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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

South African Crime Fighting Dog Retires

This is a great story about a dog called Emma I found at Times Live.

A golden Cocker Spaniel trained as a sniffer dog will report for duty for the last time on Thursday after nearly a decade of nosing the streets for drugs and crime.

The sniffer dog known as Emma, said to be the pride of the SA Police Service and to have made big men quiver, would retire from the Pretoria Dog Unit for a well deserved rest, said police spokeswoman Captain Colette Weilbach on Wednesday.

"Drug lords and drug dealers in Gauteng feared her. Emma has during her years in police service assisted in the closing down of twelve drug laboratories and putting more than 350 drug dealers behind bars in Gauteng."

The value of the drugs that Emma sniffed out added up to around R60 million, and she in her career had knocked on death's door twice with drug poisoning.

Her partner in fighting crime, Inspector Leonard De Jager, trained Emma from when she was a puppy.

Wielbach said the "first-rate team", with a long track record of successes and achievements, was separated for a year and a half when Emma was transferred to OR Tambo International Airport.

They reunited and worked together for another seven years.

Emma this year walked away with four awards, said Wielbach.

She has in for the last five consecutive years received a trophy for the best drug dog, for the most drug arrests in Pretoria, and a trophy for the dog with the most arrests linked with violent crimes such as house robberies and hijackings.

Emma also received an award for most searches conducted in open fields, vehicles and buildings, as well as another trophy for the best specialist dog in Pretoria.

Her retirement is due to the fact that she was getting slower, having less energy at ten years of age.

When asked what he will miss the most about Emma, De Jager said after a day's work while driving back to the unit, his "poppie" would put her head outside the window.

De Jager would then put his hand outside reaching to the rear, and Emma would press her small black nose in his palm.

De Jager has his own dogs at home, and has found Emma a place with one of his best friends so he can visit her at any time.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Receiving my Air Assault Badge

After four years of waiting I was today the first person in the SANDF to be awarded the new Air Assault Badge, which I also designed. Needless to say it was a proud moment for me.

Today a new era in the SANDF was entered. Let's see how history will eventually remember South African Air Assault.

The Air Assault Badge

Air Assault Badges in waiting today as we had a parade to hand them out to those of us qualified to wear them. The badge pictures a helicopter half enveloped by a laurel wreath.

Guard of Honour Marching Off

The guard of honour marching off today at the conclusion of the parade.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Combating Terrorism And Moving Towards A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons

This article is from The Gov Monitor.

At his recent state dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the issue of nuclear proliferation and said: “We should cooperate in addressing global challenges of combating terrorism…and moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”
These are clearly important goals. But how can they be achieved in today’s high-tension political climate? Diplomacy and economic sanctions have not been sufficient to resolve these issues, which are driven by human behavioral dynamics that cannot be controlled by such methods alone.
Terrorism and nuclear proliferation are human problems requiring human solutions. Their underlying cause is accumulated social stress. Today the military of India has an opportunity to address this fundamental cause of war, conflict and terrorism by deploying a new, scientifically verified technology of defense.
A New Solution
This new technology of defense is based upon the latest discoveries in the fields of physics, neuroscience, and physiology. Ultimately, it is based on the discovery of the unified field of all the laws of nature-the most fundamental and powerful level of nature’s dynamics. Technologies based upon this unified field of natural law have such concentrated power that they can render obsolete and irrelevant every previous objective technology and destructive means of defense.
Modern science has probed deeper levels of nature’s functioning, from the macroscopic world of classical physics to the underlying atomic, nuclear, and subnuclear levels, culminating in the discovery of the unified field, the unified source of the diversified laws of nature governing the universe. Because this unified field is vastly more powerful than any other level of nature’s dynamics, a technology of defense based upon the unified field is of historic importance. It is already changing the whole science and technology of defense.
Accessing the Unified Field Within
Since the unified field is the source of the objective world, its power cannot be harnessed through objective technologies. A new approach is needed – one that draws upon the world’s subjective traditions of meditation. Properly understood and property practiced, meditation throughout the ages has been a systematic technology to turn human awareness within to experience finer levels of thought, deeper levels of human intelligence that correspond to deeper levels of intelligence in nature. This inward exploration culminates in direct experience of the deepest level of consciousness-the simplest, silent, settled state of human awareness, sometimes called the state of pure consciousness – in which the human mind identifies with the unified field. By turning the attention systematically within, human awareness explores deeper levels of nature’s functioning and ultimately experiences the unified field at the source of thought-the field of unity at the basis of mind and matter.
The Vedic tradition of knowledge from India is the most complete and highly developed tradition of meditation in the world, yet this ancient approach of gaining knowledge and experience of the unified field has become the focus of intense scientific research over the past 50 years. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived, from the ancient Vedic science of consciousness, systematic technologies for experiencing the unified field, including the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced techniques. These meditation practices are known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) in military circles and have been successfully applied by members of many faiths to eliminate conflict in the recent past. If the military of India were to apply this human resource-based technology, which is non-lethal and non-destructive, it could reduce the collective societal stress that is fueling the rising tensions between India and Pakistan.
The Prevention Wings
A Prevention Wing of the Military would be the ideal way to achieve this goal. Less than 1% of the military of India would participate in this wing. The remaining personnel would carry out their normal military duties. The Prevention Wing would be trained in the primary components of IDT. They would practice these technologies in large groups, morning and evening.
The Maharishi Effect
Over 50 research studies confirm that when the required threshold of IDT experts is crossed-approximately the square root of 1% of the size of a given population-crime goes down in the affected population, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. Scientists have named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who first predicted it. The causal mechanism appears to be a field effect of consciousness-a spillover effect on the level of the unified field from the peace-creating group into the larger population.
For instance, in 1993, a two-month Maharishi Effect intervention was implemented and studied in Washington, DC. Predictions of specific drops in crime and other indices were lodged in advance with government leaders and newspapers. The research protocol was approved by an independent Project Review Board. The findings showed that crime fell 23.3 percent below the predicted level when the peace-creating group reached its maximum size. Temperature, weekend effects, or previous trends in the data failed to account for changes. This research was published in the peer-reviewed Social Indicators Research (1999, vol. 47, 153-201).
The Maharishi Effect was documented on a global scale in a study using Rand Corporation data and published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2003, vol. 36, 283-302). When assemblies of IDT experts exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world (about 7,000 at that time) during the years 1983-1985, terrorism globally decreased 72%, international conflict decreased 32%, and violence in nations was reduced without intrusion by other governments.
The Opportunity for Permanent Peace
The military of India is charged with the constitutional responsibility to defend the country. It can now succeed in this mission simply by creating a Prevention Wing of the Military – a coherence-creating group of IDT experts exceeding the square root of 1% of the population of India – approximately 3,415 soldiers.
As part of its responsibility to protect the nation, India’s military is obligated to thoroughly examine realistic, scientifically proven methods for preventing war and terrorism. IDT is such a method. Moreover, since the military and military personnel are funded by the government, a Prevention Wing of the Military would not be subject to the fluctuations in size that often affect civilian IDT groups, where participation may be influenced by finances, job demands, graduations, and optional activities.
All areas of society will be simultaneously enriched by this holistically life-supporting, life-benefiting technology. It is enormously effective and cost-effective, and the results are immediate. All that is necessary is to provide the proper training for a group of military personnel-or indeed, any large group within the country. India has the opportunity today through IDT to create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to act is now.
About the Authors:
Major General (R) Kulwant Singh, UYSM., PhD, leads an international group of generals and defense experts that advocates Invincible Defense Technology.
David Leffler, PhD, a US Air Force veteran, is the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS).