Watch WSP’s Jojo Hermann Join MMJ’s Carl Broemel For Faces, Neil Young Covers

first_imgLast weekend, the worlds of beloved bands My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic collided at The Basement East in Nashville, TN, when WSP keyboardist John “Jojo” Hermann joined guitarist Carl Broemel’s set for an extended guest appearance. Broemel has been touring behind his recently-released solo album 4th Of July, and his band made their way to the Nashville venue. Hermann, a native to Tennessee, made his way over to the venue for the intimate performance.The show opened with Broemel’s band playing a full set, before leaving the guitarist to play two songs by himself. When the band returned, Hermann was in tow, joining in for a three song run to close out the show. The band opened with original song “Different People,” before closing out the show with two covers: The Faces’ “Ooh La La” and Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane.” Fortunately, thanks to some fans in the audience, we can watch videos of this exciting show!Check out videos for the two cover songs, streaming below!Ooh La La (via Justin Damron, partial)Like A Hurricane (via Heavy Pedal Productions)last_img read more

Claire Verschraegen to lead UVM/Fletcher Allen cancer center

first_imgThe University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care have announced that Claire F Verschraegen, MS, MD, FACP, has been appointed Professor and Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Interim Director of the Vermont Cancer Center, with oversight for cancer care and research at Vermont’s academic medical center.A board-certified oncologist, Verschraegen specializes in rare cancers, such as mesothelioma, metastatic melanomas, sarcomas, and gynecologic malignancies, as well as the study of new anticancer drugs and treatments for solid tumors.”Dr. Verschraegen will bring a new dimension to our cancer program,” said Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO, Fletcher Allen Health Care. “Her leadership in the field of oncology will serve us, and our patients, well in the years ahead. I look forward to working with her.”Verschraegen joins Vermont’s academic medical center from the University of New Mexico (UNM) Cancer Center, where she is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, and Director of Translational Therapeutics and Clinical Research. She also oversaw the Clinical Protocol and Data Management Core at the UNM Cancer Center, which received National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation in 2005. She also serves as the principal investigator for the New Mexico Minority-based Community Clinical Oncology Program, which offers participation to NCI-sponsored clinical trials to all New Mexicans, who receive cancer care at affiliated private oncology practices throughout the state.”Dr. Verschraegen is recognized nationally as an accomplished clinician, investigator and mentor,’ said Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “Her work has been continuously funded during the past 15 years, including support for Phase I, II and III clinical trials, and she has been appointed by the National Cancer Institute to serve on a number of their important committees. Her experience and track record of success will be of great value to the cancer research program at our institutions.’Verschraegen earned her Medical Degree at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and trained at the Institute Bordet. She then completed a Medical Oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas and joined the faculty there. She was recruited to the Cancer Research and Treatment Center at the University of New Mexico in 2002. Verschraegen and her husband will relocate to Vermont in spring 2011.Source: UVM. 12.15.2010###last_img read more

Should There be a New Sphere of War, the Human Sphere?

