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Ferguson Deployment: What is the experience of the Missouri National Guard....

Here is some information on what the Missouri National Guard has been called upon to do.

Both the 1138th and 1139th Military Police Companies were deployed in Iraq as recently as 2010:

1138th Military Police Company say farewell to Iraq and the 1139th MPs
By: Rachel Knight
Missouri National Guard Public Affairs

AL ASAD, Iraq - After a year deployment, the 1138th Military Police Company is heading home after receiving a warm farewell from the 1139th Military Police Company, who is scheduled to come home in August.

This past weekend, the 1138th met with members of the 1139th Military Police Company when they spent a few days at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq while transitioning home.

"We had two Missouri National Guard units on the same forward operating base at the same time," said Capt. Jakin Waldock, 1139th executive office.

The 1138th Military Police Company, based in West Plains with a detachment in Springfield, was deployed to Camp Cooper, Iraq, where they were tasked with performing various strategic missions in the area, including conducting detention center operations, maintaining evidence and providing security oversight for the internment facility and its detainees.

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The 1139th Military Police Company, based in Harrisonville, is deployed to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq with their main mission of conducting security missions and other military police operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 160 Citizen-Soldier unit consists mostly of members of the 1139th Military Police Company with additional Missouri National Guard members from various companies across the state.

http://www.moguard.com/06-11-10-1138th-military-police-company-say-farewell-to-iraq-and-the-1139th-mps.html



...and all of the Missouri National Guard Military Police Companies have been overseas...



The National Guard is the only branch of the military that supports both the president of the United States and the governor of the Guard's home state. This unique aspect is called our dual mission, and as a result, the Missouri National Guard answers to both President Barack Obama and Governor Jay Nixon.

Defense support to civilian authorities

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The Missouri National Guard is the only component of the armed forces that has two missions. Our federal mission is to provide federal support when called upon by the president - this could be for overseas contingency operations or federal emergencies like Hurricane Katrina. Our state mission is to support the governor of the Missouri in times of state crisis.

Our STATE MISSION is to provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law under the authority of the governor. Before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when most people thought of the Missouri National Guard, they typically pictured Guard members filling sandbags or helping transport effected citizens during the floods of 1993. Our role has expanded since 9/11, with Guard members continually serving around the world and around our country. As but as seen during recent emergencies like the June 2008 flood and the January 2009 ice storms, that stateside mission is still a major part of what we do. In the past five years, the Missouri National Guard has responded to a wide range of state and national emergencies including flooding on the Mississippi, tornadoes and hurricanes in the Gulf Coast.

Our FEDERAL MISSION is to maintain properly trained and equipped units for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise directed by the president. Missouri National Guard members must always be ready for any mission from the president, including peacekeeping missions and overseas contingency operations.

Army National Guard Units Deployed Fiscal Year 2012
- Company A, Aviation Support Group Aurora
- 175th Military Police Battalion Columbia
- 1138th Engineer Company (SAPPER) Farmington
- 2175th Military Police Company Hannibal
- 1138th Transportation Company Jefferson Barracks
- Joint Force Headquarters - Missouri (Elements) Jefferson City
- Agribusiness Development Team V Jefferson City
- Agri-Business Development Team VI Jefferson City
- 229th Multifunctional Medical Battalion Jefferson City
- 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Jefferson City
- 1137th Military Police Company Kennett
- 35th Combat Aviation Brigade Sedalia
- 935th Aviation Support Group Springfield
- Detachment 3, 185th Theater Aviation Company (C-23) Springfield
- Detachment 3, Company F, 1-169th Aviation (MEDEVAC) Springfield
- 3175th Chemical Company St. Peters
- 548th Transportation Company Trenton
- Company C, Aviation Support Group Warrensburg
- 1/135th Aviation Battalion (Elements) Whiteman AFB

Air National Guard Units Deployed Fiscal Year 2012
- 131st Bomb Wing Whiteman AFB
- 139th Airlift Wing St. Joseph
- 121st Civil Air Control Squadron St. Louis
- 157th Air Operations Group St. Louis

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Military Police

Military Police are prepared to assist civil authorities during stateside emergencies like the June 2008 floods and conduct a wide range law and order-related overseas missions. The Missouri National Guard has two Military Police Battalions - the 205th and 175th - under the command and control of 70th Troop Command. Since Sept. 11, 2001, every Missouri Military Police Company has been mobilized overseas to Iraq, Afghanistan or Kosovo.

