On the Edge

The Shamanic Journey

July 31, 2020

The Shamanic Journey Every week a project called Storyworth asks a question and saves my answer. After a year they will create a book of the responses. (This was a gift from my daughter). Last week, the question was: What is one of the strangest things that has happened to you? And this was the […]

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Welcome to my World – Chapter One of “Mobius: a Memoir” is now online at Bewildering Stories

July 23, 2020

An excerpt from “Mobius: A Memoir,” my most recent novel, the first chapter (“Welcome to my World”), is now at Bewildering Stories at:http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue864/mobius_ex.html “Mobius” is set in the world of professional intelligence. Mobius: A Memoir is a 105,000 word novel laced with the literal truth, a truth that could not be told in any other way. […]

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Turning Context into Content – a How-to

May 6, 2020

https://vimeo.com/415681331/63c90495ed Seeing Beyond the Trees -How to Turn Context Into Content We Can See – Richard Thieme For those bored by the quarantine, this is the audio of a talk I gave today, May 6, for Secure360, a cybersecurity conference restructured from physical to virtual. The topic – how to manage the identification of a […]

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An Unusual Event

July 27, 2019

[I was invited to give a guest lecture for a class at the University of Tubingen. I had never been there before and gladly accepted. I flew through Frankfurt and took a bus from the airport to the city center. I chatted with someone on the bus and we got off together and were walking […]

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Ethical Issues for Security/Intelligence Professionals … and Everyone Else

February 7, 2019

A colleague who worked for an intelligence agency in information security and related areas for decades shares his reflections on ethical challenges and – well, a bunch of things that go bump in the night .… challenges that do not apply only to his work. They cross boundaries into a variety of professions, perhaps all […]

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Topics, Recent

January 16, 2018

Real Birds in Digital Cages: The Chickens Come Home to Roost So who do you think you are? Whatever you reply, Richard Thieme will go zen on you and say, no, not that. Because identity is by social agreement and social agreement is manufactured, managed, and manipulated on the internet these days. We should all […]

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Remembering Gary Webb Ten Years Later

October 16, 2014

Seeing “Kill the Messenger” reminded me that I wrote this ten years ago. Webb and his example meant a lot to me. But it also prompted an endless echo in my mind. If we don’t tell the truth, then they win, he said, and after they stripped him of his reason to live – more […]

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It’s Identity, Stupid

March 1, 2013

It’s Identity, Stupid by Richard Thieme   Published n Cyber Defense Magazine at RSA March 2013   We know that identity is a critical issue for security practitioners, but have we really grasped that identity has become THE existential issue for life in the early 21st century?   Academics write scholarly tomes on morphing personas […]

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A Tale of Two Sciences: Memoirs of a Dissident Scientist by Peter A. Sturrock

April 6, 2010

A Tale of Two Sciences: Memoirs of a Dissident Scientist by Peter A. Sturrock (Exoscience: Palo Alto) 2009. by Richard Thieme “A Tale of Two Sciences:  Memoirs of a Dissident Scientist,” by Dr. Peter A. Sturrock, is a personal work by the well-known Stanford physicist and astrophysicist, reflecting on the sometimes complementary, sometimes discordant threads […]

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Remembering Who We Are

January 8, 2010

The Second Edition:  Remembering Who We Are Most of us live a large part of our lives skating on the ice of trivial essentials, the necessary tasks that fill our waking days. We pause from time to time and look at the etched images in the ice and think, this is the pattern of our […]

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