English Teachers Key To Essential Skills Charles M. Russo, a faculty member at American Military University, recently published an article which appeared on the website of  www.InhomelandSecurity.com.   In the article   Russo argues that successful intelligence analysts must possess excellent critical thinking and excellent writing, skills in order to be successful.   'Analysts must be critical thinkers to […]

English Teachers Key To Essential Skills
Charles M. Russo, a faculty member at American Military University, recently published an article which appeared on the website of  www.InhomelandSecurity.com.   In the article   Russo argues that successful intelligence analysts must possess excellent critical thinking and excellent writing, skills in order to be successful.   'Analysts must be critical thinkers to synthesize disparate information garnered from many sources. Good analysts then need to disseminate this information using writing skills that rely on clear, concise prose. English teachers have known this for decades. But in the age of STEM, such skills are overlooked or taken for granted. To read more about this necessary job skill, visit  https://inhomelandsecurity.com/writing-thinking-intelligence-analysts/. Math and science are necessary but are impossible to learn unless students read and write effectively.

Travelers Face Another Threat
A post on the Gizmodo website describes a new threat for travelers, a new device that unlocks hotel digital room locks.   The design flaw in electronic room keys produced by Vingcard, makes hotel room locks easily opened in more than 40,000 buildings located in 166 countries. According to the website, hackers are able to produce master room keys that open every lock in a building quickly and easily. All that's needed is a sample room key, even one that's expired. To find out more about this risk, click on  https://gizmodo.com/hackers-designed-a-new-way-to-secretly-unlock-millions-1825524839. Just so you know.

April 25th Named World Malaria Day
The National Institute of Health recently released a statement supporting efforts to eliminate the disease throughout the world. Over the past decade, many successes have occurred in this multi-national effort. In 2016, 44 countries reported fewer than 10,000 cases during the year. In 2010, only 37 countries reported this reduced number. Since travel to malarial areas has become more popular with the traveling public, such inroads in fighting the disease are welcomed. To learn more about this international effort, surf over to  https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/nih-statement-world-malaria-day-april-25-2018. Another example of your federal tax dollars at work. Will the efforts survive a Trump budget?

Retailers Close Stores As A Result Of Internet Competition
Fast food chain, Subway, recently announced it will close approximately 500 stores in the U.S. as a result of declining sales. Since 2017 many other retailers such as Toys R Us, Radio Shack and Payless Shoe Source have filed for bankruptcy. Many other retail chains are now downsizing operations to maintain profitability. For those buyers who must see and touch merchandise before buying, this 'retail apocalypse' presents a real challenge. To find out more about reduced buying opportunities, click on  https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/04/26/retailers-closing-the-most-stores/. This listing features 21 major retailers including Macy's and Sears. Quick! Visit a mall near you before the stores close.

Fun Facts For Coffee Lovers
Travel business, Lonely Planet, recently published a book aimed at serious coffee drinkers. This compendium focuses on coffee drinking around the world. As many people know, coffee developed first in Ethiopia and spread around the globe. Each country in which coffee is cultivated produces a singular product similar to but not the same as coffee grown elsewhere. The website post begins with coffee trivia from Turkey, shifts to coffee drinking practices in Japan before talking about Ethiopian coffee. Several other countries round out the book. To learn more about coffee and to order the book online, click on  www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/bean-there-done-that-a-global-tour-of-coffee-enclaves.   The book may be ordered from  https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/global-coffee-tour-1. Happy reading and sipping.

Archeology And Micro-Breweries Produce Ancient Beer
Beer has been around for millennia. A beer renaissance is now in full swing with the explosion of micro-breweries. Today, modern brewmasters partner with universities to resurrect ancient recipes in a continued experiment with ingredients used throughout history. For example, The University of Pennsylvania and Dogfish Head Brewery has resulted in 'Midas Touch' beer based on sediments found in vessels unearthed in the tomb of King Midas located in Central Turkey. To learn more about the most popular drink in the world, visit  https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/recreated-ancient-beer-83422/.   And so it goes.