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  • Papal astronomer wins recognition for excellence in communication

    07/15/2014 2:33:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cns ^ | July 15, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A papal astronomer won recognition for his ability to communicate accurately and clearly the discoveries of planetary science to the general public. U.S. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a planetary scientist and meteorite expert at the Vatican Observatory, was awarded the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal for "outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist," said the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences, which chooses the annual prize winner. In addition to significantly contributing to the public understanding of and enthusiasm for planetary science, Brother Consolmagno "occupies a unique position within our profession as a credible spokesperson...
  • Book Review: Rise of the Anti-Media by Brian Anse Patrick

    07/07/2014 7:29:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Rise of the Anti-Media is a profound academic examination of how the gun culture has been able to triumph in the face of overwhelming opposition from the ruling elite.   This is not a book that is light summer reading.   The issues examined, the research done, and the theory put forward to explain the phenomena, are worthy of serious study.    Information in the book is dense.  Brian Anse Patrick packs a great deal into only 282 pages.  The book captured my attention.  I devoured it in a day, but find myself repeatedly returning for more insight. It helps to...
  • Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?

    04/22/2014 11:50:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    bgr.com (Boy Genius Report) ^ | 4/17/14 | Zach Epstein
    For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day.
  • Speak, Fido: Device Promises Dog Translations

    01/05/2014 6:06:02 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 03, 2014 | Marc Lallanilla
    Speak, Fido: Device Promises Dog Translations A dog may be man's best friend, but if people ever figure out what dogs are really thinking, will the friendship sour? That's a risk that a few inventors in Europe are willing to take: They've received funding to develop "No More Woof," an electronic device that promises to analyze dogs' brain waves and translate a few of their thoughts into rudimentary English. It's still a work in progress, but once No More Woof is ready for the market, it will join a wide range of other scientific efforts aimed at "breaking the language...
  • Like_youknow

    12/17/2013 12:17:13 PM PST · by Baynative · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/17/13 | Taylor Mali
    An interesting concise analysis and admonition of speech patterns in today's America by comedian, Taylor Mali. ( Not sure of topics, so I called it an editorial)
  • Top Spy: 'Single Analyst' Cannot 'Eavesdrop on Domestic Communications Without Proper Legal

    06/16/2013 7:12:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    In a Sunday evening statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Public Affairs Office released this statement, meant to clear up information on the National Security Agency’s data program "The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress. Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world," the full statement reads.
  • Vanity

    03/22/2013 8:12:50 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 10 replies
    Congress.org ^ | 3-22-2013 | Mortrey
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  • Better Republican Communication Needed

    02/28/2013 4:56:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    "First you win the argument -- then you win the vote," is the now well-known quote from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. President Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president who understood and used that strategy. President Barack Obama and his team also understand the phrase and are using it to their advantage. They are making a full-court press in the public arena to lay out their argument against sequestration and for more taxes. "In a few days," Obama said this week in Virginia, "Congress might allow a series of immediate, painful, arbitrary budget cuts to take place -- known in...
  • How ‘Anodyne’ Communication Destroys Societal Trust

    01/11/2013 10:46:29 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies
    Playing The Devil's Advocate Blog ^ | January 9, 2013 | Blogger "dissention"
    A few months ago I went to an all expenses paid job interview in another city. The interview went well and I was one of the top 2-3 candidates. However I did not get the job, which is fine by me for reasons that I will mention later on in this post. I did however find the ‘rejection’ email interesting because it is one of the better examples of what passes for communication in the corporate environment today. Here is the name-redacted email..
  • Can Republicans Talk? (Sowell on speaking out on issues)

    09/17/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 18, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The first time I saw Chris Christie on television, shortly after he became governor of New Jersey, my immediate reaction was, "My Gosh! A Talking Republican!" It was almost like seeing a talking giraffe or a talking salamander. Technically speaking, Republicans do talk, but talking is definitely not their strong suit. Nor do they seem to have put a lot of thought into what they say or how they say it. The net result is that articulate Democrats can get away with the biggest lies, without any serious rebuttal from most Republicans. I have not heard any Republican official or...
  • This Embarrasses You and I*: Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal[...]

