General Vincent K. Brooks

Background

In an age where voices can be reduced to soundbites, cliques and inflammatory comments and categorization.

In general finding the worst in each other and blanket statements about “what we have seen before“.

And, those buckets are based on National Origin and Religion.

How do we go forward?

And, so we ask ourselves how do we go forward or are we are just in a maze of bad choices, which leads to stillness, and assumption of a fetal position.

As I was watching an interview yesterday, I heard the name of Vincent Brooks.  I googled on his name and found a couple of freely and broadly accessible videos on youtube.

 

Video

  1. General Brooks discusses his biggest challenges and biggest successes in Iraq.
    Uploaded On :- 2011-May-4th
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  2. GEN Brooks message
    US Pacific, 4 Star General
    Uploaded On :- 2013-July-22nd
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  3. LTG Brooks West Point Visit.mov
    Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Commander of 3rd Army, returns to his Alma Mater to speak to the Corps of Cadets about Army Leadership.
    Uploaded On :- 2012-April-10th

    Link

 

Indepth

GEN Brooks message, US Asia Pacific

  1. Command Video for Team 6
  2. Team Qualities
    • True test of a team is not missing a beat even as we change command
  3. Truly blessed to return the Four Star general to Asia Pacific since 1974
  4. Media
    • Another channel for me to air directly
    • It is not substitute to see and hear in person
  5. Opportunity
    • Training
      • Training our own and our partners and friends
    • Professionalism
      • Exporting professionalism
      • Your Professionalism will be available to our partners
        • Qualities
          • Be yourself
          • And, give each task your best effort
  6. Challenges
    • Fiscal Challenges
      • Fiscal challenges we have has a nation
        • Every dollar we are given, we have to stretch
        • Take care of our people and realize that we are fortunate to have the ones we have
    • Changing Culture
      • We can not allow practices that undermine our pride and the pride we feel as an Army
      • Eliminate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
        • Actions that leave trauma in unit and members of our team
        • Have a culture where this experiences are not able to occur
        • To do
          • Start with yourself
          • Allow others to make it go away
          • Set example for others to see
        • zero tolerance
        • Trust
    • Gratitude
      • Thanks for welcoming my wife and I

 

Andrew Galvin :- A Fertilised Egg Is Not A Contract

 

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A Fertilised Egg Is Not A Contract

(On the Question Of A Father’s Rights during Pregnancy)

Dear Men,

Some of you are confused as to whether or not you have the right to force a woman whose egg your sperm has fertilised to either terminate the pregnancy against her will or carry the pregnancy against her will as the case may be. Let’s see if I can help.

No.

No you don’t.

And it’s awful to even think you can.

Once you’ve ejaculated, your agency ends with regard to having a say either way about any pregnancy.

Why is that?

Because…

A) After ejaculation, literally every other aspect of making a baby happens in and to another person’s body.

B) Forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy against her will and forcing a woman to terminate a pregnancy against her will both fall under the legal definition of torture.

But don’t worry, this does not diminish your rights or choices. Here’s how:

If you DON’T want a termination then your fool-proof guaranteed way to ensure that is to exercise your infinite, pre-ejaculation agency and choose not to ejaculate into a vagina.

Crazy, I know but it works 100% of the time, all the time.

If you DO want a termination and the woman involved doesn’t the exact same applies. Your last chance to make that choice is BEFORE you ejaculate. So, make it then; in that glorious time of infinite, pre-ejaculation agency, Instead of thinking you can force a termination on someone who doesn’t want one later down the line.

How great is that? With a little forethought full control of the situation is decidedly back in your hands. I understand this may feel like a bit of a hollow victory to get what you want but without the opportunity to at the same time harass and force your wishes on another person, but what can I say? If you think that an egg fertilised by your sperm gives you control over what does and doesn’t happen to the woman that carries it you are incorrect. A bit scary, and incorrect.

Look, I’m not saying you cannot make your feelings known. In most cases your partner may well even petition you for input but the important part here is that that the decision does and should rest solely with the person who will have to carry and give birth.

