Arete 1.13.22

Join MTI’s  “Arete Discussion Group”, Friday Jan, 14 @ 1200 PM Mtn Time

Arete is one of the more interesting things we do here at MTI, and it has a dedicated weekly readership.

The articles that make each week’s Arete are those within the MTI areas of interest that I find (1) Important and interesting, or (2) just interesting. Often, I purposely look for articles and essays that challenge conventional wisdom and thinking. I work hard on it every week.

I’ve received many notes over the years from Arete readers and MTI subscribers who appreciate Arete and it’s way of introducing them to thoughts, news and information that wouldn’t have come across their radar otherwise.

Taking it one step further, we’ve begun a weekly, live (Zoom), “Arete Discussion Group” at noon, mountain time, every Friday. We held our first discussion last week.

I’ll start the discussion with what I felt was the single most important and/or interesting articles for each category in the week’s Arete, and then open up the lines for reader’s thoughts, feedback, etc. The articles I’ve chosen are underlined and at the top of each category, below.

Interested in listening in and/or joining the discussion this week? Click below for the Zoom Meeting Invite Link and hope to see you Friday!

Thanks, – Rob Shaul



Is the US Military Actually Ready for a War? Hudson Institute
Air Force general calls B.S. on social media claims that female special ops trainee got ‘preferential treatment’Task & Purpose
Soldier exonerated of misconduct charges stemming from mysterious Syria gunfight, Task & Purpose
Navy boot camp lengthened to 10 weeks to prepare recruits for life in the fleet, Navy Times
Air Force accused of pushing woman through elite commando training after she quit, spurring investigation, Air Force Times
Where each military branch stands on pronoun use in signature blocks, Marine Corps Times
Navy fires 5 officers in less than a month, Task & Purpose
Army Finally Picks Optic for Next Generation Squad Weapon, Army Times
What will the US Space Force be able to do with its new GPS III variant?, Defense News
An Army captain fought his chain of command for a year over his free speech rights and won, Task & Purpose
Winged Luddites: Aviators Are the Biggest Threat to Carrier Aviation, War on the Rocks
New in 2022: Next steps in DoD’s fight against extremism, including a new definition, Military Times
An Air Force general is about to be court-martialed for the first time in history [Updated], Task & Purpose
Two army instructors cleared of racially abusing Muslim trainee soldier, The Guardian
These are 7 of the worst military defeats in modern history, Business Insider
The Army Combat Fitness Test Disaster, clearance jobs

National Security / Foreign Policy

What would be Russia’s military options in Ukraine? The GuardianAmerica Needs a New Foreign Policy Establishment, National Interest
Swedish Foreign Minister: Joining NATO Is Up to Us, Foreign Policy
China Fines 7-Eleven for Calling Taiwan a Nation on Map, Bloomberg
Russian troops deploy to Mali’s Timbuktu after French exit, Al Jazerra
NATO rejects Russian demands to stop expansion, The Hill
A Heavy Price to Pay?, War on the Rocks
A Tale of Two Crises: Why US Strategy in Ukraine Has Few Implications for Taiwan, The Diplomat
Germany braces for more protests as vaccine rules tighten across Europe., NY Times
Boeing’s Updated Valkyrie Reveals Evolving Hypersonic Design, Real Clear Defense
Defense Contractors Quietly Restart Campaign Donations to Election Deniers, Foreign Policy
America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End, Foreign Policy
Finland and Sweden Are Done With Deference to Russia, Foreign Policy
Israel likely behind 1981 bombings of German, Swiss engineering firms, expert claims,
Ukraine and US back Russia into corner, Pravda Report
‘He’s a punchline’: ‘laughable’ pick for Greece envoy puts pressure on Biden, The Guardian


First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

The Deadly Dynamics of Colorado’s Marshall Fire, Outside
Seattle cops with guns drawn forced to let driver take off with stolen car thanks to Democrat “police reform”, LE Today
No Charge in South Bend (IN) Firehouse Voyeur Case, Firefighter Nation
Sexual exploitation, human trafficking and the decriminalization of prostitution, Police1
Australian company develops system for real time mapping of wildfires, Wildfire Today
Cop stops speeding car and finds woman in labor, drives her to hospital himself, Police1
Firefighters Extinguish Marina Fire at Conroe (TX), Dozen Boats Destroyed, Firefighter Natoin
Seattle cops planted fake reports of Proud Boys on police radio to scare BLM protesters,
The Metaverse Offers Much Potential For Terrorists and Extremists, Defense One
Assessing the right-wing terror threat in the United States a year after the January 6 insurrection, Brookings
Why ‘by LEOs for LEOs’ matters, Police 1
Trust in America: Do Americans trust the police?, Pew Research Center
Barstow (CA) Fire Engineer, Struck While Working Accident Scene, Dies From Injuries, Firefighter Nation
As violence explodes in Democrat-run Chicago, police desperate to get people to want to be cops in the city, LE Today
Atlanta PD denies claim that mayor ordered lower standards for recruits, Police 1
Processing the trauma of a near miss, Wildfire Today
The first arriving firefighters had trouble finding the Marshall Fire, Wildfire Today
2021 was deadliest year ever for law enforcement, report says, Police 1
Chicago PD moves many tactical officers to patrol amid staffing issues, Police 1
A ransomware attack took a New Mexico jail offline, leaving inmates in lockdown, The Verge
Lawful but awful: Bringing new techniques into defensive tactics training, Police 1

