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« Reply #2940 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 6:04pm »

Looks like it's getting jumpy in Iran.





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« Reply #2941 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 6:32pm »

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Valor in the Face of the Enemy
2/11/2011
By Lance Cpl. Jeff Drew, 2nd Marine Division


Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. — The sun drew behind the clouds in quiet reverence as the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division gathered into formation aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, recently.

Family members and friends braved the dropping temperatures to see the presentation of the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, the armed service’s fourth-highest award for valor, to Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Whitman and Sgt. Marcus B. Holan.

During combat operations in Marjah, Afghanistan, Whitman was instrumental in securing two bridgeheads, opening lines of communication and clearing enemy strong points. He repeatedly risked his life by exposing himself to small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire in order to defeat enemy insurgents.

“As a platoon sergeant, you are recognized for the actions of the Marines you lead,” said Whitman, a Clearwater, Fla. native. “I was an enabler for Marines to do what they’ve done forever. As far as I’m concerned, I just happen to be the one who gets to wear what the 39 other people in my platoon deserve.”


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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N. C. -Lieutenant Colonel Daniel A. Schmitt,
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presents the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device to Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Whitman




Sergeant Holan also received the award for courageous actions in combat while deployed overseas.


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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N. C. -Lieutenant Colonel Daniel A. Schmitt,
the battalion commander for 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division,
presents the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device to Sgt. Marcus B. Holan



While conducting a clearing mission in Marjah, enemy insurgents ambushed Holan’s platoon. In order to combat the threat, he maneuvered his squad and led them under heavy enemy fire. Once within effective range, he fired a light antitank weapon silencing the enemy. He continued toward the compound and eliminated two enemy insurgents with a fragmentation grenade before maneuvering his squad to an over-watch position.

“It was about the Marines out there,” said Holan. “Without the supporting arms, we wouldn’t have made it. Other than that we were just doing what we had to do.”

During the last deployment, 3/6 received a total of seven Bronze Stars, 32 Navy Commendation Medals with combat distinguishing device and 86 Purple Hearts.

“Many of these Marines are serving as the leadership foundation for the Battalion,” said Maj. Michael F. Arnone, the executive officer for 3/6 . “These Marines are a shining example and we entrust them to welcome and mentor new Marines, from their induction at the French Fourragere ceremony to future overseas deployments.”

The Marines were dismissed from formation once the battalion commander presented the medals. A light rain fell upon the newly awarded medals, reflecting the valor these Marines bestowed in the face of the enemy.

“This is a piece of history,” said Lt. Col. Daniel A. Schmitt, the battalion commander for 3/6. “My son was reading a book of heroes and war and he was reading citations from ages ago that read just like these. This is absolutely a piece of Marine Corps history and heritage that people will be reading in their history books years from now. The sense of pride is overwhelming.”

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« Reply #2942 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 8:16pm »

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« Reply #2943 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 8:27pm »

She actually had a stroke on air. She's in the hospital tonight still!

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« Reply #2944 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 8:41pm »

on Feb 14th, 2011, 8:27pm, LoneGunMan wrote:
She actually had a stroke on air. She's in the hospital tonight still!

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Wow! She's awfully young for a stroke. How awful. I thought she was drunk.
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« Reply #2945 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 8:57pm »

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CBS Reporter Serene Branson Possibly Suffers Stroke On-Air During Grammys Report

Sarah F. Sullivan, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Feb 14, 2011

A viral video of Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson messing up her lines while reporting on the Grammys seemed to be an instance of stage fright. However, the UK Telegraph reported Monday that the situation could very well be much more serious.

After Branson was introduced by the studio anchors, she began to speak before quickly mispronouncing words, her speech rapidly becoming garbled the longer she spoke.

YouTube videos hit the Internet with titles like "Serene Branson Wrestles Her Own Tongue," "Serene Branson GRAMMY FAIL! FUNNIEST 53rd GRAMMY AWARDS moment!" and "Can I Get A Translation."

The Telegraph reported that it was feared the CBS 2 News reporter had suffered a stroke on-air and had been hospitalized. Despite numerous reports about Branson suffering a stroke, CBS News 2 in Los Angeles has yet to comment about the incident.

Serene Branson is no stranger to reporting. A two-time Emmy nominee and the recipient of the Frank Shakespeare Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism, Branson was born and raised in Los Angeles and worked in Sacramento, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara previously.

According to the American Stroke Association, the warning signs of a stroke consist of sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, usually favoring one side of the body; confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; trouble seeing out of one or both eyes as well as difficulty walking, dizziness and loss of balance or coordination.

Branson's incident appears to fit the warning signs of a stroke and if so, the video quickly changes from the latest funny viral video to a sobering example of how quickly stroke can hit the human body. According to the American Stroke Association, if you believe you may be having a stroke, take these important actions:

-- Don't ignore the warning signs, even if they dissipate.

-- Make sure to check the time the first symptom started, as you'll be asked this when you're examined by a medical professional.

-- If you have one or several stroke symptoms that last for more than a few minutes, call 9-1-1 immediately.

-- If you're with someone who might be having stroke symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 even if the person denies the symptoms or protests. Denial is common. Prompt action is the key way to respond to this situation.

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« Reply #2946 on: Feb 14th, 2011, 9:20pm »

Ive been reading conflicting reports. Some say she is now fine and home and others say she is still suffering effects but seems to have recovered! The reaction I saw and heard though sounds exactly like a mild eschemic stroke!

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« Reply #2947 on: Feb 15th, 2011, 08:06am »

on Feb 14th, 2011, 9:20pm, LoneGunMan wrote:
Ive been reading conflicting reports. Some say she is now fine and home and others say she is still suffering effects but seems to have recovered! The reaction I saw and heard though sounds exactly like a mild eschemic stroke!

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Good morning Lone,

I went back and watched it and it does seem like her mouth was pulling in an odd way. Poor woman. I hope she is home and okay.

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KCBS reporter Serene Branson says she's feeling OK
February 14, 2011 | 12:32 pm

KCBS reporter Serene Branson, who has sparked a Web sensation with her live post-Grammy Award report in which she is talking gibberish [video here], has told her bosses that she is feeling fine and that her mangled speech was not indicative of a serious medical problem.

Branson on Monday was responding to concerns that she may have suffered a stroke or some other seizure while launching into a report outside Staples Center at the top of KCBS' 11:30 p.m. news. The live broadcast of the Grammys had ended about three hours earlier when Branson started her report on the drama surrounding the ceremony.

Branson was immediately examined by paramedics on the scene following the report, and was not hospitalized. She was reported to be resting at home Monday.

While Branson told station executives there was no indication of a serious medical problem, it remained unclear when she would return to work.

Meanwhile, the Web had exploded with videos of the report, with observers making fun or blasting Branson for her flub.

Branson, who started working at the station in July 2006, is a two-time Emmy nominee and a recipient of the Frank Shakespeare Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism, according to her bio on the station's website. A graduate of UCLA and a "proud Bruin," she "is thrilled to be reporting on stories in her hometown," where she was born and raised.

The sudden attention surrounding Branson recalls to some extent the hoopla that surrounded Caitlin Upton, a 2007 Miss South Carolina Teen USA who became an unwitting national celebrity when she provided a rambling, nonsensical answer to a question posed to her during the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant.

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February 14, 2011
U.S. Policy to Address Internet Freedom
By MARK LANDLER

WASHINGTON — Days after Facebook and Twitter added fuel to a revolt in Egypt, the Obama administration plans to announce a new policy on Internet freedom, designed to help people get around barriers in cyberspace while making it harder for autocratic governments to use the same technology to repress dissent.