To conclude, an easy to remember recap and words I would like all men to remember and live by:

Pre-ejaculation: Your body Your choice. Post-ejaculation: Her body Her choice

Married with secrets

Introduction

Last weekend I spoke to a young lady I met in College.

I told her about being addicted to the show Fatal Attraction.

She said there are numerous shows along same lines.

And, so that is how I found “Married with secrets“.

 

Videos

  1. Married With Secrets – Season 1 – Episode 7 – Anger ( Reckless Abandon )
    A spoiled 16-year old cheerleader becomes pregnant by her 21- year old boyfriend and is prompted to commit bloody murder.
    And a guy who has it all decides to kill his wife and the judge overseeing his divorce when things just don’t go his way.

    Link

    • Person :-
      • Amy Preasmyer ( Cheerleader
      • Jennifer Kellog ( Friend )
      • Ricky Cowels ( Boy Friend)
    • Location :- Lancaster, CA
    • IMDB
  2. Married With Secrets – S01E01 – A Darker Shade of Blue
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    • Person :-
      • Dr. Jean-Claude Dominique
      • Eliette Dominique ( Nurse / Wife )
      • Marie Betsy Barlabier, his childhood sweetheart from Haiti.
      • Aly Dominique ( Brother )
      • Rachel Dominique, Daughter
      • Jean-Claude Dominique, Junior
    • Location :-
      • New York
    • Story :-
      • THE BEDSIDE MANNER OF A DEVIOUS DOCTOR
        Link
  3. Married With Secrets – S01E02 – Obsession Has Its Price
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  4. Married With Secrets – S01E05 – Fear the Ether Man
    A serial rapist known as the Ether Man lurks in the shadows of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    Victims can’t identify the masked attacker and worse still, it looks like he’s expanding his hunting grounds. Can anyone stop him before it’s too late?
    Published On :- 2016-Dec-13th
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  5. Married With Secrets – S01E06 – Yes, Master
    Participants :- Heather Garraus, Ignacio Garraus, Shawna Nelson 
    Link

    • Story
      • Ignacio Garraus: ‘I loathe myself’
        Link

Summary

Not all ends badly.

In the case of Dr. Jean-Claude Dominique, Rachel, his daughter from his marriage to Eliette Dominique, graduated with degrees from a prestigious Ivy League School.  And, she is now a practicing Attorney.

Jean-Claude Dominique, Jr graduated with a degree in Engineering and his pursuing\pursued his Masters.

Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown, New York : SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

 

MarketWatch

The story behind the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis

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After the 2008 financial crisis took millions of investment dollars from Americans, shell shocked financial advisers and briefly turned the country upside down, only one bank was indicted: Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown, New York — the 2,531st largest bank in the U.S.

Founded by Chinese-American immigrant Thomas Sung in the 1980s, the bank has six branches in three states and primarily serves the Chinese community. Federal prosecutors indicted it in 2009 for mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy after it reported to regulators it had discovered a loan officer was laundering money there.

Rather than plead guilty, the Sungs went to court. A new documentary from Oscar-nominated “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James follows the subsequent legal battle, which plays out in the film as a David and Goliath tale of a small bank taking the fall for the financial crisis over an isolated incident with a corrupt loan officer.

“Too big to fail turns into small enough to jail, and Abacus is small enough to jail,” journalist Matt Taibbi says in the film, calling the bank “as easy a target as you could possibly pick.”

With an intimate view of the fight for innocence from a stoic Thomas Sung, his razor sharp daughters (all lawyers), and his fiery wife, it’s clear the film has a sympathetic eye for Abacus as it goes up against the U.S. government, frequently comparing Thomas Sung to George Bailey in his wife’s favorite film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“It seemed clear to us as filmmakers that this bank was the mirror opposite of the big banks,” director Steve James told MarketWatch in a recent interview, noting that the Sungs reported the fraud discovered at the bank themselves. “Yet they were the ones singled out, and it kind of leads one to the conclusion that this was about planting a flag and getting a trophy to be the one prosecutor, since the feds didn’t prosecute any big banks.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. argued that there was fraud widespread enough to warrant an investigation. In May 2012, he announced charges against the bank, two supervisors, and nine former employees — 184 counts including residential mortgage fraud, security fraud, conspiracy, and falsification of business records.

