Thursday, May 06, 2010
CNN iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Please join us here today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion. It's been a great week and we're looking forward to talking with you. Here are just a few of the cool things that have happened in the CNN iReport community:

 

DaElmer and GavinoJr did a great job on CNN on Wednesday. It was exciting to see them on TV.You can watch the video here.

MarieSager shared photos of Julia Louis-Dreyfus getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony became even more newsworthy when they discovered the actress' name was spelled wrong.

iReporters have also done an incredible job telling the story of the Tennessee flooding, the failed Times Square bombing attempt and the oil spill that threatens the U.S. Gulf Coast. They also shared dramatic images of the clashes in Greece and tensions in Nepal.

 

Comments will open at 3 p.m. ET. We'll talk with you then.

103 Comments
May 6, 2010
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Hello, can't believe I'm the first one here today. :)

May 6, 2010
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Happy Thursday everyone!

May 6, 2010
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Hi everyone.

Before we get started, I want to let you all know about a recent change on CNN iReport.

We added a new filter that hides comments that include a hyperlink.

We did it to make the site less attractive to spammers.

Sorry I didn't put the word out sooner on that.

 

May 6, 2010
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Nice to talk to you guys.

May 6, 2010
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I noticed that @david when I tried to post a link to follow up on my ireport. lol

May 6, 2010
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The only bad thing about that is that now we can't post links to further iReports but for me, it's worth the trade off. Big time.

May 6, 2010
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Hola Como Te va?

May 6, 2010
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@Davidw

That makes commenting with corraborating links impossible. Can you make it selective to a certain rating?

 

May 6, 2010
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Before we get too busy I have a question about why you allow someone to use my photo, which they took from CNN.com on an iReport. I emailed @david about it and copyright but no one responded so far...

May 6, 2010
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Has anyone visted or lived in Portland, Oregon?  I'm going there next weekend....any suggestions of where to eat and what to do?

May 6, 2010
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@mcintron -- Yeah, sorry about that. The good news is, it has really cut down on spam. Blog comments are actually readable and there aren't as many folks selling sunglasses or whatever in the comments.

May 6, 2010
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Yes, I wondered if it would allow links to any cnn.com story, but apparently not...

May 6, 2010
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Hi all!

May 6, 2010
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@david - Oh I love that spammers are gone! I cannot express in words how much I hated seeing that @#$!@ in blogs. Congratulations on finding a quick solution!

May 6, 2010
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@EWillies1961 -- That's a good point. We'll keep taking a look at it. I think there are ways to tweak things.

May 6, 2010
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I like my spam fried and with sunny side up eggs. Then I can't eat for a month. lol

May 6, 2010
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Hi all! Jumping in a little late. How is everyone?

May 6, 2010
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Hi Kyle, lila, david,ewillies, adriana! Whew.

May 6, 2010
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@KyleHD I've never been to Portland myself, but since I'm planning a trip there later this year, I asked a friend in the know. And he sent me back this: http://www.panic.com/blog/2010/04/portland-eats/

May 6, 2010
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I am disappointed.  I am on vacation in Nashville and this city has been really devastated.  So many national famous landmarks from the Grand Ole Opry and such are underwater and almost NO attention from CNN and other national media outlets.  I sent in several iReports of the damage and pictures and saw almost none of them being vetted for show on air.

May 6, 2010
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@KyleHD Never been to Portland, but I've always wanted to. I'll be visiting Seattle this summer -- I'll have to get in tough with you for recommendations!

May 6, 2010
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Hi katie! Doing good, beautiful day in NYC today! How are you feeling?

May 6, 2010
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Hey @KATIE

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick, I have to disagree. I have seen lots of coverage on Nashville on CNN TV and other outlets. Maybe not enough, but a lot.

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick - I was your Nashville videos complaining about CNN's coverage and I shared your thoughts at our big CNN.comeditorial meeting this morning. We brainstormed ways to better tell the story. If you look on the homepage now, it's the top story.

May 6, 2010
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@lili mmm thank you those look delicious!!!!!!  I'll let you know if I try any of them!

 

@katie for sure! Seattle has some great places!

May 6, 2010
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@david, Did you see my question about my photo being used by another iReporter? I would like clarification on how that's possible...and allowed?

