“I, The Jury” – The Prologue [Part 0] [An Original Online Series]

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“Whoever we are … Wherever we reside … We exist on the whim of murderers …”— Miles Davis, “The Rock”

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An original online series based on characters and situations from the Vampire trilogy “The Endless Night” by H. P. Lovelace; dedicated to Mickey Spillane, his Mike Hammer, and the original, his “I, The Jury”. So, if you’re looking for Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason, Nero Wolf, et al, you’d best look elsewhere. Mickey Spillane … dead … but not forgotten … never …

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Series starts January 08, 2011

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The Endless Night, The First 16 Pages – [an excerpt from IUP, Book 01]

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Be careful what you wish for … sometimes you get it

Click on the image of Jenny Miller, Mondo’s BFF, to read the pages … Enjoy … :)

 

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China’s Communist Party Plenum Focuses On Rule Of Law, But Not As The West Sees It

 

China's President Xi Jinping (R) walks with retired leaders Jiang Zemin (C) and Hu Jintao (L) as they arrive at the National Day Reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, September 30, 2014. Reuters / China Daily

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) walks with retired leaders Jiang Zemin (C) and Hu Jintao (L) as they arrive at the National Day Reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, September 30, 2014. Reuters / China Daily

BEIJING — The story would sound familiar to many mainland Chinese: An employee of a state-owned company goes on a mission to move his embezzled fortunes, and himself, to the United States. Revenge, greed, lust and even murder follow. It’s a story that sounds plausible in Chinese politics, and the sort President Xi Jinping’s “fighting tigers” anti-corruption campaign seeks to eradicate.

But this is not a news article: It’s the plot of “Black Holes,” a novel by He Jiahong, a law professor at Beijing’s prestigious People’s University.

Just translated into English, the book isn’t just a work of fiction denouncing what happens when a one-party, undemocratic system rules an increasingly wealthy society. It’s the work of a scholar who has long been proposing China should fight corruption not just by shaming and punishing crooked officials, but by adopting something the West has had for centuries: a system based on the rule of law.

The book is nothing if not timely. Chinese Communist Party leaders Monday begin a key four-day meeting in Beijing, the fourth plenary session of the Party’s central committee. The gathering of national representatives in the party’s five-year cycle between congresses will focus jointly on corruption and the rule of law. The leaders will work to “establish … a system of strict rule of law and supervision,” the official Xinhua news agency said.

That dovetails with the president’s drive against corruption. Since coming to power in March 2013, the Xi administration has devoted much of its energy to an internal purge of corrupt officials in the Party. The sweep has included such high-profile cases as Politburo member Zhou Yongkang, who has strong links with former Premier Jiang Zemin and Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. The purge has extended beyond the confines of the party to powerful state-owned companies, to extract the poison from the intricate networks of power that have developed in the post-Deng Xiaoping era.

China’s Central Academy of Social Sciences recently revealed 74,338 officials have been disciplined for corruption since December 2012. But the purge, He said, is not the solution. Well acquainted with China’s judiciary as former deputy director general of the Department of Dereliction of Duty of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s highest court, He says the current purge has no clear policy and offers no sustainable solutions. In fact, it offers little other than an atmosphere of fear, which has had impacts ranging from a slump in the Chinese luxury goods market to a spike in the suicide rate of party officials.

Lu Boping, the embezzling protagonist of “Black Holes,” is presented for much of the novel as a loyal friend and good citizen. “Somehow, however, society changes him,” He said. “Corrupt officials are not all evil. What we are facing is institutionalized corruption, within which people become corrupt.” And to prevent that, a shift from persecution to prevention is long overdue, he said — but that cannot happen without establishing first an effective rule of law.

The leadership is increasingly aware of the limitations of the scare tactic of naming, shaming and imprisoning. Meanwhile, state media are increasingly linking corruption and the rule of law as two terms part of one and the same campaign.

But to Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party, however, the “rule of law” does not mean what it means to the West. China has its own history of legal thought and practice stretching back thousands of years. Xi, who is fond of quoting the ancient Chinese classics, has made numerous references to China’s native philosophy of Legalism, more than 2,000 years old, which advocates a strong ruler wield legal powers to maintain social harmony. In other words, in the ancient Chinese tradition with which Xi is well acquainted, the rule of law is not a legal code to which all are answerable. Rather, it is a tool through which the ruler should exercise power and preserve national stability.

The ongoing anti-corruption campaign is run by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, a secretive and powerful department of the CCP that works within party regulations, but outside Chinese law. But He suggests the responsibility of judging and punishing corrupt officials should be held solely by the existing People’s Procuratorate. In other words, powers against corruption should be wielded by the judiciary, separate from the law-making party.