As the film expresses, the indictment put on trial not just the bank itself, but the reputation of Chinese immigrants and the cash culture of Chinatown. As Jill Sung, one of the daughters, notes at one point in the film, many of their members had never used a bank before. Now, with the movie’s premiere in New York on May 19 and the trial two years behind them, her focus has turned back on the bank.

“That is the hardest part, and what I focus on most, to ensure the bank can regain itself and be profitable,” Jill Sung told MarketWatch. “We are a community bank, a minority depository institution, which means we are mission-based to help our community. Any capital we get back we put back into the bank to help our community, so profitability to us is not just about dividends and shareholders — it’s about continuing to be able to do our mission and start being profitable again.”

The film is a celebration of the American dream — as well as a kind of eulogy for the community bank. Since the financial crisis, Jill Sung said not much has changed, though big banks continue to get bigger and community banks are consolidating. With scenes from George Bailey’s ‘Bailey Building and Loan’ woven among modern-day lines of neighbors and family outside Abacus throughout, the film shows something she says is central to their practice and is being lost: community.

“There are a lot of new banks that are creating digital communities, and I think it’s great — you can have a George Bailey of digital banks,” she said. “What’s more concerning is when you have big banks where there is no community, there’s no access, there is no feeling you can talk to anybody if you have a problem. The consumer suffers in the end because they get taken advantage of and have no other choices.”

Abacus was found “not guilty” on all 240 counts after months of deliberation and a hung jury.

 

Videos

Videos – Movies

  1. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Indie
    Link
  2. SinoVision English Channel Archives
    • Abacus: small enough to jail
      Abacus Federal Savings Bank is a family-run bank that has served New York’s Chinatown for over three decades. Its services include helping Chinese immigrants obtain loans for homes and small businesses and despite steady its growth, the bank was still only the 2651st largest bank in the country. Facing charges brought by Manhattan District attorney Cyrus Vance Jr, Abacus federal savings bank founder Thomas Sung and his four daughters decided to fight for justice. The legal battle was drawn out over five years and recorded by acclaimed filmmaker Steve James and made into the documentary.
      Published On :- 2017-May-18th
      Link
  3. Film Festival
    • Wisconsin
      • Madeline Uranek (left) and Ronnie Hess (right) from Open Doors for Refugees led a post-screening discussion of “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” a 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival selection.
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  4. Director Steve James on ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL (2017) – Celluloid Dreams
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  5. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
    Abacus: Small Enough To Jail at IFC Center through June 1
    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/21/abacu…
    Q&A with the Sung family moderated by Ti-Hua Chang
    Link

 

Videos – Law Case

  1. Bloomberg Law
    • Abacus Bank’s Lawyer: Fannie Mae Earned $120M Profit From Us
      Link

 

 

Medical Xpress – Scientists shed light on the tight connection between mental and physical health

 

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How do you feel right now, in general? Pleasant or unpleasant? Crummy, calm, or jittery? Somewhere in between?

Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett and her colleagues have discovered the system in the brain where those basic feelings originate.

The new findings, published last month in the journal Nature Human Behavior, could help solve mysteries regarding the tight connection between mental and physical health, including the neurological drivers behind the opioid crisis. Deciphering those mechanisms would open the door to developing more effective remedies. The findings could also revolutionize our understanding of how we make decisions, leading to more considered choices in areas ranging from the law to the economy.

“This paper really breaks down the barrier between mind and body,” says Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern. “It shows that the two are not separate, that the system that is important for creating and representing feelings is also important for thinking and remembering, paying attention and decision-making, and so much more. Feelings, in other words, are part of any mental event—any action, any thought, judgment, perception, or decision. They are properties of consciousness.

 

Two unified networks

The new brain system comprises two unified networks, each of which loops through various brain regions.

The two networks work together to keep your body’s systems—immune, cardiovascular, metabolic, and so on—in equilibrium as you respond to both internal and external “stressors,”—that is, everything from hunger and noise to transitioning from sleeping to waking or even standing to sitting. Such regulation is called “allostasis.” At the same time, these networks create the sensations inside your body—the general feeling states that thrum below the surface. That phenomenon is called “interoception.

