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McMaster May Reorganize Trump’s Foreign Policy Team Once Again

Added: 23.02.2017 4:15 | 1 views | 0 comments

H. R. McMaster, the new national security adviser, is considering giving himself control of Homeland Security and full access to the military and intelligence agencies.

From: www.nytimes.com

UN Sponsored Peace Talks Between Syrian Government and Opposition Begin in Geneva

Added: 23.02.2017 4:01 | 1 views | 0 comments

For the first time in almost a year, talks between the Syrian government and the opposition resumed in Geneva following weeks of negotiations and preparations for the event, according to BBC News. "Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I am not expecting a breakthrough," Staffan de Mistura told reporters on Wednesday, adding that he hoped the meeting could maintain "a very proactive momentum" for further talks. The opposition said that the future of President Bashar al-Assad is on their agenda along with a desire for another election but the government has refused to discuss that issue so far. In the past year the rebels lost their key area of East Aleppo in December and a national ceasefire...

Town hall protesters scoff at Trump admin's claim they're paid agitators

Added: 23.02.2017 3:19 | 1 views | 0 comments

In Louisiana, a group of mostly retired women brought homemade signs to protest Sen. Bill Cassidy about the Trump agenda and Obamacare

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

The spy next door

Added: 23.02.2017 1:04 | 1 views | 0 comments

The remarkable double life of undercover agent Jack Barsky who lived the American dream at the KGB's expense.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

I Don't Want To Fire Alex -- But What's My Alternative?

Added: 23.02.2017 0:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

Virginia is in a bind. The marketing agency that bought Virginia's startup agency isn't as flexible with employees as Virginia was when it was her own shop. Virginia's top designer, Alex, is in hot water with the new owners and Virginia doesn't know what to do. What's your advice?

North Korea blames Malaysia for death of its citizen: KCNA

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea blamed Malaysia on Thursday for the death of one of its citizens there last week and accused it of an "unfriendly attitude" in a scenario drawn up by South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated the North Korean leader's half-brother.

An inside look at the differences between life at NASA and SpaceX

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When Elon Musk sets his sights on an industry, he does so with purpose and with the intention of completely turning said industry on its head. While most people are readily familiar with Musk's efforts at Tesla, the groundbreaking work being done by SpaceX, Musk's other company, has only recently started to attract attention from the mainstream.

To be sure, Elon Musk was bold for thinking that Tesla could revolutionize the auto industry. That said, Musk's plans to enter the aerospace industry with SpaceX and compete with and work alongside NASA wasn't just bold, it was downright crazy. And yet, both of Musk's ventures continue to amass greater success with each passing year.
Earlier this month, we stumbled across a asking if it's better for engineers to work at NASA or SpaceX. Of course, the question itself was a bit misleading because it's not as if one company is superior to the other. Without question, some of the smartest minds on the planet can be found at both. Still, there are a number of interesting differences between the work environment at NASA and SpaceX that are worth highlighting.
Tackling this issue, an engineer named Andre Lavoie -- who has spent significant time at both companies -- details a number of fascinating differences between life at NASA and SpaceX.
Not surprisingly, the fact that NASA is a government agency, as opposed to a private company like SpaceX, impacts the work environment in both positive and negative ways. While Lavoie points out that the work-life balance at NASA is a positive, the work there can sometimes be encumbered by "an institutional aversion to risk" and predictably slow-moving bureaucracy.
Projects can start with much fanfare and then be cancelled. Repeatedly. Maybe this is because there are many worthy things that should be studied but funds are always limited. It can be rewarding because you have more opportunity to really dig in and understand things and learn. Your job is very secure, even when budgets get cut or you yourself don't succeed.
As for life at SpaceX, the work environment there, not surprisingly sounds awfully similar to a forward-thinking start-up, albeit on steroids.
In contrast, Space X is a product company. It designs, builds, sells and launches rockets. Your job there is to make that happen no matter what. Nobody gives up. Failure is acceptable, to a point. Risk taking is expected, but stupidity and recklessness is punished unceremoniously. You just get fired. There is no job security. Schedule is critical because as a privately funded company if it fails to succeed before the money runs out then it's game over. The sense of urgency is huge. At Space X you can have plenty of responsibility even if you have little experience. This is great if you are energetic, resourceful and work obsessively. If not you will probably fall behind and then your days will be numbered.
Lavoie's full answer, along with the full thread is well worth digesting in its entirety. You can check it .

Wayne Rooney: Man Utd captain's agent in China to discuss potential move

Added: 22.02.2017 23:59 | 1 views | 0 comments

Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford is in China to see if he can negotiate a deal for the forward to leave Manchester United.

Trudeau defends move to give U.S. agents more powers in Canada

Added: 22.02.2017 23:13 | 0 views | 0 comments

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday defended plans to give more powers to U.S. border agents stationed in Canada, saying travelers would at all times be protected by domestic laws.

Trump To Unveil First Presidential Budget In 'Mid-March': Report

Added: 22.02.2017 22:52 | 2 views | 0 comments

The White House announced Wednesday President Donald Trump will unveil his first government budget, a blueprint of his priorities for the coming years, Agence FrancePresse reported. The nearly $4 trillion annual federal budget is a declaration of intent that puts the president's policy goals down in black and white. The budget reveals where campaign promises and reality meet and involves a tug-of-war between departments and powerful interest groups, the report said. “We'll have something in mid-March," said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. Trump huddled with budget advisors early Wednesday to sift through the proposals. At the meeting Trump repeated his campaign rhetoric about cutting...

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