    06/20/2012 6:30:54 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 189 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 19, 2012 | Sue Shellenbarger
    When Caren Berg told colleagues at a recent staff meeting, "There's new people you should meet," her boss Don Silver broke in, says Ms. Berg, a senior vice president at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., marketing and crisis-communications company. "I cringe every time I hear" people misuse "is" for "are," Mr. Silver says. The company's chief operations officer, Mr. Silver also hammers interns to stop peppering sentences with "like." For years, he imposed a 25-cent fine on new hires for each offense. "I am losing the battle," he says. Managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace. Many...
  • The Language Of The Globalised World

    06/09/2012 11:02:34 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | 24 May, 2012 | Gwynne Dyer
    There have been few languages in world history that were spoken by more people as a second language than as a first. English has had that distinction for several decades already. Now, there are more people learning it in a given year than it has native speakers The second President of the United States, John Adams, predicted in 1780 that “English will be the most respectable language in the world and the most universally read and spoken in the next century, if not before the end of this one.” It is destined “in the next and succeeding centuries to be...
  • Message Encoded in Neutrino Beam Transmitted through Solid Rock

    03/18/2012 11:29:14 PM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 3/16/2012 | John Matson
    Neutrinos are having a moment. They’re speeding across Europe (just how fast is under review), they’re changing flavors in China and, now, they’re carrying rudimentary messages through bedrock in Illinois. A team of physicists encoded a short string of letters on a beam of neutrinos at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., and sent the message to a detector more than a kilometer away. On the journey the neutrinos passed through 240 meters of solid rock, mostly shale. What was the word they transmitted in the preliminary demonstration? “Neutrino.” The experiment is described in a paper posted to the...
  • Newt’s rhetoric still haunts discourse [Left still stinging from 1994 GOP takeover]

    03/11/2012 1:07:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 10, 2012 | Cynthia Tucker
    .........In 1995, Gingrich, then speaker of the House, wrote a memo for GOPAC, which trains Republican candidates, citing language as "a key mechanism of control used by a majority party." In his inimitable, insufferable fashion, he went on to say that his videotaped GOPAC courses had elicited a "plaintive plea: 'I wish I could speak like Newt.' "That takes years of practice. But we believe that you could have a significant impact on your campaign and the way you communicate if we help a little. That is why we have created this list of words and phrases,".. He went on...
  • Talk to me...

    02/23/2012 5:31:36 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    What usually is a treasured opportunity for cross generational chit-chat became a silent car ride as a luminescent glow eerily lighted his facial features in the back seat. My grandson has mastered a hand-held electronic thinga-ma-jig which muted what had previously been a casual forum for conversations about life-in-the-now and even life-everlasting. No knock-knock jokes. No “Hey, look, a horse trailer and it has horses inside!” No seemingly insignificant queries such as, “Justin says there is no God. Is that true?” Where once we easily conversed about hurt feelings, roadside beggars, birthdays, bullies and the like, this day the unilateral...
  • Vanity: Just passed my General Class License (Ham Radio)...with some interesting observations

    02/04/2012 12:36:51 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 85 replies · 1+ views
    arrl ^ | 4 Feb 12 | dcbryan1
    20 or so people in there, half of them under 30 going for their technician. I was one of 2 in there to upgrade to general, and one showed up for the highest class, amateur extra. Anyways, I ask this kid (22-25yo) "Why are you getting into ham radio"? He matter-of-factly said, "For the upcoming zombie apocalypse". I laughed and half the room turned around, glad to proclaim the same, hell even bragging about it! A couple more admitted that they were embarrased to say that but essentially that is why they were there. I found out with a little...
  • How Often Does God Talk to You?

    01/24/2012 2:39:28 PM PST · by hawkins · 68 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 01/24/2012 | Travis Main
    Prayer stands as a key component of a Christian’s life. When a Christian prays they share their gratefulness, reverence, thoughts, concerns, and needs with the Eternal Father. Even non-Christians talk to God at times in their lives. However, prayer represents only one side of communication with God. Men need to let God talk. Unfortunately, the wide majority of the world refuses to give God the opportunity. If they would let Him talk, they would be much better equipped for the lives that they have been given.Those who give God the chance to talk to them learn: God created the heavens...
  • Leadership = Communication. Need Gingrich to Speak Clearly to help Americans clean up Obama mess.

    01/15/2012 6:42:25 AM PST · by mitchell001 · 16 replies
    January 15, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    Remember Ronald Reagan the Great Communicator. In my opinion, he was a great leader, because he was a great communicator. I the GOP primaries, Newt Gingrich is by far the best speaker, orator, and communicator. Since he espouses the conservative values, methods and action plans that we mostly agree with and since he does give the best, most interesting and easy to listen to speeches, he has the potential to be the best candidate against Obama and to be the best president to help we Americans to clean up the mess made by the Obama administration. Also, Gingrich is not-only...
  • Why is the internet community screaming about SOPA?