first_imgBy U.S. Army Captain, Special Forces, Thomas Doherty July 26, 2016 Until recently, the sphere of war has been based on elements such as land, sea and air. Recently, the U.S. Armed Forces have added the sphere of cyberspace and have linked it to the other spheres of war. In doing so, the Armed Forces have created a whole new command dedicated to this sphere of war under a basic understanding that the conventional military units within the Army, Navy or Air Force will include it, since it is not assumed that they dominate that sphere. Adding this sphere raises the question: what do we do when the human sphere or terrain is the key, and control over it represents the decisive aspect or point? Should there be a human sphere of war? On whom does it fall to propose a human sphere for waging war? In analyzing the capabilities of the Armed Forces, the United States military has recognized the growing importance of cyberspace; thus, in 2005, they converted it to a sphere of war along with the classical elements of land, sea and air. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have also demonstrated the importance of the human sphere of war. In these campaigns, the control of the elements based on classical spheres signified little if anything beyond the tactical sphere. Some analysts surmise that in Afghanistan, “We failed by not denying the enemy the most important factor in any insurgency: the human sphere. The key terrain is sometimes mentioned in a non-doctrinal way as the ‘decisive terrain.'” The elemental spheres for waging war are based on terrains which must be dominated in order to be successful. There are certain abstract forms of key terrain that transcend basic elemental functions. Among them is cyberspace, where sending and receiving electronic signals can drastically affect outcomes and can even cause physical damage. A human sphere for waging war (HSfWW) does not imply the restoration of human terrain systems (HTS). Any similarity ends with the names. HTS was assumed to be a function of intelligence gathering, while HSfWW refers to the decisive point of a campaign in operational or strategic terms. Gathering intelligence in the human terrain will always have a place in all phases of Unified Land Operations (previously called Full Spectrum Operations). The purpose of the HSfWW is to concentrate on where a war will be waged. In determining the relationship of a supported command and the supporters in the key terrain that define the decisive point, the relationship should be the deciding factor. That key terrain will be in the sphere or space of combat, and the command responsible for the combat sphere should be the supported command. For example, during the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force counted on the support of the command and the battle was waged in the air. Another example of this concept is a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign. Our military forces have already formed a command for this purpose, with an expertise and command structure in place, consisting of the special forces of the 1st Special Forces Command (1st SFC). The special forces of the 1st SFC are under the command of the only Defense Department units specifically trained to carry out COIN campaigns and trained in the nature of insurgency commonly called non-conventional war. During the last decade, half of our counterinsurgency operations were executed under the command predominantly of conventional operations military commanders. That is to say that the experts in the subject were there as command support and there was no supported command. It is almost like designating the air force to be in charge of formulating plans for a ground campaign. It is proposed that the one having the greatest capability for materializing the campaign plan over the decisive point should be the Decisive Operation, and therefore, by doctrine, the supported and empowered commander. In establishing the human sphere as a combat sphere, there will be a clearly delineated command with responsibilities over that sphere of war. Likewise, as no one questions the leadership and command of the Air Force in planning air campaigns, there should be no doubt about leadership in campaigns for the human sphere. The human sphere is not a malleable medium; it is a mobile medium that occupies with other spheres as needed. It is what converts the elemental spheres for waging war into epiphenomenal entities of the human sphere, and as such, they should be treated strategically. Only tactically, terrains such as the top of a mound or hill will retain their main value as key terrain in contrast to the human sphere and physical terrain, which are only important during limited periods. As the level of planning increases, the control of the human sphere will take on greater value, regardless of the other spheres of war that have been occupied. The HSfWW is essentially different from all other spheres of war. To treat it as totally separate from the rest will open news ways to tackle the problem. Also, in creating a primary proponent for this sphere to wage this war, the conditions would be fixed, so that the force with the greatest probability of capturing or defending the sphere for any operation should be the supported command that is unfolding in the HSfWW. This presupposes that it would be necessary to design doctrinal principles and redesigns of force in order to operate according to said principles. However, as mentioned before, the necessity of those principles and redesigns must not only be recognized, rather it is already evident [already present]. What has not been achieved yet is the correct application of using said force, and the doctrinal principles – that is to say, an umbrella command during the conflict, in order to reach the final desired status within the HSfWW. In contrast to other spaces, the human sphere is a mobile medium. This mobility can be used as an advantage for those who seek to control it. Up to a certain point the human sphere can be utilized as a source of camouflage for other parts of the same. The mobility achieved with this camouflage within the human sphere allows the other part[ie]s to deploy forces and exercise influence within other parts of this global sphere. A current example is ISIS and its capability to spread over the whole world by means of massive immigrations of its forces, camouflaged as refugees who enter Europe and other parts of the world. This allows ISIS to scatter spores in the formerly secured human sphere using a strategic mask like Ink Spot. What part of the human sphere is worth the trouble of trying to dominate it? The answer indicated is “The hearts and the minds.” However, this only alludes to a deeper focus that should be achieved: the dominant influence of habits, beliefs and even more importantly, the will of the enemy within the HSfWW which should be forces friendly to us. It is what the opponents try to control or to prevent others from controlling. This requires not only the capacity to fire, mobilize, communicate and provide medical services, but also the capacity to move freely within the human sphere to be dominated. It is from this exposure to the Special Forces Alfa (the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alphas) over a long term basis that the local population can be influenced, and the objectives declared by the combat commander can be achieved. Adoption of a human sphere of combat will allow for a change in the structure of command, and therefore, in strategy. It will overcome institutional inertia and pressure politics, turning the onus for victory toward the units specifically trained to wage war in the area of souls/spirits. Today there is a kind of war in which the “hearts and minds” of people must be won in order to determine who is victorious and who is left defeated. The doctrine and the structure of the force is already in place and therefore there will be no further costs incurred. What is required is a change in the relationship between the one supported and the adherents, as well as in the application of the existing doctrine. Creating a human sphere of combat would concentrate our military forces better, which would give us a greater probability of achieving victory.last_img read more

