Friday, October 22, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

And The Truth Shall Set You Free (Or Destroy Your Life)

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This Article From TAKING COMMAND! (  

Dear Readers:

Bear this in mind: Unless you are merely thinking about something, your words and your actions are always heard or seen by somebody (by some means), and are always a matter of record (somewhere). Secrets are increasingly difficult to keep. And lies come unraveled rapidly – especially if someone has decided to either prosecute or persecute you, or what you may represent.

The high art of subterfuge is becoming increasingly difficult in a world of constantly improving surveillance technologies, data retrieval and mining, and where disillusionment has become a distraction and an entertainment.

Remember: Speak and act as if you were always on the record. Pretend that you are testifying before a congressional subcommittee, or a jury…How would you look then? How would you justify your actions? This might not just be a matter of a good personal conduct philosophy – it might just be preparation for the inevitable.

Sooner or later, we come to account for every word and every action. I’m not speaking of the afterlife. I’m speaking of this life.

A friend of mine used to say, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that nobody's out to get you."

I have found that in situations involving speaking, writing or carrying out actions, it is healthy to be just a bit paranoic...

An article from REUTERS follows to illustrate my point:

Pentagon braces for huge WikiLeaks dump on Iraq war
By Phil Stewart Phil Stewart 1 hr 2 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Sunday it had a 120-member team prepared to review a massive leak of as many as 500,000 Iraq war documents, which are expected to be released by the WikiLeaks website sometime this month.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told Reuters the timing of the leak remained unclear but the Defense Department was ready for a document dump as early as Monday or Tuesday, a possibility raised in previous WikiLeaks statements.
Still, people familiar with the upcoming leak told Reuters they do not expect WikiLeaks to release the classified files for at least another week.
If confirmed, the leak would be much larger than the record-breaking release of more than 70,000 Afghan war documents in July, which stoked debate about the 9-year-old conflict but did not contain major revelations.
It was the largest security breach of its kind in U.S. military history.
"It's the same team we put together after the publication of the (Afghan war documents)," Lapan said, adding it was unclear how many of the 120 personnel would be needed to contribute to the Iraq leak analysis.
Although the Iraq conflict has faded from public debate in the United States in recent years, the document dump threatens to revive memories of some of the most trying times in the war, including the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.
It could also renew debate about foreign and domestic actors influencing Iraq, which has been wrestling with a political vacuum since an inconclusive election in March.
One source familiar with the Iraq documents said they are likely to contain revelations about civilian casualties, but expected them to cause less of a stir than the Afghan leak.
Lapan said the Pentagon team believed it knew which documents WikiLeaks may be releasing since it had already reviewed the Iraq war file. That could speed up its assessment about potential fallout.
At the time of the Afghan war leak, the top U.S. military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned that WikiLeaks may have the blood of U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians on its hands because it had leaked documents naming U.S. collaborators.
Still, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a letter to the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, viewed by Reuters, that the leak had not revealed any "sensitive intelligence sources or methods."
Gates said disclosing the names of cooperating Afghans, who could become targets for the Taliban, could cause "significant harm or damage to national security interests of the United States." The letter was dated August 16.
WikiLeaks says it is a non-profit organization funded by human rights campaigners, journalists and the general public. But the Pentagon has demanded it return classified information and critics have questioned its perceived anti-war agenda.
So far the investigation into the Afghan war leak has focused on Bradley Manning, who worked as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. Manning is already under arrest and charged with leaking a classified video showing a 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Iraq, including two Reuters journalists.
The Pentagon, citing the criminal investigation, has refused to discuss the Manning case.
(Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Doina Chiacu)



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Aim HIGH. Target LARGE. Think BIG. - Douglas Castle

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Readers:

What I am about to say may sound trite; but, believe me, it is actually a nugget of great wisdom embedded within a seemingly harmless (and toothless) old saying. I've simply changed a few of the words (it's my blog, and I can do that, so there...). Read it, print it out, and read it over and over again. Keep it constantly in mind -- let it motivate and shape your every single decision These are words to put on the wallpaper of your computer, your cellular phone, or on a small piece of paper that you keep in your wallet to take out and look at several times daily. I'm not kidding.

"Aim HIGH. Target LARGE. Think BIG. The people who can help you the most are looking upwards, not downwards. These people don't look down at their shoes -- they look upward toward the stars...and that's where YOU MUST BE in order to be noticed by them."


Douglas Castle

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

That "Feeling in Your Gut." - Case In Point Shared By Douglas Castle

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That "Feeling in Your Gut." - Case In Point Shared By Douglas Castle

Written by Douglas Castle for Daily Burst Of Wisdom ( - Get the widget (and a choice of many others of interest) by clicking on

You are upset. This is not the first time that this particular person has disappointed you. He or she has cancelled appointments with you at the very last minute...without apologies....with brief explanations intimating that you are not as important as someone else he or she has to see or as something else he or she is has got to do. You feel degraded, you feel disappointed, but you persist because you believe that this individual has "something special" to offer you.

You find yourself putting up with things which you would previously have exploded about -- but instead of going postal, you swallow your pride, stuff your feelings deep down inside of you, and rationalize --- you telephone that person while you are in transit to an appointment with him or with her (at some pre-arranged, planned location, where you've actually made reservations for lunch or dinner, and which requires an hour-long drive from where you live), just to re-confirm (in fact, you had gotten an email back from that person just the night before, enthusiastically confirming the appointment!), only to receive a brief text message back that he or she "was just about to contact you" regarding a scheduling conflict that required that he or she be somewhere other than at your meeting.

What's more, there is no emergency cited, and no apology made. Empathy runs low in this particular contact.

You think to yourself, "If I hadn't called up, I'd have gone to that restaurant and waited for hours, wondering about what had happened." This human-shaped pile of self-righteous excrement didn't even care enough to apologize for the terrible oversight or inconvenience. 

Your intuition is screaming at you to drop this individual like a bad habit, but your rationalization persists because you do not want to trust your intuition.

Let me help you straighten this dilemma out before you invest further in watering this dead tree. Go with your intuition. Go with your gut. Don't rationalize -- things are only going to get worse as you sink deeper into a dependency on something that is either reliable or nonexistent. YOUR INTUITION IS ALMOST ALWAYS CORRECT. This person does not regard you as important enough -- and that is fatal in any relationship.

Now, let me help you with your ethics. Call this person, and lay it right on the line. Cite the charter of offenses. State your feelings. Ask for an explanation (not an apology). In fact, ask this person for his or her honest opinion -- does he or she really want to proceed with a relationship. Then, shut up. Either you will get A) an explanation (health problem, major life change, something else that is rather exceptional) with a burst of emotion and apology, or you will get B) a perfunctory apology with an equally feeble justification.

If you get the first type of response, where the dam breaks, you might just consider giving this person a second chance. If you get the second type of response, say, "Thank you for the clarification," excuse yourself, and never invest another thought or action in, about, or in behalf of this person.


Intuition is a management skill.

Asking candid questions where appropriate is a management skill.

Considering answers and responses is a management skill.

And, of course, cutting your losses to accommodate reality is a management skill, a personal skill, and ultimately, a self-esteem building exercise.


Douglas Castle


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