    01/02/2012 3:29:05 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 8 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan02,2012 | Libertynotfree
    SOPA is legislation designed to regulate how digital communication is used. SOPA will be voted on this month.
  • The Skinny on Ham Radio: Getting Licensed

    01/02/2012 10:46:48 AM PST · by Professional Engineer · 103 replies
    The Survival Mom ^ | Jan 2012 | Survival Mom
    A lot of preppers are talking about Ham radio as a communications system during and after an SHTF event. The ability to listen and even talk with people vast distances away in real time is powerful tool. For a very long time I’ve wanted to get an Amateur Radio license (“Ham”). For one reason or another I never undertook the study and the test. Until now. I have just passed my Technician’s license exam! (as of writing this) While it will still be a couple of weeks before I get my official station call sign, I’m very excited and already...
  • The Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2011 (Perry and Obama are ranked)

    12/27/2011 9:50:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Decker Communications ^ | Brian and Kelly Decker
    .....5. Rick Perry had the most publicized communication failure of the year with his brain freeze in remembering his third point in a very public setting. The Rule of Three is good, but you don’t want to say “There are three things…” in advance in a very public forum such as a Presidential Debate unless you know you will remember them. Or have them in your notes. So he could have topped the Worst list with that faux pax along with his early amateurish debate performances, marked by halting mannerisms, jerky style and hostile attacks. But he’s here in the...
  • Don't Kill the Oxford Comma!

    07/22/2011 10:38:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUN 30, 2011 | MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
    The university hands down a new edict about punctuation -- but the world's grammar nerds will never back downGrammar lovers today were saddened, shocked, and mightily displeased at the news that the P.R. department of the University of Oxford has decided to drop the comma for which it is so justly famed. As GalleyCat reported, the university's new style guide advises writers, "As a general rule, do not use the serial/Oxford comma: so write 'a, b and c' not 'a, b, and c'." Cue the collective gasps of horror. The last time the nerd community was this cruelly betrayed, George...
  • ARRL Field Day 2011: June 25-26!

    06/24/2011 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 33 replies
    ARRL Field Day Overview ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate. ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity.  It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.  It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community...
  • Emergency Communications Plan for when governmental rapacity hits proverbial fan

    04/30/2011 8:24:59 AM PDT · by publius321 · 35 replies
    Think of what it will be like one day if we wake up one morning, turn on the television and find out the Internet and cell phone networks have been shut down due to a financial meldown or some other inconceivable event. Despite having formed "tea party" and similar groups all around the country, we find ourselves isolated and unable to mobilize anyone. With no way to communicate, millions would find comfort in the prospect of gathering somewhere with all those local patriots once again. But where do we meet? What day? What time? It is exactly THAT scenario that...
  • Unorthodox links to the internet Signalling dissent

    03/25/2011 11:22:57 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 48 replies
    Economist ^ | March 25 2011
    WITH a tin can, some copper wire and a few dollars’ worth of nuts, bolts and other hardware, a do-it-yourselfer can build a makeshift directional antenna. A mobile phone, souped-up with such an antenna, can talk to a network tower that is dozens of kilometres beyond its normal range (about 5km, or 3 miles). As Gregory Rehm, the author of an online assembly guide for such things, puts it, homemade antennae are “as cool as the other side of the pillow on a hot night”. Of late, however, such antennae have proved much more than simply cool. According to Jeff...
  • Frank Luntz: How To 'Win' With Smart Messaging

    03/09/2011 2:16:33 PM PST · by winstonwolf33 · 26 replies
    npr (!) ^ | March 8, 2011 | Neal Conan
    According to Republican strategist Frank Luntz, Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 "because he, more than any other political figure, understood what was happening in the country at that time, and had an innate ability to communicate it right back." Luntz analyzes this victory and others in his new book Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary As a longtime media strategist, Luntz has helped craft many sound bites and political phrases during his career, from "death tax" to the "Contract with America." In Win, Luntz argues that careful messaging is as essential to...
  • Should the Internet have an 'off' switch?

