Why the Koreans are not ‘mad’

first_imgThe news media, taking their cue from the political and military establishment of the U.S., are full of alarm, asking, “What do these Koreans want? Why on earth are they testing bigger and bigger nuclear bombs? They must be mad!”The answer to why the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is developing a nuclear defense is not hard to find. In fact, the answer is all around us – throughout the world, in the form of U.S. missile silos, warplanes, warships and submarines.The U.S. at present maintains a nuclear arsenal of almost 7,000 warheads. A “nuclear modernization program,” initiated under the Obama administration, is continuing under Trump. The Arms Control Association estimates that the total cost of this program over the next 30 years will come to “between $1.25 trillion and $1.46 trillion.”Mutually Assured Destruction – MAD – is the actual name of the military doctrine that has guided U.S. nuclear weapons development since at least 1962. In fact, U.S. military planners credit the MAD doctrine with preventing a nuclear exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.Let’s not forget how the nuclear arms race began. The U.S. started it when, as the world’s only nuclear power, it dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities at the very end of World War II, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. This included tens of thousands of Koreans who had been forced to work there by the Japanese colonial rulers of Korea at that time.By 1946, the U.S. had stockpiled many more of these fearsome weapons and announced a new war, the Cold War, against the Soviet Union, its former ally in the fight against Hitler’s armies. The implication was that the U.S. could use its nuclear arsenal to impose its will on the Soviet Union. But by 1949, the USSR successfully tested its first atomic bomb. The nuclear arms race was on.The U.S. claimed it had to build thousands of such weapons to prevent a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Even though the USSR ceased to exist in 1991, the U.S. continued to stockpile nukes, and is now expanding that deadly arsenal.MAD, not ‘madness’Today all the voices of U.S. imperialism – from the political leaders to the generals to the commercial media – are saying that the leaders of the DPRK  must be “mad” because they have successfully tested and built nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.But it is MAD, not “madness,” that drives the DPRK’s efforts to prevent a war by maintaining a powerful defense.After all, if the U.S. military, with all its power enforced by ships, planes and bases around the world, can still be guided by the “mutually assured destruction” doctrine, why is it “mad” for a much smaller country to seek nuclear weapons in self-defense?The threat the DPRK faces from the U.S. is not imagined or delusional. The country was invaded by 5 million U.S. troops from 1950 to 1953 in a horrendous war. For 64 years now, the U.S. has refused to sit down with the DPRK and sign a peace treaty formally ending that war. This allows the U.S. to continue its military occupation of the south, despite the opposition of the people there.The U.S. has 38 military bases in south Korea. Every year, the Pentagon conducts military “exercises” in Korea simulating another war and invasion of the north. Just days before the installation of the current south Korean government, the U.S. rushed to install a THAAD missile base in the south, against popular opposition and the incoming president. The U.S. calls THAAD a “missile defense” system, but in fact it is offensive, and would facilitate an attack against the DPRK.The DPRK knows war all too well. It understands the real need to defend itself against another invasion by the U.S.What drives U.S. MADness? Separated by two great oceans from any would-be invader, the U.S. has been through two world wars relatively untouched by comparison to Europe, Asia and North Africa. One would think this should ensure a thriving and comfortable life for the people of this country. Think again.Even as the U.S. government earmarks over a trillion dollars to upgrading its nuclear arsenal, infrastructure here is crumbling. Global warming is bringing ever-more destructive storms, yet there is no planning to save lives on the tremendous scale now needed. Bridges, trains, subways, levees and dams are in terrible shape. Where is the $1.46 trillion plan to rebuild the infrastructure – and provide work at the same time for the tens of millions who can’t find living-wage jobs?U.S. governments – under Republicans and Democrats – have been so wedded to maintaining economic and military domination over the world that they have scuttled any efforts to make major improvements to the infrastructure. This deterioration is only accelerating under Trump, who wants to cut taxes for the rich while throwing billions more to the Pentagon, at the expense of everything else.Behind all this MADness is the insatiable appetite of imperialism, the last stage of capitalism, in which the system becomes dependent on super-profits sucked out of the world’s people, like a vampire on steroids. Millionaires cannot be content with what they have – they must become billionaires or sink under the fierce competition that continues even in monopoly capitalism.Why do the U.S. rulers hate the DPRK so much? Not because it is a threat to the people here, but because it is socialist, not capitalist. The DPRK refuses to subject its people to exploitation by U.S. transnational corporations and banks. To the imperialists, that’s enough motivation to risk a horrible war.The workers and oppressed peoples of the U.S. have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from this Pentagon MADness.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Revision gets $14 million contract