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick - So thanks for sharing your thoughts! You helped guide our coverage today :)

May 6, 2010
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@mcintron hi back to you! :)

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick

CNN actual played TN constantly. One of the issues is this has been an eventful week. And now a market selloff.

May 6, 2010
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@mcintron -- That was a tough call and I'm sorry I didn't get back to you. We used your photo for the Star Wars assignment, because it was the best photo we had. The submitter used that image for their iReport.

I didn't want to pull it because they had a pretty good story. We will make sure that the iReporter doesn't get credit for the photo when we start workign on the project.

I'll put a note in the file as soon as we're done here.

May 6, 2010
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p.s. Apologies to all for any typos! I'm typing one handed -- my other arm is in a sling -- so I might be a little slow to respond.

May 6, 2010
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Comment on the new 'Living' assignments - I love them! I can't do a lot of them because they don't apply to me, but they are fun and really good. I pass them on to people I know who can post stories.

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick AC360 will be beaming from Nashville tonight.

May 6, 2010
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Anderson Cooper tweeted the following: "been getting a lot of emails saying "where is the media" in TN covering the flooding. They are right. We haven't done enough on it"

 

He also said: "we haven't done enough on TN flooding, your criticism is totally fair. should have come sooner."

 

I am glad he acknowledged it. 

May 6, 2010
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@EWillies You're right. Between the oil spill, Times Square incident, flooding, and Greece protests, it's been a busy week and tough to balance! But we've been super impressed with the volume and quality of iReports coming in on all those stories.

May 6, 2010
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@david - That's fine with me, thanks for the answer. I love that you used my photo for the assignment, but it irked to see it used by someone else without credit. And yes, I thought his/her story was really good too. I tried to comment to tell them that, but posted a link to my Star Wars story (for the photo) and it didn't post due to new restrictions. I couldn't figure it out. lol

May 6, 2010
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@everyone -- Last week someone suggested that we make it so you can see everyone that your following to make it easier to keep up with people.

Our amazing developer pbethany saw the suggestion and went ahead and did it.

Now if you go to your profile you'll be able to see the folks your following.

I just heard about this, so I haven't tried it, but it's still cool.

May 6, 2010
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Glad everyone likes the new Living assignments! We're looking for a name for the series, so if anyone has ideas, please share! Here's the latest one: Do you have a pampered pet? http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=440508

May 6, 2010
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And now there's a stand/off hostage situation in NH with a guy claiming to have a bomb on a Greyhound bus. When does it end? Lot's of weird stuff this week.

May 6, 2010
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I just tried it and if you go to your profile, there's a following tab.

May 6, 2010
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davidw....I've always been able to see the folks I'm following....did you mean to say, the folks that are following us?

May 6, 2010
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@david, Can we also see who is following us? That would be cool too.

May 6, 2010
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What about all the rallies around the nation? does anybody have a suggestion of videos? I think It's very important to have those kind of issues in mind, don you think so?!

May 6, 2010
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@Katie, do you mean you need a new name for the 'Living' assignments?

May 6, 2010
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I've some videos and pictures of the rallies, but nearly as much as I saw of the Tea Parties.

May 6, 2010
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@KCRep

There are people I follow that I could not see. I do not know if it was a maximum.

May 6, 2010
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@mcintron Yes! Any ideas?

May 6, 2010

What was the deal with sugrmapes iReport last night? Please state the nature of the violation. I'm a bit curious. :-)

May 6, 2010
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@KCRep, mcintron -- I misunderstood. There used to be a cap so you could only see a certain number of the people you're following. Now you can see all of them.

 

It doesn't let you  see who your followers are.

May 6, 2010
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ack typing with a 4yr old on my lap, while playing Yoshi..typing skills affected.

May 6, 2010
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@katie....I like the title "living".

May 6, 2010
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@PoliceState -- I saw your post about that, but was unable to find the pulled iReport, so I honestly don't know what the issue was. I did see an iReport about the police raid on the site, but I don't know if it was the same one.

 

May 6, 2010
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@david...oh, ok, I don't follow too many peeps.

May 6, 2010
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@Katie, not yet...but I am going to think hard on it!

 

Also, did you like Kitty Baby at Life Cafe? Weren't they great? I uploaded a whole video of them to my YouTube channel. I think they're going to be BIG!

May 6, 2010
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@Nubaie -- Welcome -- I just took a quick look at your iReports. I'll let the folks at CNNMexico.com know about it because they're always looking for Spanish language content.

