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Salah Hamouri: The Elysee does not keep its promises!



On June 29, Jean-David Levitte, diplomatic adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy, Denise received Hamouri rue de l'Elysee. I accompanied it. After the interview about where developments were required, a statement (attached) was published and posted on the site of Salah Hamouri. Jean-David Levitte had to call me immediately and asked me to remove it from the site, given (sic) of the reaction of the Israeli Ambassador to France and, if confirmed to him, was in Salah's interest than to withdraw. Immediately asked and done. But, as you will see, this commitment has no place to be: it was about the "new" on the case of Salah and the attitude of France towards our compatriot. He made commitments. None given. That is why we are releasing this statement. Happy reading! And still more than ever, Salah. Soon Operation Attack Facebook "... Regards.
Jean-Claude Lefort .


News:

Denise Hamouri, Salah's mother, accompanied by Jean-Claude Lefort, met last Monday, June 28, rue de l'Elysee Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic, in the presence of Nicolas Galey, Technical Advisor on the Near and Middle East.

Diplomatic Adviser said at the outset that President Nicolas Sarkozy would equal attention and equal determination to secure the release of Gilad Shalit and Salah Hamouri. For the President, the two youths are French and he defended well.

regards Salah Hamouri it was noted by the Adviser that the indictment of Israeli military court does not mention any facts or reprehensible act but a mere " intention ", a concept which is a purely arbitrary.

Therefore, as the Adviser, among 2,000 French prisoners abroad, the President focused his attention on the most obvious cases of unfairness and therefore it would be mobilized in this for the release of Salah Hamouri he has already, as the Adviser, called on several occasions with the current Israeli authorities.

It was noted that the Advisor denoted his words quite clearly what had been said on Salah Hamouri and if the two reported cases were treated on an equal footing, so it was difficult to understand, for example, the President has still not received the family of Salah Hamouri with the notable difference of the Shalit family.

It was also noted that Salah Hamouri was not considered a "rule of law but by a State at war, which condemns its military tribunals by the very people it occupies even though they were innocent of charges charges against them or who were conducting the Arbitrary pure and simple. It was reiterated that do not take into account this fact and immediately constituted a major serious misconduct.

Similarly it was reported that the same state never releases when there is an exchange of prisoners, Palestinians from Jerusalem.

He recalled the request for remission of sentence filed by Salah at 2 / 3 thirds of his sentence served, resulted in a clear rejection of the ad hoc and a worsening of the charges against him.

The idea that Israel Salah, who is innocent, should also make "excuses" unacceptable humiliation being added to the injustice that the heavy hitting for over 5 years. Similarly

it was highly reiterated that the expulsion of Salah or his extradition to France was clearly denied. Salah has a right as any human being to live wherever he wants.

Councillor stressed that nothing is likely to stop the release request of Salah while he has already spent more than 5 years in prison for "intent" assumption. He also indicated that new initiatives will be taken to the Israeli authorities. The interview lasted three quarters of an hour. Comments



The change in tone and approach set out verbally during the interview are undoubtedly possible, put in the multiple initiatives in a spirit of broad rally to demand the release of Salah. Despite claims to the Adviser, it is difficult to see the same desire to free Gilad Shalit and Salah Hamouri.

The President of the Republic has written to parents of Gilad at the 4th "anniversary" of his capture.

So when he wrote to Mr and Mrs Hamouriune letter ending, and one sent to parents of Giladle June 25, with these words: "I measure fatigue, anger or misunderstanding that day after day since June 25, 2006, you feel. The dignity with which you have demonstrated your courage and your work at all times has been exemplary. You can be proud of you and your son, as we are with Gilad and his parents. "For now

not one letter has been sent to the family Hamouri who have not been received at the Elysee Palace and never the name of Salah has been cited publicly by the President. And if the requests for release were made repeatedly it is difficult to say whether they were effective.

It can be pulled a clear conclusion of this meeting: the echo of the growing demand for the release of Salah can not be ignored in high places. This means if our mobilization unifying, day after day, was helpful. It must be pursued. Salah is a victim and not guilty.

There are no facts alleged against him - a supposed intention is not a fact - and therefore certainly not have intended to detonate the car of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and throwing a Molotov cocktail against an army vehicle Israel as was stated in a telegram lying to Associated Press published yesterday, at 21 h 17, "Yahoo".

Salah has already spent more than 5 years in prison for nothing. His release is not dependent on him but his jailers. Gilad Shalit, the President called on multiple occasions his unconditional release. Why should it be different for Salah?

Salah another 16 months in prison to do. We do not resign ourselves to the idea that it is not released much earlier. Each passing day, after these more than 5 years in prison, is a day that sees Salah imprisoning too. A notable difference of Gilad Shalit, and it's not our fault, the fate of Salah is not linked to negotiations obscure.

His release depends only on the Israeli authorities.

is the only certainty we have - we, but the French authorities.

We do not have to replace them any way they do but it is our responsibility to demand from them as we continued to do so. We have some reasons to continue and keep up the pressure. The new About

held by Adviser to the President, the fact that for the first time the website of the Presidency recalls publicly, in his way, the case of Salah show that our engagement does not leave indifferent and is not in vain.

Salah already very heavily and unfairly "paid" the occupation of Jerusalem and his homeland. It is high time that Salah go home.

New words heard n'endormiront not our intention and our action. On the contrary they show that our efforts are not wasted.

is why our demand - which is the only tangible guarantee of certainty that exists to secure his release - remains stronger than ever:

Liberation Salah Hamouri! And fast!

Paris, June 29, 2010


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          Broad Swath of S. Africans Meets on Nation's Future    

THE broadest spectrum of parties ever to come together for political talks in South Africa gathers here today to plan a resumption of negotiations on the country's transition to democracy.

Ten months after multiparty talks broke down, the groups are returning to the table with a new sense of urgency. Three months of bilateral talks between the ruling National Party and the African National Congress (ANC) have cleared the way for a resumption of full negotiations.

"They're back at the table at last and this time there are more of them and the chemistry is looking good," says a Western diplomat monitoring the negotiation process.

Today's meeting, which will set a date for the resumption of full-blown multiparty talks, for the first time will include white right-wing parties and radical black rivals to the left of the ANC.

Participants are expected to include 23 delegations from 21 political groups - four more than the 19 delegations that attended the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, which deadlocked last May after five months of deliberations. Wide spectrum of parties

Among the attendees will be the militant Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), which failed to reach agreement with the government in talks this week about the suspension of the armed struggle being waged by its radical military wing, the Azanian Peoples Liberation Army.

The right-wing Afrikaner Volks Unie, which broke away from the more hard-line Conservative Party last year, will take part in a six-party committee chairing the meeting. This marks the first direct involvement of a right-wing party in steering multiparty talks.

There is also cautious optimism that Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), is preparing to put his full weight behind multiparty talks.

Today's meeting will be attended by chief negotiators rather than political leaders. A delegation from the semi-autonomous KwaZulu homeland could provide the mechanism for the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, to attend the next round of talks.

There is still disagreement over the boundaries, powers, and functions of South Africa's regions and whether they should be bound in a federation or a looser arrangement. But consensus is growing among the parties that the new constitution will need to provide for a high degree of autonomy for regional governments to prevent secessions that could fragment the country.

In the past three months, the ANC has made major concessions in the direction of a federal-type system and ANC leader Nelson Mandela has gone out of his way to recognize the principle of self-determination in talks with white right-wing leaders.

Multiparty talks, which could be held this month, must reach agreement on the powers and functions of a Transitional Executive Committee (TEC), an independent Electoral Commission, and an independent Media Commission that will have the task of leveling the political playing field.

The TEC, a multiracial super-advisory body, will function with sub-councils that will establish multiparty management of the security forces during the run-up to the elections. The three commissions should be established by June, by which time the multiparty forum is expected to have agreed on an election date.

"I think by the time we get to July it will be all systems go for the election," says ANC Electoral Commission head Popo Molefe.

The talks take place in the wake of the March 2 massacre of six school pupils in the violence-racked hills around Pietermaritzburg, which has served as a grim reminder of the bitter war still raging between supporters of the ANC and the IFP in that province.

The killing of the pupils has evoked national outrage across the political spectrum and Law and Order Minister Hernus Kriel has offered an $80,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited the bereaved community with other church leaders yesterday in a bid to calm political passions and prevent revenge killings.

Figures published Wednesday by the Human Rights Commission, a civil rights group that monitors political violence, indicate that deaths this year from political violence have dropped to levels well below the 300-a-month average for 1992. Coalition government

Today's talks will take place against the backdrop of an understanding reached last month between the government and the ANC that the drafting of a democratic constitution after the first democratic ballot will be followed by a period of coalition rule lasting up to five years.

The coalition government will include all parties that win at least 5 percent of the vote. According to recent polls this is sure to include the ANC and the National Party and is likely to include the PAC, the IFP, and possibly the right-wing Conservative Party.

"One could say that the real challenge of the ballot will be about whether South Africa can hold a peaceful election rather than who will win the election," says Larry Garber, an official of the National Democratic Institute in Washington, which helps run a South African voter education program.

The major challenge prior to the election will be to educate an estimated electorate of 21 million - about 16 million of whom are blacks who have never voted before - in the basics of democracy and electoral procedures.

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          Can't accept apology from Delhi Golf Club, says victim   

Shillong, July 2 (IANS) Tailin Lyngdoh, the tribal Khasi woman, who was subjected to discrimination at the Delhi Golf Club for wearing her traditional dress, on Saturday said that the she cannot reconcile with those who broke her heart.

"I will never accept any apology as I was deeply hurt by the manner in which I was insulted and discriminated against. I would also never set foot in the Club ever again," Lyngdoh told journalists.

"If you try and fix a broken glass, you won't be able to hide the cracks of the glass. Therefore, it will be difficult for me to accept any apology from them now," she stated.

On June 25, Lyngdoh, a governess, had gone to the Club, along with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, after they were invited for lunch by a Club member.

Some 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two Club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the Club, saying her dress was a "maid's uniform" and also allegedly hurled racial abuses.

Lyngdoh, who finally reached Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, Saturday afternoon, met and shared with the members of Meghalaya State Women's Commission and women's rights activists on the unfortunate incident at the elitist golf club for wearing a Jainsem.

"I felt hurt and insulted when I was discriminated against at the Club, which is in my own homeland. I have been to many clubs and restaurants abroad but no has ever insulted me," Lyngdoh, who with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, said.

"I want the Meghalaya government and civil society groups and my fellow tribesmen to come forward in taking up the incident which happened at the Club, so that no such discrimination is meted out to anyone in the future," she said.

Meanwhile, Barthakur appealed to the people across the northeastern states to come out in support of Lyngdoh.

"This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. These things keep happening. Therefore, I am appealing to the people of the Northeast to stand up together.

"Here is a lady who was humiliated for her profession, for the way she looks and for the way she dressed. Let us not just make it into Tailin's voice alone. It should be the voice of everyone. Enough is enough," Barthakur said.

On her meeting with the women's commission Chairperson, she said: "I am convinced that they are with us and will take proactive action. We are going back with hope."

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who had raised the issue with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, said such discrimination needs to be condemned by one and all.

He had also urged the central government to direct Delhi Police to file a suo motu case against the Delhi Golf Club for the racial abuse.

"All legal options available as per the Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 and more will be taken advantage of, so that such behaviour is not repeated," Sangma said.

The Meghalaya State Women's Commission, which held a meeting with prominent women's organisations, has unanimously condemned the "despicable act of discrimination and racism" and lack of grace on the part of the management of the Club.

"The comments made by the management on the attire of Lyngdoh has gravely insulted and hurt the sentiments of Khasis (a tribal community in Meghalaya). Further, the comments made violated the social and cultural rights of Lyngdoh," commission's Chairperson, Theilin Phanbuh said.

In a Khasi society which is egalitarian, all Khasi women would wear the Jainsem, which was the traditional attire of the Khasis and the same was worn by the Khasis in India and abroad, she said.

"It (Jainsem) represents the identity of a woman who wears it every day and it is the most modest, dignified, graceful, versatile and elegant attire. India is a land of unity in the midst of diversity and as such, it is unfortunate that the management of the Club cannot make a distinction between a traditional Indian attire and that of a neighboring country," Phanbuh said.

The Jainsem has been showcased in many fashion shows, including the Lakme Fashion Week as well as the London Fashion Week, World Intellectual Property Organisation and many others.

"It is unfortunate that the world is aware and appreciates the Jainsem whereas our Indian brethren are ignorant of the same," Phanbuh said.

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          There’s a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn’t in California   
By MW Market Watch
The “Silicon Valley of drones” is taking shape in a place you probably wouldn’t expect.

With the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program, it makes sense that North Dakota would be the place for drone technology to spread its wings, and it’s now expanding at an unprecedented rate.

The U.S. has previously been circumspect about allowing companies to commercialize drones; murky rulings from the Federal Aviation Administration and the haphazard enforcement of laws have made it challenging for drone companies to operate in the U.S. — so challenging, in fact, that many operators, including Amazon Prime Air, have expressed an intention to leave the U.S. to work in other countries.

But it’s a different story in North Dakota.

This summer, the nation’s first unmanned airport, the Grand Sky Development Park, opens at the state’s Grand Forks Air Force Base. The project, which has 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office and data space, is being developed by Grand Sky Development Co. A runway will allow for traditional and vertical takeoffs by drones.

The airport is expected to generate about 3,000 jobs by its 2016 completion, including 1,000 permanent jobs on site, 1,000 jobs around the community and 1,000 jobs outside the state, said Tom Swoyer, the project’s developer. Pilots would be able to control drones launching at the site from anywhere in the world.

“It’s going to touch a lot of places,” Swoyer said. “A pilot could be in Southern California and pilot the plane launched from North Dakota.”

It’s an appealing proposition for companies like Northrop Grumman NOC, -0.62%  , which has signed on as the site’s anchor tenant but has its aerospace-systems headquarters in Redondo Beach, Calif.

North Dakota committed $5 million to help bring infrastructure to the site as part of its 2015-17 executive budget and another $7.5 million in grants for runway improvements. With the project expected to cost about $25 million in total, the balance will be covered by private investment, said Swoyer.

“This project evolved here in North Dakota with the right combination of political will and an economy that was growing,” Swoyer said. “It’s a state that is investing in the industry. It’s a community willing to raise their hands and say, ‘Let’s try something completely different.’ ”

A community ‘all focused on unmanned aviation’
In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) considered closing the Air Force base.

“Our performance and safety record in fighter aircraft was unprecedented, but despite that our aircraft were getting old and weren’t going to get replaced,” said Robert Becklund, then commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard.

To avoid a drastic action by BRAC, the base made a bold move — replacing its KC-135 Stratotankers with drones.

“This was a dramatic change going from a single-seat manned fighter aircraft to unmanned aircraft,” Becklund said. “But it was the right thing to do for the nation.”

The base is now the site of the Global Hawk and MQ-1 Predator drone aircraft.

At about the same time, the University of North Dakota established a “center of excellence” for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), offering the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in unmanned aviation. Five students received degrees in 2011, the program’s first graduating class. Today, more than 100 students are enrolled, and the program is one of more than 30 similar degree programs at universities throughout the country.

“We have academia, our military, the Department of Homeland Security and industries in the region all focused on unmanned aviation,” Becklund said.

In 2014, North Dakota was one of six states allowed to develop a test site for commercial drone applications: the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks. The site is part of an FAA program looking toward the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into airspace.

North Dakota’s test site was the first to earn operational designation from the FAA and the first to fly under the agreement. The site covers more than half the state, boasting 45,000 square miles of authorized airspace — the largest such volume of any single state.

“If North Dakota hadn’t been selected as a test site, I would have questioned our country’s decision making,” said Becklund, who now serves as the executive director of the test site.

The state budget allocated $4.2 million in its 2015-17 budget for operating the test site. Of that, $1.2 million goes directly to drone companies in the form of a dollar-for-dollar matching program for those opting to partner with one of North Dakota’s research universities on a project. A related but separate program, Research North Dakota, provides up to $300,000 in matching funds for qualified firms.

But there’s a catch. For major companies to fly at the test site, they have to lease their unmanned aircraft to the site so that they can fly under public domain. That caveat is what may have driven companies like Amazon to explore drone-delivery testing outside of the U.S.

“There is no way these companies will lease their airplanes to us,” Becklund said. “It’s a proprietary machine. Any company developing their own aircraft will not lease that to anyone outside their company.”

That restriction has posed a major problem for test sites trying to attract corporate research.

“The FAA says they are here to support industry, but to [participate at a test site] companies have to lease their aircraft to us,” Becklund said.

Companies could get around the requirement by applying for an experimental certification, but that still restricts them to research — not commercial — applications.

A vibrant startup scene
Despite the challenges, other (often smaller) drone companies benefit from the test site.

Most of those companies are based in Fargo, a city that entrepreneurs say bursts with an energy that’s akin to that of the startup scene in San Francisco. But this scene is dominated by drone-based industries.

“We’re becoming a robust startup community,” said North Dakota’s lieutenant governor, Drew Wrigley. “They are the geek squad over in Fargo. You’ve got technical companies and young, energetic entrepreneurs.”

Appareo Systems builds flight-data recorders and ADS-B, a type of aircraft tracking system. Since 2001, that startup has worked on a project in partnership with NASA and the University of North Dakota to build, design and manufacture the ADS-B equipping the airplanes.

Another company, Packet Digital, combines high-speed power electronics with advancements in solar to double drone flight times. The ultimate goal is to provide drones with unlimited flight.

“Once you extend flight time, you open up the possibility of many more types of applications and uses for drones,” said Terri Zimmerman, Packet Digital’s CEO. Those applications could include agriculture, allowing farmers to fly drones over farmland to monitor their crops.

And as more drones fill the airspace, there’s a company working on technology that gives pilots situational awareness of other drones in the area. Botlink allows operators to control a drone from a tablet and detect other drones flying nearby.

The company was founded by Shawn Muehler. He’s the guy behind DroneFocus, a meet-up group in Fargo that grew to 50 members, including Becklund, local startups and public officials. “We’re bringing the government, the private sector, the commercial side together to cut through the red tape,” Muehler said. “It’s the only meet-up where we get every industry player in one room.” Lt. Gov. Wrigley has been known to attend.

Indicative of the group’s attitude, the whole thing is organized through Meetup.com. That means anyone is welcome; you just click a button to join. When the group huddles, the gathering feels more like a block party than a rigid policy meeting with a strict agenda, according to attendees.

“We just have a different personality out here,” Muehler said. “It’s not about how we can beat our competitors. It’s how we can help each other out to propel this industry forward.”

North Dakota’s drone sector has already blown away industry predictions. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released an economic report in 2013 (before North Dakota was chosen as a test site) predicting the economic impact of drone integration in the U.S. The data were based on airspace activity at the time the report was created.

They forecast that between 2015 and 2017, California’s drone industry would have the largest economic impact in terms of dollars, and North Dakota’s would have the third lowest.

North Dakota’s Department of Commerce revised those predictions in 2013 based on the assumption that the state would become a test site. Its data showed that North Dakota would have the greatest percentage of drone-related jobs (relative to population) of any state.

“Obviously, California has a number of aerospace companies as well as companies that develop sensors, payloads, software and a variety of different products that fit within this industry,” said Paul Lucy, a director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “They underestimated the potential for companies to come here and do R&D work with our test site.”

Still, Becklund doesn’t believe North Dakota is a complete replacement for Silicon Valley, he said. There just aren’t enough people working in engineering and technology to fill jobs in a state that already has one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, he said. North Dakota’s unemployment rate in May was 3.1% versus the national average of 5.5%.

“But if those engineers who developed the technologies in Silicon Valley are looking for a place with a low cost of living, a highly educated workforce and a cooperative community — whether that’s the government or financially — probably this is the best place to do that,” he said.

But even if the jobs get filled, there’s still the issue of funding.

“We can’t get funding because the people in the state tend to be fiscally conservative,” Botlink’s Muehler said. His company received $500,000 in seed funding from local investors. But that’s a paltry figure if the state is going to compete with such venture-backed Silicon Valley drone startups as Airware, which has raised over $40 million in five funding rounds, or 3D Robotics, which has more than $100 million in venture capital.

“We’ve been searching for Series A on a local level because we want to keep the money in the state, so we’re looking for funding sources within North Dakota,” said Muehler.

But where these startups lack private capital, the state is trying to foot the bill. Since 2006, North Dakota has allocated $32.5 million in grant funding to companies interested in commercial drone development through 2017. In addition, the state’s Research North Dakota program offers $5 million biannually in grants from research and development to organizations and companies involved in UAS research through state universities.

Those business incentives have drawn companies from around the U.S. to the state. Florida-based drone manufacturer Altvavian announced in February a $3.2 million agreement to manufacture drones at a plant in North Dakota, the first official UAS manufacturing project in the state.

Wrigley said he sees his state as the Silicon Valley of drones. “People look to North Dakota and say they want to emulate this,” the lieutenant governor said. “We’re blessed with the natural conditions that make it easy to expand drone technology, industries that are keen to tie in UAS technology — and on top of that you have people passionate for aviation and emerging technologies. It’s a part of our pioneering culture.”

There’s a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn’t in California - MW Market Watch

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          Grand Forks Air Base Manages Dual UAS Operations   
By Bill Carey
?Grand Forks U.S. Air Force Base in North Dakota recently managed the simultaneous operation of two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in unrestricted airspace, the first such feat in the U.S., the Air Force said. Officers at the base said they are now developing procedures that would accommodate simultaneous operation of three or four UAS.

Controllers with the 319th Operations Support Squadron on August 1 managed two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) MQ-9 Predator Bs operating in close proximity to each other after the Federal Aviation Administration authorized the base to host simultaneous UAS operations within its tower airspace. At the time, a University of North Dakota (UND) student pilot contacted the tower to conduct a practice approach, bringing a manned airplane into the traffic pattern with the unmanned Predators, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Castellanos, OSS commander. The base serves as the radar approach control for nearby Grand Forks International Airport, a public airport and home to UND’s 120-aircraft training fleet.

“The difference between manned and unmanned [aircraft] is that the tower controllers have to provide visual separation for the unmanned. You have to sequence them in,” Tech Sgt. Bianca Jakeman told reporters during a recent briefing at the air base. “We used to be able to have only one UAS in tower airspace at one time. We used not to be able to mix civil aviation and UAS.”

Grand Forks AFB is an Air Mobility Command base that lost its mission of supporting KC-135 tankers in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. It now hosts a detachment of
A Customs and Border Protection MQ-9 awaits permission to launch as another passes by at Grand Forks AFB. (Photo: U.S. Air Force) the 119th Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard, which operates the MQ-1 Predator, and the 69th Reconnaissance Group, an Air Combat Command tenant unit that operates the RQ-4 Block 20 and 40 Global Hawk. It is also the UAS training base of the CBP, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security that operates the MQ-9 Predator for border surveillance. MQ-9s stationed at the air base transition to mission altitudes through a temporary flight restriction area.

“The biggest lesson we’re learning is in the development of our procedures,” Castellanos said. “We started with a blank canvas and we developed safe procedures for one [unmanned] aircraft, to make sure that we knew exactly what the aircraft was going to do at different points in its flight plan. Then we sat down and put a lot of good brains together to figure out how we can bring two aircraft into that same airspace and deconflict them if the worst-case scenario happens—the worst-case scenario being lost link, meaning they have no control and they’re flying on their scheduled flight plan until they receive that link again from the satellite.”

The base is considering developing procedures that would accommodate three or four simultaneous UAS flights, although “we’re not there at this time,” Castellanos said. 

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          UND Center for Innovation Announces New UAS Tenant   
by ND Commerce
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation’s technology incubator announced today that Virginia-based software company, VirtualAgility, has signed on as one of the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) tenants.
 
“We are extremely impressed by the UND Center for Innovation’s commitment to emerging technology, and the breadth and depth of the talent pool available in North Dakota,” Stuart Rudolph, President and CEO of VirtualAgility, said. “As we expand our UAS offerings, North Dakota provides the necessary infrastructure to support our plan to become the premier provider of UAS information management.”  
 
“Stuart Rudolph is a seasoned entrepreneur who quickly assessed the significant opportunity in North Dakota with his technology in one of the nation’s first UAS Test Sites, “ Bruce Gjovig,  CEO & Entrepreneur Coach of the UND Center for Innovation Foundation said. “ While at the UAS  Industry Summit he met with other UAS companies in our tech incubator, and  they immediately identified synergy that was possible in the incubator.”
 
North Dakota is home to a growing cluster of UAS research, business and military interests. Partnerships among private businesses, universities and state government strengthen North Dakota's position as a leader in UAS. 
 
“It is exciting to see VirtualAgility recognizing new business opportunities with UAS in North Dakota and taking steps to establish a presence here,” Brian Opp, Manager of Aerospace Business Development at the North Dakota Department of Commerce said.    
 
The signing occurred following the Northern Plains UAS industry day held earlier this month in Grand Forks. This event, coordinated by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, focused on attracting companies interested in partnering with the test site.
 
Last week, Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the state’s congressional delegation in announcing that North Dakota’s test site for UAS is the nation’s first to be certified ready for operations.
 
VirtualAgility provides a user-configurable platform that allows persons who are not specialists in information technology to create sophisticated, integrated applications. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Defense utilize VirtualAgility technology in mission-critical applications requiring high degrees of security, accessibility, usability and breadth of functionality. Virtual AirBoss™ is designed to simplify the process of capturing, sharing and reporting on UAS activities.
 
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation is one of the premier venture development organizations in the United States, and has been ranked as one of the top entrepreneur centers in the nation by such entities as NBIA, SSTI, EDA and SBA. The foundation’s mission is to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to entrepreneur capital as well as provide vital entrepreneur infrastructure such as the Ina May Rude Entrepreneur Center, a tech incubator. 
 

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          Amanda Beagle Makes NYC Cabaret Debut with 'Italian American Songbook'   
Soprano, Amanda Beagle, is making her NYC cabaret debut while returning to her roots with a celebration of the "Italian-American Songbook." Amanda Beagle debuts her latest show and recording at The Metropolitan Room on Tuesday July 25th at 7pm. Reservations are required and tickets are on sale now.

This lively celebration of Italian and Italian-American song will debut at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St., New York, NY 10010 with doors opening at 6:15 and a showtime of 7:00pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.metropolitanroom.com or by calling 212-206-0440. General admission tickets are $24 plus a $25 minimum menu purchase at the venue. VIP packages available.

"Amanda Beagle's Italian American Songbook" pays tribute to songs made famous in the U.S. among Italian-American's and those cherished in the homeland and passed down from generation to generation. Amanda covers songs from the likes of Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, Mario Lanza, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Enrico Caruso, Andrea Bocelli and many more. Crossing over the worlds of opera, standards, classical crossover and 50's and 60's pop, there is something for everyone in this colorful collection of Italian American song. The show will also feature a guest performance by classical crossover vocalist Andrew Zapata, lending his voice to popular Italian duets with music direction by pianist Matthew Russell.

Ms Beagle's career has crossed over the worlds of opera, musical theater, cruise ship showrooms and concert stages. Amanda studied Italian and Opera in Lucca, Italy while honing her skills in the performance halls of the region. She trained extensively with Italian diction coach Lorenzo Malfatti, who loved to share stories of teaching Sofia Loren her English and studying with the legendary Italian conductor Toscanini. Having grown up in a huge Italian family, Amanda loves keeping her own Italian heritage alive by sharing this beautiful music. She draws inspiration from family traditions and stories, her travels and studies through out Europe and her own Italian Mama! She honors the Italian immigrant experience with the perfect blend of passion and old world charm for an electrifying, unforgettable night.

A former Miss Ohio and Miss America Talent award winner, she made her NYC debut at Lincoln Center in the Operetta Babes in Toyland. She has performed in regional theater productions of The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Into the Woods. She recently released an album of Italian Favorites and has performed with her band at Italian festivals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Washington D.C. Learn more at www.amandabeagle.com.


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          U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms    

By Jim Finkle

TORONTO (Reuters) - The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry's vulnerability to cyber attacks.

Since at least May, hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report provided to the industrial firms was reviewed by Reuters on Friday. While disclosing attacks, and warning that in some cases hackers succeeded in compromising the networks of their targets, it did not identify any specific victims.

"Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict," the report said.

Homeland Security and FBI officials could not be reached for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

The report was released during a week of heavy hacking activity.

A virus dubbed "NotPetya" attacked on Tuesday, spreading from initial infections in Ukraine to businesses around the globe. It encrypted data on infected machines, rendering them inoperable and disrupting activity at ports, law firms and factories.

On Tuesday the energy-industry news site E&E News reported that U.S. investigators were looking into cyber intrusions this year at multiple nuclear power generators.

Reuters has not confirmed details of the E&E News report, which said there was no evidence safety systems had been compromised at affected plants.

The activity described in the U.S. government report comes at a time when industrial firms are particularly anxious about threat that hackers pose to their operations.

Industrial firms, including power providers and other utilities, have been particularly worried about the potential for destructive cyber attacks since December 2016, when hackers cut electricity in Ukraine.

U.S. nuclear power generators PSEG , SCANA Corp and Entergy Corp said they were not impacted by the recent cyber attacks. SCANA's V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down on Thursday due to a problem with a valve in the non-nuclear portion of the plant, a spokesman said.

Another nuclear power generator, Dominion Energy , said it does not comment on cyber security.

Two cyber security firms said on June 12 that they had identified the malicious software used in the Ukraine attack, which they dubbed Industroyer, warning that it could be easily modified to attack utilities in the United States and Europe.

Industroyer is only the second piece of malware uncovered to date that is capable of disrupting industrial processes without the need for hackers to manually intervene.

The first, Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and is widely believed by security researchers to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. government report said attackers conducted reconnaissance to gain information about the individuals whose computers they sought to infect so that they create "decoy documents" on topics of interest to their targets.

In an analysis, it described 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of victim's computers and travel across their networks.

Chevron Corp , Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips , the three largest U.S. oil producers, declined to comment on their network security.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ernest Scheyder in Houston; editing by Grant McCool and Tom Brown)


          U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms    

By Jim Finkle

TORONTO (Reuters) - The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry's vulnerability to cyber attacks.

Since at least May, hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report provided to the industrial firms was reviewed by Reuters on Friday. While disclosing attacks, and warning that in some cases hackers succeeded in compromising the networks of their targets, it did not identify any specific victims.

"Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict," the report said.

Homeland Security and FBI officials could not be reached for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

The report was released during a week of heavy hacking activity.

A virus dubbed "NotPetya" attacked on Tuesday, spreading from initial infections in Ukraine to businesses around the globe. It encrypted data on infected machines, rendering them inoperable and disrupting activity at ports, law firms and factories.

On Tuesday the energy-industry news site E&E News reported that U.S. investigators were looking into cyber intrusions this year at multiple nuclear power generators.

Reuters has not confirmed details of the E&E News report, which said there was no evidence safety systems had been compromised at affected plants.

The activity described in the U.S. government report comes at a time when industrial firms are particularly anxious about threat that hackers pose to their operations.

Industrial firms, including power providers and other utilities, have been particularly worried about the potential for destructive cyber attacks since December 2016, when hackers cut electricity in Ukraine.

U.S. nuclear power generators PSEG , SCANA Corp and Entergy Corp said they were not impacted by the recent cyber attacks. SCANA's V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down on Thursday due to a problem with a valve in the non-nuclear portion of the plant, a spokesman said.

Another nuclear power generator, Dominion Energy , said it does not comment on cyber security.

Two cyber security firms said on June 12 that they had identified the malicious software used in the Ukraine attack, which they dubbed Industroyer, warning that it could be easily modified to attack utilities in the United States and Europe.

Industroyer is only the second piece of malware uncovered to date that is capable of disrupting industrial processes without the need for hackers to manually intervene.

The first, Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and is widely believed by security researchers to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. government report said attackers conducted reconnaissance to gain information about the individuals whose computers they sought to infect so that they create "decoy documents" on topics of interest to their targets.

In an analysis, it described 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of victim's computers and travel across their networks.

Chevron Corp , Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips , the three largest U.S. oil producers, declined to comment on their network security.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ernest Scheyder in Houston; editing by Grant McCool and Tom Brown)


          U.S. trade group says no nuclear power plants have been hacked    

(Reuters) - No U.S. nuclear power plant has been penetrated in a cyber attack, an industry spokesman said on Saturday, when asked to comment on a U.S. government warning last week about a hacking campaign targeting the sector.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report dated Wednesday that nuclear sector was among those targeted in a hacking campaign data back to at least May.

Hackers used "phishing" emails to obtain credentials to gain access to networks of their targets, according to a report from the two agencies, which Reuters reported on Friday.

“None of America’s 99 operating nuclear plants have been penetrated by a cyber attack," said John Keeley, a spokesman for industry trade group Nuclear Energy Institute.

If a plant's operations had been breached, that would require mandatory notification to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which would notify the public, he said.

Those requirements do not cover cyber intrusions on business networks of firms that operate nuclear power plants, said Keeley. He said had no information as to whether such attacks had occurred.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks declined to comment on the joint report, saying the agency does not comment on security-related issues.

The report from the FBI and Homeland Security, which was reviewed by Reuters on Friday, did not identify any victims or describe the impact hackers had on targeted networks.

It did say that cyber attackers have historically "targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict."

Homeland Security and FBI officials did not respond to requests for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto. Additional reporting by Tim Gardner; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


          U.S. trade group says no nuclear power plants have been hacked    

(Reuters) - No U.S. nuclear power plant has been penetrated in a cyber attack, an industry spokesman said on Saturday, when asked to comment on a U.S. government warning last week about a hacking campaign targeting the sector.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report dated Wednesday that nuclear sector was among those targeted in a hacking campaign data back to at least May.

Hackers used "phishing" emails to obtain credentials to gain access to networks of their targets, according to a report from the two agencies, which Reuters reported on Friday.

“None of America’s 99 operating nuclear plants have been penetrated by a cyber attack," said John Keeley, a spokesman for industry trade group Nuclear Energy Institute.

If a plant's operations had been breached, that would require mandatory notification to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which would notify the public, he said.

Those requirements do not cover cyber intrusions on business networks of firms that operate nuclear power plants, said Keeley. He said had no information as to whether such attacks had occurred.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks declined to comment on the joint report, saying the agency does not comment on security-related issues.

The report from the FBI and Homeland Security, which was reviewed by Reuters on Friday, did not identify any victims or describe the impact hackers had on targeted networks.

It did say that cyber attackers have historically "targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict."

Homeland Security and FBI officials did not respond to requests for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto. Additional reporting by Tim Gardner; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


          Kosovo's prime minister hails Bush's independence remarks   
PRISTINA: Kosovo's prime minister hailed comments by U.S. President George W. Bush Sunday that the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo should gain independence.

A few hours after Bush spoke in neighboring Albania, Agim Ceku appealed to Kosovo's increasingly impatient ethnic Albanians to ensure the province remains peaceful while intensifying efforts for independence.

"President Bush said that Kosovo's people need to be calm," Ceku told reporters. "The only realistic, pragmatic and possible solution is independence for Kosovo and the time for such solution is now."

Bush said the discussions over Kosovo's independence cannot go on indefinitely.

"At some point in time — sooner rather than later — you've got to say 'Enough is enough. Kosovo is independent' and that's the position we've taken," Bush said during a news conference in Tirana.

Kosovo, a province of 2 million of which 90 percent are ethnic Albanians, has been run by the U.N. since mid-1999 when a NATO air war halted a crackdown by Serb forces on independence-seeking ethnic Albanian rebels.

"President Bush confirmed and gave full support to Kosovo's independence, and in one way he declared Kosovo independent," said Ceku.

The future of Kosovo has become another thorny issue in relations between U.S. and Russia.

Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.
          Bush urges independence for Kosovo   
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago
TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.


"Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country.

Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal.

In response to Albania's push for NATO membership, Bush said additional political and military reforms were needed before that could be considered — something the country's leaders said they understood.

"We are determined to take any decision, pass any law and undertake any reform to make Albania appropriate to receive the invitation" to join the western military alliance, Berisha said.

When Bush arrived to begin his brief visit, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute, and thousands gathered in a downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see him and first lady Laura Bush.

Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners" and billboards said "President Bush in Albania Making History." Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers.

"It is a bright day today when in our land there came the greatest and most distinguished friend we have had in all our times, the president of the U.S.A., leader of the free world," Berisha said.

Albania also issued three postage stamps with Bush's picture and the Statue of Liberty, and renamed a street in front of parliament in his honor.

Bush said he was proud to be the first sitting American president to visit. "I love to come to countries that are working hard to establish institutions necessary for democracies to survive," he said.

The issue of independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo is another issue on which the U.S. and Russia disagree.

Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence for Kosovo would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.

The U.S. and key European countries that support Kosovo independence are trying to narrow differences with Russia over the future of Kosovo, which has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. The U.N. Security Council is divided over the issue.

Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted it would veto the measure.

The new draft addressed Russia's concern that Kosovo's multiethnic character is preserved, but left out Russia's main proposal for new negotiations between the province's majority ethnic Albanians, who demand independence, and its minority Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia.

"I happen to believe it's important to push the process along," Bush said. "The time is now. ... Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice will be moving hard to see if we can't reach an agreement. If not, we're going to have to move. Independence is the goal."

Russia also opposes NATO's spread into eastern Europe, and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the western military alliance.

Berisha said 93 percent of his country's people support NATO membership for Albania.

Bush said he commended Berisha on Albania's progress on reforming its defense forces and meeting performance-based standards required for membership. "I look forward to welcoming you sometime into NATO," he said.

But he said additional political and military reforms were needed, along with more progress in fighting organized crime and corruption. Berisha said he understood and is committed to making the changes.

"I said, 'We're committed to help you,'" Bush said.

In saluting Albania's democracy, Bush praised it as a country that has "cast off the shackles of a very oppressive society and is now showing the world what's possible."

During the visit, Bush met with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and greeted troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Albania recently decided to triple its deployment in Afghanistan to 140 troops. It also has about 120 troops in Iraq — a presence that Moisiu says will not end as long as Americans are engaged there.

Bush also had lunch with the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia and Croatia, which hope to join NATO next year.
          For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow - The New York Times   
By CRAIG S. SMITH
TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.

Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.

“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”

Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.

So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”

There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.

France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.

And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.

So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.

Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.

But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.

Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.

Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.

Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.

Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.

James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.

“The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”

Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.

“They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.

Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.

Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”

“It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”

The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.

Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.

In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.

What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”

Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.

“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

Tim Golden contributed reporting from Tirana, and Alan Cowell from London.
          Profiling in Your Pocket   

Last month, the National Sheriffs’ Association unveiled the latest update to its BlackBox Digital Witness app, which allows users to report suspicious activity to law enforcement: an anti-terrorism feature. The sheriffs’ association developed the feature with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Fusion Center Association after the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. According to the association’s executive director and CEO, Jonathan Thompson, the fight to stop “homegrown extremist[s] ... requires we work with our citizens and provide them with new tools to help in the fight against crime and to protect their families and schools.”

The updated app sends another message as well: that sheriffs are authorizing profiling on an alarming scale.

When BlackBox first launched in 2013, it served primarily as an emergency alert system. Users could record videos of crimes in real time and notify their personal contacts if they were in immediate danger. While neighborhood watch groups used the app to monitor suspicious activity and see where incidents were frequently reported, the program did not alert local police. The version of the app released last month, however, gives users a direct line to law enforcement, allowing them to send participating agencies recordings of possible threats. Police officials can also use the app’s GPS feature to locate suspects and respond to reports of suspicious activity.

BlackBox Digital Witness is not yet a runaway hit. According to Edward Horcasitas, the app’s creator and a technical adviser to the sheriffs’ association, it has approximately 15,000 users who have recorded roughly 18,000 videos. While Horcasitas said users have reported a wide range of crimes, including domestic violence and aggravated robbery, the app’s online reviews mostly lay out hypothetical use cases. “Been watching a young man pick up and throw a beautiful Doberman puppy every day for the past few weeks. Now I can document his abuse and save this dog’s life,” wrote one user.

