1. AM Briefing BowlersDesk.com 4-15-14 San Diego News


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    AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 15, 2014 San Diego politics is busy today. At 10:00 AM San Diego’s City Council is meeting and the top things on their agenda are …. Honoring the San Diego State University men's basketball team for their stellar season, by declaring today "SDSU Men's Basketball Day" … Changing committee assignment because of Ed Harris's appointment to the council to finish off Mayor Faulconer's term now that he's mayor. And at 2:00 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is making the official presentation of his budget proposal. This morning at 9:00 Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting a town hall about state proposition 41. Speaker John Perez, Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Brian Maienschein and Assembly Member Shirley Weber are all slated to attend. Prop 41 authorizes California to sell $600 million dollars in bonds to fund housing for homeless veterans. At noon the county's annual report card on child and families will be released. The report talks about things like teen pregnancy, poverty, smoking and obesity. At 1:00 this afternoon the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners are meeting and on the agenda is a proposal to raise the Tuna Harbor parking lot meter prices by 50 cents an hour. Waiving building height limits for a parking lot is top of the agenda for the Chula Vista City Council this afternoon at 2:00. Two political endorsements today. 1: First at 10:00 AM the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is endorsing Republican congressional hopeful Carl DeMaio. This group was first formed to help sponsor California's Proposition 13 in 1978. Many blame prop 13 for many funding problems that California schools have. The group has evolved into an anti-tax group. Among other things the group is trying to suspend is the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. 2: Then at 11:00 AM the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Councilwoman Lorie Zapf's city council re-election and Chis Cate's run for the district six council seat. They are both republicans running for a quote "non-partisan" seat. Opera singers are suing the dyeing San Diego Opera. The singers have 2-years left on their contract and say that the Opera has to go to arbitration to figure out how much to pay them. So the signers want a federal judge to force arbitration. In court today two things worth talking about. 1: At 9:00 AM in El Cajon's courthouse closing arguments begin in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi. He's accused of beating his wife to death. 2: And at 1:30 Pedro Zurita is being arraigned and accused of killing his estranged wife and leaving her body in the parking lot of wear she worked in Carlsbad. And finally this morning at 10:40 San Diego Unified School District is announcing a $716,000 thousand-dollar grant from the Defense Department. The grant is supposed to help military kids get into Advanced Placement classes. For more on these and other stories please check bowlersdedsk.com … And please remember to post, re-post, and share. SUBSCRIBE TO SOCIAL FEEDS!!! So you will be kept up to date on what matters. iTUNES: http://bit.ly/12bfoHB YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/YSNkuL FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/16nPkeP TWITTER: http://bit.ly/XpSkJc BLOG: www.BowlersDesk.com # # #

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    • NAIMUN DoD Harlem Shake


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      The Department of Defense Committee at NAIMUN 50 performs a Harlem Shake as a reward for raising over $300 for Action Against Hunger. The committee eventually raised $510 between 18 delegates.

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      • Top Secret Defense Department film


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        Rick Damiani tries out secret defense department alien technology post-cold-war initiative secret weapon at Lookout on 27 January 2013

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        • Dorion Sagan with Paul Stamets: String Theory, The Brain & The Magical Mushroom


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          Dorion Sagan interviews mycologist Paul Stamets at the Telluride Mushroom Fest for #sputnik. For the full interview transcript, go to: http://blog.sptnk.org/ Enjoy!

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          • Syria Conflict (July 22, 2012)


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            Analysis of the Syrian conflict and external intervention therein as of July 22, 2012. Commenting are Deepak Tripathi, Bill Jones and Joseph Zrnick.

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            • Report Release of Resolving Ambiguity: Costing Nuclear Weapons


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              As defense budgets decrease, many observers have called for cutting nuclear weapons to produce savings. But nobody is really sure how much the United States spends on nuclear weapons. Official estimates suggest $20 billion a year. Unofficial estimates say $55 billion a year. The wide gap of those estimates creates an uncertainty that clouds the policy discussion of what the United States should do with its nuclear weapons. Stimson released a report of a year-long study that will clarify these issues. First, it compares the various estimates and demonstrates that most of the difference comes from different definitions. Second, it employs a new methodology to estimate the costs of the most uncertain aspect of nuclear weapons-support costs within the Department of Defense. The event featured a presentation by the report's authors laying out the conclusions of the report, followed by a panel of experts to discuss the implications of the report's findings with a question and answer period to follow. This report will clarify the uncertainty over how much the United States spends on nuclear weapons, returning the focus to the more important questions about how the United States should handle its nuclear weapons in the coming years. Presentation by the Report's Authors: Russell Rumbaugh, Director, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Stimson Center Nathan Cohn, Research Assistant, Stimson Center Followed by a panel discussion with: Stephen Schwartz, Editor of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Journal, The Nonproliferation Review Robert Zarate, Policy Director, The Foreign Policy Initiative Kingston Reif, Director of Non-Proliferation, The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

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              • Burlington County Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Roundtable 5/22/2012 - South Jersey: A Defense Industry Hotbed


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                Twenty thousand new defense-related jobs is the employment projection for Atlantic County's Next Gen Aviation Research & Technology Park (ARTP). With Joint Base MDL being the state's largest employer (other than state government itself) and Lockheed Martin's Moorestown operation being the state's largest manufacturer, the regionis already firmly entrenched in the defense sector. Add to that the impact of the defense technology development work being done at Drexel's Camden-based ACIN Incubator and the development of the world's next generation of air traffic control at ARTP in Pomona (next to the FAA's huge William J. Hughes facility there) and you have four cornerstones for a regional defense industry juggernaut. Panelists include: Carmen Valentino, VP Naval Radar & Future Systems, Lockheed Martin Dennis Culnan, Director of Business Administration, South Jersey Transportation Authority Phil Hopkins, VP, Research, Phil Hopkins, VP, Research, Select Greater Philadelphia

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                • Flournoy Speaks at Stimson's Chairman's Forum


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                  The Chairman's Forum is a strategic conversation, featuring respected opinion leaders in the foreign and security policy arena. Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., Stimson's Chairman of the Board, holds these informal discussions about eight times a year to address the most relevant global issues we face today. This month's guest was the Honorable Michele Flournoy, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Defense Department.

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                  • Discussion with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Jamie Morin


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                    Stimson welcomed Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management Jamie Morin to discuss how the Air Force's proposed budget reflects the new defense strategy laid out by the President in February. Even as our fiscal crisis and the Budget Control Act lay greater constraints on defense spending, the Defense Department must respond to the world we live in. The President has laid out a strategy to achieve both goals, which suggests a greater reliance on the US Air Force.

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                    • Whistleblower Exposes U.S. Intel Manipulation that Justified Iraq Invasion


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                      Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski — who worked in the Pentagon and witnessed firsthand how a controversial intelligence operation was set up after 9/11 — gives an insider’s account of how neoconservative Defense Department officials selected and manipulated intelligence to justify a U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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