Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Haiti - Cholera, aid and NGOs

So what has been happening in Haiti?  What we do know is that there is still an ongoing cholera outbreak.  We know there are thousands of NGOs besides the UN are working to provide relief to the people.

Ground Zero: Unfortunately scientific evidence indicates that the cholera outbreak Haiti likely began at a camp for UN peacekeepers from Nepal.  Professor Renaud Piarroux, a  French epidemiologist concluded the epidemic began with an imported strain of the disease that he traced back to the Nepalese base.  It was clear that ground zero has been very precisely located which is the UN base at Mirebalais on the Artibonite River in central Haiti.  Before October, there was no cholera in Haiti.   So what has been happening in Haiti?  What we do know is that there is still an ongoing cholera outbreak.  We know there are thousands of NGOs besides the UN working to provide relief to the people.

Who is to blame? Piarroux did not directly blame the Nepalese, but said the cholera was from abroad.  Whether it was brought in by the Nepalese or one of the workers of one of over 10,000 NGOs in the country the cholera was not “home grown.”   NGOs are a vital factor in everyday life in Haiti. With a weak to non-existing viable government the majority of local services like water, vaccinations, schools, and clinics are provided by NGOs.

NGOs do life-saving and necessary work. However, no matter how charitable or lofty their aims, the NGOs are actually competing with one another. Since they all rely on donations, and in Haiti they must also bid on contract work financed by outside government agencies, like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), there is sometimes more effort put into the administration of the NGO instead of the services they deliver.

The road to Hell: Sometimes in all of the effort to assist a developing nation, just the mere presence of peacekeepers or NGO workers can cause problems.   This is not to blame anyone, it just needs to be noted that even with all of our best efforts and best of intentions, things can happen that are not so good.  Haiti has suffered, but strangely the neighbor that shares the island does not have nearly the problems Haiti does. 

The UN's Plea for more help: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that the cholera epidemic in Haiti could affect as many as 650,000 people over the next 6 months.  He said the current toll could actually be twice as much as the reported numbers of 1,800 deaths and nearly 81,000 infected, because of difficulties collecting accurate data.  He asked for faster aid to fight the epidemic from the international community.  Interestingly the UN appeal for $164 million has raised only 20 per cent of its goal so far.

Whatever the case of all that may happen, workers in Haiti have their hands full.  For those working there, I wish you all of the best, most of all

Stay Safe!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Unethical Ethics Blogs

I recently thought about re-publishing some articles on Democratic policing in this blog.  I had originally posted the articles at Ezine.com.  I thought that this blog would be an appropriate forum for said articles.

I decided to rework the articles and rearrange them into a booklet on Democratic policing.  I figured I would republish the booklet in multiple posts from said articles after some small changes.  I decided to see who had re-published some of the articles - if anyone.  One such article Democratic Policing - Human Rights and Ethics had been re-published at Ethics.Dodigg.com I found it interesting that an ethics blog decided to plagiarize my article.  There is no citation to my original article or even credit given to me as an author.  I left a comment about it at the site - I will update this post if anything happens.

Whatever you do - stay safe!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Much ado About...?

I am making a quick post about all of this Wikileaks stuff.  So far, I have not seen any big deal about what has been leaked except:

Who was the moron that would put all of these code cables in one place that a low level person can access?

Also, why is the news media promoting the Wikileaks site?  I mean, if I make some published deal that is supposed to be not public information, will the news media make my site uber-popular?  I doubt it.

There may be stuff that should not be revealed.  There was a story yesterday about some Dyncorp incident in Afghanistan back in July 2009 that was dealt with by the company.  There was a story about the incident last July.  So how is this leaking a secret?

Maybe there is some really "secret" stuff, but this seems to be an excellent PR campaign by the Wikileaks Guy and not much real news.

That is just my point of view.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Code of Conduct Signed

A new code of conduct developed by industry and governments was signed by 58 companies including  DynCorp International, Xe Services and Britain's G4S. The code pledges to respect human rights and the rule of law in conflict zones, hopefully to limit abuses against the local population and reckless behavior.