At least thus far, law enforcement agencies have been more excited than the general public about the app’s potential. After the latest version was released in May, nearly 70 agencies committed to using BlackBox Digital Witness. The sheriff of Florida’s Orange County told the Orlando Sentinel that the app will allow to users to “provide information to law enforcement so that we can mine the data and make a determination of whether or not it’s useful.” An officer using the tool in Muskogee, Oklahoma, told local reporters the app makes police officers safer because they can witness incidents as they happen. He also said it will make prosecution easier by providing video evidence to support a case. (Although he did not provide specifics, Horcasitas says he knows of several cases in California that have been prosecuted based on evidence provided via the app, including an animal abuse case.)

While the app itself represents a potentially dangerous incursion on civil liberties, what’s more disturbing is what it reveals about the priorities of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Department of Homeland Security. National Sheriffs’ Association President Greg Champagne said in February that the organization agrees with Donald Trump’s approach to enhancing national security, particularly when it comes to clamping down on immigration. “We have to give our president the benefit of the doubt,” he said, pointing out that Trump was the first in “quite a while” to invite the association’s leadership to the White House.

The app’s new terrorism feature comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Muslim Americans and immigrants, scrutiny that’s been sanctioned by President Trump, the Justice Department, and DHS. In that Orlando Sentinel story, the Orange County sheriff encouraged civilians to report on “individuals who indicate that they’ve been self radicalized by the way they communicate with others either through social media, emails or other communications [and] by their behaviors sometime in their neighborhoods [and] statements that they make.” This is a recipe for rampant profiling.

BlackBox urges its users to surveil anyone they consider a “terrorist,” a dangerously vague concept. Colloquially, government officials and media outlets use the term to describe Muslim extremists as opposed to white supremacists or mass shooters. DHS also now considers some Black Lives Matter protesters terrorists. Even if local agencies choose not to follow up on a report, the data is stored forever and can potentially be used to conduct long-term surveillance on anyone who’s considered a threat, not just people who exhibit dangerous behavior. According to an investigation by the Intercept, people who are mislabeled as terrorists may be added to a no-fly list or end up in jail. Family members and acquaintances are sometimes identified as possible terrorists by proxy. Even with such high stakes, Horcasitas says the app includes no built-in features to handle false reporting or abuse.

The BlackBox app is the latest iteration of the post-9/11 “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which started in New York City and has since been adopted by DHS and the Transportation Security Agency. Ten years after its adoption by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, there was no indication that the campaign successfully derailed a terror threat. What we do know is that apps and websites for reporting crime and suspicious activity to law enforcement have consistently led to the profiling of marginalized communities.

Locals have used the French Quarter Task Force app in New Orleans to report suspicious people to law enforcement, which has sometimes devolved into criminalizing homeless people and people of color. In Washington, D.C.’s affluent, predominantly white Georgetown neighborhood, a local shoplifting prevention app became a mechanism for monitoring black shoppers. According to the Washington Post, around 70 percent of people flagged through the app were black, even though black residents make up less than 4 percent of Georgetown’s population. Research by Rutgers University professor Jerome Williams indicates black people are no more likely than whites to shoplift but are more likely to be reported to the authorities. Earlier this year, Wired also reported on a web portal called the Thin Blue Line Project, which was supposed to use GPS to track Muslim “threats.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it actually monitored harmless civilians, including mosque worshippers and Muslim student organizations.

Although the French Quarter app is still operational, the Thin Blue Line Project and the Georgetown app are both now defunct. While there is very little evidence that crowdsourced crime-fighting apps are effective, many police departments remain optimistic about their power to prevent criminal acts. If the growing support for BlackBox in the law enforcement community is any indication, anti-terrorism apps won’t be going away. In an era of heightened racism and surveillance, these tools seem more likely to ruin lives than to save them.


          IRS Commissioner Koskinen Knew Illegals Working With Stolen SSN's, Why was he not fired? (no replies)   
Why is he not in jail? (Why is IRS is not allowed to talk with Homeland Security to round up these people for identity theft?)
http://www.americanpatriotdaily.com/featured/corrupt-irs-commissioner/
          Product For Sale: Homeland: The Game   

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          Comment on COME CELEBRATE WITH US!!! by Anonymous   
I have a non-profit Corporation that works with many in the arena that this could fall into in order to help figure out a method for cleaning up this floating island of trash. We have been involved in various issues with the private & public sectors. Currently working on Man In The Sea Memorial Monument in DC. Which has a large following of folks well known in the ocean areas. If you would like to contact me on this I would be open to chatting, maybe we can unite our resources and knock out a plan to help remove this trash, make the oceans better, and make someone some $$.<br />Respectfully<br />Ken Dreger<br />VP. Homeland Security Policy Institute Group, Inc. www.hspig.org
          Time For President Trump To Fire The Commission On Civil Rights   
The radical racists who dominate the U.S. Commission On Civil Rights (USCCR) have inserted themselves in the immigration law enforcement issue, something outside of their jurisdiction, and in a manner unrelated to any concerns about misconduct or abuse by law enforcement agents, but because the commissioners object to immigration laws.  To whit, they have decided to violate Federal statute by aiding and abetting illegal aliens to remain in the United States and assist others engaged in that crime of aiding illegal aliens, including violating the Constitution and Federal law with regards to rebellion and insurrection.  The USCCR, which claims it is bipartisan, has joined the criminal Resistance to the Trump Administration.  It is time for all but one of the commissioners to be fired and criminally prosecuted for their treason and sedition.

The Commission is concerned that some of the most vulnerable individuals’ access to justice is hindered by the recent actions of the federal government. The Commission urges Attorney General Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly to consider the fair administration of justice when determining how and where they send Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
In the last few months, troubling reports have emerged of federal immigration agents following, confronting, and in some instances, arresting undocumented immigrants in state and local courthouses when some of those immigrants were seeking help from authorities and the local justice system. 
[U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Expresses Concern with Immigrants’ Access to Justice,  Official Statement, April 24, 2017]

Dishonestly and partisanly, the USCCR has adopted the radical language of the Democrat Party in violation of the legislative mandate to be bipartisan in its investigations.  The commissioners referred to illegal aliens as immigrants.  That is neither legally valid, in Federal statute, illegal aliens are just that, not immigrants.  The commissioners also dishonestly confuse the public by suggesting that immigration law enforcement officers are harassing or illegally arresting legal immigrants to the United States.

Furthermore, the commissioners illegally claim that there are legal sanctuaries for illegal aliens where they are free from arrest.  That claim has no basis in law.  In fact, the commissioners are acting illegally when they suggest such sanctuaries exist and that Federal authority to make arrests is limited.  Statute is quite clear, there are no time or place limitations on Federal law enforcement officers making arrests, nor are there on making immigration arrests.  To suggest so is again dishonest and a lie.  Furthermore, to suggest so, and to make a demand that arrests of illegal aliens at courthouses stop is flagrantly illegal and not within the authority of the USCCR.  Moreover, the commissioners are acting to assist illegal aliens to remain in the United States in violation of law, Title 8 United States Code (USC) Section 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii):

(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation

The commissioners are legally liable because they are illegally and without authority seeking to interfere with the lawful execution of Federal statutes.  Furthermore, the commissioners further cite local officials who are seeking to usurp the authority of the Constitution and Federal law by interfering with the enforcement of Federal law, including threats of force and violence.  Such activity is in violation of Title 18 USC Section 2383, Rebellion or Insurrection.

Arresting illegal aliens, including mentally ill trannies, is not a violation of any "civil right" and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the Commission.  The commissioners have no authority to comment on such activity, and is therefore illegal use of Federal monies, and constitutes a theft of Federal funds, in violation of Title 18 USC 641 Theft of Public Money.

The clearly partisan attacks on immigration law enforce are also a violation of the legislative mandate of the commission to be non-partisan, as supporting illegal aliens is a Democrat Party official policy.

Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, our mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. We pursue this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. We play a vital role in advancing civil rights through objective and comprehensive investigation, research, and analysis on issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and the public.

It is also a violation of the Hatch Act, that prohibits partisan activity by Federal employees, such as Michael Yaki, who runs a political consulting firm contracting with companies and local governments, when he is not acting as a commissioner. Shockingly, Yaki was renominated to the commission by Paul Ryan.

Time for President Trump to fire all the commissioners except Peter Kirsanow, the sole Republican on a Commission that has four Democrats and three Democrats in all but name.  It should have more Republicans, but Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell could not bring themselves to appoint Republicans.



          Resident Care Partner - PRN As Needed - Enlivant - Findlay, OH   
This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new...
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          Assad: Trump’s Syrian Ban Is Right   
The Syrian president is more concerned 'how to have Syrians return to their homeland rather than how to send them to the US.'
          I Want to Strangle my TA   
As you may or may not know, I recently started my education again and have quickly become disillusioned with the entire institution.



This first class is so banal I want to scrub my brain with comet cleaner and bleach. My fellow “students” wouldn’t know a spell-check button if it leaped up and bit them in the ass, they cannot seem to communicate in anything other than rudimentary Neanderthal text slang, nor can they form coherent sentences.



If I read their posts out loud in a Russian accent, they may on occasion make some sense. The “Instructor” (and I use the term loosely) has not ever actually responded to a discussion directly, as in, give actual personal feedback.



NO.



He posts only links to YouTube Videos, I’m serious. Not a single OUNCE of personalized direction to a single student. Never once address the complete and utter mutilation of the English Language that takes place from EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY CLASSMATES.



EVERY.

SINGLE.

ONE.



I think I am the ONLY student who is seeking an actual degree and not “Homeland Security” or “Medical Billing” dime-a-dozen online degree programs.



Then, the TA marks me down for; get this, not INDENTING Paragraphs.



1.) This is online discussion and never is it stated that is a requirement.

2.) In fact your PDF on “Paragraph Guidelines” never mentions it; the document itself does not have indented paragraphs.



When you marked me down you cited that I was expected to know that you follow antiquated APA guidelines and the Purdue OWL method. Another University’s guidelines. How was I supposed to magically obtain this information when it is not presented in any instructions or your own universities PARAGRAPH GUIDELINES PDF DOCUMENT?



You also marked me down for a “Failure to provide personal examples of my key points.”



How did you expect me to do this when I am LIMITED to two paragraphs? That is rather inhumanly possible to do. I gave you a concise and to the point THREE paragraph essay (I already went over the limit and that was nearly the death of me frankly.)



So I protest my lowered grade and you frankly insulted me with this sentence describing how to provide detail in 2 paragraphs:



“This compels the writer to be specific and concise, which is an important skill to learn.”



I believe I have this concept understood. Especially, and I hate to sound arrogant, when I am just beyond frustrated, but in dealing with the online classroom environment so far and the terrible spelling, grammar, chatspeak, and similar nightmares of mutilated English language skills that I have encountered in just a few weeks I’m beginning to question my choices in choosing Ashford. The standards don’t seem particularly high if what I have seen so far is anything close to the “norm”. So sufficed to say I was rather shocked that I was being marked down for demonstrating restraint and “being concise and to the point” when the comparative “curve” is anything but.



Compared to my classmates written communication skills, I feel like I’m in a room full of chimps that can maybe “sign” for a banana after they fling POO at that janitor.



Not to mention your god damn enrollment ”cheerleader” calls me every fucking day to “check my progress” and I tell her point blank I think I’m in a room full of morons, the teacher is absent and not earning his paycheck, the TA is grading on standards NOT DISCLOSED and I’m seriously considering yanking myself out of your university completely.



I’m paying for an education I am NOT receiving and if I have to look at one more post in comic sans with a person who cannot spell the word “you” or “step” or another BASIC three or four letter WORD correctly I will stop being politically correct and giving people HONEST feedback that will NOT be sugar coated anymore.

Or I will simply tell you to shove my financial aid up your ASSES, call Sallie Mae and revoke my approval of funds and sue you for breach of contract. Because I am certainly not learning a damn useful thing in this BOGUS introductory class of nothing but COMMON SENSE bullshit. I am ready to gouge my eyes out with a spork if I have to read one more post that reads like Ralphie Parker’s “Theme” on the Red Ryder BB Gun from a Christmas Story. I expect that kind of essay from a ten year old, NOT from a working professional adult who should have cultivated communication skills beyond that of a forth-grader!







At least Ralphie knows how to spell. He shames every single one of my classmates in that department.



Why yes, I’m slightly pissed off can you tell?
          Naruto Homeland   
Naruto ha vuelto de una misión ninja y se ha encontrado con la aldea de la hoja completamente vacía. Ayuda a uno de los personajes más famosos del anime a resolver este misterio que lo ha dejado perplejo. Naruto necesita tu ayuda así que únete a él en este estupendo juego logrando juntar todas las […]
          7/1/2017: YOUR TV WEEK: BOX SET RELEASE   

Homeland Season 6 £19.99 Former CIA agent Carrie Mathison finds herself advising the new President-elect, who’s suspicious of the agency. Meanwhile, a fresh bomb outrage brings tensions to a head. Brilliant drama. Out on Monday.
          Music from ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Homeland’ Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert   
From "Empire" to "Luke Cage," "Feud" to "Fargo," the performance of songs, themes and score excerpts gave composers and songwriters a rare opportunity to emerge from their studios.
          Roanoke Valley under fire   
Virginia, U.S.–The local human plantation of Roanoke, Virginia is at the brink of destruction. There is a major reason to believe, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that waves of mountain lions did descend on the people of the Roanoke Valley in the great retaking of the cherished homeland. Sources say it is the largest …
          Homeland Security tightens screening for all flights from abroad — but won’t ban laptops   

Homeland Security officials announced stricter passenger screening and other tougher security measures Wednesday for all commercial flights entering the United States, but said they would not bar laptop computers and e-readers in carry-on luggage as airlines had feared.

The new rules will impact...


          Edward Herman and David Peterson on Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles   

By an historical coincidence, both Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles were brought before Western courts around the same time in late 2010 and early 2011—Assange in Britain and Posada in the United States. The contrast in their treatment by the U.S.-Anglo system of justice and in their handling by the Western establishment media is enlightening.

Posada, now 82, is a self-confessed terrorist, Bay of Pigs veteran, School of the Americas graduate, and CIA operative who has been credibly placed at two meetings where the plan was hatched for the October 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed all 73 civilians aboard. He also has been implicated in numerous other terrorist acts in which people were killed or injured and property destroyed, and he played a role in the United States' arms-smuggling network in Central America that eventually came to light in the Iran-Contra investigations.

"The CIA taught us everything," Posada told the New York Times in 1998. "They taught us explosives, how to kill, bomb, trained us in acts of sabotage." Posada was a star pupil. But as a longtime CIA asset and, until the past decade, the "most notorious commando in the anti-Castro underground," the U.S. justice system has never charged Posada with a crime related to terrorism or the death of civilians, even though a former FBI counterterrorism expert who investigated the Cuban airliner bombing claims that Posada was "up to his eyeballs" in its planning. Surely this is because his killings and bombings were carried out against targets of U.S. policy, and because he almost certainly would have implicated the CIA.

In fact, the U.S. justice system never charged Posada with any kind of offense until early 2007, when a federal grand jury indicted him with the ludicrously lesser charges of making false statements during his naturalization interview two years earlier. After Posada had slipped into Miami's anti-Castro Cuban-exile community in March 2005, he filed for political asylum but then quickly withdrew his application when he recognized that in the aftermath of 9/11 and Bush's "War on Terror," his past activities made him a "hot potato."

But before he could disappear again, he held a news conference in Miami, and Department of Homeland Security agents grabbed him—and ever since he has faced a series of on-again-off-again perjury charges related to his original interview.

With his current trial now underway in a U.S. District Court in El Paso, things have not moved beyond this point, leading one observer, Jose Pertierra, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who represents the Venezuelan government, which since 2005 has sought Posada's extradition to stand trial for the Cuban airliner bombing, to conclude that "all parties are waiting for a biological solution to this case.”

As U.S. prosecutor Timothy Reardon told the court at the start of this trial, Posada "can do anything he wants to the Cuban regime." But he lied during his naturalization interview, and one "must play by the rules and tell the truth to become a citizen."

Julian Assange, by contrast, has not killed anybody, or so far even broken any law, and key U.S. military officials have denied claims that information released into the public realm via WikiLeaks has resulted in anybody's death...

- an excerpt from Mixed Media: Assange and Posada in the Propaganda System by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson. Herman and Peterson are coauthors of the new book The Politics of Genocide published by Monthly Review Press.

          Writer, critic and activist Carlos Monsiváis, 1938 - 2010   
The writer, critic and activist Carlos Monsiváis, who has died at the age of 72, made Mexico understandable to Mexicans – or at least helped them laugh about it. He was admired for the intelligence and the intricate ironies of his prose, recognised for his principled support of leftwing causes, and famed for his crumpled appearance and adoration of cats. It is a measure of how popular he was that even the favoured targets of his acerbic wit rushed to include themselves among his admirers upon news of his death. Felipe Calderón, the country's rightwing president, announced: "We Mexicans will miss his critical, reflective and independent vision." - Jo Tuckman, from Carlos Monsiváis obituary

Arguably the sharpest observer of Mexico’s political, social and cultural life in the latter part of the 20th century, Monsivais became a cult figure in his homeland but was mostly unrecognized (and untranslated) abroad. With penetrating prose and humor, Monsivais deconstructed Mexico for Mexicans, often ridiculing the country’s farcical political system, but savoring its original and often quirky cultural heritage. “He never made concessions. He was an independent journalist, a journalist who gave a voice to many people,” said author Guadalupe Loaeza, a close friend. - from the Guadalaja Rareporter.
          The Simplification of English – Stage 1, Proto-Germanic   

While our children were in high school we hosted several European exchange students in our home for whom English was a second, third, or even fourth language. I was surprised when they told me that they considered English an easy language to learn, or at least less complicated than their own (French, Polish, German and Hungarian). What they meant by this was the lack of gender for most nouns and the simplified verb forms, not our beloved illogical English spelling.

John McWhorter, in “Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage” (The Great Courses), explains two quite different stages in the development of English where simplification occurred. The first occurred at the Proto-Germanic stage and therefore affected all the Germanic languages. The second occurred between Old and Middle English. In this post I’ll explore the first.

Compared to the other branches of Indo-European (e.g. Latin, Greek, Celtic, Persian, Sanskrit and Slavic), Proto-Germanic is different in several striking ways. One was the shift in consonants which is known as Grimm’s Law (discussed in an earlier post) where “p” becomes “f”, “k” becomes “h” etc. Another was a significant loss of complexity of verb forms. Where other IE language families have different verb forms for I, we (you & I), we (you, I & others), you (singular), you (plural) and they, PG had only one “we” and had the same verb form for “we”, “you all” and “they”. Verb tenses were also simplified to four (present, past, subjunctive and passive) from six in Indo-European. There were also some internal vowel changes in verb tenses introduced to Proto-Germanic (which I don’t understand so won’t attempt to explain here). Then there is vocabulary – many Germanic words were borrowed early on from the neighboring Indo-European languages of Roman and Celtic, but up to a third of Germanic roots are believed to be of non-Indo-European source.  What was going on here?

This type of language change (significant simplification) is not the normal pattern. In fact it is only seen when a language is learned by a group as adults. Who could these adults be?

First keep in mind that nearly all of the wide distribution of Indo-European languages is the result of imposition of the language on existing inhabitants by an introduced ruling class (either military or mercantile), rather than by mass migration of Indo-European speakers. See my post on the PIE Homeland. It had been proposed by Colin Renfrew (and others) that the Indo-European languages were introduced to Europe along with agriculture by farmers migrating west and north from Anatolia (modern Turkey). It made a nice neat theory but turned out not to be true – agriculture preceded IE languages by several thousand years in Europe. There were therefore, by the time the Indo-European language was advancing up the Danube into northwest Europe, farmers settled there with their own languages, whatever they may have been. It was these people who learned Indo-European as adults and adopted it as their own.

There is some linguistic evidence suggesting that these northwestern European people who learned Indo-European, and made it into Proto-Germanic, spoke a Semitic language (of which Arabic and Hebrew are members). Semitic languages are rich in the internal vowel changes of the kind seen in Proto-Germanic verbs; the fricative consonants “f”, “h”, and “th” introduced to Proto-Germanic as explained in Grimm’s Law are common in Semitic languages, and a few of the non-PIE Germanic roots seem to have a Semitic connection. This Semitic influence theory, promoted by Prof. Theo Vennemann, is quite controversial.

One theory to explain a Semitic influence on Germanic languages has the Phoenicians, a Semitic speaking sea-faring people who are known to have reached Portugal, to have sailed all the way around to north-western Europe – the Netherlands perhaps or even Denmark. This is highly speculative at best, as there is no archaeological evidence and so far to my knowledge no genetic evidence, to support their presence that far north. My theory (and you saw it here first) is that some influence of Semitic languages had accompanied agriculture as it made its way from the middle east to northwestern Europe. One of Bryan Sykes' maternal ancestors of modern Europeans described in his 2001 book " The Seven Daughters of Eve" is Jasmine who originated in the middle east and is associated with the spread of agriculture into Europe. Her genes spread into Europe and it seems quite likely that her language did as well, hundreds of years before the introduction ofGermanic Indo-European languages.

Whoever the first speakers of Proto-Germanic were, we owe them our gratitude for helping to simplify not only English but every other Germanic language spoken today.

The next stage of simplification for English, which occurred during the transition from Old English to Middle English, is credited to, of all people, the Norse Vikings who settled in northern England. But that’s a story for another week.

          The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle   
The Indo-European Language Family

Indo-European was the first language family to be identified. This discovery, and the beginning of modern linguistics, can be dated to February 2, 1786 at a gathering of scientists and other interested men. Sir William Jones, speaking at the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, made this astounding statement:

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure: more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists.

Jones later added Persian and Celtic as likely members of this family of languages.

Jones was uniquely qualified to make this discovery. His parental language was Welsh; he was taught English at school; he learned classical Greek and Latin in university where he studied law; he wrote the first English grammar of the Persian language (which earned him a reputation as one of the most respected linguists in Europe); and when appointed a judge in India at age 37 set out to learn the Sanskrit language to better understand local laws. Thus by age 40 Jones was familiar with a language in 6 (out of a total of 12) different Indo-European language branches.

Indo-European languages are spoken today by over 3 billion people - about half of the world's population - as either a first or second language. These languages are divided into 10 or 12 language branches or subfamilies. See the attached graph (Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12) which is arranged more or less geographically. English is a member of the Germanic subfamily along with German, Dutch, Frisian, the Scandinavian languages (which includes Icelandic), Yiddish, and Afrikaans. Other languages to note include:
            Tocharian – two extinct languages found in western China, the farthest East branch
            Hittite – a member of the extinct Anatolian branch – the earliest branch to separate
            Romany – the language of the Gypsies of Europe, is a member of the Indic branch showing that they originated in northwest India (not to be confused with Rumanian which is a member of the Latin or Romance language branch)



Source: Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12

About 6,000 to 5,000 years ago the parent language, called Proto-Indo-European, was spoken by a semi-nomadic tribe of people in the southern Ukraine and Russia. How their language spread and evolved into all of all these languages could be the subject for a future lecture. Today I want to show how historical linguistics and archaeology were combined to solve the puzzle of who the speakers of Proto-Indo-European were, and where and when they lived.
Source: Figure 1.2 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.14

The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle

Since the discovery of the IE language family, the location of the homeland of the original speakers has been claimed by different people to be many different places: India, Pakistan, Syria/Lebanon, the Caucasus Mountains, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans and Germany. By the late 20th century linguists only seriously considered two of these – Anatolia (modern Turkey) and the steppes of southern Ukraine and Russia. And as recently as 2000, Calvert Watkins in his essay “Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans” which introduces his book The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots stated “Archaeologists have not in fact succeeded in locating the Indo-Europeans.”

Colin Renfrew was a strong supporter of the other serious contender, Anatolia. Renfew's elegant proposal, published in the 1990's, had Proto-Indo-European migrant farmers carry their language along with agriculture from the Middle East to the westernmost part of Europe. But like many elegant theories, this one turned out to be not true. (I was greatly disappointed when linguistics and DNA analysis disproved Thor Heyerdahl's theories of Polynesian origins). There are, as we will see, serious problems with Renfrew's theory.

Before going further, I need to emphasize one point. Proto-Indo-European is a language. It is not a culture, nor is it a genetically-definable population. Language does not necessarily follow cultural boundaries, which can be determined by archaeology. Every first year archaeology student is taught “pots are not people”. But we know that someone must have spoken this language, and they must have lived in a particular place during a particular time. So while looking for the speakers of Proto-Indo-European we need to be careful of this constraint.
  
Clues from the Language

Since Proto-Indo-European is a language, let's look first at clues to the homeland from the language itself. The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots published in 2000 contains 1350 reconstructed root words and several thousand more words based on these roots. These words have been painstakingly reconstructed by comparing similar words (called cognates) from the daughter languages over the more than 200 years since Jones' discovery. What can we learn about the people who spoke this language from their vocabulary?

they knew four seasons with snow in winter
they were not familiar with tropical plants or animals
animals include: wolf, lynx, elk beaver, otter, mouse, fish
birds include: crane, goose, duck, eagle, woodpecker
insects: wasp, hornet, fly, louse, bee, honey (mead)
domestic animals include: dog, cattle, sheep and horse
horses play an important role in the culture
they practiced spinning and weaving of wool
they knew metallurgy - copper
they knew of the wheel and used wagons or carts (weak link in Anatolian)
they knew of boats and oars - words like nav (navigate, navy) and rowing.
gift exchange is an important part of their culture
the guest-host relation was important –  *ghosti is the root of both host and guest (ghost originally meant visitor or guest)
they borrowed words from Proto-Uralic, another Eurasian language family, suggesting that the Proto-Indo-European speakers must have lived close to, and likely traded with, people who spoke Proto-Uralic who then, as now, live in northern Europe and Siberia (Hungarian is a member of this family found in Europe because of recent migration (~900CE).

The seasons and animals indicate a northern location either in or adjacent to a forest. The words for bee and honey place the homeland west of the Ural Mountains as honeybees do not occur east of there.

Clues to Dating Proto-Indo-European

Language can also help place the Proto-Indo-European speakers in time as well as location.

Agriculture was introduced to Europe between 6700 and 6500 BC while the wheel was not known until 3400 BC and woolen textiles sometime after 4000 BC. For the daughter language families to have similar words for the wheel and wool, they must have separated from Proto-Indo-European after their arrival. This effectively eliminates the Anatolian farmer immigrant theory. Besides, the two or three Anatolian languages were very similar to each other and spoken by only a small number of people in this area, which strongly suggests they are spoken by Indo-European speaking migrants to Anatolia, not by the ancestors of the language.

The domestication of the horse provides additional clues. Horses were hunted for meat by the people of the steppe for millennia before they were domesticated. They were first domesticated sometime after 4800 BC, a thousand years after cattle were introduced to the area. But they were raised for their meat only. During a cool dry period (4200-3800 BC) horses would have an advantage over cattle because they can forage for themselves during the winter. [Pioneer farmers in Saskatchewan like my grandfather often turned their horses loose for the winter to manage for themselves, rounding them up in the spring]. Riding of horses began on the steppes sometime before 3700 BC and had spread to Northern Kazakhstan, the Caucasus Mountains, and into Europe, by 3000 BC.

An important tool used in the dating of horse riding is bit wear on horse molars. The identification of tooth wear caused by bits of metal, bone, rope and rawhide, was pioneered by the author of The Horse, The Wheel and Language – David W. Anthony, and his wife, fellow archaeologist Dorcas Brown. There is an interesting Saskatchewan connection here. One of the experts they contacted was Hilary Clayton who began studying the mechanics of bits in horses’ mouths while working in Philadelphia, and then took a job at the Western Veterinarian College in Saskatoon. Anthony and Brown followed her to Saskatchewan in 1985 and viewed the X-ray videos she had made of horses chewing their bits.

Riding horses provided a significant benefit to herders in the steppes. A man on horseback could manage a herd of cattle or sheep much larger than a man on foot. With the much later advent of wheeled carts, about 3300 BC, the herders could carry with them tents, food and water allowing them to take advantage of the vast areas between the river valleys. This opened up the steppe much as the horse did to the plains of North America 5,000 years later.

Dating the Daughters

Language provides clues to timing in another way. Linguists can date, with more or less certainty, when each of the daughter language branches separated from the mother language. Here is a list of the branches, in the order of separation, with the approximate date (all BC) of separation (from Figure 3.2 The Horse, The Wheel and Language p. 57).

            Anatolian        4200
            Tocharian       3700 - 3300
            Germanic        3300
            Celtic / Italic   3000
            Greek / Armenian 2500
            Balto-Slavic    2500
            Indo-Iranian    2500-2200

Clues from Archaeology – The Kurgan Cultures

With the time line narrowed to the period 4000 to 2000 BC, it's time to look at the archaeological record and see who was living in the likely homelands and how well they fit with the linguistic clues. The archaeology of the Pontic-Caspian steppes was mostly carried out by Soviet scientists and published in Russian. These were not translated into English until the 1990s. Anthony was one of the first western archaeologists to study this work and relate it to the Proto-Indo-European homeland question.

Anthony found a close fit with the western steppe peoples who built huge burial mounds called kurgans. Their culture varied somewhat over the Proto-Indo-European time line and also geographically from place to place within this large area, but their overall cultures were similar, especially compared to the foragers to the north and east and to the sophisticated farming cultures to the west and south. They were semi-nomadic, raising cattle and sheep. Horses were important both for meat and for riding to manage their growing herds. They used wheeled carts. They mined their own ore and made their own tools and weapons of copper, tin and bronze.

Even more compelling is the evidence, from archaeology, of known migrations out of the steppes in the right directions and at the right times to account for the birth of the daughter language families.

1) to the west 4200-3900 (Anatolian)
2) to the east 3700-3300 (Tocharian)
3) to the west - several waves (Germanic, Celtic, Italic)
4) to north (Baltic, Slavic)
5) to the east and south (Iranian, Indic)

I should explain that by migration I do not mean large scale movement of people displacing existing populations along with their culture and language. This may have been the case with the Pre-Tocharians who made a remarkably long migration in one jump to the Altai Mountains 2000 km to the east (equivalent to the journey made by my grandparents from southern Ontario to Saskatchewan, but without the advantage of trains). Most if not all the other migrations were by small groups who, through some combination of trade or intimidation, became rulers of existing populations. They brought with them enough of their culture to be recognized archaeologically; and they brought their language which, for a variety of reasons, was adopted by the others and continued to spread long after they were gone.
  
Puzzle Solved

While there may be a few objections to his theory not yet satisfactorily answered, Anthony is convinced that the Proto-Indo-European Homeland puzzle has been solved.

Source: Figure 5.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.84

I want to finish with a quote from The Horse, The Wheel and Language  p. 464

Understanding the people who lived before us is difficult, particularly the people who lived in the prehistoric tribal past. Archaeology throws a bright light on some aspects of their lives but leaves much in the dark. Historical linguistics can illuminate a few of those dark corners.

          PIE in the Steppes   
On a whirlwind visit from Ukraine to his family in Canada, my big brother of Blog Fodder fame returned yesterday a book I had loaned him a few years ago: The Horse, the Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony (2007).

Anthony is an archaeologist who, with his wife – fellow archaeologist Dorcas Brown – did extensive field work in the southern steppes of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Although not a linguist, he learned enough about linguistics to understand and appreciate what can be learned about ancient people from their language. His unique understanding of both steppe archaeology and linguistics [1] enabled him to make a persuasive case for the homeland of the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) language-speaking people as the western Eurasian steppes (grasslands) of more than 5,000 years ago.

In the 200 years since PIE was first discovered, historical linguists have reconstructed more than 1500 roots (and several thousand more words based on these roots) of this proto language. Anthony devotes a chapter of his book explaining, in simple terms, how the process of word reconstruction – both sounds and meaning – works so that non-linguistic readers will have some confidence in the results. From this lexicon (vocabulary) much information can be gleaned about its speakers that can’t be learned from archaeology alone. Anthony writes: “If we can combine the Proto-Indo-European vocabulary with a specific set of archaeological remains, it might be possible to move beyond the usual limitations of archaeological knowledge and achieve a much richer knowledge of these particular ancestors.” (p.5)

Here are some of the things learned about the environment, social life and beliefs of the PIE speakers from their reconstructed lexicon:
  • They had words for otter, beaver, wolf, lynx, elk, hare, mouse, goose, crane, eagle, bee and honey
  • They raised cattle, sheep, pigs and horses
  • They wove woolen cloth
  • They drove wagons or carts
  • Their society was patrilineal (rights and duties were inherited from the father)
  • They likely had formal warrior bands (armies)
  • They recognized a male sky deity
Some of these could be discovered through archaeology (bones of animals hunted for food, bit wear on horses indicating domestication for riding, and possibly cart artifacts); the other “practices and beliefs are simply unrecoverable through archaeology.” (p.15)

It seems incredible to me that the English language can be traced back with a fair degree of confidence to a language spoken 5-6 thousand years ago. Note that even though, as explained in my last post, only about 26% of English words are of Germanic origin, most of the borrowed words are from other Indo-European languages, particularly French and Latin but also Old Norse, Spanish, Italian and even Hindi.

I’ll share more from this book in future posts – I’m only on chapter 3 of 17.

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[1] Typically historical linguists and archaeologists share a high degree of distrust of each other’s work. Anthony explains: “Both linguists and archaeologists have made communication across the disciplines almost impossible by speaking in dense jargons that are virtually impenetrable to anyone but themselves. Neither discipline is at all simple, and both [appear confusing] to an outsider… Historical linguistics is not taught regularly in graduate archaeology programs ... nor is archaeology taught to graduate students in linguistics.” (p.5). Anthony gives credit to a colleague James P. Mallory as “…perhaps the only double qualified linguist-archaeologist in Indo-European studies”. Mallory’s 1989 book In Search of the Indo-Europeans was unable to come to any firm conclusion as to the PIE homeland. Anthony explains that it was recent archaeological discoveries that enabled him to confidently locate the homeland in the steppes.

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Top World News Now                 
February 26, 2013


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United States
Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
New York City homelessness continues to set new records
Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space


Russia
Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
China, Russia ink major energy deal
Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill


China
Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
State councilor meets South Korea's new president
South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
China to halt approvals for small coal mines
2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach


United Kingdom
David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend


European Union
Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest


Germany
Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
German government backs ban on far-right party
German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
Germany patient with France on deficit


France
Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
West African Mali forces to cost €715m

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike


Turkey
Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria


Egypt
Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

Iran
World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
Iran denies downing foreign drone
Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program


Venezuela
Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez


Brazil
Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors


Mexico
Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement


United Nations
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
 
 
Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013
 

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea
 
 

Russia
Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die
 

China
Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal
 

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges
 
 

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One
 

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone
 

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
Official Details French Role in Mali
US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
 
Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills
 

Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry
 

 

Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
Salafis open fire on Morsi
Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
Bahrain condemns Iran's statements
 

Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today
 

Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war
 

Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli
 
 

A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of Spanish tourists

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A CHANGE IN FOCUS AT ANTI-MULLAH.

FOR INSTANCE, WHILE WE RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT THE OBAMA (PRO-ISLAMIC) MOVEMENT TO INFILTRATE SUPPORTERS OF ISLAM  CONTINUES INTO THE MOST SENIOR AND CRITICAL/SENSITIVE POSSIBLE REGIONS HE HAS NOW PROPOSED

JOHN BRENNAN
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HEAD OF THE CIA!!!

Brennan converted during an assignment to Saudi Arabia

THE OTHER INFILTRATOR FROM OBAMA

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 “Conspiracy theorists concentrate their time on transmuting the "base matter" of current events, official stories, propaganda and public relations into the gleaming golden truth buried within. They do this through the very right-brained activity of uncovering and inventing connections between disparate elements.
They create story-systems to understand and explain events - essentially a religious activity. For whatever reason, it’s much easier for us to deal with our internal contents by projecting them into the world around us. These outward signs inevitably become carriers of the archetypal content and psychodrama latent in the seeker.
Conspiracy theory also overcomes the strictures of literalism and the problems of simplistic thinking by experimenting with multiplicity of meaning. Ordinary events, people and signs become symbols bristling with complex, malleable, even contradictory meanings. Mystery is revived and idealized. Facts become more than the sum of their parts. Theory becomes poetry and even theology.”
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Top World News Now                 
February 9, 2013


United States
Hundreds of thousands already without power, buried under snow from ongoing blizzard
Obama: 'No reason' for automatic Pentagon cuts
Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees
White House won't comment on Brennan's waterboarding dodge
Clinton more popular than Obama, polls show
White House Delivers Dire Warning About Automatic Cuts
Lawmakers test legal waters for regulating drones
Christopher Dorner manhunt: Search for ex-LAPD cop goes on amid California snowstorm
Cop-killer on the run: Largest manhunt in LAPD history spreads to three US states and Mexico
US Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom
FBI Sting: California man arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank of America branch with "Taliban help"
Health Officials: Worst of Flu Season May Be Over
KKK promises the largest rally in the history of Memphis after Confederate parks are renamed
Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years  


Russia
Putin: Countering extremists key task for law enforcers
Forward Russia: Grand Sochi project highlights Putin ambition
Migrant workers suffer for Putin's Olympics
Putin presents presidential awards to young scientists
Russia targets Uganda as big market for weapons
Retired intelligence officer gets 13 years for coup plot
New Russian citizens to get call-up for military service
‘I solemnly swear!’ – Russian citizen’s oath considered
Married couple, forced apart in communist Russia, reunite by chance and remarry
Russia, US in Hasid books brawl: Moscow wants recourse over $50,000 daily penalties
In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved
Russia's Black Earth Farmers Switch to Corn, Oilseeds for Profit
Reform Quickly or Lose Deals, EU Tells Ukraine
Fascism rehabilitated in Ukraine?


China
Xi Jinping says he welcomes criticism; critics aren’t so sure
Xi Jinping promises a cleaner, greener energy future in China
Chinese leaders send greetings for Lunar New Year
China Denies Directing Radar at Japanese Naval Vessel and Copter
Dangerous dance around disputed islets is becoming ever more worrying
PLA Navy to conduct training drills in western Pacific over Lunar New Year
China threatened by overseas hackers
Former Guangdong official stripped of Party membership
China retrieves defaulted payments for migrant workers
China jails Tibetan man for inciting secession
HP Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
After Myanmar Violence, Almost 6,000 Rohingyas Arrive in Thailand
North Korea nuclear test may cause volcano eruption near Chinese border
South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests


United Kingdom
Cameron savors EU budget win as battles loom
Cameron: 'Horsemeat story is shocking'
Britain opens criminal probe of horse meat contamination scandal
Clegg faces a fresh attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader
2.3 million deprived kids absent from UK poverty data
UK investigating allegations of child sex abuse at former RAF base in Germany
Border agency backlog keeps Britons and their foreign spouses in limbo
Experts say DNA crime-fighting in UK 'lagging behind'
New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture
Tax Rules Waived in Britain to Lure Athletes
Saga of Speeding Politician Rivets Britain
Whitehall spies could already be operating in Scotland
Refuelling and rendition: Ireland's role in the war on terror

European Union
EU budget cut ushers in austerity for first time in union's history
EU leaders agree to push for US trade deal
EU may force banks to help set Euribor to keep it clean
EU Court Strikes Down Swift's Blockade Against Iranian Banks
Greece gets silver lining to budget plans for coming years
Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis
Armenia holds 2 in attack on presidential candidate
Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Attempted Bombing in Spain
Moroccan suspected of being terrorist arrested in Spain
Cyprus Presidential Candidate Wary of EU Bailout Terms
Italy Vote Seen Inconclusive as Risk of Second Ballot Grows
Birth Defects In Multiples On The Rise In Europe


Germany
German Shale-Gas Fracking Rules Sought by Merkel Coalition
Germany Warns on Currency Depreciation
Germany posts second highest trade surplus in 60 years
Topless activists denounce female circumcision at Berlin film festival
German weapons case pits man against gun clubs
Minister's Heritage Sparks Racism Debate
New doubts cast on Holocaust account Nazi child mascot
Swiss Unemployment Returns to a 2.5 Year High
Gun control debate rages in Switzerland
Switzerland Justice Minister Returns Home
Taipei Ministry to ask Switzerland to arrest Zain Dean
Global warming to bring more rain to hydro-dependent Norway
EON Plans Hundreds of Megawatts of Wind Power in Norway, Sweden

France
Illegal Roma evictions in France continue under Hollande
Ayrault says no current plan for Peugeot stake
Ex-US envoy: $17M French ransom funded al-Qaida
France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages
Europe Is Watching as France Weighs Options for Peugeot
French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two
Symbol of French Republic defaced in art attack
Hollande Eschews Monarch-Style Presidential Monument in Crisis
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Jets roar over Pacific skies as US military gathers allies in drills, to keep ahead of China
Shooting erupts amid reports of mutiny in Malian capital
Suicide bomber blows himself up near Mali soldiers, first attack of its kind
French intervention 'will cost Mali its independence'
Rebel push into Damascus raises fears of long fight coupled by mass exodus
Syria says 'no truth' Israel targeted convoy
UN Says 5000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War
Syria military factory blast kills 54
Jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria's revolution

Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

Israel
Netanyahu's coalition-building efforts are guided by suspicion and skepticism
Livni will be appointed as minister in charge of peace process
Defense Ministry suspends ties with six firms over alleged fraud
Tel Aviv Hepatitis A outbreak may stem from open-air markets
Abbas to Ahmadinejad: Talk more about Palestine, less about destroying Israel
Palestinian jailed for Abbas Facebook 'insult'
Abbas Meets With Leader of Gaza Terror Group in Cairo
Hamas Weighs Options For Recognizing Israel
Palestinian prisoners in Israel 'smuggling out sperm'


Turkey
Despite US opposition, oil trade with Iraq is legal, PM Erdoğan says
South Cyprus condemns Erdoğan's remarks calling him a 'bully'
Turkey says has spent $600 million on Syria refugees
No strong EU without Turkey, says Italian envoy
Turkey-US Tension Develops Over Al-Qaeda Member  
Ailing ex-general fights for survival after sentence delay
Cargo ship crashes into a passenger seabus in the Bosphorus
Protests grow in Sunni areas in Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan presses on with oil pipe to Turkey

Egypt
Morsi: Egypt, Turkey to establish joint chamber of commerce
Clashes in Egypt as anti-Morsi camp demands change
Egypt Slams US Senator's 'Morsi Is Our Enemy' Comments
          OUR ENEMY WITHIN   


Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is alive and well in the U.S. and the country’s law enforcement officials ignore them at their peril, according to former U. S. Air Force officer Steven O’Hern.

