Headline July 11, 2014



"The Students Are  A  Power In The World!"   -But remember, we must get to the right ideas to make it truly great.

Happily, for the world,  I have started to observe that:

THE SLEEP-WALKING days of the Samurai and the world students, are over! The Alpha Female Students have begun to stir- and take command:

The students and the world at large has huge problems: Education, Joblessness, Wars, strife, poverty, crime, appalling- human-rights abuses, illiteracy,..........and on and on.  

But in context of !WOW! and  in truth,  the biggest threat to your future stems not from your  ''enemies"   but from internal weaknesses. Some of them -I dare say- self inflicted. For you to accept that truth, will take real courage -and real ability.

Unity-Faith-Discipline will see you through.

Now to the honour of the Post:

COME 2009  - ''Sir  -Your profile of Carol Bartz , the new boss of Yahoo!, shows that the double standard  applied to male and female executives continues to thrive.

Ms Bartz's weekly red-eye flights home from Silicon Valley for three-day weekends with her family proved that she regards the notion of  ''work-life-balance'' as  ''nonsense''. 

When she was chief executive of  Autodesk,  ~reading and working~  in a chauffeur-driven car displayed  'excessive'  discipline. She became 'homecoming queen and a mathematics star in high school' -

Which no doubt helped her to overcome insecurities that would forever motivate her to achieve' after the death of her mother. Born just a few years before Steve Jobs, she is nonetheless  'strikingly old'  to take charge of an Internet company.

I look forward to reading soon about some newly appointed male chief executive, whose popularity and achievement in high school, whose regular business travel and efforts to provide a comfortable suburban home for his family-

 And whose passage into the winter of life at 60 give us insight into his potential success at his new job''.

This is what one reader wrote in response to an article in a highly respected magazine. 

COME 2012-

Today's popular culture features some memorable terrorist-hunting heroines, from Homeland's tenacious Carrie Mathison to  Zero Dark Thirty's steely Maya.

In America, and in the rest of the world,  in reality,  national security remains very much a boys' club.

But that's slightly less true thanks to the recent rise of women to three of the U.S's most  ''sensitive and secretive jobs".

President Obama has a new White House counterterrorism adviser in Lisa Monaco, a top Justice Department Lawyer who stepped in when the job's prior occupant, John Brennan, took over CIA.

Just before Brennan decamped for Langley, a female career  CIA  employee assumed command of the agency's   deeply secretive  clandestine service.

~# The woman is under cover, making her name secret enough that if they told you,  they really might have to kill you ~#

And on March 26, same year, Obama put a woman in charge of protecting his own life when he named  Julia Pierson director of the Secret Service.

Each of these women inherits some mighty  gender-neutral challenges. Monaco confronts the roiling debate about America's drone strike overseas.

The  CIA's  clandestine service chief manages U.S. spies and covert operations around the world. And Pierson has to sweat not just Obama's security but also her agency's lesser known policing of  financial crimes like counterfeiting and credit card fraud.

Not that gender is irrelevant to these posts. Pierson, a 30 year Secret Service veteran, who is the first woman to hold the director job, takes over an agency shamed by 2011 revelation that agents working in Colombia before a Presidential  visit there had hired prostitutes.

Some  90%  of Secret Service agents are male, and critics say a better testosterone-estrogen balance might deter future scandals.

A woman running the CIA's clandestine service is another first. She too oversees a male-dominated culture in a field where some experts believe a female perspective is valuable.

''We do bring different attributes to the table,'' says former CIA analyst Nada Bakos:

Who suggests that female spies can excel thanks to knack for  ''empathy and listening.'' Whether the clandestine chief will stay is an open question, however. She holds the job on an acting basis, and Brennan is reportedly concerned about her link-

To the 2005 destruction of videotaped interrogation of high-level terrorism suspects, ordered by her then boss. But a Justice Department investigation resulted in no charges.

It's hardly unheard of for women to have sensitive national-security posts: Condoleezza Rice served as George W. Bush's National Security Adviser, and Frances Townsend was his top home land security aide.

And Monaco is a contender to replace FBI Director Robert Mueller when he steps down.

But the numbers remain conspicuously macho; a 2010 study by Women in International Security found that women hold just  20%  to  30% of key foreign policy and national security jobs.

That's why women who love security clearances are cheering the rise of real-life Maya figures.

''The top dog has special meaning,''  says former Clinton White House aide Amy Zegart.

''The lines for the ladies bathrooms are still too short in our national security agencies. But these appointments are a big, big step forward.'' :

Crashing another barrier.

Welcome, then, to President Hillary Clinton!  You are a great friend of the students. See You, ma'am, and family,  on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:      

With loving and respectful dedication to the memory of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto/ Pakistan.

With respectful dedication to all the Alpha Female Leaders of the World. Past
and Present.

 ''' !WOW! Energy "'

Good night and God bless!

SAM Daily Times - The Voice of the Voiceless


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