"This initiative has the potential to address gaps in oversight and accountability," said Harold Koh of the U.S. State Department. 

The code might also help avert the expulsion of private security companies from Afghanistan, recently ordered by President Hamid Karzai. The move was postponed after an outcry from foreign diplomats and aid groups, who are the main clients for the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 private security guards in Afghanistan.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Finally a Gender Report That is Real

I am referring to a report about women and girls that were or are involved in conflicts throughout the world.  Most studies on Gender in conflicts portray women as "peacemakers" and "nurturers" which is just as biased as "traditional roles" for women in various societies.

Research shows that during Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war between 1991 and 2002, which witnessed wide-scale atrocities against civilians, women played a significant role as soldiers and not just as "camp followers" or abducted "sex slaves".  Adama Cut-Hand, a woman, was one of the most brutal RUF [Revolutionary United Front] members who headed amputation campaigns.

The UN, the World Bank, and other international organizations refuse to name female soldiers as soldiers rather than 'females associated with the war', 'dependents' or 'camp followers', makes dealing with reality difficult and it ignores and downplays their roles during war.  This makes it even more difficult for women to participate in DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration) programs - as they "do not fit" the way they should.  These women are very unlikely reintegrate into society taking traditional roles.

I think it is refreshing that someone some place has come out with the truth.  Let's hope that the UN and others pay attention.

You can get more on the report here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rand Corporation Report Suggests Establishing "Stability Police Force"

A report from the Rand Corporations suggests establishing a Stability Police Force.  This may seem to be a good idea as it seems that with today's US Foreign policy - there always needs to be training and stabilization for local police in many areas of the world.  It would be made of trained and experience police as a "a high-end police force that engages in a range of tasks such as crowd and riot control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and investigations of organized criminal groups."

The UN has toyed with establishing a similar police force to be on standy and be deployable on a moment;s notice to areas of the world where they are needed.  However this would be a US Force described here.

For some reason the RAND report suggests using the US Marshall's Service for the Force.  The US State Department already sort-of does this on more of a reaction based plan than a stand-by plan.  It is somewhat effective, but start-up is always an issue.  REACT and other programs have been tried, sometimes with some success.  The State Department makes more sense if it is related to foreign policy issues and it is already established as the agency that deploys US police to foreign countries.

The fear for some is that this Stability Police Force or SPF could be used on US soil, and it would be establishing a National Police Force.  That is food for thought for sure.  With the State Department bidding on a training center, this may be a lot closer to reality than some may suspect.

Whatever you do - stay safe!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pick and Choose Enforcement is NOT Democratic Policing

When a country is following democratic policing prociples, it cannot have a police agency that simply "picks and chooses" which laws to enforce.  Whenever this arbitrary type of enforcement takes place, the society is no longer under rule of law, but it is at the whims of the government or who is in charge.

This is commonplace in thirds word or "developing" nations.  However, there has been a trend in many modern developed countries to follow this practice.  This is no more or less than abuse of power or malfeasance.  Unfortunately even the US has fallen into this category.  With recent discoveries of how ICE is supposed to "enforce" or not immigration laws - it falls outside the rule of law.

Just because those in power do not like the law, it does not mean they can ignore it.  Dictatorial styles like this seem to fall into a dangerous trend, and impatience with the system in place for making or changing the law is no excuse.

I am not talking about prioritizing enforcement.  Many police agencies do not have the resources to enforce all laws at all times.  In reality - thank goodness for that.  If all laws were enforced all the time - a lot of laws would get changed.  What I am saying is that whenever a police agency simply avoids enforcement, because they do not like the law - the fail in their oath of office and fail in keeping the peace.


Whatever the case may be - stay safe!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Man Arrested in India for Exposing Possible Election Fraud

It seems too often that when a person exposes the bad - they are the ones punished.  Whistle blowers rarely get rewarded in this world for doing the right thing.  More often than not - no good deed goes unpunished.

You can see the story at "India arrests hacker who exposed electoral fraud."  Yes he is a "hacker" but was only trying to expose the fraud that can be done.  The statement made by the ElectionCommission of India (ECI) sounds typically old school communist country: saying they are "totally tamper proof, perfect, fail safe and requiring no improvement".  Definitely not the kind of statement you would expect from a real democratic society.

