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‘interesting to say the least’

‘interesting to say the least’

The book that some people are already calling nebulous because they doubt its veracity and validity is called “The Nebula”.  Its three-page foreword is written by Wayne Madsen. The author is a former Belgian NATO AWACS command post officer and NATO Air Defense Officer. The book is published by Trine-Day.

music: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jl5dkYhZr8 

The back cover says that the book provides “deep insights into the unseen but real forces” and “exposes a cabal which controls most of the money transfers worldwide as well as the highest political authorities.”

Donald Trump is featured in the last of four parts, particularly in chapter 19. There is an index and 22 appendices totalling fifty pages. There is a 3.5-page list of acronyms and abbreviations, a 3.5-page introduction, and a bibliography that lists 85 sources.
There is an index and 22 appendices totalling fifty pages. There is a 3.5-page list of acronyms and abbreviations, a 3.5-page introduction, and a bibliography that lists 85 sources.
On page 201, in the epilogue, Walter Baeyens says “In these days of unbridled egocentric materialism, , power and money have become the only means and measure of all thingd. How they are acquired does not matter.”  In the pages preceding, he gives you a better sense of how they are acquired.

“In these days of unbridled egocentric materialism, power and money have become the only means and measure of all thing. How they are acquired does not matter.”

In the pages preceding, he gives you a better sense of how they are acquired.
The kingpin of the Nebula was identified in the ATLAS Report, which can be found in both French and English in the appendix, as well as at https://isgp-studies.com/belgium-la-nebuleuse-atlas-dossier-and-dutroux-x-files, whose author is the first reviewer at Amazon and who appears to have his underwear in a knot because his work is neither credited nor makes an appearance in Baeyens’ book, The ATLAS Report can also be found  here:  https://zionistreport.com/2016/07/commentary-classified-belgian-police-report-nebula-receives-another-look/.
The ATLAS report was triggered by serial murders, enough of them that one needs a guide and additional references to get clear on their history. One involved Andre Cools, and then there were the Brabant murders, and a range of Gladio events, and they stretched all the way back to the murder of Julien Lahaut in 1950 whose sponsor (to use Drago’s template) Baeyens alleges (page 2) also attempted to derail investigations in the late 80’s into the the Brabant kills and the child abuse cases labeled “Dossier X”.  If this is beginning to sound familiar, read the book.
The kingpin, we are told on page 10, is a Grandmaster of the Jewish Lodge B’Nai B’rith, putting to rest one of the main points by the first Amazon reviewer who claims Baeyens went on an anti-Semitic binge “two-thirds” into the book.  But the Israeli maffiya are mentioned on the very first page (and after you finish reading this book you can join the global discussion about the criminalization of free speech).

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Weapons, money and corruption are identified early and often.  There is no centering exclusively on Jewish or Israeli components of the global criminal cabal; the Vatican, Wall Street, banking, the Rothschilds, the the Russian-Jewish maffiya, the old Italian mafia, crime families, the OTO, the Federal Reserve, water and power utilities and corporations, big corporations, numerous governmental intelligence agencies, the Trilaterals, the Bilderbergers and the European Round Table all get their moments in the spotlight.
French historian Annie Lacroix-Riz and her book The Choice of Defeat make their first appearance on page 38 to point out how the German conquest of Northern France at the beginning of World War Two became “a walk in the park”.  Wikipedia of course has an entry on her; many others exist on the internet but tend naturally to be in her French language.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Lacroix-Riz She is accused of being a communist sympathizer, but I guess we all have to call one another something, no?  In the world of Hegelian dialectic, in the end we’re either fascist or communist or dead or some combination thereof, Christianity and all major religions having been relegated to the trash heap of history, thought and choice by the eventual dictatorship that necessarily evolves under either choice. (Everyone is damned to pennilessness or some form of insignificance (if not death itself) if they fail to adhere to the dominant political centrality of the moment.)
In the world of Hegelian dialectic, in the end we’re either fascist or communist or dead or some combination thereof, Christianity and all major religions having been relegated to the trash heap of history, thought and choice by the eventual dictatorship that necessarily evolves under either choice. (Everyone is damned to pennilessness or some form of insignificance (if not death itself) if they fail to adhere to the dominant political centrality of the moment.)
The history of the French Cagoule is well-documented, says Baeyens on page 39, where he lays out an organizational structure for the Synarchist organization which keeps the thugs and the killers on the fourth level, the technocrats who rationalize their acts on the third level, the very wealthy politically-neutral businessmen who bribe their way into politics (taking turns to infilitrate all parties large and small) on the second level, with the ideologues at the top. He notes that the horrible crimes they commit remain unprosecuted decades after the fact speak to the depth of the cover-up.
On page 43, it is said that the absolute power structure and its particular instruments can order assassinations, start wars and terrors campaigns, and impose complete silence.
The Synarchist “conspiracy theory” comes in immediately, as does a wide range of Freemasonry lodges starting with P2. Freemasonry comes into focus on pages 45-54. ( Did you know that Lyman Lemnitzer was a 32nd degree Mason of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite?)
Adam Weishaupt and his “papers” get a moment with his mantra “the ends justify the means”, and the means include usury, blackmail, the subjugation of the press, the destruction of relgiion (especially Christianity), corruption, sedition, terror, violence and perversion (including pedophilia, child sacrifice et alia which, in this book, are only peripherally mentioned as a primary tool of blackmail and an element in the over-arching occultism that preaches that men, being divine, do not need their immoral acts forgiven.
Chapter Five (entitled Nazism to Gladio) discusses the roles of John J. McCloy, the Bank of International Settlements, the Grey Wolves, and socialism, which brings us back to Andre Cools. The cabal does not care about religion, politics or nationalism, but only about itself. Chapter Six is about Iran-Contra, Gerald Bull, Marc Rich, and 9/11. Chapter Eight details the role of B’nai B’rith, the Bolsheviks, Trotskyism, communism, the Federal Reserve, alcohol and prohibition. Harry Hopkins, the birth of Israel, Iran-Contra, the Harriman family, Maurice Tempelsman and, again and again, the famous Felix Przedborski.
Chapter Ten talks about waste criminality, Chapter Eleven tells the amazing story of Major Jordan’s diary, and Chapter Thirteen discusses what happened to the Belgian royals during World War Two. Chapter 14 is about the Nazi underground (treated in much greater detail in other sources) but which mentions that Skorzeny was contracted by Mossad for the killing of a German scientist in 1962, and goes on to mention the influence of the Nazi underground on the history and future of North Africa and the Middle East. This “Geozentrale” is treated in more detail in Chapter 15. We’re talking about the maintenance of the tools and the global export of Nazi modes of terror.
Latin America and Carlos Lehder come into focus in Chapter 16, along with Gehlen, Barbie, and the Belgian drugs-for-arms trade through Antwerp and, soon enough, Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, AIG, Goldman Sachs and the Clintons. Part of the strategy of the Nazi movement in diaspora was the creation of the EU and its binding to the UK.  The Nazi infilitration of the Stasi and the KGB are mentioned, as well as trafficking in gold, artwrok, antiques, cars, drugs, AK-47s and “visas”.  Points of contact were created through the world including Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia and Africa, all with links back to Belgium. Eventually Costa Rica becomes a centerpeice in the network.
Chapter 18 brings the reader through the world of Nazism, Zionism, NATO, terrorism, homosexual practices, pedophilia, Yale, Skull and Bones. mind control, merceneries, mobs, and the rituals of the special operations military community. Kay Griggs is the tour guide.
Chapter 19 introduces The Donald and the threat of the Jewish-Marxist alliance as it teamed up with Freemasonry and Protestantism in their common goal of the abolition of Christianity. Roy Cohn’s role is detailed. The Order of Malta is mentioned, as well as many of its Knights (Gehlen, the Dulles brothers, Bill Casey, William Colby, Clay Shaw, and thrre members of the Bush family). Baron Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola makes a guest appearance on page 173, bringing into focus the theme of an order based on violence, hierarchy, caste, race, myth, religion and ritual.
Chapter Twenty notes Lenin and his book Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, brought into focus in the late 20th century with the reality that “the financial industry had definitely become the dominant force of global economic activity. To make a fortune, you no longer needed to start up a production plant. You simply speculated your way to riches…. Political regimes have become mere instruments of the global banking cartel.  Wherever governments failt to hand over the riches of their nation, politicians are replaced by technocrats [who] “straighten out” things in favor of the banks, while the press and the media are seeing to it that the masses remain largely uninformed and constantly entertained.”
Chapter Twenty-One is about the Muslim connection, the role of Turkic studies expert Gerhard von Mende, as well as Theodor Oberlander (aptly named.., did he date Frau Lebensraum?), who “saw great opportunities in the use of Muslim extremism for the re-unification of Germany and the re-annexation of former German territories”.  Of 9/11, Baeyens says “the 9/11 pictures, masterpieces of Hollywood propaganda, stunning and hypnotizing, were like a mix of cheap Godzilla movie scenes and a TV ad.  Being constantly bombarded with these terrible visual imprints, the public at large, as expected, soon acknowledged two basic facts. First, this was an act of war against America. Second, that Muslim extremists did it….” Further, that the new building, the creation of architect Daniel Libeskind, “could be understood as another Holocaust memorial on US soil, dedicated to the victory of money over truth” and that, post 9/11, the “uncontested state of affairs [of Pax Americana and the US as global enforcer now under attack triggering Article V of the NATO pact] made the acquiescing European nations accomplices of the planned American criminal wars in the Middle East. Finally, Baeyens cites and quotes Max Keiser on the option purchases, ABS, Buzzy Krongard, and Deutsche Bank:

“… the noise which occurred between Baltimore, New York City and Langley was interesting, as you can imagine, to say the least.”

If that’s all too much for you, find and watch this movie:

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http://www.sonyclassics.com/memoryofakiller/

unfamiliar environment unknown dangers

unfamiliar environment unknown dangers

music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OKQkZJJRkA 

As I finished assembling this blog entry, just before titling and adding the music, I thought that it was about our ability to gaze out into the world, and wandered for a while on search engines thinking about hunter-gathers’ vision, forecasting a post-global existence, and reflecting on the fact that I approach the end of a lifetime writing to a world that has, for the most part, and hopefully, only just begun theirs. 