Heisler: A funny thing happened on the Lakers’ way back to greatness

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Living La Vida LeBron …So, what does everyone in Lakerdom think of the LeBron James Era at this point?(Cut to shot of a post-apocalyptic wasteland under a leaden sky with debris strewn everywhere and nothing living as far as the eye can see.)I was having fun when I wrote that last week … before the ESPN report surfaced that Magic Johnson called in Coach Luke Walton – until then everyone’s fave here from Jeanie Buss down – for a loud, angry “cutting appraisal.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOf course, there is no such thing as an evaluation this early in an 82-game season … or there wasn’t one pre-LeBron.In the Lakers front office, it looks like:OMG, HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED?Duh.• The Lakers have a bunch of young guys and veterans from all over with three rotation players (Javale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson) on one-year contracts. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img • Walton is looking for combinations as he must, especially on defense where they were No. 29, allowing 121 points per game going into the weekend.• Brandon Ingram and Rondo got themselves suspended for four and three games, respectively, for instigating a scrum• Their issues have even included James’ free-throw shooting, although, short of re-doing a 16-year veteran’s stroke or re-wiring LeBron’s brain, I don’t know what Luke was supposed to do about that.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Welcome to the next four seasons, which promise to be wilder than any this storied franchise ever knew with superstars from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West to Magic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not even with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.With James, they’re the Lakers, only a lot more so, no longer merely a marquee franchise and a local obsession. Struggling or not, they, not the twice-defending champion Warriors shooting out the lights wherever they go, are the story of this season.“The Warriors are champions,” Sirius Radio talk show host Mitch Lawrence said, “and they’re a footnote.”Whoever thought this Lakers team would, or should, be great?The Las Vegas over/under was 48.5 wins, modest enough for a team that finished 23-18 last season, a 46-win pace, without James.This was always going to be a transition to next season, when James’ presence would allow them to add another superstar (or perhaps even two if they can trade for Anthony Davis and use their cap space for, say, Klay Thompson.)Then, unfortunately for the Lakers, the season started.LeBron seemed to be as famous as a superstar could be before he got here. Now he seems big enough to blot out the sun.Nike put up a 20-story mural (“It’s only crazy until you do it”) in L.A. Live. Beats filled up the side of another building with a portrait of LeBron in its headphones.“It was horrifying seeing LeBron’s face outside my hotel room,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, laughing. “…. He’s already big and now he’s monstrous.”The Spurs then upended the Lakers so they must have gotten over their awe.Last spring the Lakers could sneak up on teams in the wild West. Now they get everyone’s best game.I would have thought that last season’s finish with a young team and no established star would have guaranteed that Walton was safe for a year, no matter what happened, but I was wrong.You think coaches, players and front office people can’t feel the difference with James here?Walton sounded a new note after losing on the road to Portland.Asked a generic question before the home opener about the excitement, he said he wanted his players to, “embrace and enjoy the positive vibes that are with all of this but block out the negativity, the people that are gonna try to split us apart.”Of course, it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.Phil Jackson, who coached five seasons of Shaq vs. Kobe, maintained a bemused detachment, letting them figure it out, which they typically did for the playoffs.There was little mention that it was Jackson’s job to do something about it, and no mention at all of anyone replacing Phil.Last week, Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue was barely out of a job before speculation about replacing Walton and rejoining James began bouncing around the internet.The internet and its heightened engagement is very much the point. James, a rookie in 2003, was the first superstar of the social media age with Facebook launching in 2004, Youtube in 2005 and Twitter in 2006.Nothing would ever be the same. Leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010 wasn’t merely unpopular, it turned James from icon to figure of scorn and created Heat Hate.Good luck after that.James’ first Miami team started 9-8 when everyone decided that Coach Erik Spoelstra was in trouble.In fact, Spoelstra was not. He had team president Pat Riley, his mentor, totally behind him.They rode it out, going to four NBA Finals and winning two titles in four years. Spoelstra is still there, in his 11th season.James played for only five coaches in 15 years, which doesn’t make LeBron a coach-killer the way some lovers of intrigue want to believe.(Jason Kidd comes to mind after much backstage maneuvering as a player, then getting hired as Nets coach totally without experience before flying the coop to Milwaukee.)Nevertheless, LeBron is hardly oblivious to the expectations placed on his teams. He has preferences – he likes coaches who played in the NBA – with everyone’s antennae constantly trained on him.Riley, whom James abandoned to return home in 2014, no longer protects his memory. In an interview with Ian Thomsen, author of a book titled “The Soul of Basketball,” Riley described sitting down with LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at their low ebb in 2010.“I remember LeBron looking at me,” Riley said, “and he said, ‘Don’t you ever get the itch?’“I said, ‘The itch for what?’“He said, ‘The itch to coach again?’“I said, ‘No, I don’t have the itch.’“He didn’t ask any more questions and I didn’t offer any more answers. But I know what it meant. … He walked out scratching his leg like it was itching.”James’ level of play offers some protection – we’re talking about someone who’s often compared to Michael Jordan – but he’s always personally on the firing line.When he missed two free throws at the end of the 143-142 loss to the Spurs, Twitter erupted with scorn, much from Lakers fans, pointing out that Kobe would have made those.Welcome to Lakerdom! Now, what have you done for us lately?James learned long ago to maintain his poise. The Lakers will have to, too, or they might have a mess on their hands like the Cavaliers, running back and forth, always in the hope of pleasing LeBron.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The loss to the Rockets included their scrum, set off by an Ingram push with feelings running high, if only because of a garden variety hard foul by James Ennis.Rondo and Chris Paul wound up going at it. Rondo was found to have spit at CP3, which he denied, and named the whole thing “Spitgate.”Ingram, a serious young player known for his exemplary attitude, was suspended for four games and apologized, if in a manly way (“I stepped up for my teammates and that’s what I’m gonna do 10 times out of 10.”)Hint to Brandon: Actually, you’re here to play basketball. If standing up for teammates was the issue, they’d get someone who looks more like Greg Kite, the old Celtic heavy, than a flamingo.This still figures to be worth it for the Lakers. That’s good because there’s a lot more of it coming. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more