    02/21/2011 5:56:42 PM PST · by LucyT · 13 replies
    Physorg.com Technology ^ | February 21, 2011 | Jon Swartz
    Just as the Egyptian government recently forced the Internet to go dark, U.S. officials could flip the switch if the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law, say its critics. Proponents of the bill, which is expected to be reintroduced in the current session of Congress, dismiss the detractors as ill-informed - even naive. The ominously nicknamed Kill Switch bill is sure to be a flashpoint of discussion at ..." [snip] The debate is sure to intensify after the 0bama administration announced Tuesday a new policy on Internet freedom ..." . . . . . . . ....
  • FCC Orders NBC Newsrooms To Partner With Soros-Funded Non-Profits

    02/03/2011 11:12:42 AM PST · by tutstar · 84 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/3/11 | Dana Loesch
    So much for objectivity. One of the FCC stipulations of the Comcast – NBCU merger was the incorporation of non-profit journalism centers into NBC newsrooms. They are charged with maintaining and increasing local news coverage, the regulation based on the relationship between KNSD-TV and VoiceofSanDiego.org. KNSD airs the segments, but really can’t take all the credit for them. They are largely the work ofVoiceOfSanDiego.org, a local nonprofit journalism center that has been sharing news tips, co-producing and supplying content to the station for several years. [...] Under the terms of the FCC order approving Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, at least...
  • What do we do if OUR Government shuts down the internet?

    01/28/2011 9:33:26 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 141 replies
    Seeing what has happened in Egypt and their ability to quickly shut down the internet got me to thinking about the possibility that at some time in the future OUR Government may try the same with us. Therefor I thought that to prepare for such an event should be planned by us (the citizens who would most likely to be effected as well as the people most likely to need alternatives to internet connections to stay in communications and keep upraised of events not being reported accurately (and intentionally). We would have to depend upon our telephones but that can...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    — Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Barak Obama: Un-Baking Bread

    11/06/2010 8:49:00 AM PDT · by Sudetenland · 23 replies
    Vanity | 11/06/2010 | Will Malven
    When Barak Obama broke onto the scene to a firestorm of liberal adoration and a hyperventilating, awe-struck press, the world was rapt. They cried in heavenly bliss, “At last! At last we have the one! The black man who can lead all of America (and the world, to listen to them) to the Promised Land.” Well, at least most of the world. Some, however, were and remain unimpressed. We conservatives were not taken in by his lofty gaze-we knew it for arrogance, not vision. We were not beguiled when we heard his soaring words, we knew them for empty rhetoric,...
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract to Integrate CLIP on B-1B and B-52 Aircraft

    10/21/2010 11:15:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 10/21/2010 | Northup Grumman
    The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $14 million contract extension to integrate its Common Link Integration Processing (CLIP) system on B-1B and B-52 aircraft, providing aircrews with enhanced battlefield awareness, communications capabilities and weapons management. Under the 17-month contract extension, Northrop Grumman will support software integration, ground and flight tests, and Air Force and joint interoperability certifications. All 66 aircraft in the B-1 bomber fleet and 94 aircraft in the B-52 fleet will be CLIP enabled. CLIP is a software package that allows existing platforms without a tactical data link, as well as platforms with different...
  • Northrop Begins Flight Testing New B-2 EHF Satcom Hardware

    10/16/2010 1:36:37 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/15/2010 | Defense Talk
    .: Northrop Grumman Corporation has begun flight testing the new computing hardware and communications infrastructure that will eventually allow the B-2 stealth bomber to send and receive battlefield information by satellite more than 100 times faster than today. Since Sept. 1, the company has conducted a series of test flights using a B-2 test aircraft stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The flight test program is part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the...
  • WHY DOES YOUR FREEDOM MATTER TO YOU?

    07/20/2010 9:12:36 PM PDT · by helpfulresearcher · 2 replies
    To the Point News (with permission from Dr. Wade) ^ | Friday, 16 July 2010 | Dr. Joel Wade
    Why does your freedom matter to you? This may seem like a silly question, with self-evident answers. But part of the reason why freedom continues to be eroded in America is that for many people, it is something that is abstract, unseen, and is taken very much for granted... even while it slips away. In a struggle between the more tangible and the less tangible, the tangible has the distinct advantage. If we want to turn the tide and begin to increase freedom in America, we need to make our freedom, and what it means to each of us individually,...
  • ARRL Field Day is June 26-27, 2010

    06/01/2010 12:46:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies · 365+ views
    SNIPPET: "ARRL Field Day is June 26-27, 2010 ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of fun!" SNIPPET: "ARRL Field Day Overview ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate. ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. It is a time where many...
  • USAF Extends Service Life of First Aircraft in Navy E-6 Fleet

