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  • Where Are All the Extraterrestrials?

    09/07/2017 5:58:03 AM PDT · by Raymond Pamintuan · 99 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 6, 2017 | Edward Watson
    Ever since I was a child, I presumed the universe would be teeming with alien life. Star Wars and Star Trek reinforced this belief, and I yearned for the day when we would meet and communicate with other intelligent beings. But as every potential alien discovery turned out to be natural, and our initial assumptions about the chance that life can naturally emerge from non-living materials turned out to be wildly optimistic, perhaps it is time to honestly reappraise the likelihood of us ever detecting, let alone communicating with other technologically-intelligent extraterrestrial species. In this vast universe, there appear to...
  • The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers By Michael F. McMahon

    09/04/2017 8:32:36 AM PDT · by wtd · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2017 | Michael F. McMahon
    TheHill: The case for protecting America's intelligence agency whistleblowers By Michael F. McMahon - 05/25/17” If in 2009 the FBI had halted, corrected, disclosed to the public and held those responsible to account for this national security name check debacle, the inaccurate background checks and vetting of Edward Snowden, Aaron Alexis, as well as the 665,000 flawed background checks conducted by security firm USIS might never have occurred.”
  • The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

    09/02/2017 8:41:42 PM PDT · by TBP · 20 replies
    Flipboard.com ^ | Aug 15, 2017 | Justin Bariso
    These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior. It begins with learning how emotions work, but it goes much further. Specifically, how do you start putting that knowledge into practice? If you'd like to make emotions work for you, instead of against you, pay attention to the following "10 commandments." I. THOU SHALT PONDER THY FEELINGS. Emotional Intelligence begins by learning to...
  • Mattis pledges Erdogan US support against PKK (if true, bad mistake)

    08/25/2017 9:14:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | August 23, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    US Secretary of Defense  James Mattis pledged support to Turkey in its ongoing fight against rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during talks with the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish and US officials said today.The daylong visit was intended to help smooth fraught relations between the two NATO allies. The biggest thorn is the United States’ partnership against the Islamic State with the PKK’s Syrian franchise, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Erdogan expressed anger over that alliance to Mattis during a half-hour meeting at the presidential complex. Mattis, in turn, repeated assurances that the US partnership with the YPG is solely tactical and...
  • Maxine Waters: Thank goodness for all of these anti-Trump leaks

    08/05/2017 3:20:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 4, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Yesterday’s WaPo transcripts of Trump’s calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia may be the best filter yet for separating garden-variety Trump critics from hardcore anti-Trump fanatics. Who thinks it’s a welcome development that the president can’t have a candid phone conversation with a fellow head of state anymore without having to worry that a minute-by-minute account will find its way into the newspapers? Not Democrat Ben Cardin: “I don’t think the transcripts should have been leaked,” Sen. Ben Cardin told CNN’s John Berman Friday on “New Day.” “We’ve had reports on both … the Australian call was well...
  • Sessions, Coats To Address Intelligence Leaks Friday

    08/04/2017 5:53:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/04/17 | John Bowden
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will hold speak on Friday morning about the Trump administration's ongoing efforts to combat intelligence leaks, according to a Justice Department statement. Sessions and Coats will deliver remarks at 11 a.m. on "leaks of classified material threatening national security," according to the statement. Following those remarks, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina will talk to reporters in an "off-camera pen and pad discussion." Last week, Sessions told Fox News's Tucker Carlson that consequences for intelligence leakers needed to be stronger, arguing...
  • Keeping Devin Nunes Out Of The Game

    08/03/2017 1:59:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2017 | Byron York
    In early April, news reports were filled with word that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had recused himself from the committee's Russia investigation. Outside activist groups accused Nunes of revealing classified information, and the House Ethics Committee decided to look into the matter. Nunes was forced to step aside from the Russia probe while the ethics watchdogs worked. Now, nearly four months later, the committee is still working, with no end in sight. It's been an unusual investigation from the beginning. The House Intelligence Committee has nonpartisan staff to watch members for any possible disclosures of classified information. If...
  • Sessions planning to announce leak investigations: report

    07/25/2017 7:17:29 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/25/17 | Mallory Shelbourne
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reportedly make an announcement about several criminal leak investigations within days. Officials told The Washington Post about the forthcoming news from the Justice Department. The investigations will be centered around news reports containing sensitive material about intelligence, the report said
  • Mark Cuban on AI. "It scares the ____ out of me."

    07/26/2017 8:47:25 AM PDT · by wildbill · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7.26.2017 | Catherine Clifford
    Multi-billionaire tech titan and star of CNBC's "Shark Tank" Mark Cuban says that most people are underestimating the potential of artificial intelligence to change the world we live and work in. He's especially intimidated by the pace at which new technology advances: "It scares the s--- out of me," says Cuban, speaking to Ozy Fest conference attendees in New York City. "However much change you saw over the last 10 years with the iPhone, over the last 20 years with the Internet, over the last 30 years with PC's, etc., that is nothing. Nothing!" Cuban says.
  • Very Fake News: CNN’s Jake Tapper Claims ‘Every Intelligence Expert’ Affirms Russia Interference

    07/24/2017 12:31:02 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2017 | Aaron Klein
    Shortened title. Full title: Very Fake News: CNN’s Jake Tapper Claims ‘Every Intelligence Expert’ Under Trump, Obama Affirms Russia Interference During yesterday’s State of the Union program on CNN, host Jake Tapper wildly asserted that “every intelligence expert, both under the Obama administration and under the Trump administration” agrees with the assessment that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Tapper did not explain how he concluded that “every intelligence expert, both under the Obama administration and under the Trump administration” made such an assessment.
  • Human rights groups become new target of Ankara’s crackdown (Turkey)