Mountain / Outside

Utah Becomes Second State to Enact Total Trail Camera Ban for Hunting, Wide Open Spaces
Ski Patrollers Caught In Massive Explosive-Triggered Avalanche at Alta, UN
Audi’s EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender, Gear Latest
What It Takes and Why It’s Worth It, Adenture Journal
Here’s how climate change and COVID are transforming skiing, The Daily Climate
Is Poaching Worth It?, Eastmans’
Climbing at Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon Is in Jeopardy, Adventure Journal
Where Did Feral Hogs Come From Anyway? A History of Wild Swine in North America, Wide Open Spaces
Braided Fishing Line: What It Is and When Best to Utilize It, Wide Open Spaces
This Is Why You Should Always Ski With A Partner When The Snow is DEEP, UN
Snowboarder “Seriously Injured” In Chairlift Incident at Wildcat, NH, UN
Green Bay ice break: 27 rescued after chunk separates from Wisconsin shore, Guardian
Supply Chains for the Outdoor Industry Are in Shambles, Outside
Air pollution from wildfires, rising heat affected 68% of US West in one day, Science Daily
‘BOURN’ Is a Love Letter to Freesking, Face Planting, and Family, Gearjunkie
Should we be adding airbags to the shovel, beacon, probe safety arsenal?, BC Ski Blog
Has Shed Hunting Gotten TOO Popular? Examining the Ethics of Antler Hunting, Wide Open Spaces
The 24 Best Mountain Towns in the U.S., Ranked, Outside
Montana Poacher Claims He Thought Bighorn Sheep Was an Elk, Wide Open Spaces
Dirtbag Snowboarders Document Living Amongst The Elite of St. Moritz, UN
VIDEO: What To Do If You Fall In A Treewell, UN


Health / Fitness / Nutrition

I Quit the Barbell Bench Press—and It Made Me Way Stronger, Men’s Health
Where Are You Right Now? The Importance of Living in the Present, Tiny Buddha
Why Do Women Gain Belly Fat in Midlife?, NY Times
What Makes the Ideal Training Partner?, Triathlete
So You Think You’re “Elite”, Outside
Can You Get the Flu and Covid at the Same Time?, NY Times
Teens not getting enough sleep may consume 4.5 extra pounds of sugar during a school year, Science Daily
I Spent Hundreds of Hours Working in VR. Here’s What I Learned, Gear Latest
How To Make Yourself Stronger When Facing Health Challenges, Tiny Buddha
How to Mindfully Manage Your Food Cravings, NY Times
On Swimming: Practice Fast to Race Fast,
What Happens If You Give A Regular Triathlete The Fanciest Gear?, Triathlete
Simple Diet Changes Helped Me Lose 25 Pounds and Get Back in Shape, Men’s Health
The Ultimate Protein Strategy, T-Nation
Stoicism and Christianity: The History of the Stoics and the Christians, Daily Stoic
How to Design a Home Gym That You’ll Actually Use, NY Times
5 Essential Training Tips from Mat Fraser’s New Book, Men’s Health
N95, KN95 Or Cloth Masks? What To Wear To Best Protect Against Omicron, Forbes



Ray Dalio Says U.S. Needs a Dose of China’s Common Prosperity, Bloomberg
Podcasting Hasn’t Produced a Hit in Years, Bloomberg
Is ‘Karen’ the New C-Word?, Planned Man
How California Got so Blue, The American Prospect
Can Electric Cars Survive the Winter?, Inside Hook
The Rise of the Male Celebrity Nail Polish Brand, Inside Hook
These Four Charts Show Some of Bitcoin’s Potential Trouble Spots, Bloomberg
Ford’s Cracking Down On The Greedy Dealers Taking Advantage of Lightning Reservation Holders, Japonik
NewsWatch: The ‘best job in America’ pays up to $125,000 a year — and has 10,000 job openings, Marketwatch
The Physics of the James Webb Space Telescope, Wired
We Spotted the Hottest Trends at CES 2022, Wired
Electric Truck Wars: Ford Doubles Down on F-150 Lightning Production, GearJunkie
Texas won the pandemic migration boom, but it’s losing its luster, Business Insider
Cannabis Watch: Cannabis state tax revenue tops $10 billion from legal sales, Marketwatch
Owning is cheaper than renting in much of the U.S., Axios


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