Somewhere in this long pile of offerings is the idea that a purpose of journalism is so that we might make better decisions about our own small existence in a world that is driven for the most part by others with other values and interests than our own

As you read this, you can ask yourself who is aiding and abetting whom and, as Heinlein warns us in a book he wrote in 1955 about the final exam for a high school course to teach what one should do to survive in an unfamiliar environment with unknown dangers and in the midst of political leadership not unlike the type you find where you live, watch out for the stobor.

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The phrase data-driven journalism is used by George Webb in his video series.  When I think of data-driven research and journalism, the first example that comes to my mind is the graphic which represented one example of the data research done by Catherine Austin Fitts that used “software, databases and pricing tools to identify and price existing and pro forma geographic flows of private and public income and investment on an integrated basis”

The shorter and more explicit phrase:

“follow the money”.  

“… Her numbers proved that S&L and HUD fraud were perpetrated by the same networks, in the same places, and involved the same use of federal credit.” 

If you are at all familiar with this remarkable woman, you are familiar with the roller-coaster ride she was taken on from there. If you are not, you can start here or go here or read her own online book Dunwalke

It was there where I discovered this:

http://www.dunwalke.com/images/photos/south_central_los_angeles_housing_map.gif 

 I suspect that, even though she probably does not consider herself a journalist (though her kinship with data and her curiosity have been critical in telling investigative research stories), George Webb once encountered this graphic too and understands the tremendous importance that the graphic has in the history of government-watching.  

The fascinating thing is how the same name pops up as both skeins of data-driven yarn get unraveled. 

Equally of interest is that both queries have to do with tracking the transportation, or trafficking, of things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_tNh0LMEs 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/Data_driven_journalism_process.jpg 

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“According to information architect and multimedia journalist Mirko Lorenz, data-driven journalism is primarily a workflow that consists of the following elements: digging deep into data by scraping, cleansing and structuring it, filtering by mining for specific information, visualizing and making a story.[2] This process can be extended to provide information results that cater to individual interests and the broader public.

Data journalism trainer and writer Paul Bradshaw describes the process of data-driven journalism in a similar manner: data must be found, which may require specialized skills like MySQL or Python, then interrogated, for which understanding of jargon and statistics is necessary, and finally visualized and mashed with the aid of open source tools.[3]

A more results driven definition comes from data reporter and web strategist Henk van Ess (2012).[4]Data-driven journalism enables reporters to tell untold stories, find new angles or complete stories via a workflow of finding, processing and presenting significant amounts of data (in any given form) with or without open source tools.” Van Ess claims that some of the data-driven workflow leads to products that “are not in orbit with the laws of good story telling” because the result emphazes on showing the problem, not explaining the problem. “A good data driven production has different layers. It allows you to find personalized details that are only important for you, by drilling down to relevant details but also enables you to zoom out to get the big picture”.

In 2013, Van Ess came with a shorter definition in [5] that doesn’t involve visualisation per se:

Datajournalism is journalism based on data that has to be processed first with tools before a relevant story is possible.”

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Based on the perspective of looking deeper into facts and drivers of events, there is a suggested change in media strategies: In this view the idea is to move “from attention to trust”. The creation of attention, which has been a pillar of media business models has lost its relevance because reports of new events are often faster distributed via new platforms such as Twitter than through traditional media channels. On the other hand, trust can be understood as a scarce resource.

much more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data-driven_journalism 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zg-C8AAIGg 

Published on Nov 23, 2012

View full lesson: …

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/david-mccandless-the-beauty-of-data-visualization  

David McCandless turns complex data sets, like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates, into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

Talk by David McCandless.

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DataDrivenJournalism.net is a hub for news and resources from the community of journalists, editors, designers and developers who use data to support journalism. The website is part of an European Journalism Centre initiative dedicated to accelerating the diffusion and improving the quality of data journalism around the world. We also run the online course Doing Journalism with Data as well as the School of Data Journalism, and are behind the acclaimed Data Journalism Handbook.

http://datadrivenjournalism.net 

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Data-centric journalism, once the domain of a few computer geeks hunched over in remote corners of the American newsroom, is coming to the forefront. With easier-to-use technology available, more data-savvy journalists are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in their niche. Heartened by social media buzz over such stories and prodded by competition hungry for unique content, news organizations are pouring money into recruiting talent and expanding their menu of stories derived from a mix of sophisticated number crunching, explanatory narratives and interactive graphics that weren’t possible in the old days of print.

“There’s more information now available through more people faster than ever before,” says Almar Latour, executive editor of The Wall Street Journal. “There is a lot more flexibility in displaying and telling stories.”

Data crunchers have been part of newsrooms since the 1980s, as “computer-assisted reporting” gained traction among editors looking to gain an edge. But the lack of computing power, dearth of talent who could handle data and heavy costs kept the endeavor in check….”

More:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/03/16/data-journalism-on-the-rise/6424671/ 

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http://towcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Tow-Center-Data-Driven-Journalism.pdf 

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“… Finally, make sure to share what you’re learning with others. Very often the questions people will ask you show challenges and motivate you to search for the right answers that you hadn’t thought of, increasing your knowledge and encourage you to try different approaches.

What I want to say is: If you want to do data-driven journalism, go ahead and start. Good ways to start learning include online courses, books and tutorials.

If you live in Latin America, you can take advantage of projects like Chicas Poderosas (“Powerful Girls”), which promotes the development of data-driven journalism skills through workshops that connect journalists, developers, designers, animators and storytellers and get them to work together on storytelling projects.

I also recommend global initiatives like Hacks & Hackers, which hosts meetups in many countries in and outside Latin America.

You must also commit to never stop learning. Even after you have developed advanced skills and a deep understanding of the techniques, tools and methodologies of analysis and visualization, there will always be a bigger challenge ahead – bigger datasets, new software to test, new techniques to try and different approaches to generate participation from people for whom your story is important…..”

More here:

https://www.propublica.org/nerds/item/data-driven-journalisms-secrets 

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“… data journalism is the peanut butter to the jelly of open government data releases: Journalists are a crucial component of confirming that the data public officials describe has actually been released in a form and quality that can be consumed….. In the video below, I moderate a Google+ Hangout with several notable practitioners of DDJ. We covered a lot of ground in 53 minutes, discussing what data journalism is, how journalists are applying it, the importance of storytelling, considering ethics, the role of open source software, “showing your work,” and much more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haOc54NmP0k

…. The stories data journalists can tell with these new tools and techniques reach the most aspirational heights available to the profession, revealing the hidden channels of money, power, and influence in society to the public and government, serving as a bulwark to democracy. That does not, however, make it a panacea. Just as data-driven policy can be corrupted by bad data, hidden biases, or mistaken analyses, journalists may also successfully clean and present data but fail to clearly tell a story to readers or wrap it in the necessary context. Skepticism and intellectual rigor becomes more important, not less, if journalists seek to apply a scientific mindset to their work.

While data journalism massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer bonafide new options for distributed learning, they are not a replacement for the experience of the hands-on workshops available to attendees….”

Alex Howard writes about how shifts in technology are changing government and society. A former fellow at Harvard and Columbia, he is the founder of “E Pluribus Unum,” a blog focused on open government and technology.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/data-driven-journalism-fuels-accountability-and-insight-in-the-21st-century/ 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZuNOeii1rs 

Data-Driven journalism for small newsrooms

90 minutes

International Journalism festival

[note that there is no sound for the first 90 seconds]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJyjcVVtrQw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJyjcVVtrQw 

Data journalism tools: maps (beginner) (75 minutes)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HYiV_skkek 

A breathless 25-minute tour of the universe of free software that’s available to help import, summarize, manage, graph and map your data. From statistical analysis in R and Python to geospatial analysis in QGIS, PostGIS, and Spatialite, we’ve got the tools for you.

This session is good for: Journalists held back by a shoestring software budget.

What you need to know: no previous knowledge required.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2zbvmXskSE 

10 minutes

Data-journalists are the new punks:

Simon Rogers at TEDxPantheonSorbonne in Paris the 8/11/12

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY-l9UQpf0Y

10 minutes

Citizen Journalism is Reshaping the World: 

Brian Conley at TEDxMidAtlantic

Brian Conley is director of Small World News and has been involved in media literacy and media democracy work for more than ten years and has trained journalists and citizen media makers in a dozen countries. Brian designed the program and training for IndiaUnheard a national “community news service” comprised of Indian community activists from all over the country, and he led Small World News’ work assisting Pajhwok Afghan News to develop a video service, which expanded the capacity of their provincial journalists to produce quality multimedia journalism. He has designed an array of projects leveraging emerging technologies to develop community media in conflict areas and repressive states.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niJJHZ7cjvo 

Lessons in investigative journalism

Carol Marin at TEDxMidwest (17:46)

Carol Marin, a Veteran Investigative Journalist, taps into her audience’s deeply rooted interest in bad guys and catastrophic events. She is completely captivating as she recounts thrilling tales of organized crime and political corruption in “The Windy City” as well as the fear and chaos of the day she spent rushing toward the falling Twin Towers in New York City.

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http://www.poynter.org/tag/data-driven-journalism/ 

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“Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.”

“Never tell me the odds!” ―C-3PO and Han Solo

Yogi Berra famously threw the fat lady off her stage in 1973 when he said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” With the rise of and reliance upon data-driven modeling of elections and sports we might just as well rephrase it as, “It’s over before it begins.” But we’d be wrong to do so.

Like most oddsmakers going into Super Bowl LI, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com, owned by ESPN, predicted the New England Patriots to win. Going into the half-time as the Falcons were up 28-3, the site gave the Patriots a less than 1 percent chance of winning. FiveThirtyEight tweeted: “That Patriots drive took another 5:07 off the clock and actually dropped their win probability from 1.1% to 0.5%.”

Of course we all know what happened next. In yet another brilliant statistical upset in a year of upsets, the Patriots defied all probability after the half. They scored 25 unanswered points, taking the Super Bowl into an historically uncharted overtime which they then proceeded to win—giving America, and the world at large, a clinic in determination, momentum, and the ability of human beings to surmount even the greatest of statistical odds.

It was a lesson in the value of risk taking and accomplishment; values that were once core elements in the American mythos but that increasingly have fallen out of favor in exchange for the perceived infallibility of data-driven models and analyses.

