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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: August 29, 2014, 10:40:24 AM
Additionally, I find it amusing that even when I agree with you, try to send traffic to the "marklevinshow" (NOT to be confused in any with "Mark Levin"... who knows where you can listen to him if not the site of nationally syndicated radio show's website, despite all the stuff with his name, his books, archived radio shows, etc.) you still want to argue. God damn.

I found the stories at marklevinshow.com. How the hell is that not having his name on them?
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: August 29, 2014, 10:33:12 AM
Thanks for all your help.

Now I know that Mark Levin's name is not on marklevinshow.com. Makes sense, facially.

Did Levin write those two pieces? I don't think he did.

My bad. His name on them is probably meaningless.

His name is not on them. If you'll copy and paste the headlines of those two articles above into google, you'll find that those two articles are from abcnews.go.com. You'll find the actual authors of the two articles, neither of whom are Mark Levin.

You'll also note that the Marklevinshow.com website is actually owned by Cumulus Media inc, who also happens to own WABC 770 in New York City, the Levin show flagship station. So it's pretty doubtful that Mr. Levin vetts the news stories fed to the media company owned website by a widget some web master coded into it.

Glad to help you out with this. If you need more help in performing due diligence on information sources, just ask.
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US/Australians relations on: August 28, 2014, 09:01:55 PM
http://justsecurity.org/14400/australias-collateral-damage-drone-pine-gap/

From the article:

In April 2014, the human suffering caused by the U.S. drone program was brought home to many Australians for the first time, with reports that the U.S. had killed two Australians in a drone strike in Yemen.  In November 2013, Australians Chris Havard and Muslim bin John were killed in a US Predator drone attack on a convoy in Hadramout Province, Yemen.  Their deaths were reported in Australia five months later.

The news of the Australian deaths was reported amid increasing concern that Pine Gap, a joint Australian-American facility located in the desert of Australia’s Northern Territory, is used to locate the targets of U.S. drone strikes. Pine Gap controls U.S. spy satellites that intercept communications across key parts of the globe including Pakistan and the Middle East.

4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: August 28, 2014, 08:39:35 PM
Did Levin write those two pieces? I don't think he did.

My bad. His name on them is probably meaningless.
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Listen to Levin on: August 28, 2014, 08:43:35 AM

Indeed. Levin is worth listening to. Here's more by him:

http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/more.php?m=58&ts=1408047128&article=9B4CFD9D23DF11E4B51EFEFDADE6840A&mode=2

http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/more.php?m=58&ts=1408903950&article=43B6D0BE2BBB11E4B51EFEFDADE6840A&mode=2
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: August 27, 2014, 07:46:08 AM
http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/by-the-numbers-how-dangerous-is-it-to-be-a-cop

"It's twice as dangerous to be a truck driver as a cop."

We can discuss the numbers (as I am not fully convinced by this article), but it is an interesting look.

Death by auto accident or being shot in the face performing a traffic stop are equally dead, but  equipment, training and technology have reduced the death rates for most every occupation, including law enforcement officers.  Some of this equipment fuels the bogus "militarization" claim.

Though it's not usually fatal, law enforcement is on the receiving end of a lot of violence and trauma.  Most people are stressed by public speaking. Law enforcement officers faces stressors much worse on a regular basis.

Much of this is why I am not fully convinced. I did find the discussion to be somewhat interesting, though. And thanks for your professional view here, GM. I especially liked this point: "Most people are stressed by public speaking. Law enforcement officers faces stressors much worse on a regular basis."
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / More dangerous to be a cop or a truck driver? on: August 27, 2014, 06:22:52 AM
http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/by-the-numbers-how-dangerous-is-it-to-be-a-cop

"It's twice as dangerous to be a truck driver as a cop."

We can discuss the numbers (as I am not fully convinced by this article), but it is an interesting look.
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / D.C.’s darkest day on: August 25, 2014, 04:26:10 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2014/08/23/abf407ae-24bd-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html

From the article:

Madison arrived at Bladensburg and went a little too far, nearly riding into the British lines before reversing course and finding a spot to watch the suddenly erupting battle.

Busybody Secretary of State James Monroe, hardly in the chain of command, took it upon himself to rearrange the second line of the American defense, moving the soldiers too far back to be of much help.

Leading the British invasion were Gen. Robert Ross and Adm. George Cockburn. The British officers detected the cockeyed American defensive positioning and decided to press ahead with light infantry even before their stragglers, who had been marching for seven hours in brutal heat, had caught up.