This would mean the party divesting itself of enormous power and establishing a (semi-) independent check on its power, something akin to a Western-style supreme court. If the Xi administration is serious about containing and preventing corruption, however, this would be an important, even necessary step, He said.

He said he is convinced this is the direction in which the party should and will move. As a first step toward establishing a clean slate, he has suggested something far more radical. Since 2008 he has proposed officials above the level of local party chief be required to declare publicly their families’ assets, in return for an amnesty on whatever illegalities this may expose.

In fact, something similar to his suggestion was placed on the legislative schedule of the People’s Congress in 1994. Opposition from within the party, however, morphed the proposed regulation into a declaration of annual wages for internal party use only. Under this party rule, enforced since 1995, officials have been required to submit evidence of their annual wages to the Internal Division of Personnel and Organization every January. It has been easy, however, for officials to manipulate evidence of their income. Moreover, keeping the potentially incriminating evidence within the hands of a few select party officials has done nothing to expose and stem corruption.

“Rather than stay locked away somewhere, such information must be disclosed,” for scholars, other wings of government and the people to judge, He said. Through this, coupled with a strengthened and more independent judiciary, he insists, the party could “relieve itself of the heavy burden of corruption and start a new era of clean governance.”

He’s proposal for a corruption amnesty was met with strong backlash when first published in 2008, with some readers claiming anything less than execution was too lenient a punishment. Among the responses, however, there were also some sympathetic voices from members of government.

He continues to promote amnesty. This fall he will publish a series of articles across the Chinese academic legal press detailing possible ways of implementing the policy. But that’s unlikely to happen soon. A sudden switch from naming, shaming and purging to a more Western-style system of justice would not be in keeping with Xi’s uncompromising, tough-leader image. With legal reform and the rule of law increasingly talked about in the state-run media, however, steps toward a different system may influence policymaking in coming years.

“China will have to rely on law, rather than just on the rule of men. I think more and more leaders are understanding that,” He said. For him, though, the most crucial question is “how far and how fast” this drive to establish the rule of law will be pushed. This month’s Fourth Plenum may well provide the answer.

Original Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-communist-party-plenum-focuses-rule-law-not-west-sees-it-1707504

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Becky is Better [Episode #038]

“In life … You really sometimes feel like you’re behind the reins of a living, fire-breathing creature that wants to run and dominate!” – Pythonman

They [Becky and Colonel Grant] are in Colonel Grant’s ready room. Becky is mostly healed. Grant is admiring the slotted muzzle that Becky was wearing while being torture/mutilated.

“Ingenious, isn’t it? If I have to immodestly say so myself,” Becky proclaims, her voice bursting with pride, as if she’s either the principal designer or a major contributor, or at the very least had input on its design and use.

“Coveting another’s handiwork, are we?” Grant asks rhetorically.

“You could say that, if you wish. But, I’m not telling.” Becky winks, smiling broadly. “It allows you to do all sorts of interesting things to the wearer—a very small subset of which were done by Jake to me.”

“It was designed specifically with what species in mind?”

“Minbari,” Becky pauses, strategically. “But it’s quite effective when used in conjunction with a number of people and things. Tellingly, it’s an older model.”

“The design is ours or theirs? I’ve seen similar devices that both sides used [during The War] on POWs.”

Becky sidesteps the question of authorship, let along the implicit inquiry of identity and lineage, and in doing so in no way answers it to Grant’s satisfaction. It’s a wise choice on the Vampire’s part. Grant is probing with intent. The question is: whose?

“This one dates back to the last year or so of The War. Maybe, even a little bit before that … Maybe … late-middle.”

“I don’t buy it.”

“Which part?”

“That it was initially designed for Minbari and adapted later for use on other species.”

“Please continue. I enjoy a good fable, just like the next woman.”

Stoked, Grant goes fishing. The questions is [again]: in whose interest?

“I think that it was designed by humans for use on humans from the git-go, years maybe decades before The War, and later used on other species with adaptations only in technique not design. I think that it’s an invention of our very own U.S. Military in direct violation of the basic rules of the Geneva conventions and their additional protocols as proscribed by the United Nations.”

“The last time I checked, it was still a free country and as such you’re entitled to your opinion just like everybody else.”

“Back in ’54, subsequent to The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco, when I was stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, I saw a device in use on detainees at GTMO that could have been either the progenitor for or progeny of this thing. It was affectionately called the mauler by Allied interrogators. You Vampires have a known penchant for torture, and any Lost that was cleared—had clearance for—party/privy to detainee interviews—who got a gander at that mauler in action—was always left green with envy.”

Becky’s response is another coy smile of hers. She can read Grant’s chop-chop, just fine. She also reads from the GTMO/mauler references that Grant knows Doctor Klebb—Klebb was the only one cleared to use the mauler at GTMO back then. It was Doctor Klebb who invented the mauler.