Since the mainstreaming of data punditry, exemplified by Nate Silver’s meteoric rise and FiveThirtyEight’s hallowed place in the culture, we’ve seen a cultural shift with regard to the use of statistics and data. Big Data, polling, and more specifically, Silver’s predictions, have become the equivalent of a mic-drop in any conversation about sports or politics.

Throughout the election cycle, on TV shows and social media feeds across the country, his pronouncements were treated as sacrosanct papal bulls. His data-driven analysis, whether accurate or not, provided gravitas for those seeking a more commanding way to eviscerate opponents in debate. “Silver gives Hilary a x percent chance to win the election” became the trump card in any conversation.

We’d moved to a point where we seemingly were willing to assign data modeling more value than the possible variances, irrationality and risk-taking inherent in human decision-making. This happened during the Super Bowl just as it happened during the election. In both cases, statistical models were held up as unassailable predictors.

And in both instances, they were wrong.

More here:

https://amgreatness.com/2017/02/07/nate-silver-fetish-data-driven-journalism/ 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYoO2RvZn7Y 

“The Gamma: 

Programming Tools for Data Journalism”

by Tomas Petricek  [38 minutes]

Published on Sep 28, 2015

Computer programming may not be the new literacy, but it is finding its way into many areas of modern society. In this submission, we look at data journalism, which is a discipline combining programming, data analysis and traditional journalism. In short, data journalism turns articles from a mix of text and images into something that is much closer to a computer program.

Most data journalists today use a wide range of tools that involve a number of manual steps. This makes the analysis error prone and hard to reproduce. In this video, we explore the idea of treating a data driven article as an executable program. We look how ideas from programming language research can be used to provide better tools for writing (or programming) such articles, but also to enable novel interactive experience for the reader.

The project also makes data journalism more accountable and reproducible. We let the reader verify how exactly are the visualizations generated, what are the data sources and how are they combined together.

Tomas Petricek

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Tomas is a computer scientist, book author and open-source developer. He wrote a popular book called “Real-World Functional Programming” and is a lead developer of several F# open-source libraries, but he also contributed to the design of the F# language as an intern and consultant at Microsoft Research. He is a partner at fsharpWorks (http://fsharpworks.com) where he provides trainings and consulting services. Tomas recently submitted his PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge focused on types for understanding context usage in programming languages, but his most recent work also includes two essays that attempt to understand programming through the perspective of philosophy of science.

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“Before joining CIR in January of 2008 Rosenthal had done pretty much everything that could be done done in a newspaper: copy-boy, reporter, foreign correspondent, investigative reporting and executive editor. He did not have a ring side seat to the collapse of the newspaper business model, he was in the ring, taking some serious shots. At CIR he is in the forefront of creating a new model for high quality, unique journalism, within the crucial niche of investigative reporting. He believes that the new newsroom must be innovative, risk taking, and nimble. The journalists, the story tellers — and story telling is central — must exist in a symbiosis with the technology wizards. Together they can find the answer to sustainability, audience growth and impact at a time when the credibility of news is under assault. Trustworthy organizations will not only have financial value, they are crucial to democracy.”

Recorded April 2, 2011 at The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, California.

TEDxPresidio – Robert Rosenthal – Investigative journalism in the 21st Century

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgcxYCUmqeo [12 minutes]

 

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The concept of citizen journalism (also known as “public“, “participatory“, “democratic“,[1]guerrilla[2] or “streetjournalism[3]) is based upon public citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.”[4] Similarly, Courtney C. Radsch defines citizen journalism “as an alternative and activist form of newsgathering and reporting that functions outside mainstream media institutions, often as a response to shortcomings in the professional journalistic field, that uses similar journalistic practices but is driven by different objectives and ideals and relies on alternative sources of legitimacy than traditional or mainstream journalism”.[5] Jay Rosen proposes a simpler definition: “When the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another.”[6]

Citizen journalism is not to be confused with community journalism or civic journalism, both of which are practiced by professional journalists. Collaborative journalism is also a separate concept and is the practice of professional and non-professional journalists working together.[7] Similarly, Social Journalism is a separate concept denoting a digital publication with a hybrid of professional and non-professional journalism. Citizen journalism is a specific form of both citizen media and user-generated content. By juxtaposing the term “citizen”, with its attendant qualities of civic-mindedness and social responsibility, with that of “journalism”, which refers to a particular profession, Courtney C. Radsch argues that this term best describes this particular form of online and digital journalism conducted by amateurs, because it underscores the link between the practice of journalism and its relation to the political and public sphere.[8]

New media technology, such as social networking and media-sharing websites, in addition to the increasing prevalence of cellular telephones, have made citizen journalism more accessible to people worldwide. Due to the availability of technology, citizens often can report breaking news more quickly than traditional media reporters. Notable examples of citizen journalism reporting from major world events are, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the 2013 protests in Turkey, the Euromaidan events in Ukraine, and Syrian Civil War and the 2014 Ferguson unrest.

Critics of the phenomenon, including professional journalists[who?], claim that citizen journalism is unregulated, too subjective, amateur, and haphazard in quality and coverage.

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Citizen journalism, as a form of alternative media, presents a “radical challenge to the professionalized and institutionalized practices of the mainstream media”.[9]

According to Terry Flew, there have been three elements critical to the rise of citizen journalism: open publishing, collaborative editing, and distributed content.[10] Mark Glaser, a freelance journalist who frequently writes on new media issues, said in 2006:[11]

The idea behind citizen journalism is that people without professional journalism training can use the tools of modern technology and the global distribution of the Internet to create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others. For example, you might write about a city council meeting on your blog or in an online forum. Or you could fact-check a newspaper article from the mainstream media and point out factual errors or bias on your blog. Or you might snap a digital photo of a newsworthy event happening in your town and post it online. Or you might videotape a similar event and post it on a site such as YouTube.

The accessibility of online media has also enhanced the interest for journalism among youth and many websites, like ‘Far and Wide’ a publication focusing on travel and international culture,[12] as well as WorldWeekly a news blog covering a range of topics from world politics to science,[13] are founded and run by students.

In What is Participatory Journalism?,[14] J. D. Lasica classifies media for citizen journalism into the following types:

1Audience participation (such as user comments attached to news stories, personal blogs, photographs or video footage captured from personal mobile cameras, or local news written by residents of a community)

2Independent news and information Websites (Consumer Reports, the Drudge Report)

3Full-fledged participatory news sites (one:convo, NowPublic, OhmyNews, DigitalJournal.com, GroundReport, ‘Fair Observer’

4Collaborative and contributory media sites (Slashdot, Kuro5hin, Newsvine)

5Other kinds of “thin media” (mailing lists, email newsletters)

6Personal broadcasting sites (video broadcast sites such as KenRadio)

The literature of citizen, alternative, and participatory journalism is most often situated in a democratic context and theorized as a response to corporate news media dominated by an economic logic. Some scholars have sought to extend the study of citizen journalism beyond the Western, developed world, including Sylvia Moretzsohn,[15] Courtney C. Radsch,[16] and Clemencia Rodríguez.[17] Radsch, for example, wrote that “Throughout the Arab world, citizen journalists have emerged as the vanguard of new social movements dedicated to promoting human rights and democratic values.”[18]

Versus “grassroots media”[edit]

One criticism of the term “citizen journalism” to describe this concept is that the word “citizen” has a conterminous relation to the nation-state. The fact that many millions of people are considered stateless and often, are without citizenship (such as refugees or immigrants without papers) limits the concept to those recognised only by governments. Additionally, the global nature of many participatory media initiatives, such as the Independent Media Center, makes talking of journalism in relation to a particular nation-state largely redundant as its production and dissemination do not recognise national boundaries. Some additional names given to the concept based on this analysis are, “grassroots media,” “people’s media,” or “participatory media.”

Relationship to local journalism[edit]

Criticisms have been made against citizen journalism, especially from among professionals in the field. Citizen journalists are often portrayed as unreliable, biased and untrained – as opposed to professionals who have “recognition, paid work, unionized labour and behaviour that is often politically neutral and unaffiliated, at least in the claim if not in the actuality”.[19] Citizen journalists gather material by being on the streets. Their tools can be narrowed down to a camera, social media and an instinct to start recording whenever something seems newsworthy or out of order. Much of their knowledge regarding the issues that are raised are obtained through their experience as a part of the community.

However, some major news reporting agencies, threatened by the speed with which news is reported and delivered by citizen journalism, have launched campaigns to bring in readers and financial support. For example, Bill Johnson, president of Embarcadero Media, which publishes several northern California newspapers, issued an online statement asking readers to subscribe to local newspapers in order to keep them financially solvent. Johnson put special emphasis on the critical role played by local newspapers, which, he argues, “reflect the values of the residents and businesses, challenge assumptions, and shine a light on our imperfections and aspirations.”[20]

History[edit]

The idea that every citizen can engage in acts of journalism has a long history in the United States. The contemporary citizen journalist movement emerged after journalists began to question the predictability of their coverage of events such as the 1988 U.S. presidential election. Those journalists became part of the public, or civic, journalism movement, which sought to counter the erosion of trust in the news media and the widespread disillusionment with politics and civic affairs.[21][22][23]

Initially, discussions of public journalism focused on promoting journalism that was “for the people” by changing the way professional reporters did their work. According to Leonard Witt, however, early public journalism efforts were “often part of ‘special projects’ that were expensive, time-consuming, and episodic. Too often these projects dealt with an issue and moved on. Professional journalists were driving the discussion. They would have the goal of doing a story on welfare-to-work (or the environment, or traffic problems, or the economy), and then they would recruit a cross-section of citizens and chronicle their points of view. Since not all reporters and editors bought into this form of public journalism, and some outright opposed it, reaching out to the people from the newsroom was never an easy task.” By 2003, in fact, the movement seemed to be petering out, with the Pew Center for Civic Journalism closing its doors.