9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Rand Paul on: August 25, 2014, 11:37:15 AM
http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/why-washington-should-declare-war-on-isis-20140820

but,

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140708/CONGRESSWATCH/307080028/Sen-Rand-Paul-Warnings-ISIL-Threat-US-Conjecture- and http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidadesnik/2014/06/20/rand-paul-sees-no-threat-from-terrorist-safe-havens-in-iraq/
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / starting fires on: August 24, 2014, 10:25:59 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ObupY-pVFs&app=desktop
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mosul Dam and Water Security on: August 22, 2014, 06:06:04 AM
http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/08/iraqs-fight-mosul-dam-water-security/

From the article:

It is clear water has ascended as a key security variable for the Islamic State, for Iraq, and for the wider international community. And it’s understandable that in the rush to portray the existential threat posed by the Islamic State controlling vast water resources, officials and journalists have focused on the struggle over scarce resources and the potential for catastrophic damage. A careful reading of the situation, however, reveals multiple layers of complexity and interaction between water and security that suggest more calculated motives.
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pushback begins to look sketchy on: August 22, 2014, 05:49:05 AM
The hippies at Red State are questioning media reports from Ferguson: http://www.redstate.com/2014/08/19/ferguson-pushback-begins-look-sketchy/
13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: what happens when there are no "militarized police" around... on: August 21, 2014, 06:10:49 AM

Sure, under orders from their chain of command, and a desire to avoid being the next target of the department of injustice and Gov. Nixon.

Cute, pithy response, as usual. But you didn't look at the date. This was, if I recall correctly, the third or fourth night of protest, before the Missouri Highway Patrol was brought in. This was the "good old days" when it just the Ferguson and surrounding area agencies responding.
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: August 21, 2014, 06:07:30 AM
Not really. Newspapers often include the News of the Weird column, for example.
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: what happens when there are no "militarized police" around... on: August 20, 2014, 09:12:22 PM

What happens when there ARE "militarized" police around (hint: it still involves widespread looting):

http://toprightnews.com/?p=5136
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Huffpo is awesome! on: August 20, 2014, 04:48:29 PM

Oh, man, I didn't realize we were still talking about this. I hope we don't judge an entire organization based on one person. If so, that could seriously skew the results of any organization.

And, I know you've said that we should never trust HuffPo, but within hours of you posting the quoted article, I received this from a person who knows stuff: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-l-grenier/senate-rdi-report-lies-obfuscation_b_5663595.html

Weird that a former director of the CIA CTC would publish in a completely "untrustworthy" source.
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Missouri state constitutional right strengthened on: August 09, 2014, 07:23:17 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/08/06/missouri-state-constitutional-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms-strengthened-by-a-61-39-vote/


18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US vulnerable to EMP attack? on: August 04, 2014, 07:41:59 AM
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2014/0801/Is-US-vulnerable-to-EMP-attack-A-doomsday-warning-and-its-skeptics-video
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: German general in command of US troops on: August 04, 2014, 05:34:28 AM
The point being made here would have been much better served by a different tone of voice, but the point remains

http://madworldnews.com/german-general-us-army/

From the article:

"This is the first time since the arrival of US forces in Europe on D-Day during WWII, and the first time in history a non-American has EVER been placed in charge of our forces."

Except for these times: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/mar/29/karl-rove/karl-rove-says-american-troops-have-never-been-und/. There's this, too: http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/doctrine/research/p176.pdf.
20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: August 04, 2014, 05:21:48 AM
Not suing. I made that pretty clear, I thought. Additional example of why not: legally, part of having standing to sue is to show actual injury. When the House has voted to end ACA what, 40 time (50?), to argue that the president's actions "injure" Congress is odd. (Note, also, that I have argued on these boards that presidential power has exceeded constitutional grants, so I am not against Congress acting.)

Boehner argued "legislative branch has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people, and America's constitutional balance of powers." And to do this, he goes to the judiciary?!? The article you posted suggested that conservatives/Republicans aren't talking impeachment. Why not? If he believes that "the President's flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend" is true, it seems to me that there is a constitutional remedy.

Three days before the House vote, Boehner opined in the USA Today that "President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority — and it is the responsibility of the House of Representatives to defend the Constitution." Why the HOUSE?Huh? Might it be that it is the chamber that begins impeachment proceedings? If Boehner truly believes that I "the president's actions in a number of areas... exceed his constitutional authority," is there not a constitutional remedy?


