A friendly drum line competition between the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) Band and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Band.

While the battle was declared a tie, the true victor that day was world peace.

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NSA CTO with commercial conflict of interest “under review”

Keith Alexander
Former National Security Agency (NSA) director Keith Alexander

The National Security Agency is now conducting an internal investigation of a top official’s part-time work for a private cybersecurity firm, according to Reuters. That company, IronNet Cybersecurity, was founded by Keith Alexander. Alexander served as the head of the spy agency from August 2005 until March 2014. Former NSA director had thousands personally invested in obscure tech firms.

“No conflicts appear to exist” among Keith Alexander’s investments. Alexander repeatedly made the public case that the American public is at “greater risk” from a terrorist attack in the wake of the Snowden disclosures. Statements such as those could have a positive impact on the companies he was invested in, which could have eventually helped his personal bottom line. Keith Alexander, the founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, served as the director of the NSA for nearly a decade.

The Fear industry is apparently not afraid to push people in high places.

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When to Shake and When to Stir a Cocktail

It is rarely wrong to stir a drink, but often wrong to shake it.”
On the most recent episode of “The Cocktail Spirit” on the Small Screen Network, mixology expert and historian Robert Hess explains in no uncertain terms the correct circumstances under which a cocktail should be either shaken or stirred, using the classic Manhattan as an example. (via)

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Politics without the money factor

Jon Stewart to Democrats: Stop asking for money. The Democratic Party may have already raised almost $600 million this election cycle, but its various committees are showing no signs of letting up. This is particularly ironic given how many prominent Democrats regularly inveigh against the influence of money in politics. On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart skewered the Democrats for exactly this feat of cognitive dissonance.
In the words of former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: “In a functioning democracy the public must have faith that its representatives owe their positions to the people, not to the corporations with the deepest pockets.”

Well… we’re far off at the moment.

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