With today’s technology the citizen journalist movement has found new life as the average person can capture news and distribute it globally. As Yochai Benkler has noted, “the capacity to make meaning – to encode and decode humanly meaningful statements – and the capacity to communicate one’s meaning around the world, are held by, or readily available to, at least many hundreds of millions of users around the globe.”[24] Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea, a constitutional law professor at Boston College, notes in her article, Citizen Journalism and the Reporter’s Privilege, that:[25]

[i]n many ways, the definition of “journalist” has now come full circle. When the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was adopted, “freedom of the press” referred quite literally to the freedom to publish using a printing press, rather than the freedom of organized entities engaged in the publishing business. The printers of 1775 did not exclusively publish newspapers; instead, in order to survive financially they dedicated most of their efforts printing materials for paying clients. The newspapers and pamphlets of the American Revolutionary era were predominantly partisan and became even more so through the turn of the century. They engaged in little news gathering and instead were predominantly vehicles for opinion.

The passage of the term “journalism” into common usage in the 1830s occurred at roughly the same time that newspapers, using high speed rotary steam presses, began mass circulation throughout the eastern United States. Using the printing press, newspapers could distribute exact copies to large numbers of readers at a low incremental cost. In addition, the rapidly increasing demand for advertising for brand-name products fueled the creation of publications subsidized, in large part, by advertising revenue. It was not until the late nineteenth century that the concept of the “press” metamorphized into a description of individuals and companies engaged in an often-competitive commercial media enterprise.

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Citizen journalists[edit]

According to Jay Rosen, citizen journalists are “the people formerly known as the audience,” who “were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very loudly while the rest of the population listened in isolation from one another— and who today are not in a situation like that at all. … The people formerly known as the audience are simply the public made realer, less fictional, more able, less predictable.”[37]

Abraham Zapruder, who filmed the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy with a home-movie camera, is sometimes presented as an ancestor to citizen journalists.[38] Egyptian citizen Wael Abbas was awarded several international reporting prizes for his blog Misr Digital (Digital Egypt) and a video he publicized of two policemen beating a bus driver helped lead to their conviction.[39]

Public Journalism is now being explored via new media, such as the use of mobile telephones. Mobile telephones have the potential to transform reporting and places the power of reporting in the hands of the public. Mobile telephony provides low-cost options for people to set up news operations.[citation needed]

During 9/11 many eyewitness accounts of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center came from citizen journalists. Images and stories from citizen journalists close to the World Trade Center offered content that played a major role in the story.[40][41]

In 2004, when the 9.1-magnitude underwater earthquake caused a huge tsunami in Banda Aceh Indonesia and across the Indian Ocean, a weblog-based virtual network of previously unrelated bloggers emerged that covered the news in real-time, and became a vital source for the traditional media for the first week after the tsunami.[42] A large amount of news footage from many people who experienced the tsunami was widely broadcast,[43](subscription required) as well as a good deal of “on the scene” citizen reporting and blogger analysis that was subsequently picked up by the major media outlets worldwide.[42] Subsequent to the citizen journalism coverage of the disaster and aftermath, researchers have suggested that citizen journalists may, in fact, play a critical role in the disaster warning system itself, potentially with higher reliability than the networks of tsunami warning equipment based on technology alone which then require interpretation by disinterested third parties.[44]

The microblog Twitter played an important role during the 2009 Iranian election protests, after foreign journalists had effectively been “barred from reporting”. Twitter delayed scheduled maintenance during the protests that would have shut down coverage in Iran due to the role it played in public communication.[45]

Sometimes citizen journalists are, at the same time, bloggers and after some time they often become professional journalists, just as[when?] Paweł Rogaliński, a prized[by whom?] Polish blogger and journalist did.[citation needed]

Criticisms[edit]

Objectivity[edit]

Citizen journalists also may be activists within the communities they write about. This has drawn some criticism from traditional media institutions such as The New York Times, which have accused proponents of public journalism of abandoning the traditional goal of objectivity. Many traditional journalists view citizen journalism with some skepticism, believing that only trained journalists can understand the exactitude and ethics involved in reporting news. See, e.g., Nicholas Lemann, Vincent Maher, and Tom Grubisich.

An academic paper by Vincent Maher, the head of the New Media Lab at Rhodes University, outlined several weaknesses in the claims made by citizen journalists, in terms of the “three deadly E’s”, referring to ethics, economics, and epistemology. The paper has been criticized in the press and blogosphere.[46]

An analysis by language and linguistics professor, Patricia Bou-Franch, found that some citizen journalists resorted to abuse-sustaining discourses naturalizing violence against women. She found that these discourses were then challenged by others who questioned the gendered ideologies of male violence against women.[47]

Quality[edit]

An article in 2005 by Tom Grubisich reviewed ten new citizen journalism sites and found many of them lacking in quality and content.[48] Grubisich followed up a year later with, “Potemkin Village Redux.”[49] He found that the best sites had improved editorially and were even nearing profitability, but only by not expensing editorial costs. Also according to the article, the sites with the weakest editorial content were able to expand aggressively because they had stronger financial resources.

Another article published on Pressthink examined Backfence, a citizen journalism site with three initial locations in the D.C. area, which reveals that the site has only attracted limited citizen contributions.[50] The author concludes that, “in fact, clicking through Backfence’s pages feels like frontier land -– remote, often lonely, zoned for people but not home to any. The site recently launched for Arlington, Virginia. However, without more settlers, Backfence may wind up creating more ghost towns.”

David Simon, a former Baltimore Sun reporter and writer-producer of the popular television series, “The Wire,” criticized the concept of citizen journalism—claiming that unpaid bloggers who write as a hobby cannot replace trained, professional, seasoned journalists.

“I am offended to think that anyone, anywhere believes American institutions as insulated, self-preserving and self-justifying as police departments, school systems, legislatures and chief executives can be held to gathered facts by amateurs pursuing the task without compensation, training or for that matter, sufficient standing to make public officials even care to whom it is they are lying to.”

An editorial published by The Digital Journalist web magazine expressed a similar position, advocating to abolish the term “citizen journalist”, and replacing it with “citizen news gatherer”.

“Professional journalists cover fires, floods, crime, the legislature, and the White House every day. There is either a fire line or police line, or security, or the Secret Service who allow them to pass upon displaying credentials vetted by the departments or agencies concerned. A citizen journalist, an amateur, will always be on the outside of those lines.

Imagine the White House throwing open its gates to admit everybody with a camera phone to a presidential event.”[51]

While the fact that citizen journalists can report in real time and are not subject to oversight opens them to criticism about the accuracy of their reporting, news stories presented by mainstream media also misreport facts occasionally that are reported correctly by citizen journalists. As low as 32% of the American population have a fair amount of trust in the media.[52]

Legal repercussions[edit]

Edward Greenberg, a New York City litigator,[53] notes higher vulnerability of unprofessional journalists in court compared to the professional ones:

“So-called shield laws, which protect reporters from revealing sources, vary from state to state. On occasion, the protection is dependent on whether the person [who] asserted the claim is in fact a journalist. There are many cases at both the state and federal levels where judges determine just who is/is not a journalist. Cases involving libel often hinge on whether the actor was or was not a member of the “press”.”[51]

The view stated above does not mean that professional journalists are fully protected by shield laws. In the 1972 Branzburg v. Hayes case the Supreme Court of the United States invalidated the use of the First Amendment as a defense for reporters summoned to testify before a grand jury. In 2005, the reporter’s privilege of Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper was rejected by the appellate court.

Proponents and facilitators[edit]

Dan Gillmor, former technology columnist with the San Jose Mercury News, is one of the foremost proponents of citizen journalism, and founded a nonprofit, the Center for Citizen Media,[54] to help promote it. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation‘s French-language television network also has organized a weekly public affairs program called, “5 sur 5”, which has been organizing and promoting citizen-based journalism since 2001. On the program, viewers submit questions on a wide variety of topics, and they, accompanied by staff journalists, get to interview experts to obtain answers to their questions.[citation needed]

Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, was one of public journalism’s earliest proponents. From 1993 to 1997, he directed the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation and housed at NYU. He also currently runs the PressThink weblog.

Professor Charles Nesson, William F. Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, chairs the Advisory Board for Jamaican citizen journalism startup On the Ground News Reports.[55]

One of the leading proponents for citizen journalism in Australia is Margo Kingston, author and former political journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Kingston launched one of the world’s first mainstream citizen journalism platforms, Webdiary, in 2000, well before the New York Times, Washington Post and The Guardian. Kingston resigned from Webdiary in 2005 but the site continues and has been preserved in Pandora, Australia’s National Web Archive. After a period of retirement, Kingston returned to citizen journalism in 2013 by co-publishing a new site No Fibs. It was on this site that Kingston published an exclusive story that the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, had inappropriately claimed expenses for promoting his book.[56]

In March 2014, blogger and novelist James Wesley Rawles launched a web site that provides free press credentials for citizen journalists called the Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA).[57][58] According to David Sheets of the Society for Professional Journalists, Rawles keeps no records on who gets these credentials.[57]

Maurice Ali, a citizen journalist from Canada, founded one of the first international citizen journalist associations called the International Association of Independent Journalists Inc. (IAIJ) in 2003. The association through its President (Maurice Ali) have published studies and articles on citizen journalism, attended and spoken at UNESCO[59] and United Nations events[60][61] as advocates of citizen journalism worldwide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_journalism 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czLI3oLDe8M 

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Published on Oct 31, 2014

Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data

Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Knight Management Center – Cemex Auditorium

641 Knight Way, Stanford, CA

A machine learning approach inspired by the human brain, Deep Learning is taking many industries by storm. Empowered by the latest generation of commodity computing, Deep Learning begins to derive significant value from Big Data. It has already radically improved the computer’s ability to recognize speech and identify objects in images, two fundamental hallmarks of human intelligence.

Industry giants such as Google, Facebook, and Baidu have acquired most of the dominant players in this space to improve their product offerings. At the same time, startup entrepreneurs are creating a new paradigm, Intelligence as a Service, by providing APIs that democratize access to Deep Learning algorithms. Join us on September 16, 2014 to learn more about this exciting new technology and be introduced to some of the new application domains, the business models, and the key players in this emerging field.

Moderator

Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ Ventures

Panelists

Adam Berenzweig, Co-founder and CTO, Clarifai

Naveen Rao, Co-founder and CEO, Nervana Systems

Elliot Turner, Founder and CEO, AlchemyAPI

Ilya Sutskever, Research Scientist, Google Brain

Demo Companies**:

Clarifai | SkyMind | Ersatz Labs | AlchemyAPI

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One of the fascinating things about the reading I have done for the past twelve years is the continual presence of the term enterprise software; some examples include the whole story, several books, and multiple articles about PROmis, the descriptions by Indira Singh and Richard Andrew Grove relative to 9/11( https://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20100305_911_whistleblowers.htm ) (but read this https://realitybloger.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/spin-job-the-odd-case-of-richard-andrew-grove/ ), and now this (which I do not suggest was involved in either of those yarns). 