Tellingly, in spite of Becky’s [superseding] clearance, she was not told during her briefing about Grant by Colonel Potter, that Grant had a GTMO/mauler/Klebb connection—which means that it was need to know, and she’s didn’t need to know.

From Colonel Potter’s brief [of Becky about Grant], Becky knows just how much to tell Colonel Grant. Grant was MI [US military intelligence, the army], back in the day—and still has top secret clearance.

A top secret clearance and need to know mean that, in Grant’s case … Gloves are somewhat off for discussion of “the mauler”, but chatter box on “the famouser” are titty at best. It was the famouser that was used on Becky by Jake—so, with it being titty—calling/acknowledging it by name are completely off the table.

If Colonel Grant had ultra violet clearance, instead of top secret, and had a need to know, then she would have been privy to yet another closely-held truth: the famouser was designed for use on Minbari, captured during clandestine raids by U.S. Special Forces deep into the Minbar Territories, raids [grievous violations of Minbari sovereignty] which precipitated the Earth-Minbari War. So … Becky was telling the truth, after all. And, the Minbari are truthful in their accusation to this day that the United States had engaged in invasionary actions [preemptive military strikes] which started The War.

Major Sinclair knocks politely on the door and then enters at Colonel Grant’s behest. He can barely contain his excitement.

“Sorry for the interruption, mum, but the lab boys found minute DNA onsite. Confirmed by the DoD as belonging to a Sargent Adam Roberts, formerly of the U.S. Army—honorably discharged—a War vet. VA has his address as a fleabag hotel on skid row.”

“Our [Thurman’s and mine] shape-changing ability suppressed by a damping field onsite? Used a pseudonym, employed an effective obscurer to hide his identity, and then carelessly leaves DNA traces behind. It smells a little fishy and way too convenient for my tastes. Just saying …,” Becky offers up, sarcastically.

“Thanks for the observation, Miss Better. Goodness knows what we police would do without the input of Sherlock Holmes types like you,” Colonel Grant fires back—although it’s more bark than bite. After all, the two women have an understanding—hardly a persona non grata relationship. “Would you like to accompany us?”

“Yes.”

“In spite of your misgivings?”

“Because of them.”

Now, that response by Becky does raise an eyebrow or two of Major Sinclair and his boss Colonel Grant.

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Alison Brie — Where will all of us meat up and flirt?

Alison Brie -- Where will all of us meat up and flirt

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photo June Wilkinson (The Body) leggy busty super sexy bikini cheesecake 1785-01

photo June Wilkinson (The Body) leggy busty super sexy bikini cheesecake 1785-01

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Will Mayweathers Legacy Survive Like Sugar Ray Robinson’s?

By Edgar Solorzano | Boxing News 24

Will Mayweathers Legacy Survive Like Sugar Ray Robinson’s

Current pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather is one of the most gifted fighters in the sport of boxing. Many believe he just runs for a great number of rounds to outpoint fighters. Only problem, in the sport of boxing it is nearly impossible to outpoint a fighter just by running. Mayweather has gained power since his 2003 fight against Victoriano Sosa. A fight that Sosa believed he won, even though he only connected 14% of his punches while Mayweather connected 55%.

Floyd earned $2.8 million for his fight against Sosa, yes, that is still more than what Maidana earned for his biggest fight in his boxing career. Only in the sport of boxing can a construction worker build a giant building and earn less if the public is not familiar with his name. Ten years later, Floyd has managed to earn millions of dollars for a single fight, far more than $2.8 million.

Mayweather earned all his success and is one of the most skillful fighters in history. The De La Hoya fight made him a bigger star. To clear things up, Mayweather never ducked De La Hoya for the rematch. De La Hoya did not want to give Floyd a rematch. Ex-Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer stressed back in 2007, “Oscar thinks Mayweather is a great fighter and it was a great promotion. It’s not like he doesn’t deserve a rematch or anything like that. It’s more like been there done that, move on. What the ‘move on’ part means I don’t know. It’s not the time to discuss it. When he wants to he will come and talk to me. There is not an urgency. We all know that Oscar is not going to fight again in 2007.” This could have been a move to make a Mayweather-Mosley fight, which could have been the second biggest money fight next to De La Hoya’s. The fight never took place, not until 2010. Floyd Mayweather is a sharp businessman but is he really the best ever? Has he accomplished goals that are difficult to break? The ugly truth is Pay-Per-View records have nothing to do with a boxing legacy when looking at fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, and Sugar Ray Robinson. The Pacquiao fight mess could go either way, no one exactly knows who to blame. Many believe Floyd Mayweather is ducking and many believe Bob Arum is keeping Pacquiao away from Floyd.

