Chuck Spinney with Pierre Sprey & Winslow T. Wheeler: Bankrupt and Irrelevant – the Presidential Debates and Four Recent Studies on Pentagon Spending

Bankrupt and Irrelevant: the Presidential Debates and Four Recent Studies on Pentagon Spending by Pierre Sprey, Chuck Spinney and Winslow T. Wheeler In the almost 12 hours of Democratic Party presidential primary debates on June 26-27 and July 30-31, the words “Pentagon budget” or “defense spending” were not uttered, except for a fleeting, unanswered comment …

William Blum: Greg Bates of Common Courage Publishers Cheating Me, Blocking Distribution of Killing Hope

A number of you have remarked to me about Killing Hope being unavailable in stores and, usually, from Amazon, and often from myself. This is because one of the book’s publishers, Common Courage (Maine), and its editor Greg Bates, have blocked publication and distribution of the book by a new US publisher. Common Courage is …

Mary Ellen Bates: Seriously Searching Social

Seriously Searching Social (Slideshare) EXTRACT   Stealth research DOs & DON’Ts @mebs 16 DOs Set privacy settings to “STUN” Manage clients’ expectations Anonymize any requests for help Remember, this ain’t Dialog @mebs 17 DON’Ts DON’T assume the 80:20 rule DON’T leave footprints DON’T name names when asking for help @mebs 18 Social search strategies @mebs …

Mary Ellen Bates: Turning Information Into Insight

MEB remains, in our view, the greatest US-based information broker of all time, along with Reva Basch now fully retired. Below is her 13 November 2013 presentation to the Special Library Association. Turning Information Into Insight Other available titles include: The Indispensable Librarian: Communicating Our Value Super Searcher Tips: Internat Librarian 2013

Mary Ellen Bates: Top Gun Information Broker Presentations

A.I.M. Higher For Your Corporate and Hospital Researchers (pdf) Mary Ellen brings her lively and practical approach to how info pros can most effectively support the research efforts within their organizations and best leverage their econtent. This webinar, sponsored by Springer, was presented on April 18, 2013. Super Searcher Tips (pdf) Mary Ellen presents her …

Chuck Spinney: TIME Blog on Key Questions That Don’t Get Asked in Presidential Debates

Key Questions That Don’t Get Asked in Presidential Debates By Chuck Spinney | October 11, 2012 For reasons that were quite clear well before the Afghan “surge” began (see here and here), America’s Afghan adventure is now ending without achieving its goals, despite Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s claim Wednesday in Brussels that “significant progress” has been made …

Chuck Spinney: Questions Not Asked in Presidential Debates

National Insecurity Questions That Won’t Be Asked in the Presidential Debates How Bad Will Things Get in Afghanistan? by FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY. Counterpunch, October 08, 2012 For reasons that were quite clear well before the Afghan “surge” began (see here and here), America’s Afghan adventure is now ending without achieving its goals. The prospects for a civil life in Afghanistan are likely …

IVN Steele on Electoral Reform Part 5: Debates

Steele on Electoral Reform – Part 5: Debates Independent Voter Network, 16 March 2012 Each state shall sponsor at least one presidential debate for a total of 50 debates, each state determining the questions, format, and participants. Each state shall sponsor at least one cabinet-level debate among designated individuals, e.g. the Attorney General, Secretary of …

Robert Steele: Catholic Church Debates Secrecy vs Truth – Something We Should All Be Doing…

Although I held clearances until 2006 from 1976 when I was the S-1/Adjutant for Battalion Landing Team 3/4 out of Okinawa (six countries, six ships, six months), it was not until 15 August 1979, when I entered on duty with the Central Intelligence Agency, that the “truth” became my calling.  My class was one of …

Richard Winger: Equal Access to Presidential Debates – Occupy!

The issue of general election presidential debate inclusion has been litigated to death.  There has been loss after loss after loss for 35 years.  There is only one way to fix the debates problem.  That is the strategy used in 2007-2008 by “Rock the Debates.”  A few dedicated people who lived in Iowa and New …