 

YARN is the architectural center of Hadoop that allows multiple data processing engines such as interactive SQL, real-time streaming, data science and batch processing to handle data stored in a single platform, unlocking an entirely new approach to analytics.

More here:

http://hortonworks.com/apache/yarn/ 

music: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAoty-WyX0U 

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Political Networking (how social networking is changing politics forever)

Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now.  A simple proof:  Trump wouldn’t be in the White House without it.

But where is political networking taking us?  That’s the BIG question. I’ve been doing lots of thinking about this (it’s going into my book). Here’s my shorthand for where our political system is headed. We have three political networks to choose from:

1 Insurgency

2 Orthodoxy

3 Participatory

Insurgency

Trump used an open source insurgency (I first wrote about this back in 2004) to become president. This insurgency didn’t just with the election, it:

•blew up both the Republican and Democrat parties

•did it without much organization or advertisement spending

•accomplished it despite vocal and strident opposition from the entire media establishment (from NY to Hollywood), all of academia, and most of Silicon Valley

Trump’s insurgency worked like open source insurgencies in the past (from the Iraq war to Egypt/Tunisia).

•An open source insurgency is a loose network (meshed) that is composed of many individuals and small groups working independently, but united by a single purpose (in this case: electing Trump).

•Open source insurgencies are much more innovative than their bureaucratic counterparts. They constantly coming up with and trying out new ideas. For example: the seventy to one hundred groups in the Iraqi insurgency rolled out new innovations (tactics to weapons) in days, while it took months for the US military to counter them.

•Trump accelerated and directed this insurgency by interacting with it.  For example, he accelerate the innovation of the insurgency by paying attention to it (read Gustavo’s essay for more). Tweets and media mentions incentivised innovation and spread new ideas across the insurgency in minutes (not days/weeks).   Trump also selected targets for the insurgency. In many, many instances, Trump directed the insurgency to silence individuals in the opposition through a torrent of online/offline abuse.

Trump’s currently trying to adapt this insurgency to govern.  Where will it take us? Early results suggest that Trump’s insurgency is better suited for dismantling a large, bureaucratic government and international order than running it. It’s also the type of network that will erode the rule of law over time.

Orthodoxy

The second form of political social networking I’m seeing is found in the opposition to Trump’s presidency.  Right now, it’s known as the #resistance   The orthodoxy wasn’t planned, it:

•arose out of the ashes of the political parties and it is growing without any formal leadership

•is ALREADY firmly in control of nearly all public forums

•enforces opposition to Trump

The orthodoxy is an open source insurgency in reverse.  It uses social networking to crack down on deviation and dissent.

•The orthodoxy is tightly interconnected network that uses social networking to exert pressure on people to accept the orthodox position (in this case: #resistance to Trump).

•Online orthodoxies grow through peer pressure and disconnecting deviants from the network.  It doesn’t innovate.  It rejects, cajoles, and pillories.

•This online orthodoxy is growing at an accelerated pace because Trump feeds the outrage that fuels it.

How will an orthodox network govern?  It will eventually formalize compliance with the orthodoxy. Compliance, evidenced by a long social networking history, will qualify people for positions of authority and power. Any deviation will result in bans, loss of income, etc. until the target repents.  This orthodoxy will work in parallel to the rule of law and likely exceed its coercive power over time.

Participatory

This form of social networking doesn’t have an example in the US yet.

•The Movement 5 Star in Italy is a political party run as a social network.  It is running number one in the polls, has mayor in Rome and Turin, and recently deposed the Prime Minister.

•The political representatives the M5S sends to Rome must vote the way the party tells them to vote.  They aren’t independent.

•The M5S is a participatory political party.  The people in the party debate the issues and vote on how their representatives should vote in Rome.

The participatory party is still young, but it combines the fluidity of the “insurgency” with the solidarity of “orthodoxy.”

•A participatory party could be run as a cell phone app.  This would allow it to scale… to 70 plus million members is possible.

•Unlike current political parties, this party wouldn’t just vote every 2 years to elect candidates.  It would operate continuously.  Voting on all major issues.

•A participatory party could arise independently, growing virally, or it could coopt an existing political party from the inside out.

How would a participatory network govern?  Unlike the other systems, it has the best chance of working within the confines of the current US Constitution.  It also has the strength to tame political distortions caused by globalization without resorting to the extremes of either the orthodoxy or the insurgency.

My bet is on a participatory political system made possible by social networking.  It’s the best chance for a better future.  A system where we put social networking to work for us instead of against us.

Of course, the reality is probably something different: we’re prepping for a civil war.

Sincerely,

John Robb

Posted by John Robb on Friday, 10 February 2017 at 05:13 PM | Permalink

Webb’s Braverman videos

Webb’s Braverman videos

There is a growing awareness in the world about the video series that has been put together by one fellow named George Webb.

As was said at Occurrences  previously,

Essential viewing: this and/or any segment in an ongoing series of analyses by George Webb in which he identifies the formulaic connections between Syria, Haiti, the Clinton Foundation, Petraeus, oil deals, pipelines, rat lines, weapons sales, regime toppling, and human trafficking.

Or you can read about it in The Captain’s Journal.

 

music:

Mark Lettieri Group: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Uptown Jazz Dallas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qislIOSqRx4

 

I have caught a few of the most recent ones and watched enough to know that there is something here to which Americans must pay attention, particularly those still concerned about liberty, the Republic, governmental transparency, the free press, and the Bill of Rights. 

The work stands on its own merits simply in terms of depth, perserverance, etc.,, but also in the fact that he has created and placed on line a complete set of slides that he uses in the tapes, as well as more information on his sources (slide #73, expanded below for readability).

George Webb posted 3 weeks ago

I am going to throw some dead man switch info out there just in case. I’m George Webb Sweigert from Portland, Oregon. If the videos stop, check the news and carry on the torch.

https://www.blogger.com/profile/14616689288744868067

 

Here is George’s full YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/georgwebb 

 

I have not yet watched all of these; I’ve been busy compiling, for my own benefit and use by others, a complete list of available videos.  Some of them are longer than others; on some days, he makes as many as three to five videos. They are numbered for both day (the first number) and order (the second number). So, for example, the fifth video on day #12 wouild show up as [5/12].

It’s been said, perhaps erroneously, that some of the videos were disappearing, which is why I made this compilation. I do not know the date or the number of the very first video.  There is progression over time as more and more information came to light. The collection of information and its analysis continue.

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1X2ZNdpHMx23Nm-pGZULrBbU6SxpfiNMId6KXqe3deIE/edit#slide=id.g1906d72a88_0_0  [slides]

 

slide #73 exploded for readability

James Risen, NYT, Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize Winner,

FOX news – Brett Baier, Gregg Jarrett, Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne,

Wikileaks, Judicial Watch

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/05/doj-abruptly-drops-case-against-gun-runner-who-threatened-to-reveal-clintons-libya-dealings.htm l

Did Braverman Figure Out Clinton Foundation Was An Arms Merchant and Oil Broker?

Were the 1,000 Hidden Donation Funneled Through Giustra Enterprise Partnership to avoid the eyes of Eric Braverman?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/1100-donors-to-a-canadian-charity-tied-to-clinton-foundation-remain-secret/2015/04/28/c3c0f374-edbc-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html?utm_term=.69c48ae5db68

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-29/clinton-foundation-failed-to-disclose-1-100-foreign-donations

Tulsi Gabbard – US Directly and Indirectly Funding ISIS

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Says The U.S. Government Is Directly Funding… https://youtu.be/_qdf2WH4g9k  via @YouTube

Obama to Directly Supply ISIS?

http://uawire.org/news/president-barack-obama-lifted-restrictions-on-the-supply-of-weapons-to-us-allies-in-syria

Did Hillary Go After Libya’s $30B?

Drumheller Blumenthal Documents 2012

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1697077-3.html#document/p1

Drumheller Blumenthal Germany, South Korea,  Algeria, Magreb, Libya Documents – 2013

https://cryptome.org/2015/03/guccifer-drumheller-blumenthal-memos.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/16/world/africa/16libya.html

Judicial Watch Asks For Videos of CF FBI Testimony

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/12/clinton-email-depositions-release-judicial-watch-23221 3

Libya’s Current Civil War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Civil_War_(2014%E2%80%93present)

Are CF Donations Stinger Sales?

Sid Was Emailed The Coup Plans For South Sudan

http://observer.com/2016/01/hillarys-emailgate-goes-nuclear/

2016 UN Report on Recovered Weapons Libya – Dolarian Bouncing Beatties APMs

http://www.derechos.org/peace/libya/doc/unlby23.html

Hillary Gave Joe Wilson’s Company Symbion Lucrative Contract

http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/03/after-an-email-to-hillary-company-directed-by-ambassador-joe-wilson-was-awarded-africa-contract/2/

Sid Blumenthal Had a Financial Stake in Mercenary Group

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425295/gowdy-sidney-blumenthal-sent-classified-info-lobbied-clinton-profit-libya

Clinton Sent Dozens of Classified Reports to Mercenaries

https://www.propublica.org/article/private-emails-reveal-ex-clinton-aides-secret-spy-network

Hillary Clinton Had SAP and SCI Top Secret Info Reclassified

http://observer.com/2016/09/emailgate-and-the-mystery-of-the-missing-gamma/

National Review Article on Clinton Foundation Donors

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419791/clinton-foundation-reeks-crooks-thieves-and-hoods-deroy-murdock

Did Hillary Delay Boko Haram Terror Designation?