first_imgRevision Military Ltd,Essex Junction, VT, USA (August 3, 2011) ‘ Revision, the leading developer of ballistic protective eyewear for militaries worldwide, has secured a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply its Land Forces with Revision’s Prescription Rx Carrier over the next five years. It has an estimated value of up to $14 million during the life of the contract. Once prescription-filled, the Rx Carriers provide vision correction for troops who need improved vision in all environments ‘ including laser-threat situations. Revision’s Prescription Lens Carrier was selected for its interchangeable design and its high-impact ocular protection that has been demonstrated through the numerous testing procedures required by military standards. ‘With the Prescription Lens Carrier, soldiers who require vision correction can have the advantages of ballistic protective eyewear in theatre, without compromising optical clarity or field-of-view, and without wearing cumbersome goggles or large-framed spectacles over their normal prescription eyewear. The rugged and customizable Rx Carrier allows all soldiers to perform at their best while being protected from ballistic, laser and environmental threats as the Rx insert fits snuggly behind the lenses of either the Revision Sawfly Spectacles or Desert Locust Goggles, the protective eyewear issued to thousands of U.S. troops,’ said Dan Packard, Senior Vice President of U.S. Military Sales for Revision. He went on to say, ‘The Directorate of Medical Materiel has recognized that battlefield vision correction is a necessity to allow for a soldier’s peak performance and the Rx Carriers fulfill this requirement. Revision is proud to have been awarded this contract.’Revision’s Prescription Rx Carrier accommodates single vision prescriptions up to +/-11 and fits into the Revision Sawfly® Spectacles, and Desert Locust®, Asian Locustâ ¢, and Bullet Ant® Goggles. Its secure press-fit design ensures that it is properly positioned every time and its rugged and ergonomically designed frame provides wide field-of-view and durability. Revision’s Prescription Rx Carrier meets ANSI Z87.1-2010 ballistic impact requirements and is on the Army Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).   Photos: Interchangeable Prescription Rx Carrier fits into the Revision Sawfly® Spectacles, and Desert Locust®,   Asian Locustâ ¢, and Bullet Ant® Goggles. US Soldier, using Rx Carrier in his Sawfly Spectacles, takes aim during practice.ABOUT REVISIONRevision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face and head protection and continues to develop their capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems. To that end, Revision brings the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence and the UK Ministry of Defence. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with additional offices in the Netherlands and Canada. For more information, visit www.revisionmilitary.com(link is external).last_img read more

Aqua Bulldogs And Aqua Trojans Swim Meet Battle

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs and East Central Trojnas Swim Teams battled out with Batesville winning the Girls Battle  110-65 and EC earning the split with the Boys winning 100-80.Batesville Girls are now 16-5 for the season and 10-4 in EIAC action.Batesville Boys are now 13-5 for the season and 9-4 in Eiac action.Congrats to Batesville’s Matt Weiler for setting the BHS Record in the 100 Yard Breaststroke at 1:01.71.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.last_img


first_imgDonegal doll-makers Arklu recently gave us five of their Lottie dolls to give away to five Donegal Daily readers.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWe had a huge response to the competition but unfortunately there could only be five winners.The following are the five winners. And the good news is that the winners don’t have to do anything else.Arklu will send the dolls to the winners – in time for Christmas!Congrats to all the winners and the good news is that we will have many more competitions in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.The winners of lovely Lottie dolls are: Elizabeth Ferry, Listillion, LetterkennyTreasa McGettigan, Drumoghill, TermonEva Mc Devitt, Donegal road, BallybofeyTanya Cannon, NewtowncunninghamAoife Crawford, Essex, UK AND THE WINNERS OF THE FREE LOTTIE DOLLS ARE …… was last modified: December 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARKLUcompetitionLottie dollslast_img read more