O’Hern says that the Revolutionary Guard, long an influential factor in the radical Islamic regime in Iran, does most of its surveillance and intelligence gathering through its proxy force, Hezbollah, considered by many to be a terror group.

“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard uses more than one approach. Hezbollah operatives and sympathizers are present in large numbers in many parts of the United States and actively conduct reconnaissance missions that develop information, photographs, and diagrams of federal buildings, and infrastructure targets,” O’Hern said.

“Those targets include such things as water utilities or electrical substations, and other potential targets to give the Guard the ability to quickly order a terrorist strike in our homeland,” O’Hern said.

He explains that the Revolutionary Guard is working through Shi’a mosques around the United States as well as the nation’s Lebanese immigrant communities.

WND previously reported that a former Iranian official who has knowledge of Iran’s terror network estimated there are more than 40,000 of the regime’s security, intelligence and propaganda forces in the West, largely in friendly South American nations.

And WND has reported that Muslims are using mosques, including some in the United States, as terror command centers.

It is the Guards’ intelligence office that runs financing, recruiting and other strategies through Islamic centers and mosques, including some in New York and Ohio.

And as early as several months ago, the Guard threatened to bring its war to the shores of the United States.
O’Hern, who has written “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard,” about the issue, said the primary mission of the Iran Revolutionary Guard and its Hezbollah proxy is to weaken the U. S. national security.

“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah have a long-term mission of gathering intelligence on homeland targets and maintaining the capability to deliver multiple terrorist attacks if the IRGC chooses to do so,” O’Hern said. “I say ‘maintain’ because the Guard has already developed it.”

He said attacks could be ordered in retaliation if Iran’s nuclear program is hit, or, “Sleeper cells could even be ordered into action if economic sanctions were so successful that the regime was in danger.”

“Attacks against the U.S. homeland are only one place where the IRGC can strike – it also can attack U.S. troops and facilities in Afghanistan, Africa, Europe, all of which are closer,” O’Hern said.

O’Hern’s findings are affirmed by the analysis of a former Defense Department analyst who has asked not to be named for security reasons. The analyst points to the major Arab-American communities in the major cities, especially in Dearborn, Mich., and the San Francisco Bay area.
“It is my sense that IRGC will rely more on Hezbollah in the U.S. than having their own operatives here. The reason for that is Hezbollah presence is primarily through the concentration of the Arab-American communities, mainly Lebanese, throughout the U.S., such as in Michigan and elsewhere,” the source said.

Former FBI counterterrorism officer and Islam analyst John Guandolo agrees that the Revolutionary Guard has a presence in the United States, and it operates through the major Shi’a communities.

“This is the Iranian government’s military activity in the U.S,” he said.
Guandolo, who established Guandolo and Associates in 2012, says that when it comes to working to undermine non-Muslim countries, Shi’a and Sunni Muslims work together.

“We do know the Sunni and Shi’a groups that are hostile to the United States are working together. In Lebanon, Iraq, and other places we see Hezbollah, by Iran, and Hamas with al-Qaida, working together on the ground,” Guandolo said.

“In the United States, the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Islamic Society of North America, put forth the ISNA Code of Honor which says Sunni Muslims will not challenge other Muslims, the Shi’a, on their Takfiri, their legitimacy,” Guandolo said.

“All Muslims are focused on a similar goal. In other words, the Muslim world is working towards one goal right now and they have written agreements and are working on the ground around the world together,” Guandolo said, “So, yes, Hamas, CAIR works with Hezbollah, which is basically the IRGC.”

The former Defense Department analyst says the Revolutionary Guard operates the same way worldwide.

“That is similar in Africa and Latin America. Like Iran, Hezbollah is mainly Shi’a, although it will have some Sunnis and even some Christian Lebanese who are sympathetic here,” the former Defense Department analyst said.

“There is a major Hezbollah contingent, for example, in Canada. It would be much easier for Iran to work through them and the extensive Lebanese communities throughout the U.S. than to seek to establish a major independent presence,” the Defense Department analyst said.

Still, he said, it’s possible that the IRGC itself may have operational units working in the United States.

“However, I don’t doubt that IRGC may have some operatives here acting as liaison with the Hezbollah elements here. In Lebanon, the IRGC presence is more open with representatives working out of the Iranian embassy in Beirut,” the Defense Department analyst said.

A former CIA station chief agrees, concluding that in the final analysis, Muslims will work together in combating their major enemy, the United States.

“Like al-Qaida in Sunni mosques, any Lebanese Shi’a or Hezbollah member here is a de facto Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorist. Some 20 percent of all mosques in the U.S. are Shi’a, therefore they are de facto representatives of the Revolutionary Guard,” the former CIA station chief said.

O’Hern says that the IRGC and Hezbollah fund their operations through a set of illegal activities.

“Hezbollah harvests large amounts of money from the United States to support its operations – millions of dollars from criminal enterprises such as narcotics trafficking, the sale of counterfeit goods, and financial crimes are sent back to Hezbollah from our country every year,” O’Hern said.

WND reported in September 2011 that IRGC proxy Hezbollah had been suspected of funding operations by raising money through the network of U.S. Shi’a mosques located in cities with large Lebanese immigrant populations.

Former Air Force and State Department security officer Dave Gaubatz says it appears the reason for raising money is to give money to Hezbollah.

The FBI and the IRS were unavailable for comment on this story. Congressional representatives and federal regulatory agencies also contacted about the issue either referred WND to another office or refused comment.

OBAMA, IN HIS BIASED PRO-SLAMIC FERVOR HAS FORBIDDEN THESE AND OTHERS IN HIS ADMINISRATION FROM LINKING ANY FORM OF ISLAM TO TERRORISM OR EVEN MENTIONING IT IN TRAINING MANUALS, SO THOSE CHARGED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE LET ALONE OPPOSE TERRORISM. OR IMPLEMENT COUNTER-MEASURES WITHOUT RISKING THEIR JOBS!



          Like the Shoes You Order From Amazon, Opioids Are Made in China and Arrive Directly at Your Doorstep   
As the opioid crisis worsens, preventative measures are hard to comeby in our increasingly technology-driven and globalized world.

Two thirteen year old boys, Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, were best friends growing up in Park City, Utah.  When their parents found each of them dead over a two-day period last fall, they had little idea of what might have killed them.  Upon searching their social media accounts, they found conversations with another local teenager and talk of “pink”—the alias for U-47700, an extremely powerful opioid, eight times stronger than morphine and responsible for tens of the thousands of deaths that have occurred in the national crisis.  Parents and relatives were shocked, for where could the boys could have contracted a drug so potent and dangerous?

Where do teenager's get anything these days? On the internet.

U-47700 emerged last year as the latest drug in the growing epidemic.  One user described it as "non-overbearing rushes of comfort, warmth, and laziness" that made him want to "lay in a cozy spot and watch a movie."  

Over the last several years, as the opioids—beginning with heroin—took root in areas of cultural and economic decline like the rust belt, Chinese manufacturers have capitalized on the cravings of addicts by mass producing synthetic versions such as U-47700, fentanyl, carfentanil and other analogues.

Much attention of the opioid crisis has been focused on Mexican cartels and their complicated trafficking network.  "The single-biggest problem is heroin that pours across our southern borders, just pouring, and destroying" Donald Trump, said in the third presidential debate last fall.

While heroin via Mexican cartels is certainly a factor, the American president continues to be as misinformed as ever. Synthetic opioids present a much greater threat; they are responsible for almost double the number of deaths compared to heroin.

“Why wait for a field of poppies to grow and harvest if you can get your hands on the precursor chemicals and cook a batch of fentanyl in a lab?” Tim Reagan, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent leading the Cincinnati office told Science Magazine.

With the China’s new role in supplying opioids to the United States, everyone from teenagers in Utah to celebrities like Prince can purchase the drugs off the Internet.  With over 59,000 people dying in 2016, overdosing on opioids has become the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States.  Last year, when the average US life expectancy dipped downward for the first time in decades, many health professionals blamed opioid abuse.  

Chinese labs have been producing and selling drugs, as well as necessary manufacturing machinery for assembly line production, to individuals across the United States and Canada.  They have faced only minor difficulties evading government intervention because, while fentanyl has been classified as a schedule II drug for decades in the United States, China has enforced no regulation up until very recently.  

At the end of 2015, China added 116 synthetic drugs to its list of controlled substances after pressure from DEA and their attempts to curb the growing opioid epidemic in the United States.  As of June 19, 2017 China has restricted 138 substances.

In a news conference, Justin Schoeman, a Beijing-based country attache for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said: “I can tell you that when China controls a substance, new psychoactive substances or fentanyl-classed substance, it has a huge impact on seizures and availability in the US.”

Although Schoeman’s words sound promising, preventing labs from continue to produce and distribute powerful opioids is not so simple.  Chinese chemists making the fentanyl and other drugs can manipulate the molecules very easily, synthesizing unregulated variants that evade government regulations.

When the U-47700 that killed Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth was purchased last fall, it was legal in China.  The particular analogue did not become illegal until just last week.  

Both American and Chinese law enforcements predict that a slightly different alternative that has yet to be made illegal will arise soon.  “My feeling is that it’s just like a race and I will never catch up with the criminals, Yu Haibin, a division director at the Ministry of Public Security’s Narcotics Control Bureau in China said.  

By tweaking the molecules and evading regulations, manufactures can mass produce the drugs and sell them on the internet.

In an online conversation, Nathaniel Popper, a writer covering the opioid crisis for the New York Times, talked to BenzoChems, one of the most popular manufacturers in China.  BenzoChems, who has also postedvideos of his production, said that he routes packages through Hong Kong and then the United States Postal Service.

Benzo Chems originally sold his products using ordinary websites but, like many Chinese opioid manufacturers, he now sells through the dark web.

The dark web is like “the wild west, where everything is available in its complete lawlessness,” Jospeh Pinjuh, chief of the organized crime task force in the United State’s Attorney’s office in Cleveland, told the New York Times.

The dark web was originally developed by American intelligence for top-secret communication services, however, it has quickly grown into an online marketplace that almost anyone can access using special browsers.  Nefarious items are exchanged using virtual currencies like Bitcoin.  The most famous website on the dark web, the ‘Silk Road,’ was shut down in 2013 by the FBI, but since then a slew of other websites, even more sophisticated against government intervention, have popped up.  

For example, the leading website on the dark web, AlphaBay, which appeared at the end of 2014 and attracted 14,000 new customers within its first 90 days, has more than 21,000 listings for opioids and more than 4,100 for fentanyl and other drugs.  Buyers can browse the listings like shopping for items in a catalogue.  Many of the comments and forums discuss the potency of the drugs and recount stories of blacking out and going to the emergency room.

The accessibility and prevalence of buying drugs through the dark web has made stemming the flow of illegal drugs into the United States even more difficult.

“We could give you a pretty good idea of the drug traffickers in town who can order kilos from Mexico — that’s a known commodity,” Pinjuh told the New York Times.  “What’s harder to track is the person ordering this from his grandmother’s basement.”

The United States Postal Service handles over 300 million inbound pieces of international mail per year, nearly half of all packages entering the United States.  While private mail carriers like United Parcel Service and Federal Express require advanced tracking procedures, only 40 to 50 percent of the countries using the the United States States Postal Service provide that type of data.  Officers in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), an agency in the Department of Homeland Security, must manually sort through large bins, holding a tremendous volume of packages, in order to retrieve potentially suspicious items.  It is a “daunting task for CBP,” Robert Perez, executive assistant commisioner of the agency, testified in a hearing of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in May.

Not only daunting, when it come to bringing dangerous substances into the country, the process is ineffective.  Teenage boys like Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth face about as much difficulty purchasing drugs of unknown potential off the internet as they do buying a pair of shoes of Amazon.  

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, a state hugely affected by the opioid crisis—666 people overdosed in Cayahoga County alone last year—has been pushing legislation to require tracking data on all packages entering the country.  The Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which has bipartisan support from Republicans like Marco Rubio and democrats such as Elizabeth Warren, would give CPB the ability to use detection tools and identify suspect packages while the shipments are inroute.  

However, there are numerous downsides to the act.  Mandating the post office to use advanced tracking technology would also inflict enormous costs—$1.2 to $4.8 billion over ten years according to Robert Clintron, vice president of the postal service.  Gregory Thome, director of the State Department’s Office of Specialized and Technical Agencies said that global postal system is “simply not able to” adapt electronic shipping data systems.

Given the impracticality of the legislation, it is unlikely that the post office will start using advanced tracking technology anytime soon.  Chinese chemists will continue to develop new variants of fentanyl to get around regulations.  And opioids will continue to stream into the US.

 

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It's 1916, and the Kaiser's generals maintain that the war could end with just one more offensive push. But the common soldiers don't believe it. They see war from a different perspective that has endured two years of military drudgery interspersed with moments of intense terror. Their long separation from family and civilian life has created fatigue, boredom, and disgust. And the generals begin to recognize that this restlessness within the army breeds discontent, even mutiny.

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Wandertheater der Armee-Abt. A.
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al Maler

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Johann poses next his easel which has a crude landscape of a distant village, which looks like it's done in chalk. He likely told a funny story while quickly sketching his cartoon.

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Johann the tramp belonged to Wandertheater der Armee-Abteilung A, or A. A. Falkenhausen, named after Ludwig von Falkenhausen, the general in charge of this sector of Germany's Western front. Since 2012 I've posted three stories about this traveling show and its artists. Here is a postcard of the full ensemble on stage with their orchestra.





This image is slightly different from the one featured in my April 2013 story entitled Wandertheater der A.A. Falkenhausen as several heads have turned and a few arms are rearranged. The postcard was sent on 10 June 1916 by a soldier to Fräulein Gretchen Hopfmann(?) of Nürnberg in northern Bavaria.








Getting closer to the cast we can recognize
Johann Lumpensammler's crumpled hat and tattered coat.
He is marked #1.







The figure marked #2 is Paul Pilz, Charakterkomiker, a comic musician who was featured in my first story on the Wandertheater from 2012, A Man and his Dog, Herr Pilz is dressed in a kind of forester's outfit, a rural fashion that was likely familiar to many soldiers. Pilz is also the German word for mushroom. In both his individual promotional postcard and the group photo, he holds a trumpet and a small dog, a terrier with white paws that I named Dieter, 






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Of course any army would want to promote manly virtues, and what better example could there be than celebrities from the sporting world. Marked #3 in the cast group, these two athletes dressed in tights and high top shoes are:

Max Furtwengler,
Deutscher Rekordmeister

Carl Oechsler,
Schwergewichts-Meister

They look like wrestlers to me as
both men wear prize belts around their waists. Max, the German Record Champion, has an impressive sash of medals and a larger German star and ribbon medallion. Carl, the smaller man and yet the Heavyweight Champion, has just two small medals. Behind them on a carpeted floor are numerous iron balls, presumably to demonstrate their great strength.

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This postcard was sent by a soldier to Frau Mathilde Bader of Landsberg am Lech in Bavaria. The postmark is dated 13 October 1916.




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This postcard from Wandertheater A. A. Falkenhausen shows five vignettes of the same man,

Willy Eckhardt's Charaktertypen.

Willy appears in formal high collar and white tire with a large corsage, but each inset has him in a different hat and false mustache. Closer examination reveals that these are all crudely drawn and printed onto his portrait. I suspect that at top left Willy Eckhardt portrays a Frenchman; top right a Scotsman or maybe an Englishman; bottom left a Russian; and bottom right a Belgian. The center figure with close cropped hair is his normal self which we can recognize at figure #4 in the Wandertheater group.  

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This genial looking fellow is Zithermeister Fraas. He sits at a table with a Zither, an instrument associated with Bavarian and Austrian alpine folk music. It typically has 5 melodic strings over a guitar-like fret board with another 20 strings spread out like a harp. Before the war, Zithermeister Fraas most likely wore a Tyrolean hat and lederhosen when he performed. Here he is in military uniform but without medals or insignia as he was the contrabass player in the Wandertheater orchestra marked #5 with his distinctive smile and receding hair line. 


Once again a soldier used this postcard to send a message home on 6 November 1916.








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These next characters appeared in my April 2013 story on
Wandertheater der A.A. Falkenhausen. This pair of clowns dressed in wild circus costumes called themselves:

Becker u. Strössner,
die beiden Spaßvögel
{the two Jokers}

The feathers in their caps allude to Spaßvögel which translates directly as Fun Birds. (Also Birds of Prey for some reason.) They look capable of provoking some outrageous and irreverent humor that would surely amuse their audience of common soldiers. They are easy to spot at #6 in the Wandertheater troupe.

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* * *



This next jester
from the Wandertheater der Armee-Abteilung A.
called himself:
Tobinski, komischer Rollschuhläufer 

{comical rollerskater}

 
With his top hat, polka dot tie, and monocle
Tobinski presents the air of a carefree man-about-town.
I believe he is #7 in the group photo.
 
No doubt he performed acrobatic tricks of skating skill,
possibly chasing after our next artiste.








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The only female entertainer in the Wandertheater troupe was this elegantly dressed artiste named: 

Scherff
al Fritzi Jose

(S)he appeared in my story Theatrical Ladies pictured on a different souvenir postcard in a more provocative pose but with the same Grecian-urn gown and hair style that matches the person marked #8 in the Wandertheater photo. On that card the caption simply read: José? ? ?.

Cross dressing entertainers were a kind of musical/dramatic act that was quite popular in European music halls in the 1910s. It was a kind of double-double entendre that both impersonated a famous female singer and left the audience  marveling at the questionable sexuality of the performer. It's difficult to know how the Kaiser's soldiers interpreted Fritzi Jose part of the show. The generals certainly ordered that the Wandertheater's variety show conform to German standards of wholesome decency. I suspect this performer added gentle humor to a beguiling display of vocal talent that endeavored to show that beauty was always in the eye of imagination.







This postcard was sent by the same soldier that wrote the postcard of the Wandertheater troupe. It was posted on 12 May 1916 to the same Fräulein Gretchen Hopfmann(?) of Nürnberg.








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Source: The Internet


I do not actually own these last two postcards. Yet. When I first discovered that the Wandertheate produced individual postcards of the entertainers, it became a personal quest to acquire each player without really knowing who the entire team was. Eventually I'll collect them all but it seems a shame to leave them out of this story when I know that these postcards exist.

The Wandertheater acrobatic act was:
 Winkler, Loos
und
Heinzelmann,
die 3 Kunstturner
[the 3 artistic gymnasts}

Three men are lined up in descending order of height, but Loos the middle man is actually standing on a small platform that adds another 5 inches to his height. Winkler and Loos are dressed in fancy circus tights while Heizelmann wears the uniform of a hotel bellhop, I think. Are they tumblers? Did they work on the rings or high bar? And how did a hotel bellhop fit into this act? They are lined up again at #9 in the Wandertheater photo.


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Source: The Internet


This quartet of entertainers is actually just one man with his three puppet friends. He is:

Edgar Blank,
Bauchredner

{Ventriloquist}

One dummy is female, and the other two are male. The one on the left looks to be in military uniform and the middle one looks to have a dark complexion, possibly African. In 1914 Germany did have African colonies that became entangled in the war, though I don't think any of those colonial soldiers were brought to the European fronts.

Edgar Blank's postcard seems to be the rarest of the Wandertheater set. Perhaps ventriloquists were not a big hit with the troops. He sits on the Wandertheater stage at #10.



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Das Orchester of the Wandertheater has two versions of their postcard. The one I featured in the 2013 story on Wandertheater der A.A. Falkenhausen is the most common. Recently I acquired this second postcard which shows 15 musicians and their director, who sits on the left in the same cross-legged posture as in the larger group photo. Zithermeister Fraas stands center with his contrabass, and the first violinist and first cellist are recognizable in all the photos.










Des Mitglieder des Wandertheater Armee-Abt. A. gathered outside for a second group photo, less formal than the one taken of the stage show. Johann Lumpensammler lies prone in front on his canvas. Paul Pilz plays his trumpet while the orchestra director holds Dieter. Zithermeister Fraas strums his zither rather than his bass. And Fritzi Jose ??? puts her arms around two of the road crew. 






They look like a merry troupe of players,
and for the brief time that they performed
a soldier's thoughts of war
were banished
by wonder, laughter, and music.






This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where there's never a shortage of artistic photos.

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/02/sepia-saturday-356-saturday-25th.html






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          Laptops Onboard Flights From U.S. Could Be Banned   
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          Oklahoma Push Partner Program   
State

The Oklahoma Department of Health developed a Push Partner Program in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, which asked all communities to be prepared to provide prophylaxis to their entire population within 48 hours. The "push" strategy involves distributing medications to partner agencies, which then dispense the medications to their employees, employees' family members, and the agencies' clients. Planning materials included in this practice focus on developing partnerships with community agencies who may act as "push partners." Significant emphasis is placed on ensuring the safety of institutionalized or "sheltered-in" populations (e.g., nursing homes, correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals). The plan describes target populations; plans for inventory, dispensing, reporting, and deactivation; and medication-specific information. Tools include a dispensing plan template, job action sheets, patient handouts, a sample MOU for community organizations, inventory tools, and a post-incident summary form. An after-action report from a mass immunization exercise provides insight and lessons into how one county brought together diverse partners to test provision of medication at "sheltered-in" sites. One reviewer noted that this program may be one solution to fill the gap in reaching many vulnerable populations that might struggle to access a traditional point-of-dispensing (POD) site. The community-wide program also may have the additional benefit of reducing the number of people at each traditional POD site.


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          DHS May Terminate Border Patrol Union Chief for Reporting Corruption, Blasting Open Border Policies   

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          Edward Leopold Steuk, Pioneer Grape Grower and Winemaker   

Edward Leopold Steuk was born in the Village of Doneuvitz, Province of Podolia, Russia, to William Edward Steuk and his wife, the former Johanna Straese. The Steuk family was of Prussian heritage, and both William Edward Steuk and his father Johann Steuk worked as cloth manufacturers. When just a youngster, Edward came with his family to the United States. For a time, William E. Steuk was involved in the clothing business, while his wife ran a grocery store on Market Street in Sandusky. Eventually he bought some land on Venice Road, and he began to raise grapes and manufacture native wine. 

Edward L. Steuk worked with his father in the wine business. In the 1870s the Steuk winery was at the corner of Market and Decatur Streets. In 1881, Edward L. Steuk married Julia Harms, the daughter of pioneer grape grower from Put in Bay.


Pictured below are Edward L. Steuk, his wife Julia, and their first two children, William Ludwig Steuk and Elmer Carl Steuk. Later  they had another son named Edward Frederick Steuk.


Edward L. Steuk carried on the family wine business after his father’s death. This advertisement appeared in the 1912 Sandusky City Directory: 


Hewson L. Peeke wrote about Mr. Steuk in his book A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio (Lewis Publishing Co., 1916): “Among the energetic and enterprising Erie County men who have met with assured success in the culture of grapes is Edward Leopold Steuk, of Sandusky, who has established an extensive and remunerative business in that line of industry.” This picture, taken not long before Mr. Steuk's death, shows a happy and healthy gentleman who found success in his adopted homeland of America.


Later generations carried on the family wine business for several years. During Prohibition, the Steuk family concentrated on selling fruit from its orchards. After Prohibition ended, the family went back to making wine as well as running Steuk’s Market at the intersection of Routes 2 and 6 on the west side of Erie County. After the construction of the Route 2 Bypass, travelers on the highway could see the big red apple from Steuk’s Market. Steuk’s closed in 1997, but hundreds of local residents and tourists have wonderful memories of this longtime local business.




          Young warriors train to fight future cyberwars   

About 40 high school students have spent much of past two weeks learning how to hack a car with a computer, break into computer systems and race drones on the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus.

But there’s no need to be concerned. The National Security Agency is aware, and along with the National Science Foundation, provided funding for computers, drones and other expenses for the students.

The National Cyber Warrior Academy is one of 130 camps sponsored by the NSA and National Science Foundation, according to Bryson Payne, a computer science professor and director of the school’s Center for Cyber Operations Education. Payne said the 40 students were chosen from 182 applicants for the camp, which is in its second year at UNG. An $86,000 grant from the NSA and NSF provides for all expenses for the students to participate in the camp.

“The NSA funds this program hoping, of course, a few will go into federal positions or military positions in cybersecurity, but people who work for regular businesses — health care, education, hospitals — they need to understand cyberhygiene and how to keep their own information and their family’s and business information safe,” Payne said. “They’ve been seeing how easy it is to break into systems, unfortunately these days, and some of the things we can do to secure these systems.”

The 10-day camp, which ended with graduation Saturday, was designed to be fun for the students as they learned.

“We did a little bit of car hacking. We did some drone racing, so they got a chance to do some hands-on activities with a few different types of technology,” Bryson said. “We actually hacked my car. We plugged my car into a computer with a little $20 or $40 cable and we were able to see my dashboard running on a computer and the students learned how to record and play back those network packets to control a car, so some really fun things that we did together.”

Luz Acosta, a rising senior at Gainesville High, was already interested in a career in military intelligence before the program, but didn’t know much about what that meant.

“I’ve gotten a lot out of this program; they’ve been teaching me a lot,” she said. “Honestly, I came here with really no experience. It has taught me how to how to code. I’m not the best at it, but I am learning. I understand way more about computers than I did when I first started.”

Acosta said she plans to enter the U.S. Marines after graduation.

“If I don’t like the enlisted side of the military, I might go to college and then get commissioned as an officer,” she said.

She added that the best thing about the camp was how helpful the teachers were.

“When I didn’t understand something, I just asked a question and somebody would be there on the spot,” Acosta said. “When I needed help, the professors were really good about answering and showing why that’s the answer and why that works instead of just showing me and saying ‘That’s how you do it.’”

Martha Carrera, a rising sophomore at Gainesville High, where she and Acosta were involved in the Navy JROTC program, said she applied for the program after hearing about it from her JROTC instructor.

“I wanted to see if I was interested in it as a future career or not.” Carrera said. “I learned about hacking and getting into computers to retrieve old files. It was a really great experience.

“The most fun thing we did was that we flew the drones,” she added. “It’s really difficult; it’s more difficult than it seems. We took them back to Liberty Hall, where we’re sleeping, and I tried to land it on one of the benches. It fell on the floor, but it was really fun.”

Carrera plans to attend college after high school and said UNG is “high on my list.” If she does attend UNG, Carrera said she in interested in the school’s Corps of Cadets program.

Students in the cadet program, including Erin Hagebusch, a junior nursing major, served as mentors to the high school students at the academy.

“I really like learning alongside the students,” said Hagebusch, who hopes to be commissioned as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps after graduation.”We’re getting the opportunity to learn everything the students are and getting to know them is really cool as well.”

Payne said UNG is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense from 2016-2021 by the NSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Payne said he plans to apply to continue to offer the current program next year as well as two other camps — a National Cyber Warrior Academy in forensics and a camp for middle and high school teachers. The forensics camp would be an advanced camp in which students would learn things such as how “to see when someone has broken into your computer, how they got in and how you can stop leaks like that in the future and how you can recover a computer system or network from an attack,” according to Payne.

He said the teacher camp would provide coding and cyber information and give the teachers coding lessons to use in their courses.


          Re: Opinion: We owe it to our community and our neighbors to engage and transform Urban Shield   

A few factual corrections need to be made. As Ben Bartlett himself caused to happen with his own 2015 motion as a PRC Commissioner to take a one-year moratorium from Urban Shield (which he did not find problematic at that time), the City of Berkeley has been discussing withdrawing from Urban Shield for two and a half years. This is not a new discussion and there is a point at which action has to replace vague disturbances and calls for committees and pondering alternatives. Taking action is what causes alternatives to be found. Without action, the next two years are likely to look much like the last two years. And the real consequences of that continue to be felt and experienced by vulnerable and targeted communities, and not just in Berkeley but throughout Northern California.

Urban Shield does not provide meaninfgul preparation for national disasters. The guidelines indicate with no ambiguity whatsoever that all activities funded by the Department of Homeland Security through Bay Area UASI must "have a clear nexus to terrorism i.e. the proposal must specify how the activities will support terrorism preparedness". (See p.8 of the 2017 guidelines found here http://www.bayareauasi.org/.... Nor do we have to look far for confirmation as during a 2015 presentation at the PRC by the ALCO sheriff's department and the BPD that Mr. Bartlett and myself were both present at, the BPD told us in no uncertain terms that they "repurpose Urban Shield trainings as preparation for non-terrorism-related incidents like balcony collapses". It is not unreasonable at all to insist that multi-million dollar training should not have to be "repurposed" and that we are endangering our fellow citizens by relying so heavily on militarized game-playing aimed at remote scenarios instead of searching out and requiring state of the art national disaster and public safety training that is on point, targeted correctly and not in need of repurposing due to federal government priorities.

I don't think its controversial that Urban Shield needs a course correction. Ben Bartlett said so himself two years ago. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors said so. But its not happening. The 2017 event is going forward without a single change in response. So what causes meaningful changes to happen? Three years of continuing to participate has not caused a single one. Convening committees has not caused that to happen. An internal Berkeley committee is likely to have no more efficacy than Alameda's county-wide committee that has been meeting for six months to no visible effect.

In fact, it is exactly disengaging that will force the changes Ben Bartlett is saying he wishes to see. The evidence is on the record. Berkeley must lead. That much is true. But it must lead, not by weakly imitating the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in assembling yet another committee to be ignored, but by saying that the status quo is not acceptable and ongoing participation will not occur unless changes manifest. Period.

That is what courage looks like and that is what efficacy looks like. A two and a half year leadup is long enough. It's time to get off the fence and not substitute whining about the status quo for changing it.


          Re: Opinion: We owe it to our community and our neighbors to engage and transform Urban Shield   

Mr. Bartlett, you say twice in this op-ed that the training is "free" because it is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Do you not pay federal income taxes or something?

Are the wars in Syria not costing me a dime either because it doesn't come out of my CoB property taxes?


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*Critical Popcorn* Answer: Damian Lewis
          Judicial Watch Sues ICE for Information Regarding the Suspension of the Trump Administration's Sanctuary City Reports   
ICE suspended the weekly publication of these reports after receiving 'complaints'Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch, 202-646-5188 WASHINGTON, June 7, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for all records concerning the suspension of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department Source: Judicial Watch
          Spanish Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
Posting is for upcoming proposal**. ProSol seeks Spanish Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland...
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          Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
Posting is for upcoming proposal**. ProSol seeks Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security...
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          "Claire Danes"   
Vogue, August 2013
Hair by Oribe
Photography by Annie Leibovitz

Claire Danes’ August
Vogue cover shoot paid homage to her hit HBO show, Homeland, so Oribe didn’t want to stray too far from her character’s low-maintenance vibe. “It’s clean, easy, All-American hair with a bit of sex appeal,” Oribe said. “It’s very Claire Danes.” Oribe also gave costar Damian Lewis an effortless style for the shoot. “I’m such a fan of the show, and it was a real pleasure to work with Claire and Damian together,” he said. “They’re both fantastic.”

Get the Look: Claire Danes
1. Spray Thick Dry Finishing Spray in wet hair and blow dry with a round brush.
2. For added volume, set hair in Velcro rollers, then brush through.
3. Use a small amount of Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots for natural-looking lift. If you want to create more movement, use a large curling iron to add some bend.
4. Spray Soft Dry Conditioner Spray throughout the hair. “This keeps the volume and texture, but adds a softness and youngness to locks,” Oribe explained.


Get the Look: Damian Lewis
1. Spray Soft into dry hair to add softness and a little texture without lift. “This is an amazing product for men’s hair,” Oribe said.
2. Work Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Paste through your hands then run your fingers through the hair to add airy definition and light hold.
          Going Rogue   
T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Fall 2012
Hair by Holli Smith for Oribe Hair Care


Homeland star and recent Emmy winner Claire Danes graced the cover of the Fall 2012 issue of T, The New York Times Style Magazine. Hairstylist Holli Smith was on location with the actress in Israel for the shoot and used Oribe products to give her a relaxed but polished style. “I wanted to have Claire’s hair look cool, but in the most natural sense,” Smith said. “It was important to me that we kept the hair from looking too fluffy and voluminous even though we were working in a beautiful beachside location in Tel Aviv that had windy conditions. This would maintain the cool aspect Claire has as an actress and keep her from looking too commercial…a strong wind blow to the hair can sometimes do that.”

1. Spray hair with Maximista to give hair some hold and blow dry on a low speed.
2. Once the hair is completely dry, brush it out to determine the natural wave. Use Soft Lacquer with a large iron to touch up the ends and seal them a bit. “This prevents the hair from looking too messy and protects it from the weather conditions,” Smith said. “Having that little bit of natural wind on her ends gave the perfect result. She looked beautiful!”
          DONALD WHO?:   
Tillerson argued with a second White House aide (JOSH DAWSEY and ELIANA JOHNSON 06/30/2017, pOLITICO)

Miller pushed Tillerson and the State Department to be tougher on immigration and make changes to the programs they control, according to four people familiar with the conversation in the West Wing. John Kelly, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, was also present. [...]

Tillerson made it "quite clear" to Miller that he wanted autonomy over his department, one of these people said.

          Tiny homes could help alleviate the long wait list for Hawaiian Homelands   

The Homestead Housing Authority is a statewide non-profit that wants to increase the inventory of affordable housing in Hawaii with tiny homes. "We need to try it and I hope that it's a real solution, not just for Native Hawaiians on homesteads but also for Hawaii families across the state," HHA executive director Robin Puanani Danner said.


          Crime by illegal immigrants at the heart of Mesa woman’s crusade    
Critics say they understand the pain that crime victims go through, but that groups like the Department of Homeland Security’s new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office unfairly stigmatize all immigrants for the actions of a criminal few.
          7/1/2017: Sydney Confidential: Star’s Down Under blitz is the tops   

Australia’s own superhero Chris Hemsworth has gone on a social media blitz promoting his homeland and putting a big smile on the faces of Tourism Australia bosses. The Byron Bay local has shared six posts with his 10.4 million Instagram followers in...
          Music from 'The Walking Dead,' 'This Is Us,' 'Homeland' Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert - Variety   

Variety

Music from 'The Walking Dead,' 'This Is Us,' 'Homeland' Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert
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The range and diversity of music in current television was vividly showcased in a live concert Thursday night at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Nearly 600 attended “Words + Music: A Concert Celebrating Music Written for ...


          'What’s Brewing at Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour' ~ VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience In Shah Alam   
What’s Brewing at Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour 
VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience 
In Shah Alam
What’s Brewing at Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour  VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience In Shah Alam
What’s Brewing at Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour 
VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience In Shah Alam

My hubby and I were super excited looking forward to our first VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience at Carlsberg Malaysia in Shah Alam recently. It was an eye-opening experience for us as we were lucky to be part of the invited guests from the media getting a special tour at their factory for their recent Carlsberg’s 170th Global Anniversary Celebration!

"What’s Brewing at Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour ~ VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience In Shah Alam
Happy Me At The Party Cum Tour


Carlsberg hosted a VIP brewery tour ex-beer-ience giving members of the media a sneak preview of Probably the Best Brewery Tour in advance of its first batch of contest winners. While touring Probably the Best Brew House and experiencing Probably the Best Lounge in its brewery in Shah Alam, Carlsberg also unveiled the first grand-prize and first-prize winners of Probably the Best Brewery Tour consumer promotion held in conjunction with its 170th global birthday celebration. 

Carlsberg Malaysia Managing Director Lars Lehman

Carlsberg Malaysia Managing Director Lars Lehman hosted members of the media on a VIP brewery tour ex-beer-ience – a preview of the Probably the Best Brewery Tour and also celebrated Carlsberg’s 170th global anniversary

“The 170th anniversary of Carlsberg is a chance for us to pay tribute to the beer that is ‘always sharing’. It is all about the science that comes from beer knowledge and the art that brews high-quality beers from natural ingredients. Through Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign, we celebrate Probably the Best Beer in the World, Carlsberg,” Lars Lehmann, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia shared. 

Carlsberg’s 170th Global Anniversary
Carlsberg’s 170th Global Anniversary

“We will reward 20 consumers to explore Carlsberg’s 170 years of beer discoveries in its homeland in Copenhagen and another 1,800 consumers to see, touch, smell and taste the quality natural ingredients of our brews through a VIP brewery tour ex-beer-ience in Shah Alam,” Lehmann added.

The Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign
The Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign was held in conjunction with its 170th global birthday celebration officiated by Carlsberg Malaysia’s Managing Director, Lars Lehman.

From the moment they set foot at Probably the Best Lounge, they were greeted by beautiful brand ambassadors serving buffet of welcome brews that consists of Carlsberg Smooth Draught, Somersby Apple Cider, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc and premium Connor’s Stout Porter. Upon learning more about the Carlsberg Malaysia’s brewery and brands through an insightful and interesting presentation by Marketing Director Charles Wong, they were chauffeured in a luxury MPV to Carlsberg’s gallery at the production plant. The ex-beer-ience also covered a guided sensory experience at Probably the Best Brew House where Supply Chain Director Piotr Zajac shared the art of brewing a quality Carlsberg beer from natural ingredients – malt, hops, yeast and water. 

Carlsberg Malaysia's Managing Director Lars Lehman (left), and Sam Yoong Fei (right) the first Grand Prize winner of Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign
Carlsberg Malaysia's Managing Director Lars Lehman (left), and Sam Yoong Fei (right) the first Grand Prize winner of Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign who will bring a friend on a VIP Brewery Tour to Copenhagen, Denmark on a 6D5N all-expense paid trip

The 170 years beer discoveries and innovation Carlsberg has changed the way the world brewed modern lagers. All this because of J.C. Jacobsen’s obsession to brew the best beer in the world and share all his knowledge (and ways to stabilise Carlsberg’s special yeast called ‘Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis’). 

Carlsberg Smooth Draught,

“This is an opportunity to make a toast to the beer that made groundbreaking discoveries in the beer landscape. For instance, the Carlsberg Smooth Draught, which is brewed longer for its signature smoothness with an easy finish. It is our latest product innovation specially crafted for consumers to enjoy the smooth sensation of a freshly tapped beer in a bottle or can. We are immensely proud that Carlsberg Smooth Draught is crafted here in Malaysia based on drinkers’ taste preference,” said Charles Wong, Marketing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia.


