CONGRESS NOT GETTING INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS

CONGRESS NOT GETTING INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS

INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR TO STOP IN-PERSON BRIEFINGS TO CONGRESS TRUMP SAYS “TOO MANY “LEAKERS” ON THE COMMITTEE”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will stop providing in-person briefings on election security and foreign interference to Congress,

According to congressional and intelligence officials, and instead will provide “primarily” written updates ahead of the November election.

An ODNI official told CBS News the change was being made out of concern over leaks that resulted from prior,

Unspecified congressional briefings, and in an effort to protect sensitive intelligence.

The official said Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe ordered the change,

Which prompted immediate condemnation from senior Democratic lawmakers.

In a letter to several congressional offices dated August 28 that was obtained by CBS News,

Ratcliffe said he believed written briefings would help “ensure, to the maximum extent possible,

That the information ODNI provides the Congress in support of your oversight responsibilities on elections security,

Foreign malign influence, and election interference is not misunderstood nor politicized.”

“It will also better protect our sources and methods and most sensitive intelligence from additional unauthorized disclosures or misuse,” he wrote.

Speaking after touring damage from Hurricane Laura in Texas,

President Trump said the decision was because “you have leakers on the committee.”

Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said Saturday that “it comes down to one simple thing:

A few members talked to the press and disclosed information that they shouldn’t have disclosed,

And so he’s going to make sure there’s proper tools for their oversight and make sure that they contain it in a way that does not jeopardize sources or methods for the intel that we gather.”

DAWG SAYS: NEVER A DULL MOMENT THESE DAYS.


SUNDAY RETRO: RORY GALLAGHER

SUNDAY RETRO: RORY GALLAGHER

CALLING CARD IS THE SIXTH STUDIO RELEASE BY IRISH SINGER/GUITARIST RORY GALLAGHER.

A 1976 RELEASE, IT WAS HIS SECOND OF FOUR ALBUMS RELEASED ON CHRYSALIS RECORDS IN THE 1970S.

DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW BASS GUITARIST ROGER GLOVER CO-PRODUCED WITH GALLAGHER:

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT GALLAGHER WORKED WITH A “NAME” PRODUCER

AND THE ONLY SUCCESSFUL SUCH COLLABORATION.


CELERA 500L “BULLET PLANE

CELERA 500L “BULLET PLANE

The whispers started three years ago.

Long-awaited Celera 500L ‘bullet’ plane is finally revealed

A mysterious bullet-shaped plane was spotted at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville in April 2017.

Its unusual design prompted immediate speculation,

With military website The War Zone being the first to report that the aircraft was the work of California-based Otto Aviation,

And that development was very much under wraps.

Now, in the late summer of the strangest year in aviation history,

The Celera 500L has finally been revealed to the world, with the launch of a new website and a bunch of very cool new photos.

What we’re looking at is a six-person private craft that promises to fly at jet speeds,

But with eight times lower fuel consumption, and a range that’s twice that of a comparably sized craft.

Bold claims indeed. Otto Aviation says on its website that 31 successful test flights have so far been performed,

With aerodynamic efficiency proven in 2019, bolstering its declaration that “the Celera 500L is the most fuel-efficient, commercially viable aircraft in existence.”

The company, founded in 2008 and an offshoot of Bill Otto’s Otto Laboratories,

Says that the Celera 500L runs at 18 to 25 miles-per-gallon fuel economy (compared to the 2-3 miles-per-gallon of a comparable jet aircraft).

Then there are the modest $328 hourly operating costs, which are about six times lower,

And the generous 4,500-nautical-mile range. Maximum cruise speed is projected to reach more than 460 miles per hour.

“Our goal has always been to create a safe and private aircraft that would allow for direct flights in the US,

At speeds and cost comparable to commercial air travel,” company CEO Bill Otto Jr. tells CNN Travel.

The range is such that the Celera 500L would be able to service nearly every city pairing in the United States without refueling.

The reason its aircraft can do all this, says Otto Aviation, is down to laminar flow.

Laminar flow is the minimum……..


NOR CAL ADVENTURE: SUTTERS FORT

NOR CAL ADVENTURE: SUTTERS FORT

The Historic State Park That All Northern Californians Need To Visit At Least Once

Smack dab in the heart of our state’s capitol,

Is a historic state park that celebrates the pioneer spirit that brought Americans out to Northern California in the first place.

Sutter’s Fort State park is an incredible homage to the Old West.

You can still go there today to learn about Northern California life before the gold rush even began,

And you will be greeted by docents in living history gear who will teach you more than you even thought there was to know about the pioneer days.

Now a historic state park, Sutter’s Fort was once a thriving agricultural and trade center.


It was established by John Sutter in 1839 when he received a grant from the Mexican Government.

At that point in time, California was owned by Mexico,

But more and more Americans from the east were heading out west as pioneers.

John Sutter was a Swiss immigrant who named the Sacramento area New Helvetica, or New Switzerland.

In 1847 Sutter sent aid to the Donner Party,

a group of immigrants trapped in a winter storm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Word spread and Sutter became known for his hospitality and for providing temporary refuge to travelers.

This reputation made New Helvetia the destination for early immigrants to California.

John Sutter also owned the mill where gold was discovered in 1849 by John Marshall in Coloma.


Despite the growing community that surrounded New Helvetica and Sutter’s Fort,

once gold was discovered, the area became overcome by miners seeking their fortune.


NOR CAL ADVENTURE: SUTTERS FORT IN SACRAMENTO


Sutter’s Fort fell into disrepair but was eventually turned into a state park.

In 1891, the Native Sons of the Golden West, who sought to safeguard many of the landmarks of California’s pioneer days,

purchased and rehabilitated Sutter’s Fort when the City of Sacramento sought to demolish it.

Repair efforts were completed in 1893 and the fort was given by the Native Sons of the Golden West to the State of California.

In 1947, the fort was transferred to the authority of California State Parks.

Today, the state park is a popular stop for school and other tour groups.

People come to soak in the history of the past and learn about the early Californians.


Visitors get to interact with docents in period wear.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is alive with activity throughout the year.

Regular living history events re-create life and activities of Sutter’s time.


“Hands-on History Days” feature costumed staff demonstrating the tools, skills, food, and games of early Californians.

Both daytime and evening special events are offered.

Educational programs are presented for school groups.

The Fort is located in what today is Midtown Sacramento.

It’s a slice of history in an otherwise urban environment.

The city was built up around it and Northern Californians are lucky to have access to a historic,

educational, and lovely state park right at our fingertips.

Sutter’s Fort is located at:

2701 L Street, Sacramento CA, 95816 (916) 445-4422

DAWG SAYS:

ANOTHER PLACE I HAVE VISITED SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS

GREAT PLACE TO SEE WITH HISTORICAL VALUE.