    07/22/2017 12:39:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    al-Monitor ^ | July 21, 2017 | Ali Bayramoglu (Translator Sibel Utku Bila)
    The Turkish government’s massive crackdown since last year’s attempted coup has targeted not only the putschists, but also the media, Kurdish politicians, as well as leftist, liberal and conservative oppositionists. The latest developments in this crackdown show that the regime is proceeding fast to the lowest point on its path to autocracy. One particularly alarming omen is the arrest of six human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s Turkey director, following a July 5 police raid on a gathering of civic activists on an Istanbul island. The move indicates that Ankara’s suppression campaign has reached a new phase, turning to local...
  • Syrian War Report – July 19, 2017: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Clashes With Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province

    07/19/2017 7:11:06 AM PDT · by johnk
    South Front ^ | July 19, 2017 | South Front
    Intelligence Report (YouTube) Syrian War Report – July 19, 2017: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Clashes With Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province https://youtu.be/O3-RilWhnGE
  • AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

    07/16/2017 9:25:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    C.O. Design ^ | 07/14/17 | Mark Wilson
    Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it. Bob: “I can can I I everything else.” Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.” To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense was the discussion of what might be the most sophisticated negotiation software on the planet? Negotiation software that had learned, and evolved, to get the best deal possible with more speed and efficiency–and perhaps, hidden nuance–than you or...
  • Why I Write about Race and IQ

    07/05/2017 7:46:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 5, 2017 | Robert VerBruggen
    There are good reasons not to confine the discussion to academic journals. In the latest issue of National Review, John McWhorter has a challenging and thought-provoking essay about the topic of race and IQ — specifically, about whether that topic should even be up for discussion in liberal-arts classrooms and in the media, as opposed to in scientific journals. He suggests not, as there is nothing to gain from discussing it. I read McWhorter’s essay with special interest because I have violated the norm he proposes. I have written about race and IQ on numerous occasions — and for a...
  • Members of A Pakistani Spy Ring Work On Capitol Hill For Three Years, Stealing Intelligence...

    06/18/2017 2:04:24 PM PDT · by davikkm · 46 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    The House Intelligence Committee is the foremost oversight network with responsibility over the most sensitive and secretive government intelligence, including covert anti-terrorism activity. The Majority Chairman (Nunes) and Minority Chair (Schiff) sit on the CIA oversight team known as the “Intelligence Gang of Eight“: 2017 Congressional Intelligence Oversight “Gang of Eight” I am sure most of you are familiar with the above Intelligence Gang Of Eight. They are responsible for the security oversight for the United States as the they are the House Intelligence Committee. You will recognize them from their work investigating imaginary issues surrounding President Trump. While they...
  • Something is Very Wrong with Reality Winner and the NSA Leak

    06/07/2017 9:26:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 6, 2017 | Peter Van Buren, Contributor
    An NSA document purporting to show Russian military hacker attempts to access a Florida company which makes voter registration software is sent anonymously to The Intercept. A low-level NSA contractor, Reality Winner, above, is arrested almost immediately. What’s wrong with this picture? A lot. Who Benefits? Start with the question of who benefits — cui bono— same as detectives do when assessing a crime. — Trump looks bad as another trickle of information comes out connecting something Russian to something 2016 election. Intelligence community (IC) looks like they are onto something, a day or so before ousted FBI Director James...
  • How Did Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner Get Security Clearance?

    06/06/2017 4:09:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 6, 2017 | Ken Dilanian
    When the news broke that Reality Winner, a 25-year-old NSA contractor with an apparently heavy social media presence, had been charged with leaking a classified document to reporters, many people wondered: How does someone so young have a such a top-level security clearance? It’s actually very common. "The vast majority of people who do the National Security Agency’s intercept work, who translate and analyze — most of them are fresh out of high school," said Matthew Aid, an intelligence historian who has written about the NSA. "There are thousands and thousands of 18 to 21-year-olds doing critically important and secret...
  • Breaking per Jack Posobeic (Twitter): Sessions files charges against NSA leaker

    06/05/2017 3:02:32 PM PDT · by LS · 352 replies
    Twitter ^ | 6/5/2017 | Jack Posobic
    @JackPosobiec Beeking [sic] Jeff Sessions Files Charges Against NSA Leaker "US Justice Dept. files against Reality Leigh Winner, 25, federal contractor from Augusta, GA, a secret clearance holder, who "improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense intelligence from an intelligence agency community agency . . . retained it . . . [Then] a few days later unlawfully transmitted it by mail . . . to an online news outlet."
  • It’s time to stick a fork in conservatism, it’s done

    06/05/2017 8:03:29 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/2/2017 | John Conlin
    With the Republican nomination and subsequent election of Donald Trump there has been a great deal of hand wringing regarding what it means to be conservative. Does it mean this or that and who gets to determine which? Many “conservative” publications have spent more than a few pixels on this topic; and yes, most of the editors believe they get to define it. They are wrong. In fact the framing of the entire argument is wrong. And for all you self-identified conservatives out there please don’t get your panties in a bundle since the same can be said of liberalism....
  • Comey refuses to answer bipartisan questions from senators, saying he's a private citizen

    06/04/2017 6:38:11 PM PDT · by LouisianaJoanof Arc · 192 replies
    Circa News ^ | 6/4/07 | John Solomon and Sara Carter
    Former FBI director James Comey is formally refusing to answer questions submitted to him by a bipartisan group of senators, suggesting he no longer must do so as a private citizen. Comey sent an email from his private account last week rebuffing the seven questions that had been submitted to him by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and the committee’s ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein after Comey’s final testimony as FBI director to the panel last month. Comey was fired by President Donald Trump shortly after his appearance. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., joined in the request...