    06/24/2010 11:38:08 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/23/2010 | AFMS/Defensetalk
    Airmen from the 566th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron completed work on extending the service life of the first of 16 Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft June 15. The E-6Bs are flown by members of the Strategic Communications Wing ONE, whose primary mission is airborne communication with Navy submarines. It also serves as an airborne command post for U.S. Strategic Command. Officials said the maintenance process had its share of ups and downs as the first aircraft warranted more attention than usual, but mechanics don't anticipate that to be the case for the remaining 15 aircraft. "We really aggressively pursued and accomplished success...
  • How Do We Communicate if a Melt-Down Occurs?

    06/11/2010 1:08:51 PM PDT · by jobim · 131 replies · 2,338+ views
    vanity | 6/11/10 | jobim
    In the event that the catastrophe takes place which we all are thinking about and talking about in these days under this regime, whether it be a global financial shut-down (see this scenario: http://www.grandpappy.info/honehour.htm), a military strike somewhere, or some such dire event unleashes sudden freeze-up of our society: How do citizens communicate? CB? Short wave? Our lifeblood is communication. What are our options to maintain this link to patriots across the country?
  • New government entity to take control over military and civilian networks

    06/07/2010 9:29:58 PM PDT · by oc-flyfish · 270 replies · 794+ views
    Tech 1984 ^ | 5/31/10 | Tech 1984
    This is pretty scary stuff. The Federal government is ready to seize control of private company networks in order to "protect" us in the event of a hacker attack.
  • Pentagon: A Space Junk Collision Could Set Off Catastrophic Chain Reaction

    06/04/2010 11:44:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 776+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 5/27/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Every now and again someone raises a stern warning about the amount of space junk orbiting Earth. Those warnings are usually met with general indifference, as very few of us own satellites or travel regularly to low Earth orbit. But the DoD's assessment of the space junk problem finds that perhaps we should be paying attention: space junk has reached a critical tipping point that could result in a cataclysmic chain reaction that brings everyday life on Earth to a grinding halt. Our reliance on satellites goes beyond the obvious. We depend on them for television signals, the evening weather...
  • Boeing B-52 set to receive major radar upgrade

    05/20/2010 6:59:33 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 56 replies · 926+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 5/19/2010 | Flight International
    The US Air Force is moving forward with a major new upgrade for the half-century-old Boeing B-52H fleet, focused on replacing the bomber's radar, which is roughly 30 years old. The Northrop Grumman APQ-166 strategic radar is nearing the end of its useful life and will be replaced on 76 B-52Hs, the USAF says in a request for information issued to industry. The new system will perform all of the mission functions now performed by the APQ-166 mechanically scanned array, but provide "new and enhanced capabilities", the air force says. Although active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology is now available...
  • Hizbullah blocking Internet in Lebanon, importing advanced systems

    05/14/2010 9:43:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | Geostrategy Direct
    The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was said to have blocked the flow of information on military deployment in Lebanon. A retired U.S. Army general said Hizbullah has been monitoring and preventing communications between Lebanon and the outside world, particularly regarding the arrival of advanced weapons. The general, Paul Vallely, said Hizbullah has sought to keep secret the flow of conventional and nonconventional weapons received from Iran in 2010. "The Internet has been locked down, very tightly controlled," Vallely said. "Anyone associated with any Israeli will be assassinated." The retired U.S. general, an author and military analyst for the U.S.-based Fox News, said...
  • Syria producing solid-fuel rockets that could reach Israel from Lebanon

    05/14/2010 9:36:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/14/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Israel's military has determined that Syria was producing its first solid-fuel rockets. Officials said the military and intelligence community said the regime of President Bashar Assad has been producing and deploying a variant of an Iranian long-range rocket. They identified the Iranian rocket as the Fateh-110, developed by Teheran nearly a decade ago and supplied to several countries as well as the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. "This certainly enhances the military capability of Syria from what it was even five years ago," an official said. Syria has taken the Fateh-110 and developed an enhanced variant. Officials said the upgraded weapon, termed M-600,...
  • So where are the Republicans?