Sensory Experience To See, Touch, Smell & Taste Beer 
The media entourage had the chance to see, touch, smell and taste the beer at Probably the Best Brew House – a normally restricted area. At the sensory experience room, members of the press were briefed on the aroma of hops, the taste profile of yeast and the look of beer liquid with and without purification.

Sensory Experience To See, Touch, Smell & Taste Beer
 Posing With Carlsberg's Models Before Entering The Factory
 Posing With Carlsberg's Models Before Entering The Factory

With Sweet Blogger #ThatFairAsianGirl aka JQLee
With Sweet Blogger #ThatFairAsianGirl aka JQLee

Guests were led on a guided tour which started at the Visitor's Gallery to learn of the history of Carlsberg and its founder J.C. Jacobsen, as well as the beer making process
Guests were led on a guided tour which started at the Visitor's Gallery to learn of the history of Carlsberg and its founder J.C. Jacobsen, as well as the beer making process

A sensory experience where guests can see, touch, smell and taste beer which is made from natural quality ingredients namely malt/barley, hops, yeast and water
 A sensory experience where guests can see, touch, smell and taste beer which is made from natural quality ingredients namely malt/barley, hops, yeast and water

Piotr Zajac, Supply Chain Director of Carlsberg Malaysia
Piotr Zajac, Supply Chain Director of Carlsberg Malaysia, explained the process of beer making at Probably the Best Brew House

“Nowadays, there are more discerning beer drinkers who care about what makes of a lager or stout,” said Piotr Zajac, Master Brewer cum Supply Chain Director of Carlsberg Malaysia. "They want to know what are the ingredients used and how it is made.

Video Of Beer-Making Process In The Factory 

The Bottling Process In The Factory

"While many know that wine comes from grapes, "very few actually know that Carlsberg beer comes from natural quality ingredients – namely malt/barley, hops, yeast and water," said Zajac. “Inviting consumers into our brew house to learn more about the natural quality ingredients and the art of brewing, bottling and packaging is an excellent way to showcase our brews."

Partying The Night Away At Probably The Best Lounge 
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday party without fun-filled games and beer-tertainment. Members of media enjoyed the newly upgraded Probably the Best Lounge, learning more about Carlsberg beer from the Carlsberg heritage and art of making beer wall murals, playing the electronic dart machine iDarts and electronic beer-table tennis iPong as well as belting out favourite numbers on the Karaoke machine too. 

Partying The Night Away At Probably The Best Lounge
 Partying The Night Away At Probably The Best Lounge

Partying The Night Away At Probably The Best Lounge

Partying The Night Away At Probably The Best Lounge
 Partying The Night Away At Probably The Best Lounge
They also indulged in beer-infused gourmet spread that consists of sautéed penne pasta with trio mushroom and K1664 Blanc cream sauce, roasted chicken wings with Carlsberg pineapple BBQ sauce, Connor’s goulash lamb stew and more. Some took up the challenge and participate in beer-related quizzes while some learned how to pour themselves a perfect pint, enjoyed a night long of probably the best ex-beer-ience. 

Party Time At Carlsberg Probably the Best Lounge

When Carlsberg does a VIP brewery tour, it is #ProbablyTheBest!

  'What’s Brewing at Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour' ~ VIP Brewery Tour Ex-Beer-ience In Shah Alam

For more information about Carlsberg’s Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign, please visit www.probablythebest.com.my





          Systems Analyst - Homeland - Brentwood, TN   
Prior experience as an Onshore Lead/Tech Lead/Manager for consulting company (examples of these companies are Infosys, Tata and Accenture, Razorfish, Cognizant,...
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          Latest On WikiLeak Scandal   
A U.S. Congressman is asking the Obama administration to designate the government whistle-blower website WikiLeaks a terrorist organization.  Republican Representative Peter King of New York, the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, sent […]
          US demands more security on international flights to US   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes....
          Check the sources dang it   

This morning I came upon another one of those lovely articles from the “Conservative Tribune” saying that sheriffs across the nation were up in arms about a “threat letter” from the head of the Department of Homeland Security regarding support of President Obama’s agenda on immigration. Wanting to see the nature of the threat, I did the amazingly difficult work of clicking on the “sourcing” link in the story to discover that this entire story was based on a Facebook post by a single sheriff who had actually not received a specific letter, but had read a statement included in a sheriff’s association newsletter that he interpreted as threatening – even though there were no overt threats in the statement at all. The statement was simply acknowledging that congressional efforts to use the Homeland Security budget as a bargaining chip on President Obama’s executive order on immigration put funding for state and local entities at risk. There was not even an action statement asking for anyone to do anything in the statement. 

Look, I understand that you dislike the president and are looking for examples of his tyranny, but dang it, don’t waste my time trying to tell me about the latest threat or overreach when it’s laying on the shoulders of a single individual’s interpretation of a public statement. I can read the statement myself and figure out what it means. I don’t need you to try and explain the conspiracy theory that really doesn’t exist. 


          U.S. Demands More Security on International Flights   

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said airlines that don't comply with new flight regulations or are slow to enforce the new standards could be forced to bar large electronics in both carry-on and checked luggage and also lose permission to fly into the U.S. The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes. Compliance with the new rules could lead to the lifting of a ban on laptops and other large electronics already in place for airlines flying to the United States from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.


          Trump Reestablishes National Space Council   

President Trump signed an Executive Order today reestablishing the White House National Space Council.  Created by law in 1988 and operational under the George H.W. Bush Administration, the Council has not been funded or staffed since the end of his administration in January 1993.  It was chaired during his Administration by Vice President Dan Quayle,  Now it will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence and Trump spoke at the White House during a signing ceremony for the Executive Order (EO) that sets out the Space Council's membership and purpose.  It also creates a Users' Advisory Group to obtain input from the private sector and other non-government interests. 

The EO establishes the membership as follows (in the order listed in the document):

  • Vice President, who shall be Chairman
  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Commerce
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  • Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Director of National Intelligence
  • Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • heads of other executive departments and agencies and other senior officials within the Executive Office of the President as determined by the Chairman

The Space Council's purpose is to advise and assist the President on national space policy and strategy including to review U.S. government space policy and develop a strategy for national space activities; develop recommendations for the president on space policy and space-related issues; and monitor and coordinate implementation of the President's national space policy.


President Trump signs Executive Order reestablishing National Space Council, White House, June 30, 2017.  Photo credit:  tweet from Mark Knoller, CBS News White House Corresponent.  (Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is on Trump's left.)

Pence stated in March during the signing ceremony for the NASA Transition Authorization Act and again in June when NASA announced the new class of astronauts that the Space Council would be reestablished and he would lead it. In that sense. the announcement today was no surprise, but the White House kept the news to itself.  Rumors began circulating earlier this week that the announcement would take place today at 3:00 pm ET, but even this morning it was not listed on the President's schedule.  The White House press office asserted that it had no knowledge of the event as late as 1:30 pm, although Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mentioned it at the end of the daily White House press briefing that began at 2:00 pm ET (which was off-camera).

No live coverage was provided by the White House, NASA, or television networks, although a video was later posted on the White House YouTube channel.


President Trump enters the room (far right) during signing ceremony for National Space Council Executive Order, June 30, 2017.  Screengrab from White House YouTube videoVice President Mike Pence is in center, behind podium.

Most members of the House and Senate left Washington last night for the July 4 holiday, but based on the video, six Republican House members stayed in town for the event today:  Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), chairman of the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, which funds NASA;  Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology (SS&T) Committee, which authorizes NASA activities and sets policy; Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), chairman of the House SS&T Space Subcommittee; Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS), member of the House CJS subcommittee; and two other members of House SS&T - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL). 

Joining them were NASA astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew and former astronaut David Wolf (in blue flight suits to Pence's right), former Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin (to Pence's left, with white beard), and former space shuttle astronaut Sandy Magnus (first woman to Aldrin's left).  Magnus currently is Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Others who were present include United Launch Alliance President Tory Bruno; Boeing CEO Dennis Mulinberg; Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson; Orbital ATK Director of Business Development, Launch Vehicle Division, John Steinmeyer; AMRO Fabricating Corporation CEO Mike Riley and President John Hammond; Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company Vice President John Couch; Cain Tubular Products Owner Mike Cain; Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (CDSE) President and CEO Mary Lynne Dittmar; former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz; and former Congressman and lobbyist Bob Walker.  (Notable by their absence were representatives of entrepreneurial "New Space" companies.)

The only member of the Council other than Pence who was there was Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.  Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot was not present.  NASA said he was out of town and unable to attend.  In a press release issued after the event, Lightfoot called the reestablishment of the Council "another demonstration of the Trump Administration's deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole."

Pence said he was "honored and frankly enthusiastic" about taking on this role, adding that President Trump was recommitting the nation to "do what Americans have always done -- to lead, to push the boundaries of human knowledge, to blaze new trails into the unknown and astonish the world with the courage and leadership of the United States."

Trump himself said the announcement "sends a clear signal to the world that we are restoring America's proud legacy of leadership in space," and "space exploration is not only essential to our character as a nation, but also our economy and our great nation's security."

Pence will travel to NASA's Kennedy Space Center on July 6 to tour facilities and speak to the center's workforce.  NASA TV will cover the event beginning at 12:00 pm ET. Pence's speech is scheduled for 12:50 pm ET. 

The value of having a National Space Council in the White House has been debated at length over the decades.  Congress created a National Aeronautics and Space Council in the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act that established NASA for civil space activities and assigned military space activities to DOD.  That Council's task was to coordinate between civil and national security space.  President Richard Nixon abolished the Council in 1973.  A new National Space Council, without the aeronautics component, was created by Congress in the FY1989 NASA Authorization Act and implemented through an Executive Order signed by President George H.W. Bush on April 20, 1989.  Today's Executive Order supersedes the one from the Bush Administration.

The Bush-era Space Council had a broader task since commercial space activities had emerged by then, adding a third sector.  That period of time (April 1989-January 1993) was marked by sharp disagreements between the Council, chaired by Vice President Quayle with Mark Albrecht serving as Executive Director for most of those years, and NASA Administrator Dick Truly.  Albrecht wrote a memoir about his perception of the relationship between the Space Council and NASA and why President Bush's Space Exploration Initiative to return astronauts to the Moon and someday go to Mars never materialized, placing most of the blame on Truly. That is only one view of what transpired during those years, but the relevant point is that the clash between the Space Council and NASA created friction that hindered more than it helped.

Many veterans of that era have mixed views about whether a new Space Council will be effective.

Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University and a long-time participant in space policy development and implementation, wrote in a March 14, 2017 op-ed for The Hill that the "White House does not, and never has, needed a space council to supervise NASA, but it does need a way to combine the separate strands of national security space programs, diplomatic engagement, commercial competition and civil space cooperation with a unity of national purpose and effort."

One key to the success or failure of the Space Council will be the relationships that evolve among its Executive Director and the leaders of the various government agencies, including NASA, and private sector companies involved in space. Pence did not announce who will serve as Executive Director of the Council and no announcement has yet been made as to who will be nominated to serve as NASA Administrator.

Another will be the extent to which the President listens to the Council's advice and backs it up during almost inevitable battles with other parts of the Executive Office of the President, such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

For now, however, optimism is the watchword.

House SS&T Chairman Smith said in a statement to SpacePolicyOnline.com that the "reinstatement of the Space Council demonstrates the Trump administration's commitment to unlocking the great economic and scientific potential" of outer space.  He added that he looks forward to working with Pence and the Council "as Congress moves forward on important legislation for civil, commercial and national security space priorities."

Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), told SpacePolicyOnline.com that CSF "looks forward to working with the Space Council to showcase the innovation and value the commercial space marketplace brings to the space community."

In a press release, CDSE's Dittmar called reestablishment of the Council "another important step in solidifying our nation's continued commitment to NASA's deep space exploration program."  That press release identified many of the industry representatives who were at the event and are CDSE members, including suppliers like AMRO Fabricating Corp., Futuramic Tool & Engineering Co., and Cain Tubular Products.

AIAA also issued a press release wherein Magnus said the Institute views the Space Council as "an opportunity to create an integrated strategic approach to U.S. space endeavors" and "stands ready to support any and all efforts to facilitate discussions between our community and executive branch officials."

Correction:  The word "commercial" was inadvertently omitted from Eric Stallmer's quote and has been corrected.
Update:  Comments from NASA Acting Administrator Lightfoot from a June 30, 2017 NASA press release were added.

 


          DHS’ 72-hour marathon to keep agencies, industry safe from WannaCry   

Jeanette Manfra, the acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Homeland Security Department, offered an in-depth look into the steps DHS and the government took to keep federal agencies safe from WannaCry.

The post DHS’ 72-hour marathon to keep agencies, industry safe from WannaCry appeared first on FederalNewsRadio.com.


          Good for Tulsi   


Tulsi Gabbard: Our media and politicians keep pushing regime change wars even though these wars have empowered Al-Qaeda and created ISIS.



Tulsi Gabbard is one of the few members of Congress that I respect.

She is right, we keep destroying the world and then moving on to destroy another space.

We have damaged the world in ways no one wants to cop to.

This is long term damage which includes death and killing.

So many civilians are gone because of our actions.

Good for Tulsi.


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Monday, June 26, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Brett McGurk says a lot but none of it about diplomacy, and much more.



ALJAZEERA reports:

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighbourhood, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said on Monday.
An unknown number of suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the Hay al-Tanak and Yarmuk neighbourhoods, and set fire to houses and cars in Tanak, military officials told news agencies.
The area had been declared free of ISIL in May.
Several people are reported to have died in the attacks, which sowed panic among residents who had returned to the area, and prompted hundreds of families to flee overnight.



Yes, The Mosul Slog continues.

Day 246 of The Mosul Slog.

And, yet again, press reports circulate that it will be over shortly.

ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports this morning, "The battle to take full control of Mosul from ISIS will be over in a few days, a general said Monday as Iraqi forces searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago after a surprise jihadist attack on their rear that left several dead."



Searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago . . .


How it repeats.

Over and over.

Here's the White House's special envoy Brett McGurk, speaking last week, trying to explain ISIS:


  
So what is ISIS? It is the largest, most sophisticated, and most global terrorist organization the world has ever seen.
Only two years ago, it controlled what was effectively a quasi-state, its so-called caliphate, with territory the size of Lebanon spanning across Iraq and Syria.
It controlled millions of people, entire cities, dual capitals in Raqqa and Mosul, generating revenue through oil and gas, taxes, antiquities trade, hostage taking, of more than a billion dollars per year.
It enslaved thousands of young girls, committed acts of genocide against minority groups, Yazidis and Christians, and sought to destroy our common human heritage, from Palmyra in Syria, to the Ninewa plains in northern Iraq.
It also established franchises, seven in all, from Sinai just to our west, to Afghanistan, Libya, and Nigeria, all with central direction and planning from ISIS’s capital in Raqqa.
And it sought to spread terrorism to all of our homelands, directing attacks from Raqqa … in Paris, Istanbul, and Brussels, and inspiring them from London, to Berlin, to Garland, Texas.
Its manpower at its height in 2015, while hard to pinpoint specifically, was in the upper tens of thousands – hard core fighters, at least.
The figures we can pinpoint are staggering: more than 40,000 foreign fighters, Jihadists, flooded into Syria between 2013 and 2016 from over 100 countries all around the world. The world had never really seen anything like it – the supercharged global Jihad.
General Gilead, many of us in this room, were extremely alarmed by this phenomenon as early as 2013. Many of us in Washington, some of my former colleagues here, were also discussing it with extreme concern.
Foremost attention among many, however, in those years, I think we have to be honest, there was a belief, by some, that this flood of Jihadist fighters could somehow be tamed and contained – after Bashar al-Assad was removed from power. I think that was a false assumption and it carried some tragic consequences.
The flood of extremist fighters and weapons into Syria combined with the crimes of the Asad regime created an explosive environment for al Qaeda, from which ISIS sprung.
ISIS rapidly spread, in 2013, across eastern Syria, killing anyone who sought to confront it. It spread openly into Iraq in early 2014, capturing Fallujah, and laying siege to Ramadi in Anbar province.
Suicide attacks in Iraq nearly all of whom at the time were committed by foreign fighters, people coming from around the world into Syria and Iraq to blow themselves up – rose from five to ten per month in 2012 to sometimes 60 per month in 2014, targeting markets, mosques, soccer games, local officials – mayors, town councils – and security personnel.
In June, 2014, Mosul, a city of nearly 2 million people, fell to ISIS; and its leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi, declared a caliphate from the grand Mosque of Al Nuri in Mosul’s old city. And late yesterday, as Iraqi Security forces closed in on that mosque, about 100 meters away, ISIS blew it up. A mosque which sat there since the 12th century, ISIS blew it up. The last month in Mosul is really telling. Summer of 2014, Baghdadi announces from that mosque that he’s the caliph creating a caliphate—the caliph proclaims his legitimacy by this ability to protect people in his so called caliphate. All of this was a false lie. But that’s what he said in the summer of 2014.
In the last month, as Iraqi Security forces closed in on that last district in Mosul, ISIS has killed any civilian trying to leave. They used a hospital on some high ground, just north of the old city, as a killing tower—with snipers killing any civilians trying to leave. We’ve actually been accused, our forces, of using white phosphorus for example, in Mosul. And I defer to our military professionals, but they use white phosphorus not to target anybody, not to kill anybody, but as a shield to allow civilians to escape. We were somehow declared of using this ammunition which was harming civilians. In fact, we were helping civilians escape as ISIS sat in a tower—a hospital which we did not want to target—and killed anyone that tried to leave. And last night they blew up the mosque in which Baghdadi declared his caliphate, I think it was a very significant moment here in the last 24 hours.
But back in 2014, if you rewind the tape, this announcement of a caliphate accelerated recruitment from around the world, with thousands of men, women, and even children, traveling through Turkey and into Syria through established smuggling networks.
About a month later in July 2014, ISIS broke through the western Iraqi border at al Qaim and approached Baghdad down the Euphrates valley, and also in the north along the Tigris valley.
Near Tikrit that summer in 2014, ISIS terrorists rounded up One Thousand Seven Hundred young Iraqi military cadets, and murdered them one-by-one, and they filmed the scene on YouTube.
I was in Iraq at the time. Newspaper headlines declared Baghdad was about to fall. There were reports of an ISIS “zero hour” in the capital and it was causing a panic among the population. We in fact reduced our embassy personnel and dusted off contingency evacuation plans given the uncertainty.
President Obama early in this crisis asked for my recommendation among others, some that are in this room, Elissa Slotkin among others, about what we should do. And our only response was we had to fight back – and fight back soon because there we had no other choice.
But we had to fight smartly, not with U.S. forces in Iraqi and Syrian towns and villages; but by strengthening local forces – Syrians and Iraqis – to take on the fight themselves, combined with devastating air power, and importantly with a political strategy that empowered people at the local level to secure their own communities, with a government in Baghdad that was responsive to its people.
We had to rally the world – particularly the Muslim world – to take on the fight themselves, combating ISIS’s poison in the mosques and online and in the media 24/7.
We had to ensure that what came after ISIS was more stable, creating the conditions for people to return to their homes and rebuild their devastated communities.
And we had to prepare a campaign that targeted ISIS financing, foreign fighter networks, global affiliates, and propaganda.
In the summer of 2014, that seemed a nearly impossible task –the Iraqi Security Forces had just completely and totally collapsed and we had almost nobody to work with on the ground in Syria--but we got to work.
We built a global coalition against ISIS, that is now the largest of its kind in history with 71 members, including 67 nations, plus NATO, INTERPOL, the EU, and the Arab League.
Early on, we organized this grand coalition around five specific lines of effort, each focusing on a particular aspect of the ISIS problem and pooling global resources to confront it:
First, we provide military support to our partners on the ground;
Second, we work to stop the flow of foreign fighters, by securing the border between Syria and Turkey and severing the international networks.
Third, halting ISIS access to financial support;
Fourth, we address the humanitarian and stabilization in areas cleared of ISIS to allow the population to return;
Fifth, we combat ISIS’s poisonous ideology.
The first airstrikes by our coalition were launched in September, 2014. There have been nearly 30,000 since, it’s been the most precise air campaign in history, and combined with aggressive and innovative global initiatives along each of the lines I just mentioned.

And while this war is far from over, the results to date are promising. 



Are the results promising?


Many observers note the destruction of Mosul.

That's promising?





Brett outlines a now three year program above.

But where's the diplomacy?

Where's the work beyond military?


Nothing has been done.

At some point, you have to argue that this was intentional.

The Islamic State rose in Iraq because then-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was persecuting the Sunnis.

Has that persecution ended?

No.

Even now there are reports -- and photographs -- of Sunni civilians being tortured and killed.

When does that get addressed?

Smart people argued the time to address it was years ago.

But, under Barack Obama, the White House rewarded Nouri.


Even when the voters gave him the heave-ho in 2010, Barack still supported Nouri for a second term and had US officials ont he ground in Iraq negotiate The Erbil Agreement to give Nouri a second term.


ISIS didn't rise in a vacuum.

The conditions that allowed it to take root still exist.

So now what?


Sarhang Hamasaeed and Michael Yaffe (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) offer:

That will require sustained attention to the "Three Rs:" Relief, Reconstruction and Reconciliation, all of which are needed concurrently. Relief means not only continued humanitarian aid but also security assistance to protect reconstruction and reconciliation and to facilitate the return of 3 million displaced people.
Political and social reconciliation, in turn, will be needed to prevent violence and reprisals and make way for sustainable reconstruction. The U.S. should develop a plan to help resolve fundamental national and regional political issues that will allow Iraq's constellation of groups to co-exist in peace.

Already, unity is fraying among forces that stood against ISIS. Sinjar, Tel Afar and Tuz Khurmatu have emerged as flashpoints of incipient conflict. Wrangling between the Kurds and Baghdad over oil, territory and Kurdish independence continues as regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey— as well as Iraqi groups — jockey for influence. Since the ISIS onslaught in 2014, for example, Popular Mobilization Forces militias, most supported by Iran, have established offices all over Iraq — 16 just in one town south of Mosul, Iraqis tell us — in a bid to gain control in areas recaptured from ISIS. As next year's parliamentary elections approach, they'll be well positioned to buy cooperation, exert authority and support to candidates, further solidifying their grip.



Maybe the time to start this sort of work was in 2014 and not in a mad rush to beat the next election?



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On June 23, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosted a national exercise for Cabinet members and senior administration officials whose agencies are involved in hurricane preparedness and response.
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          Trotwood Fire Department awarded Homeland Security grant - Dayton Daily News   

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          Why We're Letting Ethical Hackers Cyber Attack the DHS | Time.com - TIME   

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          HERODOTUS: History (Book 4)   
Americans aren’t the only ones who want “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Reading Herodotus it seems that even in ancient times all people wanted to live in freedom and be happy.  It’s not clear whether Herodotus thinks all people are essentially alike or if he thinks they’re fundamentally different.  Compare what he has to say about two great peoples, the Egyptians and the Scythians.  “The Egyptians adhere to their own national customs, and adopt no foreign usages.” (Book 2)  “The Scythians have an extreme hatred of all foreign customs, particularly those in use among the Greeks.” (Book 4)  In this way at least they’re alike; they both want to live in freedom and be happy living by their own traditional customs.  But in other ways they couldn’t be more different.  The Egyptians had been rooted in the same spot since prehistoric times.  They were an agrarian urban-based people.  The Scythians had wandered all over the northern part of Asia Minor.  They were a nomadic people.  “The Egyptians… believed themselves to be the most ancient of mankind.” (Book 2)  But “According to the account which the Scythians themselves give, they are the youngest of all nations.” (Book 4)  The Egyptians had to defend their homeland by the Nile River and had no place to retreat.  That’s why the Persians under Cambyses and Darius could defeat the Egyptians in battle (though they were less successful in Libya and Ethiopia).  The Scythians had a different defensive strategy.  They “make it impossible for the enemy who invades them to escape destruction, while they themselves are entirely out of his reach, unless it please them to engage with him.  Having neither cities nor forts, and carrying their dwellings with them wherever they go… how can they fail of being unconquerable, and unassailable even?”  Darius had to withdraw from Scythia without conquering them.  In fact, it was a somewhat humiliating retreat, not a strategic one.  Herodotus says “the Persians escaped from Scythia” and thinks they were lucky to get out alive.  The Greeks were intimately connected with both Egypt and Scythia.  Herodotus believed “almost all the names of the gods came into Greece from Egypt.”  He also says “I maintain that both the shield and the helmet came into Greece from Egypt.” (Book 2)  The seafaring Greeks were also well acquainted with the Scythians.  They had established colonies and trading posts around the Black Sea.  We can infer this from Herodotus’ testimony that “the Geloni were anciently Greeks who, being driven out of the factories along the coast, fled to the Budini and took up their abode with them.  They still speak a language half Greek, half Scythian.”  (The Budini were a people who lived in far northeastern Scythia.)  In spite of these intimate connections Aristotle still believed "It is proper that Greeks should rule over barbarians" (Politics, Book 1, chapter 2)  Why would he think this?  He believed Greek civilization was superior to all the others.  All people may want to live in freedom and happiness, but he thought the Greek way was best.  For example, Herodotus says “The Agathyrsi are a race of men very luxurious and are very fond of wearing gold.  They have wives in common...”  Aristotle thought wealth should be used to live a certain kind of moderate lifestyle, not a “luxurious” one.  He also thought the family (a husband and wife raising their own children) was the cornerstone of civilized life.  Herodotus told us that “The Androphagi are more savage than those of any other race.  They neither observe justice, nor are governed by any laws.”  Aristotle believed that when people are governed by rational laws they’re the best of creatures, but when they’re not, they’re the most savage of creatures.  For these reasons Aristotle thought it proper that Greeks should rule over barbarians, not the other way around.  That’s fine; but what did barbarians think of that idea?  Let Herodotus speak for them: “These be the names of the Libyan tribes whereof I am able to give the names; and most of these cared little then, and indeed care little now, for the king of the Medes.”  Presumably they cared little for the Greeks as well.  They didn’t give a fig for Darius or for Aristotle either.

          Gay Guys in Ghana and Ivory Coast   
Over twenty years ago I found a ghanaian penpal in a gay-contamagazine.
I was able to take him to Germany, sent him to a languageschool and he
absolved a malenurse-school. -He was bisexual like many other african men and our love-and sexcontacts endet after short years because of his desire to marry a girl and to get children. -But we are still good friends during all this long time up to today and he never forget that I took him out of poverty.
Than I lived together a second time with an african friend from Ivory Coast
whom I found in Paris. Unfortunately he left me after two years when he found a younger friend. (That`s life everywhere) Because of my husbands I visited several times their homelands and I came in contact with a lot of
their gay friends in Africa. I met gay men not only in Accra or Abidjan, also in the smallest villages.
I think homosexuality and love and sex between men exist in every part of the world. -Europeans with open heart and interest for african men should never forget that most of young men are very poor and in need for help. - Of course they would find sex for money too like everywhere, but african boys in Africa (maybe if they grew up in Europe)have nearly never interest for anonymous sex and one`s like in european gayscenes.
          The Francis Inquisition – Amid Tumult on Amoris and Abuse, Pope Switches Hands at CDF   
Capping a week of shockwaves at the topmost levels of the Roman Curia, at Roman Noon this Saturday, the Pope declined to reconfirm Cardinal Gerhard Müller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the close of the German's first five-year mandate, and handed the reins of the "Holy Office" to its longtime #2 official, Archbishop Luis Ladaria SJ.

Despite the delicacy of the formal language, the move can indeed be viewed as Francis' ouster of the 69 year-old German, who brought a combination of firmness on moral teaching and affinity for liberation theology to the Doctrine office upon his appointment by then-Pope Benedict XVI five years ago tomorrow.

Under normal circumstances, a pontiff's renewal of a Curial prefect for successive quinquennial terms is a pro forma act done without public notification.

Himself a veteran collaborator of Joseph Ratzinger over the latter's quarter-century at the CDF's helm, Ladaria, 73, has served as the congregation's secretary since 2008. With his ascent to the top post, the Spanish Jesuit takes on the additional duties linked to the role: the presidencies of the International Theological Commission, the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the Ecclesia Dei Commission, the lead liaison for the church's relations with traditionalist groups and questions on the use of the pre-Conciliar "Extraordinary Form" of the Roman rite.

On a related front, Ecclesia Dei is the Curial organ responsible for the ongoing reconciliation talks with the Society of St Pius X, which have notched multiple major inroads through the last year, paving the way to the Swiss-based group's potential return to communion with the Catholic church. Yet another major item in the main congregation's portfolio – of particular interest in the English-speaking world – is its complete jurisdiction over the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans, which were established in England, North America and Australia by Benedict following 2009's Anglicanorum coetibus.

The historic successor to the "Holy Office of the Inquisition" – rechristened after Vatican II – the congregation's founding dates to 1542. The principal Congregation of the Curia, amid Francis' ongoing reform CDF (its Sant'Uffizio headquarters seen below) is now viewed as ranking third among the dicasteries, after the Secretariats of State and for the Economy.

In making the shift official roughly 18 hours after reports began to swirl – yet could not be independently verified – that Müller was told of his departure in an audience yesterday with the Pope, the Holy See gave no indication of the 69 year-old cardinal's next assignment. While some speculation has tipped the theological heavyweight for the role of Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, as of late Friday Whispers ops close to that post's current holder, Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, were blindsided on learning of said rumors, and relayed that the 78 year-old New Yorker – who was en route to the US for this holiday weekend – had not been informed of any move.

As for Müller's potential landing spots, it's worth noting that no major posts in his homeland – where he served as bishop of B16's adopted base of Regensburg until his transfer to Rome – are currently open. Closing out a recent flurry of top-level moves in Germany, the last key post to go was Mainz, where Francis named Peter Kohlgraf – a 50 year-old pastoral theologian – in April as successor to Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the progressive titan who chaired the country's formidable bishops' conference for two decades.

While the now-former CDF chief had drawn considerable attention for staking out a skeptical position on Francis' potential openings in Amoris Laetitia toward the civilly remarried and others in difficult situations vis a vis church teaching, it bears no less recalling that Müller had come in for ferocious criticism by survivors of clergy sex-abuse and their advocates given the office's role as the church's global clearinghouse of those cases. Above all, the cardinal was roundly blasted by the prominent Irish survivor Marie Collins, who resigned her seat on the Pope's new Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) in April over the congregation's refusal to comply with Francis' directive that they reply to inquiries sent by victims, then continued to rap Müller for not changing course after the fact.

Among other related issues was the CDF's ostensible resistance to the pontiff's 2015 push to establish a tribunal to hear cases of abuse of office by bishops, a block that forced Francis to devise a workaround in norms issued last year. In a move that was taken as a sign of papal frustration on the accountability front, in mid-January the Pope conspicuously named the head of the PCPM, Boston's Cardinal Seán O'Malley OFM Cap., to the congregation's membership despite the Capuchin's lack of an advanced background in theology.

Along the way, too, Francis had gradually undercut Müller's standing by openly highlighting other figures on theological issues, most prominently Cardinals Walter Kasper and Christoph Schönborn, and the Argentine Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, the pontiff's longtime confidant, widely reputed to be the "ghostwriter" of Papa Bergoglio's major texts.

Developing... you were told there was "more to come," eh?

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          ALARMING FACTS   


 


Subject: FW: ALARMING FACTS

Mr Geert Wilders is a Member of the Dutch Parliament.
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> In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: "Who lost Europe ?" Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom the Netherlands , at the Four Seasons in New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem ..
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> Dear friends,
> Thank you very much for inviting me.
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> I come to America with a mission.  All is not well in the old world.  There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.  We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe.  This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.  The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
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> First, I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe .  Then, I will say a few things about Islam.  To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .
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> The Europe you know is changing.
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> You have probably seen the landmarks.  But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world.  It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.
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> All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.  And if they are, they might regret it.  This goes for the police as well.  It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe . These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.
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> There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe .  With larger congregations than there are in churches.  And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.  Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
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> Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden .  In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.   Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.
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> In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.
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> Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils.  In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims.  Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'.  Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.
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> In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin   The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.
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> In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves.  Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
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> Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II.  French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel ..  I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
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> A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live.   San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.  Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.
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> Now these are just numbers.  And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate.  But there are few signs of that.  The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France ..  One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call 'respect'.  And this is how we give them respect.  We have Muslim official state holidays.
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> The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority.  We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey ..
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> Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots.   Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus.  I call the perpetrators 'settlers'.  Because that is what they are.  They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.  Therefore, they are settlers.
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> Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries.  Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
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> The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet.  His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized.  Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem.  But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time.  Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.  Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.  If it is good for Islam, it is good.  If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.
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> Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion.  Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.  But in its essence Islam is a political ideology.  It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.  Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life.  Islam means 'submission'.  Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia.  If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
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> Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.  The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor.  I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times.  I support Israel .  First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz; second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
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> This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance.   Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia ..   Israel is simply in the way.  The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
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> The war against Israel is not a war against Israel .  It is a war against the West.  It is jihad.   Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.  If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest.  Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
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> Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities.  But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values.  On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.  They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed.  The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning.  It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.  If they can get Israel , they can get everything.  So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'.  In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.  And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat.  Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine.  An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.  With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem ....
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Karyalay Pramukh

Motibag, pune.








          Fort Hood Shootings: Cornyn, Hutchison commend report   

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today released the following statements regarding the release of the Generic bipartisan report by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID- CT) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME) on the failures of the U. S. government to prevent the November 5, […]

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          DHS shifts focus of funding to counter violent extremism   
The Department of Homeland Security is cutting some organizations out of grant money to counter violent extremism -- including nearly a dozen that the Obama administration considered worthy of receiving the funds.

          That's Life in IRAN -- Samaneh and Navid share stories   

 

Professionals visiting Davis as Fellows in the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program come from all over the world. This year eleven colleagues from ten different countries worked and studied here from August 2016 to June 2017. (Hear more about the Program on our May 25th show.) Two of those Fellows -- Samaneh Seifollahi-Aghmiuni and Navid Ghajarnia -- agreed to come back and be on my show again.

Today Samaneh and Navid share stories about their lives and information about their homeland. They also speak of experiences they had visiting Davis and suggest ways that listeners can help when they meet a foreign visitor in the future. Navid's strongest suggestion? "Speak slowly!"

As always, your comments are welcome.


          PURCHASING/MATERIALS COORDINATOR - Bubble Technology Industries - Chalk River, ON   
BTI is a dynamic company with world‐renowned expertise in radiation detection, addressing applications in the defence, homeland security, space, industrial, and...
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          Torn From Their Homeland, Bay Area Assyrians Yearn for Persecution to End   
Assyrians are one of the world's oldest Christian communities. But with the rise of ISIS, they now risk vanishing from their homeland altogether.
          Spanish Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
ProSol seeks Spanish Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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          Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
ProSol seeks Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
From Professional Solutions, LLC - Mon, 15 May 2017 16:37:36 GMT - View all Alexandria, VA jobs
          Caregiver - Enlivant - Pennsville, NJ   
This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new...
From Enlivant - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:41:10 GMT - View all Pennsville, NJ jobs
          Sales Manager - Senior Living - Enlivant - Pennsville, NJ   
This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new...
From Enlivant - Sat, 10 Jun 2017 02:41:27 GMT - View all Pennsville, NJ jobs
          LPN - 2nd Shift 2pm-10pm - Enlivant - Pennsville, NJ   
This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new...
From Enlivant - Wed, 10 May 2017 23:54:14 GMT - View all Pennsville, NJ jobs
          Housekeeping Crew - Interstate Cleaning Corporation - Gilbert, AZ   
This employer willprovide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each...
From Interstate Cleaning Corporation - Sun, 28 May 2017 06:24:43 GMT - View all Gilbert, AZ jobs
          Senior Executive Level Staff Consultant, Pentagon - Prevailance, Inc. - Force, PA   
Including homeland defense, irregular warfare, special operations and personnel recovery,. Senior Executive Level Staff Consultant....
From Prevailance, Inc. - Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:28:23 GMT - View all Force, PA jobs
          Treatment Coord/Westport Campus/PRN,Days - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:34:24 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Rehab Therapist Asst/Westport Campus/FT,Days, 80 hours,Bi-Weekly - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:20:23 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Rehab Therapist/Westport Campus/PT,Days, 24 hours,Weekly - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 01:42:05 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Rehab Therapist/Westport Campus/PRN,Days, - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 01:40:31 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Coord-Quality/Patient Safety/Westport Campus/FT,Days, 80 hours,Bi-Weekly - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Tue, 09 May 2017 07:04:11 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Cook PRN/Westport Campus/PRN,Rotating, - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Tue, 09 May 2017 07:02:49 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Nursing Supervisor/Westport Campus/ PT,Rotating, 32 hours,Weekly - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:52:14 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Admission Evaluator/Westport Campus/Westport Campus - St. Vincent's Health Serv, CT - Westport, CT   
Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification...
From Ascension Healthcare - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:10 GMT - View all Westport, CT jobs
          Safety Administrator - Great River Energy - Spiritwood, ND   
Must have a valid North Dakota driver’s license. Must be knowledgeable with Homeland Security and North American Electrical Reliability Council (NERC) security...
From Great River Energy - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:14:37 GMT - View all Spiritwood, ND jobs
          DHS shifts focus of funding to counter violent extremism   
The Department of Homeland Security is cutting some organizations out of grant money to counter violent extremism — including nearly a dozen that the Obama administration considered worthy of receiving the funds. The department announced the revised list of 26 recipients for the $10 million in total grant money last week, excluding 11 organizations that […]
          Trump's budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn   
Washington: President Donald Trump's first budget outline, calling for a security-heavy realignment of federal spending, drew resistance on Thursday from his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Congress as many balked at proposed deep cuts to diplomatic and foreign aid programs.

Conservatives have plenty to like in the White House plan, with its 10 percent increase in military spending next year and beefed-up funding to help deport more illegal immigrants and build a wall on the border with Mexico.

It also takes steps to downsize government, a central goal of conservatives.

But the gaze into Trump's priorities for the next four years proved too savage for many Republicans' taste, foreshadowing an intense battle between Congress and the White House over spending in coming months.

Although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, Congress holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans.

The administration asked Congress for a 28 percent, or $10.9 billion, cut in State Department funding and other international programs to help pay for a 10 percent, $54 billion hike in military spending next year.

"These increases in defence come at the expense of national security," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has not hesitated to take on Trump. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who like Graham ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016, levelled similar sentiments, as did some prominent Republicans in the House of Representatives.

House Speaker Paul Ryan sidestepped reporters' questions about whether he supported State Department cuts, saying the White House blueprint was just the start of the budget process.

The budget also drew criticism internationally. The French ambassador to the United Nations, Francois Delattre, warned that cutting funding of global programs could fuel instability.

ELECTION PROMISES

The White House shrugged off concerns about the impact, saying Trump was making good on election promises.

"The president said, specifically, hundreds of times - you covered him - 'I'm going to spend less money on people overseas and more money on people back home' and that's exactly what we're doing with this budget," Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters.

Democrats, whose votes would be needed later this year to sign off on the spending bills that implement any budget blueprint given the slim Republican hold on the Senate, attacked the proposed reductions to the Environmental Protection Agency and programs that benefit the poor.

The White House proposal would inflict a 31 percent, or $2.6 billion, cut on the EPA.

Some veteran Republicans, including Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, a White House budget chief during the administration of President George W. Bush, vowed to preserve the EPA's Great Lakes restoration program that Trump wants to eliminate.

Moderate Republicans expressed unease with potential cuts to popular domestic programs.

Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attacked plans to cut or eliminate programs that help the poor pay heating bills, provide aid for localities to deal with wastewater and subsidize air travel in rural areas like her home state of Alaska.

"We need to remember that these programs are not the primary drivers of our debt," Murkowski said.

In fact, those "discretionary" programs that must be renewed annually by Congress, account for about $1.2 trillion out of a $3.9 trillion federal budget.

The biggest portion of the budget - about $2.4 trillion - is for "mandatory entitlement" programs that provide Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare and Medicaid healthcare for the elderly, poor and disabled.

Conservatives have been clamouring for years for reforms to those programs to save money. Trump vowed, however, to protect them as he campaigned for president last year.

