How the three streams of new technologies–Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobility–will change the B2B landscape, which has been overlooked by the social wave of the past five years. CEO of Cloudnician LLC, a mobile-cloud startup with big data pull. He has 25+ years of engineering-construction experience on projects of scale. Developing sector agnostic software.
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By James Grundvig | April 8, 2016
Why do mass-murdering regimes, from Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and today’s Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Party, become self-absorbed on documenting their brutality, tortures, and genocidal killings?
It was the question that arose as I read “The Devil’s Diary” (HarperCollins), published on March 29, 2016. The book about the diary of one of the least known Nazi leaders covers a lot of ground, some of it familiar, much of it new. It includes how Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg’s diary was recovered after it went missing more than 60 years ago at the Nuremberg Trials.
What separates “The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich,” from other books on World …
By James Grundvig | March 8, 2016
The cost of war often exceeds the cold statistics, from the number of dead to those of injuries. Today, the old calculus is not enough to accurately reflect the damage wrought by modern warfare.
Beyond lost limbs and post-traumatic stress disorder, both ruining countless veterans’ lives in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, a new pestilence, a new stealth enemy has followed the troops home from the battlefields.
In the new book, “The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers” (Hot Books), author and U.S. Marine and Army veteran Joseph Hickman guides the reader on a tour that probes the little reported, dark side of war. Thought provoking, sobering, and infuriating at the same time, “The Burn Pits” hits …
By James Grundvig | February 24, 2016
Leif Ericson and the Vikings have returned to America, a millennium after their island-hopping sea voyage from Norway and Iceland, to Greenland and then Vinland in North America, establishing colonies along the way.
Although the famed Viking seafarer Leif, son of Eric the Red, and his small clan stayed in L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada for seven years, they left quite an impression elsewhere. Not necessarily with the indigenous people—who thought they had been poisoned when fed cow’s milk on lactose-sensitive stomachs—but with Western civilization.
The Vikings, spanning the three chief Scandinavian countries—Norway, Denmark, Sweden—ventured out and setup trade routes (Poland, Russia, Mediterranean Sea), protected kingdoms (France, Istanbul), and founded cities (York, Dublin, Kiev) over a spectacular 300-year period, from …
By James Grundvig | April 27, 2015
The mercury tipping point came to Robert F. Kennedy more than a decade ago. A champion of the environment, he was on a national speaking tour telling people about the dangers of coal power plants spewing tons of mercury into the air that, in essence, were poisoning humans and wildlife.
In each city he visited, parents of autistic children told him that too much mercury—in the form of the vaccine preservative thimerosal—was being used in the manufacturing of immunization shots. The more he heard about the problem, the more he started to look into the matter as a public health issue.
What he found disturbed him.
Kennedy learned he would also be practically alone on the radioactive issue from a …
By James Grundvig | April 19, 2015
Like the runaway BP Oil Spill, the U.S. National Security drone program has exploded in scope, proliferating so many state secrets that it’s corroding the rule of law and undermining foreign policy.
For BP and its subcontractors they raced to cover up the sprawling disaster. They shredded data, low-balled spill estimates, and sank the truth by using toxic dispersants to gum the oil in a thick black carpet that stretches for miles at the bottom of the gulf. The oil spill cost lives, careers, and billions of dollars in fines, penalties, and lost revenue, with legal motions still wending its way through the courts today.
Scott Horton, author and humanitarian lawyer, in his new book, Lords of Secrecy (Nation …
By James Grundvig | April 6, 2015
Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, as an indicator species, are the windows into the health of their ecosystem, the ocean.
But how can scientists pull data from mobile, fast moving, seafaring creatures in their element? And what would a half-century of human impact, from farm and pharmaceutical runoff, to urban sprawl and industrialization look like in marine mammals?
That has been the long-held dream of Dr. Sam Ridgway, the “father” of marine mammal medicine at the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF). He believed that by measuring a dolphin’s breath in a non-invasive way would reveal unique insights into the health of the biologic species, as well as the environment.
Like most university-led studies, it would take time, money, and expertise across an …
By James Grundvig | March 12, 2015
“People are radicalizing in all 50 states,” said FBI Director James Comey at a meeting of the National Association of Attorney Generals in Washington, D.C.
