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First Black female Naval Aviator visits Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla.- A pioneer in aviation is in town Saturday

Lieutenant Commander, Brenda Robinson, has flown in many parts of the world; at a time when women were barely flying at all.
The first black female naval aviator shared her experiences coming up the ranks at the Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola.

From landing on aircraft carriers, to flying VIPs to and from the nation’s capital, to flying jumbo jets for the Airlines.
Robinson has an impressive resume and an inspiring story.

Now she travels the country as a motivational speaker, sharing her experiences to inspire the next generation.

"Women, young kids, minorities, everybody can do what I've been doing" said Brenda Robinson, Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and airline pilot.

But Brenda Robinson's ascension to the top wasn't easy.
After going to Dowling College to learn about air traffic control, she earned a degree aeronautics. Robinson then considered piloting planes herself.
After all, aviation was always her passion.

"I never heard of women aviators when I was little so all I wanted to do was be an airline stewardess and anything that was going to get me in the plane, that's what I was interested in" said Robinson.

In 1979, she entered a naval flight training program.
She was the 59th female to do so and the first black female to earn her wings a year later.
Robinson says very few women were in her training class.
As a result, she faced adversity along the way.

Back in those days, there weren't many qualified women pilots bold enough to enter a male dominated occupation.

Robinson says she dealt with her critics by staying focused on her goals.
http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/first-black-female-naval-aviator-visits-pensacola-56280.shtml#.VRs5_6TD9pg

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and assault.

Ricky Shawatza Hall of Baltimore was identified by the FBI on Tuesday as the driver of an SUV that police fired on after it refused to yield to orders from officers to stop at the entrance to Ft. Meade, Md.. U.S. officials have said that Hall and a passenger, who has been identified at Kevin Fleming and is being treated at an area hospital, were both dressed as women.

Elizabeth Julian, a Maryland public defense attorney who represented Hall on a probation violation in February told The Daily Beast that Hall had said she was transgender and asked to be referred to using the feminine pronoun. Julian said she’d only learned hours earlier that Hall was the driver of the SUV involved in Monday’s shooting. “I think it’s just tragic,” she said.

Hall’s fateful journey began in a rundown discount motel about eight miles from Ft. Meade. A still-unidentified 60-year old man had “picked up” Hall and Fleming in Baltimore, while they were dressed as women, and then brought them in his SUV to the Terrace Motel in Elkridge, Md., around 7:30 Monday morning, according to Howard County police. There, the trio “partied,” anonymous police officials have said, possibly with cocaine, which was later found in the vehicle, along with a gun. It’s not clear if the weapon belonged to the driver.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/31/the-trans-ex-convict-who-crashed-the-nsa.html

Russian internet trolls are trained to spread propaganda in three-person teams

Employees at Russia's Internet Research center work for 12 hours a day in 3-person "teams" spreading Kremlin propaganda online, acccording to a former employee interviewed by Radio Free Europe.

Workers at the St. Petersburg "troll factory" are tasked with clogging Russian municipal websites and forums with pro-Kremlin comments. To make their comments seem independent and legitimate, employees are given separate "roles" they must play while maintaining their online personae.

"One of us would be the 'villain,' the person who disagrees with the forum and criticizes the authorities, in order to bring a feeling of authenticity to what we're doing," St. Petersburg blogger and former troll factory worker Marat Burkhard told Radio Free Europe. "Then one of them should provide some kind of graphic or image that fits in the context, and the other has to post a link to some content that supports his argument. You see? Villain, picture, link."

Their roles are designed as such so that private citizens reading the website see the anti-government "villain" ganged up on and shot down immediately with the "facts." The "team" sits together, and few spoken words are exchanged as they work furiously to meet their daily quota of 135 comments.

http://www.businessinsider.com/russian-internet-trolls-are-trained-to-spread-propaganda-in-three-person-teams-2015-3?&platform=bi-androidapp

Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

(Reuters) - A blogger was hacked to death by assailants using machetes in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Monday, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation.