Trump was silent on those programs in the plan released on Thursday, but they will be included in a fuller fiscal blueprint due out in mid-May that will project spending and revenues over 10 years. It is unclear if any reforms for those programs will be part of that budget.

Other discretionary cuts proposed by Trump included community development grants at the Housing Department and more than 20 Education Department programs. Funding would disappear for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional programs.

"Throwing billions at defence while ransacking America’s investments in jobs, education, clean energy and lifesaving medical research will leave our nation weakened," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

DEFENSE MONEY FOR CURRENT YEAR

Trump also asked for $25 billion more for core Defense Department programs for the current fiscal year, as well as $5 billion more for combat operations. A detailed copy of that request seen by Reuters showed some of the funds would be for procurement of technology such as F-35 fighter aircraft and drone systems.

About $13.5 billion of the supplemental request was earmarked for aircraft, missiles and ships. It included THAAD missiles, Blackhawk helicopters and F-35s made by Lockheed Martin Corp , as well as F/A-18 warplanes and Apache helicopters manufactured by Boeing Co .

Also for this fiscal year, Trump requested $3 billion more for the Department of Homeland Security, with some of that money intended for planning and construction of the border wall that he made a major part of his 2016 election campaign.

Congress will likely consider the supplemental request by April 28, when regular funding expires for most federal agencies.

The budget outline also does not incorporate Trump's plan for sparking $1 trillion in investments to build roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure projects. The White House has said the infrastructure plan is still to come.

The planned defence increases are mainly matched by cuts to other programs so as to not increase the $488 billion federal deficit.

Despite the proposed big cuts to the EPA and the State Department, Mulvaney said their "core functions" would be preserved.

Reflecting Trump's repeated election campaign pledge to reduce illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security would get a 6.8 percent increase, with more money for extra staff needed to catch, detain and deport illegal immigrants.

Trump wants Congress to approve $1.5 billion for the border wall in the current fiscal year - enough for pilot projects to determine the best way to build it - and a further $2.6 billion in fiscal 2018, Mulvaney said.

The estimate for the total cost of the wall will be included in the upcoming full budget.

Trump has repeatedly said that Mexico will pay for the wall. Mexico has adamantly said it will not. Since Trump took office in January, the White House has said funding would be kick-started in the United States.


          Trump budget plan to propose major cuts for foreign aid, EPA   
Washington: President Donald Trump will propose deep cuts for foreign aid and environmental protection and a steep increase in military spending in a budget plan to be released on Thursday, a congressional source said.

The budget plan for fiscal 2018 will call for cuts of 28 percent for the State Department, the source, who was briefed on the outline of Trump's plans, told Reuters.

Trump is proposing a 10 percent increase in defence spending, equivalent to $54 billion, and a 6 percent increase in funding for homeland security, the source said.

To fund those increases, he is seeking deep reductions in programs such as public broadcasting, funding for the arts and science, and heating subsidies. Those programs have been targeted by Republican politicians before, but in many cases the proposed cuts have failed to make it through Congress.

The blueprint highlights Trump's priorities for government spending and sources say it includes a funding cut of up to a third for the Environmental Protection Agency. But it is ultimately up to Congress to decide how to allocate funds.

Even though Trump's Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the budget is likely to face resistance. Some moderate Republicans have already expressed unease with some of the proposed cuts.

"They're really going to be cutting into bone," said Kenneth Baer, a former associate director at the Office of Management and Budget who helped draft former Democratic President Barack Obama's first four budgets.

The proposal includes $30 billion in supplemental funds for fiscal 2017 for defence, primarily border security, according to the source. It also includes $1.5 billion in 2017 and $2.6 billion in 2018 for Trump's promised wall on the southwestern border with Mexico.

Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be phased out under the plan, the source said.

'EMACIATED' PLANS

The document will begin months of debate on government spending, with Democrats and moderate Republicans worried the budget could force tough decisions on popular programs such as aid for disabled children and hot meals for the elderly, and conservatives pushing for more cuts down the line.

New administrations typically submit to Congress what is known as a "skinny budget," a broad outline of spending proposals, in their initial months in office. Lengthy volumes of fiscal plans and projections follow a couple of months later.

But the Trump budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2017, may be more truncated than usual, said three budget experts interviewed by Reuters.

The document is expected to look only at one narrow piece of the budget: "discretionary" programs that are subject to renewal every year and not so-called entitlement programs such as the Social Security retirement program and the Medicare and Medicaid health programs.

"This one appears as though it will be one of the skinniest budgets of recent memory. Possibly emaciated," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Social programs such as Social Security and Medicare account for the majority of overall U.S. federal government costs. Trump pledged to protect the two programs during the 2016 campaign.

"If they put out a budget as skinny as advertised, it might not really tell us a whole lot about the president's overall budget and the direction of fiscal policy," said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan budget reform advocacy group.

'LONG GAME'

The "skinny budget" is not expected to address other potentially expensive promises Trump made during his campaign.

Trump wants to boost infrastructure spending while cutting taxes. Although he has not given details on how or when that would happen, the pledges worry Romina Boccia, a fiscal policy expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "You could blow up the deficit even more," she said.

If Trump sticks with his campaign spending promises but decides to make a bigger push to rein in the deficit, more cuts could be in store for programs such as food assistance for the poor, college Pell Grants for the poor, and some income assistance for poor senior citizens, said Sharon Parrott, senior fellow at the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities.

"That's what's left," Parrot said in an interview.

Trump's "skinny budget" will also make funding requests for the remaining months of the current fiscal year.

As long as increases in military spending are offset with cuts elsewhere for 2018, keeping the deficit in check, Republican Representative Steve Pearce said he was willing to wait patiently for broader fiscal belt-tightening down the road.

"We're playing a very long game here in the debt and deficit," Pearce said in an interview.
          Senior Executive Level Staff Consultant, Pentagon - Prevailance, Inc. - Force, PA   
Including homeland defense, irregular warfare, special operations and personnel recovery,. Department of Defense while conducting and understanding complex...
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          July 2009   
Bizarre news around the blogosphere today.

Jeff Sessions, a Republican Senator from Alabama says of the Sotomayor appointment, "I don't believe that Judge Sotomayor has the deep-rooted convictions necessary to resist the siren call of judicial activism. She has evoked its mantra too often." Unless these appointees can be held accountable for the perjury they commit during Senatorial hearings, there's no point in having the hearings.



Seems the WH and Pelosi are the only two factions confident about the health care bill, so confident that she may bypass several committees and call for a vote. "When I take this bill to the floor, it will win," she said Sunday. "We will move forward, it will happen."

Homeland Security Revises Immigration Plan, Limits Officers' Power to Arrest Illegals. Opponents said the program, known as 287G, was intended to identify criminal aliens but instead has led to racial profiling; it allowed local police to identify and arrest illegal immigrants for such minor infractions as
a broken tail light
. Program supporters said it has been an effective tool for combating illegal immigration. Excuse me, but minor or not, if you have outstanding warrents, or suspended license, a taillight is all they need to stop you.. should I expect to walk away from those crimes? A'int gonna happen. But we want law enforcement to IGNORE illegal alien status? Let's get this all in perspective. Can you imagine going to another country and getting pulled over for anything... and they don't want to also SEE YOUR PASSPORT? This is laughable at best.

So how can we work to take back our country? I would really like to see the States get behind the people's grassroots attempts to take their country back. The state needs to re-assert it's right of soveriegnty as a member of the United States, and protect the people as they start taking back their taxes and their rights. You have to starve the beast.
          The Solution to White Supremacy is White Abortion (6 replies)   
Can you believe this bantering bull? "Who's Bitch This be?"

Beyond Pro-Choice: The Solution to White Supremacy is White Abortion
June 21, 2017 Nicole Valentine

In a progressive society, it is often white families that stand in the way of equality and justice. Systemic white supremacy depends, first and foremost, on the white family unit. When white conquerors forcefully penetrated the indigenous, egalitarian homeland of the Native peoples of America, they were quick to replicate their white societies, initiating their parasitism by establishing white plantations, headed by white fathers, submissive white mothers, and, most critically, white children, with full dominion over the enslaved and oppressed people of color that were forced to uphold these micro-fiefdoms.

It is no surprise, then, that America's fascination with the white family unit has gone hand-in-hand with the historical proliferation of white supremacy. After Bacon's Rebellion, white micro-fieftans thought it necessary to expand the definition of white family to encompass the entirety of white society, so as to coerce the working class to fight amongst itself based on racial lines. Whites are embedded from birth with the sense of common white identity, and this identity conditions them to replicate the white family unit, thus furthering the cycle of white supremacy in America. That is why the white family unit must be destroyed.

In 1973, the Supreme Court, consisting entirely of men, eight of whom were white, ruled that the termination of pregnancy was constitutional up until the third trimester. For decades, progressives have championed this decision as a victory for the cause of women's rights. However, it is time we challenge this problematic notion.

First of all, it is critical to understand that the appeal to abortions being "Constitutional" reinforces white supremacy. There is no way around it. The Constitution was drafted and signed by white men, for white men. Slavery was Constitutional. The "right" to terrorize citizens through the bearing of arms is Constitutional. So-called "due process," in which white juries condone the murder of innocent black men, is a Constitutional process. Being Constitutional does not make something progressive or innately valuable. In fact, Constitutionality is often synonymous with "exclusively beneficial to the white race."

Second, the notion of "choice" in abortion is inherently white supremacist and ableist. Women of color do not often have the same privilege to choose termination as do white women. For social, religious, economic, and ethical reasons, women of color may experience roadblocks on the path to body autonomy that white women would never be forced to confront due to their privilege of being born in a white supremacist society that continually looks out for their needs. Under present circumstances, women of color simply do not have the absolute choice when it comes to their bodies. It is time to stop pretending that they stand on equal footing with white women, when it has been proven that the embedded systems of white supremacy do not act impartially to all women. Because white supremacy prevents women of color from their freedom to choose, we must level the playing field by other means.

White women: it is time to do your part! Your white children reinforce the white supremacist society that benefits you. If you claim to be progressive, and yet willingly birth white children by your own choice, you are a hypocrite. White women should be encouraged to abort their white children, and to use their freed-up time and resources to assist women of color who have no other choice but to raise their children.

Women of color are in need of financial and humanitarian resources. As this white supremacist society continues to imprison black fathers, women of color are forced to stand alone in their plight to raise the next generation of Americans. White women: instead of devoting your time and energy to white children who will reinforce the struggles of women of color, how about asking women of color in what ways you can assist them in their self-liberation? How about adopting children of color who have lost their parents to the destructive white supremacist society that you have enabled and encouraged?
          #ISIL – Target #Russia @TheSiriusReport   
Under the direction of President Vladimir Putin, Russia is striking out against ISIL in Syria, and their actions have further intensified the hostilities of the terrorist group. Instead of structuring their retaliatory aggression against the West, ISIL now considers Russia their number one enemy, and they’re determined to launch a series of devastating attacks on the Russian homeland. ISIL fighters have their sights set squarely on cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, and they claim to have sleeper cells fully embedded and at the ready.
          DHS TERROR ALERT (JULY 1, 2017): Geneva-Based CIA Likely Plotting Attack on Homeland Security HQ in DC and/or DHS-Related Entities on July 1-15, 2017, Possibly Bio-Chemical or Nuclear in Nature   

          Music from 'The Walking Dead,' 'This Is Us,' 'Homeland' Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert - Variety   
Variety Music from ' The Walking Dead ,' 'This Is Us,' 'Homeland' Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert Variety The range and diversity of music in current television was vividly showcased in a live concert Thursday night at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Nearly 600 attended “Words + Music: A Concert Celebrating Music Written for ...
          Asia Kate Dillon   
Meet one of the first non-binary gender identifying actors to be cast on mainstream TV Billions, a Showtime original program is based loosely on the prosecution of Steve Cohen – played here as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Showtime’s Damian Lewis from Homeland) – by zealous financial crimes prosecutor Preet Bhahara – Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, […]
          Spanish Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
ProSol seeks Spanish Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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          Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
ProSol seeks Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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          Comment on SILENT MASSACRE / ELECTRONIC STALKING AND MIND CONTROL IN THE USA by PAM T. PARK FOREST IL USA   
I am PAM and want to elaborate on one more issue. I called it without any input from anyone "MEDICAL TERRORISM" where persons in the medical profession either Did put the implants in me without my consent and then my medical file was either lost or stolen or the long term Dr or Dentists office closed up. FOUR OF MY LONG TERM treating DRS literally disappeared. I mean they arent to be found anywhere.. their partners DENIED TO MY FACE THEY WORKED IN THE OFFICES I Was a patient at.. THAT IS FUCKING SCAREY. I also CAN TELL the authorities names and identies of perpetrators. I found from my experience at Dentists offices that LOWER PAID employees such as the receptionist not the DR or Dental assistant gets the implant on the Dentists tray .. I even TOLD FOUR DENTISTS I dont want ANY KIND OF IMPLANT OR DEVICE PLACED IN ME, ,... no matter who gave it to you.. I DONT WANT IT.. I was in fact implanted .. and when I complained BACK TO THE DENTIST. the CIA came out and hired the dentist and told HER NOT TO TREAT ME ANYMORE.. even though I was a regular patient.. They do shit to you and then TELL YOU THEY CANT TREAT YOU.. when you go to get your medical records the treatment dates and charges are altered . My black neighbors spend thousands of hours breaking into my apt and stealing my MEDICAL RECORDS DOCUMENTS BILLINGS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. I complained to my insurers and DEPT OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATIONS and PROVIDED EVIDENCE to STATE SENATORS US SENATORS FBI HOMELAND SECURITY AND WOULD GLADLY HAVE given CIA anything they needed.. yet I was deceived and ripped off.. and terrorized when I TRIED TO GET MEDICAL CARE. I WAS DENIED ANTIBIOTICS painkillers Abuterol treatments by black security guards at URGENT CARE CENTERS AND ERS and DRS offices.. I couldnt get the regular staff to treat me. IN FLOSSMOOR IL. I went to an URGENT CARE CENTER and received MEDICAL BILL FROM THE DR FROM KENTUCKY.. I asked the billing dept about that.. They told me we dont have any contract DRs from KENTUCKY.. these are bits of prooff and evidence although it seems insignificant. I was an emergency room and couldnt breathe. .they locked me up and transferred me to a psych ward and never treated the respiratory issue cause I was ASSAULTED WITH TOXIC CHEMICALS. they didnt take blood tests or urine as REQUESTED TO PROVE IT.. the police were USELESS. The FIRE DEPT had three trucks come to my apt complex and SIT IN THE TRUCKS OUTSIDE IN THE PARKING LOT but REFUSED TO COME INTO MY APT with equipt to test for it.. THIS IS NOT A JOKE I AM BEING ATTACKED TARGETED AND STALKED AND I DO KNOW WHOSE DOING IT.. THEY ARENT HARD TO FIND THEY LIVE RIGHT HERE. NOT KIDDING YOU.. the hospitals CAUGHT THREE PHONY MEDICAL PERSONNEL Including a woman posing as an athesiologist PREP NURSE prepping my mom for surgery.. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD AND WENT TO EVERYONE AND REPORTED IT. SHE WAS ARRESTED SECRETLY and turns out shes a relative of a mobster who embezzled me. WHO LET HER INTO THE SURGICAL PREP AREA>? ALSO THE ANTHESIOLOGIST didnt work at that medical center!! THERE HAVE BEEN ARRESTS but I was NOT CONTACTED CAUSE THE FEDS DENY I WAS THE VICTIM OR REPORTER OF THOSE INCIDENTS . DATED JULY 1 2017.. LEARN FROM THIS. GET WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE.. AND KEEP EXTRA COPIES ELSEWHERE CAUSE THEY COME TO STEAL IT ALL BACK!
          Spanish Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
ProSol seeks Spanish Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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          Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
ProSol seeks Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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          Quicky!   
Just thought I'd quickly give an update for all the millions of people wondering where my latest blog post has been hiding!  hahaha. 
I came off in a race last Saturday and ended up being knocked unconscious for a few minutes and have suffered the consequences for the past week and counting.  So I shouldn't be using the computer very much - thus no updates/stories.
I will be sure to post some pictures and comments asap!!
I took the Ferry across the channel yesterday and am now in the Homeland - England!  And as for cycling - probably wont be able to get on the bike until I get back to the great white north.
More to come! :)
          Music from ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Homeland’ Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert   
… The range and diversity of music in current television was vividly … 600 attended “Words + Music: A Concert Celebrating Music Written for Television.” From … on-stage music making: Mac Quayle played keyboards in his own music from …
          Questioning territory: A Jewish reflection on holy land*   
Thinking of territory as a patrie , a motherland or homeland, makes use of metaphors that hope to capture a primal relationship between territory and citizenship. It is this meeting that founds the ve ... - Source: blogs.ssrc.org
          Local News: New Security Measures For International Flights+ Mercedes-Benz Stadium Hiring   
DHS new security measures for international flights The Department of Homeland Security announced enhanced screening of passengers coming into the United States.  The updated protocol “enhanced screening” includes passengers and their electronic devices.  These security measures apply to all passengers entering the United States 300 airports.       Mercedes-Benz Stadium Hiring Event The Mercedes-Benz […]
          PURCHASING/MATERIALS COORDINATOR - Bubble Technology Industries - Chalk River, ON   
BTI is a dynamic company with world‐renowned expertise in radiation detection, addressing applications in the defence, homeland security, space, industrial,
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          PURCHASING/MATERIALS COORDINATOR - Bubble Technology Industries - Chalk River, ON   
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          I Will Never Accept An Apology, Says Khasi Woman Who Was Thrown Out Of Delhi Golf Club   

Tailin Lyngdoh, the tribal Khasi woman, who was subjected to discrimination at the Delhi Golf Club for wearing her traditional dress, on Saturday said that the she cannot reconcile with those who broke her heart.

"I will never accept any apology as I was deeply hurt by the manner in which I was insulted and discriminated against. I would also never set foot in the Club ever again," Lyngdoh told journalists.

"If you try and fix a broken glass, you won't be able to hide the cracks of the glass. Therefore, it will be difficult for me to accept any apology from them now," she stated.

"I will never accept any apology as I was deeply hurt by the manner in which I was insulted and discriminated against."

On June 25, Lyngdoh, a governess, had gone to the Club, along with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, after they were invited for lunch by a Club member.

Some 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two Club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the Club, saying her dress was a "maid's uniform" and also allegedly hurled racial abuses.

Lyngdoh, who finally reached Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, Saturday afternoon, met and shared with the members of Meghalaya State Women's Commission and women's rights activists on the unfortunate incident at the elitist golf club for wearing a Jainsem.

"I felt hurt and insulted when I was discriminated against at the Club, which is in my own homeland. I have been to many clubs and restaurants abroad but no has ever insulted me," Lyngdoh, who with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, said.

"I want the Meghalaya government and civil society groups and my fellow tribesmen to come forward in taking up the incident which happened at the Club, so that no such discrimination is meted out to anyone in the future," she said.

Meanwhile, Barthakur appealed to the people across the northeastern states to come out in support of Lyngdoh.

"Here is a lady who was humiliated for her profession, for the way she looks and for the way she dressed. Let us not just make it into Tailin's voice alone. It should be the voice of everyone. Enough is enough."

"This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. These things keep happening. Therefore, I am appealing to the people of the Northeast to stand up together.

"Here is a lady who was humiliated for her profession, for the way she looks and for the way she dressed. Let us not just make it into Tailin's voice alone. It should be the voice of everyone. Enough is enough," Barthakur said.

On her meeting with the women's commission Chairperson, she said: "I am convinced that they are with us and will take proactive action. We are going back with hope."

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who had raised the issue with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, said such discrimination needs to be condemned by one and all.

He had also urged the central government to direct Delhi Police to file a suo motu case against the Delhi Golf Club for the racial abuse.

"All legal options available as per the Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 and more will be taken advantage of, so that such behaviour is not repeated," Sangma said.

The Meghalaya State Women's Commission, which held a meeting with prominent women's organisations, has unanimously condemned the "despicable act of discrimination and racism" and lack of grace on the part of the management of the Club.

"The comments made by the management on the attire of Lyngdoh has gravely insulted and hurt the sentiments of Khasis (a tribal community in Meghalaya). Further, the comments made violated the social and cultural rights of Lyngdoh," commission's Chairperson, Theilin Phanbuh said.

In a Khasi society which is egalitarian, all Khasi women would wear the Jainsem, which was the traditional attire of the Khasis and the same was worn by the Khasis in India and abroad, she said.

"It (Jainsem) represents the identity of a woman who wears it every day and it is the most modest, dignified, graceful, versatile and elegant attire. India is a land of unity in the midst of diversity and as such, it is unfortunate that the management of the Club cannot make a distinction between a traditional Indian attire and that of a neighboring country," Phanbuh said.

The Jainsem has been showcased in many fashion shows, including the Lakme Fashion Week as well as the London Fashion Week, World Intellectual Property Organisation and many others.

"It is unfortunate that the world is aware and appreciates the Jainsem whereas our Indian brethren are ignorant of the same," Phanbuh said.


          US renews pressure on China with eye on N Korea threat   

WASHINGTON (AP) - Less than three months after President Donald Trump and China’s leader strolled the manicured lawns at Mar-a-Lago, the White House is suddenly engaged in a multipronged pressure campaign against Beijing, born of frustration with the limited results of their much-touted cooperation on ending North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Delivering a one-two punch to China on Thursday, the Trump administration approved a $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan and blacklisted a small Chinese bank over its business ties with North Korea. The State Department earlier in the week gave Beijing a dismal grade in a new human trafficking report that was endorsed by Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser.

The actions culminated days of increased irritation among the president and his top aides over China’s reluctance to tighten the economic screws on Pyongyang. Until recently, American officials had been hailing the improved coordination with China and describing it as the centrepiece of their strategy for preventing North Korea’s isolated totalitarian government from being able to strike the US homeland with nuclear weapons.

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          Bütün Hikâyeler Aynı   
Turkish

Bir gemi, yabancı bir sahile iner; kendini kanıtlamaya can atan bir genç adam, oranın yerlileriyle arkadaş olup sırlarını ortaya çıkarmak üzere görevlendirilmiştir. Onların yaşam tarzından büyülenmiş bir halde yerli bir kıza âşık olur ve üstlerine karşı güven duygusunu yitirmeye başlar. Kendi adamlarının yerlileştiğini fark eden üstler, karşılık olarak hem onu hem de yerli halkı tek seferde ortadan kaldırmaya karar verirler.

Avatar veya Pocahantas? Hikâye olarak neredeyse aynılar. Hatta kimileri James Cameron’u Amerikan Yerlilerinin mitini çalmakla suçlamıştır. Ancak bu, hem daha basit hem de daha karmaşık bir meseledir, çünkü temel yapı sadece bu iki hikâye için değil, tümü için ortaktır. 

Üç farklı hikâyeyi ele alalım:

Tehlikeli bir canavar, halkı tehdit etmektedir. Bir adam, bu canavarı öldürmek ve krallığa mutluluğu geri getirme görevini kendi üzerine alır.

Bu, 1976’da vizyona giren Jaws’ın hikâyesi. Ama aynı zamanda, 8. ve 11. yüzyıl arası bir zamanda yayımlanmış olan Anglosakson epik şiiri Beowulf’un da hikâyesi.

Ve bundan çok daha tanıdık olarak: Bu The Thing, Jurassic Park, Godzilla ve The Blob – tüm gerçek canavarlı filmler. Eğer bu canavarlara insan formunda rol verilirse, aynı zaman bütün James Bond filmleri, MI5’in, House’un veya CSI’ın her bölümü olabilir. Aynı biçimi The Exorcist, The Shining, Fatal Attraction, Scream, Psycho ve Saw’da da görebilirsiniz. Canavar, Nightmare on Elm Street’teki yalın ve gerçekçi formundan, Erin Brockovich’teki şirket formuna değişim gösterebilir, ama temeli oluşturan yapı –düşmanın alt edildiği ve toplumda düzenin tekrar sağlandığı– aynı kalır. Canavar, The Towering Inferno’daki yangın olabilir, The Poseidon Adventure’daki alabora olmuş tekne veya Ordinary People’daki gibi bir çocuğun annesi olabilir. Görünüşte benzemez görünseler de, her birinin iskeletleri aynıdır.

Kahramanımız cesur yeni bir dünyaya rastlar. Önce onun ihtişam ve cazibesiyle şaşkına döner, ama işler yavaşça tekinsizleşir...

Bu Alice’in Harikalar Diyarındaki Maceraları, ama aynı zamanda Oz Büyücüsü, Life on Mars, ve Gulliver’in Gezileri. Ve eğer bu fantastik dünyaları, yalnızca ana karaktere fantastik görünen dünyalar ile değiştirirseniz, Brideshead Revisited, Rebecca, The Line of Beauty ve The Third Man filmlerinin de aynı şekilde bu kalıba uyduğunu hemen görürsünüz.

Bir topluluk, kendini büyük bir tehlike içinde bulduğu ve çözümün çok çok uzak topraklardaki bir iksiri bulup getirmekte yattığını gördüğü vakit, bu kabilenin bir üyesi bilinmeyene olan bu risk dolu yolcuğu kendi üzerine alır…

Bu Raiders of the Lost Ark, Morte D’Arthur, Lord of The Rings ve Watership Down. Ve eğer bunu fanteziden ziyade daha dünyevi bir hikâyeye naklederseniz karşınıza Master and Commander, Saving Private Ryan, Guns of Navarone ve Apocalypse Now çıkar. Eğer karakterlerin yolculuk amacını değiştirirseniz, işte o zaman Rififi, The Usual Suspects, Ocean’s Eleven, Easy Rider ve Thelma & Louis’i bulursunuz.

Yani, üç farklı hikâyenin pek çok türevi var. Peki bunu özetlerseniz, sadece üç farklı hikâye tipi olduğu anlamına mı gelir? Hayır. Beowulf, Alien ve Jaws “canavar” hikâyeleri – ama onlar aynı zamanda yeni ve korkutucu dünyalara çekilmiş olan kişiler hakkında. Apocalypse Now veya Finding Nemo gibi klasik “macera” hikâyelerinde baş karakterler hem canavarlarla, hem de garip yeni dünyalarla karşılaşır. Gulliver’in Gezileri, Witness ve Legally Blonde gibi “Cesur Yeni Dünya” hikâyeleri bu üç tarife uyumludur: Karakterlerin hepsi bir tür macera içindedir ve alt etmeleri gereken canavarlar vardır. Görünüşte farklı olsalar da hepsi aynı çerçeve ve hikâye lokomotifini paylaşır: Hepsi karakterlerini garip, yeni bir dünyaya sürüklemiştir, hepsi bu yeni dünyadan çıkış yolunu bulmayı içeren bir macera barındırır ve hangi formu seçerlerse seçsinler, tüm hikâyelerde “canavarlar” mağlup edilmiştir. Üstelik hepsi, bir noktada, hedeflerini güvenlik, emniyet, tamamlanma ve evin önemi olarak belirlemiştir.

Bu ilkeler yalnızca filmlerde, romanlarda veya Homeland, The Killing gibi televizyon dizilerinde görülmüyor. Arkadaşımın 9 yaşındaki oğlu, bir hikâye anlatmak istediğine karar verdi. Bu konuda kimseye danışmadı ve sadece yazdı:

Bir aile tatile çıkmayı dört gözle bekler. Anne, kirayı ödeyebilmek uğruna tatili feda etmek zorundadır. Çocuklar bahçede gömülü bir harita bulurlar, ormandaki saklı hazineyi göstermektedir ve peşinden gitmeye karar verirler. Pek çok belaya bulaşır ve takip edilirler, sonunda hazineyi bulur ve daha da iyi bir tatile çıkarlar.

Neden bir çocuk yüzyıllar önce anlatılmış bir hikâyeyi bilinçsizce tekrar eder? Neden, bu çocuk çok spontane bir şekilde yazıyorken, çok açık bir şekilde kuşaklar boyu geri giden hikâyeleri taklit eden hikâye yapısına hakimdir? Neden hepimiz hikâyelerimizi aynı kuyudan çekmeye devam ediyoruz? Bunun sebebi şu olabilir: Her bir başarılı kuşak, sonuncuyu kopya eder, böylece bir dizi gelenek/düzen belirlenmiş olur. Bu, modelin aynı anda her yerde bulunmasını açıklarken, ikon karşıtlığına (iconoclasm) karşı azimli direnci, kendini yeniden keşfetmesini sağlayan tazeliği ve neşesi, ortada başka şeylerin de olduğu hissini veriyor.

Hikâye anlatıcılığının belli bir biçimi vardır. Anlatılmış tüm hikâyelerin anlatım şeklini domine eder ve yalnızca Rönesans dönemine kadar değil, kaydedilen ilk sözcüklere dek izlenebilir. Bu, bir sanat evi veya havaalanı formunda heyecanla özümsediğimiz bir yapıdır, ve bu biçim –fakat dikkatli olmamız gerekir– evrensel bir arketip olabilir.

Sanat üzerine olan çoğu yazı, sanatçı olmayan insanlar tarafından yazılmıştır: Yanlış algılar da böyle ortaya çıkar işte. 
Eugene Delacroix

Evrensel bir hikâye yapısını keşfetme macerası, yeni bir şey değil. Prague School’dan ve 20. yüzyıl başları Rus Formalistlerden, Northrop Frye’nin Anatomy of Criticism eserinden Christopher Booker’ın The Seven Basic Plots’una, pek çoğu hikâyelerin nasıl çalıştığını anlamayı kendilerine görev edinmiştir. Benim alanımda, bu sahici bir endüstri —senaryo yazımı konusunda yüzlerce kitap var (televizyonla ilgili neredeyse mantıklı hiçbir şey olmasa da). Çoğunu okudum, ancak ben daha çok okudukça, şu iki mesela daha çok kafamı karıştırdı:

1. Pek çoğu tamamen farklı sistemler öneriyor, her birinin hikâye yazmak için tek ve yegane yol olduğunu iddia ediyorlar. Nasıl bütün hepsi doğru olduğunu iddia edebilir?

2. Hiçbiri "Neden?" diye sormuyor.

Bu büyük kitaplardan bir kısmı değersiz bilgiler içeriyor, birkaçı yararlı sezgilere sahip, hepsi de bize nasıl olduğunu söylemeye hevesli ve büyük bir hararetle “sayfa 12’de tahrik edici bir olay olmasının gerekliliği” konusunda ısrar ediyor, ama hiçbiri bunların neden olması gerektiğini açıklamıyor. Durup bunun hakkında düşündüğünüz zaman ise gerçekten delice geliyor: Eğer “neden” sorusunu cevaplayamıyorsanız, “nasıl” sorusu kumların üzerine inşa edilmiş bir yapıdır. Ve sonra, bunu kendi kendinize cevaplamaya çalıştığınız zaman, çoğu teorinin –bazısı keskin olsa da– pek de bir anlamı olmuyor. Tanrı, sayfa 12’de tahrik edici bir olay olmasını mı buyurdu, yoksa bir kahramanın yolculuğunda 12 evre mi vardı? Tabii ki hayır; onlar kurgudur. Neden bu biçim/kalıpların bulunduğu konusunda tutarlı bir neden bulmadığımız sürece, bu insanları ciddiye almamız için çok az neden var. Onlar, mallarını satmak için sınırda dolaşan üçkâğıtçılar.

Neredeyse tüm yetişkin hayatım boyunca hikâyeler anlattım ve İngiliz televizyonlarındaki çoğu popüler programda çalışmanın olağanüstü ayrıcalığına sahip oldum. 20 milyondan fazla izleyiciye ulaşan hikâyeler yarattım ve dramatik bakış/çerçeveyi tekrar tanımlayan programların yakinen içinde bulundum.

Neredeyse hiç şahit olunmayan bir biçimde, hem sanat-evi yapımlarında hem de popülist anaakım programlarda çalıştım, ikisini de eşit derecede sevdim ve daha çok hikâye anlattıkça daha çok fark ettim ki, hikâye konularının altında yatan örüntü/model –bir izleyicinin talep ettiği birtakım usul ve gidişatlar – olağanüstü bir istikrara sahiptir.

Sekiz sene önce, hikâye anlatıcılığı konusundaki her şeyi okumaya başladım. Daha da önemlisi, beraber çalıştığım tüm yazarları nasıl yazdıkları konusunda sorgulamaya başladım. Kimisi üç perdeli yapı geleneklerine sarılmıştı, kimi bunu reddetti – ve kimiyse bu gelenekleri hâlihazırda kullandığını fark etmeyerek reddetti. Birkaç yazar dört perdeye, bazısı da beşe yeminliydi; diğerleri de perde diye bir şeyin olmadığını iddia etti. Bazıları titizlikle senaryo yazımı kılavuzlarından öğrenirken, diğerleri yapısal teoriyi şeytan ürünü olarak kınadı. Ancak okuduğum her iyi senaryoda birleştirici tek bir faktör vardı: ister yepyeni bir yetenek tarafından, ister birçok ödül sahibi bir yazar tarafından yazılmış olsun, hepsi temelde aynı yapısal özellikleri paylaşıyordu.

İki basit soru sorarak –bu özellikler neydi ve neden tekrarladılar – tarihle dolu bir dolabın kilidini açmış oldum. Çok kalmadan, üç-perde paradigmasının modern çağın bir keşfi değil, ancak çok daha ilkel bir şeyin artikülasyonu olduğunu; yani modern perde yapısının izleyicinin azalan dikkat süresine karşı bir reaksiyonu ve perdenin icadı olduğunu keşfettim. Belki daha da şaşırtıcı olarak, beş perdeli dramanın tarihi, 19. yüzyıl Fransız drama yazarı Eugène Scribe ve Alman romancı Gustav Freytag’dan, Molière, Shakespeare ve Jonson yoluyla beni Romalılara geri götürdü. Anlamaya başladım ki eğer gerçekten bir arketip olsaydı yalnızca senaryo yazımına değil, tüm anlatım/hikâye yapılarına uygulanıyor olurdu. Biri ya tüm hikâyelerini bir kalıba uygun olarak anlatır, ya da hiçbirini.  Eğer hikâye anlatıcılığı evrensel bir yapıya sahipse bu, apaçık olmak zorundadır.

Konu yapıya geldiği zaman, acaba yazarların gerçekten ne kadarını bilmesi gerekiyor? İşte, film teorisi üzerine Guillermo Del Toro: 

İnsanları bundan özgürleştirmelisiniz; onlara hikâyelerini, hayatlarını, duygularını ve dünya hakkındaki görüşlerini sığdırmaları gereken bir korse vermemelisiniz. Bizim lanetimiz, film endüstrisinin %80’inin yarım yamalak bilgili insanlar tarafından yönetiliyor oluşu. Joseph Campbell ve Robert Mckee okumuş olan insanlarınız var ve şimdi sizinle kahramanın yolculuğu hakkında konuşuyorlar ve siz de lanet penislerini kesip ağızlarına sıkıştırmak için can atıyorsunuz.

Del Toro pek çok yazar ve sinemacının düşüncelerini yansıtıyor; pek çoğu için, gizli saklı olarak, yapı çalışmasının dehalarına bir ihanet olduğuna dair kökleşmiş bir inanç var; aleladeliğin yerine ilham perisini aradığı bir yer. Böyle bir çalışma yalnız bir yolla sona erebilir. David Hare iyi bir şekilde ifade ediyor: “İzleyici sıkıldı. Bu bitik UCLA film okulu formülünü –perdeler, atlayışlar ve kişisel yolculuklar– başladığı andan itibaren öngörebilirler. Onlara yeni-başlayanlar-için-Jung ve Joseph Campbell menşeili çok fazla şey sunulduğu için kızgın ve aşağılanmışlar. Şimdi tüm iyi eserler, tür dışı.”

Charlie Kaufman, formun sınırlarını zorlamak konusunda Hollywood’da pek çoğundan fazlasını yapmıştır, daha da ileri gidiyor: “Herkesin takılı kalmış olduğu şu doğuştan gelen senaryo yapısı var, üç-perdeli olan. Bu beni gerçekten ilgilendirmiyor. Doğrusu düşünüyorum ki, ben muhtemelen yapı konusuyla senaryo yazan çoğu insandan daha çok ilgiliyim, çünkü bunun hakkında düşünüyorum.” Ancak çok fazla protesto edildi. Hare’nin My Zinc Bed adlı bağımlılık çalışması ve Kaufman’ın Being John Malkovich senaryosu, klasik hikâye formunun mükemmel örnekleri. Ne kadar nefret etmişlerse de (ve bence öfkeleri onlara ihanet etti), tiksindiklerini ileri sürdükleri kılavuzu izlemekten geri duramadılar. Niçin?

Tüm hikâyeler aynı şablondan yaratılmıştır, basit bir şekilde, yazarların kullandıkları yapı konusunda herhangi bir seçeneği yoktur; fizik, mantık, ve dikte edilen form kurallarında hepsi tamamen aynı yolu izlemek zorundadır. 

Bu durumda hikâye anlatıcılığının sihirli bir anahtarı var mı? Bu kibir, tedbir gerektiriyor – düzenleme, açıklama, kataloglamaya dair dürtüler, aynı zamanda ilginç olmayan detayları önemsemeye bir eğilimdir. Anlatımın zengin çeşitliliğini ve alışılmadık derecede çok yönlü olan doğasını reddeden kişi, Middlemarch’ta bunun açıklamasını ararken hayata sırtını dönen kurumuş kabuk Casaubon’dan daha iyi olamamayı göze almış olur. Tüm bunlar, bilimsel bir formüle ve gökkuşağını sökmeye olan merakı azaltmak için oldukça cazip.

Ancak kurallar var. The West Wing ve The Newsroom’un yaratıcısı Aaron Sorkin bu durumu şöyle açıklıyor: “Gerçek kurallar, dramanın kurallarıdır, Aristo’nun bahsettiği kurallar. Sahte televizyon kuralları, aptal televizyon yöneticilerinin size söyleyeceği ‘Bunu yapamazsın, yapman gereken şu, bundan üç tane ve şundan dört taneye ihtiyacın var,’ gibi sözler değil. Bunlar aptalca.” Sorkin tüm büyük sanatçıların bildiği şeyi ifade ediyor; onların sanata/beceriye dair bir fikre sahip olmaları lazım. Sanatsal kompozisyonun formları, her bir dil gibi bir gramere sahiptir ve bu gramer, bu yapı sadece kurgu değil, insan zihninin çalışmalarının en güzel ve çetrefilli ifadesidir.

Şunu belirtmek önemli ki, yazarlar yapıyı anlamak zorunda değiller. En iyilerin çoğu, hikâyenin şekline esrarengiz bir şekilde bilinçsizce ulaşabilme yeteneğine sahip; bu şekil dokuz yaşındaki bir çocuk ile aynı derecede kendi zihinlerinde de yattığı için.

Hiç şüphesiz, pek çoğuna yardımcı olan da bu kurallar. Friedrich Engels bunu kısa ve etkili bir biçimde ifade ediyor: “Özgürlük, zorunlu olanı kabullenmektir.” Zaman ve kılavuz bilgisi olmadan çalınan bir piyano, yakında dinlemek için bıktırıcı olacaktır; biçim ve form kurallarını izlemek Beethoven, Mozart ve Shostakovich’i engellemedi. Kuralları çiğneyecekseniz bile (neden olmasın?) öncelikle onlarda sağlam bir temel sahibi olmalısınız. Modernizmin öncüleri –Soyut Empresyonizmciler, Kübistler, Sürrealistler ve Fütüristler– hepsi form kurallarını parçalamadan önce, figüratif resmin efendileriydi. Ötesine geçmeden önce, hepsi sınırlarını bilmek zorundaydı. Sanat eleştirmeni Robert Hughes’un gözlemine göre: 

Çok nadir istisnalar dışında, son yüzyılın tüm önemli sanatçıları, Seurat’dan Matisse’e, Picasso’dan Mondrian’a, Beckmann’dan de Kooning’e, hepsi “akademik” çizimde eğitilmişlerdi (veya kendilerini eğittiler) – bu, hata kabul etmeyen ve gerçek motiflerle verilen uzun bir mücadeleydi ve sonuç olarak bu mücadelenin, modernizmin hakiki, formel başarılarını yükselten tek temel olduğu kanıtlandı. Ancak bu şekilde süregelen bir gelenek içinde doğru bir radikal deformasyon yaratılabildi ve sonuçları doğaçlama bir oyunun seviyesinin üstüne geçebildi. Mondrian’ın kare ve örgülerinin filozofik güzelliği, çizdiği elma ağaçlarının tecrübeye dayalı güzelliğiyle başladı. 