At a congressional hearing titled “Terrorism and Homeland Security,” the FBI’s Michael Steinbach, the assistant director of counterterrorism, stated, “We estimate upward of 150 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to join extremist groups.” He added, “That number is small compared to European travelers.”
Yet the FBI doesn’t have a “pattern” on the radicalization of Westerners. Why?
The FBI should try defining the allure of apocalyptic jihad. Then answer the question: Why do people join fanatical groups? Does the pattern boil down to human nature or the human condition?
The FBI does …
By James Grundvig | October 23, 2014
Four decades after the first outbreak of the Ebola virus in Central Africa, misconceptions and misinformation about the disease abound. No one from the CDC to the WHO has been able to articulate the scope of the problem well.
During the first outbreak, Zaire wasn’t the first place where Ebola crossed into the human population. It was the second area. But it was the first place visited by foreign disease investigators, and where a nun, who succumbed to the virus, had her blood sent to Peter Piot in Antwerp to be tested for yellow fever. Dr. Piot would become the co-discoverer of Ebola, so named for the river in the northern part of the country.
That was in October 1976.…
By James Grundvig | July 29, 2014
The shot seen around the world has all the DNA of Vladimir Putin on it. From the target and technology, to the timing and tampering of evidence, Russian President Putin owns the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. And he has done this before.
What the media has achieved in social engineering the evidence trail of Flight MH17 with video showing the movements of the Buk missile battery, it has failed to grasp the bigger picture: The timing of the missile strike.
Russia rolled the Buk surface-to-air missile system across the border into the rebel-occupied town of Snizhne on the day of the launch: July 17, 2014. It fired the missile and slinked the Buk battery back across the …
By James Grundvig | June 21, 2014
You probably learned in school that cancer is caused by the mutation of cells that grow out of control causing tumors.
This view was first suggested in 1928 and has held pretty fast in the minds of the medical and scientific communities for some 85 years, despite the fact that this mutation theory has been proven true for less than 10 percent of cancers.
With some cancers, even fewer mutations are associated with their development. For example, only about 1 percent of gastric cancers are caused by mutations, and only 3–5 percent of colon cancers. For breast cancer patients with the BRCA gene, only about 8 percent are caused by mutations of this gene. (Angelina Jolie copycats contemplating extreme preventive …
By James Grundvig | April 4, 2014
The “last mile” of a race, goal, or project is the toughest to complete. It requires focus and willpower, special qualities that burn risk on one end to ignite a massive opportunity on the other.
Turning waste into ready fuel could help push natural gas extraction operations through the last mile in a greener, more cost-effective way.
The burn-off of well gas deemed unusable produces “flares.” Burned up in these flares is an estimated waste of some 300,000 cubic feet of natural gas daily in North Dakota alone—a waste worth tens of millions of dollars monthly. But some industry leaders are turning the waste into opportunity.
North Dakota’s Governor Jack Dalrymple didn’t dodge questions about the problem at the Bloomberg …
By James Grundvig | February 21, 2014
As a leader in the hydraulic fracturing industry, Halliburton is working to decrease the environmental impact of this method used to access natural gas in shale rock. Reducing the amount of fresh water required, for example, saves money as well as natural resources.
First we’ll look at how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, works; then we’ll look at the improvements Halliburton is focusing on.
How Fracking Works
The process fracking requires a drilling team to start the work. The team drills beneath the water table reservoir, cements the wellbore below the table, and then drills deeper and horizontally into the layer of shale. Once this is done, the drilling contractor leaves and the fracking company takes over.
First, the fracking company …
By James Grundvig | January 2, 2014
Target Corporation is just learning the true cost of its data breach, which exposed 40 million credit card customers.
Consequences of the breach include three class action lawsuits, a regulatory probe, loss of consumer confidence, and a 3 percent drop in sales compared to the same time last year. Perhaps the biggest one is yet to come: a blow to its reputation.
Measuring the Cost
How does a large brand like Target measure the bruises to its reputation?
The answer is sentiment analysis. Opinion mining was developed during World War II. After the war, German industrial giants like Volkswagen used it to improve workflow efficiency to drive the “German Economic Miracle.”
Over the past decade, sentiment analysis has been deployed …
By James Grundvig | December 23, 2013
The day of the phone interview with IBM’s Josyula R. (JR) Rao, Director of Security Research at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, Target retail chain announced it got hacked: The information of 40 million consumer credit cards were stolen over a three-week period.