Great Photos Won’t Save Google+

first_imgTags:#Android#Auto Awesome#Digital Photography#Google#Google+ Photos#Google+ Stories#mobile photography#online photos#photo editing#Photos#Vic Gundotra selena larson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Google+, the social network that won’t stop trying to lure you in, has a new pitch: We’ll make your photos more awesome! Awesomer! Awesomerer!Errr.On Tuesday, the company announced Google+ Stories, a feature that automatically generates an online photo book by selecting the best shots from your collection, while tagging them with date, location and landmark information. It’s the latest update to Google’s fantastic photo product—arguably the best part of Google+.It’s not clear how this will get people to actually use Google+ photos in favor of Facebook or Instagram, though.The announcement comes just weeks after the departure of Google+ head Vic Gundotra. Gundotra’s abrupt exit led to speculation that Google might disband Google+ as a product group within the company, with parts of what Gundotra oversaw falling under different groups within Google like Maps and Android. One source told ReadWrite that photos, in particular, could move to the Android group, to be better integrated with the team that builds camera software. (Google declined to comment.) Is Google The Best Place For Photos?New features and new organizations won’t solve Google+’s essential conundrum: People share photos as a way to stay in touch with family, and give friends and relatives a glimpse into their lives. When someone wants to share a photo, generally it’s a snapshot of a moment.People use Facebook to share photos with friends and family, and Instagram to share photos with the world. It’s where their audience expects to find them.  Google hasn’t addressed how different audiences find and share your photos. Instead, it boasts about how pretty it makes images and videos. But it doesn’t matter how beautiful your photos are if no one is seeing them.Google has been reluctant to call Google+ a social network, a move which would inevitably draw awkward comparisons to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other successful social products. Instead, they’ve pitched it as a way to manage your identity across various Google services.See Also: Google+ Head Vic Gundotra Is Out, Leaving Its “Social Spine” WobblyThat positioning makes it difficult to understand the point of putting your photos on Google+. It’s clear how Google+ makes it easier for Google’s servers to collect data on you. It’s harder to see how it makes things easy for the human beings in your life to find you. So why would you put your photos there instead of Facebook or Instagram, which are geared around sharing photos with actual people?It’s true that Android users might prefer Google+, thanks to the increasing integration with Android 4.4. You can manage your Google+ Highlights folder directly from the Photos application, and Google+ photos are integrated with the Camera app. How you share photos to other social networks that have been saved on Google+, however, is a little bit more complicated. While Google’s photo product blows Facebook’s out of the water, and gives users a better way to save and edit captured moments, there’s no guarantee your friends will see them. Even if they do, they’ll need a Google+ account to see the photos (if they’re not public) or share them.In classic Google fashion, the company created a product that goes above and beyond what people want, and ended up creating something technically great, but logically flawed.In order for Stories to work, or any other Auto Awesome features for that matter, you must back up all your photos to Google+. The company suggests turning on Auto Upload so any photos you take will end up in a private album in your Google+ account. Google can then scan your photos and eliminate blurry shots in order to find your best photos, which you can then edit and share in an album stream. The new Stories feature is available now on Android and the Web, with iOS support coming soon.Why Google+ Needs SavingIt’s almost impossible to avoid Google+. If you have a Gmail account, comment on YouTube, or chat with Hangouts, you have a Google+ account. As a result, the number of people who actually use the service as a social network is likely much lower than the number of people that have an account. And some people who do find themselves using it do so because they’re essentially forced to through Google’s product design. That’s hardly awesome.It appears Google is finally acknowledging this: The company is not playing up Google+ at its upcoming Google I/O developer conference.See Also: Google+ Is Getting Harder And Harder To AvoidThere are a number of issues that prevent Google+ from becoming a popular social network—mainly the fact that each Gmail account you have comes with a separate Google+ account. There’s no way to tie them together. So even for its core function—managing your identity across Google services—Google+ is a failure. (Imagine explaining to your friends and family that they need to add multiple versions of you in order to see all your photos.) In order to achieve mainstream popularity, Google needs to better define what Google+ is. Is it a social network where your friends and family should visit to see your beautiful photo galleries. Is it a place to network and grow your online presence? Or is it just an overgrown account switcher with too many features attached?Especially with Gundotra gone, the future of Google+ is a big unknown. And until the company can tell users why and how they should use the not-so-social social network, people will continue to see it as an unwanted nuisance, instead of a necessary tool in their digital arsenal.That’s not a pretty picture.Images courtesy of Google A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Your Guide to Getting Started Shooting RAW Video