Sinema ve televizyon, yapısal olarak geleneksel olmayan pek çok güzel çalışma içeriyor (özellikle Avrupa’da), fakat buna rağmen kökleri hâlâ sımsıkı içeride yatıyor ve bu kökler evrensel bir arketipe karşı bir reaksiyon. Hughes’un söylediği gibi, onlar süregelen bir geleneğin kasten yapılmış bir deformasyonu. Ustalar, kompozisyonun basit öğretilerini terk etmedi, onları olasılığa tabi olmayan sanatın içinde sınıflandırdılar. Tüm büyük sanatçıların –müzik, drama, edebiyat ve sanatın kendisinde– sahip olunan bilgi bilinçli olsun veya olmasın, kurallar hakkında bir algısı vardır. “Gözüne, eline ve kalbine ihtiyacın var,” der eski bir Çin atasözü. “İki tanesi işe yaramaz.”

Hikâye anlatıcılığı insanlar için vazgeçilmez bir uğraş ve –neredeyse– hepimiz için nefes almak kadar önemli. Mitlere özgü kamp ateşi masallarından post-televizyon çağındaki yükselişine kadar hayatlarımızı da doğrudan etkiledi. O halde onu anlamaya çalışmamız gerekiyor. Delacroix, ilim korkusuna kısaca şöyle karşı koyuyor: “Önce zanaatkâr olmayı öğren, bu seni dahi olmaktan alıkoymaz.” Çağlar boyunca, hikâyelerde devamlı yinelenen bir motif vardır; içindeki karanlık ama hayat veren sırrı bulmak üzere ormana yapılan yolculuktur bu.

Kaynak: The Atlantic

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              Can’t Accept Apology from Delhi Golf Club: Tailin Lyngdoh   

    Tailin Lyngdoh

    Tailin Lyngdoh, the tribal Khasi woman, who was subjected to discrimination at the Delhi Golf Club for wearing her traditional dress, on Saturday said that the she cannot reconcile with those who broke her heart.

    "I will never accept any apology as I was deeply hurt by the manner in which I was insulted and discriminated against. I would also never set foot in the Club ever again," Lyngdoh told journalists. "If you try and fix a broken glass, you won't be able to hide the cracks of the glass. Therefore, it will be difficult for me to accept any apology from them now," she stated.

    On June 25, Lyngdoh, a governess, had gone to the Club, along with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, after they were invited for lunch by a Club member. Some 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two Club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the Club, saying her dress was a "maid's uniform" and also allegedly hurled racial abuses.

    Lyngdoh, who finally reached Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, Saturday afternoon, met and shared with the members of Meghalaya State Women's Commission and women's rights activists on the unfortunate incident at the elitist golf club for wearing a Jainsem.

    "I felt hurt and insulted when I was discriminated against at the Club, which is in my own homeland. I have been to many clubs and restaurants abroad but no has ever insulted me," Lyngdoh, who with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, said. "I want the Meghalaya government and civil society groups and my fellow tribesmen to come forward in taking up the incident which happened at the Club, so that no such discrimination is meted out to anyone in the future," she said.

    Meanwhile, Barthakur appealed to the people across the northeastern states to come out in support of Lyngdoh. "This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. These things keep happening. Therefore, I am appealing to the people of the Northeast to stand up together.

    "Here is a lady who was humiliated for her profession, for the way she looks and for the way she dressed. Let us not just make it into Tailin's voice alone. It should be the voice of everyone. Enough is enough," Barthakur said.

    On her meeting with the women's commission Chairperson, she said: "I am convinced that they are with us and will take proactive action. We are going back with hope."

    Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who had raised the issue with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, said such discrimination needs to be condemned by one and all. He had also urged the central government to direct Delhi Police to file a suo motu case against the Delhi Golf Club for the racial abuse.

    "All legal options available as per the Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 and more will be taken advantage of, so that such behaviour is not repeated," Sangma said.

    The Meghalaya State Women's Commission, which held a meeting with prominent women's organisations, has unanimously condemned the "despicable act of discrimination and racism" and lack of grace on the part of the management of the Club.

    "The comments made by the management on the attire of Lyngdoh has gravely insulted and hurt the sentiments of Khasis (a tribal community in Meghalaya). Further, the comments made violated the social and cultural rights of Lyngdoh," commission's Chairperson, Theilin Phanbuh said.

    In a Khasi society which is egalitarian, all Khasi women would wear the Jainsem, which was the traditional attire of the Khasis and the same was worn by the Khasis in India and abroad, she said.

    "It (Jainsem) represents the identity of a woman who wears it every day and it is the most modest, dignified, graceful, versatile and elegant attire. India is a land of unity in the midst of diversity and as such, it is unfortunate that the management of the Club cannot make a distinction between a traditional Indian attire and that of a neighboring country," Phanbuh said.

    The Jainsem has been showcased in many fashion shows, including the Lakme Fashion Week as well as the London Fashion Week, World Intellectual Property Organisation and many others. "It is unfortunate that the world is aware and appreciates the Jainsem whereas our Indian brethren are ignorant of the same," Phanbuh said.

    -IANS

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              On This Day in Math - July 2   

    OOPS...
    Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
    I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning,
    or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of. 1895
    And in a Letter to Baden-Powell (1896) Radio has no future.
    William Thomson, Lord Kelvin


    The 183rd day of the year; the concatenation of 183 and 184, 183184 is a perfect square. There are no smaller numbers for which the concatenation of two consecutive numbers is square. (Students might seek the next such pair of numbers. They are small enough to be year dates)

    The sum of the first 183 primes minus 183 is prime.

    183 is the eighth of the 12 year-days which are perfect totient numbers.  (There are only 57 such numbers under 102). [a perfect totient number is a number that is the sum of it's iterated totients, that is, the number of integers smaller than, and relatively prime to 183 + the number smaller than and less than that result, + ... down to one, "For example, start with 327. Then φ(327) = 216, φ(216) = 72, φ(72) = 24, φ(24) = 8, φ(8) = 4, φ(4) = 2, φ(2) = 1, and 216 + 72 + 24 + 8 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 327 " *Wik


    EVENTS

    1133 First trade security agreement between Pisans and Alibibn Yusof of Morocco.Under such an agreement, Guilielmo, father of Leonardo brought his young son (who would much later be called Fibonacci) to Bugia, where he would learn of the Arabic calculation system that he would introduce to his  homeland in his Liber Abbaci in 1202. *Devlin, The Man of Numbers

    In 1698 Thomas Savery was issued British Letters Patent No.356 for what he called "The Miner's Friend; or an engine to raise water by fire" which was the first application of steam power for pumping water. The steam powered pump had no piston. Two years earlier Savery was issued British Letters Patent No.347 for his invention for "Navigation improved; or the art of rowing ships of all rates in calms with a more easy, swift, and steady motion than oars can." ( which involved paddle-wheels driven by a capstan and which was dismissed by the Admiralty following a negative report by the Surveyor of the Navy,Edmund Dummer.)*TIS*Wik

    1779 One of the earliest mentions of blackboards in Colonial America was in a letter from John Taylor, a tutor at Queens College (to become Rutgers University)to a graduate student, John Bogart, that he was asking to take over his classes while Taylor was away on military duties. "I have spoken to Mr. Briton to make a blackboard.." *Kidwell, Hastings, & Roberts; Tools of American Mathematics Teaching.

    1832 Legendre writes to Nathanial Bowditch regarding his translation of LaPlace's "Mecanique Celeste" ,"Your work is not merely a translation with a commentary; I regard it as a new edition, augmented and improved, and such a one as might have come from the hands of the author himself, ... if he had been solicitously studious of being clear."   LaPlace's classic is a very difficult book, and Biot, who helped him prepare it for printing said that Laplace himself would frequently get lost in following his own line of reasoning  and insert, "il est aise a voir" (It is easy to see). *The Teaching and History of Mathematics in the United States, F. Cajori

    1850 Stokes’s theorem made its first appearance as a postscript to a letter from Sir William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) to Stokes. It first appeared publicly as question 8 on the Smith’s Prize exam for 1854. Stokes drew up this competitive exam, which was taken by the best mathematics students at Cambridge University. By the time Stokes died the theorem was universally known as “Stokes’s theorem.” [Spivak, Calculus on Manifolds, p. viii].

    1866 Alfred Russell Wallace writes to Darwin with to suggest a name change for his basic principal of Evolution:
    I wish.. to suggest ... adopting Spencer's term, (which he generally uses in preference to Natural Selection, viz, "Survival of the Fittest"
    *Mario Livio, Brilliant Blunders, pg 29

    1883 Helmholtz writes to Heinrich Hertz to congratulate him on his investigations. "I have read with the greatest interest your investigation on the cathode ray discharge, and cannot refrain from writing to say Bravo!" Hemholtz was not given to token praise, and was the opinion that was most valued by Hertz. *Hertz Miscellaneous Papers

    1897 – Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.*Wik

    1982 Science (p. 39) reported that Steven Smale had proved that the average-case behavior of the simplex algorithm for linear programming is far better than the worse-case behavior, which is exponential. [Mathematics Magazine 56 (1983), p. 55]. *VFR

    1944 Grace Hopper meets Howard Aiken for the first time. Here is her description of the meeting:
    Until 1944, I had been a thoroughly respectable mathematician. I had never met a digit, and I wanted nothing to do with digits. I came into the computer business in a unique fashion. I was ordered to the Navy Liaison Officer at Harvard. I left Midshipmen School on Friday, and on Monday morning, 2nd July 1944, I reported to the Navy Liaison Officer, Harvard. He took me by the hand, and led me over to an underground laboratory. I had just acquired one-and-a-half stripes. There stood a large object, with three stripes, who took one look at me and said: "Where the hell have you been?" I spluttered, and said that I had had two days' travel time. He said: "For the last three months." I said: "Midshipmen's School", and he said he had told them it was not necessary. By this time I was practically cowering, of course, but with one-and-a-half stripes, I would stand up straight and listen to three stripes. He waved his hand and said: "That's a computing machine." I said, "Yes, Sir." What else could I say? He said he would like to have me compute the coefficients of the arc tangent series, for Thursday. Again, what could I say? "Yes, Sir." I did not know what on earth was happening, but that was my meeting with Howard Hathaway Aiken. In the long run, he taught me one very important thing. One can always make a mistake once, but it must not be made a second time. That was a very good thing to learn. He also flatly informed me that he had told the Bureau of Naval Personnel not to send him a female. At this point, and over the next few months, I learned another lesson. I could have taken the attitude of showing him, and making him take that back. Instead, I decided it would be far better to learn to work with him. This is a lesson we all need to learn: of not showing people, but learning to work with people. It certainly made a difference in getting things done in the computer field.
    *SAU

    1992 On July 2, fearing for the impact that a park service removal of homeowners around Elkmont, Tennessee in the Great Smokey Mountain Natl Park would have on a variety of local fireflys, Lynn Faust wrote a letter to Professor Steven Stogratz, who had recently written a paper in Science Magazine about synchronized flashing of the firelies (lightning bugs) known to exist in Southeast Asia. Ms. Faust's letter would, in Strogatz's words, "shatter a (scientific) myth that had lasted for decades."
    The letter, in Ms. Faust's own hand, can be read here. (My thanks to both Professor Strogatz and Ms. Faust for their cooperation in sharing this letter.)

    2011 Simon Chua, 58, received Australia's B. H. Neumann Award for pioneering efforts in training and honing the talent of young Filipino mathematicians for the past 15 years.
    The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) bestowed the award to Chua on July 2, 2011. The B. H. Neumann Awards are presented annually for "important contributions over many years to the enrichment of mathematics learning in Australia and its region," according to the AMT.
    The award is named in honor of Bernhard H. Neumann, the so-called father of Australian mathematics, who “provided outstanding leadership, support and encouragement for mathematics and the teaching of mathematics at all levels."
    Chua, who is president and co-founder of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), is the first Asian to receive the award.
    Through the MTG, Filipino students have won numerous medals in math competitions abroad including in China, United States, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
    In 2006, Chua became the first Filipino to win the Paul Erdos Award from the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions. *MathDL




    BIRTHS

    1622 Rene-Francoise de Sluse (2 July 1622 – 19 March 1685) born. 1830 “It is true that Fourier is of the opinion that the principle object of mathematics is the public utility and the explanation of natural phenomena; but a scientist like him ought to know that the unique object of science is the honor of the human spirit and on this basis a question of [the theory of] numbers is worth as much as a question about the planetary system.” Jacobi to Legendre. Big Kline, p. 1037. VFR


    1842 George Thom (2 July 1842 in Forgue near Huntly, Scotland - 20 Dec 1916 in Aberdeen, Scotland) graduated from Aberdeen and then became Principal of Doveton College in Madras, India. He returned to Scotland as Vice-Principal of Chanonry School Aberdeen and then became Rector of Dollar Institution (later to become Dollar Academy). He held this post for 24 years. He was a founder member of the EMS and became the fifth President in 1886. *SAU


    1847 Andrew Gray graduated from Glasgow University and was appointed assistant and secretary to Lord Kelvin. He became Professor of Physics at University College Bangor and then returned to Glasgow as Kelvin's successor. He produced many books and papers in both mathematics and physics.*SAU


    1852 Birthdate of William Burnside, whose Theory of Groups (1897, 1911) is now a classic. His suspicion that every group of odd order is solvable was proved in 1962 by Walter Feit and John G. Thompson. *VFR He is known mostly as an early contributor to the theory of finite groups. In 1897 Burnside's classic work Theory of Groups of Finite Order was published. The second edition (published in 1911) was for many decades the standard work in the field. A major difference between the editions was the inclusion of character theory in the second.
    Burnside is also remembered for the formulation of Burnside's problem (which concerns the question of bounding the size of a group if there are fixed bounds both on the order of all of its elements and the number of elements needed to generate it) and for Burnside's lemma (a formula relating the number of orbits of a permutation group acting on a set with the number of fixed points of each of its elements) though the latter had been discovered earlier and independently by Frobenius and Cauchy.



    1862 Sir William Henry Bragg (2 July 1862 – 10 March 1942) was a pioneer British scientist in solid-state physics who was a joint winner (with his son Sir Lawrence Bragg) of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 for research on the determination of crystal structures. During the WW I, Bragg was put in charge of research on the detection and measurement of underwater sounds in connection with the location of submarines. He also constructed an X-ray spectrometer for measuring the wavelengths of X-rays. In the 1920s, while director of the Royal Institution in London, he initiated X-ray diffraction studies of organic molecules. Bragg was knighted in 1920. *TIS

    1885 Émile Henriot (2 July 1885 - 1 February 1961) was a French chemist notable for being the first to show definitely that potassium and rubidium are naturally radioactive.
    He investigated methods to generate extremely high angular velocities, and found that suitably placed air-jets can be used to spin tops at very high speeds - this technique was later used to construct ultracentrifuges.
    He was a pioneer in the study of the electron microscope. He also studied birefringence and molecular vibrations.
    He obtained his DSc in physics in 1912 the Sorbonne, Paris, under Marie Curie. *Wik


    1906 Hans Bethe, (July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) German-born American theoretical physicist who helped to shape classical physics into quantum physics and increased the understanding of the atomic processes responsible for the properties of matter and of the forces governing the structures of atomic nuclei. Bethe did work relating to armour penetration and the theory of shock waves of a projectile moving through air. He studied nuclear reactions and reaction cross sections (1935-38). In 1943, Oppenheimer asked Bethe to be the head of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project. After returning to Cornell University in 1946, Bethe became a leader promoting the social responsibility of science. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics (1967) for his work on the production of energy in stars. *TIS



    DEATHS

    1566 Nostradamus, French astrologer died on this day (b. 1503). I wonder if he predicted THIS in his prophacies.


    1591 Vincenzo Galilei ( c. 1520 – 2 July 1591) Italian, music theorist, lutenist and composer, who as the father of Galileo Galilei, adopted experimentation to prove aspects of acoustics, and may thus have influenced his son, Galileo, away from pure, abstract mathematics and towards making experiments and investigation. Vincenzo's discoveries in acoustics included some of the physics of vibrating strings and columns of air. In particular he was the first to show that the ratio of an interval was proportional to string lengths but varied as the square of the tension applied to the strings and as the cubes of volumes of air. He recognized the superiority of equal tempered tuning and compiled a codex of pieces illustrating the use of all 24 major and minor keys as early as 1584.*TIS


    1613 Bartholomeo Pitiscus (August 24, 1561 – July 2, 1613) was a Polish theologian who first coined the word Trigonometry. *SAU Pitiscus achieved fame with his influential work written in Latin, called Trigonometria: sive de solutione triangulorum tractatus brevis et perspicuus (1595, first edition printed in Heidelberg), which introduced the word "trigonometry" to the English and French languages, translations of which had appeared in 1614 and 1619, respectively. It consists of five books on plane and spherical trigonometry. Pitiscus is sometimes credited with inventing the decimal point, the symbol separating integers from decimal fractions, which appears in his trigonometrical tables and was subsequently accepted by John Napier in his logarithmic papers (1614 and 1619).*Wik

    1621 Thomas Harriot (Oxford, c. 1560 – London, 2 July 1621) died of a cancerous ulcer on his left nostril. While in America in 1586 he learned to “drink” tobacco smoke from the Indians. This probably makes him the earliest recorded tobacco fatality. He is best known for his contributions to algebra, including the invention of the symbol for less than, \( \lt \) and greater than, \( \gt \) . He might have adopted this symbol from a decoration on an Indian’s back. See C. L. Smith, “On the origin of ‘<’ and ‘>’,” The Mathematics Teacher, 57(1964), 479–481 for a picture of this Indian.*VFR
    He also is credited with the mathematical symbol for "therefore" \(\therefore \) His executors posthumously published his Artis Analyticae Praxis on algebra in 1631; Nathaniel Torporley was the intended executor of Harriot's wishes, but Walter Warner in the end pulled the book into shape. It may be a compendium of some of his works but does not represent all that he left unpublished (more than 400 sheets of annotated writing). It isn't directed in a way that follows the manuscripts and it fails to give the full significance of Harriot's writings.*Wik He introduced a simplified notation for algebra and his fundamental research on the theory of equations was far ahead of its time. He was able to solve equations, even with negative or complex roots. However, he published no mathematical work in his lifetime. (Artes analyticae praxis, posthumous, 1631). Especially early in his career, he worked on navigation for his patron Walter Raleigh. Harriot carried out extensive telescopic observations of the satellites of Jupiter and of sunspots. When investigating optics, he discovered the sine law and measured the refractive indices of 13 different substances. He investigated free motion and motion resisted in air, and ballistic curves.*TIS Thomas Harriot was an English mathematician who did outstanding work on the solution of equations, recognising negative roots and complex roots in a way that makes his solutions look almost like a present day solution.*SAU
    The solution of quadratic equations by the method of factoring was often referred to as Harriot's method because of his introduction of the method in his writing.
    It is not possible today to find Harriot's grave. Although he was buried near the altar of St Christopher le Stocks in London,the church was destroyed in the great fire of 1666. There is a plaque in the entrance hall of the Bank of England, which is close to the site of Harriot's grave. It reproduces the original Latin wording of his epitaph.(p474) An English translation would read:
    Stay, traveler, lightly tread;
    Near this spot lies all that was mortal
    Of that most celebrated man Thomas Harriot.
    He was that most learned Harriot . . .
    Who cultivated all the sciences and excelled in all . . .
    A most studious searcher after truth . . .

    1644 William Gascoigne (1612 – 2 July 1644) was an English astronomer, mathematician and maker of scientific instruments from Middleton, Leeds who invented the micrometer. He was one of "nos Keplari" a group of astronomers in the north of England who followed the astronomy of Johannes Kepler which included, Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree. Gascoigne's micrometer is shown at right from a drawing by Hooke. Gascoigne, was working on a Keplerian optical arrangement when a thread from a spider’s web happened to become caught at exactly the combined optical focal points of the two lenses. When he looked through the arrangement Gascoigne saw the web bright and sharp within the field of view. He realized that he could more accurately point the telescope using the line as a guide, and went on to invent the telescopic sight by placing crossed wires at the focal point to define the centre of the field of view. Gascoigne died at the Battle of Marston Moor, Yorkshire, *Wik

    1874 Gouverneur Emerson American physician, statistician and agriculturalist who prepared a series of tables of deaths and causes in Philadelphia, during thirty years from 1807. These showed, for example, the excessive mortality of males during childhood. He began practice in Philadelphia on 4 Aug 1820, where yellow fever broke out a few weeks later, with 73 deaths by that fall. Emerson recorded cases, dates, locations, and outcomes. He concluded no current medical treatments was especially effective. When smallpox reappeared there, with 325 deaths in 1824, Emerson drafted a bill for control measures. There were only 6 cases of smallpox in the city in 1825, and 3 in 1826. In retirement, he turned to peach culture, and studied phosphate and guano fertilizers. *TIS

    1947 Nikolai Grigorievich Chebotaryov (15 June [O.S. 3 June] 1894 – 2 July 1947) proved his density theorem generalising Dirichlet's theorem on primes in an arithmetical progression*SAU

    1963 Seth Barnes Nicholson (November 12, 1891 – July 2, 1963) was an American astronomer best known for discovering four satellites of Jupiter. As a graduate student at the University of California, while photographing the recently- discovered 8th moon of Jupiter with the 36-inch Crossley reflector, he discovered a 9th (1914). During his life career at Mt.Wilson Observatory, he discovered two more Jovian satellites (1938) and the 12th (1951), as well as a Trojan asteroid, and computed orbits of several comets and of Pluto. His main assignment at Mt. Wilson was observing the sun with the 150-foot solar tower telescope, and he produced annual reports on sunspot activity and magnetism for decades. With Edison Pettit, he measured the temperatures of the moon, planets, sunspots, and stars in the early 1920s. *TIS

    2002 Daniel Chonghan Hong (3 Mar 1956; 2 Jul 2002 at age 46) Korean theoretical physicist specializing in statistical physics and nonlinear dynamic physics, who with colleague Hugo Caram, originated the void diffusing-void model of granular flow, which is recognized as an effective theoretical treatment for a broad range of dynamical phenomena in granular media. In general, his work ranged from percolation network, viscous fingering, granular flows to traffic equations. He studied and taught in America from 1981, and wrote articles for popular magazines on various topics. He died at the young age of 46 of cardiac arrest. *TIS



    Credits :
    *CHM=Computer History Museum
    *FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
    *NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
    *RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
    *SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
    *TIA = Today in Astronomy
    *TIS= Today in Science History
    *VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
    *Wik = Wikipedia
    *WM = Women of Mathematics, Grinstein & Campbell
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    Iranian women look at wedding dresses in the window of a shop in Tehran.; Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

    Amy Taxin | AP

    Weddings have been moved and family visits delayed.

    The Trump administration's travel ban, while a shadow of its original self, has dealt a harsh blow to the Iranian-American community, where family ties run strong and friends and loved ones regularly shuttle between Los Angeles and Tehran.

    But it isn't the only immigration hurdle facing the community. Iranians allowed to seek visas to visit family in the United States may still have a hard time getting them with a screening process that can take months or longer, immigration lawyers said.

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    "It is pointless," Amirani said.

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    And it can take longer to get visas approved for Iranians than for citizens of many other countries, immigration attorneys said, while U.S. officials conduct screenings.

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              Ringing in 150: How an Ottawa church whose bell rang out on July 1, 1867, is today part of the New Canada   
    The clanging sound of unbridled rejoicing rang across Ottawa the moment the Dominion of Canada came into being at midnight on July 1, 1867. And one of the very bells that joined in that chorus 150 years ago today, pealing its welcome to Confederation, still tolls in the heart of the 21st century capital. But the old church bell resonates with new meaning now. It rings out a weekly call to prayers that are led by both men and women of the cloth. It invites same-sex spouses into a where place they were once forbidden. It has welcomed a Muslim family rescued from Syrian peril by the church’s own Samaritans. It has resounded with sorrow — and shame — for grievous wrongs done to the original peoples of the land. And just last night, on the eve of today’s historic sesquicentennial celebrations to usher in Canada’s next 150 years, the bell summoned not only Protestants and Catholics but also Muslims, Jews and those of all other faiths to a special “Prayer for Canada” — beginning with invocations from an indigenous spiritual leader. You don’t have to venture far beyond the shadow of the Peace Tower to discover a place in downtown Ottawa where the “New Canada” is being forged today, a century and a half after the nation formally came into existence on that long-ago first Dominion Day. And the place may come as a surprise, emblematic as it is of the Old Canada, too. Christ Church Cathedral at the west end of Sparks Street — longstanding bastion of Anglican power and privilege in Canada’s capital — encapsulates much of this country’s very complicated story: its richly layered history of darkness and light; its unfolding future of challenge and change. It’s the place where “Truth and Reconciliation” aren’t just high-sounding words — there’s too much acknowledged blame and regret for that — but are instead an urgent call to action and atonement for the countless injustices suffered by indigenous Canadians throughout the country’s history. Central among those offences were the Indian Residential School horrors perpetrated, in part, by earlier generations of Anglicans themselves. Christ Church is the place where, thanks to a team of charitable parishioners, a family of refugees from Syria — Shoq and Mohamad Othman and their four children — found support and sanctuary after escaping a homeland shattered by war, terrorism and tyranny. Pastoral Vicar Catherine Ascah recalled how the determination to sponsor a family — any family in need, no matter their faith or circumstances — emanated from the cathedral’s pews. “This wasn’t a call from the pulpit,” she says. “The feeling was: We have the resources. We have the capacity. We need to do our part. We need to do something.” Today, thanks to the church and its Rotary Club partners, the Othmans have settled into a home in Kanata. “At first I felt afraid — I didn’t understand anything about Canada,” says Mohamad Othman, thinking back to when he first heard his family would find refuge in Canada. After fleeing Syria’s violent collapse and spending long months as refugees in Lebanon, the Othmans finally reached Ottawa in early 2016. A visit to Christ Church to thank the congregation for their sponsorship was one of the family’s first outings on Canadian soil. “When we came to Canada, I saw that people were very nice, very good. My feeling had changed,” says Othman, who is taking courses to improve his English and plans to begin training soon as a mechanic. “They worked very, very hard for us. I love Canada.” The cathedral, too, is where the quest for interfaith harmony — the transcending of age-old religious hatreds, the building of bridges across ethnic and cultural divides, in ways that would have confused and enraged the church’s sectarian founders in the 1830s — is a high-priority mission. That’s in lockstep with Canada’s own goals, however elusive they remain, to become a nation of unified founding peoples and warmly welcomed immigrants, of official multiculturalism and peaceable diversity. So it was at Christ Church, just a few minutes’ walk west of Parliament Hill, where Friday’s ecumenical Prayer for Canada service was held, in bid to celebrate difference while symbolizing the solidarity of the faithful in a world where religion too often divides. “A prayer is a powerful thing,” says Kitigan Zibi elder Albert Dumont, the Algonquin spiritual guide who led the gathering with “my friend,” the cathedral’s Dean Shane Parker. “My prayer for Canada would be that the citizens of Canada interlock their roots with the roots of the people who came from the Middle East or from Ireland or from Britain or whatever the case,” says Dumont. “The indigenous roots have been here a long time, but we should all lock our roots together and we’ll be a stronger nation because of it. “Canada is a great country now,” he adds, “but imagine how much greater it could be if there was no such thing as hatred.” The event’s order of service reads like an ode to Canadian pluralism: indigenous “spirit keeper” Barbara Dumont Hill and Imam Samy Metwally of the Ottawa Mosque delivering calls to prayer; Timothy Erkloo performing an Inuit drum dance; Ayurittsuiyi Aigah Attagutsiak of Saint Margaret’s Vanier giving a blessing. Others, too, enlisted to address the congregation, including Rabbi Eytan Kenter of Kehillat Beth Israel and Catholic priest Rev. Jacques Kabangu of Ottawa’s Paroisse Saint-Gabriel. Parker says the service was arranged in large part to honour the Anishinabe presence in the Ottawa Valley “since time immemorial,” but also to preach a message of tolerance and togetherness, regardless of the gods people worship. The Capital Region Interfaith Council — which includes leaders from the Hindu, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Buddhist and many other faiths — was also represented at the event. “It’s very important for us to be seen as a safe and peaceful place to gather, no matter who you are,” adds Parker. “We want very much to express the diversity of our city.” [caption id="attachment_1030977" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]A group of local religious leaders gather at Christ Church Cathedral. A group of local religious leaders gather at Christ Church Cathedral.[/caption]

    The cathedral is also a place, as it happens, where Ottawa’s rapidly evolving urban landscape comes sharply into focus — albeit controversially, in the juxtaposition of weathered stone and modern glass-and-steel structures of towering intensity. Confronting the financial strain that many churches face in an era of smaller congregations and soaring costs to maintain creaky buildings, Christ Church has risked some conflict with neighbours to pursue high-rise development on its surplus lands — ensuring survival of the flock and its mission while transforming the city’s skyline atop “Cathedral Hill.” “We own a heritage building that’s important to the wider community,” says Parker. “We have land that is prime and we realize that we need to be good stewards of that land and to develop it in order to, on the one hand, ensure that the building, which houses our ministry, is cared for and also to ensure that there are resources for that ministry.” Saving the cathedral from the ravages of time and unforgiving bottom lines wasn’t just the church’s business, Parker adds. He notes that some 300 community events — including scores of cultural performances under the Cathedral Arts banner — are held on-site every year, and which “have nothing to do with church stuff.” Despite objections from some neighbours, a condo tower to the west of the cathedral has already been built. Construction on a second one immediately to the east is expected to begin soon. The planned sandwiching of one of the city’s oldest and most prominent architectural landmarks between two modern high-rises was bound to generate criticism. But other old churches all over Ottawa have been sold off, repurposed and sometimes artfully redesigned as upscale living quarters. Christ Church, at least, was not shutting down. And similar towers have risen above open lots all across central Ottawa over the past decade as the city’s prosperity — along with eco-friendly policies meant to encourage downtown residential intensification, greater use of mass transit and more cycling and walking — fuelled a condo-building boom that has dramatically altered Ottawa’s streetscapes. Parker says the cathedral’s choice to work with Windmill — the Ottawa firm behind the controversial Zibi development around the Chaudière Islands, known for the cutting-edge greenness of its real estate projects — has ensured that both of Christ Church’s bookend towers will be environmentally friendly while preserving or even enhancing “village” atmospherics. “Yes, we’ve developed yet another highrise,” he says, “but we’ve developed it to the highest standards of sustainability. And all of a sudden, there are people here. Sparks Street at this end is no longer a bit of a backwater, frankly.” Rejecting old taboos. Befriending other faiths. Embracing upheaval and once-unthinkable change — even courting controversy. Yet all of this intriguing edginess can be found, paradoxically, in an old church that stands as an enduring symbol of 19th century Canada — a place so firmly in touch with the past that it still houses, amid the rafters of its gloomy Gothic steeple, a bell that was likely heard by Sir John A. Macdonald and every other resident of the capital on Confederation Day. [caption id="attachment_1030978" align="alignleft" width="555"] The bell at Christ Church Cathedral at the west end of Sparks Street rang out on the first ever Dominion Day, on July 1, 1867. Credit: Randy Boswell.[/caption]

    At Christ Church, history is heaped upon history. For whom has the cathedral bell tolled? The funeral for Vincent Massey, the country’s first Canadian-born governor general, as well as those for Conservative prime minister John Diefenbaker and Liberal prime minister Lester B. Pearson, were held at Christ Church. And on the weekend in July 1967 when Canada celebrated its Centennial, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended Sunday service at Christ Church. A severe summer storm cut power to downtown Ottawa just as Her Majesty and a multitude of other dignitaries settled into their seats, but the prayers proceeded in eerie candlelight and the hymns were sung without the organ’s musical accompaniment. But the church is not captive to its breathtaking history; the trappings of the past are not the prime focus of cathedral life today. The parish community and its leaders are fully seized by the great challenges of the present — and even Christ Church’s old bell has been pressed into service to help change the world. Two years ago, when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was about to wind up its harrowing task, TRC officials urged that churches across Canada should mark the end of years of heart-rending testimony about residential schools by ringing their bells at noon on May 31, 2015 — a tribute to Indigenous survivors of sexual and physical abuse and many other injustices at the hands of these government-backed, church-run warehouses of misery. The Anglican Church of Canada had officially apologized in 1993 in what Parker calls “an important and moving statement of our profound sorrow and contrition at our involvement in a very misguided government policy.” Some of the precise words spoken at the time by then-Archbishop Michael Peers are worth recalling for their startling abjectness: “I accept and I confess before God and you, our failures in the residential schools. We failed you. We failed ourselves. We failed God. I am sorry, more than I can say, that we were part of a system which took you and your children from home and family ... ” But in response to the TRC’s call for a symbolic bell-ringing, Parker and other senior Anglican clergy decided to dramatically amplify the simple gesture. Instead of a one-time sound of sorrow, there would be a prolonged and thunderous summons of the Anglican community — and all of Canada — to transformative action. Church bells across the country, including the old cathedral bell in Ottawa, would ring for as long as five hours every afternoon for 22 straight days — until National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2015. The tolling would not only proclaim the church’s support for the TRC’s mission and its recommendations, but also remind Canadians of the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the country, and to back the TRC’s demand for a national inquiry into that tragedy. “There’s the bell that rang at the birth of Confederation,” says Parker. “And now it’s tolling loudly to remember one of the darkest parts of our history.” The bell-ringing blitz gave rise to many associated events and activities that built into a crescendo of commitments by Anglican parishes to open their churches to Indigenous faith leaders, to help rescue Indigenous languages, to launch fundraising campaigns for various causes. Steps were taken to forge stronger ties with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and to generally reinvent the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous people and one of the churches most deeply implicated in what TRC commissioner Murray Sinclair would insist was nothing less than “cultural genocide.” It’s no coincidence that last November, Sinclair — by then a senator — accepted an invitation to Christ Church Cathedral to deliver a high-profile public lecture about the TRC’s long list of recommendations and Canada’s need to implement them. During the speech, he paid special tribute to the Anglican Church’s 1993 apology for its role in the residential schools tragedy: “It was heartfelt, it was generous, it was kind, it was true and it was meaningful for those who heard it.” [caption id="attachment_1030979" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street in Ottawa.[/caption]

    The erection of two soaring residential towers on either side of Christ Church — one now in place, one more to come — matches the metaphorical encroachment of modern Canadian realities on the old, stone-walled cathedral and its even older bell. And the 19th century world known to the church’s founders would seem just as perplexing to a time-travelling, 21st century citizen of Ottawa as today’s multifaith-friendly, LGBTQ-positive congregation — and its female vicar — would seem to Rev. S. S. Strong, that “much respected pastor” and bell buyer from pre-Confederation Bytown. “The cathedral has changed dramatically, even over the last — I would say — 10 to 15 years,” says Ascah, highlighting the Christ Church community’s fervent embrace, in practice and spirit, of its motto: “A diverse and vibrant parish that glorifies God and welcomes all people.” To historian and public opinion researcher Jack Jedwab, president of the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies and the allied Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, the newborn Dominion of Canada and where we live 150 years later are so profoundly different that the vaunted “Fathers” of the nation wouldn’t know what to make of today’s Canada. “We’re in such a different place today than in 1867 — or for that matter 1967,” he says. “Religion is no longer the defining dimension of relationships in the country. . . . The BNA Act was very preoccupied with guarantees for Catholics and Protestants moreso than anything else. It’s hard to imagine today.” Cries of “No Papal domination!” would have been routinely uttered, says Jedwab, in the 1860s by insular Anglicans — adherents of the “English Church” as they were often called at the time. “The idea of mixing Catholics and Protestants was anathema to a lot of people,” he adds, emphasizing the contrast between that worldview and the ecumenical spirit that infused Friday’s Prayer for Canada service. “Mixing is inevitable. And with all the technologies of the modern age, they’ve made it more inevitable. We’ve gotten to know each other. Mixing is ultimately what made us get to know each other and be much more open to our respective realities.” The inevitability of such change — and the idea that social and economic benefits will flow as a result — are not embraced by everyone, Jedwab notes. And while Canada officially promotes multicultural diversity and a welcoming posture toward immigrants — including refugees such as the Othmans — the present backlash in the U.S. offers proof that reversals can occur. But today’s Canada, he says, seems to have a firm commitment to diversity and cultural bridge-building in all its forms: “We’re trying to create a reconciliation approach that takes elements of our history that have been neglected or ignored, and blends them with the changing composition of our country over the past 30 or 40 years.” But he doesn’t see what’s happening today as the natural outcome of forces set in motion 150 years ago when the country was created. “Some people say this was a vision our founders carved out in 1867. I don’t think that’s true,” he says. “Our country has been significantly improved upon. It’s taken a fundamentally different direction than its founders envisioned. That’s why it’s hard to glorify our founding period.” The Christ Church bell that called parishioners to worship in 19th century Ottawa — and rang out its greetings to the new nation on Dominion Day 1867 — may sound the same today. But it’s heard much differently.