Let’s take a look at “The Best Ever” boxing legacy, without the money blocking the truth. Floyd Mayweather had an impressive amateur record of 84 victories and 6 defeats. Mayweather was the 1993 National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion, 1994 National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion, 1995 USA Amateur Featherweight Champion, 1995 National Police Athletic League Featherweight Champion, and 1996 National Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion. He also earned a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics; another great accomplishment in Floyds amateur career.

Another impressive fighter by the name of Sugar Ray Robinson also had an incredible amateur background. In fact, one that is nearly impossible to duplicate. Robinson’s legacy has struggled against father time. Not many fans know about him. Sure people know who he is, they know he was one of the greats. However; many do not know what he accomplished. The truth hurts; the Michael Jordan of boxing is lost in the history books.

Sugar Ray Robinson’s amateur record was 85-0, with 40 first round knockouts. Robinson won the 1939 Golden Gloves Title as a featherweight, 126-pounds. The following year, he won the lightweight title at 135-pounds. After winning these titles, Robinson turned pro. His first professional fight was at Madison Square Gardens, a rare venue for a pro debut. Robinson was special and the whole boxing world knew it. Madison Square Garden was not a venue for rookies, but Robinson was no rookie. He was respected before his first pro fight. Robinson went undefeated for his first 40 fights. Sugar Ray was too good that he began to run out of opponents in the welterweight division early in his career. A problem that Mayweather never experienced. Robinson had to move up to middleweight to look for new blood. That’s when he met against Jake La Motta, a fearless middleweight with the heart of a lion.

The first fight took place in late 1942 in New York City. Robinson won the 10 round battle by Unanimous Decision. Robinson was offered a rematch and La Motta pulled the upset in Detroit. La Motta may have had a 20-pound weight advantage in that fight. Two weeks after losing to La Motta, Robinson took a tune up fight against Jackie Wilson and was victorious. One week after, Robinson met with La Motta for the third time and managed to pull off the victory. Sugar Ray Robinson accomplished a big chunk of his legacy in 21 days. Fighting three times within 21 days is impressive. Just imagine Floyd Mayweather fighting Miguel Cotto at 154-pounds, then fighting a tune-up against Amir Khan to prepare for another battle against Cotto in just three weeks. It sounds surreal in the modern world of boxing.

It is quite difficult to say Floyd Mayweather is the best ever when Robinson went on a 90 fight-winning streak after his first loss to La Motta. From 1943 to 1951, he was unstoppable. However; it wasn’t the long winning-streaks that made Robinson a star, it was the way he reacted to a loss. Robinson never lost twice to the same man; not until he was 40-years old. The way Robinson hit the canvas and came back to earn the victory made him a loved champion. It made him special; he always found a way not to lose again to the same man.

It is unfortunate that Robinson grew up in a tough era when technology was not well developed, and when racism was stronger than ever. It is a tragedy that his greatest battles were not filmed. When Ray Robinson was considered the best welterweight in the world, he couldn’t get a shot. People were afraid he would have darkened the division. He could have been a black fighter that could demolish all the white fighters, and that’s not really what would have sold a lot of tickets according to promoters in that negative era.

Eventually the public pressure was big enough, and Robinson was allowed to fight Tommy Bell for the vacant title. Robinson was knocked down in the fight against Bell, but Robinson was able to get up and manage to pull off the victory and became the welterweight champion. It took him six years to become the welterweight champion. The public pressure sure may have helped Robinson face the best, however; it is the opposite in today’s era. The public pressure is not good enough to force a Mayweather-pacquiao battle.

Robinson’s greatest revenge was against Randy Turpin, a fighter that pulled the upset by outpointing Robinson in 15 rounds in London. Ray promised he would bring the belt back to America. On the rematch, both fighters were trading punches and getting hit, the referee walked over to Rays corner in the 9th round and told Ray he was going to stop the fight due to his cut on his eye. Robinson said, “Give me one more round!” then moments later told his corner “Now it’s do or die.” He managed to knock out Turpin in the 10th round.

This is three-fourths of Robinson’s legacy. His legacy is too big for one article, not going to mention the time he could have been the Light-Heavyweight champion of the world. He fought in the ring on the hottest night in New York; the temperature in the ring was 105 degrees under those big stage lights. The referee collapsed in the 10th round due to the heat and Robinson couldn’t come out of the 14th round due to the heat. He was out of energy; he had lost the battle to the terrible heat. Robinson was winning the fight against a man who outweighed him by nearly 20-pounds.

Is Floyd Mayweather really the best ever? The fight-fans have to respect Mayweathers skills. I could say he is the most athletic-gifted fighter in history, but did he use those skills to create a legacy that can’t be duplicated in the ring? Robinson sure did take advantage, till this day, I cannot name one fighter that can duplicate the record of 120-1.