Washikur Rahman, a blogger advocating secularism, was attacked by young religious students on a busy street in the center of Dhaka on Monday morning, a police official said.

In recent years, religious militants in Bangladesh have targeted secularist writers while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make it a Sharia-based state.

Last month U.S.-based blogger Avijit Roy, another secularist, was hacked to death while returning with his wife from a book fair in Dhaka. His wife, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, suffered head injuries and lost a finger.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/30/us-bangladesh-blogger-idUSKBN0MQ0PE20150330?utm_source=twitter

Huge unexploded WWII bomb found in London

Builders uncovered a huge unexploded German World War II bomb in London on Monday, prompting the evacuation of two schools and hundreds of homes. The bomb, measuring five feet long (1.5 metres) and weighing 1000 pounds (455 kilogrammes) lay undisturbed below a pensioners' centre for seven decades in a densely populated southeastern part of the British capital.

"Seems our OAPs (old age pensioners) are hard as nails, drinking tea on top of a 1000lb bomb for 70 years," Lucas Green, a councillor in the riverside London borough of Southwark, wrote on Twitter.

He added that the bomb was buried two to three metres underground and still had its tail fin intact, and advised residents to open their windows and keep their curtains closed in case of a blast.

"It's a World War II-era German bomb," a spokeswoman for the Defence Ministry said, adding that bomb disposal experts were expected to continue working into Tuesday to make the area safe again.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/huge-unexploded-wwii-bomb-found-in-london/ar-BBiDMI7

Woman arrested after 'stripping and performing solo sex act on plane'

A 46-year-old woman was arrested at Gatwick Airport after allegedly stripping off on a BA flight from Jamaica and performing a sex act on herself.

The Londoner, who was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, allegedly disrupted the flight on March 19, forcing cabin crew to ask for it to be met by police on arrival.

According to the Daily Mail, a British Airways spokesperson said: "We can confirm that police were requested to meet our flight from Kingston."

The woman was given a police caution for being drunk, the Daily Mirror reports.

http://travel.aol.co.uk/2015/03/21/passenger-arrested-stripping-sex-act-ba-plane/
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/british-woman-arrested-after-stripping-5372627


Let me guess -- She was returning home after a week at Hedonism II in Negril, but she didn't get it all out of her system...

Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State

*We used data from the Census Bureau, which has two catch-all categories: "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified." Because those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness, we excluded them from our map.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/05/382664837/map-the-most-common-job-in-every-state

Why Real Libertarians Hate Rand Paul

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-January, Brett H. Pojunis, the chairman of the Nevada Libertarian Party, stood outside his office on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, ashing a cigarette and dissing Rand Paul. “We’re the Libertarian Party,” he told me, dramatically stretching out the word in his New York accent. Paul, a member of the Republican Party, was in town for a visit ahead of formally launching his bid for the White House, and Pojunis didn’t particularly care.

“Libertarian,” he said, is now just “a buzzword” for Republicans like the Kentucky senator. If Paul was really so libertarian, Pojunis had some advice for him: “Well, OK then—join the Libertarian Party!”

Pojunis led me inside past some staffers hunched over a computer trying to select a new party logo. “Is this too swastika-y?” he asked, pointing to an image closely resembling the Nazi insignia. We walked past a room cluttered with memorabilia from Baywatch, the 1990s TV show featuring bikini-clad lifeguards, and Pojunis explained that it was the personal office of Michael Burke, the creator of the show and a possible Libertarian Party candidate. “He literally has a key to the Playboy Mansion,” Pojunis said.

Anecdotally, when I’ve talked to Libertarians who identify as Paul supporters—particularly those who campaigned for his father, former congressman and two-time presidential candidate Ron Paul—they acknowledge the reality that Rand Paul may be the best ambassador to the mainstream political world they will ever get. In other words, the senator is not the ideal libertarian (an oxymoronic phrase, given the amount of infighting among libertarians about what exactly that is), but he comes close enough, and certainly closer than any other likely presidential candidate.