    [caption id="attachment_1031153" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] 0701_newer-W.jpg[/caption] That Bell The fireworks that lit up the Ottawa sky on July 1, 1867 flashed their magic for only a moment, then faded into oblivion. The gun-salute soldiers, Fathers of Confederation and revellers of every sort from that first Dominion Day — all long gone, of course, amongst the shadows of history. Even the original House of Parliament, magnificent backdrop for the cannon blasts and regimental parades that thrilled thousands in the capital the day Canada came to be, was consumed by fire more than a century ago. But one remarkable relic from the country’s inaugural birthday bash — a tangible link to the seminal seconds of our collective past — still vividly recalls that distant time. It is suspended four or five storeys above Sparks Street in the cathedral’s high stone tower: a quarter-ton bell that, exactly a century and a half ago today, did its patriotic duty. An official notice printed in local newspapers spelled out Ottawa’s formal itinerary for the “Inauguration of the Dominion of Canada.” The great occasion would be “ushered in by the ringing of City Bells, Firing of Cannon and Bonfires,” read the proclamation, issued by order of city council’s “celebration committee.” It was the pealing of church bells — in towns and cities all across the land — that first and foremost announced Canada’s birth on that summer Monday morning in 1867. Bells atop schools, civic halls and fire stations were said to have chimed in, too. But in the new country’s new capital, among the loudest heralds of the nation’s arrival would have been the hefty, handsome English-made bell of Christ Church. It was cast in 1839 at Thomas Mears’ world-renowned Whitechapel Bell Foundry in east-end London. The foundry, coincidentally, closed this year — May 2017 — after an astounding 450 years in business, including 250 at the Whitechapel manufacturing site. But one living legacy of the venerable foundry — the Christ Church bell that rang in Confederation — can still be heard just a few minutes before the cathedral’s weekly 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, among other times. The old bell can still be seen, too — but only after some heartfelt pleading by a curious scribe, and the kind permission of church administrator Josephine Hall. “Are you sure you want to do this?” she asks, like a Sherpa acquainted with Everest’s perils. Hall leads the climb up a steep, winding staircase to the gallery at the back of the church, from which can be seen a tiny attic portal. We scale a rickety wooden ladder and squeeze through the opening to a floor of thick, heavy planks that still lie some distance below our destination. Another nerve-testing ascent up a long, shaky aluminum ladder takes us only to the base of the musty, dusty belfry. Hunched over for one more climb, this time up hand-hewn steps with a headroom hazard from the beams that house the bell, I am Quasimodo with a camera — and intensifying jitters. Up here, in the dim light that angles into the tower through red vents really meant to let sound escape, the scary end of a very long rope is tethered to a great wooden wheel that controls the bell’s swinging. Far below, in the vestibule just inside the cathedral’s main doors, the rope’s other end has been fed through a hole in the ceiling and then coiled around the staircase handrail, waiting to be unwound for a church warden’s next spirited pulls. Dear God, why did I just look down? A braver soul would have climbed a bit more and actually touched history. But this last set of steps is the most precarious yet, not to mention the highest. There’s faith, and there’s foolishness. A digital eye with “megapixel” zoom will have to do. The quarry is captured. The bell is a lustreless, gunmetal grey, a coat of dust adding to the matte finish. There’s a red band of tarnish visible on opposite sides of the inner bell where the rusted clapper makes contact for each ding and dong. The faint outlines of the bell-maker’s mark are visible, but it takes some post-climb enlarging and filtering of a snapped image to decipher the faded inscription: THOMAS MEARS LONDON 1839. Issues of the old Bytown Gazette trace the bell’s distant beginnings. “On Monday last, the Rev. S. S. Strong, the much respected Pastor of Christ’s Church, in this Town, left for England,” noted a June 1839 news item. “Mr. S. has kindly undertaken to procure an Organ and a Bell for the Church.” Then, in October ’39: “Intelligence has been received in Town, that a first rate Bell, for Christ Church of this place, weighing 516 lbs. has been shipped by one of the most celebrated founders in England.” Finally, in January 1840, it was reported that the “handsome bell” had “arrived safe” in Canada, awaiting only the spring thaw to reach Bytown by boat from Montreal. “It is from the foundry of Thomas Mears, London, and has all the appearance characteristic of their workmanship.” Initially raised in the old Christ Church built in 1833, the bell was hanging there when it was rung on July 1, 1867. It was one of just a few objects rescued and re-used when the original church was demolished in 1872 and the present, much larger building was erected at the same site a year later. The church was declared a cathedral when the new Diocese of Ottawa was created in 1896. There is another amazing fact about the bell that speaks to the great depth — and deep-seated Britishness — of the history that it represents. In 1840, evidently to celebrate the bell’s arrival from England and its subsequent installation, Christ Church choirmaster J.F. Lehmann composed a rousing melody for a popular patriotic poem by the British playwright J.E. Carpenter, who had proclaimed The Merry Bells of England to be “a Briton’s native music” — the “gladsome chime of olden time that spreadeth joy around.” An original print of Lehmann’s composition is, in fact, the oldest known piece of sheet music in Canada, a treasured possession of the national archive. It’s also a sign of the powerful hold that ties to Britain had on both the early Anglican church and 19th century English-Canadian identity.
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    Job Description The Sr. Systems Engineer is responsible for designing, data processing infrastructures. Provides high-level technical support for data processing systems, creates and maintains data processing documentation, maintains hardware and software standards, and works projects as needed in order to upgrade to new and/or improved data processing equipment and procedures. The Sr. Systems Engineer must be well versed with the advanced engineering and administration of Microsoft Active Directory, server infrastructure server management systems and data interconnects. **Expertise** **Requirements:** + Professional level experience with server operating systems, server software programs, back-up systems, and security software. + In-depth knowledge Server Hardware from vendors such as HP, Dell, IBM, and Cisco to include Rack and Blade solutions. + Must be competent to work at a high technical level on all phases of systems engineering activities. + Duties involve among others, management of local and remote environments, projects, and installation of new devices, system and on-going maintenance of infrastructure. Education Baccalaureate Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Business Administration, Mathematics, or a related field. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of degree. Qualifications **Certification Requirements:** Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Server Infrastructure **Experience** **Requirements:** At least fifteen years of advanced Microsoft systems engineering experience while meeting expertise requirements As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-FL-Tampa) Marketing Coordinator   
    Job Description Participates in the development, revision and delivery of internal and external communications materials. 1. Participates in the development and revision of external and or marketing communications materials and provides related support services, including: coordinating, logistics and staging trade show and event exhibits, speakers support, briefing support, advertising, brochures, white papers and reports, newsletters, website content, video/multimedia, public affairs, professional association activity and events, philanthropic campaigns, and or other promotional activity. 2. Participates in the development and revision of external communications materials and provides related support services, including: marketing collateral, media and industry analyst relations, news releases, PR support for trade shows, sponsorships and speaking events, by-lined articles, media interviews, developing case histories and story pitches, and industry awards. Coordinates updates the website and social media accounts per the direction of the marketing manager. 3. Participates in the development and revision of internal and or executive communications materials and provides related support services, including updates to internal web site (TeamWorks), newsletters, e-letters, magazines, reports, events, speaking opportunities, briefing material, presentations, demos, brochures, video, web casts, document reproduction, and or other communications related activity. 4. Supports marketing manager in the execution of marketing campaigns. 5. Coordinates and aligns marketing efforts with the Division Marketing Manager and other personnel as required and in accordance with GDIT marketing directives and policies to ensure accurate and approved information is incorporated in communications messages, materials and activities. 6. Supports proposal development activities as required. 7. Maintains current knowledge of company services, products, partners, and organization. 8. Maintains current knowledge of major industry, competitor and customer events, issues, and activities. 9. Participates in special projects as required. Education Bachelors Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or a related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, professional training, or work experience. Qualifications 0-2 years of directly related internal and or marketing communications or public relations agency experience. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-FL-Tampa) Cybersecurity-IA Support - TS/SCI - Tampa, FL   
    Job Description 1. Performs Computer Security Incident Response activities for a large organization, coordinates with other government agencies to record and report incidents. 2. Monitor and analyze Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to identify security issues for remediation. 3. Recognizes potential, successful, and unsuccessful intrusion attempts and compromises thorough reviews and analyses of relevant event detail and summary information. 4. Evaluate firewall change requests and assess organizational risk. 5. Communicates alerts to agencies regarding intrusions and compromises to their network infrastructure, applications and operating systems. 6. Assists with implementation of counter-measures or mitigating controls. 7. Ensures the integrity and protection of networks, systems, and applications by technical enforcement of organizational security policies, through monitoring of vulnerability scanning devices. 8. Performs periodic and on-demand system audits and vulnerability assessments, including user accounts, application access, file system and external Web integrity scans to determine compliance. 9. Prepares incident reports of analysis methodology and results. 10. Provides guidance and work leadership to less-experienced technical staff members. 11. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned. 12. Participates in special projects as required. 13. Comprehensive knowledge of data security administration principles, methods, and techniques. 14. Certification in one or more specific technologies may be required, depending on job assignment. 15. Requires familiarity with domain structures, user authentication, and digital signatures. 16. Requires understanding of firewall theory and configuration. 17. Requires understanding of DHS/DoD policies and procedures, including FIPS 199, FIPS 200, NIST 800-53, DHS 4300A SSH and other applicable policies. 18. Performs Cybersecurity activities (formally known as IA -Information Assurance) for a large Program; coordinates with government Program staff, USAF, and other government agencies to assist in the creation, dissemination, direction, and auditing of program policy, standards, and operating procedures. 19. Utilize available resources to conduct Cybersecurity activities, and report to senior GDIT and government personnel on overall program security posture. 20. Conduct network and system audits for vulnerabilities using Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), ACAS vulnerability scanner, and DISA SCAP to mitigate those findings for Solaris, Linux, Windows, and associated network operating systems. 21. Ability to create, track and review Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&Ms) and conduct solution identification to assist in problem remediation and resolution. 22. Communicate tactical and strategic threat information to Government leaders, Cybersecurity-Ops and A&A (formerly C&A) Staff to assist them in making cyber risk decisions and to mitigate threats. 23. Carries out DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF) in accordance with DoDi 8510 to ascertain information systems' security posture by utilizing security control validation activities and coordinating security testing. 24. Experience utilizing Security Event generating sources (e.g. Firewalls, IDS, Routers, Security Appliances, HBSS, ACAS) 25. Expertise in the following concepts is also desired for the successful candidate: DNS security practices, advanced log analysis, network monitoring, network flow analysis, packet capture analysis, network proxies, firewalls, anti-virus capabilities, Linux/UNIX command line, and access control lists. 26. Working Knowledge of UNIX/LINUX/Windows/Networking/Database (MS-Access, MS T-SQL and Oracle). 27. The ability to work and set priorities on multiple projects/tasks at once and operate in a dynamic, fast-paced team-oriented environment 28. Maintain the Security Accreditation status, including system documentation of multiple DoD classified networks and interconnected systems 29. Coordinates with OUSDI, USAF, DISA, and other organizations in support of audits and inspections and provides all necessary documentation as required for SAVs, ST&Es, and CCRI 30. Participates in special projects as required. IAM Level II required in accordance with DOD 8570.1M Must possess and maintain a TS/SCI Security Clearance. Must be able to achieve Security+ CE Certification (or equivalent) within 90 days of hire for positions requiring elevated privileges and ITIL V3 Foundation within six months of hire. Additional specific certifications may be required. This position may be required to complete short-term deployments to austere locations worldwide. The work is typically performed in an office environment, which requires normal safety precautions; work may require some physical effort in the handling of light materials, boxes or equipment. The above job description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the principal (essential) functions of this job. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. Education Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, professional training or work experience. Qualifications 5-8 years of related experience in data security administration. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. \#CJPost #DPost #ZPost
              (USA-FL-Tampa) Administrator, Systems   
    Job Description **Responsibilities (Mid shift schedule)** Under general supervision, establishes operational databases, software configuration control and system interfaces for computer systems assigned. Maintains file servers, network access; documents and analyzes system anomalies to ensure optimum equipment performance. Prepares system for operational use and support operational tests. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities** Requires a good working knowledge of information systems operations Basic business communication skills Must be able to effectively conduct and interpret tests, and troubleshoot solutions Detail oriented and organized; able to understand information systems and ensure accuracy of work Strong hardware & Software skills Basic desktop troubleshooting skills Manages the functionality and efficiency of a group of computers running on one or more operating systems. 1. Manages the functionality and efficiency of a group of computers running on one or more operating systems. 2. Maintains the integrity and security of servers and systems. 3. Sets up administrator and service accounts. 4. Maintains system documentation 5. Interacts with users and evaluates vendor products. 6. Makes recommendations to purchase hardware and software, coordinates installation and provides backup recovery. 7. Develops and monitors policies and standards for allocation related to the use of computing resources. 8. May program in an administrative language. 9. Develops and implements testing strategies and document results. 10. Provides advice and training to end-users. 11. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technologies as assigned. 12. Participates in special projects as required. Education Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work experience. Qualifications 2-5 years of directly related experience in systems administration and analysis. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-FL-Tampa) Senior Systems Administrator - TS/SCI - Tampa, FL   
    Job Description Senior Systems Administrator TS/SCI Clearance Tampa, FL 1. Manages the functionality and efficiency of a group of computers running on one or more operating systems. 2. Maintains the integrity and security of servers and systems. 3. Sets up administrator and service accounts. 4. Maintains system documentation 5. Interacts with users and evaluates vendor products. 6. Makes recommendations to purchase hardware and software, coordinates installation and provides backup recovery. 7. Develops and monitors policies and standards for allocation related to the use of computing resources. 8. May program in an administrative language. 9. Develops and implements testing strategies and document results. 10. Provides advice and training to end-users. 11. Provides guidance and work leadership to less-experienced staff members. 12. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technologies as assigned. 13. Participates in special projects as required. 14. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques used in network administration and support. 15. Comprehensive knowledge of related hardware and software. 16. May require professional certification in one or more specific technologies, depending on job assignment. Must possess and maintain a US Secret Security Clearance and be eligible for upgrade to TS/SCI Security Clearance. Must be able to achieve Security+ CE Certification (or equivalent) within 90 days of hire for positions requiring elevated privileges and ITIL V3 Foundation within six months of hire. Additional specific certifications may be required, depending on job assignment. This position may be required to complete short-term deployments to austere locations worldwide. The work is typically performed at client site locations, which requires proper safety precautions; work may require some physical effort in the handling of light materials, boxes or equipment. The above job description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the principal (essential) functions of this job. \#DPOST \#CJPOST \#ZPOST Education Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work experience. Qualifications 5-8 years of directly related experience in systems administration and analysis. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-FL-Tampa) Engineer, Network   
    Job Description The Contractor will provide 24-hour a day 7 days a week support at USSOCOM HQ to support activation of deployed Ku-Band Spread Spectrum ( KuSS ) Arclight ,Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Terminals using ViaSat Common Operations and Maintenance Engineering Toolset (COMET), ViaSat Satellite Access Manager (SAM), ViaSat Network Management System (NMS), and the troubleshooting of network anomalies, satellite outages, and any deployable KuSS / KaSS terminal satellite related issues. The contractor will not only need to be reactive to network and KuSS / KaSS terminal issues but also proactive by monitoring the networks by using: (a) the analysis of measured vs. planned performance (b) detection and analysis of performance trends (c) KuSS / KaSS terminals performance characteristics for any sign of impending issues. The contractors will need to be well versed in KuSS / KaSS hub systems, which includes air and ground components, as well as any further requirements as determined in writing from J636 and agreed upon by contractor. The manned air component consists of the Ku/ Ka antenna and ArcLight 2 modem, and the ground component consists of a large aperture antenna and a compatible ArcLight 2 hub. The unmanned air component has L3 modem technology. The air and ground components contain proprietary equipment and software unique to supporting these airborne ISR assets. This operational support will be the single point of contact for USSOCOM's satellite access requirements. The contractor will be given workspaces suitable to perform the duties described, to include SIPR, NIPR, and phones. The contractor shall provide individuals with proper security clearances (TS/SCI) and all required training to perform the duties described above. These individuals will report and take day to day directions from J636. Documentation and trouble ticketing processes will be identified by J636 and may include but not limited to Remedy, Master Station Logs, and email notifications. Personnel will be responsible for: + Monitoring of ArcLight 2 (AL2) Satellite Manager, Forward Link, and Return Link (currently using SatMonics ) + Reports outage and service degradation + Performs remote terminal upgrades + Troubleshoots AL2 hub and terminals + Provisions and commissions new terminals on AL2 hubs + Reviews the GNCC SITREP for accuracy and makes + Proactive monitoring of networks and terminals for trend analysis and pre-emptive maintenance + Performs quality control of the provisioning of new terminals on AL2 hubs + Performs quality control of the management center logs and trouble tickets + Generates weekly reports as directed by the J636 + Monitors all MAISR circuits for operational status + Acts as primary liaison between all stakeholders + Tracks and disseminates information regarding ASIs + Generates ViaSat maintenance notifications + Manages tranmission plans and hub continuity Education Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work experience. Qualifications 2-5 years of directly related experience in network analysis and design. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-FL-Tampa) Sr Manager, Project/Task   
    Job Description Requires a wide range of knowledge concerning all aspects of project management. Position performs standard and advanced analysis of IT strategies, plans, technologies, capabilities, and investments. Provides a wide range of direct support to a team of Analysts and Customers to include, but not limited to; reviewing enterprise planning and strategy documents for relevance, de-confliction, and applicability. Maintains references, records documents, and conducts detailed research to provide information from a variety of sources to provide support. Aids in responding and/or leads short-fused and Flag Officer level requests for information and/or justification for initiatives and assessments and/or service outages. Responsible for completion of assigned tasks with little or no guidance Ability to manage multiple priority tasks simultaneously under tight timelines in stressful situations Communicates with functional area subject matter experts to meet customer requirements and to solve problems Work directly with other local and enterprise contractor and government project managers Responsible for coordinating with internal and external agencies and organizations Coordinates VTCs, conferences, internal, and external staff coordination Manages internal and external tasks assigned and provides status updates to the customer and manager Ability to work well with others from a diverse set of backgrounds Must be able to dilute complex problem sets into basic strategic language easy to understand Excellent verbal and written skills are paramount along with a strong use of the Microsoft Office suite of tools Education 1. Bachelors Degree in a related business or technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical training, or work/military experience. 2. Professional certification (PMP) preferred. Qualifications 10-12 years of related experience, including supervisory experience. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Sr All Source Analyst   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Weapons of All Source Analysis Instructor, with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. Candidate should have experience at a Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community -- recent experience in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) is preferred. Candidate for this specific position should have an in-depth understanding of Afghanistan and its people and would benefit greatly from direct experience in Afghanistan directly supporting one of the Regional Commands. Candidate must demonstrate an ability to work independently and function effectively as part of a team in a dynamic, wartime joint environment; must have a working knowledge of intelligence analysis applications, tools, and systems; and must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Candidate must also have the ability to work rotating shifts and be able and willing to deploy for up to 179 days to the USCENTCOM AOR as determined by the Program Manager and Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Additionally, candidates must be willing to live and work in a potential hostile environment as designated by the U.S. Government. Individual fulfilling the requirement coordinates and participates in the analysis, processing, and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence; solves difficult technical problems. Specific duties include: preparing all-source intelligence products; assists in establishing and maintaining systematic, cross-referenced intelligence records and files; receives and processes reports and messages; assists in determining the significance and reliability of incoming information; assists in the analysis and evaluation of intelligence holdings to determine changes in an adversaries capabilities, vulnerabilities and probable courses of action. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Job functions will include research and analysis to identify vulnerabilities, leveraging DoD SAP capabilities, writing effects capabilities concepts of operations, project initiation, and analysis of future capabilities and potential effects. *Qualifications:* Bachelor's or Specialized Degree in a relevant field 8+ Years related experience 20 years of relevant experience in lieu of degree TS/SCI with Poly or willing to undergo Poly *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Architect Design Specialist   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Architect Design Specialist, with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. •Contractor personnel shall directly support the Operational Requirements Branch’s JSR Engineering team by converting highly technical drawings, sketches and documents/ concepts into easily discernible but professional quality-level slides, diagrams and/or supporting documentation. •The contractor will create, modify and/or convert Flag Officer level products for time-sensitive decision making purposes on a daily basis. - Position requires personnel with background/training in Briefing Development & Operational Graphics o Ideally, the candidate has experience working on a COCOM support staff. Is used to short time lines and creating required briefing/presentation graphics and documentation on short-notice to support 4-star informational requirements. o Example: CGO or FGO who served on a COCOM Commander’s Action Group (CAG) o Moreover, candidate should have an intelligence officer or operational officer background and can translate poorly defined graphical/briefing/documentation requirements into materials to be used at the 4-star level with zero input and/or supervision. *Qualifications:* BA degree and 4-6 years of prior relevant experience 4-8 years of specialized Intel Training/ analysis expereince or 3 to 4 years of military Intel expereince. 15 years relevant experience required in lieu of degree. TS/SCI Required with the ability to undergo Polygraph. Recent experience in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) is preferred *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Sr. Foreign Disclosure Representative   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Sr Foreign Disclosure Representative, with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. Candidate will: • possess required years of Foreign Disclosure experience per labor description. • Contractors that have not completed the CENTCOM or DIA resident FDO Course within the past three years, shall complete the DIA/CENTCOM resident FDO Course within two months of hire, and the CENTCOM FDO/FDR Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) within one year of hire in order to receive a Delegation of Disclosure Authority Letter (DDL), as required by USCENTCOM Regulation 380-5, at the Government's expense. • Contractor personnel will be required to revalidate their DDL annually. • The DIA/CENTCOM resident FDO course(s) provides the basic fundamentals of foreign disclosure and the PQS contains additional CENTCOM specific OJT, tasks, and hands-on exercises on applying foreign disclosure policy to real-world situations, culminating with an oral examination and certification. • This is necessary for successful performance as an FDR. Failure to complete required training and obtain a DDL will result in removal from the FDO team. • Contractor personnel shall follow all applicable USCENTCOM Foreign Disclosure Office (FOO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure government oversight and consistent standards are maintained. Support activities include, but are not limited to, foreign disclosure review and adjudication for foreign release, data collection, data tracking, information transfer, web-based research, secure video-teleconferences, synthesizing collected data, and collating/sorting collected information. In accordance with established policies, the contractor personnel shall employ a full range of intelligence skills, research abilities and analytical talent to support USCENTCOM 's Foreign Disclosure requirements, which include the following: • Receive, analyze, process and respond to all actions and requests for foreign disclosure which, due to the level of complexity, uniqueness, sensitivity, importance, or expected impact on USCENTCOM or the intelligence community, require special attention and handling. • Determine the recipient's eligibility, need to know, and ability to protect the infom1ation, and establish the maximum amount of information which needs to be released. • Determine the guidelines under which information sharing with the recipient is governed and apply the correct release markings. • Coordinate with product originators as necessary prior to release. • Receive requirements and guidance from USCENTCOM FDO and resolve any conflicts that arise while aiding in the interpretation of policy. Finished work will be reviewed for accuracy,effectiveness, and compliance with applicable instructions and guidance. • Advise on release determinations on classified military information (CMI) and modify requested information for releasability in accordance with National Disclosure Policy (NDP) and other applicable directives. • Perform routine procedures appropriate to daily CENTCOM Foreign Disclosure operations. • Deploy, as required, within CONUS and outside CONUS in support of USCENTCOM's 24/7 mission. *Qualifications:* BA degree and 8 years of prior relevant experience 20 years relevant experience required in lieu of degree. TS/SCI Required with the ability to undergo Polygraph. Recent experience in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) is preferred *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Weapons of Mass Destruction Analyst   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Weapons of Mass Destruction Analyst, with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. Knowledgeable in the production of nuclear materials, nuclear weapons and nuclear delivery systems and capable of applying analytic tradecraft to produce strategic and operational level analytic products in support of planners, operators, components and USCENTCOM staff. Contractors must be capable of assessing accurately and reporting on the various stages of nuclear material production and weapon assembly from minimal information. Knowledgeable in ballistic missile-related production, testing, assembly, and launch procedures and in applying analytic tradecraft to produce strategic and operational level analytic products in support of planners, operators, components and USCENTCOM staff. Contractors must be capable of assessing accurately and reporting on the capabilities and payloads of missiles produced indigenously by foreign countries in the USCENTCOM AOR. Knowledgeable in chemical and biological industry, procurement, offensive/defensive weapon research, production, and employment. Analysts shall apply good analytic tradecraft in support of planners, operators, components and USCENTCOM staff. *Qualifications:* BA degree and 4-6 years of prior relevant experience 4-8 years of specialized Intel Training/ analysis expereince or 3 to 4 years of military Intel expereince. 15 years relevant experience required in lieu of degree. TS/SCI Required with the ability to undergo Polygraph. Recent experience in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) is preferred *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Licensed Clinical Social Worker   
    *Description:* Leidos's Federal Health Operation has several openings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers at various locations for the Protection of the Force and Family (POTFF) Contract. The contractor shall function within an operational unit, as a Behavioral Health Care Provider. The contractor shall attend and participate in meetings during normal duty hours, professional staff conferences and other appropriate professional activities such as, but not limited to the following: quality improvement meetings, professional staff meetings, commander's staff meetings, and other meetings required by applicable regulations or as directed by the unit Commander of his/her designee. The contractor shall conduct applied research and clinical investigations in clinical/behavioral health/organizational social work. The contractor is responsible for the application of social work procedures and techniques, including interviewing,behavioral assessment, and evidenced-based therapies, in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological and neuropsychological disorders using the following skills: individual, family and group psychotherapy, couples therapy, alcohol and drug treatment evaluations. The contractor consults with medical personnel, legal authorities, military commanders and school districts as required. The contractor shall maintain accurate and current notes in the paper medical records (if created) and electronic medical records of all patients seen, as appropriate, and produces reports of evaluation and/or treatment as required. The contractor shall participate in military specific training/activities (e.g., security clearances, use of the DoD or service specific clinical practice guidelines, pre-post deployment screening, PTSD, and combat stress) and others as directed by the unit Commander or his/her designee. This position may include clinical supervision of unlicensed providers or trainees. The contractor may be required to perform the following some, or all, of the following activities: · Participates in and successfully completes required DoD or service required training. · Contact referred patients to assess treatment adherence. · Use validated symptom inventories to assess current symptom severity. · Assess barriers to treatment adherence and help patient problem-solve solutions to barriers. · Provide patients with education regarding their mental health condition and treatment regimen. · Maintain patient information in a patient registry. · Maintain accurate and current notes in the electronic medical records of all patients contacted for review by the managing physician. · Routinely staffs difficult cases with the referring provider, behavioral health consultant and/or psychiatry consultant. · Performs case management functions. *Qualifications:* In addition to required master’s level training and licensure, all LCSWs will have the following specialized training and education that prepare them for their duties. The contractor must possess the following qualifications: · Must hold a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) or equivalent (MSSW, MSSA) degree from a graduate school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). · Maintain a current, unrestricted clinical license to independently practice social work in any one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. · Have a minimum of two (2) years within the past five (5) years in the independent practice of clinical social work in a mental health setting. Experience working in a Government setting such a DOD or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MTF is preferable. · Demonstrate a working knowledge of professional standards and ethics regarding the delivery of clinical social work services. Must have experience in brief behavioral interventions. Contractor may be required to receive and maintain clinical practice privileges. US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level government security clearance. This position is eligible for Summer Referral. *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Senior International Engagements Specialist   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Weapons of Sr International Engagements , with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. • Exceptional writing and briefing skills are mandatory as well as a background in military intelligence operations. • Candidate will be experienced in drafting and discussing Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) concerning intelligence relationships an intelligence sharing authorities. • Candidate will have experience and a background and in organizing high-level events. Experience with customs and courtesies’ as well as traveling within the CENTCOM AOR is highly preferred. • Candidate will be able to coordinate all activities associated with dissemination of intelligence products to foreign partners and Defense Attaches through various networks and coordinate intelligence activities with national agency representatives, as directed. • Perform duties as foreign disclosure representative in order to ensure that products are properly marked and vetted for dissemination. • Process and track Requests for Information (RFIs) from foreign partners and delegate International Programs Branch tasks via the TMT. Contractor will assist with consolidating International Programs Branch weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports. *Qualifications:* BA degree and 8 years of prior relevant experience 20 years relevant experience required in lieu of degree. TS/SCI Required with the ability to undergo Polygraph. Recent experience in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) is preferred *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Sr Knowledge Management Specialist   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Weapons of Sr Knowledge Management Specialist , with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. Candidate will: •proficient in information and knowledge management best practices; •provide dedicated KM support necessary to collect, •identify, collate, document, •disseminate and maintain data necessary to produce accurate intelligence analytical products; •be required to interact with analysts, functional users, program offices, •national agencies and system integrators to maintain tailored information knowledge architecture and information flow with Government oversight; providing expert support in the usage of CCJ2 tools and sources available for intelligence analysis and production of digital information; •supporting MTTs in theater as well as attending conferences, identifying and documenting solutions to technical and functional information management requirements; have extensive experience and knowledge of domains used within the CENTCOM AOR, to include collateral and SCI networks; •display the necessary proficiency to provide expertise to enable interoperable intelligence systems and information flow between services, national agencies, Combatant Commands, coalition partners and CENTCOM; and participate in CONOP/TTP and other development. *Qualifications:* BA degree and 8 years of prior relevant experience 20 years relevant experience required in lieu of degree. TS/SCI Required with the ability to undergo Polygraph. Recent experience in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) is preferred *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              (USA-FL-TAMPA) Sr All Source Analysis Instructor   
    *Description:* Leidos is looking for a Weapons of All Source Analysis Instructor, with experience supporting Joint Command or within the National Intelligence Community. All-Source Analysis Instructor: Develop and present training on Critical Thinking,Analytic Writing, Analytic Standards, and Intelligence Reporting. Typical training courses include, but are not limited to the following: Critical Thinking and Structured Analysis, Analytic Product Review Practices, Analytic Standards for Report Writing, Argumentation, Analyst-Collection Management Nexus *Qualifications:* Bachelor's or Specialized Degree in a relevant field 8+ Years related experience 20 years of relevant experience in lieu of degree TS/SCI with Poly or willing to undergo Poly *Leidos Overview:* Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
              NYS Court Judgment Hurts Student Privacy and Parental Rights   
    It was reported yesterday that NYS Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin ruled that the State Education Department (SED) can release and transfer private student data to inBloom, Inc. where data will be stored in a cloud database. According to a news article by Jon Campbell, "Judge Breslin's decision should establish once and for all that Commissioner King is properly safeguarding student data..."    

    Does anyone believe that the NYS Commissioner of Education is able to "properly safeguard student data"? In 2013, the following were among those breached by hackers:

    • The New York Times
    • Facebook
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • NSA
    • Living Social
    • Washington State Administrative Offices of the Courts
    • Target
    Will the inBloom, Inc. database somehow be more secure than that of the entities noted above? 


    Last week The Washington Post contained an article about how James Meredith had penned an Education Bill of Rights. One of the rights he included was that students had a right to transparency by their schools. "A school where records of every dollar of taxpayer money spent are available for public inspection; where personally identifiable student information is not shared with outside parties without express parental consent; where parents and teachers are involved in school management and policy; and where core public school functions are not sold off to for-profit operators." 

    Wouldn't it be nice to give back to parents their central role in controlling the collection, transfer, and sharing of private information about their children? The bureaucracy has swept away too many parental rights.


    To read Judge Breslin's decision, go to:http://www.scribd.com/doc/206059776/InBloom-Decision-by-Judge-Breslin



              PURCHASING/MATERIALS COORDINATOR - Bubble Technology Industries - Chalk River, ON   
    Visit us on the web at*. BTI is a dynamic company with world‐renowned expertise in radiation detection, addressing applications in the defence, homeland...
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              Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
    Education &amp; Experience Requirements:. ProSol seeks Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland...
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              PURCHASING/MATERIALS COORDINATOR - Bubble Technology Industries - Chalk River, ON   
    BTI is a dynamic company with world‐renowned expertise in radiation detection, addressing applications in the defence, homeland security, space, industrial,
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              FanDuel: Canada Day Sale   
    If you’ve hung with me on previous Saturdays, you’ll know that in real life (where I’m Victoria in a hat rather than Victoria on a hat), I live in Canada. And so on this first day of July, I’d like to take the opportunity to say happy birthday to my adopted homeland! Because today is Canada Day, which is like your Independence Day, only with more beavers and people saying “sorry”. The magic number of the day is 150. That’s how old Canada’s turning today. It's how many "Canada Day Sale!" emails have arrived in my inbox in the last 10 minutes. It’s how many degrees below 0 it is here, every single day of the year. It’s how many Altuves you need to stand on so you can pat a moose on the antlers. It’s the thread count of my plaid sheets. And it’s how many strikeouts Chris Sale is going to record against the Toronto Blue Jays on our nation’s birthday. (Some of these things may not be true.) Historically, the Jays who have faced him have hit a collective .184. Josh Donaldson has the best shot, having gone 5-for-18 with two home runs against Sale in the past, but offset that against his .150 (magic number!) average in the last week, and I think this match-up is pretty safe. So for my FanDuel slate today, I’m happily paying $11,600 for El Condor, even in Canadian dollars, and I'll live with sticking the rest of my lineup together with maple syrup and poutine gravy. No, really — you’ll see what I mean. New to FanDuel? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well, be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!
              Glenview woman charged with running brothel out of Maine Township apartment, police say   

    A Glenview woman is accused of running a brothel out of a suburban apartment building following an investigation by the Cook County Sheriff's Police and Department of Homeland Security.

    Maria Lopez, 49, of Glenview, was charged with promoting prostitution, a felony, on June 27, Cook County Sheriff's...


              Homeland: Katy Winton and Lewis Buchanan Racing Back in the Tweed Valley   
    Homeland: Katy Winton and Lewis Buchanan Racing Back in the Tweed Valley

    The Shimano TweedLove Enduro happens on the same trails that Katy Winton and Lewis Buchanan cut their teeth on. Follow them through the 2017 event.
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              Resident Care Partner - PRN As Needed - Enlivant - Findlay, OH   
    This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new...
    From Enlivant - Sat, 17 Jun 2017 02:40:35 GMT - View all Findlay, OH jobs
              How Paul Robeson found his political voice in the Welsh valleys   
    African American star Robeson built his singing career in the teeth of racism in the early 1900s. But his radicalism was spurred on in Britain – by a chance meeting with a group of Welsh miners

    Paul Robeson possessed one of the most beautiful voices of the 20th century. He was an acclaimed stage actor. He could sing in more than 20 different languages; he held a law degree; he won prizes for oratory. He was widely acknowledged as the greatest American footballer of his generation. But he was also a political activist, who, in the 1930s and 1940s, exerted an influence comparable to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in a later era.

    The son of an escaped slave, Robeson built his career despite the segregation of the Jim Crow laws – basically, an American apartheid system that controlled every aspect of African American life. He came to London with his wife Eslanda – known as Essie – partly to escape the crushing racism of his homeland. Yet later in life he always insisted that he became a radical as much because of his experiences in Britain as in America. In particular, he developed a deep bond with the labour movement – particularly with the miners of Wales. That was why, in 2016, I travelled from my home in Australia to visit the landscape that shaped Robeson’s politics.

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              C/S Communications Tech   
    Dover, CASUAL/ SEASONAL COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Communications Salary: $14.46 hourly Location of Work: 3050 Upper King Road, Dover, DE with statewide responsibilities Recruitment # 061517-MFAA01-450100 Open: June 17, 2017 July 7, 2017 Summary Statement: Responsible for providing the first level of technical support in a Division which installs, rem
              House GOP pushes bills to crack down on illegal immigration   

    President Donald Trump meets with what the White House identifies as "immigration crime victims" to urge passage of House legislation to save American lives, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in the Cabinet Room at the White Hou... . Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, finishes a statement on immigration and sanctuary cities as he joins, from left, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Hou... .


              Hard To Swallow Stiff Neck Aching   
    1071 Wortgepränge as to the rights gladly Used Vehicle for obtaining their own advantage positions. The central moment in the Guttenberg affair.


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              Spanish Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
    ProSol seeks Spanish Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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              Translator/Linguist - Professional Solutions, LLC - Alexandria, VA   
    ProSol seeks Translators, Interpreters and Comprehensive Linguistics Analysts to support the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs...
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              Homelands House, Ferndown   
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    Very well presented retirement apartment located in the heart of Ferndown. This bright and airy apartment offers a good sized living room leading into a modern fitted kitchen with electric hob and oven and fridge freezer. There is a spacious...
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              Music from ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Homeland’ Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert – Variety   
    VarietyVocal group Take Six entertained the crowd with a cappella renditions of classic TV themes (“The Flintstones,” “Cheers,” “Peter Gunn,” etc.) during stage resets throughout the two hour, … “Empire” star Jussie Smollett sang “Good Enough,” the hit song … …read more Source:: TV Shows News On Google News
              Music from ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Homeland’ Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert   
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              Homeland Security hasn't 'lifted a finger' to determine whether any voting machines were breached   

    Russian hackers reportedly hit voting systems in as many as 39 states last fall and last week Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials confirmed that they identified 21 states as potential targets of hacking. Yet Homeland Security officials have yet to examine any voting machines used in 2016 to determine if they were breached. In fact, they still have no plans to do so, writes TPM's Sam Thielman:

    Asked about the decision, a DHS official told TPM: “In a September 2016 Intelligence Assessment, DHS and our partners determined that there was no indication that adversaries were planning cyber activity that would change the outcome of the coming US election.”

    Today, DHS stands by that assessment and, therefore, why go to the trouble of spot checking voting machines in the 21 states they identified to see if their determination actually holds up?

    Meanwhile, some computer scientists are dismayed at the agency’s inaction.

    “They have performed computer forensics on no election equipment whatsoever,” said J. Alex Halderman, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week about the vulnerability of election systems. “That would be one of the most direct ways of establishing in the equipment whether it’s been penetrated by attackers. We have not taken every step we could.”

    Voting machines, especially the electronic machines still used in several states, are so insecure that an attack on them is likely to be successful, according to a report from NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice out Thursday morning. David Dill, a voting systems expert and professor of computer science at Stanford University quoted in the report, said hackers can easily breach election systems regardless of whether they’re able to coordinate widely enough to alter a general election result.

    “I don’t know why they wouldn’t try to hack voting machines and I don’t know what would stop them,” Dill told TPM. “Any statement that says ‘We haven’t see evidence of X’ also means ‘We haven’t lifted a finger to investigate.’”


              NOVA | Making North America   
    Watch Wednesdays at 9pm June 29 - July 13, 2016 on WMHT-TV | This unprecedented, 3-part series presents a bold and sweeping biography of our homeland.
              The Crown of Leaves Free Download (v0.7.4) PC Games   
    The Crown of Leaves Free Download PC Game Cracked in Direct Link and Torrent. The Crown of Leaves a half-educated jeweler and the author of scientific magic articles, met with a big failure, and has to return to his gypsy homeland,…. The Crown of Leaves PC Game Overview: The Crown of Leaves is developed by…
              Former City goalkeeper Caballero joins Chelsea   

    Chelsea have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero yesterday. The 35-year-old Argentinian was available as a free agent after being released by Manchester City at the end of last season. Premier League champions Chelsea were in the market for a new goalkeeper after selling back-up Asmir Begovic to Bourne-mouth in May. Caballero, who joined City in 2014 following stints at Malaga and Elche in Spain and with Boca Juniors in his homeland, said: “I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England. “I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.” The South American veteran will provide competition to first-choice Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, with 34-year-old Portugal international Eduardo also an option for coach Antonio Conte. Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said: “We are very happy to have Willy on board. He knows the Premier League and is tried and tested at the top of the game. ‘We have three experienced goalkeepers and we look forward to welcoming him to the club when the squad returns to pre-season training.” Caballero’s signing follows on from Exeter’s announcement yesterday...
              The Voice of Optimism   
    Everyone knows the old saying: "If you Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em". So I submit myself to the New Normal. I embrace that Things Are Different This Time. I surrender my soul to the wisdom of the bulls. Let us gather hands around the truth together.


    Corporate debt is a positive. First, because interest rates are so low, it represents virtually free money for private equity firms to maximize value to shareholders through buyout transactions. Those making access to this debt are trained professionals and are managing the debt load - and its risks - responsibly.


    The booming Chinese economy is putting some strain on the environment, yes, but the Chinese have learned from the lessons learned in the British and American industrial revolutions and have taken the steps necessary to protect their environment for the sake of those that consume their products, for the sake of the economy in the long term, and for the sake of future generations.


    The manic building in Dubai, Shanghai, and other emerging economies is exhilarating, and the race to see who can wind up with the world's tallest building just adds to the fun. The building boom is not overdone. On the contrary, Dubai - - until recently, a sweltering, barren desert - will become the top tourist attraction on the planet. The strength of the oil economy will allow this entire region to blossom for decades to come as the new epicenter of global capitalism and prosperity.


    The housing "bust" is completely overblown. Yes, there are some isolated instances of damage from the sub-prime lending debacle, but it is completely contained. Although the red-hot pace of housing gains from years past will rest steady for a while, there is in fact no housing "bust", and thus no aftereffects to the economy at large.


    The fact that the savings rate has dropped into negative territory is simply illustrative of strong consumer spending. We live in an age of rapid change, and adapting and embracing that change takes money. Here in the United States, we are simply helping lead the way by taking part in an exciting new time of electronic and communications wizardry.


    The U.S. equity markets are not overpriced. Indeed, as the private equity buyouts of late illustrate, stocks in the U.S. are undervalued.


    By the same token, the Chinese stock market offers a store of value that will only continue to rise. A value of 8,000 on the Shanghai index seems almost a foregone conclusion, particularly since the number "8" is widely considered to be lucky in China.


    Some many say that the tremendous push of wealth to the highest echelons of society will create social unrest and turmoil. "Some" are wrong. There are about 1,000 billionaires in the world today (up from zero in 1915), controlling nearly $3 trillion in wealth. The couple of billion people in the world that live in poverty will view these billionaires as inspirational.


    There's plenty more good news in the world. The Blackstone IPO was not an opportunistic event meant to exploit the naivete of investors buying at the top of a market. It was simply a means by which the principals in the organization could tap into some of the value they had built while at the same time providing a means for the common man to participate in this exciting new investment vehicle.

    The entire "terrorism" issue is completely overblown. Once the war in Iraq withers away to a close, terrorism will be a smattering of unrelated incidents that no longer affect the Homeland.

    We have outgrown inflation, and it has about as much chance of returning as the fads of the 1970s that accompanied it. Food and energy are notoriously volatile components, so if we strip away the ability to feed and transport ourselves, the core inflation numbers are comforting.

    Next year, when a Democrat is virtually guaranteed to win the Presidency, the combination of a left-leaning Congress and President will be just the kind of "one-two punch" the economy needs to really kick into high gear. Taxes will be reduced or at least be kept low. And the entirely Democrat federal government will provide business all the assistance it requires to continue to thrive.

