Way of the Knife

THE WAY OF THE KNIFE — by Mark Mazzetti

THIS IS IT!


 

If you want to read a book about the origins and evolution of the current U.S. intelligence apparatus as we portend to “know it” – this is it.

Mark Mazzetti is a journalist for The New York Times, where he has covered national security issues since 2006.

 

Mark Mazzetti
Mark Mazzetti

 

Where did drones come from? How are they used? Who controls the decision-making behind their use? How are “enemies of the state” identified, tracked and eliminated? — Insights into these questions and many, many more are aptly illustrated by the investigative journalism skills of author Mark Mazzetti.

This book is not for the faint of heart. Yet, like most superb works of investigative journalism – it produces vastly more questions than it answers. These are questions that are pertinent to life today — and tomorrow.

The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti – a penetrating examination of the anatomy of the U.S. intelligence apparatus – it’s like an autopsy of a body that’s still alive and well – with you in the room.

THIS IS IT! A place and a time you never thought you would inhabit.

Fascinating.


 

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Guns of August

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

Fascinating.


 

THE GUNS OF AUGUST – THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR I – by Barbara W. Tuchman

A PHENOMENAL Treatise

This work by Barbara W. Tuchman was awarded The Pulitzer Prize.

Barbara W. Tuchman
Barbara W. Tuchman

It’s rare to read a work of history that involves the level of detail, drama and insights into the human dimension of war that this volume provides.

A quote by MarechalDe Saxe (1732) at the beginning of the book really sums up it’s essence: “The human heart is the starting point of all matters pertaining to war.”

Yet, the sheer magnitude of information the author/scholar relies upon is unusually refreshing.

This book should be required reading in U.S. and European history courses. Yet, for any interested party, it is both accessible, understandable and compelling.

A PHENOMENAL Treatise. Buy it! Enjoy!


 


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Autumn 10-27 - 24

Autumn in Central Oregon

This photo (BELOW – Click to ENLARGE) was selected today as the Group Photo for the group – Oregon Photographers on Facebook – Thank you. I am honored. This FB Group has 4,693 members.


 

Autumn 10-27 - 24
Autumn 10-27 – 24

 

This autumn has been particularly gorgeous. Below are a few of my favorites ( CLICK on an image to ENLARGE):

You can view my Autumn Photography album by CLICKING HERE. The most recent images are toward the end of this album.

1. Click on the Link ABOVE.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

For more images of Autumn in Central Oregon, CLICK on the Below:

 

Autumn 2014

 

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Reggie Dahl

Reggie Featured by YAHOO!

This Photo of Reggie was selected by Yahoo! and published on the FRONT PAGE of their FLICKR/EXPLORE photography site – and has received over 35,000 (thirty five thousand) hits in less than 12 hours.


 

Click to ENLARGE image below (CLICK ON IMAGE):
Reggie Dahl
Reggie Dahl

 

Photo was taken at sundown at Scout Lake in The Mt. Jefferson Wilderness – Jefferson Park area – during our backpack trip a few weeks back.
Explore is Flickr/Yahoo’s methodology for featuring the most interesting photos in any 24 hour period. Users across the globe  upload approximately 6,000 photos per minute on FLICKR or about 8.6 million photos per day. Yahoo/Explore then selects 500 of these images to feature on Explore each day — one in every 17,000 uploaded photos.


 

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Central Oregon Autumn

Autumn Photography

As a photographer, it is a privilege to live in Central Oregon. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Central Oregon has some of the most spectacular exhibitions of autumn beauty in the lower 48.


 

 

Autumn in Central Oregon
Autumn in Central Oregon

You can view my  photo album of Autumn in Central Oregon by CLICKING HERE.

1. Click on the Link above.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

For more images of autumn in Central Oregon, CLICK HERE.

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Scott Lake

HDR Photography

Responding to the encouragement of several photographers, I started shooting in RAW vs. jpeg a few weeks ago.


 

 

Deschutes River Autumn
Deschutes River Autumn

If you want a more in-depth explanation, you can read this summary.

Long story short:

a. Shooting in RAW captures vastly more digital information. These files are enormous digital files.

b. Shooting in RAW requires special processing of each image (much more time consuming. In my case, I am shooting three images with each shutter compression – one properly exposed, one 2 f stops underexposed and one 2 f stops over exposed. Then, all three images are combined in LightRoom 5 and exported with a preset. The preset is HDR Efex Pro (NIK Collection from Google).

c. The end result – the imagery is vastly more robust and more amenable to post capture editing.

 You can view the album of HDR imagery here (CLICK LINK).

1. Click on the Link above.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. Enlargements for commercial office space are available as well.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

 


 

 

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