Even Muhammad Ali wore the gray sweats, white shirt, and gray sleeveless shirt over, during training camps. He wanted to be like Robinson, he even said, “Look, this is how Robinson did it,” while shadowboxing. Muhammad Ali is the heavyweight Sugar Ray Robinson, with the help of technology and his great leadership his legacy is greater than ever.

Switch Floyd Mayweather and Ray Robinson’s eras; we would have had a Robinson-Mosley and Robinson-Cotto fight in 2008, Pacquiao-Robinson fight in 2009, and a Canelo fight at 154-pounds. Possibly a Robinson-Martinez fight after the Paul Williams knockout. Robinson was that type of fighter. He wanted to compete against the best. However; Mayweather in 1942 may have never fought Jake La Motta right away in the middleweight division, he may have never fought La Motta more than once. Most importantly, there probably wouldn’t be a Muhammad Ali. Ali was greatly influenced by Sugar Ray Robinson.

The tragic truth is Floyd Mayweather was likely capable of accomplishing all those fights at the right times but never pushed to do the impossible. His bank account grew but his legacy remained the same. Sugar Ray Robinson is the real TBE, no fighter has managed to duplicate what he accomplished in the ring.

Original Source: http://www.boxingnews24.com/2014/10/has-mayweather-jr-accomplished-more-in-his-career-than-sugar-ray-robinson/

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First pitch … ball in your court …

First pitch ... ball in your court …

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This $1,200 machine lets you make untraceable semi-automatic rifles at home!!!

By Dante D’Orazio | The Verge

This $1,200 machine lets you make untraceable semi-automatic rifles at homeIt’s about to get a whole lot easier to make a semi-automatic rifle at home with no serial number, no background check, and no waiting period. Cody Wilson, the libertarian behind the world’s first 3D-printed gun, is now selling an all-in-one desktop CNC mill, called the Ghost Gunner. It can produce an aluminum lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle — the civilian version of the military’s M-16 assault rifle — in a couple of hours.

The lower receiver, which connects the stock, barrel, magazine, and other parts of the gun together, is the component that is legally considered to be a firearm under US law — and its sale is highly regulated. The Ghost Gunner is programmed to take a partially-complete lower receiver, known as an “80 percent lower,” and automatically mill it into a functioning part. From there, all you have to do is buy the other widely-available components online and assemble the rifle. As Wilson explains on the product’s website, “on day one, Ghost Gunner can help you legally manufacture unserialized firearms in the comfort of your own home.”

Legally manufacture unserialized firearms in the comfort of your own home.

Pre-orders for the Ghost Gunner started this week at prices ranging from $999 to $1,299, and Cody Wilson’s organization, Defense Distributed, sold out its original run of 175 units in just a day. Another 100-unit pre-order allotment sold out the next day.

While the Ghost Gunner makes small-scale firearm assembly and manufacture fairly fool-proof, it isn’t a particularly practical solution. All-in, producing an AR-15 this way costs roughly $2,000 — about twice as much as just buying the firearm in a local gun shop. And gun enthusiasts have legally manufactured AR-15 rifles and other weapons at home using the same components for years — this just streamlines the process. The Ghost Gunner, then, like the 3D-printed “Liberator” handgun before it, is more of a political statement than anything else. Cody Wilson has said before that he’s trying to cut off gun regulations at the knees, and the Ghost Gunner is certainly successful at finding its way around the law.

Original Source: http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/5/6910385/this-1200-machine-lets-you-make-untraceable-semi-automatic-rifles-at

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Dr Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip — 10 Tips for Building Relationships that Work

“Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism, and a great deal of candor.” — Tom Hanks, actor

Work RelationshipsGo ahead and write down the name of every HIGHLY successful person you know, or have ever known, heard about, or read about. Your list may include family members, friends, bosses, and coworkers known by very few others, or your list may include international leaders or significant religious figures known around the world and throughout history. Make your list as long as possible.

Now go through your list and put a check mark next to the name of every one of those HIGHLY successful people who achieved their success all by themselves. In other words, they had no help, no support, no input, no guidance, and no encouragement from anyone else. If you’re like the thousands of others who have taken this challenge, chances are you’ll have no check marks whatsoever.

The truth is … almost everything you have accomplished, or will ever accomplish, or may never accomplish can be traced to the quality of your relationships. That being the case, I would strongly advise you to never ever leave your relationships to chance. Build them. Nurture them. And strengthen them. Because there are very few things that will pay off as well as your relationships on and off the job.

It’s one of the topics I address in my newest book coming out later this year, “The Payoff Principle: Discover The 3 Secrets For Getting What You Want Out Of Life And Work.” Check out an excerpt from Chapter 12 on communication by clicking here.