May 6, 2010
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@Staff.....Joyfulgypsy just uploaded a fantastic report she did with Lance Orton, the new hero from NYC car bomb attempt...

May 6, 2010
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@KCRep It's a series for the Living section of CNN.com, so we need some kind of title that distinguishes the iReport assignments. Like "Weekend Assignments."

 

Here's the summary: "We've been teaming up with our friends at CNN.com Living on a photography series about your life. Each week, we invite you to share images on one of three topics - design, fashion and pets."

May 6, 2010
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Names for 'Living series' - 'Life Shots' (as in snapshots of life) or 'shots of life'. Maybe that needs too much of an explanation. :p

May 6, 2010
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@KCRep -- Thanks for the heads up. We were in meetings when that posted, but it's on our to do list. It was really good.

May 6, 2010
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Greetings from Iceland

May 6, 2010
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@Katie...yes, I've submitted quite a few reports on that assignment already,  I love it!!

May 6, 2010
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@KCRep - We saw Joyful's. It's great! We'll be in touch to vet soon.

May 6, 2010

davidw, It was up for just a little while and then it went away. When does CNN do its maintenance cycle? An accident? Hmm, I'm keeping my eye on you guys and gals. LOL

May 6, 2010
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@mcintron...Life Shots!  That really sounds good.

May 6, 2010
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@everyone -- We have to wrap up at 3:45 today. So we'll type fast to get everyone's questions answered.

 

May 6, 2010
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@david, Okay, but Katie can't keep up. She needs a new, voice activated computer... How about it CNN? ;)

May 6, 2010
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@PoliceState -- I will double check this evening. It could have been pulled by one of our moderators because it violated our terms of use, but I couldn't find it in the pulled file this morning. I'll double check it if I can find it.

May 6, 2010
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Can any of the iReport staff mention exactly WHERE Anderson Cooper will be broadcasting live from tonight in Nashville?

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick -- We don't have that information. Sorry.

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick,  my guess is the grand ole opry.

May 6, 2010
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Can Anderson Cooper contact singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters in Nashville? She lives and performs there and has been tweeting up a storm about it. She's has performed at the Grand Ol' Opry, etc.

May 6, 2010
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I think everyone should go through their old iReports.  I was watching a few of my older iReports earlier this week, and it was interesting to see what my thoughts and opinions on things were back then, compared to now and see how much I've changed as an iReporter....it's really interesting and fun.

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick Not sure, but I'd keep checking his Twitter updates!

May 6, 2010
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@KyleHD -- That's a really fun suggestion.

May 6, 2010
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How are things in Iceland ander?

Has it settled down a bit?

May 6, 2010
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@ReallyRick Didn't the museum just reopen?  I would think there, a draw spot and electricty.

May 6, 2010
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Gretchen Peters is on twitter as herself if anyone is interested. I'll tweet her about Cooper. She has been helping to raise funds for local organizations.

May 6, 2010
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@KyleD...I've done that, my views haven't seemed to change much lol.

May 6, 2010
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The Museum of Country Music is downtown and suffered very minor flooding.  If that is what you were referring to.  The Gaylord Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry are across town.

May 6, 2010
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@KCRep, yea mine haven't either, but to know the facts we know now that we didn't know then and think about it, most specifcally about the election and those debates.  So much fun!

May 6, 2010
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GOO has MAJOY water damage, too sad.

May 6, 2010
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oops MAJOR

May 6, 2010
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@KyleD @KCRep, I doubt mine would have changed much either, but I don't do politics on iReport. Too volatile a crowd on the internet for me.

May 6, 2010
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@Kyle.....and proof that our feelings back then were SPOT ON!!!

May 6, 2010
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Hi David - well volcano is doing well, still troubling avaition in Ireland and thereabouts.

But not affecting us in Iceland in any way, so tourism is doing well.

and 2 former CEO´s of big banks arrested today , and corruption is doing well also , in political circles .

but besides all that , we are doing fantastic.

And how are things at your end ?

May 6, 2010
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@ander Things are great here and iReporters are doing great things, so it's an exciting time.

 

 

May 6, 2010
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@everyone -- I've got to go, but don't let that stop you from keeping the conversation going.

We'll talk to you next week.

May 6, 2010
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@everyone Ditto to what David said! We're going to wrap up now. Thanks for dropping by!

