Some Good News for a Change

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Customers’ lost bank information found. A wayward computer tape that contained personal data for more than two million LaSalle Bank mortgage customers has been safely returned after turning up amid a mound of unmarked packages. After a month of fruitless searching, an employee of the DHL courier service found an unopened package in a stash of parcels in Wilmington, OH, that had lost their identifying air bills, bank officials said Tuesday, December 20. When workers opened the package, they found the computer tape and a return address and shipped it back to LaSalle Bank subsidiary ABM AMRO Mortgage Group Inc., where it arrived on Monday, December 19. This ended the month-long mystery of what happened to millions of names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other bits of information that were lost in transit from Chicago to Texas. ABN AMRO officials said there’s no reason to suspect the package was opened or otherwise tampered with, but the company cannot guarantee the tape didn’t get into the wrong hands during the four weeks it was missing.
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The True Meaning of Christmas

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Merry Christmas

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
In todays day and time,
it’s easy to lose sight,
of the true meaning of Christmas
and one special night.When we go shopping,
We say “How much will it cost?”
Then the true meaning of Christmas,
Somehow becomes lost.

Amidst the tinsel, glitter
And ribbons of gold,
We forget about the child,
born on a night so cold.

 

The children look for Santa
In his big, red sleigh
Never thinking of the baby
Whose bed was made of hay.

 

In reality when we look into the night sky,
We don’t see a sleigh
But a star, burning bright and high.

 

A faithful reminder,
Of that night so long ago,
And of the child we call Jesus,
Whose love, the world would know.
By Brian K. Walters

For those who want a deeper religious exploration of the meaning of Christmas please read The Meaning of Christmas: Look Deeper by Peter Kreeft

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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May your Christmas be perfect too!

Merry Christmas

You better watch out!

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May the magic of this Holiday fill you with Joy…

Merry Christmas Eve

Hackers using Police Credit Card Accounts

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A database hack exposes police financial data! Reevesnamepins.com, a company that manufacturers the plastic and metal name tags that police officers around the country wear on their uniforms, had its customer database hacked recently, exposing credit card and other personal data for a number of police departments. The discovery was made by investigators at CardCops.com, which monitors online sites and forums for evidence of stolen credit and consumer data. CEO Dan Clements said his company spotted the stolen credit card information while trolling an Internet relay chat (IRC) room dedicated to credit card fraud. Among information posted into the forum was corporate and personal accounts registered to officers and police departments nationwide, including the New York City Police Dept., the Alamosa, CO, Sheriff’s Department, and the Idaho State Police, Clements said.
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Furthering the Police State

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New Jersey county acquires the state’s first Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Vehicle. The Hudson County, NJ, Sheriff’s Department debuted a new 16,000-pound armored vehicle last month, complete with seven gun ports and a host of other features designed for police and rescue work. Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Hudson County Sheriff Joe Cassidy announced the acquisition of what is called a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Vehicle (BEAR). County spokesperson Jim Kennelly said, “It is over 15 tons of high-tech ballistic steel that offers wrap-around explosive and projectile protection. Our vehicle is capable of withstanding just about anything up to a low-yield nuclear weapon.” This vehicle is one of the most popular new weapons in urban police and rescue, and has become an industry standard for first responder and military units. The vehicle is the first of its kind in New Jersey, and is also currently in use by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as well as the United States Air Force. The vehicle is sizeable enough to carry 12-fully equipped Special Weapons And Tactics officers inside and can be used in any number of situations such as an armed confrontation, a barricaded suspect, or hostage crisis.
Can anyone think of a reason why the police would need equipment like this? If the mission of the police is to protect and serve… This is obviously a military vehicle, which would mean that the police are becoming a paramilitary organization. Coming from a Law Enforcement family I find it of great concern that no one seems to think there is a problem with this! People forget that the police are supposed to call the National Guard in the event they need a vehicle plated with armor and explosive panels. By the way the express function of the explosive panels is to act as a counter measure to missile or tank munition rounds, blowing out and negating the incoming missile. So I ask again why do the police need this as it is certainly NOT for self-defense or defense of the people they “serve”. I could easily go on for hours and may in fact come back to this topic when I have the time. I look forward to any thoughts or comments you might have…
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Security Firm Hacked!