Question BD:


a) Obama refused to enforce certain provision of Obamacare because to have done so would have revealed the flaws of the law right before the elections.  What remedy?

b) Obama "rewrote" various (24 I have heard) provisions of the law.  What remedy?
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Digging our own Grave on: August 01, 2014, 05:49:37 PM
http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/digging-our-own-grave-the-results-of-ct-coin-and-regime-change

From the article:

In the 1990s, the US Department of Defence pioneered the theory of warfare that came to be called network-centric warfare. This involves taking advantage of the innovations taking place in information communication technology within the sphere of military operations. Publications, such as, Understanding Information Age Warfare by David Alberts and others (2001) outline the basic tenets of the theory, of which there are four. 1) Thoroughly networked force improves information sharing; 2) by sharing information, shared situational awareness and the quality of information is enhanced; the effects of shared situational awareness includes enabling collaboration and self-synchronisation, bettering sustainability and speed of command; which greatly improve mission effectiveness.
...

Although these forms of warfare theory have been developed in the West, they seem to have been co-opted by the radical Islamist insurgent and terrorist movements. The current style of prosecuting war seems to be more in line with third generation warfare principles, where information plays a supporting role to military operations.
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gaza fighting is 'proxy war' on: August 01, 2014, 05:36:39 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/31/world/meast/israel-gaza-region/

From the article:

"This is unprecedented in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict," says CNN's Ali Younes, an analyst who has covered the region for decades. "Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians -- and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly."
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Putin’s Treaty Problem on: August 01, 2014, 05:25:56 PM
http://csis.org/publication/putins-treaty-problem-lessons-russias-inf-treaty-violations

From the article:

"Those who scoffed should now take the lesson to heart. For one thing, we should reconsider giving Russia the benefit of the doubt for faithful treaty implementation. The old maxim for the Soviets still applies to Russia: trust but verify. Numerous questions remain about Russia’s compliance with the 1991 Presidential Nuclear Initiatives, the U.S. definition of obligations under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the Biological Weapons Convention, to say nothing of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty now honored in the breach."
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: August 01, 2014, 05:21:18 PM
From ccp:

"Do you have any thoughts as to the merits legally, politically, strategically, or practically on the GOP lawsuit against Obama?

Thanks in advance."

Yes sir:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/07/03/looking-to-a-lawsuit-signing-statements-and-the-supreme-court/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/08/01/chadhas-lessons-for-the-house-lawsuit/
25  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA News on: July 31, 2014, 07:39:54 PM
The next time I see you, shot put will be discussed (or at least asked about).
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / the trigger points for World War III are in place. on: July 30, 2014, 11:26:13 AM
Great article. My guess is that despite it being in The Atlantic, most of you will find it compelling: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/08/yes-it-could-happen-again/373465/

From the article:

Pacifist tendencies in western Europe coexist with views of power held in Moscow and Beijing that Bismarck or Clausewitz would recognize instantly. After the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, the UN General Assembly ratified the concept that governments have a “responsibility to protect” their citizens from atrocities. But in the face of Syria’s bloody dismemberment and Ukraine’s cynical dismantlement, idealism of that kind looks fluffy or simply irrelevant. The Baltic countries are front-line states once again. The fleeting post–Cold War dream of a zone of unity and peace stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok has died. As John Mearsheimer observes in his seminal The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, “Unbalanced multipolar systems feature the most dangerous distribution of power, mainly because potential hegemons are likely to get into wars with all of the other great powers in the system.”

In this context, nothing is more dangerous than American weakness. It is understandable that the United States is looking inward after more than a decade of post-9/11 war. But it is also worrying, because the credibility of American power remains the anchor of global security.
27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / viriliter agite on: July 29, 2014, 06:23:11 AM
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/07/25/latin-words-and-phrases-every-man-should-know/
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Court finds DC's ban on handgun carry is unconsittutional on: July 26, 2014, 07:46:27 PM
http://alangura.com/2014/07/victory-in-palmer-v-d-c/

From the article:

"...the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional."
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible on: July 25, 2014, 10:05:32 AM
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0465033105/reasonmagazineA/

"Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. at the peak of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. “Just for self defense,” King assured him. It was not the only weapon King kept for such a purpose; one of his advisors remembered the reverend’s Montgomery, Alabama home as “an arsenal.”