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/05/did-clinton-foundation-donor-get-hillary-to-delay-boko-haram-terror-designation/

Hillary Forces Out Kenya Ambassador To Open Somalia Off Shore Oil Leases

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Tensions-Spike-As-Kenya-And-Somalia-Battle-For-Oil-Rich-Offshore-Blocks.html

Some Nigerian Army Officers Selling Arms to Boko Haram

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-09-04/nigerian-military-some-officers-selling-arms-to-boko-haram

Same Qatar Individuals That Gave To Clinton Foundation Gave To ISIS

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/julian-assange-clinton-foundation-isis-same-money-saudi-arabia-qatar-funding-a7397211.html

UN Security Council Libya Panel On Recovery of Libya Weapons

http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/s_2016_209.pdf

Charles Ortel – UNITAID (21 minute mark)

http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/05/clinton-foundation-is-the-largest-unprosecuted-charity-fraud-ever-video/

How the Hillary Email Case, Huma Email Case, the Clinton Foundation investigations, the Mark Turi Stingers from Libya to Benghazi Case, and the David Petraeus Sex Scandal Case are all pieces of the Same Puzzle.

New York Times – Timber Sycamore

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/world/middleeast/us-relies-heavily-on-saudi-money-to-support-syrian-rebels.html?_r=0

NYT – Libya Arms Supplied Syrian Rebels

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/middleeast/cia-arms-for-syrian-rebels-supplied-black-market-officials-say.html

1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State, FBI files show

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/22/1000-clinton-petraeus-emails-missing-from-records-sent-to-state-fbi-files-show.html

An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/an-attempted-hillary-email-coverup/article/2004907

TRUMP TO PRESSURE FOREIGN LEADERS TO PROBE CLINTON FOUNDATION

http://www.infowars.com/trump-to-pressure-foreign-leaders-to-probe-clinton-foundation/

Judicial Watch Asks Federal Court to Find Government Misconduct in Clinton Email Scandal, Force Release of Documents

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-asks-federal-court-find-government-misconduct-clinton-email-scandal-force-release-documents/

NATO has 10,000 Stingers Missing

In addition, George has appeared on a number of radio shows; where they have been found, those links appear as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc8jMrce7mE

George Webb on the Max Igan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcBwXC6xrU

George Webb on the Jeff Rense Show

 

Here is the list of individual videos (oldest show number last, but first show part first); in some cases, the numbering is erratic.  Hopefully I have not erred by mixing things up.

I’m not sure when Webb started the series, despite the numbered-day titling (a la the birth of ABC’s Nightline/Ted Koppel show); if you have found one of the missing shows, please send its link to me via http://www.thesullenbell.com/contact/.

 

Note that each YouTube video carries comments from viewers as well as further notes.

 

If you have comments about the nature and quality of Webb’s work and analysis,

feel free to comment on the newest YouTube videos or by using  http://www.thesullenbell.com/contact/

 

Format: htt#YouTube link [series #/part #]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_E4tW1fq-k [83/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-JeR-J8bTE [82/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tAhMlBCEc [82/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJNpf5GIvZg&feature=em-uploademail [82/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1955PlW3Nbs [81/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVOM0mdWnc8 [81/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RiPfG1miG8 [81/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-km5K9uOQw [81/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfinFUWIH6s [80/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RuZKVxt6fg [80/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyOXw2dtb-o [80/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCcSrCng8Rg [80/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADVVhtwumIE [79/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JscBxQCcRwU [79/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-zlUhrGyvo [78/1]

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/survivor-of-child-sex-traffickers-wants-to-help-others-still-being-exploited

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMJutrdWxsE [78/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMdaCwEpCYk [77/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYAN-9Lg6iw

George Webb on the Richie Allen Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5DvITArYl0 [77/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp144GSAANI [77/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU72gYydjk [76/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzvGNmpM1to [76/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU72gYydjk [76/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REgyxQrzwk4 [76/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu8zYltSvKE&t=32s [76/5]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu8zYltSvKE [76/5]*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StN7y3SPsAU [76/6]

* It is not known yet if this is a duplicate or was re-taped to replace one taken down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yisqDe7lmoA  [75/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3vL1csT3yI [75/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73OqOGZCriU [74/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDJB26FJOlk [74/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T7o5BhARTY [73/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk0tcW6DWUA [73/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9zyaHDfrB0 [72]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpwXb__QNps [71]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vam6qxfQrgA [70/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlLN2wUaXwA [70/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjnAcacvsOA [70/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6gvBEutuRM [69]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUvoOVYjNuE [68/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTNPN0snwEU [68/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3mwF1W_jnI [67/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSjcaCbOpZQ [67/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWItaf3JlAM [67/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNZVLs5rL5E [66]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44zXm1EdVmw [66/Erdogan]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-huk9-kIU0 [66/2 Arms & Oil]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BveyoMUeprs [66/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UVkkLCrj3w [65/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjhfXhTVjJ4 [65/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvW4k3hDfLQ [65/3, researcher version]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiXyk7G6GRE [65/4]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4nQdCMic0 [64]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q3i_fH4RXk [63/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bV_vAn9hys [63/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgzFdmldoFs [63/3]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfxdl-Rw4p0 [62]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlUBZ89Zvj0 [62, again?]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWl_6SOX4i4 [61]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECJhrDoA6Ms [61, too]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO4zw_dJScM [60]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrhV1POBGus [59]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-BYdDRbug0 [59, late edition]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xja4KYUa22A [58]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuLs9VIf55U [57/1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivw8v4a1gAs [57/2]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NQqHuQgSYw [56]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9VyrKB88DM [55]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc45mbeAMNI [54]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCTzFNrsKns [53]

At this point in the progression, the shows could not be found on the Webb Channel; #’s 46-52 showed up as mirrors on another channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyie4wZ2ZQw [52]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p82gGwmfFVk [51]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Q5ZxQ5KYM [50]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUQRBH-cgNs [49]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrKWpnw4Voc [48]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy0yj3pKC-Q [47]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsmxkQYN0KY [46]

From here on, shows became exceedingly difficult to find in series; these were mirrored on a third channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfFcHiDC0m8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [John Shedlock]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOorF8cjiK8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=18 [45, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5PZD1VCgQw&index=17&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [43, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqnKLJhe8g&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=16 [42, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV7UJ2ZbJSs&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=15 [[40, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYBkOFVY6vM&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=12 [35, mirrored from RU12]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MDiu32qQMQ&index=11&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [34]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nqXNj9RpTA&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=10 [33]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86XRMFGaUk&index=9&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [32]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkN0bHdvEX0&index=8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [31]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KOY6muWUWA&index=7&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [30]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqqwS0N9Ppc&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=6 [29]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmAH4sSGHKE&index=5&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [27]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3dXhJmgN1I&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=4 [26]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifuprc_WeQY&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI&index=3 [25]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fYCQV2I_ew&index=2&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [24]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfFcHiDC0m8&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [23]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh9l3VTAukQ&index=14&list=PLW3bSsM6ASVx4XIrbR4e8Cq_h10CGpEOI [20, mirrored from RU12]

“Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for January 2014”

BoilingFrogPost Exclusive Report

A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for January 2014

CHRISTIAN SORENSEN | FEBRUARY 13, 2014

DOD spent $15,530,647,963+ on 186 individual contracts in January 2014 

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $15,530,647,963 on 186 individual contracts during January 2014.

SALIENT CONTRACTS

Agentase LLC received $11,206,720 to support DARPA’s In Vivo Nanoplatforms program (IVN), which seeks to develop new classes of adaptable nanoparticles for persistent, distributed, unobtrusive physiologic and environmental sensing, and treatment of physiologic abnormalities, illness and infectious disease.

Airtec, Inc. received $9,477,860 to provide ISR services (utilizing two contractor-owned/operated aircraft, with government furnished property previously installed on the aircraft) for USSOUTHCOM in Bogota, Columbia.

Conti Federal Services, Inc.; Cosmopolitan Inc.; CT JV; M+W U.S., Inc.; Nibor Enterprises, Inc.; Oxford Construction of PA, Inc. received $24,975,000 for construction projects in Israel.

Foresight Renewable Solutions, LLC (FRSOL) received $7,000,000,000 for use in completing and awarding power purchase agreement task orders.

L-3 received $10,000,000 for commercial tubes to improve USSOCOM lighting capabilities. L-3 received $10,000,000 for commercial lighting tubes for USSOCOM. One bid was solicited with one received.

NEK Services, Inc. received $8,232,079 to provide instructors and role players to support the Joint Exploitation Training Center [PDF, p. 7 of 11], C. Company, 6th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg. This was awarded per FAR 8.405-6.

UNMANNED SYSTEMS

L-3 received $17, 611,443 for supplies and services associated with Surface Terminal Equipment for Hawklink Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) and the LCS configurations, and the Vortex Mini-TCDL Shipset components in support of the VTOL Fire Scout MQ-8B/8C.

Law Company Inc. received $20,078,900 to construct a UAV hanger at Ft. Riley.

Northrop Grumman received $36,294,099 for logistics and engineering support for the Hunter UAS in Afghanistan and Sierra Vista, AZ.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

American International Contractors, Inc. received $9,788,000 for construction of the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) including a warehouse and HQ at Mina Salman, Bahrain.

AMI Industries, Inc. received $8,817,781 to install aircraft ejection seats for Oman and Iraq. This is a sole-source acquisition.

B3H Corp. received $6,856,100 for English language instructors and training using DLI-ELC courseware and methodology at King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran.

Lockheed Martin received $48,900,000 to provide Norway with return/repair support, spares, engineering, reps and modification for C-130J aircraft.

Raytheon received $10,510,029 to provide Denmark with 9 multi-spectral targeting systems (MTS) for MH-60R/S helicopters. This was not a full and open competition, per FAR 6.302-1.

United Technologies received $183,000,000 for work on Saudi Arabia’s Air Force DB110 Reconnaissance System [PDF]. This includes in-country setup, installation, ground stations, and pod survey studies.

United Technologies received $33,884,559 to remanufacture F-100-PW-100/200/220/220E/229 engine modules for Chile, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Taiwan, Greece and Indonesia.

MISSILES, ROCKETS & BOMBS

BAE Systems received $19,273,217 for MK 41 vertical launching system (VLS) canister production, which includes 89 MK 21 MOD 3 (SM-6) canisters, coding plugs, explosive bolts, and impulse cartridges. Lockheed Martin received $9,710,890 to produce MK 41 VLS AEGIS modernization module electronics. Lockheed Martin received $14,432,389 for one Mission Signal Processor suite and two array simulator cabinets for the Aegis Training & Readiness Center (ATRC).

