Cartman in Kabul
Further criticism has been levied at controversial American security firm formerly known as Blackwater for allegations that an employee named “Eric Cartman” signed out 200 AK-47s.
"What is it about operating in Afghanistan that leads people to adopt false names—and ludicrous ones, at that? We already had ‘Britney Spears’ among the many dubious registrants for last summer’s elections. Now, as Wired’s Danger Room reports, there’s this, from a Senate Armed Services Committee investigation into Blackwater, the company that has been going by the name Xe: ‘More than 200 AK-47s were taken out of Bunker 22 [an armory that held weapons meant for the Afghan National Police] in September 2008 and signed for by a Paravant/Blackwater employee named ‘Eric Cartman.’ Some of the weapons apparently withdrawn by our favorite South Park character were unaccounted for for months afterward, according to the committee.’ Would Eric Cartman make worse use of them than the average Blackwater contractor? (There apparently isn’t one by that name, by the way.) Or ‘Paravant contractor’—Paravant being another assumed name for Blackwater. Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the committee, said in a briefing for reporters that there was ‘no meaningful distinction’ between the two—but what is ‘Paravant’ supposed to suggest? Paramilitary advantage, paranormal vantages, par avion?"
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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