Countless law enforcement agencies have achieved fame and notoriety over the previous 100 years. High profile criminal cases have led to the renown of many, as have the sheer number of police departments, sheriff’s offices and other law enforcement agencies at every level – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Among some of the best-known are NYPD, LAPD, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s office, even Scotland Yard. There are many others.
Here in South Carolina, one of the best-known law enforcement agencies (LEAs), nationally and internationally, is the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD).
Led by Sheriff Leon Lott, a veteran law enforcement officer who has served in uniform since 1975 and as sheriff of Richland County since 1997, RCSD has earned its reputation as a model of professionalism not so much by the notoriousness of the criminals the department has pursued and brought to justice over the years – though there have indeed been those – but by the forward-thinking culture Lott has instilled in his RCSD over the past two decades and continues pressing hard today.
CAMDEN, S.C. – The children and teachers of WENDY HOUSE, the primary kindergarten in the Village of Toga, Republic of Fiji, now have a new library wing added to the school, thanks to a generous donation from Tom and Virginia Ann Mullikin of Camden-based Global Eco Adventures (GEA). And the library is now said to be a popular learning hub for both students and adult villagers alike in Toga.
“Books and other educational resources are a critical necessity for so many otherwise isolated people, worldwide, who should benefit from the same boundless learning and life-building opportunities far too many of us take for granted,” says Tom Mullikin, pres. of GEA. “Virginia Ann and I have always tried to invest our money and make a difference in the communities and regions of the world where we have worked and – in that work – physically seen and experienced the greatest need.”
By Tom Mullikin
CAMDEN, S.C. – Ill-informed concerns about solar energy should be laid to rest and American businesses – which have yet to fully embrace the economic and environmental benefits of solar power – should give this limitless source of clean, efficient energy its due.
Every organization from the smallest local business operation to the world’s largest manufacturers and multi-national corporations all share a common need: affordable and reliable power. Solar power provides a cost effective solution for the energy challenges all businesses face, but many businesspeople are not aware of these benefits or have been deterred from exploring solar power options because of outdated and misinformed notions about solar power. Specifically, concerns about the around the clock capabilities and inclement weather performance of solar power persist despite the fact that advances in the industry address these past challenges. Improved technology in storage along with the exponential cost decreases in equipment make solar power a viable option for all energy users. Simply put, solar works.
While solar power offers environmental benefits, arguably the most attractive quality of solar is cost. Solar is now the least-expensive source of energy in 60 countries around the world, and this expense has decreased dramatically: The price of one solar panel per watt, for example, dropped from $101.05 in 1975 to $0.37 in 2017. The cost per watt also decreases as the system size increases, so large corporations with large energy needs will also reap the economic advantages that come with quantity of scale.
Over a hundred companies listed among the Fortune 500 eager invest in solar energy, including Apple, Walmart, and Intel. Any shrewd businessperson or follower of the successful advances and trends of these companies, would do well to recognize the remarkable reliability of solar power as well as the tangible savings, benefits, and overall cost-efficiency that solar power provides their various business-operations, day-in-and-day-out, both in the near term and for decades to come.
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/.
Turn on the news today or log into your social media and you will see headline after headline of attacks on our liberty and security. Whether it’s anti-police riots, jihadist gunmen, or corrupt politicians, our nation’s traditions and principles are under heavy assault. It is demoralizing. We know who seeks to destroy our society and what their objectives are. But what can we actually do to stop them?
What we face today are multiple “wars of ideas.” While enemy combatants are not an invading force shooting bullets and dropping bombs, the outcome is the same. Our way of life is up for grabs. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is an opponent in one of the idea wars. The attacks on our police officers – and law and order itself – coming from their protests across the nation are a threat to our justice system and could have far-reaching effects if we do not engage.
Fortunately we do not need to adopt their tactics of lawlessness and violence to defeat them.
Author Robert R. Reilly lays out four maxims for winning wars of ideas in The Knowledge Group’s 2015 special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement:
- “the first thing one must do is formulate the ideas that are so central to one’s life that one is not willing to live without them.”
- “one cannot go into a war of ideas until one understands the ideas one is at war with.”
- “wars of ideas, by definition, can only be fought by and with people who think.”
- “along with a consistency of purpose, one must have the organizational and
financial means for conducting a war of ideas over the course of generations.”
The right to free speech and to bear arms, freedom of religion, a limited and constitutional government, a right to due process, and equal protection under the law are all ideas that no American Continue reading “How to win the war of ideas against Black Lives Matter”
According to former KGB propagandist Yuri Bezmenov, the Soviet intelligence agency devoted a mere 15 percent of their resources on espionage. The remaining 85 percent of their time, manpower, and money was devoted towards something called ideology subversion – psychological warfare. Prior to his defection from the Soviet Union in 1970, Bezmenov worked for the news agency Novosti, where he says three-fourths of the workers were KGB officers and the remainder were, like him, co-opted into service. He repeatedly uses the term “useful idiots” for the carefully selected American journalists, professors, actors, and political figures like Sen. Ted Kennedy that Bezmenov and the KGB welcomed into the Soviet Union, feeding them propaganda, and then using these leftist “political prostitutes” to influence public opinion and advance the Kremlin’s agenda worldwide.
There are four stages to ideological subversion. Demoralization began in the 1960s and Bezmenov states that the politburo never dreamed their efforts would have such a profound effect on the United States so quickly. Destabilization is reaching critical mass under the Obama administration. Next is crisis, which we are rapidly approaching, and then finally normalization. He explains what each of these stages look like in the video below, and even how Americans can overturn the process of ideological subversion. Although this video was shot in 1984, it explains precisely what we deal with today. The relevant part of the interview starts at the 1:07:00 mark, but is definitely worth watching in its entirety if you have the time.
Bezmenov decided to defect when he realized how evil the Soviet regime truly was upon learning that many of the most useful pro-Soviet figures (including many friends) he worked with in India would be executed once the revolution took place, “because they know too much” and could become disillusioned. He listed numerous examples of KGB-backed Marxist leaders in other countries being executed and replaced with a less threatening Marxist puppet once they were no longer useful.
The Soviet Union may be gone, but their extremely effective ideological subversion efforts explain so much of what we face in today’s decaying and irrational society.
It is useless to fight against people’s rigid ways, or to argue against their irrational concepts. You will only waste time and make yourself rigid in the process. The best strategy is to simply accept rigidity in others, outwardly displaying deference to their need for order. On your own, however, you must work to maintain your open spirit, letting go of bad habits and deliberately cultivating new ideas.
– Robert Greene