When these feelings are very intense, these networks create emotions ranging from sadness to glee.

“This system both regulates the body and manufactures the sensations in the body that result from that regulation,” says Barrett. “But this system is not specific to allostasis and interoception.

The two networks that make up the system are at the core of the brain.” Among the wide array of psychological functions they support are social and physical fear, social affiliation, empathy, moral judgments, memory, attention, and decision-making. The networks also contain the brain cells that integrate senses external to the body, including sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

“These networks had been shown to be important in many , but we showed that, whatever else they are doing—helping you think, remember, pay attention or see—they are also regulating your body and creating feelings,” says Barrett. “For centuries, the mind was thought of as a battleground between emotion and rationality. Then the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio famously argued that rationality and emotion are both important for wisdom. But there is no ‘both.’ The division between rationality and irrationality is artificial; your brain isn’t wired like that at all.”

 

Addressing the opiate crisis

The researchers performed the research in three steps. First, they analyzed anatomy studies that trace the connections between brain regions in macaque monkeys to verify that the circuitry—the hard-wiring—of the system did in fact exist. Next, they evaluated the brain scans of nearly 700 human subjects to assess how the regions regulating the body related to one another. “We asked the question: Where is there synchrony in neural firing across the brain?” says Barrett. “That led us to these two networks that overlap each other, and that are responsible for regulating the body and generating feelings.”

 

Finally, they validated their results by showing another group of human subjects evocative pictures as they measured their skin conductance and asked about their level of arousal. Those with a stronger connection between the two networks—indicated by neural synchrony—also experienced more arousal when their physiological arousal in the body was higher. So people with a more tightly connected allostatic-interoceptive system were better able to bring together body regulation with feelings, allostasis with introception.

 

The discovery of this system may shed some light on the opiate crisis. “People are taking opiates to regulate the distressful feelings that come from a dysregulation of the body,” says Barrett. “Pain is an emotional experience—it is unpleasant feelings associated with actual or potential damage to the .

 

People may start taking opiates for physical pain, but these drugs work best not at diminishing the electrical signals of tissue damage—called nociception—but at reducing distress, at dampening the unpleasant that accompany nociception. We live in this soup of low-grade stress that is very bad for our bodies. Opiate drugs turn down the dial on this consistent crummy feeling.

Our findings could spur research into trying to better address the opiate and other health crises.”

 

 

Jonathan Haidt: Universities Are Digging Their Own Graves

 

  1. Jonathan Haidt: Universities Are Digging Their Own Graves
    Published On :-2017-April-2nd
    Link

 

Indepth

  1. Micro-aggression
    • Wikipedia
      Link
      A microaggression is the casual degradation of any marginalized group. The term was coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans.
      Eventually, the term came to encompass the casual degradation of any socially marginalized group, such as the poor or the disabled.
      Psychologist Derald Wing Sue defines microaggressions as “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership”.
      The concept is frequently taught by those seeking to resist racism and oppression.
      However, a number of authors, including Bradley Campbell, Heather Mac Donald, Amitai Etzioni, Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff, Jason Manning, Ralph Nader, and Christina Hoff Sommers, have argued that the concept of microaggressions may be harmful to both individuals and society.
       
  2. Moral Dependency
    • Victimhood Culture
    • Culture
      • Honor Culture
        • Small insults have to be addressed by you
      • Dignity Culture
        • Trade
        • Little understanding was use
        • I will not make a little thing out of a little name calling
        • Great for diversity
        • What is happening in some small universities
          • In small egalitarian universities, authorities were been brought in to address little things
          • Everyone was trying to get prestige by showing what a victim they are
          • Or by punishing people who they feel might have harmed people
        • Where did this come
          • In the 90s, kids started to be raised by active parents
          • In response to child abduction and things of the sort, parents started to be more active in parenting their children
          • Kids noticed and started using parents as problem solvers and co-opt to punish their siblings
          • Not learnt to
            • Deal with insult
        • Encourage moral dependency
        • Mob Punishment
        • Fear of saying something wrong