But Pojunis and his aides said those Paul supporters were fools. Libertarians who back Paul, he said, are “getting all the downside of compromise and none of the upside.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/20/why-libertarians-hate-rand-paul.html?via=mobile&source=twitter

I wish I could dredge up some sympathy for the libertarians, but I really can't...They knew damn well what deal they were making when they got in bed with the crazies and the nuts

Solar Power Comes of Age (80% cheaper than in 2005)

Solar power has been declared a winner before, only to flounder. It’s easy to remain skeptical today, given that solar power accounts for less than one percent of the global energy supply. But it is also expanding faster than any other power source, with an average growth rate of 50 percent a year for the past six years. Annual installations of photovoltaic panels increased from a capacity of less than 0.3 gigawatts in 2000 to 45 gigawatts in 2014—enough to power more than 7.4 million American homes. This time really is different: solar power is ready to compete on its own terms.

The momentum behind solar power is a result of innovations in regulation, industry, technology, and financing. In a number of markets, it no longer needs public subsidies to compete on price with conventional power sources, such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. The International Energy Agency, which has historically taken a conservative approach to evaluating solar power’s prospects, has projected that by 2050, in the best-case scenario, solar energy could be the single biggest source of power, generating as much as 27 percent of electricity worldwide.


If that happens, the consequences will be profound. Electricity will reach places that have never known what it means to get light or heat on demand. The price of electricity could fall, and utilities will have to figure out how to adapt. But the environmental gains, in terms of lower emissions of particulates, sulphur, and greenhouse gases, would be profound. 


THE POWER OF POLICY


Four factors lie behind the rise of solar power. The first is regulatory support. Around the world, governments have enacted a range of pro-solar policies, including requirements that utilities generate a given fraction of their electricity from solar power, feed-in tariffs (a guaranteed price per kilowatt of solar power), and subsidies to manufacturers of solar panels and the households that buy them. Policymakers have supported solar power for a number of reasons, including a desire to reduce emissions, diversify their countries’ energy supplies, and create jobs. Perhaps most important, they recognized the long-term potential of solar power and wanted to foster a market for it. 


http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/143066/dickon-pinner-and-matt-rogers/solar-power-comes-of-age

Wolff: Snowden effect hits 'Guardian'

Major journalistic scoops are judged by their impact on society at large, but they can also impact with unintended effects the news organizations that pursue them.

With the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying in 2013, Britain's Guardian newspaper and its U.S. Web presence became a major player in American journalism. But the selection of a new editor Friday at the Guardian — Katharine Viner — can be read as, in part, a deeply equivocal response on the part of the paper's staff, with its unusual power in the process of selecting a new editor, to the Snowden story. (Disclosure: I have written for the Guardian for many years....)

....The Snowden story was owned by a small circle at the paper: primarily, Rusbridger, who became its most public face; Janine Gibson, the Rusbridger acolyte with a reputation for sharp elbows imported from London to run the New York office; and Glenn Greenwald, the freelancer who had brought the story to the Guardian (and who discontinued his relationship with the paper shortly after the story broke). What's more, the story, which Guardian management believed would be a financial boon, attracted little advertising revenue and instead became a cost center — and other parts of the paper had to absorb the hit.

There developed, too, a sense of journalistic queasiness around Snowden, difficult to express at the party-line Guardian. Questioning Snowden's retreat to Russia and his protection by Vladimir Putin was internally verboten. There were Gibson's efforts to carefully monitor staff tweets, making sure Guardian journalists toed the line in support of Snowden and Greenwald. Then there was Rusbridger's interview with Snowden in July, which made Rusbridger seem, to many, like something of a fawning groupie — and left a sense of embarrassment among many staffers.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/wolff/2015/03/20/new-editor-for-guardian-newspaper/25094233/


I'd heard similar stories, but it's always good to see someone else confirm it...Just one more tick in the column of "things I was right about all along"
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