    And, just to put a cherry on top of the whole thing, watch this:


    I am now cleansed. And I no longer have to bother with this bearish claptrap. I've had enough.
              Comment on Are Trump’s Joe/Mika tweets strategic? by Hanover   
    I still like Pres Trump's tweets & think it would be a mistake to back down. George W was eviscerated because he didn't fight back &/or didn't have his Admin fight back. Romney wasn't a fighter. If you don't respond in kind you take a hit. -I think Trump is showing that the formality of the office is not to be. Being a CEO he obviously knows the proprieties but he's dealing with specific people & organizations & he's not some corner community organizer who didn't know these people from the get go. -I do not think Joseph Curl is correct. It's not a strategy. People that are horrified that he dissed Mika, really shouldn't be. Megyn Kelly, the mercenary extraordinaire, also deserved the venom that she received from DJT. What's to be offended about? The vitriol? That they're women? He's firing off volleys at jaded things who are playing dirty. The respected & dignified office of the president didn't protect George W & Romney's decision to not fight was a mistake. I know Romney is capable of cursing & flinging poop, just like the best/worst of them, Mormon that he is. Anyway, my point: DJT can't back down on the tweets or really change their tenor. When he has been distracted by whatever it is in his world, the Democrat Media Complex has immediately pounced on that. When he's not been shooting poison darts, the DMC has fluffed up their smug about that, as if they've tamed the beast. What I see is very fast & close compartmentalization. One minute he's doing this or that. The next he's broadcasting to the planet. It's interesting to note that Mika's Joe said that she's never had a facelift. Give me a break. The lie points directly at insincere outrage & someone else fighting their battles, being horrified? I wasn't born yesterday. Trump is performing well. Broadcast-wise, he's playing directly to his voters & what I will not buy is anyone that says they voted for him & are now not liking his tweets &/or disapprove. Oh please. Such a pretense is a very, very old trick & it only works if the target wavers. Trump is planning on reelection & even the most jaded jackass in DC-town knows he's well on his way to a second term. Those predictions & stats came out two weeks ago. I'm not trying to convince people who don't like his tweets, to now like his tweets. I'm just an observer. I see clearly that his voters are more than happy. Even Coulter has realized he needs space to finish his promises. She started bellowing, bless her wicked heart, about the Wall last week. Then Homeland made a big (repeated) statement that the Wall is slated to begin construction of preliminary models by summer's end. The White House is listening. They're tuned in, obviously. Limbaugh visited the White House last March. If that's any indication that the Administration is aware of all concerns. Lastly; Bannon has his finger on things. Never underestimate that man. To me, it's like a tennis match with Dems in the stands, their heads swinging back & forth following the ball. They're a joke.
              Edi Rama: Artist-turned-premier keen to lead Albania into Europe   

    Albania's artist-turned-prime minister Edi Rama, who was heading for a second term on Monday, wants to transform his country from a poor Balkan state into a modern member of the European Union. "Albania is our homeland and Europe is our future," he said in an interview with AFP on the day he first came to power in July 2013, borrowing a phrase from former French president Francois Mitterrand.


              Banished   
    In this city-building strategy game, you control a group of exiled travelers who decide to restart their lives in a new land. They have only the clothes on their backs and a cart filled with supplies from their homeland.The townspeople of Banished are your primary resource. They are born, grow older, work, have children of […]
              Shadow War   

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    Roman (broché). Paru en 06/2017

    Shadow War


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    Dans la lignée de Tom Clancy et Brad Thor, une nouvelle série où se mêlent action, géopolitique et sentiments.

    « Un roman prenant, authentique et parfaitement effrayant sous la plume d’un ancien mercenaire ! J’ai adoré ! » C.J. Box

    « Un James Bond à la sauce Homeland. » Amiral James Stavridis (OTAN)

    « Un début de série intelligent et parfaitement excitant. Les lecteurs en redemandent ! » Publishers Weekly

    Tom Locke est un mercenaire d’élite pour qui les conflits africains n’ont plus de secrets. Il travaille pour la société Apollo Outcomes, leader mondial dans le domaine des armées privées. On lui confie une mission aussi délicate qu’inhabituelle : il a une semaine pour aider un oligarque ukrainien à accéder au pouvoir dans son pays avant que Poutine finisse par avoir définitivement la mainmise sur la « Petite Russie ».
    Mais Locke ignore une information de taille : Brad Winter, son patron, a des intérêts secrets dans l’affaire. Il est en effet engagé dans une partie d’échecs à la fois géopolitique et financière avec plusieurs acteurs influents, aux quatre coins du monde. Une erreur, et l’empire d’Apollo Outcomes risque de s’effondrer.
    Pour tout arranger, alors que Locke a tout planifié et réuni son équipe pour partir en Ukraine, un ancien amour resurgit dans sa vie : l’ancienne correspondante de guerre Alie MacFarlane. Locke est l’homme de toutes les situations, mais tout homme a son talon d’Achille.

    Les auteurs :

    Ancien soldat devenu mercenaire, Sean McFate enseigne aujourd’hui la stratégie et la diplomatie aux futures élites de l’armée américaine. Il a servi dans l’Air Force et commandé plusieurs opérations du genre de celles qu’il imagine dans ses romans. Spécialiste des armées privées, il vit désormais à Washington. Il coécrit avec Bret Witter, auteur de nombreux best-sellers.

    « Un rythme d’enfer à couper le souffle ! » Ted Bell, auteur de Patriot (best-seller New York Times)

    « Certains soldats devenus mercenaires trouvent en eux une soif particulière pour les lieux les plus sombres et les plus dangereux. Tom Locke est de ceux-là. La Guerre de l’ombre en peint un tableau fourmillant de détails. » Général Stanley A. McChrystal

    « Vous aimez le secret, les coulisses et les défis : Tom Locke est votre homme. » Catherine Coulter, auteur de Nemesis

    « Une plongée haletante dans le monde de l’espionnage et de la guerre. » Booklist

    «  Un premier roman prometteur d’un auteur qui sait de quoi il parle. » Kirkus Review

    « Un tour de force romanesque qui vous ouvrira les yeux sur certaines réalités géopolitiques. » Providence Journal



              Helmut Kohl laid to rest in EU ‘state funeral’   
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/helmut-kohl-laid-to-rest-in-eu-state-funeral-lplr7339x ---Quote--- *Helmut Kohl laid to rest in EU ‘state funeral’ Helmut Kohl, Germany’s chancellor during reunification in 1990, was buried yesterday after commemorations in his homeland and at the European parliament in Strasbourg. Maike Kohl-Richter, his widow, watched as Angela Merkel, one of his successors, led tributes. The unprecedented “EU state funeral” took place amid acrimony since his death, at 87, that has shocked Germany and divided Kohl’s family. Merkel praised Kohl’s 16 years in power, adding that she and other citizens of former east Germany were in his debt. “I bow to your achievements, in humility and respect,” she said.*
              Music from 'The Walking Dead,' 'This Is Us,' 'Homeland' Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert - Variety   

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              Congress Finally Getting Tough On Illegals?   

    On Thursday, House Republicans passed two bills aimed at reducing illegal immigrant crime. President Donald Trump took to twitter to show his approval for both “Kate’s Law” and “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.” Following the passage of Kate’s Law from the House floor, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) asked his Democratic counterparts to show support for the new legislation. He also explained the bill, saying, “Thank you Chairman Goodlatte, we appreciate your boldness in protecting the citizens of America with great legislation,” he began. “When the father of Kate Steinle, Jim, testified before Congress he said, ‘everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen from the United States of America.’” “Unfortunately, due to unjointed laws and basic incompetence of the government,” he explained, “the United States has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person that should have never been on the streets in this country.” “Well today we can resolve that,” he concluded. “Two years ago this weekend, Kate’s life was ended when she was gunned down by a five time deported criminal illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions,” Walker continued. “Kate’s Law will stiffen penalties, helping to stop these preventable tragedies.” “Additionally,” he added, “the House will pass the ‘No Sanctuary for Criminals Act’ as well. You just heard, will Democrats participate. Well 80 per cent support ending ‘sanctuary cities’ and no citizen should be in danger because politicians think they are above the law.” “So will Democrats participate?” he asked. “Will they listen to their constituents? 80 per cent of Americans feel pretty good about this law.” Walker seems to be probably referring to the recent Harvard-Harris poll that showed over 80 percent of individuals surveyed wanted their cities to adopt federal immigration policies regarding illegal immigrants. However, he did not use the term “sanctuary cities” when he asked. On its official website, the White House’s explanation of the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” reads: For States or localities determined to be in violation of Federal law, H.R. 3003 would restrict their eligibility to receive certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security grants. Instead, under this bill, those grant funds would be reallocated to States and localities that comply with Federal law. Additionally, this bill would provide for more robust detention of criminal aliens. The Administration is committed to strengthening enforcement of our Nation’s immigration laws in order to improve national security and public safety. This legislation is critical to these efforts. And “Kate’s Law” is explained as: H.R. 3004 would increase the penalties that may be imposed on criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry, deterring reentry and keeping criminal aliens off our streets. The bill is consistent with the Administration’s broader efforts to strengthen enforcement of our immigration laws and improve the security of our Nation’s borders. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bills as they are in line with major campaign promises. However, it is to be noted that both bills face a tough battle in the Senate before they reach the president’s desk for his final approval.

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              U.S. trade group says no nuclear power plants have been hacked   

    U.S. trade group says no nuclear power plants have been hackedThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report dated Wednesday that nuclear sector was among those targeted in a hacking campaign data back to at least May. “None of America’s 99 operating nuclear plants have been penetrated by a cyber attack," said John Keeley, a spokesman for industry trade group Nuclear Energy Institute.



              Comment on Time for a Donald Trump intervention? by Alex2   
    I am not so sure that he will not be removed one way or another. Apparently his cabinet are not too happy with him. House and Senate Rep. must realize they are enabling a Trump takeover of American democracy. Control of the media. Control of policing (homeland Security and ICE) . And control through blackmail of any critics. And now demanding full voter information on all Americans!
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              Tab clearing   
    What happens when the people in charge actually want to win: "We're not going to just push them to somewhere else, we're going to kill them."


    Next time someone starts yelling about the awful & bloody Crusades, point this out.  Ought to piss them off mightily.


    About damned time: a prosecutor going to jail for breaking the law and putting an innocent man in jail. Not for nearly long enough, but at least he's actually being punished for it.

    Needs to happen a lot more often to crooked prosecutors and cops.


    When you pass a law like this to protect colleges, it doesn't say good things about the college.


    As Kevin once put it, 'an American who happened to be born somewhere else'.


    No, "Shut up!" is not an argument; but it's different when THEY do it, don't y'know?

    And now I have some brass to trim.  And so forth.
              Cyber-terrorism targets nuclear?   

    Reuters is reporting that nuclear is being targeted by a hacking campaign. The article is exceedingly ambiguous and truncated and simply indicates that the US Dept of Homeland Security and FBI warned businesses across sectors of a hacking campaign aimed at "harvesting credentials":
    Jim Finkle (2017, June 30). U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms. Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-energy-idUSKBN19L2Z9

    Hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, the joint analysis report seen by Reuters late on Friday said.
    I had thought US nuclear plants weren't connected directly to the Internet and therefore were not susceptible to external system hacks. Seems that is not quite true because nuclear "control" systems are apparently connected and vulnerable

    Chris Shipp and Jonathan Pollet (February 3, 2015). Hacking control systems are not immune. Valve Magazone, http://www.valvemagazine.com/magazine/sections/features/6480-hacking-control-systems-are-not-immune.html

    In January 2003, computers at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant were infected with the Slammer worm2—a piece of malicious code that spread faster than any before or since. This particular infection is noteworthy for two reasons: 
    First, the code was only able to spread because computer owners did not apply security patches in a timely manner. (Microsoft had released a security patch to mitigate the vulnerability six months before Slammer began its historical spread). 
    Second, during the ensuing investigation, personnel at the plant indicated they thought they were protected from such attacks because they had a firewall. Unfortunately, this lack of understanding with respect to cyber­security is still prevalent—especially in the control system community.

              Nothing to see here   
    Nothing to see here

    by digby



    I suspect that many in the government don't want to know whether this has happened because it would shake the faith of the American people in the electoral system. Unfortunately, that ship sailed a while ago. This, via TPM, is making things worse:

    Pressure to examine voting machines used in the 2016 election grows daily as evidence builds that Russian hacking attacks were broader and deeper than previously known. And the Department of Homeland Security has a simple response:

    No.

    DHS officials from former secretary Jeh Johnson to acting Director of Cyber Division Samuel Liles may be adamant that machines were not affected, but the agency has not in fact opened up a single voting machine since November to check.

    Asked about the decision, a DHS official told TPM: “In a September 2016 Intelligence Assessment, DHS and our partners determined that there was no indication that adversaries were planning cyber activity that would change the outcome of the coming US election.”

    According to the most recent reports, 39 states were targeted by Russian hackers, and DHS has cited–without providing details–domestic attacks in its own reports as well.

    “Although we continue to judge all newly available information, DHS has not fundamentally altered our prior assessments,” the department told TPM.

    Computer scientists have been critical of that decision. “They have performed computer forensics on no election equipment whatsoever,” said J. Alex Halderman, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week about the vulnerability of election systems. “That would be one of the most direct ways of establishing in the equipment whether it’s been penetrated by attackers. We have not taken every step we could.”

    Voting machines, especially the electronic machines still used in several states, are so insecure that an attack on them is likely to be successful, according to a report from NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice out Thursday morning. David Dill, a voting systems expert and professor of computer science at Stanford University quoted in the report, said hackers can easily breach election systems regardless of whether they’re able to coordinate widely enough to alter a general election result.

    “I don’t know why they wouldn’t try to hack voting machines and I don’t know what would stop them,” Dill told TPM. “Any statement that says ‘We haven’t see evidence of X’ also means ‘We haven’t lifted a finger to investigate.’”

    DHS told TPM Wednesday afternoon it was confident in “multiple checks and redundancies in US election infrastructure” and referred to the testimony of Liles and Jeannette Manfra, DHS undersecretary for cybersecurity, who said US electoral systems were fortified by “diversity of systems, non-Internet connected voting machines, pre-election testing, and processes for media, campaign, and election officials to check, audit, and validate results.”

    The new Brennan Center report, however, details the dangers of voting machines that aren’t properly secured, particularly the effect on public confidence of a very public successful hack, whether or not it managed to swing an election. “In the current hyper-partisan environment,” the authors noted, “evidence of this kind of hack could lead to accusations by each side that the other is rigging the election.”


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              FEAR THE WALKING DEAD - La famiglia Clark non ha proprio un attimo di tranquillità al Ranch! Ecco cosa succederà nella 3x06 "Red dirt"   


    Stanotte andrà in onda in America su AMC la 3x06 di Fear the walking dead intitolata "Red dirt". Di seguito potete trovare promo, sneak peek, foto promozionali e sinossi dell'episodio.







    Promo:



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    Anche in questo episodio la vita al ranch sarà minacciata da nuovi pericoli. Di chi ci si può fidare? Inoltre Alicia continuerà a fare i conti con se stessa.





    Buona visione!
    Daria

    Fonti: Spoiler Tv, Entertainment Weekly, AMC
    Photo credit: AMC



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              Congressman Warns of Terrorist Attacks If Trump Signs Sanctuary City Bill   
    Source: sbynews.blogspot.com - Sunday, July 02, 2017
    WASHINGTON – Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) warned that the sanctuary city bill passed in the House of Representatives could cause a terrorist attack to occur in New York City. Espaillat joined other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to express opposition to the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003), which would crack down on localities that do not fully cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004), which would penalize migrants who attempt to re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported with up to 20 years in prison. Both bills passed the House today. According to the White House, H.R. 3003 would “restrict” the “eligibility to receive certain Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security grants” for cities and states “determined to be in violation of federal law.” Espaillat predicted that H.R. 3003 would have a “chilling effect” in local communities if it became law. More

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              Music from 'The Walking Dead,' 'This Is Us,' 'Homeland' Gets Top Billing at Television Academy Concert - Variety   

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              (USA-WA) Manager of Public Policy (Cybersecurity and Privacy)   
    **General Description** Position Summary The Manager of Public Policy for Samsung Electronics America will be responsible for increasing Samsung’s engagement on U.S. policy issues directly affecting Samsung’s businesses, with a focus on cybersecurity and privacy policy, laws, regulations, and industry guidelines, as well as policy issues related to the Internet of Things (“IoT”). This position is within the Public Policy group and is located in Washington, D.C. Purpose and Scope 1. Supporting Samsung’s businesses to monitor and engage with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Homeland Security, and other agencies that regulate aspects of cybersecurity and data privacy, as well as relevant Congressional oversight committees. 2. Supporting the Samsung Global Privacy Office, Samsung Electronics America Compliance Office and Chief Privacy Officer, and internal business units with strategic policy advice about how privacy and security regulatory risks are evolving; identifying opportunities to mitigate those risks through external advocacy and engagement; and executing such external advocacy and engagement on behalf of the company. (Note: the Manager will not be responsible for privacy or security legal/regulatory compliance, which is a Legal/Compliance function.) 3. Supporting Samsung IoT-related businesses in monitoring and engaging on regulations, laws, guidelines, and other policies that affect IoT, including but not limited to smart cities, smart energy, home automation, home security, and commercial (B2B) applications of IoT. 4. Engaging with industry associations and coalitions, public/private multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives, NGOs, think tanks, and standards-related organizations on issues related to privacy, cybersecurity, and IoT. 5. Developing external communications about Samsung’s IoT policy vision and participating in thought leadership activities including symposia, conferences, panel discussions, etc. Duties and Responsibilities * Monitor, analyze, and report on legislative and regulatory policy developments, particularly in privacy, cybersecurity, and IoT. * Advocate to and build strong relationships with regulatory agencies and Congressional oversight committees, industry associations, NGOs, and standards-related organizations (however, not as a direct participant in the writing of technical standards). * Give strategic policy advice to internal business units. * Participate in Samsung’s collaborations with business partners (e.g., B2B partners and customers) on regulations, laws, and related policy issues. * Engage in public speaking; prepare white papers, articles, and other communication materials; and arrange speaking opportunities for Samsung executives in forums that will promote Samsung’s policy leadership and enhance the Samsung brand. **Necessary Skills / Attributes** * Background and experience in engaging with at least one and preferably more than one of the following agencies: Federal Trade Commission, Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Homeland Security. - Excellent writing and communication skills (writing sample will be evaluated). - Excellent oral communication skills; experience in public speaking (e.g., presentations or vocal participation in conferences and industry meetings). - Detailed knowledge of areas of regulatory policy and law within the position’s scope. - Technical literacy and capability to understand technical issues affecting Samsung device plans and businesses (engineering ability is not required, but skill in communicating with both lawyers and engineers is a must). - Education and experience: advanced degree (J.D. or Master’s) in law or policy is preferred; minimum 4 years direct experience is required. **Company Information** SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AMERICA BIG THINGS HAPPEN HERE. The amazing products for which Samsung is known world-wide are the results of the amazing people who work here. Their talent, creativity, dedication, and commitment to innovation are what make us who we are. To continue to be a world leader in technology, we focus on attracting the best talent available and offer a corporate culture in which every individual can challenge themselves to discover how good they are, and how great they can become. Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, and with offices in Richardson, TX and Palo Alto, CA, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and a world leader in technology. We market a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, smartphones, information systems, and home appliances. Samsung's philosophy is based on our strong determination for growth, perpetual innovation and responsibility to corporate citizenship. As a result of our commitment to innovation and unique design, the Samsung organization is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. Our company is currently ranked #7 in Interbrand’s "100 Best Global Brands," and named #3 on the Boston Consulting Group list as one of the world's most innovative companies in 2014. At Samsung we work hard – every day. It is a fast-paced and challenging work environment, and we are a nimble team that constantly pushes ourselves to be the best. If you have energy, passion, dedication and drive, and you thrive in a fast-paced workplace, the rewards at Samsung are many. Imagine working for a global company that is a world leader in innovation, in an environment where exciting things happen every day. Imagine working with an amazing group of visionaries/ individuals who make products that bring joy to millions of people across the globe every single day. Imagine where you want to be, and who you want to be. At Samsung...the possibilities are limitless. Apply today and find out why LinkedIn ranked us as one of North America’s Most InDemand Employers in 2014. To this end, we follow various protocols during the recruitment process, including but not limited to, avoiding the inadvertent disclosure of confidential information of the applicant’s former employer. Samsung Electronics America provides Equal Employment Opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law. *Category:* Communications *Travel Required:* 30% *Full-Time/Part-Time:* Regular Full-Time *Location:* , Washington District of Columbia, Washington District of Columbia, Washington District of Columbia
              (USA-WA-Keyport) Writer, Technical   
    Job Description Writes technical copy for various operation and maintenance manuals and prepares related technical documentation. 1. Researches and compiles technical data for use in various operation and maintenance manuals, training materials, installation guides, and other technical documentation. 2. Obtains data from review of documentation, drawings, schematics, and reports, interviews with technical staff members, and the study of published material. 3. Prepares written text and coordinates layout and organization of materials according to prepared outlines and specifications. 4. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned. 5. Participates in special projects as required. 6. Coordinate the display of graphics and the production of the document. Education Associates Degree in a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, professional training, or work experience. Qualifications 1-3 YEARS OF RELATED EXPERIENCE PREPARING TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-WA-Tacoma) JBLM Onsite Task Order Manager   
    Job Description Location: Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA Summary: Serve as the On Site Task Order Manager for the Joint Base Lewis McChord Mission Training Complex Task Order. Responsible for operations supporting Mission Command Training capabilities at JBLM. Provide supervision and overall program management of the Task Order. Provides vision and leadership and works closely with the Government Director to ensure that overall program / task order objectives are met. Overall responsible for profitability and revenue growth of assigned programs. Assures quality of program products; services; and deliverables; including participating in reviews; audits; and site visits. Performs business development activities; including the preparation and review of technical and cost proposals. Performs program financial management services; including financial analysis; budget and cost quote preparation; cost management; reconciliation; and profit. Coordinates and monitors sub-contractor activities and administers subcontractor deliverables and finances. Develops; reviews; and approves plans; schedules; consulting agreements and other program documents. Prepares and provides various reports and technical reviews to customer and senior management as requested. Ensures compliance with relevant corporate and government policies and standards. Participates in special projects as required. Education 1. Master's Degree in Management; Business Administration; Computer Science; Mathematics; or related discipline. Bachelor's degree acceptable with additional experience (listed below). 2. Professional certification (PMP) preferred. 3. Experience: Five years of experience in the management of projects or programs of similar size; scope and complexity or eight years' experience if candidate only has a bachelor's degree. Minimum of ten years of experience in support project/study management. Senior Service College (SSC) (preferred) or equivalent level military schooling. Prior battalion command (brigade command preferred). At least eight of the ten years of experience within upper level management positions. Must have a minimum of two years of experience in managing an office executing a variety of contracts covering multiple functional areas. Recent MC training at Battalion command level or higher; in-depth knowledge of virtual training simulators; and constructive simulations and gaming experience are preferred. Qualifications 10-12 years of related program management experience. Secret Clearance required; prior TS preferred. As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-WA-Tacoma) Sr Engineer, Network   
    Job Description Responsible for the design and development of voice; video; radio-frequency; and/or data communications networks. 1. Analyzes voice; video; radio-frequency; and/or data communications networks; including planning; designing; evaluating; selecting; and upgrading operating systems and protocol suites and configuring communication media with concentrators; bridges; and other devices. 2. Plans network layouts and configures systems to user environments. 3. Analyzes network topologies and traffic and capacity requirements. 4. Supports the acquisition of hardware and software as well as subcontractor services as needed. 5. May provide technical support and troubleshooting to users. 6. May perform network administration duties. 7. May provide guidance and work leadership to less-experienced network personnel. 8. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned. 9. Participates in special projects as required. Education Bachelors Degree in Computer Science; Engineering; or a related technical discipline; or the equivalent combination of education; technical certifications or training; or work experience. Qualifications 5-8 years of directly related experience in network analysis and administration. Typical Duties: ? Engineering enterprise data; voice and video networks ? Establishing and operating network test facilities ? Maintaining a secure transfer of data to multiple locations via internal and external networks ? Working with vendors; the Government; carriers; and technical staff on network implementation; optimization and ongoing management ? Providing high-level support and technical expertise in networking technology; including LAN/WAN hardware; switches; bridges and routers As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
              (USA-WA-Bellevue) Finance Manager   
    Expedia Would you like to be part of the Global Customer Operations (GCO) Finance team for the Brand Expedia Group (BEXG)? We provide finance support to the GCO organization that supports multiple brands within Expedia Inc. If you are a dynamic, driven, customer focused finance professional, and a solid contributor and team player, we are looking for you. We value team support and collaboration, we help each other succeed and we lead by example. In this role, you will be an integral part of our finance team, you will have the opportunity to lead finance support for the customer operations group for Brand Expedia. You will play in critical role in driving shareholder value by providing insight into financial performance and your analysis, forecasting, reporting of key operational and financial metrics, will serve as basis for many decisions we make. You will distill complex financial data into actionable information, build financial models, analyze new initiatives, financial planning, and analyze operational metrics. You will also have one direct report to guide, mentor and develop. **Responsibilities:** * Collaborate with business partners in development of forward looking trends, including financial forecasts and annual budgets, and identify and communicate risks and opportunities * Drive process improvement through effective collaboration and partnership and influence decision-making to ensure business partners meet the financial objectives of the organization. * You will help the team achieve its goals, manage deliverables and support team members grow and develop. * Support GCO BEXG regional and/or brand P&L; and provide insight into drivers of telesales revenue and service costs * Support the month-end close processes and work with accounting to provide monthly accruals **Requirements / Qualifications:** * 5-8 years of finance or analytical work experience and a Bachelors’ degree in business, finance or related field. Graduate degree preferred * Strong qualitative, spreadsheet quantitative financial skills and strong spreadsheet, data-management, and presentation skills * Very organized and detail oriented, with the ability to work on multiple projects within tight time lines * Ability to see the ‘big picture’ and understand key trends and levers * Excellent communication skills and ability to influence others without direct authority * Attention to customer service and business partnership and adaptable to different work styles and personalities *LI-PP1 Expedia is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization. * Posted Yesterday * Full time * R-19687
              (USA-WA-Bellevue) Finance Analyst   
    Expedia Expedia eCommerce Platform (eCP) FP&A; is seeking a Financial Analyst to provide support to the Expedia Global Payments (EGP) business team and key Expedia Inc. brand organizations globally. This Financial Analyst will partner with EGP Leadership, Operations, and other business functions as well as support the broader eCP finance team to enable solid business decision making through financial insight and meaningful analysis. Specifically, the analyst will own key finance processes pertaining to operating expense and headcount, manage relationships with key customers and other business partners, provide support for forward looking business and operational planning decisions, build financial models, and track and improve finance processes. **Responsibilities:** * Develop a shared understanding of business performance drivers and key metrics (development, reporting, and analysis of key metrics and performance drivers) * Manage the end-to-end operating expense forecasting, including reporting of resource metrics, monthly accruals, and process improvements * Develop financial models and business cases that require basic to moderate level of analysis for use in management decision making; identify gaps and drive improvements * Support team members through the annual planning, quarterly budgeting, and monthly forecasting process * Coordinate month-end close reporting and produce weekly, monthly, and quarterly expense and headcount reports to highlight key insights and levers for Finance and GPP leadership teams * Serve as liaison between EGP and support functions (Accounting, Procurement, and HR), on process improvements, ad-hoc research, analysis, and reporting as needed to serve business partner needs **Qualifications (including Work Experience and Education Guidelines): ** * BA or BS in Finance or Accounting required; CPA or MBA a plus * 2+ years experience in an analytical role with an emphasis on financial analysis * Experience in budgeting, expense analysis, and forecasting * Strong Excel skills (pivot tables, functions) as well as the ability to work with large amounts of data * Experience with Oracle, Workday, Business Objects, and/or Hyperion preferred * Accounting experience a plus **Core Competencies: ** * Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with all levels of management, across different organizations * Demonstrated proactive and solutions-oriented approach towards business problems and process improvements * Attention to detail and a commitment to data integrity * Ability to manage projects and processes independently * Excellent verbal and written communication skills * Proven ability to work in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment * Interest in learning new tools, processes, and systems *LI-AD1 Expedia is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization. * Posted Yesterday * Full time * R-19791
              Sr. SQL Developer - Must be US Citizen - Department of Homeland Security - Alexandria, VA   
    We work closely with federal client Department of Homeland Security and are seeking Sr SQL Developer with the below skillset. Please SUBMIT the resume with
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              Sr Backend Tester - Department of Homeland Security - Alexandria, VA   
    We work closely with federal client Department of Homeland Security and are seeking Sr Backend Tester with the below skillset. Please SUBMIT the resume with
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              Sr Java Developer - Department of Homeland Security - Alexandria, VA   
    We work closely with federal client Department of Homeland Security and are seeking Sr Java Developer with the below skillset. Please SUBMIT the resume with $80 an hour
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              Prince Charles hails Canada as an - example' as it celebrates 150th birthday   

    Canada celebrated its 150th birthday at a star studded national extravaganza where the Prince of Wales told the thousands gathered their homeland was a place "others look to for example". Charles shared a stage with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and told the Commonwealth nation they have positive attributes, from championing human rights to being responsible stewards of the environment.


              US demands more security on international flights to US   

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes.

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              Fra wrestling e narcos ecco gli esagerati anni Ottanta   
    Fra i tanti meriti - avere formato un pubblico nuovo, intercettato giovani consumatori, creato veri e propri dipendenti in preda a deliri d&#39;astinenza - le serie tv ci hanno salvato dalla noia della programmazione estiva. Un po&#39; come avviene al cinema, nella tv generalista tra luglio e agosto si affoga in un mare di repliche, di intrattenimenti balneari. Nulla per cui valga la pena accendere il vecchio apparecchio e decidere di non uscire di casa. Ha cambiato perciò abitudini l&#39;offerta di portali e canali incentrati sulle fiction a episodi, da vedere o rivedere, che di anno in anno si accresce di storie sempre più sfiziose e intriganti, dalle commedie alla suspense, dai film verità ai thriller. Nell&#39;estate 2017 sembrano tornati di gran moda gli anni &#39;80. Un mood che è nell&#39;aria, poiché anche nell&#39;arte sembra esserci un timido sguardo verso un decennio che in molti hanno letto come troppo ludico e figurativo, sacrificato all&#39;impegno e alla rigidità dei &#39;70, e già l&#39;anno scorso in tv fecero molto parlare Stranger Things, un vero culto, e la poco fortunata The Get Down. Fra le serie appena uscite, entrambe su Netflix, ambientate nell&#39;epoca del cosiddetto riflusso, ne segnaliamo due, peraltro agli antipodi: Glow ed El Chapo.La prima, in dieci episodi sulla mezz&#39;ora ciascuno, è ambientata a Los Angeles mentre stava esplodendo la mania del wrestling, quello strano tipo di lotta-spettacolo iperrealista, ipertrofico e grottesco buono solo per l&#39;America più kitsch. Uno &laquo;sport&raquo; per uomini sovradimensionati che il tipico regista fallito, tra b-movies e porno, vuole reinventare utilizzando solo donne, scelte in un casting al limite del borderline. Proprio lui, Sam, è il personaggio maschile principale, molto bravo come del resto tutti gli interpreti, in un improbabile gineceo dove spicca Ruth, che sogna una carriera nel teatro impegnato ma riceve solo offerte al limite della decenza. E poi la darkettona, la ninfomane, un paio di ciccione, la moglie tradita. Il tutto in un trionfo di capelli cotonati, tutine fluo, scaldamuscoli e musica disco funk che impazzava nei locali di allora. Non solo nostalgia, per una scrittura che funziona e tante risate.Gli esperti di tv sostengono che le serie ispirate a bande criminali sono le più gradite dal pubblico. Mentre da noi si gira Suburra, che uscirà sempre su Netflix, la piattaforma ora offre El Chapo, storia vera di Joaquín Guzmán, così soprannominato per la bassa statura, capo del cartello di Sinaloa e dal 1985 re incontrastato del traffico della droga in Messico, arrestato definitivamente solo nel 2016. In 9 episodi si celebra il ritorno di un certo cinema d&#39;avventura, meno estremo e anche meno appassionante dell&#39;inarrivabile Narcos. Anche la scelta di non doppiare i dialoghi, mantenendoli in spagnolo, avvicina El Chapo al suo parente più prossimo, di cui sono ripresi ambienti, personaggi (c&#39;è persino Pablo Escobar), decori e costumi. C&#39;è da chiedersi per quale ragione registi e sceneggiatori abbiano deciso di vestire così male i loro criminali, strizzati in camicie color panna e pantaloni dal taglio vecchio e scampanato, senza contare le tute e i folti baffi neri d&#39;ordinanza. Ci sarebbe da scrivere un trattato sull&#39;anonimia della moda presso i narcotrafficanti. I primi episodi stentano nel ritmo, ma c&#39;è da aspettarsi fuoco e fiamme con l&#39;ascesa nel sistema malavitoso del Chapo, interpretato da tal Marco de la O, non ancora carismatico come lo strepitoso Wagner Moura di Narcos.Siamo invece alla sesta stagione di Homeland (su Fox), ritenuto dagli amanti del genere uno dei migliori action movie in cui si intrecciano psicanalisi, terrorismo, politica e guerra. Protagonista ancora Claire Danes, affiancata da vecchi caratteristi come F. Murray Abraham. È Carrie, impegnata nel tentativo di assistere i perseguitati dal governo Usa che, nel frattempo, lotta contro il terrorismo e intreccia le proprie vicende a quelle di un nuovo Presidente. Accusata di essere fin troppo &laquo;buonista&raquo; nella rappresentazione di musulmani e islamici, Homeland continua a ottenere consensi, e ne sono previste altre due stagioni. Certo, per godere appieno degli intensi cambi di registro, della sovrapposizione continua di storie, occorre recuperare le annate precedenti. Ma l&#39;estate è la stagione giusta per riavvolgere il nastro e riprendere il filo della narrazione.
              Trump aide says CNN Twitter video wasn’t a threat to journalists   
    Donald Trump's homeland security adviser said a Twitter video posted by the president depicting him body-slamming and choking a representation of CNN wasn't meant as a threat to journalists.
               'No one would perceive that as a threat,' adviser says of Trump's CNN tweet   
    Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert defended Trump's tweet.
              'No one would perceive that as a threat,' adviser says of Trump's CNN tweet (Mitchell Alva/ABC News)   

    Mitchell Alva / ABC News:
    ‘No one would perceive that as a threat,’ adviser says of Trump's CNN tweet  —  President Trump's homeland security adviser defended the president's tweet Sunday morning showing him body-slamming and punching a person signifying CNN, saying “no one would perceive that as a threat.”


              Millionaire Alphabay Vendor Willingly Gave His Account to Feds   

    On June 9, a Homeland Security Investigations SA arrested an Alphabay vendor in Portland, Oregon. At the time, the vendor, Skylaar D. Ford, was on a post-release supervision program for a previous drug conviction. Despite being subject to the warrantless searches that came with probation and parole, Ford grossed more than one million dollars selling […]

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              Homeland Security Adviser: Trump's Violent CNN Tweet Not Threat Because He's 'A Genuine Person'   

    Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Thomas Bossert told ABC News that Trump's violent GIF about beating up CNN isn't a threat at all because "he's a genuine president expressing himself genuinely."

    Thus, the gaslighting of America continues. Trump was correct on one thing when he said back in January of 2016, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."

    Trump followers would say that action just makes him more authentic because he's saying the way it is. Trump always has had a handle on the extreme right-wing voters his white nationalistic message was corralling.

    ABC's This Week host Martha Raddatz asked the Homeland Security adviser if the images Trump just sent out to millions of his most avid fans was a threat to members of CNN.

    Raddatz asked, "Can I just get your reaction to that?

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              Ana Navarro On Trump's CNN Tweet: 'He's Going To Get Someone Killed In The Media'   
    Ana Navarro On Trump's CNN Tweet: 'He's Going To Get Someone Killed In The Media'

    Republican strategist Ana Navarro has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and once again, she didn't hold back when she was asked what she thought of Trump's bizarre wrestling tweet attacking CNN that he posted just before they came back for their last panel segment on ABC's This Week:

    NAVARRO: I'm a CNN commentator. I think that is unacceptable. I think that is the president of the United States taking things way too far. It is an incitement to violence. He is going to get somebody killed in the media, maybe that will stop him.

    I am disappointed beyond belief by the answer that the Homeland Security Adviser just gave. What a wuss. What a wuss. You could see that he is ceding his principles. You are the Homeland Security Adviser and you can't stand here and say the difference between right and wrong? That's what's part of problem.

    He is surrounded by enablers that do nothing but shake their heads and nod their heads in agreement with everything that he says. They have got to stop. They have got to stand for democracy, for freedom of the press. This is just going way too far. The President of the United States is inciting violence against the free press. And America, we cannot stand for it.

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              DHS To Expand Foreign Laptop Ban If Overseas Airlines Won't Make Their Security More Theatrical   

    The DHS and TSA are just going to keep making things worse. Despite there being almost no evidence of terrorists targeting planes, the DHS is looking to expand its laptop ban to cover even more incoming flights from foreign airports.

    The Trump administration said Wednesday it will ban large electronics on flights to the United States altogether — on board, and in checked bags — unless airlines comply with new directives to ramp up passenger and baggage screening.

    The mandate, announced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, would affect 280 last-point-of-departure airports and as many as 2,000 daily international flights to the United States and potentially throw a huge wrench into business travelers' plans.

    The original plan only targeted 10 airports -- mostly in the Middle East. This expansion would cause even more passengers to either leave their laptops/tablets behind, as this ban would prevent them from being placed in checked luggage.

    What the DHS is looking for is transplanted security theater performances by foreign airline personnel. Not much was explicitly listed in DHS head John Kelly's speech on Wednesday, but a few DHS officials offered to fill the factual gaps in Kelly's rhetoric.

    DHS officials said the agency is broadly pushing airlines and airports to "take the next step" in beefing up security — meaning using more canine teams, adopting more advanced screening technology and enrolling in a Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance inspection program.

    And, as always, the burden will be borne by travelers. Airlines are being given some time to make these changes, but there doesn't appear to be a hard deadline for compliance. If foreign airlines don't live up to the DHS's expectations, passengers will presumably be informed about the fate of their electronic devices after they've already taken them to the airport. The DHS encourages foreign travelers to keep themselves apprised of these changes, but doesn't say how they're supposed to obtain this information when making travel plans. All that's being recommended is staying in "close contact" with their airline of choice, which sounds like the sort of pen pal relationship no one's in any hurry to engage in.

    European officials are trying to stay on top of the DHS's constantly-shifting demands -- not out of fear of terrorist attacks, but because the laptop ban itself would make flying less safe.

    European Commission officials have been especially vocal about their wish to avoid the ban and have repeatedly pointed out the fire risks associated with stacking laptops with flammable lithium batteries in planes' cargo holds…

    I guess that's why Kelly wants a total ban. That solves the exploding battery problem, but does nothing for thousands of non-terrorists who need to bring their work with them when visiting the US.

    There's no room for logic in security theater. What the US determines to be security best practices will be foisted on the rest of the world -- even though there's nothing in the history of the DHS and TSA suggesting faster, harder "security" will do anything more than irritate travelers.



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              Trump appears to promote violence against CNN on Twitter with wrestling clip    

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—A day after defending his use of social media as befitting a “modern day” president, President Donald Trump appeared to promote violence against CNN in a tweet.

    Trump, who is on vacation at his Bedminster golf resort, posted on Twitter an old video clip of him performing in a WWE professional wrestling match, but with a CNN logo superimposed on the head of his opponent. In the clip, Trump is shown slamming the CNN avatar to the ground and pounding him with punches and elbows to the head. Trump added the hastags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN, for “fraud news network.”

    The video clip apparently had been posted days earlier on Reddit, a popular social media message board. The president’s tweet was the latest escalation in his beef with CNN over its coverage of him and his administration.

    A White House spokeswoman with the travelling press corps hotel here in Bridgewater, a few kilomres from Trump’s golf club, declined to immediately address the questions about the tweet. Trump has no public events planned for Sunday; his schedule lists phone calls Sunday night with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He is scheduled to return to Washington on Monday evening and participate in an Independence Day event at the White House on Tuesday.

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    On ABC’s This Week, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert dismissed the idea that the tweet might be a threat, while he praised the president for “genuine” communication.

    “No one would perceive that as a thr