GTI Systems received $78,200,000 for practice bombs and accoutrements.

Lockheed Martin received $31,674,868 to support Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) flight test activities using LMSSC developed target hardware. Lockheed Martin received $20,618,247 for engineering, manufacturing, risk reduction, technical maturity efforts on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program.

Raytheon received $107,918,011 for work on the Patriot missile system. Raytheon received $156,000,000 for eight SM-3 Block IB missiles and “all up round build up.”

Raytheon received $17,257,960 for 28 LAU-115D/A missile launchers for Australia and 64 LAU-116-B/A missile launchers for the U.S. Navy (34 missiles – $5,819,780; 34 percent) and Australia (30 missiles – $11,438,180; 66 percent) in support of F/A-18E/F and EA-18G.

Raytheon received $52,084,929 for engineering and technical support to Phalanx, SeaRAM, and C-RAM required for maintenance, reliability, and improvements.

TASC Inc. received $6,933,916 for R&D on the Solid Rocket Motor Modernization Study, which includes investigating propulsion options and impacts for replacement or modernization of the Minuteman III.

SPACE, CYBER, IT & COMMS

Ball Aerospace received $9,133,111 for Advanced Laser Effects Research branch (ALTER) to advance laser weapon vulnerability research. Deliverables include: beam train work, test layout design, hardware fabrication, diagnostic instrumentation, raw data collection and documentation, and incidental programming.

Booz Allen Hamilton received $12,502,113 for program and financial management and administrative services in the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) office. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

General Dynamics received $6,886,969 to design and develop a CAROUSEL Applicable Specific Integrated Circuit solution involved in testing of CAROUSEL crypto engines.

Harris Corp. received $13,693,104 for additional labor to provide uninterrupted logistics for Space & Missile Systems Center Space Superiority operational Offensive Counterspace and Defensive Counterspace ground-based systems at Palm Bay, FL.

Jacobs Technology Inc. received $15,215,028, $10,657,764 and $7,712,796 for engineering technical assistance, which consists of disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products. Some work will be performed at Hanscom AFB, Peterson AFB and Dahlgren, VA.

L-3 received $85,485,879 for spare and component satellite terminal parts. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Leidos Inc. received $62,480,000 to perform software engineering, integration, technical support, and training requirements for the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network quality review.

Lockheed Martin received $8,534,310 to modernize AN/FPS-117 Long Range Radars.

Northrop Grumman received $200,000,000 for acquisition and sustainment of Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI). This is a sole-source acquisition and includes unclassified FMS to Iraq and Thailand (45 percent).

Northrop Grumman received $26,110,000 for Reliability and Maintainability Information Systems (REMIS) Sustainment and Development Services.

Sparta Inc. received $7,310,558 for engineering consulting and technical advisory services including special studies to support existing staff at Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles AFB.

AIRCRAFT

Aerospace Testing Alliance received $22,950,459 for operations, maintenance, information management and support of Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

Affordable Engineering Services, LLC received $20,832,874 to support air vehicle modification and instrumentation efforts.

Azimuth Corp. received $23,734,700 and General Dynamics received $23,734,700 to advance R&D on the Hardened Materials Research & Survivability Studies Program in order to advance technology, which protects Air Force aircrews and systems from a host of threats associated with photonic light and electromagnetic energy sources. Technical areas include optical/hardening materials and processing; electro-optic/infrared sensor protection; structural and warfighter protection; functional materials, proactive threat defeat, and high energy laser source materials.

Bell-Boeing JPO received $10,322,803 for logistics on MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft. Bell-Boeing JPO received $26,682,561 for V-22 flight test management, design and engineering work for Naval Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron. Rolls-Royce received $13,556,862 for 17,226 engine flight hours in support of the MV-22. Rolls-Royce received $90,164,920 for forty AE1107C engines for the MV-22.

Boeing received $10,000,000 for items to ensure uninterrupted support to DOD. This is a sole-source acquisition. Boeing received $17,820,844 for remanufacturing and maintenance on the F/A-18 A-F. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1. Boeing received $26,836,716 for F/A-18 parts repair. This was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). Boeing received $38,103,120 for F/A-18E/F logistics and material. The was not competitively procured, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

CV International, Inc. received $15,916,531 for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, OH-58 and UAS aircraft.

EADS-NA received $9,454,370 for Lakota helicopter logistics.

EFW, Inc. received $11,666,579 to procure and install helmet display tracker system (HDTS PDF) kits for AH-1W aircraft.

General Electric received $572,500,000 to repair and replace 17 F414 engine components. This was non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).

L-3 received $129,000,000 for maintenance and modification of the C-12/RC-12/UC-35 aircraft fleet. L-3 received $13,764,771 for maintenance on F-16, F-18, H-60 and E-2C aircraft at NAS Fallon.

Lockheed Martin received $105,287,400 (P00026) for C-130J Long Term Sustainment Program. Lockheed Martin received $35,781,319 to develop a Universal Armament Interface capability in F-35 software for Small Diameter Bomb II, Mission Systems Integration Laboratory ground test only.

Marvin Engineering Co. received $7,373,028 for 156 BRU-32 Ejector Bomb Racks for F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G aircraft.

Northrop Grumman received $12,083,976 for 11 AN/APR-39D(V)2 test assets. Northrop Grumman received $33,017,449 to design and build operational test program sets in support of the P-8A AN/ALQ 240 electronic repair depot standup at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane. Northrop Grumman received $52,298,661 for tasks, personnel, facilities, aircraft subsystems and equipment for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) E-11A at Kandahar AB, Afghanistan and Wichita, KS.

PLEXSYS Interface Products received $8,254,297 for continued AWACS MTC Block 30/35 CTSS on contractor-owned equipment until the trainers are replaced by Block 40/45 Mission Crew Training Systems.

Raytheon received $36,789,509 for second generation forward looking infrared (2GF) hardware and support to preserve the Army’s 2GF sensor industrial base. One bid was solicited, one received.

Rockwell Collins received $8,022,845 for AN/ARC-210(V) radios and equipment for a variety of aircraft. Rockwell Collins/ESA Vision Systems received $14,666,736 for spare parts for the A/24A-56 (JHMCS). This is a sole-source acquisition. A portion is FMS to Canada, Chile, Pakistan, Portugal, Thailand and Iraq.

Rolls Royce received $182,658,644 for C-130J propulsions sustainment, including logistics, program management, engineering services, spares, and technical data.

SelectTech Services Corp. received $7,680,250 for engineering technical support (preventive and remedial maintenance, inspection, modification, overhaul, fabrication, repair, calibration, certification and transport of experimental/test equipment, and laboratory instrumentation) necessary to perform maintenance and fabrication of experimental processing and test equipment at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Sikorsky received $14,352,600 for helicopter bearing assembly spindles. This is a sole-source acquisition. Sikorsky received $549,905,199 for eighteen MH-60S helicopters and nineteen MH-60R helicopters, including engineering, program management, advanced procurement funding and other logistics.

Textron (Bell Helicopter) received $13,495,182 for repair/overhaul of five high priority items for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. Textron received $18,556,810 for logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58 helicopters. Work will be performed in Al Taji, Iraq and Piney Flats, TN.

The Entwistle Co. received $10,981,190 to repair 318 trough covers that support the Aircraft Launch & Recovery Equipment Program (ALREP). This was not a full and open competition, per FAR 6.302-1.

Thomas Instrument received $48,702,626 for aircraft winches. This is a sole-source acquisition.

TTT-Cubed received $26,983,588 for services for the development, integration, and operational support of countermeasure and emitter threat simulator systems for the Airborne Threat Simulation (ATS) Organization.

NAVAL CONTRACTS

BAE Systems received $13,895,899 to update and improve the USS Wasp’s (LHD 1) military and technical capabilities. BAE Systems received $37,439,506 for USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) dry-docking, including maintenance and modernization efforts. This was not competitively procured, per FAR 6.302-1.

Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. (BPMI) received $593,104,854 for naval nuclear propulsion components.

BriarTek Inc. received $8,070,975 for supplies and services to help install the Man Overboard Indicator (MOBI) on various ships. This was non-competitive, per 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) and FAR 6.302-1.

Cortana Corp. received $7,760,214 for R&D on sensors/systems in support of the Advanced Sensor Application Program and the Remote Environmental Sensor Program.

Detyens Shipyards, Inc. received $9,654,055 for overhaul and dry-docking of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Work includes port main engine clutch and coupling overhaul; antenna cleaning, inspecting and refurbishing; helicopter deck sprinkler and hose reel piping renewal; fall blocks and fairlead sheaves; hull painting and cleaning; and flight deck non-skid renewal.

General Dynamics received $7,475,361 for USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) maintenance. General Dynamics received $15,000,000 for non-nuclear submarine repair work on Groton-based subs under the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative (NEMMI). General Dynamics received $15,035,596 for tube and hull material for the Ohio Class Replacement Program for the U.S. (50 percent) and the UK (50 percent). General Dynamics received $29,848,059 for engineering and technical design services to support R&D of advanced submarine technologies.

Goodrich Corp. received $7,598,764 for engineering design services and fabrication of a full scale prototype submarine rotor component under the Hybrid Demonstration program for DARPA.

Huntington Ingalls received $8,163,923 and $9,800,000 for repair parts for USS Gerald Ford (CVN 78).

Lockheed Martin received $13,188,967 for training and crew familiarization; availability advanced planning; long lead time material; warehousing; logistics; and class sustainment management LCS-1 and LCS-3.

Lockheed Martin received $8,863,977 for Technical Insertion 14 (TI-14) Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems (ISIS) and spares. The ISIS provides mission critical, all weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities.

Raytheon received $25,485,600 for engineering on the DDG 1000, including engineering, integration, production, and training and life cycle support.

Systems Engineering Support Co. received $18,626,453 for Navigation Sensor System Interface (NAVSSI) hardware. Micro USA Inc. received $17,622,114 for NAVSSI hardware.

Vigor Marine received $6,655,679 for engine overhaul, gyro replacement, diesel generator overhaul, hull cleaning and painting for USNS Yukon (T-AO 202).

Vigor Shipyards received $33,077,000 for repair and alteration of the USS Momsen (DDG 82).