Remember this kind of working environment when working over seas.

And Stay Safe!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

INL Takes Bids for INL Training Academy

The US State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is taking bids for na INL Training Center.  It appears that they have a place already in mind as the location of this academy is somewhat restricted.    You can see the specifications for the academy.

What this seems to translate into is that  INL is trying to centralize all training for INL contracts at one facility.  I can see why they may want to do this as opposed to traveling to different training sites across the country  for different missions.  This will simplify things for the State Department.  How the facility will manage to provide mission specific training is yet to be seen.  It can be done, but it seems training for all missions will be more generic than it is now.

I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing - it may be a burden on different companies, as either their trainers or evaluators will need to travel to the training center to prepare for the missions.  Of course, this is likely a first step in making all State Department Contracts direct with the State Department vs going through contract companies.  Whatever the case - change is on the horizon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No More Private Security Contractors In Afghanistan?

Afghanistan says that in four months all private security Contractors will be shut down.  I do not think there is a "plan" in place that will fill the void, but President Hamid Karzai's statement that contractors will be out by November 2011 is firm.  See the story on Yahoo News

What does this mean?  It may mean an end to a lot of contractor jobs in Afghan, or it may simply be one of these things where they "rename" private security contractors to something else.  There are about 26,000 to 30,000 private security contractors for 37 different companies.

A special thanks to Contractor Jobs on Facebook for posting about this.

More details when I know them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Force Protection Group Involved in Scam

Ryan Steensma and Stephanie Prickett were indicted on charges of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors around $1 million.  They run a security guard company that apparently has worked in Iraq and Africa.  Apparently he runs or ran Redline 22 and Force Protection Group.

The scam involved "selling unrefined gold to companies" for a profit.  They never had the gold.  They also made up the existence of a yacht to secure the loan.

More on the story here.

You may want to stay away from this company until they get their house in order.

Update: A note on the photo - Some one commented anonymously about the picture not being correct.  The photo is from a profile for private investigators and bodyguards and is labeled "Ryan Steensma President"  for Force Protection Group.  (see link above) Then again maybe the photo there is fake too like the yacht.   

If you read the comments you will see that Dan Boelens says it was his photo.  There was no intention to harm Dan or his organization - apologies on my part.


Whatever you do - Stay Safe!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hezbollah is Preparing for War

Intelligence sources and the Israeli military believe that the Islamic extremist terrorist organization Hezbollah is gearing up for another War.  The Lebanese Army has avoided taking part in military operations in Hezbollah controlled areas.  Hezbollah is suspected of being supplied Scud missiles by Syria, along with over 40,000 short and medium range missiles.  They have been photographed training in some of their strongholds.

Hezbollah fought a one month war with Israel in 2006.  The UN mandate was that Hezbollah disarm according to the cease fire agreement (of course they did not).

The UN Security Council is Planning on meeting concerning the situation.  UN Troops and Police in the area are on stand-by for trouble.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

UN Court Rules Kosovo's Independence Legal

Well, it had to happen sooner or later.  The UN , which apparently went into Kosovo under false pretenses*, has now had their high court rule that Kosovo's Declaration of Independence is legal.  This happened last Thursday (22 June 2010).

What this means:  The ruling carries no binding or official weight.  However, some of the states that were hesitant to acknowledge their independence, may use this as a reason to do so.

*The False Pretenses:  The UN went into Kosovo under Security Council Resolution 1244 which  3 times states:
"taking full account of the Rambouillet accords and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the other countries of the region,"
When the UN entered, Kosovo was a part of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (which became just Serbia).

No, I am not taking sides, but I do believe the UN was a bit deceptive when they went in.  The resolution reiterated the same fact stating:

"Promoting the establishment, pending a final settlement, of substantial autonomy and self-government in Kosovo, taking full account of annex 2 and of the Rambouillet accords..."

