3: Roundtable reviews NSA leaks and intelligence gathering tactics

3: Roundtable reviews NSA leaks and intelligence gathering tactics
this administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. i will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without …
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How will public knowledge of NSA program affect intelligence gathering?
… will public knowledge of NSA program affect intelligence gathering? A Meet the Press panel of experts analyzes how the leaks regarding the NSA program will affect future procedures on the gathering of intelligence. Share This: facebook twitter …
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House intel chief disputes claims of NSA listening to Americans' calls without
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the National Security Agency is not listening to the content of Americans' phone calls. [WATCH VIDEO: NSA UPDATE] His Sunday comments on the CNN program “State of the Union” follow …
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BBVA, Barclays Bank, MasterCard & HSBC lead strong speaker line-up for Big Data in Retail Financial Services 2013

(PRWEB UK) 17 June 2013

The drive to improve customer insight and business intelligence to deliver competitive advantage will be the focus for SMi Groups inaugural event on big data in retail financial services.

The conference will define the evolution and implementation of Big Data strategies that are aligned to commercial vision underpinned by the right platforms with the collaboration of heads of department and directors of analytics, risk management, customer insight, business intelligence, research, fraud prevention, marketing, and enterprise IT architecture/technology.

Marco Bressan, Director Big Data & Open Platforms, New Technologies, BBVA commented:

Financial institutions are embracing Big Data to boost internal efficiencies and support incremental business growth. While only a few banks are rolling out data-driven services, most banks are already performing pilots seeking to assess Big Data impact in process optimisation, increased customer understanding, multichannel strategies, risk-scoring quality, and fraud reduction. Big Data in Retail Financial Services Europe addresses these challenges and BBVA will be sharing its insight on open models for the creation of incremental and disruptive Big Data solutions.

16 speakers from leading organisations will deliver case-studies and presentations to include:


Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Event on 2013-10-19 20:00:00

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Emerging from rampant hedonism and desperate isolation is 'II', the new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Behind the cartoonish colour of this collection of soulful, mind-addled psychedelia, lurks the fact that its author, Ruban Nielson, came close to never making it at all. "There were times when I felt that if I continued as I was that I would die, or some other bad thing would happen," he admits, referring to the months following the release of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's eponymous, self-recorded debut in June 2011, and a punishing, debauched touring schedule that would have a lasting affect on the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Released after he swapped New Zealand for Portland and isolated himself from friends and family, Nielson's first album as Unknown Mortal Orchestra fused Barrett and Hendrix to RZA and The Beatles. Coming midway through a journey that took him from cryptic, anonymous bedroom project borne of disillusionment and private amusement, to leader of a hard-touring, hard-living band; it marked his return to music after the messy break-up of Flying Nun punks The Mint Chicks, the band he started at home with brother Kody 10 years earlier. Now, building on the break-beat, junk-shop charm Nielson soon came to be renowned for, 'II' signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's position as an infinitely intriguing, brave psychedelic band; unafraid to dig deeper and hit harder than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock'n'roll's exaggerated myths to life. Time on the road may have eaten away at Nielson both physically and mentally, but, ultimately, it conceived an album that builds thrillingly on the jagged melodies, choppy percussion and meandering guitars on his debut. 'II' was recorded nocturnally (Nielson played everything but some of the drums himself) in the converted basement of his family home in Milwaukee, Oregon – an upgrade on the yurt where he and his wife and young children first lived after moving to America. Focus, inspiration and dedication streamlined his vibrant imagination during the sessions and extra time spent on the songs (compared with his previous one-night-one-song approach) gives the instruments space to flick between woozy stumble and nimble canter, highlighting the emotional turmoil that led to the revelatory bleakness of the lyrics. "The album has a really specific mood," he says. "It captures the way I was thinking when I was on tour and is surrealist and impressionistic. You try to fill the gap left by not having family and friends around, and you end up getting into trouble. The emotions I was trying to get into it were about relationships and drug taking." Racked with paranoia and loneliness exacerbated by recreational chemicals, Nielson was exposed to an entirely new set of influences. "With the first record I didn't have all these things to deal with, but this time I was running into a lot of situations…we were already a drug band but we were out of control, playing every day and not looking after ourselves. It's hard to be away from my wife and children, they're beautiful people, but my life at home is crazy too, I stay up all night. There are different problems, stories and weird impressions of my feelings, but this album is mainly about love affairs and how impossible it is to connect with people sometimes, and losing people." These conflicting themes are evident immediately; on the album's sleeve is an unnerving image of Janet Farrar, the famous British witch, Wiccan, author and teacher of witchcraft. The chilling refrain of opener 'Into The Sun' sees Nielson deliver the line "Isolation can put a gun in your hand," softly, his words starkly intelligible above a warm, slow-burning melody that quickly brands itself onto your brain. His playful imagery ('I'm so lonely I've gotta eat my popcorn all alone') mirrors the melody, before a solo that borders on psychotropic ends 'II''s introduction. 'Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)' and 'So Good At Being In Trouble' plumb even murkier depths. Of the latter, Nielson says "It's the best song I've written so far, there's something really truthful about it". Its grainy, lilting, Beatles-recalling simplicity allows delicate guitar and vulnerable, high-pitched vocals to fill a seemingly desolate sketch of Nielson's touring problems with animated, life-affirming colour; especially with the line 'Rolling alone I'm in a strange state of mind, it's a strange old state of mind.' On the swampy haze of 'Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)' Nielson sings about escaping to an imaginary safe place at the bottom of the ocean, recalling his difficult childhood. But he explains that the apparent finality of the lyrics ('I'd fall to the bottom and I'd hide 'til the end of time) isn't as morbid as it seems. "The song is about wanting to escape, not die. I'm not scared of death because it's a release from the stress and pressures of life. It's like an opiate song, about a state between life and death, so it describes the feeling of being at the bottom of the ocean and feeling really cold, drifting in a safe place, completely separate from being a human. It's a feeling I've had since I was a kid, wanting to find a dark, cold place, crawl into it and just hide for a while until I get my energy back," he explains. As it unfolds, 'II' does find Nielson reenergized. 'One At A Time' and 'Faded In The Morning' boast dizzying choruses and instrumentals; these crusty hunks could have been excavated from a lost 1960s treasure trove. 'Monki' unravels over seven minutes like the yarn from a stoner's cardigan with an eye-frying pattern. 'Dawn' is a minute of disconcerting noise that stands out between the nooks and crannies of the choruses, guitar solos, groove-heavy bass and drums that were recorded live by newly-recruited drummer Greg Rogove and Kody Nielson in a move away from the electronic percussion employed on album one. 'II' closes with 'Secret Xtians', a tender observational puzzle that fizzes to a satisfied end. 'II' is a precisely assembled insight into a frayed and frazzled period of a fascinating life; journeying from despair to euphoria with stops for highs, hangovers, communication failure, anger and love in between. Unknown Mortal Orchestra was once Ruban Nielson's closeted, home-recorded concern. With an album that uses his singular musical imagination and extraordinary talent to parade his emotions with unyielding honesty, it is now a fully realized, reinvigorated, mature band operating at the peak of its powers. In making 'II' Ruban Nielson has taught himself how to survive as a musician again. He's given away perhaps more than he ever intended; his musical craft and fragile mind are fully exposed. Now you know more about him than ever before. The words Unknown Mortal Orchestra have never carried so much meaning. – Ben Homewood