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http://www.moguard.com/our-force.html



So much for the hopes for de-escalation and demilitarization.

Sanctimony 101: Parodying a Well-Known, Likely Misquotation of Steinbeck

The Parody:

"Justice for torture victims never was considered as more than a mere manifestation of sanctimony in America because the oligarchy sees torture not as an execrable war crime but simply as an understandable reflex of temporarily frightened patriots."

--a parody of a well-known, likely misquotation of John Steinbeck


The Likely Misquotation:

To wit: "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." -- John Steinbeck


http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck


The Possible Source:

America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction
By John Steinbeck

...

Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: "After the revolution even we will have more, won't we, dear?" Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picnickers on her property.

I guess the trouble was that we didn't have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew -- at least they claimed to be Communists -- couldn't have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.

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http://books.google.com/books?id=DyU2SzVGH6kC&lpg=PT34&vq=socialism&pg=PT35#v=onepage&q=%22Everyone%20was%20a%20temporarily%20embarrassed%20capitalist%22&f=false

The United States of America did NOT torture "...some folks."

"We" tortured individual persons. To wit: each measure of liquid in waterboarding did not nebulously affect some abstract and ill-defined group - each drop affected a single person's ability to breathe.

Measure by measure, second by second, breath by desperate breath, these people then became "our" torture VICTIMS. Regardless of whatever else those people may or may have not done, they are now and always will be the VICTIMS of our government's torture program. That is "our" relationship to them.

This is not sanctimony - it is consistency. Torture is fundamentally wrong and is a war crime. George Bush and his thugs are war criminals and should be prosecuted.

President Obama on Torture: "...Hopefully We Don't Do It Again In The Future."

In case anyone would like to see President Obama's recent remarks (August 1, 2014) on torture, here is the segment (about 4 minutes) of the White House video that deals with it:



This excerpt is from the longer video (about 48 minutes) of the press conference that is located here:



"...Hopefully we don't do it again in the future..." is apparently all there is to say.

A New Way to Pay for a Year of University?

Iowa offers free tuition for 5 student season ticket owners
Mitchell Schmidt
Iowa City Press-Citizen
10:54 p.m. CDT July 29, 2014


A handful of University of Iowa students will be getting much more than a gameday experience at Kinnick Stadium when they purchase their fall football tickets. Five lucky Hawkeyes also will receive two semesters of free tuition.

UI has pledged free tuition to five randomly selected, current in-state students who purchase a six-game or seven-game season ticket by Friday. Winners will receive free tuition valued at about $8,000 for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

The goal of the generous giveaway is to draw enthusiastic student fans to Kinnick, said Lisa Pearson, director of marketing for the UI Athletics Department, and is the result of sluggish season ticket sales this year.

The fans in the stadium really feed off the energy from students, so wed like to have a full student section, Pearson said Tuesday. Were trying to get as many students into the stadium as possible.

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http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/education/university-of-iowa/2014/07/29/iowa-offers-free-tuition-student-season-ticket-owners/13348277/


Has the UI Athletic Department broken new ground here or is this practice common at other universities?

Is this effectively equivalent to a UI athletic scholarship for being a lucky-season-ticket-holding-in-state-tuition-paying football fan?

At any rate, this just seems perverse to me.

Iowa City, IA: Arrest made after shots fired on pedestrian mall

Arrest made after shots fired on pedestrian mall
Iowa City Press-Citizen
1:23 p.m. CDT July 27, 2014

One juvenile has been arrested and Iowa City Police are searching for another suspect after multiple shots were fired on the pedestrian mall early Sunday morning.

According to a media release from the Iowa City Police Department, at 1:36 a.m. officers on foot patrol heard the sound of gun shots on the pedestrian mall. Witnesses of the shooting described two suspects to the officers: The alleged shooters were described as two black males, one in a white t-shirt and the other wearing dark clothing. Witnesses told officers that the two suspects fled to the south of where the shots had been reported taking place, according to the release.