    05/10/2010 7:44:45 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 11 replies · 329+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | May 10, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    Obama Lashes Out at New Media & iPods… Even Though He Gave the Queen One Last Year Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, May 9, 2010, 3:33 PM Spoken like a true tyrant… Barack Obama lashed out at (conservative) talk radio, (conservative) blogs, cable news (FOX), and new gadgets today during his commencement speech to graduates at Virginia’s Hampton University. He lambasted iPods, iPads Xboxes and PlayStations even though he gave the Queen one last year loaded with his favorite show tunes. Barack Obama gave the Queen of England an iPod last year. Suddenly, it’s a distraction. What he was...
  • Northrop Grumman Begins Installing First EHF Satcom Hardware on B-2

    03/17/2010 10:37:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 3/17/2010 | Northrup Grumman
    Northrop Grumman Corporation technicians here have begun installing the first set of hardware for a B-2 stealth bomber upgrade that will eventually allow the jet to send and receive battlefield information up to 100 times faster than its current satellite communications system. The work is being done as part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the nation's long range strike arsenal, and one of the world's most survivable aircraft systems. The B-2 is the only...
  • New satellite communications aid F-16 mission

    03/07/2010 8:22:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 83+ views
    F-16.net ^ | 3/6/2010 | 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
    This capability allows F-16 pilots to communicate using four geosynchronous satellites 22,300 miles above the equator. F-16 pilots can now converse beyond the line of sight to command and control agencies in Iraq. Previously, pilots were relied on line of sight radio capability to communicate. With that, a straight line between the transmitting and receiving end was needed for successful communication, and it was limited by range, mountains and other obstructions. Now with the satellite communication system high above the earth, the line of sight is no longer an issue. "The new capability allows us to communicate with joint-terminal air...
  • White House revamps communications strategy

    02/16/2010 1:47:17 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 34 replies · 450+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 15, 2010 | Michael D. Shear
    White House officials are retooling the administration's communications strategy to produce faster responses to political adversaries, a more disciplined focus on President Obama's call for "change" in Washington and an increasingly selective use of the president's time. The messaging adjustments are the result of an end-of-the-year analysis in which White House advisers said the president's communications team had not taken the initiative often enough and had allowed drawn-out debates in Congress, and relentless criticism by Republicans, to drown out his message. "It was clear that too often we didn't have the ball -- Congress had the ball in terms of...
  • Video Proof, Women Use More Words

    02/15/2010 3:59:22 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 9 replies · 1,008+ views
    gate of the City Ministry ^ | 2/15/10 | Chuck Ness
    This video reminds me of a joke I heard about a husband who was looking through the paper when he came upon a study that said women use more words than men? Well there was a married man who read in a magazine that, "Men use about 7000 words per day, but women use 20,000". Excited to prove to his wife that he had been right all along when he accused her of talking too much, he showed her the study results. The wife thought for a while, then finally she said to her husband, "It's because we have to...
  • Memo to White House: Embrace the 4 Cs

    02/10/2010 8:38:25 AM PST · by John David Powell · 5 replies · 304+ views
    Townhall ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | John David Powell
    White House honchos and others use the term “communication failure” to explain the inability of Congress to pass healthcare legislation and other key parts of President Obama’s agenda. Such reasoning assumes the bills deserve passage in their current forms. That, however, is another topic. This week’s topic looks at why, from a communication standpoint, some of politics’ brightest operatives failed to present a comprehensible message. To do this, we start with the basic communication model taught in high school: Message => Sender => Medium => Receiver Interpretation of the message and feedback complete the process. Any glitch along the way...
  • Obama Clearly Not 'The Great Communicator'

    09/03/2009 11:39:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 971+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 9/3/09 | Matt Lewis
    "Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory . . . Abandoned by his party, betrayed by his friends, stripped of his offices, whoever can command this power is still formidable." - Winston S. Churchill "(I) won a nickname, 'The Great Communicator.' But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things." – Ronald Reagan "Don't tell me words don't matter! 'I have a dream'-- just words? 'We hold these truths...
  • Obama’s “Communication Problem”

    07/28/2009 9:37:28 AM PDT · by Jbny · 12 replies · 1,508+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 28th, 2009 | Peter Wehner
    This day was certain to come; what’s a bit surprising is how quickly it came. The Obama administration now has a “communication problem.” According to the Hill newspaper: The other misstep that has bogged down the administration on health care specifically is Obama’s inability to communicate effectively to the American people, [Professor Paul] Light said. While it is shocking to consider that Obama is anything less than one of the best communicators in modern political history, when it comes to health care, he simply has not been able to make the sell to people who do have health insurance. And...