Sen. Lindsey Graham: Next 9/11 attack could come from Iraq and Syria – CBS News

“We need air power immediately to stop the advance toward Baghdad,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS – the jihadists who are an offshoot of al Qaeda – could control the entire northern half of the country and use it to march on Jordan and Lebanon while Iran moves in to control the south.

The South Carolina senator added that the director of national intelligence and the head of the FBI have both warned that ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has promised to carry out the next 9/11 attacks.

“I think it’s inevitable. The seeds of 9/11 are being planted all over Iraq and Syria. You don’t have to believe me, this is what they’re telling you they’re gonna do. They’re not hiding their agenda. They want an Islamic caliphate,” Graham said. “They plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home.”

Lindsey Graham needs to stop fighting the wars his father most likely fought in. Vietnam wasn’t that war and neither is the wars we fought since, are fighting, and future wars he hopes Americans will have to fight and die in. While war may mean wealth for the corporations that support him and jobs for those in his state that vote for him, fighting the war of our fathers means fighting the war that we want, not the war that we need.

And he may be right. It may be inevitable that what comes out of this latest conflict in the Middle East means a strike on our homeland, but right now the forces able to do that are busy, and they will be busy for some time in the future. And, as he says, it is not like they are hiding their agenda from those young men and women of future generations who will have to fight in this next war. The future is being laid out for those generations of Americans who want to see, want to act, and for them to decide.

So for now senator just stop. Resign from your position of power and let others take over. It is going to take awhile for the next generations to get rid of the corrupting forces that are skewing the future for their generation and that are deep inside your decision-making process. The quicker you leave the more chance they have in making the right decisions.

And while you are at it, take those ignorant people with you who are still fighting WWII. Once they had the values America needed, but they have now become so corrupted by corporate greed that they need to leave, and to leave with you.

via Sen. Lindsey Graham: Next 9/11 attack could come from Iraq and Syria – CBS News.

As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe

Iran is coming to the aid of its historic nemesis, sending elite fighters to Iraq in the wake of a Sunni insurgency that has claimed two key northern cities and now threatens Baghdad, Fox News has learned.

Gee Fox News, have you learned how much hardware purchased from the U.S. by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is coming to help hold the positions of the Sunni insurgency?

Because, believe me, if Iran is there, so are they.

via As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe | Fox News.

Hagel faces skepticism over claim freed Taliban members were only planners

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought Wednesday to justify to skeptical lawmakers the controversial swap of five hardened Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, claiming the former Guantanamo detainees were planners, and had not directly participated in attacks on Americans.

Look, if Hagel isn’t worried about meeting these guys while walking point, hey, I don’t have a problem with their release.

But then I am, like most of those in Congress, a person who has no military experience, to qualify my statement in this matter.

On the other hand, I am sure those in Congress know that these guys have been out of service for quite awhile, so it is going to take some time and resources to get them back into the game.

Most likely by then the game will be over for them anyway, because they are now old, in 15th century terms, to be of much use.

via Hagel faces skepticism over claim freed Taliban members were only planners | Fox News.

Are Cell Phones the New Cigarette?

This is a test post via my Medium account. I really like the platform so here goes:

From my perspective, Apple should/would/probably has one and only one goal — that is to equip every single person in this world with an iOS device. But this is a lofty goal.

It is a lofty goal. The tobacco industry also had a similar goal that was nearly reached, but such goals never seem to turn out that well for human beings.

via Are Cell Phones the New Cigarette? — Medium.

Squatter is not a 4 letter word

It was probably a mistake, but I called my step-son’s friend  a squatter. My step-son’s response was to say, “a squatter is someone who can’t pay,” and noted that Sam can pay.

But I didn’t accuse Sam of being a renter. I based the label of “squatter” on Stephen’s history of having to help Sam move under derrest in the last few places Sam, and my step-son when he doesn’t live with us, lived.

It should be interesting to hear what Sam says. Labels shouldn’t be important, but, more likely than less, they are.