The State Department’s policy, a year in the making, has been bogged down by fierce debates over which projects it should support, and even more basically, whether to view the Internet primarily as a weapon to topple repressive regimes or as a tool that autocrats can use to root out and crush dissent.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will lay out the policy in a speech on Tuesday, acknowledged the Internet’s dual role in an address a year ago, and administration officials said she would touch on that theme again, noting how social networks were used by both protesters and governments in the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries.

The State Department plans to finance programs like circumvention services, which enable users to evade Internet firewalls, and training for human rights workers on how to secure their e-mail from surveillance or wipe incriminating data from cellphones if they are detained by the police.

Though the policy has been on the drawing board for months, it has new urgency in light of the turmoil in the Arab world, because it will be part of a larger debate over how the United States weighs its alliances with entrenched leaders against the young people inspired by the events in Tunisia and Egypt.

Administration officials say that the emphasis on a broad array of projects — hotly disputed by some technology experts and human rights activists — reflects their view that technology can be a force that leads to democratic change, but is not a “magic bullet” that brings down repressive regimes.

“People are so enamored of the technology,” said Michael H. Posner, the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor. “People have a view that technology will make us free. No, people will make us free.”

Critics say the administration has dawdled for more than a year, holding back $30 million in Congressional financing that could have gone to circumvention technology, a proven method that allows Internet users to evade government firewalls by routing their traffic through proxy servers in other countries.

Some of these services have received modest financing from the government, but their backers say they need much more to install networks capable of handling millions of users in China, Iran and other countries.

A report by the Republican minority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be released Tuesday, said the State Department’s performance was so inadequate that the job of financing Internet freedom initiatives — at least those related to China — should be moved to another agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

“Certainly, the State Department took an awfully long time to get this out,” said Rebecca MacKinnon, a former CNN correspondent and expert on Internet freedom issues who is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. “They got so besieged by the politics of what they should be funding.”

Still, Ms. MacKinnon said that she believed the State Department’s deliberations had been thoughtful and the plan “is going to be effective if it’s couched within a broader set of policies.”

There are other contradictions in the State Department’s agenda: it champions the free flow of information, except when it is in secret cables made public by WikiLeaks; it wants to help Chinese citizens circumvent their government’s Internet firewall, but is leery of one of the most popular services for doing so, which is sponsored by Falun Gong, a religious group outlawed by Beijing as an evil cult.

In the long months the government has wrestled with these issues, critics said, the Iranian government was able to keep censoring the Internet, helping it muffle the protests that followed its disputed presidential election in 2009.

Mr. Posner, a longtime human rights advocate, acknowledges that the process has been long and occasionally messy. But he contends that over the past year, the administration has developed a coherent policy that takes account of the rapidly evolving role the Internet plays in closed societies.

The State Department has received 68 proposals for nearly six times the $30 million in available funds. The department said it would take at least two months to evaluate proposals before handing out money.

Among the kinds of things that excite officials are “circuit riders,” experts who tour Internet cafes in Myanmar teaching people how to set up secure e-mail accounts, and new ways of dealing with denial-of-service attacks.

This does not satisfy critics, who say the lawmakers intended the $30 million to be used quickly — and on circumvention.

“The department’s failure to follow Congressional intent created the false impression among Iranian demonstrators that the regime had the power to disrupt access to Facebook and Twitter,” said Michael J. Horowitz, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who lobbies on behalf of the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, a circumvention service with ties to Falun Gong.

Mr. Horowitz has organized demonstrations of the service for legislators, journalists and others. On Jan. 27, the day before the Egyptian government cut off access to the Internet, he said there were more than 7.8 million page views by Egyptians on UltraSurf, one of two consumer services under the umbrella of the Global Internet Freedom Consortium. That was a huge increase from only 76,000 on Jan. 22.

The trouble, Mr. Horowitz said, is that UltraSurf and its sister service, Freegate, do not have enough capacity to handle sudden spikes in usage during political crises. That causes the speed to slow to a crawl, which discourages users. The companies need tens of millions of dollars to install an adequate network, he said. Under a previous government grant, the group received $1.5 million.

