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  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...
  • WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

    04/01/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Ali Meyer
    The number of chronic marijuana users—defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month—increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. …
  • Bad Conduct -- or Cover for Bad Morale? (bad morale caused by CIC/Pentagon)

    10/14/2013 6:05:04 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 10/14/2013 | DrDan
    The Air Force just announced the firing of a 2-star general named Michael Carey. He was in command of the 20th Air Force, with 450 ICBMs under his control. His boss, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, said, "It's unfortunate that I've had to relieve an officer who's had an otherwise distinctive career spanning 35 years of commendable service." The reason officially given was "conduct" and somebody leaked that it was alcohol abuse. Perhaps that is the true and only reason, but something seems odd here. A quick internet search reveals Carey as a model officer who joined as an enlisted man...
  • Rand builds case for zombie F-22s

    03/03/2010 9:14:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 904+ views
    the DEW line ^ | 3/3/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The Lockheed Martin F-22 production line is dead, dead, dead. The US Air Force won't buy any more and foreign customers can't by any more. The age of Raptor production is over; long live the Lightning II. Or, is it? Rand's Project Air Force today published a 120-page monograph titled: Ending F-22A Production: Costs and Industrial Base Implications of Alternative Options. Hold on. What "alternative options"? Didn't we already decide the F-22 is dead -- no ifs, ands or earmarks? Rand's analysts explain in their report that the study was commissioned by the US Air Force before the decision was...
  • 400,000 troops needed to secure N. Korea and its 'loose nukes'

    01/29/2010 3:53:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 414+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 1/25/2010 | Donald Kirk
    If there's one sure way to infuriate the North Koreans, it's to talk of "regime collapse" and "contingency planning". As far as Pyongyang is concerned, such speculation is proof positive of United States-led plotting of a "pre-emptive strike". Against this background, one should not be surprised if the North Koreans see a study conducted by Rand Corporation analyst Bruce Bennett and Dartmouth College scholar Jennifer Lind as the most conclusive evidence to date that the planning is in an advanced stage. Considering Rand's contracts with the U.S. defense establishment, one has to perceive the study as a scenario for an...
  • Diffused War’ Model For Afghanistan?

    11/16/2009 2:24:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 566+ views
    Dod Buzz ^ | 11/12/2009 | Greg Grant
    What did the U.S. military offensive against Shiite militias in Sadr City in April 2008 and the Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza last December have in common? A lot, apparently, and both operations are being held up by their respective militaries as models for a new way of battling irregular fighters in urban strongholds. Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus likes to put up a PowerPoint slide in public briefings detailing the forces, intelligence and surveillance assets involved in the Sadr city battles as representative of a new way of fighting. “This is the answer,” Petraeus said at a...
  • Arm Afghan Tribes, Experts Say

    11/08/2009 9:19:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 612+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | October 30,2009 | Greg Grant
    A number of experts think the U.S. should abandon its “top down” strategy of building an Afghan national army and should switch to arming and paying local tribes to fight the Taliban. Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, appearing Thursday at a Capitol Hill conference sponsored by RAND, said he closely examined former Soviet counterinsurgencies in Poland and the Ukraine. In both cases, the Soviets successfully levered small, locally recruited militia forces to successfully battle numerically superior anti-regime insurgents. He warned of the perils of trying to police xenophobic Tajiks, Uzbeks and Pahstuns with an Afghan national army. A better...
  • Changes Needed in Way the United States Conducts Military Interventions

    10/03/2008 5:22:32 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 305+ views
    RAND Corporation ^ | October 2, 2008 | Unknown
    In preparing for possible future military interventions, the United States needs to shift substantial resources to the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, and military-civilian efforts must be integrated from top to bottom, according to a new report issued today by a group of veteran government and private-sector leaders. The report also recommends delegating spending authority to the field level and requiring that civilians and military officers gain extensive cross-agency experience in one another's disciplines. The report was developed to provide a set of national security recommendations to the incoming presidential administration and new Congress. The effort...
  • Virginity Pledges May Help Postpone Intercourse Among Youth (RAND Corp. Study)

    07/01/2008 1:19:42 PM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 285+ views
    News Release OFFICE OF MEDIA RELATIONS 703-413-1100 x5117 and 310-451-6913media@rand.org FOR RELEASE Tuesday June 10, 2008 Virginity Pledges May Help Postpone Intercourse Among Youth Making a virginity pledge may help some young people postpone the start of sexual activity, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers found that adolescents who made pledges to remain virgins until they are married were less likely to be sexually active over the three-year study period than other youth who were similar to them, but who did not make a virginity pledge, according to the study published online by the Journal of Adolescent...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • World Forum Focuses on Terrorism in Iraq

    01/29/2005 3:53:44 PM PST · by seppel · 6 replies · 338+ views
    Yahoo (via AP) ^ | Sonntag, 30. Januar 2005 00:49:07 | PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press Writer
    "In terms of perception, we've already lost the war," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism analyst who heads the Washington office of RAND Corp., a think tank known for its problem-solving research..
  • Worried Saudis Try to Improve Image in the U.S.

    08/28/2002 7:58:59 PM PDT · by GeneD · 16 replies · 261+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/28/02 (for editions of 8/29/02) | Christopher Marquis
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 — The Saudi government has spent millions of dollars on well-connected lobbyists and national television advertisements since Sept. 11 in a drive to improve its image among Americans and is poised to spend more as the anniversary of the events approaches. Saudi officials said the publicity was intended to counter intensified anger or skepticism among Americans toward their country, which was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers and which has clashed publicly with the Bush administration over a possible attack against Iraq. A striking sign of the Saudis' eagerness to reach out to the United States...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Emphasizes Strength of U.S.-Saudi Relations

    08/06/2002 3:59:22 PM PDT · by GeneD · 3 replies · 204+ views
    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today emphasized the strength of U.S.-Saudi relations, and reiterated that the two countries have been friends and allies for over 60 years. Prince Saud described the bilateral relationship as "excellent in all fields." Prince Saud described as "pure fiction" the contents of a briefing given by Laurent Murawiec of the Rand Corporation to the U.S. Defense Policy Board on July 10, 2002, in which he described the Kingdom as an enemy of the United States. Prince Saud indicated that he received a telephone call from...
  • Saudis are our enemy, Pentagon group warned

    08/06/2002 8:37:31 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 12 replies · 260+ views
    Capital Hill BLue ^ | August 6, 2002 | Various sources?
    At a classified briefing last month , a top Pentagon advisory panel was told Saudi Arabia is an enemy to the United States and a backer of terrorism. "The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader," stated the briefing prepared by Laurent Murawiec, a Rand Corporation analyst. The briefing was presented on July 10 to the Defense Policy Board, a group of prominent intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon on defense policy, the report said, adding that it appeared to be linked...