The Bradley Manning crisis occurred: TOO MUCH ACCESS! The Edward Snowden Crisis occurred: TOO MUCH ACCESS! Congress has relaxed security clearances for federal workers,contractors and sub-contractors making “security” a joke! Rep. Darrell Issa is Chairman of the U.S. Oversight Committee. Why is he not looking into this long-standing problem of a system of thousands of workers for the government having federal security clearances to information that goes beyond what is required to do their basic job descriptions? Yesterday’s gun massacre asks the question: Is card-key access to military bases a travesty? Why do security systems have poor or no audit trails? Where are the High Definition surveillance cameras? Who reviews federal security? Who is in charge? Who is responsible? Darrell Issa should watch the recent movie, “Olympus Has Fallen.” It would give him something to think about. —GoodOleWoody
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1. The Illusion of Choice
You don’t go to a steak house to eat choice meat. I’m sorry. There is no chef, no recipes for the most part, and little in the way of service or sexiness here. The steak house takes the approach, crude indeed but honest, that a man is essentially a bag for putting meat into.
Therefore, it is imperative that they serve the best meat, which is to say USDA prime. Prime meat isn’t always that great; what they get away with calling prime these days is a crime, as old-school butchers are fond of saying. But choice is guaranteed to be mediocre. The only exceptions are the “choice or better” programs like Creekstone’s Master Chef line or Certified Angus Beef, which sometimes deliver better marbled beef than their rivals’ top-grade product.
On Saturday night in New York City’s Times Square, police opened fire on a man who was walking erratically into oncoming traffic and, when approached by law enforcement, reached into his pocket as if he were grabbing a weapon. The officers fired three shots. One hit a 54-year-old woman in the knee and another grazed a 35-year-old woman’s buttocks. None hit the suspect, whom police subsequently subdued with a taser.
While incidents of police shooting bystanders are uncommon, they shouldn’t surprise New Yorkers (or anyone else) when they happen. Just last year, New York police injured nine onlookers in the course of responding to a murder suspect near the Empire State Building. As police chased the man through rush hour crowds, he fired at the cops; they returned 16 shots, hitting the man 10 times. That actually counted as accurate shooting for the NYPD.
According to a 2008 RAND Corporation
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Chipotle has already mastered the art of tasty, fast-casual dining, and it seems it’s pretty adept at producing short films, too. The burrito chain’s newest promo is a beautifully crafted three-and-a-half-minute video called The Scarecrow, part of a larger campaign that includes a free iOS game.
But the video doesn’t seem like a commercial or a promo at all. Instead, it’s the kind of dreamy, lilting mini-movie that you’d watch before a full-length Pixar film. It features the song “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, covered by Fiona Apple. Chipotle provides the following plot synopsis on its website:
In a dystopian fantasy world, all food production is controlled by fictional industrial giant Crow Foods. Scarecrows have been displaced from their traditional role of protecting food, and are now servants to the crows…
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Nearly a week after the University of Alabama came under fire for persistent segregation in its sorority system, school officials are set to announce a deal that would clear the way for black women to be admitted to the school’s prestigious and historically white Greek organizations.
The deal, which a university spokesperson confirmed to TIME, is the first step toward ending more than a century of systematic segregation in the school’s sorority system.
The move comes after a story last week in the school’s student newspaper, the Crimson White, about a highly qualified black student being denied a bid to join any of the school’s prestigious, historically white sororities. Despite receiving excellent scores during the recruitment process from current sorority members, the young woman — who requested that her name not appear in the paper’s story — was reportedly blocked by alumnae. The sole reason, according to current sorority…
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It’s far from what the Turks had in mind. In late 2009, at the height of its detente with Syria, the Ankara government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifted visa requirements for Syrian nationals and floated plans for future energy cooperation, investments, as well a free trade zone. Less then four years later, with its southern neighbor gripped by war, and with Turkey openly calling for the US to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s regime, the border has become a flashpoint. The area — expected to be a crossroads for traders, business people and tourists — now teems with refugees, smugglers and insurgents.
According to the International Crisis Group (ICG), a Brussels-based think tank, 75 people have died in violence along the border since June 2012, when Syrian air defenses shot down a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean. The threat of further bloodshed may be around the corner…
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The man accused of slaying 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in the U.S. capital on Monday had plans to move to Thailand. He also had a strong interest in Buddhism and even taught himself the Thai language, according to media reports.
Aaron Alexis, 34, lived in Fort Worth, Texas, working at the Happy Bowl Thai restaurant for three years prior to Monday’s killing spree.
Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, the restaurant owner, described the former Navy contractor as “friendly and polite.” He added that Alexis, who died apparently while exchanging fire with police, had previously visited the Southeast Asian nation and often practiced meditation.
U.S. President Obama made a statement on the killings from the White House on Monday, calling the shootings “a cowardly act.” He ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until Friday, Sept. 20, in honor of the Navy Yard victims.