Like King, many ostensibly “nonviolent” civil rights activists embraced their constitutional right to selfprotection—yet this crucial dimension of the Afro-American freedom struggle has been long ignored by history. In This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, civil rights scholar Charles E. Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. In the Deep South, blacks often safeguarded themselves and their loved ones from white supremacist violence by bearing—and, when necessary, using—firearms. In much the same way, Cobb shows, nonviolent civil rights workers received critical support from black gun owners in the regions where they worked. Whether patrolling their neighborhoods, garrisoning their homes, or firing back at attackers, these courageous men and women and the weapons they carried were crucial to the movement’s success.

Giving voice to the World War II veterans, rural activists, volunteer security guards, and self-defense groups who took up arms to defend their lives and liberties, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nonviolent civil rights struggle and the Second Amendment. Drawing on his firsthand experiences in the civil rights movement and interviews with fellow participants, Cobb provides a controversial examination of the crucial place of firearms in the fight for American freedom."
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / ISIS Has Control of Saddam Hussein’s WMD in Iraq on: June 28, 2014, 11:35:31 AM
http://2paragraphs.com/2014/06/isis-has-control-of-saddam-husseins-wmd-in-iraq/?se_id
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Supreme Court rules on cell phone searches on: June 25, 2014, 10:44:50 AM
http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/210518-roberts-court-on-cell-phone-searches-get-a-warrant
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Services No Longer Required? on: June 23, 2014, 04:54:52 PM
http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/services-no-longer-required-challenges-to-the-state-as-primary-security-provider-in-the-age

From the article:

With the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia at the cessation of the Thirty Years' War in 1648, the Westphalian State was born.  This 'majestic portal...from the old into the new world' ushered in an era of legitimacy and recognition where all states could consider themselves sovereign and legally equal.[1] Approximately 350 years later, inventor Chuck Hull developed a device with which he could print three-dimensional objects.[2] Hull’s work effectively introduced a method of materiel production that had not been seen before and which continues to challenge traditional methods of production and the ways in which society interacts with the concept of manufacturing writ large. Referred to as positive prototyping or digital fabrication (DF), this technology has gradually evolved from large and expensive industrial applications to compact and affordable desktop technology that is freely available to everyday citizens in an increasingly connected world. Could this technological advance contribute to the unraveling of three and a half centuries of socially accepted governmental structure, or is it a means by which the citizens now have an additional ability to hold their governments more accountable?
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / drone strike memo released on: June 23, 2014, 04:43:34 PM
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-drone-memo-awlaki-20140623-story.html

From the article:

“At least where, as here, the target's activities pose a ‘continued and imminent threat of violence or death' to U.S. persons, ‘the highest officers in the Intelligence Community have reviewed the factual basis’ for the lethal operation, and a capture operation would be infeasible,” the killing would be considered a lawful act of war, the memo concluded.
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: June 23, 2014, 04:38:51 PM
Related to Crafty's post of 6/19:

http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2014/06/23/why-is-china-building-artificial-islands/

From the article:

The island-building has China’s neighbors alarmed and fighting back. Since April, the Philippines has filed numerous protests to China against land reclamation at two reefs and criticized the movements of Chinese ships they claim are engaged in island-building at two other sites. The Philippine Government has argued at an international tribunal that China occupies only rocks, reefs, and artificial islands — not true islands that would qualify for a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Madison's reading list on: June 08, 2014, 07:01:55 AM
http://www.montpelier.org/james-and-dolley-madison/james-madison/james-madison-reading-list  cool cool cool cool
36  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / D-Day vet Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin jumps again on: June 06, 2014, 04:31:38 PM
  cool cool

This is pretty awesome:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/05/world/europe/d-day-paratrooper-jumps-again/index.html?hpt=hp_c3
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The 2016 presidential candidate we need on: May 29, 2014, 09:03:11 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-the-2016-presidential-candidate-we-need/2014/05/23/77d599ae-e202-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html?wprss=rss_george-will

From the article:

So, sensible voters might embrace someone who announced his 2016 candidacy this way:

“I am ambling — running suggests unseemly ardor — for president. It is axiomatic that anyone who nowadays will do what is necessary in order to become president thereby reveals character traits, including delusions of adequacy and obsessive compulsive disorder, that should disqualify him or her from proximity to powers concentrated in the executive branch. Therefore, my campaign will initially consist of driving around the Obnoxiously Entitled Four — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — trying to interest their 3.8 percent of America’s population in a minimalist president.

38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Brothers Forever on: May 25, 2014, 01:55:45 PM
With respect:

http://parade.condenast.com/297011/barryyeoman/brothers-forever-how-two-friends-came-to-rest-side-by-side-at-arlington-national-cemetery/



39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races on: May 25, 2014, 01:53:10 PM
The less congress does, the better.