So what can you do to build better, stronger, healthier relationships? Here are a few simple communication techniques you can use. And indeed, you should be using several of these techniques on a regular basis. Start using the ones that make the most sense to you.

1. Use the other person’s name.

Whether you are passing someone in the hall, entering a meeting room, or greeting a friend at dinner, speak the other person’s name. Instead of merely saying “Good morning,” say “Good morning, Bill.” It makes the other person feel important, and we all want that.

2. Never eat alone.

Successful people grab lunch with friends and colleagues. As career coach Anita Attridge tells “Forbes” magazine, “Lunch is an excellent time to continue to build relationships and network with others.” Once again it tells the other person that he or she is important because you are making time for them.

3. Respect the other person’s time.

Everybody is busy these days, and many people are crazy busy. So if you ask for ten minutes of someone’s time for a brief conversation, stick to your agreement. Don’t go past your ten minutes unless the other person gives you permission to go on. That way the other person will look forward to talking to you rather than dreading it.

4. Pay attention to nonverbal cues.

Look for signs that may indicate the person is losing interest or becoming impatient, and adjust your conversation to be more sensitive to his or
her needs, expectations or time constraints.

5. Have something of interest to say.

Knowing all about the Kardashians, who is in the finals of “Dancing With The Stars,” and what NFL player is in trouble now will not help you get ahead in your professional networks. Consume your actual real-world news in whatever form you choose, and be familiar and conversant in local, national and international politics and events.

6. Adapt your communication style to fit with the other person’s style of communicating.

In the book “You Can’t Do It Alone: Building Relationships for Career Success,” Glass and Brody say, “Mirror the personality and behavioral style of the person with whom you are meeting.” In other words, does he or she want the big picture or the details? Does he or she speak quickly or slowly? Does the person want to spend more time on small talk or get right down to business? Honor the other person’s preferences if at all possible.

7. Help the other person succeed.

As human relations expert Anthony Robbins points out, “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”

8. Send more notes.

If you’ve arranged a special meeting with someone, follow up that meeting with a thank-you note. Send a handwritten note thanking the person for
taking the time to meet with you. Send greeting cards … birthday, holiday, congratulations, and sympathy cards. Very few people practice this so-called “common courtesy” anymore, so your note automatically puts you in the top tier of thoughtful, appreciative, professional people.

9. Ask more questions.

If it’s been a while since you’ve spoken to the other person, ask, “What’s new?” and be genuinely interested in his or her answer. Notice items
displayed in their offices; ask about their weekend. Learn about his or her hobbies and interests and ask about them. Most people appreciate being the center of your attention.

10. Look for ways to be of help, and then do it.

Learn about the problems and issues the other person has to deal with. Find solutions. When you learn the other person needs a service, offer to connect the person to your resources (i.e. travel agents, nanny service, etc.). It may be as simple as saying, “I heard you say that you are looking for a new
personal accountant. I’m really happy with the person I’m using. Would you like me to connect the two of you?” Or offer to drive the other person to a meeting you are both attending.

When it comes to building relationships that work, the little things do matter.

Click here to download a printable PDF of these 10 Relationship Tips!

Of the 10 tips for building better work relationships, which 3 tips will you use this week?

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MOD PIN UP 1962 PLAYBOY JUNE WILKINSON ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BUXOM BLONDE BEAUTY

Sexy, mod 1962 photograph of frequent Playboy model and actress June Wilkinson. An alluring and curvaceous portrait of the abundantly buxom blonde bombshell; she showcases her most famous assets in cinched waist, low cut strapless dress. A publicity photograph for Wilkinson’s role in the Francis Ford Coppola directed comedy The Bellboy and the Playgirls.

Measures 8 1/8″ x 10″ with margins on glossy, single weight paper stock. Culver Pictures, Inc. ink stamp on verso.MOD PIN UP 1962 PLAYBOY JUNE WILKINSON ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BUXOM BLONDE BEAUTY #1 MOD PIN UP 1962 PLAYBOY JUNE WILKINSON ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BUXOM BLONDE BEAUTY #2 MOD PIN UP 1962 PLAYBOY JUNE WILKINSON ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BUXOM BLONDE BEAUTY #3

CONDITION: original, 1st generation, gelatin silver photograph in fine+ condition. Two faint creases present in both right corners and a small wrinkle to the top left corner. Image area is pristine!