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Hackers break into computer-security firm’s customer database. Guidance Software — the leading provider of software used to diagnose hacker break-ins — has itself been hacked, resulting in the exposure of financial and personal data connected to thousands of law enforcement officials and network-security professionals. Guidance alerted customers to the incident in a letter sent last week, saying it discovered on December 7 that hackers had broken into a company database and made off with approximately 3,800 customer credit card numbers. Guidance’s EnCase software is used by security researchers and law enforcement agencies worldwide. John Colbert, the company’s chief executive officer, said Guidance alerted all of its customers less than two days after discovering the break-in, and that it would no longer store customer credit card data.
Guidance stored customer records in unencrypted databases, and indefinitely retained customers’ “card value verification” (CVV) numbers, the three-digit codes on the back of credit cards that are meant to protect against fraud in online and telephone sales, according to Colbert and the notification letter sent to customers. Merchant guidelines published by both Visa and MasterCard require sellers to encrypt customer credit-card databases. They are also prohibited from retaining CVV numbers for any longer than it takes to verify a given transaction.
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4 Year Old Taijiquan Practitioner in Action!

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Yesterday in Haikou city, south China’s Hainan province…
Xiang Yuxuan
Four-year-old Xiang Yuxuan is practicing Taijiquan with a senior player during the 2nd World Taijiquan and Health Conference. Taijiquan is a traditional sport in China with a 300-year history and now becomes one of the most popular exercises in the world.
Yin-Yang Boxing A Chinese internal art form based in the principles of Yin and Yang. Today’s predominant styles of Taijiquan are Yang, Sun, Wu, and Chen. T’ai Chi Ch’uan or Taijiquan commonly known as T’ai Chi, Tai Chi, or Taiji, is a nei chia (“internal”) Chinese martial art which is known for the claims of health and longevity benefits made by its practitioners and in some recent medical studies

Karate Helps Heal Family Wounds

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Martins Ferry, OH, USA
A tragic story for one Ohio family is finally behind them though a long road is still ahead. This tragedy began on June 3, 2004 when Brian Long was shot twice in the garage of his home, once in the stomach and once in the arm by an intruder. Months later he faced an even more tragic revelation when he found out the shooting was paid for by his wife, Leslie Long. Leslie had paid her lover,John Walter Jaworski, $5,000.00 to kill her husband, he in turn hired Richard Cavanaugh to carry out the murder for hire. The motive, insurance money. Luckily Brian Long survived and is now helping his two children, Tyler, 11, and Courtney, 8, recover from all of this.

Where does Karate come in to this story? Here… Since their family was injured Brian has been spending every spare moment with his children. Brian Long joined his son Tyler in his study of Chunkukpo Karate at Precision Martial Arts in St. Clairsville. It is now their mutual passion and allowing them to fight through their pain together. In October, they both became first-degree black belts. ”He (Tyler) was in karate long before the other stuff happened, so it was easy for him to maintain his focus,” Brian Long said. ”The first-degree black belt is just the beginning. Someday, he could be a seventh- or eighth-degree black belt.” The pride Brian feels for his son is apparent when he speaks of his Martial Arts accomplishments. He said his son’s skills are well beyond his age, and he is proud his son is a black belt at only 11 years of age. ”It’s not an easy task,” Brian Long said. ”There is a lot of mental and physical testing. It’s a predetermined set of moves you have to memorize and there are seven forms. There are a lot of mental aspects to it. I spar with black belts my size. He did spar with an adult. He held his own. He’s a skinny little kid. By the time he is in his 20s, he will be a machine. He’s pretty pumped, and that’s a big accomplishment for an 11-year-old.”
As for Brian daughter she is trying to decide between dance or karate, but Brian Long said. ”She wants to get involved in dance or karate. She is not sure yet, so there may be a third.” We wish the world of peace to Brian, Tyler and Courtney as they move forward with their life along with such positive attitudes. OSU!
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10 Kids, 10 Medals Perfect Achievement at Nationals!

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Ten Karate Kids from Tairyoku Shotokan Karate Club won against some of the best in the country in the discipline. No small feat at any competition! This Bierton-based karate club achieved what could be called a perfect 10 at the National Kyu Grade Championships.
Two youngsters, Olivia Coulton and Graham Long, won gold medals in Kumite in their age groups at Slough on November 20.
Roll of honour: Kata: Shavarna Standley, silver; Chas Mallard, bronze; Jason Proctor, silver; Paul Hems, bronze.
Kumite: Olivia Coulton, gold; Graham Long, gold; Shavarna Standley, bronze; Chas Mallard, silver; Jason Proctor, silver; Gareth Ball, bronze. Four days later, the club had its Kyu Grading, held by chief instructor Sensei Ohta, a 6th Dan, where 68 students took their grading examinations where 11 students advanced their rank.
It is nice to see news like this of a club with a large group of dedicated instructors and students. Kudos from the Karate Training.org Staff.