I am intrigued by this. It has seemed to me for a long time that the less Congress does, the wider the opportunity for presidential impact on policy. And given your view of the current president, I will admit to being confused here.
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t on: May 25, 2014, 11:53:05 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/us/final-word-on-us-law-isnt-supreme-court-keeps-editing.html?_r=1

From the article:

Unannounced changes have not reversed decisions outright, but they have withdrawn conclusions on significant points of law. They have also retreated from descriptions of common ground with other justices, as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor did in a major gay rights case.
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How a bill becomes a law: The DATA Act on: May 24, 2014, 01:33:59 PM
http://www.vox.com/2014/5/22/5723878/how-a-bill-becomes-a-law-in-2014

From the article:

... the DATA Act's success was often imperiled — and during which an already modest law became even weaker. It's a saga that includes lobbying, leaks to the press, bureaucratic sabotage, and last-minute twists. And crucially, it involves compromise after compromise. Put together, the story offers a new guide not just to how a bill can become a law — but why so few actually become laws, and why the ones that do are often so disappointing. In that way, it's an updated Schoolhouse Rock lesson for our polarized, dysfunctional Congress.
42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Chinese Special Forces Take 1st, 2nd And 4th Place on: May 24, 2014, 01:10:16 PM
http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/eastern-arsenal/chinese-special-forces-take-1st-2nd-and-4th-place-%E2%80%9Colympics%E2%80%9D-elite?src=SOC&dom=fb

From the article:

Since 2010, Chinese delegations have rocketed to the top of international special operations, police and military sniper competitions, benefiting from increased training and better weapons.  It is important to note, however, that many top special operations units were not present at this training competition (including notable US and Russian forces presently active on operations) and that the kind of skills tested in the Warrior Competition form only part of special operations and counterterrorism capabilities.
43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / From the Jackson List on: May 23, 2014, 02:04:39 PM
In the United States in 1909, the Memorial Day national holiday, also known as Decoration Day, fell on Monday, May 31st.

The President of the United States, William Howard Taft, delivered an address on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In New York City, over 100,000 people lined Riverside Drive, cheered 15,000 parading veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish War, and attended exercises at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.  The Governor of New York, Charles Evans Hughes, delivered an address at Grant’s Tomb.  Governor Hughes earlier had reviewed a large parade in Brooklyn.  The Bronx also hosted comparable exercises—its largest parade ever.
 
Memorial Day commemorations involving smaller crowds and less prominent speakers also occurred in cities and towns across the United States.

In the village of Frewsburg in southwestern New York State, Memorial Day exercises began with a parade.  A column of people marched from Main Street to a wooden structure, Frewsburg’s Union Free School.  With seven classrooms and a library, the Union School offered an elementary course.  It also offered, as it had since 1896, a high school course.  The high school met in a large room on the top floor.  The School’s total enrollment was about 200 students.  The high school senior class numbered less than 20.
 
On that Memorial Day in Frewsburg, Union School pupils and teachers joined the parade.  It wound from the village to its cemetery, where a program was held.  Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and an honor roll of soldiers were read to the crowd.
 
A leading attorney, Walter Henry Edson of nearby Falconer, New York, delivered the principal speech.  Edson spoke about the Civil War, and about peace movements.  He emphasized that universal peace cannot occur until there is universal justice.
 
Robert Houghwout Jackson, then age 17, was one of the student marchers and listeners.  A few weeks later, he graduated as Frewsburg High School’s valedictorian.  Four years later, he became Edson’s colleague at the bar.  They later became law practice partners.

In time, including on the Memorial Day in 1946 that Justice Robert H. Jackson spent in Europe as chief U.S. prosecutor of Nazi war criminals, he made his contributions to universal justice and, he hoped, to peace.

Today, Justice Jackson’s remains rest in that same Frewsburg cemetery, the Maple Grove Cemetery.

It currently is adorned with many United States flags honoring men and women who died while serving in U.S. armed forces, and also honoring U.S. military veterans.

44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Saving Privacy on: May 20, 2014, 11:35:06 AM
http://www.bostonreview.net/forum/reed-hundt-saving-privacy

"By pooling these data with the communications records it has been collecting since the spread of mobile phone networks two decades ago, the U.S. government has assembled the largest, if least visible, database in the world. It has given a million people security clearances. It has invested billions of dollars in software and hardware to analyze the data. It is constantly launching new code to comb the data for patterns that might reveal who is planning what terrible act against our country’s interests."


