Cruz: I Wouldn't Give Up My Paycheck BUT U.S. troops will be kept on the job but not paid

Cruz: I Wouldn’t Give Up My Paycheck After a 21-hour speech where he pledged to stop the upcoming Affordable Care Act or close the government trying,

Senator Ted Cruz admitted during a Skype call to an Austin conference that he had not really considered what effect a shutdown would have on his own salary. After being pressed further, he conceded that he “had no intention” of giving up his paycheck if the federal government shuts down. Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced Friday night that 1.4 million U.S. troops will be kept on the job but not paid if a shutdown occurs. Read it at CBS September 27, 2013 10:32 PM

The Council for American Private Education

The Council for American Private Education

The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.  All schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., November 18 and 19.  In its 31-year history, the program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools.

CAPE’s Board of Directors

The Rev. Daniel Heischman
Executive Director
National Association of Episcopal Schools
Vice President
Richard Ungerer
Executive Director
American Montessori Society
Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP
Executive Director
Secretariat of Catholic Education
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Dan Egeler
President & CEO
Association of Christian Schools International
Rabbi David Zwiebel
Executive Vice President
Agudath Israel of America
Martha Rolley
At-Large Member
Director, K-12 Marketing
Apple, Inc.
R. Jay Nelson
Executive Director
Association of Christian Teachers and Schools
Virginia McHugh Goodwin
Executive Director
Association Montessori Internationale, USA
Beverly Amico
Leader of Association Outreach and Development
Association of Waldorf Schools of N.A.
Charles Glenn
At-Large Member
Professor Administration, Training and Policy Studies
Boston University
David Koetje
Executive Director
Christian Schools International
The Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director for Educational Partnerships Vocation and Education Unit
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Terry Schmidt
Director, LCMS Schools
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
John E. Chubb
National Association of Independent Schools
Bro. Robert R. Bimonte, FSC
National Catholic Educational Association
Philip Patterson
Executive Director
National Christian School Association
Donnie Peal
Executive Director
Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship
Mark Siegel, Esq.
At-Large Member
Executive Director
Oregon Federation of Independent Schools
Dennis Plubell
Associate Director
Seventh-day Adventist Board of Education, K-12
Gregg R. Schmill
Director, Commission on Lutheran Schools
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Schools
Gary Arnold
Arkansas State CAPE
State CAPE Network Representative