The UN never wanted to tell Kosovo they could not become independent (Which also violated OSCE Standards).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Interesting Statements from the Commission on Wartime Contracting

The Commission on Wartime Contracting had hearings on the 12th of July and some interesting comments have come out so far.  The State Department will have to hire thousands of contractors to provide security and logistical support as the U.S. military begins to withdraw from Iraq in 2011.

Within 18 months, U.S. troops are scheduled to depart Iraq.  In the joint opening statement there are some significant statements.  I hope to give you highlights:

There are  (PSC employees working in Iraq)... roughly 5,000 work for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
...Most of the security duties currently executed by the U.S. military in Iraq and by DoD contractors are being handed off to the Department of State ...will need more security contractors, many of them with special skills. ...(it) will put increased strain on our systems for planning, acquiring, overseeing, contract- and program-managing, and evaluating performance related to PSC work.


...
The State Department lacks the personnel, equipment, experience, and training to take on ... quick-reaction combat teams, route-clearance capabilities, recovery of wounded personnel and damaged vehicles, the counter-rocket and counter-battery teams that return hostile indirect fire within seconds, and the experts and vehicles that detect and dispose of IEDs... The Iraqi government currently lacks many of these capabilities, as well as a robust and consistent system for monitoring and regulating PSC operations in the country ...  The dramatic expansion of State’s security responsibilities in Iraq could lead to weakly managed contractors performing inherently governmental functions in a combat zone—a scenario with large downside risks on both policy and practical grounds, such as concerns for the safety of remaining government and contractor employees.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Satellite TV - Without the Satellite Dish

So often it is difficult to watch something when you are deployed on a police mission away from home.  Maybe you are with the military and you can get limited tv from "home" .

Well I found a better solution for anyone deployed anywhere.  This system works, and it works really well.  I have not tried it in all locations, but it is worth a try as it is a one-time fee and there is no subscription or monthly fees.

The only special tools you need are a satellite and an internet connection.  It is worth a look-see if you are deployed somewhere on a police mission and you would like to have some quality TV.

This is where you can check out satellite TV without the dish.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Recruiter's Myth - Grow Your Resume

Ok, first of all, it is not totally a myth.  Technically speaking you do grow your resume.  In reality,if and when you go on a mission, you are only growing your resume for future missions.  I have never come across a police department of sheriff's department that thought your resume was more impressive because you worked over seas in a mission.  Yes, you may have done great things, but what they really wonder is will you leave the department to go over seas again?

There is nothing wrong with improving yourself while on a mission, but do not fool yourself into thinking that anyone back home will be impressed with the fact that you taught Community Policing in a war zone, (or whatever you did).  The best thing to sell about yourself is that you can handle yourself in a critical situation or under stressful conditions.

These are just my opinions, but talk to the mission veterans and see what they have to say.  If you wonder why so many go back to missions, there are several reasons:  It is addictive, you are now better qualified as an international advisor than a "regular" police officer, some departments are leary to hire a mission vet, and the money is good.

Anyways - don't buy the recruiter line too much, remember that the recruiter is selling a product - and getting you to sign up is the same a sale for him or her.

Stay Safe!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Central America Wants the US to Help Them

Central American countries each have their own reason to ask for help.  Basically, they are just overwhelmed with the task at hand.  For example: El Salvador is the most dangerous country in the world. Their murder rate is 71 murders per 100,000 people, well above the world average of 9.6 per 100,000. This year alone, 12 Salvadorans have been killed every 24 hours.

 Technology has been one of the reasons.  By using cell phones to make threats to Salvadorans at home and in the U.S., last year gang members managed to bring in between $750,000 and $800,000 dollars into prison and they use these illicit profits of extortion to corrupt the correctional system from within.

Efforts to block all cellular calls from the prisons have been circumvented by complicit prison officials. 1855 cell phones were confiscated last year, yet many more find their way in, sometimes stashed in soccer balls skillfully kicked over the prison walls to inmates waiting within.  - Is that a goal?


The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) also includes Honduras and El Salvador.  Two and half years ago CICIG began work as an independent investigative team with unprecedented judicial power, the result of an agreement between the United Nations and the Guatemalan government. The CICIG has forced the removal of 2000 police officers as well as several prosecutors and Supreme Court judges. Its work has also facilitated the prosecution of high-ranking officials including former President Alfonso Portillo.

