POLITICAL ADVANCE MEN: CROWD CONTROL WITHOUT TOUCHING THE CROWD

Political candidates are attracted to person-to-person campaigning among the voters.  They want to be seen in neighborhoods where voters live or work; advance teams frequently spend time looking for opportunities for appearances at outdoor events such as ball games, amusement parks, resorts, parades or major public events for their candidate to attend, be seen and develop personal relationships.  An in-person visit to a community center, where questions are taken and answered by a candidate can, and often does, provide an edge for the candidate who takes the time to show up, especially over an opponent who has appeared elsewhere but doesn’t make it to your street.

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America’s 9/11 Report: A Handbook for Preventing Acts of Terrorism

After the shock of Pan Am flt.103 exploding over Lockerbee, Scotland in 1988, the United States was put on notice that Islamic terrorism had declared war on America, and that commercial aviation was its leading target. In the aftermath of this horrific slaughter, in which all 269 aboard a Boeing 747, mostly American college students on their way to New York’s Kennedy Airport from London’s Heathrow were killed in the sky at 30,000 ft. and debris from the airliner was spread over the little village of Lockerbie claiming 11 residents in their beds and raising the death toll to 270 victims, murdered by Libyan terrorists.  This attack was followed by a torrent of promises from the United States and elsewhere that the perpetrators would pay for their crimes and that long promised improvements in commercial aviation security would be put in place to protect airports, airliners and the public from future acts of this kind.

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Stopping Our Long Slow Slide into Chaos

I have been trying not to dwell on the daily media reports of America’s slide into chaos. However, cable and network news, talk radio and a parade of television commentators draw me like a duck to water.  I, like so many others who were addicted to print media for hard news, now get more of my news electronically; and I get it live, in color, and with the spin to fit my mood by anticipating what my chosen commentator is going to say.  With the “On Demand channel” I can even decide which version of the lead news story of the day I want to believe; all I need is the time to compare the commentators on the competing news channels.

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