Review DVD: The Ugly Truth

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Public Orgasm Acting; Best Pair Acting, Charming in Every War
October 31, 2009
This is one of four movies I caught to and from Europe. Of them all, this one was so charming that I watched it three times, the second two on background while reading.

Right up front, this movie makes movie history with best public orgasm acting, directing, and screenplay, but mostly acting. Phenomenal. It buries the previous champion (IMHO), Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.

Katherine Heigl deserves a great deal more respect in billing. If she was the supporting actress then she’s earned an Oscar in my view. I first encountered her in Love Comes Softly but not to remember as an actress. That DVD earned a very good review and for a Christian values film, was pretty phenomenal.

I have not seen any of her other movies, a few listed below that I might pick up, but I have the feeling she is ready to move out of the “chick flick” genre and up to the full enchilada.

Wish Upon a Star
Love’s Enduring Promise
My Father the Hero with Gérard Depardieu
Side Effects
27 Dresses (Full Screen Edition)

Review DVD: Answer Man

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Amazon Page

5.0 out of 5 stars

Low-key, probing, phenomenal, a definite must see

October 31, 2009
Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham
This is one of four films I caught on this last trip to Europe, so I am surprised it is listed as “pre-release” but glad that Amazon allows reviews.

This is a mix of low-key romance and deeper torment played without pathos.

Jeff Daniels is an author whose book about conversations with God is a national best seller to the point that he is tired of being mobbed and has become a recluse with severe back pain.

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Review DVD: The Proposal

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected and Glad to Watch on United
October 31, 2009
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds
I would not have selected this movie on my own, and that would have been my loss. On my way over to Europe it was the only one of the movies that was even passingly attractive, so I let it happen.

This is a fine romantic comedy. Sandra Bulluck is one of my favorite actresses and I end with some of the other moview I have really liked that feature her.

In a nut-shell, she plays a boss clearly related to Satan, and while Ryan Reynolds is her hapless assistant who becomes valuable when she suddenly needs a husband.

Betty White and Mary Steenburgen come into play at the very end of the movie.

Review DVD: State of Play

Media, Misinformation & Propaganda, Reviews (DVD Only)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroism and Curiosty from Behind a Desk
October 31, 2009
Russell Crowe
This review is primarily for the folks that follow my stuff, which includes, apart from all the non-fiction books, great DVDs for serious people with little patience for most idiocy.

I watched this on a flight to Europe and it was fully satisfying.

In this genre see also:
Conspiracy Theory (Keepcase)
The Pelican Brief (Snap Case)

Officers’ Call–Conversation About Iraq I

05 Civil War, 08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, Ethics, Memoranda, Military, Officers Call, Peace Intelligence, Strategy
Iraq Truth in Eight Pages
Iraq Truth in Eight Pages

One of the great things about being the touchstone for public intelligence is the contacts that are made by students, officers and enlisted personnel serving in the field, and so many others.

While we were in Denmark, an officer now serving in Iraq sent us some questions that we answered to the best of our ability.  The questions alone are listed here.  For the answers, click on the cover.

1. We never should have invaded Iraq. I have a less developed opinion on Afghanistan, but if I had to say one way or another, that was probably a mistake as well.

Do these mistakes fall solely on the Bush administration?

Was the administrating that incompetent or did they have an immoral and selfish reason such as fleecing the U.S.?

Was it shortsighted political gain objectives with an underestimation of the downside?

We will have at least double the amount of dead service members before these conflicts are over as were killed during the 9/11 attacks.  I read somewhere that we have 75,000 amputees due to the two conflicts not to mention the amount of PTSD.  Who has the blood on their hands? Certainly nobody is willing to admit mistakes.

I don’t understand how Cheney can even think about spouting off after how the conflicts have gone. Where is the cost vs gain analysis?

2. Once we did invade, we didn’t have a solid plan and we didn’t bring nearly enough troops if we planned on staying. Was this mainly Rumsfeld’s fault?

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CENTCOM Week in Review Ending 29 Oct 2009


Hot Topics

AA: Russia says has not supplied S-300 missiles to Iran 10/28/09

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AF: Pentagon pressed on Afghanistan IEDs 10/29/09

AF: Afghans protest rumored desecration of Koran by US troops 10/25/09

EG: Is this the man to follow Mubarak as Egypt’s next president? 10/29/09

IQ: Science aims to beat Iraq crime 10/26/09

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PK: Pakistan fights back 10/26/09

PS: Analysis: New fundamentalist movements on the rise in Gaza 10/28/09

PS: Opportunities Fade Amid Sense of Isolation in Gaza 10/26/09

SA: Journalist spared lashes by Saudi king 10/26/09

SY: Syria Seeks to Bring Additional Pressure Down on Israel 10/27/09

YE: Yemen Using al Qaeda as Mercenaries in War, Rebels Claim 10/27/09

Below the Fold: Instability, Security Forces, Foreign Affairs, Crime

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Journal: Real-Time Analytics, Bye to SQL, Oracle, SAP

InfoOps (IO), Methods & Process, Technologies

logo cloud computing journalCloud Analytics: Dataflow versus Databases

Realtime analytics drives a migration away from databases to more scalable parallel dataflow architectures.

Bill McColl, 29 October 2009

Over the past year or so, a new movement, the “NoSQL” movement has emerged promoting the advantages of doing a variety of kinds of analytics without using any relational database technologies at all.

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Journal: Abnormal Abductive Advances

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Ethics, Key Players, Policies, Threats, True Cost

WIRED Danger Room Full Story Online
WIRED Danger Room Full Story Online

‘Impossible’ Device Could Propel Flying Cars, Stealth Missiles

David Hambling October 29, 2009

The Emdrive is an electromagnetic drive that would generate thrust from a closed system — “impossible” say some experts.

To critics, it’s flat-out junk science, not even worth thinking about. But its inventor, Roger Shawyer, has doggedly continued his work. As Danger Room reported last year, Chinese scientists claimed to validate his math and were building their own version.

Shawyer gave a presentation earlier this week on the Emdrive’s progress at the CEAS 2009 European Air & Space Conference. It answered few questions, but hinted at how the Emdrive might transform spaceflight — and warfare. If the technology works, that is.

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Journal: US Lacks Basic Intelligence at the Top

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Ethics, Key Players, Policies, Strategy, Threats

CNS News Full Story Online
CNS News Full Story Online

New Study Reveals Connection Between Enforcing Immigration Laws and National Security

Friday, October 30, 2009

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

A new study by the conservative think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals the connection between enforcing immigration laws and national security – sometimes in chilling detail.

Phi Beta Iota: It’s all connected. Until the US Government understands the two graphics below (each leads to a separate briefing any adult should be able to comprehend), the Republic will continue its nose dive into the cluster of Third World nations we have abused and now will join for lack of integrity and intelligence among our leaders, military as well as civilian.

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