In search of such a comprehensive solution, Funes and his counterparts in Guatemala and Honduras have called for international support. They want Washington to help finance the expansion of CICIG.

I am not sure if another mission is afoot - but it is good to keep an eye out for it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

General McChrystal and Rolling Stone

I believe that there is more afoot than some not so nice comments about the Obama administration by General McChrystal. He seems to be short of insubordination, but the Obama administration has crucified (politically) anyone they can that says anything negative about his administration.  (I used to wonder what it was like living under a dictator, now we all know what it is like.)  Back to my views on this.

I believe there is a a mini-conspiracy to boost sales of Rolling Stone and readership online.  It my be the way that General McChrystal gets off of the sinking ship without "quitting."  This can only be a win-win for General McChrystal as he is not going to lose his rank or retirement and whatever he has accomplished is intact.  Come a few years, being 'fired' by Obama will probably be valuable political points down the road if he has such leanings.


How this affects advisors is yet to be seen, but any time there is a "change of the guard" there is usually repercussions felt by the contractors - because the "new sheriff" has to show he is boss.



Whatever happens - Stay Safe!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

UN Peacekeepers Will Be Leaving Chad

The UN Security Council  made it official on Tuesday, there will be a gradual withdrawal of 3,300 troops down to 1,900 in Chad. These troops arrived last year.  Is it "mission accomplished"?  Not exactly.  The Security Council really did not have a choice as Chad is asking them to leave.  In case you are unaware,  UN peacekeepers cannot enter a country without the host nation's permission. The government is saying that their people are "trained" now and they can handle the situation.


Whatever the real reasons are - the UN must go, and it is not their call.  The Security Council stated some things that Chad "must do" after the UN leaves, but there is no means of enforcement.

Withdrawal of the remaining 300 UN civilian police begins on Oct. 15 and they are supposed to be gone by Dec. 31.  "Happy New Year"

Of course, I know this cannot be all that important when the first images on Google Search for Chad are of Chad Michael Murry.  Such is the internet.  :)

Stay Safe!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Georgia Mission Still Up in the Air

The chance of a new mission with international police is still far from taking place.  There are talks, but Georgia and Russia cannot agree on what is to happen.  I am not sure why Russia has a say in it as Serbia did not have much of a say about Kosovo after they were "duped" by resolution 1244 which stated that Kosovo would be a sovereign part of their country.

Anyway, back to the story at hand -

"Participants of the talks (on June 8th) from Georgia, Russia, United States, as well as from breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia are taking part in the discussions in an individual capacity without identifying the entities they are representing – the format agreed since the second round in November, 2008 to avoid differences on the status of negotiators, in particular of representatives from the breakaway regions...

The draft offers signing by Tbilisi, Sokhumi and Tskhinvali separate letters, addressed to the president of the UN Security Council, stating unilateral non-use of force pledges, according to the report. Russia itself refuses to sign such document, as it does not consider itself party into the conflict."  (see I told you Russia should not have a say-so)

more:   “No problem, Georgia is ready to sign it with Russia anytime, anyplace,” Vashadze said on April 19. “But Russia does not want to sign that agreement; Russia wants us to sign it with representatives of those regimes in Sokhumi and Tskhinvali and this is out of question, because of two reasons; first: their [referring to authorities in the breakaway regions] signature do not have and will not have any legitimacy, they do not exist; second: if somehow we make this mistake and sign this agreement, not with the Russian Federation, but with so called states, then we are adding to their legitimacy and we are not prepared for that.”

The whole story is here.

It looks like if you have Georgia on your mind - you may have to wait a bit.  It also looks like the whole Kosovo thing opened up a big can of worms.

Whatever you do - stay safe! 
 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Trouble in Mitrovica - Some Things Never Change

Some of the same old troubles are persisting in Kosovo.  Apparently it took police and soldiers to take control of the Ibar River bridge linking the ethnically divided Mitrovica.  They were trying to prevent violence from escalating. About 2000 ethnic Albanians were protesting Sunday's bi-elections in the Serb-dominated section of the town.  They had attacked a group of assembled Serbs on the north bank.