JOB: NSA Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer

Every US citizen should apply.
A mass-application from every US citizen will yield one of two positive outcomes.
Either you get to ask interesting questions at an interview, or you get to prove the appointments system a whose your daddy affair.
Job Title: NSA Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer
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Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Salary Range: Up to $173,000
Job ID:  1039797
Location: Fort George G. Meade, MD
Occupational Group: 0905 General Attorney
Full-Time –  Pay Plan: GG
This position will be located at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland.   The NSA is a Component of the DoD Intelligence Community with combat support responsibilities. The work force is composed of both military assignees and civilian employees located worldwide, to include military members of the Central Security Service (CSS). The NSA’s core missions are to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce signals intelligence information.  The Information Assurance mission confronts the formidable challenges inherent in preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information and in protecting national security information systems from unauthorized intrusion.  The Signals Intelligence mission is to collect, process, and disseminate signals intelligence in response to intelligence and counterintelligence information requirements and to support military operations.  NSA also supports U.S. Cyber Command.   The NSA Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer (CLPO) is conceived as a completely new role, combining the separate responsibilities of NSA’s existing Civil Liberties and Privacy (CL/P) protection programs under a single official. The CLPO will serve as the primary advisor to the Director of NSA for ensuring that privacy is protected and civil liberties are maintained by all of NSA’s missions, programs, policies and technologies. This new position is focused on the future, designed to directly enhance decision making and to ensure that CL/P protections continue to be baked into NSA’s future operations, technologies, tradecraft, and policies.  The NSA CLPO will consult regularly with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence CLPO, privacy and civil liberties officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, as well as other U.S. government, private sector, public advocacy groups and foreign partners.    Specific Duties:   a. Provide advice and guidance to the Director and the NSA senior leadership team to ensure that all agency activities appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties consistent with operational, legal, and other requirements.  b. As the senior architect for CL/P, ensure that protections are addressed as part of all internal strategic decision processes related to the agency’s operations, key relationships, tradecraft, technologies, resources or policies. c. Represent the Agency on CL/P matters and serve as a liaison to other department/agencies/boards and, as appropriate, the Congress. d. Responsible for broadly and, to the greatest extent possible, proactively explaining how NSA protects CL/P to the internal workforce, within the IC, to USG partners and to the public. e. Manage CL/P policy, and advise on related assessment and compliance programs.  f. Ensure adequate procedures are in place to receive, investigate, respond to, and redress complaints from individuals who raise CL/P concerns. g. Ensure that appropriate CL/P offices within ODNI, DoD, and DoJ remain apprised of all significant CL/P issues arising from NSA activities.  h. Provide CL/P reviews and assessments as required of the NSA support to the U.S. Cyber Command.  i. Provide testimony at Congressional hearings and special briefings to Members of Congress and their staffs concerning any CL/P questions relating to NSA, as appropriate. j. Ensure that NSA leadership is informed of significant developments or changes in CL/P related statutes, policies, best practices, or technologies affecting the NSA enterprise, its people or its resources.  k. Build partnerships with the public and private sectors and within the national security community to advance mission objectives.  l. Perform such other duties as the Director may prescribe.
Applicants must have significant, senior executive level CL/P protection policy setting and program management experience and an authoritative knowledge of related best practices, norms, policies, statutes, and regulations.  The successful candidate will be well known and highly regarded by U.S. privacy and civil liberties protection professionals. Must have demonstrated the ability to perform complex analysis, develop innovative solutions, give effective oral and written presentations, and forge working relationships with senior level officials.  Must also possess the administrative skills to effectively oversee an office and manage other professionals.  Substantive knowledge of CL/P issues as they relate to telecommunications and internet privacy is required.  Experience with and knowledge of the CL/P issues related to surveillance in national security and law enforcement environments is a plus.  Legal education or experience is preferred.
Evaluation Criteria:  The applicant selected must meet all the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) listed below.  Applicants should provide a brief narrative (no more than one-half page) to support each ECQ.  In addition, each applicant must submit a resume.  Fully qualified applicants will be reviewed by a Panel.
ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE   This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
– Creativity & Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
– External Awareness – Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the organization’s impact on the external environment.
– Flexibility – Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
– Resilience – Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
– Strategic Thinking – Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
– Vision – Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.
ECQ 2:Leading People
This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
– Conflict Management – Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
– Leveraging Diversity – Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
– Developing Others – Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
– Team Building – Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust.  Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
– Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost effective results.  Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work.  Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
– Customer Service – Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
– Decisiveness – Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
– Entrepreneurship – Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving product or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
– Problem Solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
– Technical Credibility – Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.
This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, material and information resources strategically.
– Financial Management – Understands the organization’s financial process. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget.  Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
– Human Capital Management – Builds and manages the workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs.  Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems.  Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
– Technology Management – Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.
This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
– Partnering – Develops networks and builds alliances, collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
– Political Savvy – Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.  Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
– Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take: gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
This core qualification is comprised of the Intelligence Community (IC)-specific “joint” competencies of Collaboration and Integration, Enterprise Focus, and Value-Centered Leadership.
– Collaboration and Integration – Share information and knowledge to achieve results by creating an environment that promotes employee engagement, collaboration, integration, information and knowledge sharing, and the candid, open exchange of diverse points of view.
– Enterprise Focus – Demonstrate a deep understanding of how the mission, structures, leaders, and cultures of the various DoD and IC components interact and connect.
– Values-Centered Leadership – Advance and reinforce DoD and IC core values: A Commitment to selfless service and excellence in support of the IC’s mission, as well as to preserving, protecting, and defending the Nation’s laws and liberties; the integrity and Courage (moral, intellectual, and physical) to seek and speak the truth, to innovate, and to change things for the better, regardless of personal or professional risk; and Collaboration as members of a single IC-wide team, respecting and leveraging the diversity of all members of the IC, their background, their sources and methods, and their points of view.

Spilling the NSA's Secrets: Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger on the Inside Story of Snowden Leaks

Spilling the NSA’s Secrets: Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger on the Inside Story of Snowden Leak
Sep 23 2013 <>
Three-and-a-half months after National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden came public on the the U.S. government’s massive spying operations at home and abroad, we spend the hour with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the British newspaper that first reported on Snowden’s leaked documents. The Guardian has continued releasing a series of exposés based on Snowden’s leaks coloring in the details on how the NSA has managed to collect telephone records in bulk and information on nearly everything a user does on the Internet. The articles have ignited widespread debate about security agencies’ covert activities, digital data protection and the nature of investigative journalism. The newspaper has been directly targeted as a result — over the summer the British government forced the paper to destroy computer hard drives containing copies of Snowden’s secret files, and later detained David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian for nearly two decades, joins us to tell the inside story of The Guardian’s publication of the NSAleaks and the crackdown it has faced from its own government as a result.  [snip]  Video

Experts to Discuss U.S. Government Internet Surveillance Programs and Online Privacy at INET San Francisco

The event will also feature a panel discussion with the following participants:
·         Susan Freiwald, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
·         Matthew Sundquist, Former Facebook Privacy Team Member and Co-founder of
·         Declan McCullagh (moderator), Chief Political Correspondent, CNET
·         Paul Brigner, North America Regional Bureau Director, Internet Society
INET San Francisco will be held on October 2 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm PDT at CNET’s offices located at 235 2nd Street in San Francisco, CA. The event will also be streamed live for those unable to attend in person, For further information, including how to register, please visit
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Education UK Partnership activities and opportunities;
Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI2) activities;
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Information is sent out on the same day as it is received and delivered via e-mail in the form of a daily digest containing all the messages received for posting that day. The content is quality controlled and edited to ensure that it is relevant to subscribers. The service also provides a searchable archive of all postings to the list, so subscribers can refer back to messages if necessary.