Police located a black juvenile two blocks to the south of the area of the shooting, according to the release. A loaded pistol was found in his possession and he admitted to firing multiple shots into the air while in the pedestrian mall. No injuries were reported from the incident.

According to the release, the juvenile suspect was charged with Reckless Use of a Firearm, a simple misdemeanor; Carrying Weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor; Going Armed with Intent, a Class D felony; and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a Class C Felony.

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http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2014/07/27/multiple-shots-iowa-city-pedestrian-mall-juvenile/13237817/

"Weird Al" Yankovic - First World Problems





Some Good News: BBC to stop counterweighting scientific consensus with lunatical idiocy...

Stop Giving Airtime to Crackpots
By Phil Plait

In very welcome news, BBC journalists have been told to stop inviting crackpots on news shows in the name of balance.

Oh, I do so love this. Its precisely the right thing to do, sorely needed and sorely overdue. In this specific case, back in 2012 the BBC was criticized for news shows inviting on people with fringe views, especially when the science being discussed was solidly understood.

Obviously, the topic most abused in this way was the reality of global warming. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying any attention at all.

But more broadly, most TV news shows do this, especially when they are done with a talk show format. Its all too easy for a news program or other venue with a biased ideological objective (cough cough Fox News cough Wall Street Journal cough) to bring on people who sound authoritative, but who are in fact simply cranks or contrarians with outlandish claims. This sort of bias sows doubt, which is far easier to do than to debunk it.


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http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/07/crackpottery_bbc_journalists_told_to_stop_interviewing_science_deniers.html


A screen-captured 'sunset' from space - thanks to the ISS HD EVE (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/) :



Thanks for the link to the ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment's video stream...

Here is an image of a sunset - the image was captured from the ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment's video stream:



ERB: Nye vs. Newton



Given that integral(sec(x), dx) = ln( abs( sec(x) + tan(x) ) ) + C


One finds

integral(sec(x), dx, {0, Pi/6}) = ln( abs( sec(Pi/6) + tan(Pi/6) ) ) - ln( abs( sec(0) + tan(0) ) )

sec(0) = 1
tan(0) = 0

integral(sec(x), dx, {0, Pi/6}) = ln( abs( sec(Pi/6) + tan(Pi/6) ) ) - ln( abs( 1 + 0 ) )

abs( 1 + 0 ) = 1

integral(sec(x), dx, {0, Pi/6}) = ln( abs( sec(Pi/6) + tan(Pi/6) ) ) - ln( 1 )

ln( 1 ) = 0

integral(sec(x), dx, {0, Pi/6}) = ln( abs( sec(Pi/6) + tan(Pi/6) ) ) - 0

sec(Pi/6) = 1/( cos(Pi/6) ) = 2 /((3)^(1/2))
tan(Pi/6) = 1/((3)^(1/2))

integral(sec(x), dx, {0, Pi/6}) = ln( abs( sec(Pi/6) + tan(Pi/6) ) ) = ln( abs( (2/((3)^(1/2))) + (1/((3)^(1/2))) ) )

integral(sec(x), dx, {0, Pi/6}) = ln ( ((3)^(1/2)) ) = ln( (3)^(1/2) ) * 1


Since ln( (3)^(1/2) ) * 1 = ln( (3)^(1/2) ) * ((k)^64) implies 1 = k^64 or k^64 = 1, one must find the sixty-fourth roots of unity.


The sixty-fourth roots of unity are the elements of the set {e^((2*Pi*i*n)/64)} with n being an element of the set {0, 1, 2, 3, ..., 63}.

Euler's formula states that e^(i*m) = cos(m) + i*sin(m). If n = 16, (2*Pi*i*16)/64 = i*Pi/2 and m = Pi/2.

cos(Pi/2) = 0 and sin(Pi/2) = 1, so e^((2*Pi*i*16)/64) = 0 + i*1 = i.

Thus, the solution in the video corresponds to the 17th of the sixty-fourth roots of unity -i.e., the one that has the value n = 16.


Would anyone care to analyze the prism's refraction of light (i.e., the displayed order of colors) relative to the orientation of the prism? It is difficult to tell, but the intended refracted beam looks a lot like it is reflecting off one of the lateral faces or lateral edges of the prism.

This is a really neat video and a cool rap.









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