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VICE News Tonight attends Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Dept. training for HBO segment

By W. Thomas Smith Jr.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Vice News Tonight, billed as covering “underreported stories,” was in town this week, touring the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) headquarters, talking with deputies and other officers, filming, interviewing Sheriff Leon Lott, and attending a portion of the RCSD’s Critical Incident and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Awareness training.

“It’s not only important that we provide this pre-PTSD conditioning for our deputies,” says Sheriff Lott [pictured here with VICE News reporters, Thurs. afternoon]. “We need to be able to share with other agencies, nationwide, the value of this training; and hopefully get those agencies to appreciate the importance of developing and conducting similar training for their own officers.”

Lott adds, “Thanks to programs like Vice News Tonight on HBO – even LIVE PD on A&E – we’re better able to tell our story to the benefit of other agencies and departments around the country.”

First broadcast in Oct. 2016, Vice News Tonight is a nightly news program airing weeknights on HBO. A spin-off of VICE, a weekly documentary TV series, Vice News Tonight is HBO’s first-ever daily/nightly television series.

VICE News Tonight airs Mon.-Thurs. evenings at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) on HBO, whereas VICE on HBO airs Fri. evenings, 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The segments filmed this week at RCSD headquarters in Columbia will air within the next few weeks, time and date to be determined.

For more information about the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept., visit http://rcsd.net/.

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 13:58 by Chris Carter · Permalink · One Comment
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A Path to War

By Col. Steven B. Vitali, USMC (Ret.)

The United States is positioned on a trajectory toward a “hot war” with North Korea to end that country’s nuclear intercontinental threat.

To avoid a conflict, only two options are available:

First, the U.S. must strongly demonstrate to China and North Korea by various military, monetary, and strategic actions that America will end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, even at the cost of a preemptive strike. The objective is to effectively persuade China to act against North Korea’s nuclear intentions.

The second alternative is to abandon the U.S.’s stated-policy of not allowing North Korea (or Iran) the ability to threaten the U.S. with nuclear weapons. This appeasement strategy is now the platform of Democrat politicians who enabled North Korea to sustain and fund their nuclear ambition over the last two decades.

Discredited former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice stated, “The U.S. can tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.” Her shocking appeasement appraisal stands in stark and foreboding recognition of the division that divides Americans today. The inability to acknowledge that evil exists in the world and the resilience to confront it and stop it is a departure from American historical precedence.

Rice advocates tolerance of nuclear blackmail as if a policy of mutual deterrence exists.

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Posted on August 12, 2017 at 10:35 by Chris Carter · Permalink · One Comment
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Nigeria’s complex environmental damage needs real solutions, not more litigation

Energy and environmental expert proposes path beyond business as usual

By Chris Carter

“We are information rich, but knowledge poor,” so-says energy and environmental expert Tom Mullikin. “Worse; we are starving for informed leadership.”

Mullikin, an experienced international energy and environmental attorney and problem solver is speaking of what he refers to as “the inordinately complex environmental issues the world is facing; Issues that no one wants to touch, because the issues are either too politically charged or too complicated and expensive to deal with,” he says.

That or they are seemingly impossible for any one person or one company to get their heads around. “Perhaps it’s also the old out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality,” Mullikin says. “Most people view an environmental mess on another continent as if it were happening in another world.”

Mullikin points to the ongoing struggles to address oil-related contamination in places like Ecuador and Nigeria (the West African nation dubbed “one of the world’s greatest avoidable ecological disasters”) as examples of existing environmental problems with no hint of a solution.

“It’s just endless litigation and untold millions of dollars spent,” Mullikin says. “Meanwhile people’s lives are at stake.”

According to reports, an army of attorneys (on both sides) have attempted various legal strategies to address the problems resulting from within the Niger-Delta areas of Nigeria. Claimants have demanded that energy producers clean-up contamination resulting from their operations, physically restore the impacted environs of Nigeria, and pay huge damages for the lands “left devastated by pollution caused by repeated oil leaks.”

