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In Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban increasingly involves covert operations | PBS

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After 18 years of the fight in Afghanistan, following the events of 9/11 in 2001, Jane Ferguson reports on the increasing violence and interviews several members of the insurgent group. Ferguson met with Taliban members in the Wardak province. Through a translator, one man named Motmaeen says “I am fully confident that America is being defeated and will be defeated. ... Read More »

Seeking recognition for Merrills Marauders of WWII China-India-Burma Theater | Observer Reporter

Merrills Marauders Chinese troops on the Ledo Road

The first infantrymen to fight on the Asiatic mainland during World War II in the China-India-Burma Theater had to battle their way through dense and dangerous jungles. Led by Brig. Gen. Frank Dow Merrill, the unit travelled 750 miles on foot by mules through the rough terrain. Only one survivor remains. Russel Hamler, age 95, resides in Pennsylvania. A petition ... Read More »

Lithuanian Advice on Dealing with Russia’s Hybrid Warfare | Georgia Today

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The Georgian Institute for Security Policy interviewed Eitvydas Bajarunas, Ambassador-at-Large for Hybrid Threats, on his countries experience with dealing with foreign hybrid warfare threats. Hybrid warfare are coordinated attacks that go after different forms of society, such as information warfare and cyber-attacks. The first method to prepare for these Russian confrontations is to do your national homework. This includes threat ... Read More »

UAE launches ‘Edge’ conglomerate to address its ‘antiquated military industry’ | Defense News

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In an effort to establish itself in the hybrid warfare and advanced military technology industry, the UAE government has established Edge.  Employing more than 12,000 with revenues exceeding $5 billion, EDGE positions the UAE to develop strategic partnerships with industry leaders and advance their dated military production and infrastructure. Source:  https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/dubai-air-show/2019/11/06/uae-launches-edge-conglomerate-to-address-its-antiquated-military-industry/ Read More »

How to keep an audience awake during your next powerpoint | Star Tribune

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Philipp, a strategy team analyst, was recently asked by a writer on how to rework his PowerPoints after receiving feedback claiming they were boring. The primary focus, Philipp says, should be telling a story with slides that don’t stray from your point. Keeping it short and sweet with a few bullet points rather than long paragraphs will keep your listeners ... Read More »

The number of 401k millionaires hits a record high | CNBC

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A new Fidelity 401k plan record has been set in the third quarter of 2019. With 200,000 accounts reaching one million, the count is up 7% from last year. While the national average account balance fell by 1%, almost one third of account holders increased their savings rate. The average savings rate is 13.4%, including employer contribution. The accounts in ... Read More »

Here’s a better way to convert dog years to human years, scientists say | ScienceMag

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The common formula stating that “one year equals seven dog years” is a myth without any scientific evidence to back it up. A new theory suggests that chemical alterations to someone’s DNA throughout their life create what is known as an epigenetic clock. Dogs and wolves have also been shown to go through these DNA changes. Scientists used the Labrador Retriever ... Read More »

Should I lease or buy a vehicle before January? | Kelly Blue Book

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As 2019 comes to an end, the sales and special offers available can be overwhelming, along with all the financing options like buying or leasing.  It really comes down to timing, taxes, depreciation value, and ultimately what kind of car you are interested in and what you are using it for.  Purchasing requires more out of pocket cash but you ... Read More »

Rare Mercury Transit, the Last Until 2032, Thrills Skywatchers Around the World | Space

NASA photograph of Mercury in it's true color

Mercury scooted across the sun’s face for the last time until 2032, spending about 5.5 hours crossing in front of the sun. Skywatchers across the Americas, Africa and Europe could see at least part of Mercury’s journey, but only with telescopes or high-power binoculars equipped with protective solar filters. Meanwhile, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory provided views of from space.  Transits ... Read More »

4 Ways To Pay for Your Parents’ Long-Term Care | Fool

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Covering your parents’ long-term care expenses is becoming more and more costly each year. If you are feeling the squeeze, or expect to in the near future check out 4 simple tips to help cover expenses and ensure your parents’ receive the proper care and support they need as they age. Source:  https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/11/05/4-ways-to-pay-for-your-parents-long-term-care.aspx   Read More »