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"One safari operator accused an American, by name, of killing a lion illegally and then smuggling its hide out through South Africa.  Given the rampant smuggling of other animal products across Zimbabwe's southern border (reftel), this is not unlikely.  As reported in reftel, American hunting dollars are vital to Zimbabwe's conservation efforts, but there are also serious risks that Americans could be implicated in smuggling and poaching operatio...
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So when is the new Running Man sequel going to be filmed.
#cecilthelion 
Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe on Friday called for Walter Palmer, a trophy hunter from Minnesota, to be extradited from the United States for shooting Cecil the lion, whose death triggered worldwide outrage.
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... and we have our first runner
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Great idea. I hope it succeeds. 
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Glad to see constitutionally protected speech will not be restrained. 
Roswell leaders are making changes to an ordinance that allows police to arrest people for using profanity.
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Njivice (Croatia) (AFP) - As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country's islands and pristine coastline.
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Work in an expensive state then retire somewhere cheap. 
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2016 is going to be all about 3rd party candidates. Looking forward to seeing +Gov. Gary Johnson​and +Jill Stein​again. 
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Information Security, GRC, Management Consulting
Employment
  • Bianco Foster Group, LLC
    present
  • Internet Security Systems
    1998 - 2001
  • VeriSign
    2001 - 2002
  • AirDefense
    2002 - 2003
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All opinions are my own, unless you want to sponsor them like Acura sponsors The Onion.

Vietnam War refugee and Southern Gentleman.  I've always had an interest in computers, but it took a few years to realize you could make a career out of IT.  I started out in Marketing doing merchandising, mainly focused on auditing retail stores for compliance with the product placement diagram (called a planogram), but some temp assignments covering for the buyers of merchandise.  While temping in the buying dept at Federated Department Stores someone suggested that I'm good at this "computer stuff" and should do it full time.  

I found my place in the Information Security community because I've always been a hacker at heart.  I've worked for several R&D companies in the Infosec space, but now I'm in the business world.  I'm not hands-on with the technical end of security, but I'm fully immersed in the Governance, Risk, and Compliance end.  I still love the technical aspects of Infosec, but since I'm not hands-on with it anymore I surround myself with technical people and do what I can to enable them.

I'm currently working on an undergraduate degree in Finance.  The type of business I work in invests in other companies my days are spent advising, auditing, and keeping our investments on track with GRC. Our risk is mainly financial exposure through our investments, so risk is partially Firewalls, IPS, & technology owned by our investments and insurance to cover the investment firm.

I'm a small business advocate and believer in creative capitalism.  One of my Management Accounting professors said that small business needs to copy the tricks of the trade that large business use. That means having an army of employees/consultants analyzing costs, making investments, swapping excess cash into foreign currency, etc.  

I started a consulting firm with my best friend, analyzing and advising small business based on my professor's inspiration.  We started out doing quality, environmental, and Infosec work in the ISO 9001, 14001, and 27001 standards.  We have a passion for Lean and Green operations.  We believe that if you become Lean you can save enough money to go Green.  We're hoping to get more into financial advisement and operational efficiency as we grow our skills and our organization.  

I'm active with animal protection and rescue organizations that are local.  I have several animal traps and do Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) work with Planned PEThood.  I have 6 cats of my own and 6 stray/feral cats that adopted me and my back yard.

I'm a practical, get it done person. Comrade Deng Xiaoping once said, "It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice." I focus on the end result being a good one. That sometimes means disregarding all variables on the left side of the equation. Some people consider that cold and a handicap. I consider it an asset and a product of my Asian upbringing.  

I love satire and could write scripts for The Onion given the opportunity.  Some things I post may be serious others may be satire.  People who have known me for 15 years still don't know if I'm serious or if I'm lampooning something.  It's your job to figure it out.  I love conspiracy theories, especially inventing new ones on the fly.  
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Worked for Internet Security Systems Pre-IPO, and Guardent which eventually became Dell-SecureWorks
Education
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
    International Business, 2007 - present
  • Young Harris College
    Liberal Arts, 1992 - 1994
  • Union County High School
    1989 - 1992
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