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Thank You for 1,000,000 Views! January 26, 2016

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I was just notified that the GlobalRiskInfo blog just had it’s 1 millionth view with over 850,000 visitors!  I want to give a big “Thank You!” to everyone that has taken the time to read my inane drivel and for those who take the time to comment!  This is simply a labor of love and I am grateful for the support.  This started 4 years ago and I have published 404 blog posts. While some have been big hits others have not.  Regardless..thank you!

Autocracy, Anocracy, & Democracy – “Verbal Masterba(bleep!)…” January 25, 2016

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Election season in the US is always interesting.  Passions run high and people are quick to proclaim their positions on government and politics.  Unfortunately, as many will likely agree, election season also gives voice to many who should probably remain silent.

Recently I was taken to task on Facebook and lectured on the concept of governance and democracy by a particularly obtuse and offensive individual.  When I attempted to explain that democracy should NOT be considered a strictly binary proposition and that the US was indeed a democracy, his attacks became personal and I was accused of (among other things) “verbal masturbation”.  According to this master of the English language: “Most folks like me would call your ideas verbal masturbation.  They sound good from the outside but are really kinda stupid”…he actually wrote: “Kinda”…somehow this person drew a line between my comments on democracy and his belief that the federal government would force parents to stand by while their 12 year old daughters got abortions without consent.  I am at a loss as to the logic… But…I digress.  Back to democracy! (more…)

Republican, Democrat, or Independent? January 24, 2016

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HeadshotChris2013_COMPI wrote an open letter to Sarah Palin two days ago and it has since generated almost 400,000 views.  While most of the comments have been polite and even somewhat spirited at times there are a few folks who have taken to name calling and insults.  For likely the first time in my life I was called a Democratic Socialist for not supporting Sarah Palin!  Here is my view.  I am an American.  I vote on issues but consider myself a Republican.  I am socially more liberal than most in the party but fiscally conservative and am an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution.

I believe our system has become so divisive that debate and discourse have given away to name calling and insults.  My letter to Mrs. Palin was intended to shed light on a serious condition.  I would have written the same letter to a Democrat. In fact, you can see my latest post is one in which I comment on Michelle Obama.  I believe that our leaders should be held accountable.  I have written articles for the National Review and been interviewed on NewsMax.  I suspect most would classify me as a Republican

A Marine Sniper’s Review of the Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) January 2, 2016

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RPRAs a former US Marine Sniper I still enjoy the science and craft required for long range shooting.  While my days of sniping are well behind me, shooting at 1000+ yards still gets my blood flowing.  I have numerous rifles chambered in everything from the .416 Ruger to 8mms, .308s, .270s. 300 WM etc.  Here is my review of the new RPR.  At the 2015 ShotShow Ruger released it’s newest rifle the Ruger Precision Rifle.  Chambered in the venerable .308 Winchester as well as the .243 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor the rifle was designed from the ground up for precision.  It shares numerous parts with the AR15 platform and comes with a 20MOA rail for long range shooting.  After some research I decided to purchase an RPR.  Imagine my surprise when I found that they were listed for $1,100!…some dealers were selling them for as little as $995! (more…)

Chris Mark speaking at Secura Risk Management Fall Forum (Oct 28-29) October 24, 2015

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SecuraIf you are a bank, credit union, or work for one and want to listen to me (Chris) speak and are looking for a reason to go to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina..check out the Secura Fall Risk Management Forum!  Yours Truly will be speaking on CyberCrime and the DarkNet as well as EMV “Chip & PIN” (a misnomer but…I will not discuss here).  Should be a great event and will be in one of my favorite US cities…Charleston, South Carolina!..I have not had an opportunity to speak at a Secura event yet but they appear to be very well put together and the agenda looks very compelling.  Also, if you didn’t have a chance to attend the AT&T Cyber Security Conference in NYC, you can watch a replay of the event here!  You can see me on the ‘big stage’ talking with Jamie Wallace on Mobile Security.  It was a great event with top shelf speakers…(notice that I am rocking my Recon Jack to represent the USMC Recon Community!)

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