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Voluptuous would be an understatement when describing the incredibly-endowed June Wilkinson whose va-va-voom 43-22-37 contours filled out a 5′ 6″ frame that rivaled Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren during the heyday of the pneumatic blonde bombshell. Of the titillating, top-heavy trio, June wound up a distant third in film popularity but has to be acknowledged and complimented for her continued perseverance in a tough business. Still seen around town here and there broaching age 70, June was one of the most popular cheesecake models lensed nationally during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
 The British-born stunner was born on March 27, 1940 in Essex, England and wasted little time. Intially trained in dance (Sussex School of Dancing) to become a ballerina, she was performing on stage from age 12. The one-time brunette began as a topless dancer at age 15 and joined the legendary Windmill Theatre in London as a fan dancer in 1957. Discovered by Hugh M. Hefner within a short time, June came to America and first appeared in Playboy magazine in September 1958. Hefner rather unimaginatively but appropriately dubbed her “The Bosom.” The tag stuck and enhanced her eventual transformation from a stunning brunette to platinum blonde in 1960. A sensation on the pages of Playboy, she appeared again in both August 1959 and November 1960, and in several other issues over the years, although she would never become an official “Playmate.”
 The uninhibited June took her “Playboy” publicity and ran with it. She started appearing in scores of girlie magazines and newspapers from 1958-1970, like fellow pneumatics Mansfield and Van Doren, June vied for attention in films. Under contract to Seven Arts, her attempt at movie stardom, however, fell flat (sorry). After being unbilled in such lowgrade films as Thunder in the Sun (1959) and The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) (here she appeared faceless as a topless figure called “Torso”), she was showcased in Career Girl (1960), the tale of a girl trying to make it in Hollywood. With such lurid tag lines as “June is bustin’ out all over!” promoting her pictures, one need not be a rocket scientist to see where her film career was headed. Subsequent romps in “Golden Age” turkeys like The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960), Macumba Love (1960) (her best known), and The Continental Twist (1961) sealed her fate as a serious movie actress.
 June, however, kept her name alive throughout the 1960s and 1970s in nightclubs (notably as a sexy foil to Spike Jones), and on the live stage in such sex comedy teasers as “Three in a Bedroom,” “The Ninety-Day Mistress” and “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” via the dinner theater and Las Vegas hotel circuits. Her most successful vehicle was in “Pajama Tops,” a show which amplified her still-gorgeous figure as well as her comedy timing. She returned to this well-received show quite frequently for decades and took it briefly to Broadway in 1963. She also appeared glamorously in such TV shows as “Batman,” as the villainess Evilina, and “The Doris Day Show.” In 1972, June married Dan Pastorini, the NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers and L.A. Rams, who was known for his playboy-like reputation. He sometimes appeared as an actor in films and TV, and the couple appeared together in the film The Florida Connection (1974). They had a daughter, Brahna, before divorcing ten years later.
 A savvy, health-conscious businesswoman, her later projects have included running a successful string of fitness centers in Canada, hosting the Encore cable show “The Directors” in which she interviews filmmakers, and a historical fashion show called “Glamour’s First 5000 Years.” June recently made a rare film appearance in the low budget western Three Bad Men (2005) with George Kennedy. 

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh

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American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past

American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past

by Dave Majumdar | The Daily Beast

American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past

MEIN GOTT! 10.12.14

The A-10 has been the favorite plane of American grunts for decades. But it was one of America’s most fearsome enemies who helped inspire the design of the so-called Warthog.

The U.S. Air Force’s A-10 is an ugly, low-flying, slow-moving beast of an aircraft known affectionately by the troops as the Warthog. But even as the flying tank gets ready to shred ISIS terrorists to pieces over Iraq and Syria with its massive 30mm cannon—firing depleted uranium shells the size of a Coke bottle—it hides a dark secret: an unrepentant Nazi fighter pilot helped to develop the ungainly warplane.

Engineer Pierre Sprey, a former Pentagon procurement official who helped design the A-10, confirmed to The Daily Beast that none other than legendary Luftwaffe Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel was consulted to develop the Warthog.

“While we were readying the airplane and gun for full scale production, the 30mm gun program manager, Col. Robert Dilger, invited Rudel to lead a symposium in DC attended by several hundred engineers, analysts, tacticians and intel types on all aspects of CAS [close air support] operations in combat,” Sprey told the Daily Beast. “For lots of them it was eye-opening. I translated for Rudel who spoke very little English.”

Rudel was the Nazi-era Wehrmacht’s (which included the Heer, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe) most highly decorated officer and the only man to have been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. During his wartime career, Rudel flew over 2,530 combat sorties over the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union and amassed a combat record of over 2,000 targets destroyed–800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, nine aircraft, four armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers, and the Soviet battleship Marat.

“Rudel was certainly the expert on killing Soviet tanks, 519 of them. But he was also brilliant on tactics—both ground and air—training, C3 [Command, Control & Communication], reconnaissance and squadron leadership,” Sprey said. “During our concept design phase, I required every member of the team to read Stuka Pilot, Rudel’s superbly detailed recounting of his combat experiences, in order to understand the most crucial combat effectiveness characteristics of a CAS fighter.”