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Posted on August 11, 2017 at 11:23 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SEALs in Space: NASA and the Next Generation of Astronauts

[Originally published at OpsLens.com]

Former SEAL Jonny Kim (NASA photo)

This month, NASA’s group of 12 candidates begin their two-year training program to become the nation’s next generation of astronauts. Among them is Jonny Kim, a physician and former special operator with the Navy SEALs.

Kim enlisted in the Navy in 2002 and entered Naval Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, Calif. After graduation, he was assigned to SEAL Team Three in San Diego, where he served as a combat medic, sniper, navigator, and point man on 100 combat missions during his two tours in the Middle East. Kim was awarded both the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with the Combat “V” device for valor as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat “V.”

Kim’s astronaut training focuses on “International Space Station systems, robotics, Russian language, flying T-38 training jets, and spacewalk training,” Brandi Dean of NASA’s public affairs office informs OpsLens.

“In addition, they’ll have activities that build what we call expeditionary skills – things like leadership, followership, team care, and communication,” Dean adds.

All traits Kim undoubtedly excelled at as a member of Naval Special Warfare.

Once he completes his two-year training program, Kim will be considered a “full astronaut” and is eligible for mission assignment, with the possibly of a trip to Mars not yet out of the question.

However, Kim will not be the first, or even the second SEAL that NASA found to have “the right stuff.”

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Posted on August 11, 2017 at 09:11 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Paris Agreement – like Kyoto Protocol – flawed from the beginning

By Tom Mullikin

An AP article on Sunday led with French President Emmanuel Macron saying “his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump was carefully calculated — and may have changed the U.S. president’s mind about climate change.”

According to Macron, “We spoke in detail about what could allow him to return to the Paris deal.” And there is talk in some circles that Pres. Trump – though “non-committal about the U.S. eventually rejoining the climate agreement” – may indeed consider revisiting the treaty.

The world and our global health and environment needs informed leadership – not political correctness – and we have 20 years of data to review and determine the value of the flawed Paris Agreement’s equally-imperfect progenitor, the Kyoto Protocol, to the environment. What’s common among both Paris and Kyoto are that they have divided the world into developed and developing nations, and both agreements have failed to acknowledge and embrace one simple fact: there is only one atmosphere.

While the public might assume that developing nations which have largely been given a pass in these international agreements would be the likes of impoverished countries – perhaps Haiti or Ethiopia – many of these so-called developing nations are among the world’s largest economies. In fact, three major polluting nations of the top ten are given a pass including the far-and-away largest polluter, China.

On the day the Kyoto Protocol was finalized in 1997 more than 48 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from these “developing” nations were given a pass.

As regulated industry has moved from developed nations to undeveloped countries, Earth has seen massive increase in greenhouse gases. The world has also seen the increase in emissions of other regulated pollutants like mercury. In 1997 the world’s human emissions of greenhouse gas was 36.63-billion metric tons and by 2013 (latest global data by country) that amount had increased to 48.26-billion metric tons. During this same period, China (the largest polluter of virtually every known hazardous substance) had increased its greenhouse gas emissions from 3.93-billion metric tons in 1997 to a whopping 11.42-billion metric tons in 2013. On the other hand, the U.S. had remained virtually static going from 6.16-billion metric tons in 1997 to 6.21-billion metric tons in 2013. Also, the U.S. reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent from 2005 to 2014 according to the EPA.

The U.S. greenhouse gas footprint has remained steady while bringing its economy back largely through technological advances such as the use of cleaner energy like natural gas. As industry moved to “developing nations,” America lost investments and jobs; but worse the world gained huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and listed pollutants. Further, the carbon intensity in China is approximately twice that of the U.S. so that when our industry moves to China for example it turns a five-million metric ton footprint for an energy intensive industry into a ten-million metric ton footprint. Thus, the significant increase in global emissions.