Happy Birthday Django Reinhardt born January 23 1910

Django Reinhardt born January 23 1910

Django Reinhardt, Django jazz, Django guitar
Jazz Guitar Pioneer January 23, 2009 by Christopher Coats 
Born into a vagabond life on the outskirts of Paris in 1910, Django Reinhardt took on the fledgling world of jazz and re-imagined it through his gypsy roots, bringing the guitar to the fore and changing the perception of the instrument forever.

Django’s son Babik is a very literate musician and has in recent years, written scores for 3 French motion pictures as well as having visited the United States. Paris 1985 he was playing in a club with his cousin Boulou and another guitarist by the name of Christian Escoude.
Grand nephew Lulo Reinhardt composer and player of gypsy jazz.
Lulo Reinhardt is a Sinti gypsy and descendant of the great French gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Lulo Reinhardt is an extremely gifted guitarist who was taught by his father at the age of five, inherited the guitar gene. At twelve, he played in the Mike Reinhardt Sextett and later co-founded the group, “Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers.”
His name has achieved international acclaim.
In 1991, he founded “I Gitanos” with his father Bawo and cousin Dege, touring throughout Europe. He has played with Toto and Marta Glenn, released CD´s and played at the music festival “Rock gegen Hass”(Rock against Hate),
another concert in aid of the north African Sahouri in the city of Tinduf, Algeria. In the meantime he has established himself an outstanding reputation as a composer and guitarist.
Lulo often plays with DOUG MARTIN
These clips are from a concert in January with Doug Martin and Lulo Reinhardt for the Saga and Shubb companies as a part of the 2007 Namm music conference in Anahiem 2007
The Sinti arrived in Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages, eventually splitting into two groups: Eftavagarja (“the Seven Caravans”) and Estraxarja (“from Austria”). These two groups then expanded, the Eftavagarja into France, where they are called “Manouches”, and the Estraxarja into Italy and Eastern Europe, mainly what are now Croatia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, eventually adopting various regional names.
The Sinti have produced some number of renowned musicians, such as Drafi Deutscher or the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Biréli Lagrène. The Sinto Häns’che Weiss produced a record in Germany in the 1970s in which he sang about the Poraimos (Roma Holocaust) in his own language. Many younger Germans first learned about this part of Holocaust history as a result of this recording. Titi Winterstein and several members of Reinhardt’s clan still play traditional and modern “Gypsy jazz” all over Europe. The jazz keyboardist Joe Zawinul was also of Sinte (Sintenghero) descent.
In Italy they are present mainly in Piedmont region.
The Romani people recognize divisions among themselves based in part on territorial, cultural and dialectal differences and self-designation. The main branches are[6][7][8]:
1. Roma, crystallized in Eastern Europe and Central Italy, emigrated also (mostly from the 19th century onwards), in the rest of Europe, but also on the other continents;
2. Iberian Kale, in Iberian Peninsula, emigrated also in Southern France and Latin America;
3. Finnish Kale, in Finland, emigrated also in Sweden;
4. Welsh Kale, in Wales;
5. Romnichal, in the United Kingdom, emigrated also to the United States and Australia;
6. Sinti, in German-speaking areas of Central Europe and some neighboring countries;
7. Manouche, in French-speaking areas of Central Europe [9];
8. Romanisæl, in Sweden and Norway.
Nomadic People
Irish Travellers (Irish: Lucht siúil) are an itinerant people of Irish origin living in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States. It is estimated that 25,000 Travellers live in Ireland and 7,000 in the United States. The number of Travellers living in Great Britain is uncertain, with estimations ranging between 15,000 and 300,000
Travellers refer to themselves as “Pavees”, whereas some English people often refer to them with the derogatory terms “Pikeys”, “Gypos”, “Jidders” “Shams”, or “Knackers”. In Irish, Travellers are called an Lucht siúil (literally “the people of walking”). Many non-Pavee people (called “buffers”, “country people” or sometimes “rooters” still use the term “tinkers” from the Irish tincéirí, sg. tincéir or “tinsmith.” Rarely, Travellers were referred to as the “Walking People” by English speakers in Ireland.