Marco Rubio gives Hillary an ‘F’ rating

“I’m sure she’s going to go out bragging about her time in the State Department. She’s also going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether it’s the failed reset with Russia or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives,” he said. “If you look at the diplomacy that was pursued in her time in the State Department, it has failed everywhere in the world,” Rubio said. “If she is going to run on her record as secretary of state, she’s also going to have to answer for its massive failures.”

Ok, smart work Rubio. Come out on Mother’s Day and soon to be Grandmother’s day against Hillary. It must be the strategy to never pass up an opportunity to get a dig in, especially on the day many people will be thinking about them.

Second, a very good narrative can develop that tells a very different tale of Benghazi. A story whose end leaves the U.S. still losing soldiers in Libya, at a time when we are trying to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world.

As for Russia, let’s wait and see. No U.S. soldiers have died yet in a new “Iraq” type front. I mean the Native Americans know how to handle the Northern Bear. You give them plenty of room, and, if they come into your camp and start messing around, you wait for winter and hunt them down while they sleep.

via Marco Rubio gives Hillary an ‘F’ rating | Early & Often.

Design: Matching Innovation Types to Organizational Capabilities | Soren Petersen

Innovation is Purposeful Change
The lifeblood of any organization is matching its unique internal capabilities (Enablers: technology) with external needs (Drivers: market), to attract resources, which then enables growth. In the competition and collaboration between organizations in ecosystems, those most adaptable to change, survive and even thrive. In a dynamic environment, an organization’s ability to change is largely dependent on its ability to successfully innovate.

So, by matching the organizations internal capabilities with external needs by design, it is inside the designer that the lifeblood of capabilities, of the organization, pumps through, but who controls the designer’s heart?

So, where does design come into play? Design matches external opportunities to internal capabilities, such as market needs with technology solutions. Design does not necessarily have to be carried out by management, industrial designers or engineers; anyone can be designing, in isolation or as part of a design team.

In other words, if the lifeblood of the organization really pumps through the designer, it is the designer, structurally, who  becomes the heart and mind of the organization. At least within the domain of the capabilities of the corporation. Once at the heart of the organization, He/she becomes the vessel who is able to make the connection between external opportunities and internal capabilities.

Design does not necessarily have to be carried out by management, industrial designers or engineers;

So, if design is not specific to any culture inside the organization architecture, how do you design a designer?

To carry out any innovation with a purpose the designer needs to use all the capabilities of the organization, but, because every workspace has a culture at the center of all its capabilities (culture, organizational architecture, process, and assets) including culture, the designer has to be many people.

But, when pealing through the layers of people, in the end there is only one culture the designer comes out of and that is the organization’s. As the articles says, “anyone can be designing”, but they all need to be designing within the culture of the Organization, which means being true to the brand.

By being true to the brand, the designer can come with many capabilities and still be a part of any organizational culture or structure; be a part of any process; and, in the name of design, consume all assets in the action of creating a purposeful ( and I would  be including meaningful) change.

And so on, but like almost everything else living, designing comes down to control. If the lifeblood of an organization pumps through the heart of a designer and the mind of the designer controls the heart; how does the organization control the capabilities of the designer and make changes in those capabilities at the same time?

The designer is hopefully designing around a culture, but who really knows that is what’s happening out there or if there is any culture to the design at all. To find out what the designer’s culture is, what do you do? Asks his/her mother, look on Facebook, tweet, or post an image? Yes, at least I suppose so, but why is culture that important?

All change has a cost and all cost of change is paid by the capabilities of the organization. Therefore the organization needs to control the costs of change to protect its capabilities, including to preserve its organizational culture, both internally (workspace) and externally (market space). Culture is that important because it is structurally centered around the capabilities of the organization and ultimately pays the cost of change in the organization.

Because lifeblood is actually the power of the organisation, the only way to really control the designer is through time of distribution.

As the chart shows: organizations can do this “time” in increments (let’s do this together) or in a disruptive (your way or the highway) way.

And therein lies the problem. Do we do it on your time or the organizations?

I suppose that is the answer to the question: between your way or the bi-way?

And, at the moment of that inertia, when every capacity of the design is the place, that is where the competition really begins.

via Design: Matching Innovation Types to Organizational Capabilities | Soren Petersen.