45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: May 19, 2014, 03:43:02 PM
I doubt we are trying to steal technological secrets from China to hand off to US industry. Not yet anyway.

Agree.  I see the distinction.  I wonder if Angela Merkel and others complaining of US spying see it.

Rogers and Ruppersberger Call Chinese Indictment an “Important First Step”

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger praised the indictment by a U.S. Grand Jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania of five Chinese military hackers for computer hacking and economic espionage directed at six American companies.

“These charges are an important first step, both in terms of bringing these five individuals to justice, as well as holding the Chinese government accountable for its campaign of cyber economic espionage against American companies. This is just the tip of the iceberg -- there are thousands of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hackers working every day, at the behest of the Chinese government, to steal American trade secrets and the jobs that result from our innovation.   We must hold Beijing accountable and pressure the Chinese government to stop manipulating the free market through its use of cyber economic espionage. While every nation collects information to protect itself, it is unacceptable for any nation to steal intellectual property simply to get rich at other nations’ expense. ”
46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Waiting for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire? on: May 19, 2014, 03:41:29 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/05/19/waiting-for-ruth-bader-ginsburg-to-retire-keep-waiting/

From the article:

The U.S. Supreme Court provides one of the more ironic dynamics in politics: people calling for the retirement of justices with whom they agree. Pressure to retire has been directed at Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer by some who fear that the 81- and 75-year-old justices will not survive a potential Republican presidency that begins in 2017. Some want Ginsburg and Breyer to retire before the end of Barack Obama’s second term, or possibly even sooner, in case Democrats lose control of the Senate in the midterm election. But the behavior of past justices indicates that this pressure may be for naught.  Justices rarely hasten their retirement.
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / U.S. to announce first criminal charges against China for cyberspying on: May 19, 2014, 08:37:57 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-announce-first-criminal-charges-against-foreign-country-for-cyberspying/2014/05/19/586c9992-df45-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.html?wpisrc=al_national

From the article:
The Justice Department is charging members of the Chinese military with conducting economic cyber-espionage against American companies, U.S. officials familiar with the case said Monday, marking the first time that the United States is leveling such criminal charges against a foreign country.
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Four Articles of Interest on: May 15, 2014, 09:36:20 AM

http://www.whiteoliphaunt.com/duckofminerva/2014/05/the-evitability-of-killer-robots.html

"MAC’s memo focuses on blinding lasers because of the diplomatic analogies between today’s meeting and that earlier CCW process, but there are even earlier examples of emerging military technologies being banned early and quickly for humanitarian reasons. In fact, the first weapon ever to be subject to a multi-lateral treaty ban was banned before it was widely deployed: the expanding or “dum-dum” bullet. Dum-dums were designed to flatten upon impact and thus created superfluous wounds. Exploding bullets, whose horrors were evident after the American Civil War, were banned even earlier with the St. Petersburg Declaration. Flattening bullets or “dum-dums” were developed in the late 19th century and were quickly banned outright by the Hague convention of 1899 before they were widely used on the international battlefield (though they had been used in British colonial wars). According to Robin Copeland and Dominique Loye, the ban has been widely adhered to, though according to Wikipedia they remain in use for hunting and (perhaps ironically) in police operations. At any rate, they too represent a case of an emerging military technology with clear utility that was abandoned through international declaration before they were widely used."
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Four Articles of Interest on: May 15, 2014, 06:43:57 AM
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141407/denise-garcia/the-case-against-killer-robots

http://www.whiteoliphaunt.com/duckofminerva/2014/05/robot-soldiers-would-never-rape-un-packing-the-myth-of-the-humanitarian-war-bot.html

http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=topic_detail&topic_id=34

http://www.ibtimes.com/drone-found-crashed-south-korea-day-after-north-korea-slammed-drone-investigations-south-1584026
50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / M. Rogers on isolationism on: May 14, 2014, 10:45:03 AM
Washington, DC – Yesterday evening, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Mike Rogers gave the first in his summer speaking series addressing current and future threats facing the United States and the policies needed to confront those threats.  Upon receiving the Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives for National Security in Washington, DC, Chairman Rogers delivered a speech titled “Isolationism’s Threat to American Security and Prosperity.” Chairman Rogers highlighted President Dwight Eisenhower’s robust commitment to international engagement and the lessons we can draw for today. 

The text of the speech is available at http://intelligence.house.gov/sites/intelligence.house.gov/files/documents/BENS.pdf
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