It’s Not About the FAR, It’s About Building Relationships

The U.S. government has access to millions of smart people to help since its technology problems, but the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the bureaucracy created around the government’s brightest people hinders the government from connecting the two. 

[The] arcane restrictions [on fedbizopps.gov and industry days] make it virtually impossible to build relationships in the ways a venture capitalist or business developer does.


http://warontherocks.com/2016/11/its-not-about-the-far-its-about-building-relationships/

Meet the Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Elected to Congress Last Night

27 veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq won Congressional seats on Tuesday night, while several more races are still being decided.

In addition, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens won the governorship of Missouri 

https://www.americangrit.com/2016/11/09/veterans-elected-congress-last-night/?utm_source=ASMDSSsh&utm_campaign=ASMDSSsh&utm_medium=Facebook

WHITE HOUSE EXECUTIVE CHEF REVEALS OBAMA’S FAVORITE FILIPINO FOODS

Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) –President Obama’s favorite Filipino foods:

1. Halo-Halo (shaved ice)

2. Dinuguan (pork blood stew)

3. Balut (duck embryo)

4. Adidas (chicken feet)

5. Kinilaw na  Kambing (ceviche-style goat meat)

6. Tocino (sweet cured pork)

7. Laing (spicy taro leaves)

8. Pinakbet (Filipino version of ratatouille)

9. Crispy Pata (Deep-fried pork knuckles)

10. Kare-Kare  (Tripe and vegetables in peanut sauce)

Source: WHITE HOUSE EXECUTIVE CHEF REVEALS OBAMA’S FAVORITE FILIPINO FOODS

Comparing the American Representative Republic to European Representative Democracies

First of all, stop referring to America as a democracy. Democracy in its true form does not work, except in Switzerland. If you are reading this and care about technical accuracy, try using one of these terms instead of democracy when discussing forms of government: federal republic, parliament, and representative democracy. Maybe consider adding the word “indirect” in front of democracy when attempting to describe American government.

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The Fact and Fiction of the NASA EmDrive Paper Leak | Motherboard

If we ever want a four-hour trip to the moon or a two-month trip to Mars, we’re going to need a rocket engine that doesn’t need rocket fuel.

This is the idea behind the radio frequency resonant cavity thruster—otherwise known as EmDrive—a theoretical reactionless engine powered by turning electricity into microwaves and bouncing them around a closed metal funnel.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-fact-and-fiction-of-the-nasa-emdrive-paper-leak

How We Broke Democracy (But Not in the Way You Think) – Medium

In today’s society, we no longer get our news from one of three sources common to most Americans (ABC, CBS, and NBC television) as we did in the past. We now get our news through social media, which has its own sorting algorithms that create information ghettos that do not seek to inform us of new information, but to confirm our preconceptions of existing information towards new events.

We insulate ourselves in these ‘information ghettos’ not because we mean to, but because it’s just easier.

https://medium.com/@tobiasrose/empathy-to-democracy-b7f04ab57eee#.1zzz1xapu