU when the UK exits.
C. Gibraltar has been a British territory since 1713.
D. Gibraltar is home to a strategic British military installation.
Correct Response: B. Gibraltar will remain in the EU when the UK exits.
7. Almost one-year since the submarine San Juan with 44 crew members was lost the ship’s wreckage was found on the ocean floor. The San Juan was part of THIS country’s Navy.
C. South Africa
D. Puerto Rico
Correct Response: A. Argentina
8. Which of these statements concerning North Korea developments last week is NOT true.
A. The International Atomic Energy Agency indicated Pyongyang was expanding its nuclear arms program.
B. The latest relationship building between the North and South leaders was a gift of a pair of North Korean hunting dogs, dubbed “Doggy Diplomacy.”
C. Pyongyang and Seoul have agreed to start direct commercial air links starting in Summer 2019.
D. The UN Security Council approved connecting rail links between North and South Korea.
Correct Response: C. Pyongyang and Seoul have agreed to start direct commercial air links starting in Summer 2019.
9. In last week’s developments in the Khashoggi Affair a Turkish newspaper claimed a CIA wiretap was a smoking gun of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s direct involvement in the assassination. The CIA Director went to Turkey to meet with authorities shortly after the murder in Istanbul. Who is the CIA Director?
A. Michael Pompeo
B. Michael Hayden
C. Gina Haspel
D. John Brennan
Correct Response: C. Gina Haspel
10. China-US trade, meetings with Presidents Xi of China, Putin of Russia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman headline President Trump’s agenda at the Group of Twenty (G-20) meeting later this week. The gathering of the twenty leading economic powers will be held in THIS city.
A. Buenos Aires
Correct Response: A. Buenos Aires
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