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Part 1: Tech’s Next Big Thing?

Part 1: Tech’s Next Big Thing?

Rick Rogers, Rick Rogers Media   The best stories always take a twist. Take Bitcoin. The world’s first digital currency hit the scene as quietly as a quarter landing on thick carpet in 2009. Few besides tech geeks took note – at first — and the virtually worthless virtual money was virtually given away. In one legendary story, 10,000 Bitcoins were paid for two pizzas in 2010. But within four years Bitcoins were trading above $1,100 each and the cryptocurrency had gained … Read entire article »

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No Internet Sundays: Can you do it?

By Rick Rogers The idea sounded ridiculously easy. In fact, it hardly seemed like a challenge at all: Go one Sunday without the Internet. Years ago I ditched my TV for better ways of spending my time. No problem. Never miss it except during football season, and even then there are workarounds. Why even bother going Internet-less? First I read the average person spends 40 minutes a day on Facebook and then that Americans 18-64 spend more than 3 hours a day on social media. Isn’t that pathetic. Who would voluntarily waste so much time tethered to a machine for such purposes when we’re already yoked to a computer at least 8 hours day five days a week? No wonder many of us are overweight, don’t know our neighbors and haven’t read a book in ages. … Read entire article »

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Annual Read Adm. Jay Prout Memorial Golf Tournament — 23 Aug. Admiral Baker Golf Course in San Diego

Surface Warriors, friends and supporters, this year’s annual Jay Prout Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Friday 23 August at Admiral Baker Golf Course. The attached flyer provides details and registration information for the event. We hope you will be able to join us. The tournament proceeds will again support the RADM Jay Prout Scholarship Fund which provides college tuition support to a dependent son or daughter of a West Coast Surface Warrior.  In addition to joining us for the day, we are seeking your support in helping sponsor the prizes as well as the Scholarship Fund.   I have enclosed a form which describes the various sponsorship opportunities that we are offering. If you are able to support a sponsorship, I would ask that you fill out the form and … Read entire article »

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Marine Colonels’s Death Murder, not Suicide: Widow Sues Military to Reopen Investigation

Maryland  –Exhausting all other efforts, Kimberly Stahlman, the widow of Col. Michael Ross Stahlman, has filed a precedent-setting Complaint under The Administrative Procedures Act (APA) asking a Federal judge to force the reopening of her husband’s death investigation and to change his Manner of Death from “suicide” to “homicide.” Since the military justice system does not allow its investigative findings to be legally challenged by bereaved military families, Mrs. Stahlman’s Action, if successful, could pave the way to legal hearings for thousands of other military families currently questioning the thoroughness of investigations surrounding their loved ones death. Represented pro bono by Victor Kubli, an attorney based in Washington D.C., Mrs. Stahlman’s Complaint, lists among the defendants, the Secretary of Defense and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and accuses those involved with … Read entire article »

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FBI Documents Shine Light on Clandestine Cellphone Tracking Tool

The FBI calls it a “sensitive investigative technique” that it wants to keep secret. But newly released documents that shed light on the bureau’s use of a controversial cellphone tracking technology called the “Stingray” have prompted fresh questions over the legality of the spy tool. Functioning as a so-called “cell-site simulator,” the Stingray is a sophisticated portable surveillance device. The equipment is designed to send out a powerful signal that covertly dupes phones within a specific area into hopping onto a fake network. The feds say they use them to target specific groups or individuals and help track the movements of suspects in real time, not to intercept communications. But by design Stingrays, sometimes called “IMSI catchers,” collaterally gather data from innocent bystanders’ phones and can interrupt phone users’ service—which critics … Read entire article »

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A Few Words About Gun Control

My Fellow Americans, As I see it, the problem with the current gun control debate is that extremists from both sides have hijacked the issue leaving the silent majority to comply with decisions we’ve largely played no role in crafting. The gun debate is a filthy fraud for the lack of integrity and common sense brought to it by the far right and left. These provocateurs care not a wit for you or me but only for their selfish agendas. Most are hired guns — no pun intended; morally swayed by nothing more emotional than the numbers on a check. My opinions are shaped by growing up in a house where an unlocked gun cabinet stood next to the kitchen table. And from years spent in the military and from covering my share of … Read entire article »

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Warrior & Family Support News

COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Merry Christmas, veterans Marshalltown Times Republican When the call came out to provide more than 100 gifts for veterans at the Iowa Veterans Home who don’t have family around for the holidays, the community responded. The annual Adopt-A-Veteran Christmas party was held at IVH Sunday night as a group of … WELLNESS Senator Patty Murray: Veteran’s suicide prevention bill passes Senate Examiner.com She crafted the amendment after a major study by the Rand Corporation showed that there have been serious gaps and a lack of consistency in military services’ suicide prevention programs. Senator Murray’s statement: Our service members and veterans … A Question of Honor, Fairness and PTSD New York Times Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have benefited from a growing, if still incomplete, understanding of post–traumatic stress disorder. The government has gotten better at recognizing the affliction and giving them the medical care and benefits … Wounded warrior brings … Read entire article »

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Wreaths Across America

Contact: Bettybob Williams at thebbob2000@aol.com Dec. 14, 2012 — Community volunteers will gather at Miramar National Cemetery at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, for a ceremony honoring veterans during the annual Wreaths Across America Day.  The event is open to the public. Active duty members of the military services will place specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA on memorials during the ceremony.  A total of 1,500 wreaths are to be placed on gravesites at Miramar National Cemetery. Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Region Southwest, will be guest speaker at the ceremony.  Lt. Col. Jack Harkins, USMC (Ret.), chairman of the San Diego United Veterans Council, will be master of ceremonies.  A member of the Navy Band Southwest will conclude the ceremony … Read entire article »

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The Myth of American Military Superiority

I like iconoclasts. People who shake things up. People who question conventional wisdom, call them like they see ’em and sign their work. That is Winslow Wheeler. I can’t say that I always agree, but I can say he gives me pause to consider a well-reasoned point of view. Enjoy. — Rick Rogers    BY WINSLOW WHEELER | OCTOBER 11, 2012 You hear it routinely during congressional events involving defense issues, when a defense secretary wants to protecthis budget (or his legacy), and when candidate Barack Obama or his operatives defend the administration’s national security record: The American armed forces are “the best in the world.” It has become such an unremarkable bit of conventional wisdom that the comment is usually prologue to some other point the speaker wants to make. Many think that because the United States spends multiples of any conceivable opponent … Read entire article »

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News from the National Association for Uniformed Services

Reports of “Plummeting” Military Absentee Ballot Requests Wrong, Former Director of FVAP You may have heard reports that absentee ballot requests from military service members this year are way below the 2008 election, with the implication that far fewer military personnel are going to be able to vote this year. Bob Carey, former Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (2009-2012), refutes that conclusion in an email forwarded to NAUS. While the number is indeed significantly lower, Carey points out that there are far fewer Guard and Reserve members mobilized in 2012 than in 2008, accounting for much of the numbers drop. But the rate is actually higher in 2012. “I have been hesitant to weigh in on the current debate regarding military and overseas voter registration and absentee ballot requests in 2012 … Read entire article »

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