May 6, 2010
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CUL8TR

May 6, 2010
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cya next week!

May 6, 2010
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@david, katie, lila and everyone, see ya's next time. Thanks!

May 6, 2010
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have a great weekend everyone!

May 6, 2010

GREAT, MY INTERNET JUST CAME BACK ON:(

 

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May 6, 2010

Well i did try... Darn it:(

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The Army is changing for the better.  The Army will make its first institutional change by learning to manage the inevitable changes to come within its structure.  The spur in technological change mired with a burly desire to bring forth revolution in areas of culture, mode of operation and leadership in the army; have compelled the army leaders not only to embrace but also to initiate change in their operations. As the wise Gregg Easterbrook once high lightened: “The American military is now the strongest the world has ever known, both in absolute terms and relative to other nations; stronger than the Wehrmacht in 1940, stronger than the legions at the height of Roman power.”  The U.S. forces dominance in the world is not a secret, this trend is however being challenged gradually as the nations of the world strive to clinch that coveted position of international military supremacy.  As Clay Brook clearly states the U.S forces are undisputed masters of the “commons” (sea, air, and space), which allows them to project power anywhere in the world at short notice. In order for the U.S forces to maintain that position, deliberately calculated measures must be taken to assimilate new technologies in the army in order to propel their edge and sustain their dominance in the world.

Why Change in The Army is Inevitable

The size and the scope of the Americans military advantage make it impossible for any world country to mount a full-spectrum challenge to U.S. military capabilities in the foreseeable future. The military has established mechanisms to make entry barriers too high for air, sea, and space systems. The U.S. spends around $500 billion a year on its military, almost as much as the rest of the world combined. In fact, the U.S. spends more simply on the research, development, testing, and evaluation of new weapons. The research and development effort creates new technologies and modes of operation, in order for technical changes to be implemented and assimilated in the army, decisive reforms must be made. 

Leadership and the hierarchy of the command in the army however, pose a massive barrier to new changes, the values and belief systems of the army are old and stringent, too inflexible to allow change to infiltrates into the force. As Shrestha, Laura elaborates, a framework has been created to explicate a systematic interplay between new interests and ideas that lie at the crux of managing the diffusion of innovations within military organizations.  The old conservative leaders have explored the nebulous technological advances being experienced in the contemporary world and have been compelled to adjust and initiate change within military hierarchies.  The army must thus be re organized, restructured and transformed to embrace the current trends in respect to external and internal pressures in order to stay at par with the world wave of revolution rocking the world. In order for change to be initiated effectively it must stem from the roots of military training Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, cites at least three schools of thought that encompass military transformation in their seminal anthology on the future of the profession of the Army: the revolution in military affairs school; the public organizational theories school; and the civil-military relation theory school. 

There are myriad external and internal drivers of change that impel all the institutions of the world to change to adopt to new advancements in their modus operandi. The military is facing a constant need to adopt to change to avoid being phased out by modern trends. Even though the army is very rigid in its structures and operations it has gradually and systematically changed to utilize smart weapons, battlefield robots, and unmanned aerial vehicles in place of large infantries to conduct future wars. This is a massive progress in the army as it helps in minimizing losses and limits the number of officers deployed to carry out an attack. In order to capitalize on technology and minimize on losses the army has got to utilize technology development its leadership structures and to embrace change in social, political, or military domains.”

Naturally, dogmatic and well structured institutions try to impel all the external forces which could alter their culture and operations. Military is such an institution, full of regulations, valuation system, autocracy and resistance to change. In the modern world however, there is no room for anybody of governance or institution to remain rigid as this poses a risk of being phased out technologically. The armed forces have eventually realized the significance of embracing change and sustaining that change in their operations.

 

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June 16, 2010
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I just heard on Anderson Cooper that the Coast guard is running the private fisherman that are trying to clean up the oil off the water. This does not surprise me. I lived in Algiers Point in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. We were not floooded in that area. I lived one block from the levy near the ferry station. A couple of days after the hurricane there were boats lined up along the road that ran next to the levy as far as you could see. They were sherriff, wild life officers and many other official departments from all over the state and neighboring states. We asked them why they were just sitting there and were told that they were told by the mayor and other goverment officials to leave because they were not needed. This looks like another cover up of the ineptness of our government to handle a crisis.

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