The ‘Black Friday’ attack was a sophisticated, pervasive form of credit card skimming. It was also widespread sweeping consumer details across Target’s 2,000 stores in North America. The point-of-sales breach, likely the result of an email phishing attack on Target’s back-end system, was a big blow the store’s holiday sales and goal to increase it’s online presence, which has stagnated at 2 percent of gross sales.
Collateral damage of the Target attack …
By James Grundvig | December 19, 2013
Tall, vertical, on a narrow slice of 43rd Street in the heart of Times Square, a new Hyatt Hotel opened softly earlier this month. This Sunday, December 22, it will rollout T-45 Diner next to the ground floor lobby.
In late January, the Hyatt Times Square New York will open its rooftop bar and lounge, just in time for the Super Bowl, which will be hosted across the Hudson River at MetLife Stadium. I took a tour of the 54-story sky-bar, which is under the final phase of construction. It opens to an outdoor, rooftop deck—the highest outdoor deck in the city for entertainment—with full southern panoramic view. It’s stunning, especially at night.
To the east, a few blocks away, …
By James Grundvig | December 18, 2013
These are Not Santa’s Socks! Celliant Textile’s Pain-Reducing Fabric
Back in the day my elementary school teacher took trips to the Grand Canyon and the deserts of Utah and Nevada. There she collected rocks split in two revealing crystals of amazing shapes and colors. Each fall she shared her crystal rock collection with the class. We got an education in minerals and geology, but the future held something more.
Rocks like that have another purpose. They are more than a mere conversation piece or occupying shelf space. Today, their minerals are ending up, of all places, in our clothes, linens, and fabrics. They are giving value where it matters most—as a form of pain relief, with thermal and proven therapeutic …
By James Grundvig | December 2, 2013
Three days before Christmas in 2000, on a affluent peninsula in Stockholm, an Iraqi gang pulled off an audacious art theft of a small, but priceless self-portrait of Rembrandt at the Swedish National Museum.
With only three roads into the peninsula, the thieves set fire to cars on two of the streets and placed spike-strips on the third.
As the fiery diversions worked, drawing police and fire department resources away, the thieves entered the museum and, in less than three minutes, carried out a smash and grab robbery: They cut the hanging-wires to three paintings, making off with a pair of small Renoirs and the Rembrandt. Moored outside was a speedboat they used to race away from the scene. With …
By James Grundvig | November 5, 2013
As the melting pot of New York City continues to flourish and diversify, several Asian network groups and associations have come into form in the last decade.
One of the reasons for this growth has been the surge of the Asian population in New York, which added “247,900, a climb of 31.8%” from 2000 to 2010, according to a Wall Street Journal article: Blacks Leave City as Asians Propel Growth, (3-25-11), written by Joseph De Avila and Sumathi Reddy that was based on their analysis of the 2010 Consensus.
“Asian and Hispanic populations spiked between 2000 and 2010, transforming the city’s racial landscape. But the number of black New Yorkers dropped 5%, the first dip in that group since …
By James Grundvig | October 11, 2013
The Terror Trade of Big Game Poaching and How New Technology Can Fight It.
Africa’s wild elephants are under siege. Terrorism has pushed the poaching trade into a billion-dollar business, prolonging Congo’s twenty-year-old civil war, which has left more than 2 million people dead, according to a USA Today article last March.
Garamba National Park is a 1,930 sq. mile expanse of savannahs and grasslands cut by two rivers. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of seven wildlife parks in the Congo managed by non-government organizations (NGO).
“Wild elephants in the Congo will become extinct in our lifetime,” Jonathan Hutson, a human rights activist, said at the Suits and Spooks NYC 2013 summit held in New York …
By James Grundvig | October 10, 2013
America has faced the great void of financial ruin before. And time again in history the country invested in research and infrastructure to get back on track.
In less than a minute, U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) mentioned three pillars of growth in American history.
First, the Erie Canal that linked New York City and the East Coast to the west by water. Next, Abraham Lincoln’s chartering of the Trans-Continental railroad during the middle of the Civil War in 1863. And finally, President Eisenhower’s development of the federal highway system in the 1950s.
According to the centrist Democrat congressman we should take a lesson in history. “I am a history buff. I enjoy reading books. And the one I recommend …