at Altar Bar
1620 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, United States

Mediaeval Baebes

Mediaeval Baebes
Event on 2013-09-30 19:00:00
This event is all ages
Mediaeval Baebes

The allure is undeniable. A bevy of talented, intelligent and attractive women breathe renewed life into the rich texts of medieval songs and poetry. Their hauntingly beautiful music captures the imagination and devotion of modern audiences. They are the Mediaeval Baebes, and over the last fifteen years they have placed three studio albums into the top of the UK classical charts and performed before enthusiastic audiences in the UK, United States, Canada, and Europe.
The Baebes sing in a variety of medieval languages including French, Spanish, English, Italian, Gaelic, and Swedish. Their original music evokes an earlier time, but is accessible to a modern audience. And the medieval themes of nature, the life cycle, love and longing are as relevant in 2013 as they were in 1413.

at World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, United States

Get Money Back Guarantee on All Car Keys and Remotes with AutoTransponder

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

AutoTransponder is offering a money back guarantee on all car keys and remotes, even if the keys are cut. All items come with a 3 month warranty. The company provides a range of affordable options in key fob for keyless car remotes. Thanks to their extensive variety, customers are able to find a solution that is competitively priced.

A key fob is available with them to fit every car make and model. As one of the senior executives working with AutoTransponder said, All relevant items like car sash remote key, car remote, keyless entry, remote battery and remote rubber pad are available with us. If youre unable to program the keys or remotes using the instructions provided, you can call us from 9 AM to 5 PM EST at 1-866-595-9596 or e-mail us at support(at)AutoTransponder(dot)com for support.

AutoTransponder is keen on providing customers with quality service. They provide customers with fast shipping and fully interactive and secure on-line shopping. Salient features include SSL secure web site ordering, year round low prices, next day shipping and order confirmation & shipment notification with tracking information. All items are new with full warranty. Customers can return a product back to the company for any reason. For that, they need to contact Auto Transponder and obtain an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) number from the RMA returns department. The requests are processed within hours. The product can then be sent via USPS.

The navigation makes it easy for the customers to find what they want. As the executive stated, You just need to follow the links at the top of the website to select your make, model and year. The page that comes to the screen will automatically display everything available for that vehicle. If you are unsure about the part you need, you can contact the local dealership with the VIN number to help you find the exact part.

For cutting/programming of the keys and/or remotes, customers need to go to a professional locksmith shop or local dealership along with the vehicle. Every intelligent key listing has a short explanation informing the customers whether they can program the item by themselves. AutoTransponder keys are high quality aftermarket products. Some of the keys are OEM and have the logos as well. Whether the customers require Chrysler remote, GM key or a Honda remote, they are able to deliver.

About AutoTransponder

AutoTransponder is a prominent online provider of car keys in the United States. Thanks to the quality of the remotes AutoTransponder offers, it has carved out a niche for itself. Customers can browse the catalogue of products for the items they require, put them in a shopping basket and complete the purchase at the check out area.

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Cleveland, Ohio, United states

Phone: 1-866-595-9596

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E-mail: Sale(at)AutoTransponder(dot)com

Website: http://www.AutoTransponder.com/