first_imgExciting developments are unfolding in the world of RAW video that can change the way we make films. So what if you’re just getting started?Cover image via Blackmagic Design.Big things are happening in the world of RAW video. Apple seems set to upend the production world yet again with its new ProRes RAW. This ushers in a new era of cameras shooting with the most practical version of RAW that the filmmaking world has ever seen.If you’ve never worked with RAW before, there’s never been a better time to dive in.In this article, we’ll briefly cover the technology behind RAW, discuss what’s new to RAW workflows, and then address what you need to know to jump into working with RAW.Image via Blackmagic Design.Basics of RAWBefore we dive in, I am going to be glossing over a lot of really technical processes. I highly encourage you to do some further research on Bayer Filters, demosaicing, and rate control. Knowing the science behind how cameras capture images will help you understand any future developments in camera tech.The best way to think of RAW is like a film negative. It requires processing. This is because RAW shifts much of the processing of the image from the camera to the computer working with the footage.The RAW file must undergo digital “development” before it’s usable visually. This provides unprecedented flexibility in post, as you may convert or tweak the footage to fit any color space or other image fidelity specifications. This aspect of (well-archived) RAW footage brings a huge degree of future-proofing. RAW footage shot on a RED ONE in 2007 can take full advantage of the most advanced development tools available to us 11 years later.Image via MatteoZInCreativeStudio.Footage from any other camera or system not recording RAW from that time, before and — to a lesser degree — since, can’t take advantage of the massive advancement in this technology.This is because traditional codecs record the final image being monitored while shooting. RAW differs in that it sets out to capture full sensor readout or near-full sensor readout. It does this through bypassing the encoding of user preferences in camera — namely, white balance, ISO, color space/LUTs, and others.The price for this amazing feature is file size. Encoded video only requires a video player to open, and file sizes typically don’t get much past 20 gigs. RAW, on the other hand, requires careful management of files that can be dozens of gigabytes. Near super-computer processing power is necessary simply to play back these files. Luckily, much of the processing for RAW footage has largely become integrated into modern non-linear editors (NLEs).What’s New with RAW?Image via Atomos.As I mentioned earlier, ProRes RAW is set to upend the world of RAW video production.RAW workflows will get a supercharge once full integration of ProRes RAW across all vendors and platforms becomes a reality. The primary driver of this is PRR’s virtually identical image quality at file sizes a fraction of the size of any other RAW codec on the market.For people new to RAW, if you can wait until you can shoot and edit with ProRes RAW, do it. Proxy workflows, complex storage, and image processing will be gone or vastly simplified once the codec receives the full support it’s destined for.Put simply, you will get all of the benefits of RAW without the big drawbacks.What’s It to You?Image via Scarc.This year, the tools for shooting and working with RAW video have become extremely powerful. As manufacturers leverage the revolutionary ProRes RAW codec, the barrier to shooting with RAW is going to get much thinner.This isn’t to say that you should only shoot RAW from this day forward.As PremiumBeat contributor Noam Kroll puts it in “Why You Shouldn’t Always be Shooting RAW,” “There is something to be said about shooting with a camera that is simple to use . . . and will allow you to stay light on your feet and not miss critical shots.”While PRR is set to upend some of the points Noam makes in that article, his point about the more complex color work needed for RAW holds true.On smaller shoots, shoots with the web as their final destination, or shoots with extremely tight deadlines, working with compressed footage will always be faster and easier.As with everything, there’s a right tool for the job.There has never been a better time to start preparing to work with RAW. The stage seems set for new, low-cost cinema camera contenders to enter the market with products built upon ProRes RAW — and really shake up the industry.Looking for more filmmaking articles? Check these out.Filmmaking Techniques: Mastering the Rack-FocusThe Best Mirrorless Cameras for Filmmakers and VideographersEverything We Know About Canon’s New Mirrorless CamerasHow to Export a 90-Minute Feature Film in Premiere ProThe Best Headphones for Film and Video (Under $100)last_img read more