GEAR, EQUIPMENT, TRAINING & SMALL ARMS

AM General, LLC received $48,000,000 for HMMWV parts. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Bluewater Defense Inc. (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico) received $108,083,360 for permethrin uniform trousers. Bronze Star Apparel Group, Inc. received $11,111,611 for various Navy working uniforms.

Boeing received $7,131,719 for Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) logistics.

Design West Technologies, Inc. received $21,554,266 for 14 suspension lock-out kits and spare parts for the M119 Howitzer.

Garrett Container Systems received $19,541,184 for nine pieces of equipment that security forces use on a daily basis, including concealable body armor, Safariland 6005 SLS M-9 Berretta leg holster, nickel plated steel handcuffs, 21-inch expandable baton, mini-flashlights with holder, and whistle.

General Dynamics received $72,690,235 for twelve M1A2 System Enhanced Package v2 tanks. One bid solicited, one received. General Dynamics received $48,000,000 to “continue the existing project manager for training devices live training transformation product line until the next consolidated product line management award.” General Dynamics received $25,960,947 to develop and produce 468 Seat Survivability Upgrade (SSU) Kits for MRAP vehicles.

Heckler & Koch received $19,647,426 for 12,400 M320/M320A1 grenade launchers. One bid was solicited with one received. [$1,584 a piece]

Kalmar RT received $8,211,055 for diesel engines, transmissions, parts and assemblies. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Robin Industries, Inc. received $10,694,880 for vehicle track shoe assemblies.

Ultimate Training Munitions Inc. received $11,250,000 for the close combat mission capability kit for the M4/M16 and M249.

CONSTRUCTION & DREDGING

Alutiiq received $6,989,861 for Redstone Information Technology Services to maintain operational continuity until the selection board has evaluated contractor proposals.

Arcadis Inc.; Nova Consulting Inc.; CH2M Hill Inc. and Black & Veatch Inc. received $9,900,000 for architectural and engineering services for the Washington Aqueduct.

Baker-AECOM JV received $60,000,000 for architect-engineer services for USCENTCOM. Stanley Consultants, Inc. received $60,000,000 for architect-engineer services for USCENTCOM. These are FMS contracts involving unnamed countries.

C.E.C. Inc. received $7,391,803 for work in and around the Lake Pontchartrain Bayou Bienvenue Swing Bridge.

Eisenbraun & Associates received $9,000,000 for a nationwide survey and mapping of shallow water habitat, floodplain changes and vegetation cover.

Four Thirteen Inc.; Blackhawk Milcon LLC; Altec Inc.; PentaCon LLC; American Contractor & Technology Inc.; Abba Construction Inc.; Jireh Group LLC; LeeTex Construction LLC; Heritage Constructors Inc.; JAM-MAP JV; and Bering Straits Technical Services, LLC received $48,000,000 for construction and rehab of Red River Army Depot (RRAD) property.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock received $28,355,304 for deepening the main channel of the Delaware River.

Martinex Construction, Inc. received $19,244,014 for dredging three-to-six million cubic yards of material from the Savannah and Brunswick inner harbor.

Metals USA, I-Solutions Group received $99,253,923 for metal items.

Nakuuruq Solutions received $21,000,000 for machining, welding, fabrication & painting at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Bering Straits Technical Services (BSTS) received $6,778,700 to demolish, repair, and construct a variety of paving structures and drainage devices at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Pond & Co. and Corrpro Companies, Inc. received $9,999,900 for cathodic protection and corrosion controls.

Tetra Tech/Pond JV received $9,500,000 for architectural and engineering services primarily within the Great Lakes and Ohio River boundaries. One bid was solicited with one received.

Wright & Wright Machinery Company received $776,000,000 for construction equipment.

Zyscovich, Inc.; Reynolds, Smith & Hills; and Schenkel & Shultz, Inc. received $10,000,000 for architectural/engineering to support DOD elementary and secondary schools within the U.S., overseas territories, Europe, Cuba, Japan, and South Korea.

ENVIRONMENTAL

AMEC Environment & Infrastructure; CH2M Hill Inc.; AECOM Technical Services; EA Engineering, Science & Technology Inc.; Earth Resources Technology; J. M. Waller Associates; SAIC; Tec-Weston JV; Tetra Tech, Inc. and URS Group Inc. received a collective $243,000,000 for environmental engineering support.

BOH Environmental LLC received $250,000,000 for containers and container parts. This is a sole-source acquisition.

CDM Constructors Inc. received $77,476,628 to design and build a ‘Class A’ wastewater treatment plant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

CH2M HILL Constructors received $44,240,000 for design and construction of NAVSEA Headquarters Recovery Restoration at Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW).

Kemron Environmental Services; Inc.; Sovereign Consulting, Inc.; Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc.; North Wind, Inc.; Zapata, Inc.; and PPM Consultants received $25,000,000 for environmental remediation at contaminated sites located primarily within NAVFAC Southeast [SC (40 percent); TX (30 percent); MS (10 percent); AL (5 percent); GA (5 percent), LA (5 percent), elsewhere (5 percent)].

Mississippi Limestone Corp. received $8,751,228 for casting 94,640 squares of articulated concrete mattress, providing all necessary supplies, labor, and transportation to complete the project.

Weeks Marine received $10,592,500 firm for beach restoration of NASA Wallops Island.

Wolverine Services LLC received $6,769,722 for facility maintenance and repair.

BASE SUPPORT & LOGISTICS

Accenture Federal Service received $7,523,792 for general fund enterprise business system onsite support and change requests.

American Water Operations & Maintenance Inc. received $288,021,970 to own and operate the water distribution system and wastewater collection system at Hill AFB.

Booze Allen Hamilton received $16,080,397 for engineering and technical assistance on the integrated personnel and pay system [PDF].

CoSTAR Services, Inc. received $9,865,087 for regional base operations support services at NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, NOSC Atlanta, NOSC Augusta, GA, NOSC Columbus, GA, NOSC Bessemer, AL, NOSC Greenville, SC, NOSC Miami, NOSC Tallahassee, NOSC West Palm Beach, FL and MCRC Jacksonville, FL. Services may include facility investment, custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, and grounds maintenance and landscaping.

EJB Facilities Services received $7,261,421 for base operations support at various installations in the NAVFAC Northwest. Work may include management/admin, visual services, security, housing, facilities support, pavement clearance, utilities, vehicle and equipment work, and environmental services.

Five Stones Research Corp. received $43,653,541 for HQ and directorate support services for the ATEC, Redstone Test Center.

General PAE Applied Technologies received $28,070,424 for base operations support at Keesler AFB.

Jacobs & HDR JV received $60,000,000 for analysis of DOD infrastructure for various locations throughout NAVFAC worldwide. Work supports Navy’s Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization.

IBM received $19,905,753 for services supporting Army General Fund Audit Readiness. KPMG LLP received $10,730,426 and $36,243,243 for all necessary management services, personnel and documentation required to support DLA’s financial audit. St. Michaels Inc. received $10,490,323 to support management services, personnel and documentation required to support DLA’s financial audit.

Trax International received $44,113,856 for test support at Yuma Proving Ground.

Wolf Creek Federal Services Inc. received $12,960,577 for housing operations and maintenance services at Naval Base Guam and Andersen AFB in Santa Rita, Guam (60 percent) and Yigo, Guam (40 percent).

FOOD SERVICES

Coast Citrus Distributors received $35,158,808 for fresh fruit and vegetables. Valley Fruit & Produce received $14,691,191 for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Employment Source Inc. received $15,755,197 for dining facility attendant services at Ft. Bragg.

The Merchants Co. received $12,316,254 for food and beverages. This is a sole-source acquisition. Thermo PAC LLC received $20,428,312 for food. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. US Foods International received $42,226,006 for food distribution. US Foods Inc. received $7,232,994 for food distribution. This is a sole-source acquisition.

FUEL & ENERGY

Avfuel Corp. received $7,417,557 and $6,985,104 for jet fuel. Freeman Holdings of California received $28,455,164 for jet fuel. Lancair Corporation received $15,635,562 for jet fuel. This is a sole source acquisition. McClellan Jet Services received $37,307,380 for jet fuel. Signature Flight Support Corp. received $10,936,934 for jet fuel.

Intercomp Co. received $60,000,000 for various weight set commercial scales.

Isometrics, Inc. received $7,100,835 for design/production of A/S32 R-11 fuel trucks.

Middle Atlantic Wholesale Lumber, R.D. Buie Enterprises Inc., S & S Forest Products, and Sylvan Forest Products Inc. each received $51,294,723 for wood products.

Safety Kleen received $12,930,214 for re-refined motor oil program parts.

Transport Systems & Products Inc. received $7,366,373 for self-propelled modular transport equipment manufactured by Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH in support of the moored training ship conversion project at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Work will be performed in Pfedelbach, Germany. This contract was not competitively procured.

MEDICAL

ABM Government Services LLC received $45,000,000 for operation, maintenance, repair, and minor construction of medical research and materiel command laboratory facilities.

Brit Systems received $20,297,132 for digital imaging network-picture archive communication system.

Dispensers Optical Service Corp. received $17,006,713 for optical lenses. Randolph Engineering received $33,381,996 for optical frames and accessories.

Caduceus received $19,751,538 to provide San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) with 35 certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Esaote North America, Inc. received $7,500,000 for radiology systems, subsystems, accessories, services, manual, and repair parts. Pacsgear, Inc. received $30,000,000 for radiology systems, subsystems, accessories, service, manual, and repair/spare parts. Toshiba America Medical Systems received $187,732,814 for radiology systems, subsystems and components. Vital Images Inc. received $10,017,588 for radiology systems, subsystems and components.

General Electric received $43,200,000 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, spare parts, and training.

MIL-Base Industries received $10,000,000 and Voto Manufacturing Sales Company received $10,000,000 for multiple leg slings.

Panakela LLC received $22,988,000 for oxygen system and related accessories.

TRANSPORTATION

Patriot Contract Services LLC received $7,236,660 for operation and maintenance of four large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships worldwide for MSC.

Pontaris, LLC received $85,611,925 for trucking cargo throughout Afghanistan.

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*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, Boiling Frogs Post presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

 

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD also invokes 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses.

Christian Sorensen, a BFP Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran. His writing has been featured in CounterPunch and Media Roots.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

PRIVATIZED GOVERNMENT

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