During his wartime career, Rudel flew over 2,530 combat sorties and amassed a combat record of over 2,000 targets destroyed–800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, nine aircraft, four armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, two cruisers, and the Soviet battleship Marat.

Indeed, many of the characteristics of the Warthog, which is a darling of ground troops fighting in close proximity to enemy forces, were directly influenced by Rudel’s experience flying the Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber and the ground-attack version of the Focke-Wulf 190D-9 fighter against the Soviet Red Army.

“The book most certainly influenced me, particularly regarding how critical it was to incorporate in any effective CAS design such things as cockpit armor, fire suppression, need for ultra-tight turn radius maneuvering performance, ability to fly under 500ft weather, getting 3-5 sorties per day per plane, large caliber cannon, ability to move a squadron overnight, and ability to operate sustainably from unprepared fields–grass, dirt, mud, gravel, etc,” Sprey said in an email.

However, as good a fighter pilot as Rudel was, it is an undeniable fact the he was an unrepentant Nazi and devotee of Adolf Hitler. After, the war Rudel—who became a relatively successful businessman–continued to advocate for the Third Reich and its genocidal, racist policies. One example of that: Rudel was a prominent member of the neo-Nazi German Reich Party from 1953 onward.

Others within the U.S. Air Force dismiss Rudel’s impact on the A-10 design. “Frankly, I’m not sure why he would be consulted, Rudel was a statistical outlier in life-expectancy for ground-attack pilots in the Luftwaffe,” one Air Force official told The Daily Beast.

Further, the Air Force official poured some cold water on the legacy of the Warthog—despite its popularity with the ground troops. “There is so much myth and half-truth wrapped around the A-10,” the official said.

It’s a common sentiment in some corners of the Air Force, which has been looking to jettison the A-10 for decades. The Air Force wants to replace the Warthog because the jet would be hopelessly vulnerable against a modern enemy like China or Russia even if the aircraft can handle itself against relatively primitive enemies in Iraq or Syria. Instead of the slow-moving, low-flying A-10, the Air Force would prefer to use the stealthy $400 billion F-35 stealth fighter for future wars. Thus far, Congress has prevented the service from putting the Warthog out to pasture.

The Air Force has some valid reasons for its view. One example cited by the Air Force official was the 1973 Yom Kippur war, when Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria. The official pointed out that low and slow flying ground attack planes directly supporting the ground infantry were easy prey to even 1970s-era Russian-built surface-to-air missiles. “One inconvenient aspect of the A-10 is how its proponents often overlook the impact of the Yom Kippur War on the idea of CAS in a near-peer environment,” the Air Force official said—near-peer being a military jargon for well-equipped and trained forces like those of Russia or China.

Israel’s losses during the Yom Kippur led the U.S. government to begin a frantic effort to replace the planes that were mercilessly shot out of the sky. Instead of using slow, low flying planes to support ground troops Israel began deploying the supersonic Mach 2-capable F-4 Phantom II for that role. “Yom Kippur lead to Operation Nickel Grass in which the U.S. replaced nearly half of Israel’s ‘low and slow’ CAS capability destroyed by SA-6 [surface-air-missiles], which didn’t change the fact that the IDF [Israel Defense Force] had already switched to ‘fast-CAS’ with the F-4 in response.”

Even to this day, Israel uses fast sophisticated supersonic fighters like the F-15 and F-16 to support its ground forces—just like the majority of the U.S. Air Force’s missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, the service often uses everything including B-1 and B-52 bombers to F-15E Strike Eagle fighters to support ground forces, the official said.

The Air Force, the official said, does not “hate” the Warthog as many critics have charged. The service is “being prudently skeptical about the resiliency of an aircraft merely designed to suffer ZSU-23 [radar-guided anti-aircraft guns] and SA-7 [shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile] threats,” the Air Force official said.

Simply put, the Air Force does not believe that an aircraft like the A-10, which was designed to survive in an era before long-range, high performance guided missiles were commonplace, can survive during future conflicts.

The Air Force official reiterated that modern enemy missiles are far more deadly than the weapons the A-10 was designed to face. “SA-6s are the least of our concerns for CAS in the modern age of surface-to-air missile system proliferation,” the official said.

Proponents of the Warthog, however, argue that the ageing plane has no equal in supporting troops on the ground. “You’ve got a purpose-built airplane with the survivability, firepower and loiter time to cripple ISIS mobility,” said one veteran former U.S. Army Apache gunship aviator. Yes, the plane is vulnerable to ground fire. But it’s also super tough. “There’s the survivability to take into account, too, which negates a lot of that vulnerability.”

Original Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/12/american-warplane-s-forgotten-nazi-past.html

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