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daily 03/24/2014

    • Much German radio traffic was encrypted on the Enigma machine, many codes of which the British could decipher. The downside was that military commanders sometimes could not act on Ultra intelligence because it might give away to the Germans that the Allies had access to Enigma traffic.
    • Freyberg alone had Ultra access but he did not act on it lest it reveal to the Germans that he knew their intentions. This led ultimately to the fall of Crete.
    • Much in accounts of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suggests that what might be called the Ultra Syndrome has been a factor. Quite simply, countries with access to sensitive surveillance information helpful to the search have been reluctant to reveal that data because it might give away their capabilities. Thailand has already admitted it had surveillance information that it did not share, at least initially, with Malaysia.
    • This begs the question: how long was that information available? And why was the search suddenly focused on an area of the Southern Ocean far from previous search areas? It may be argued that this was the limit of the aircraft’s fuel endurance along the southern corridor of its possible flight, but it was more likely in response to some, as yet unconfirmed, source of intelligence.
    • Some countries and navies have the reputation of being “vacuum cleaners”: they suck in information but give nothing out.
    • n 2010, 55 percent of Americans received their health insurance through their place of employment or that of a family member. As General Motors executives used to quip, “We are in the health care provision business and make cars on the side.” In certain respects, they were right. Both General Motors and Ford have reported that they spend more on health insurance for their employees than they spend on steel. Similarly, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claims that Starbucks spends more on health insurance benefits than it does on coffee beans.
    • A variety of economic incentives also sustained employment-based coverage. Providing insurance at the place of employment presents an attractive way to pool risk and minimize adverse selection.
    • “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said. “When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.”
    • Along with Louisville, those two schools represent the three programs in contention for the services of the former four-star prospect, leaving the question of when, if at all, the 6’4, 230-pounder will visit the Cardinals.
    • Strong had acknowledged during his own press conference on Tuesday that the tempo was going to be an adjustment for his players.
    • Just as much as physical strength, the intensity level in practice is about honing the mental toughness that a team needs to overcome adversity in a hostile environment.
    • “It’s really hands on,” said the three-year starter at center. “Even workouts with [Coach Strong], he’s working out with us. He’s there really early. I was actually leaving my house one morning coming to workouts and he was running down the road I live off of. I was like, man, he’s running before I’m even up there. So it was crazy to see him doing that. He’s out there with us and he wants to grind out there with us as well.”
    • Not to mention how much it should benefit the current players, who essentially have two defensive coordinators in Strong and Texas Ex Vance Bedford, who is known for his energy and love for the program. Where previous coordinators defensively for Texas spent much of their time in practice working with their position group, each position has its own coach and Bedford has Chris Vaughn to help him with the defensive backs, allowing both Strong and Bedford to give their attention to whatever group needs it the most.

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