Kosovo police (KPS), along with members of the international police and the military from Eulex and KFOR, in full riot gear, had to fire tear gas when ethnic Albanians and Serbs were throwing stones at each other.  There was some automatic gun fire but there were no reports of injuries.

KFOR and KPS eventually assumed control of the bridge and closed it to traffic.

The K-Albanians were protesting local elections in the Serb-held north of Kosovoska Mitrovica and nearby Novo Brdo. These municipal elections are supported by Serbia, but the EU mission in Kosovo has said it will not recognize the results of "parallel structures."

Same old "news"  I guess -

Stay Safe!

Online Computer Training Available For Ex-Pats

For those expats that are interested in online training courses - including pretty much everything from Microsoft, you have easy access.  The only shortcoming is they require credit card payments - so you Paypal guys are out of luck.

The training is certified and the Training Center has been online for over 20 years.  This is just to keep you informed of what is available.

The UN Will Add More Police in Haiti

The UN has decided to "beef up" its peacekeeping force in Haiti.

The resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-member council will add 680 additional police "as a temporary surge capacity" to help rebuild the Haitian National Police.

The total international police force will be 4,391. (Note - the UN never operates at 100%)  The number of military personnel in the peacekeeping mission will remain at the level it is currently — 8,940 troops.

Looks like more cops in Haiti...

Remember,hurricane season began this week and hundreds of thousands of Haitian earthquake victims have only tarps or Make-shift tent-shacks which will not likely protect them in a major storm. There has been very little progress on clearing rubble so people can return to their neighborhoods or build sturdier homes.

Housing will likely be an issue...
Stay Safe!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

DynCorp and The Whistleblower

Well, the ex- DynCorp employee Kathryn Bolkovac is back in the news.  There is a movie about her called "The Whistleblower"  This is not the same as the one starring Michael Cain.  It is about when she worked for "a corporation" which is not named, at least in the promos.

Rachel Weisz in WhistleblowerA bit about the movie:

"Based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, who traveled to Bosnia in 1999 as a U.N. peacekeeper, Whistleblower chronicles the trials of a female cop (Weisz) from Nebraska who serves as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposes a United Nations cover-up of a sex trafficking scandal. Weisz will obviously be playing the female cop.Plot: Kathryn Bolkovac is a Nebraska cop who is thrust into the gravelly snake pit of UN regulated Bosnia. She works as part of a private corporate army, training Bosnian police to restore order to the war-torn country. As she begins to get the lay of the land in her new environment, she starts to see signs of a terrible underground industry whose patrons are not only from within the corporation but from within the United Nations as well."

...from Filmofilia.

I know it doesn't say DynCorp - but we know it is.

A bit of the true story part can be found here

It is not a good thing for DynCorp.  Now I have nothing against DynCorp myself.  I have worked for them before and would again if the situation was right.

Tell me your thoughts about this.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The nature of "police missions" is changing.  Now the contract for Afghanistan (the largest one for police) falls under the Separtment of Defense instead of the State department.




The new State department page on Civilian Police Programs usually covers most "police missions"   If anyone knows a more concise place to check, let me know please and I will update this blog and the site. 


Known Programs by Country
  • Afghanistan
  • Haiti
  • Iraq
  • Kosovo
  • Liberia
  • Sudan
  • Palestinian Territories


You can read more details here.

The "big 4" for hiring for these missions are :


Civilian Police International (CPI)
DynCorp
PAE
MPRI

There are more jobs on my links page.



Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Launch on The Intl-Advisors Blog

This is the first "remake" of the blog of this site. Right now it is very basic, but I hope to update it where it looks nicer and has lots of cool information and information on international advising. I will take surveys, give tips and even ask for "guest posts" by those who have some interesting to say.

You will see som other stuff here too, but I will try to focus on real issues, add some humor, and who knows what else to this blog. While I am on mission, I will not post about particular missions and I will not make this a place for my views, etc. I have other places to vent these things.

I hope you enjoy the site - please leave comments/feedback as it will help not only me, but others who read this site.

Thanks for stopping by :)