But the experience in Egypt points up the limits of circumvention. By shutting down the entire Internet, the authorities were able to make such systems moot. Administration officials point out that circumvention is also of little value in countries like Russia, which does not block the Internet but dispatches the police to pursue bloggers, or in Myanmar, which has sophisticated ways to monitor e-mail accounts.

Ron Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, said that governments had been shifting from blocking the Internet to hacking and disabling it. Even in the United States, he noted, the Senate is considering a bill that would allow the president to switch off the Internet in the event of a catastrophic cyberattack.


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on Feb 15th, 2011, 08:18am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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Rofl.... laugh What you doing putting my picture up.... angry You know how aweful I look in the mornings.... grin wink

Btw.... Good morning Crystal... cheesy

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Rofl.... laugh What you doing putting my picture up.... angry You know how aweful I look in the mornings.... grin wink

Btw.... Good morning Crystal... cheesy

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Good morning Luvey!

Today seemed like a Garfield day. I like your bunny slippers. grin

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Coca Cola recipe 'discovered'

A website claims to have uncovered Coca-Cola's top secret recipe.

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12:53AM GMT 15 Feb 2011

The ingredients of the drink, created by John Pemberton, a medicinal pharmacist in 1886, have always been a mystery.

However, Thisamericanlife.org: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/
claims to have discovered a list in a photograph in a newspaper article giving the ingredients and exact quantities to make the drink.

The Feb 8 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a photo of someone holding open a book with a recipe claimed to be an exact replica of Pemberton's.

The recipe reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola's secret ingredient, Merchandise 7X.

Despite making up only one per cent of the drink's total formula, Merchandise 7X is thought to give the popular soft drink its unique taste.

The official recipe is said to be guarded 24-hours a day in a vault in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 'secret recipe'

Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP

Citric acid 3 oz

Caffeine 1oz

Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)

Water 2.5 gal

Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt

Vanilla 1oz

Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour

7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):

Alcohol 8oz

Orange oil 20 drops

Lemon oil 30 drops

Nutmeg oil 10 drops

Coriander 5 drops

Neroli 10 drops

Cinnamon 10 drops

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8324778/Coca-Cola-recipe-discovered.html

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Spy Games: Inside the Convoluted Plot to Bring Down WikiLeaks
By Nate Anderson, Ars Technica
February 14, 2011 | 6:51 pm
Categories: The Ridiculous, WikiLeaks

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When Aaron Barr was finalizing a recent computer security presentation for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, a colleague had a bit of good-natured advice for him: "Scare the sh*t out of them!"

In retrospect, this may not have been the advice Barr needed. As CEO of the government-focused infosec company HBGary Federal, Barr had to bring in big clients and quickly as the startup business hemorrhaged cash. To do so, he had no problem with trying to "scare the sh*t out of them." When working with a major DC law firm in late 2010 on a potential deal involving social media, for instance, Barr decided that scraping Facebook to stalk a key partner and his family might be a good idea. When he sent his law firm contact a note filled with personal information about the partner, his wife, her family and her photography business, the result was immediate.

"Thanks. I am not sure I will share what you sent last night he might freak out."

This rather creepy behavior became common; Barr used it as a sign of his social media prowess. Another target of his investigations went to a "Jewish Church in DC, the Temple Micah. Someone else married @ the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD (non-denominational ceremony)". Barr was even willing to helpfully guesstimate the ages of children in photographs ("they have 2 kids, son and daughter look to be 7 and 4").


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With one potential client, Barr sifted the mans social media data and then noted that "I am tempted to create a person from his high school and send him a request, but that might be overstepping it.".

As the money ran out on HBGary Federal, Barr increasingly had no problem overstepping it. In November, when a major U.S. bank wanted a strategy for taking down WikiLeaks, Barr immediately drafted a presentation in which he suggested "cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters. This would kill the project. Since the servers are now in Sweden and France, putting a team together to get access is more straightforward".

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