Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory wrote a powerful letter to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is currently under trial for the bombing attack.
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When the Allies defeated Japan at the end of World War II, they dismantled the Japanese security apparatus and deliberately left the country dependent on outside powers. This entailed not only taking apart the military but also the extensive imperial intelligence apparatus that had facilitated Japanese expansion in Asia. As it reconstituted itself, postwar Japan opted for a decentralized intelligence system as an alternative to its prewar model. The result was more a fragment of an intelligence apparatus than a full system, with Tokyo outsourcing the missing components to its allies. This system worked through the Cold War, when Japan was more essential to U.S. anti-Soviet strategy. Since then, however, Japan has found itself unable to count on its allies to provide vital intelligence in a timely manner. The Islamic State hostage crisis in January, during which Japan depended on Jordanian and Turkish intelligence, reinforced this lesson.
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Infographic Of The Day: Homeless Transgender Youth
Transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual. Q stands for questioning – someone who is questioning their sexual and/or gender orientation. Sometimes, the Q stands for “queer,” a term reclaimed by some LGBTs for political reasons.
Open Market Commentary: Sideways Trading As Averages Stay Just Above Unchanged Line, Session Headed For Slow Speed Trading
by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101
The title of this post was taken from a paper by Josef Mensik, a colleague of mine from Brno in the Czech Republic. The abstract starts like this:
Written by Gary
Opening Market Commentary For 05 Mar, 2015
Markets opened up, flat as expected and sea-sawed with a very small trend upwards that eventually failed and began to slip. All of this (?) action was with a very narrow range and falling volume. Indicators are fractionally bullish for now but expected to turn bearish either today or late as Monday.
By 12:45 the markets were still trading sideways in what might become quieter than usual as some traders head out early for the weekend like I am going to do.
January 2015 Manufacturing New Orders Again Decline. Rolling Averages Remain in Contraction. Data Looks Very Soft.
Written by Steven Hansen
US Census says manufacturing new orders declined. Our analysis agrees. The data has been soft for a half a year. Consider that this data is noisy - and the rolling averages (which include transport) are decelerating - and are in contraction territory to boot. Unfilled orders are shrinking (year-over-year unadjusted). Most components soft.