Jean Hastings Honoured for Contribution to Education Transformation

first_img Jean Hastings will tell you that she is not an educator by profession, but her contribution to the transformation of Jamaica’s education system is second to none. For almost two decades, she has worked with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on various projects, including the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which was established to execute the Ministry’s modernisation agenda. Story Highlights Jean Hastings will tell you that she is not an educator by profession, but her contribution to the transformation of Jamaica’s education system is second to none.For almost two decades, she has worked with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on various projects, including the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which was established to execute the Ministry’s modernisation agenda.For her outstanding contribution, Ms. Hastings has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to education. She was among 40 persons recognised at the awards ceremony held in June at Jamaica House.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Barbara Allen, who has worked with Ms. Hastings, tells JIS News that the honour was well deserved.She noted that Ms. Hastings’ knowledge of Jamaica’s education system is on par with the most seasoned educator.“She has contributed significantly to the growth and development of the education sector and has, therefore, deservedly earned this recognition,” Ms. Allen adds.A native of western Jamaica, who worked as a management consultant, Ms. Hastings’ sojourn in education began in 1998, when she was contracted as project manager of the Primary Education Improvement Project Phase 11 for 15 months. Among the objectives were to develop the revised primary curriculum, complete the national assessment programme that was already under development, coordinate construction work for 26 schools under that project, and organise institutional strengthening activity within the Ministry. With the successful completion of the project, Ms. Hastings was engaged to manage several other undertakings and would work with the Ministry up until her retirement in May, 2017.These include the Primary Education Support Project, which saw the roll-out of the revised primary curriculum aimed at improving the quality of delivery of primary education and the strengthening of the capacity to manage that delivery.Ms. Hastings is perhaps best known as Director of the ESTP, aimed at modernising the operations of the Ministry and creating a more effective, efficient and accountable system.The cornerstone of the programme is a restructured Ministry, with independent agencies that are accountable for results, quality assurance, service delivery, and monitoring of reforms.The ESTP has seen the establishment of six new entities, including the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC), and the National Education Trust (NET).The programme resulted in the establishment of a modernised Ministry of Education and related support agencies, development and implementation of the National Standards Curriculum, and revisions to the National Assessment Programme at grades two, six and nine.Other measures include initiatives to improve special education service delivery and improvements to education management information systems, all aimed at improving educational outcomes and increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the management of education in Jamaica.Ms Hastings hails the significant strides that have been made over the years in improving the education system.“The thing about education is that we are never short of ideas and we are always seeking to improve, and that was what the projects that I managed were all about. Overall, I think everyone is motivated to work towards improving the system, and there have been notable improvements,” she tells JIS News.She notes that the Ministry must be focused on meeting the demands of the 21st century learner.“The children in 2018 are vastly different from the children in 1962. They are much more aware, they are born better equipped to deal with a 21st century world, so the education system has to deal with engaging these children,” she argues. Ms. Hasting, who is the mother of one son and has one granddaughter, tells JIS News that her philosophy in life is “we are here to make a difference, and I try to do so and give of my best at all times”.“Whatever I am involved in, I want to know that I give of my best. I am eternally motivated, so I have to feel good about what I am doing and what it is I am contributing,” she adds.She says it is important for children to know that “failure is really about giving up, not trying. It is not about not succeeding the first time you try”.Citing her own life experience in this regard, she tells JIS News that she did not pass the Common Entrance Examination, but was given the opportunity to sit an entrance test to Mount Alvernia High in St. James, which she passed “with flying colours”.She would later attend Hampton High in St. Elizabeth, before matriculating to the University of the West Indies where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (with honours) and a postgraduate diploma in management studies.She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Baruch College, City University of New York.Though retired, Ms. Hastings continues to offer her services as a management consultant. For her outstanding contribution, Ms. Hastings has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to education. She was among 40 persons recognised at the awards ceremony held in June at Jamaica House. last_img read more