As these flawed international agreements have promoted the move of emissions from regulated environments to unregulated (i.e. the U.S. to China) our nation has begun to choke on the pollution of their success. For example, The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report found a continued increase in dangerous spikes in particulate pollution is putting Americans’ health at risk, but few have discussed that China’s emissions have accounted for up to 24 percent of the sulfate, up to 11 percent of the black carbon particulate over the West Coast of the U.S.

An even greater concern is that China is the largest emitter of ambient mercury in the world with a substantial amount of this material being deposited in the western U.S.

Yes, there are some uncontroverted facts including that the climate is changing (and has throughout all of time). But there are issues to consider, such as the fact that the human contribution to global greenhouse gases (anthropogenic interference) is less than six percent – with the rest being naturally occurring gases.

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Posted on July 19, 2017 at 12:06 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mullikin urges Americans to reclaim Congress and American greatness

CAMDEN, S.C. – Tom Mullikin’s unconventional military service, his unparalleled success as a business leader, his unwavering love of country, and his unselfish regard for his fellow man, have been the defining features of his life. These altruistic characteristics have also defined Mullikin’s campaign to replace U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney in the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina.

In his final push to get out the vote TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 2, Mullikin – a decorated veteran of both the U.S. Army and the historic all-volunteer S.C. State Guard (SCSG), who today serves as major general and commander of the SCSG – is asking all South Carolinians who call he 5th Congressional District home to reclaim their legacy of American greatness.

Here in this uplifting video [please see https://youtu.be/g8A2Cv2Rigg] leaders representing each of the 11 counties within in the district join together in the singing of “God Bless America.”

Mullikin urges all Americans within the district to send a signal to the nation that we will meet the challenges of our generation and provide a brighter, safer, more prosperous ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ for our families and for generations to come.

“South Carolina needs Tom Mullikin working for us in Washington,” says Maj. Gen. James Livingston, recipient of the MEDAL OF HONOR, the nation’s highest award for combat valor. “Mullikin is the right man at the right time to change this backseat attitude toward strengthening and sustaining our national defense capabilities. He is the best candidate in terms of helping and supporting the Palmetto State’s 379,000 military veterans. … Mullikin is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform.”

Fellow MEDAL OF HONOR recipient Mike Thornton agrees.

“No one among the existing slate of candidates is more qualified than Mullikin when it comes to a grasp of domestic and international terrorism on the one hand, and strengthening our economic base on the other,” says Thornton.

Please see video at https://youtu.be/g8A2Cv2Rigg, and VOTE MULLIKIN, this Tuesday, May 2.

– Chris Carter is U.S. Air Force veteran.

[Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Air Force.]

Posted on May 1, 2017 at 10:11 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Just how powerful is Trump’s ‘armada’?

[Originally published at Canada Free Press]

Pres. Donald J. Trump’s declaration during a television interview on the Fox Business Channel signaled the deployment of Carrier Strike Group One to the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric and upcoming missile test. The Navy canceled a series of port calls for the strike group earlier this month and diverted the ships to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against the hermit kingdom.

But what’s in the armada?

Carrier Strike Group One centers around USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), one of the United States’ 10 aircraft carriers. Accompanying the flagship are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), along with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). Although typically unreported, a submarine presence also sails with the strike group.

The surface vessels carry hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles, each capable of accurately hitting land targets 1,000 miles away, and Lake Champlain carries Harpoon missiles that can destroy enemy ships over 60 miles away. The 5-in. guns on the destroyers and cruiser can fire a 70-lb. projectile up to 13 nautical miles away at a rate of 16-20 rounds per minute. For defense, each surface ship in the strike group carries multiple Phalanx 20mm radar-controlled cannons that fire 75 rounds a second and can intercept incoming anti-ship missiles over two miles away. The Vinson carries multiple surface-to-air missile launchers to protect against enemy aircraft.

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Posted on April 30, 2017 at 13:58 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Unconventional and remarkable military service speaks to Mullikin’s character

By John Rollinson, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)

Tom Mullikin’s unassailable record of selfless service – both in uniform (which speaks to his military record) and as a civilian in the service of both his nation and the state of South Carolina – has been recognized by many of this state’s and nation’s leading military veterans.

As Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston, recipient of the Medal of Honor, said in his endorsement of Mullikin, “[He] is the candidate with the greatest military experience both in-and-out of uniform.”

Fellow Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton agrees. “As a military leader, Mullikin is unequalled in his experience both in-and-out of uniform,” Thornton said in his endorsement of Mullikin.

What sets Mullikin apart in terms of military experience? It’s a unique blend of military and civilian service – both professional and volunteer – that enables him to have a far wider perspective in terms of what the military needs, what the nation needs from its military, what veterans need, and what the communities which serve and support our veterans and their bases need.

Mullikin’s military career began when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a JAG officer, serving as a captain in the United States Army Reserve. He later served in the S.C. Military Dept., first as a legal officer in the Joint Services Det., then in a variety of command and leadership positions in the all-volunteer S.C. State Guard ultimately rising to the rank of major general and command of the near 1,000-member disaster-preparedness, first-responder force. In his capacity as commander, Major General (SC) Mullikin has transformed the historic S.C. State Guard (Title 32 US Code; SC Code Sec 25) into what has been referred to as one of “the most elite professional search-and-rescue forces in the nation.”

Among his awards, decorations, and commendations are the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal for “exceptional meritorious service,” and – in terms of both medals, ribbons, and commendations – Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and the state Medal of Merit for “distinguished service while serving as the Commander of the South Carolina
State Guard, during the flood of 2015” and for “his outstanding commitment to the
State of South Carolina.” He has earned many other decorations and commendations.

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Posted on April 28, 2017 at 13:18 by Chris Carter · Permalink · One Comment
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A Vote for Tom Mullikin is a vote for S.C. and America

By Roger Smoak

I fully support Tom Mullikin for U.S. Congress. Here’s why: When I began my teaching and coaching career at Gaffney High School here in S.C., the people of Gaffney adopted me and treated me royally. After a number of years my wife,
Glady Sarratt Smoak, and I moved to Camden to continue our teaching careers. But we still love and have many ties in the upstate.

I coached Tom in high school tennis, and have remained friends with him through the years.

I have never known a better competitor. Tom won almost all of his matches, and many of them because he simply refused to lose. His entire life has been one of success. He has climbed most of the highest mountains in the world, and he has SCUBA-dived in all of the earth’s oceans.

As a senior environmental attorney, Tom has traveled around the world assisting other countries with climate change concerns, healthcare, disaster relief and other critical issues. He has lectured at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He also is a recognized author and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Yet, while he has been involved in these global activities, he has maintained his love and support for his hometown and his home state of South Carolina.

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Posted on April 25, 2017 at 12:00 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Richland County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Dept. has new weapon for special teams

By W. Thomas Smith Jr.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) has a new high-tech weapons-system that will provide more accuracy, flexibility, and situational control during RCSD special operations going forward. The weapon – a Tracking Point M600 service rifle, now part of the inventory of the RCSD Special Teams Division’s snipers – is designed to replace the U.S. military’s M4A1 service rifle. The M4 is the carbine version of the M16A2 assault rifle.

Like the M4 and the M16, the M600 is a 5.56-caliber automatic rifle which is built on the old M16-design platform. Where the weapon differs is its optics (and, yes, price).

According to Tracking Point, the rifle and primarily the scope are wired with a “target elimination fire control system to automatically acquire and eliminate enemy combatants.”

How? The M600 has an image-stabilizing, target-acquisition feature wherein the shooter is able to look through the scope, quickly adjust his or her range and focus with a side-mounted toggle switch, acquire the sight picture, squeeze the trigger, hold the trigger, and hit the target even if it is moving. Simply put, the shooter can lock onto a target moving at 15 mph and hit that moving target at a distance of out to 600-plus yards.

The rifle’s target-acquisition feature may also be disengaged for conventional use. And it is extremely accurate [as this writer, a former U.S. Marine multi-times expert rifleman will attest] in conventional mode as well. (more…)

Posted on April 14, 2017 at 17:03 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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