Lord Malcolm is cooking us lunch today in his Surry Hills manor. Part of this will involve helping him to move a few things as he has been doing a cleanup. And yes, he does expect he may have to return to the hospice for a time in the not too distant future.
Yesterday I knocked back dinner with Marcel Proust — the one who contributes comments here from time to time, not the less well-known dead French writer. I was simply too tired, because on Thursday M had come around and spent four hours shampooing the carpet here. (If Mister Rabbit happens to read this, and he does occasionally, he will recall that the carpet needed shampooing when he last saw it, and it hadn’t got better since.) The point is though that M lives in an alternative universe, by which I mean he works when the rest of us are asleep. He shampooed the carpet on his way to work. So it was well after midnight by the time I got to bed, following which I worked at the Mine the next day, then sat up far too late on Friday night. By the time I had finished coaching on Saturday all this, and old age, caught up with me.
But the carpet looks good.
The Poet grandsires a Bostonian!
I have a backlog of reference The Poet has sent me, but lately I have been putting Iraq and the US elections on the backburner here, and that is what most of them refer to. This morning, however, The Poet has sent me news (and a link) that I must pass on.
Oh, became a grandfather for the 4th time at 0200 oz time Sunday with the advent of a baby girl Bostonian. Heading over there in a month.
The Poet lives in Victoria Australia; his son, as you may gather, lives in Boston.
The link is to a blog which certainly does not reflect Bush worship: No Quarter.
Larry C. Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international business-consulting firm that helps corporations and governments manage threats posed by terrorism and money laundering. Mr. Johnson works with US military commands in scripting terrorism exercises, briefs foreign governments on a regular basis on terrorist trends, and conducts undercover investigations on product counterfeiting and smuggling.
Mr. Johnson, who worked previously with the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, is a recognized expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, crisis and risk management.
Mr. Johnson has analyzed terrorist incidents for a variety of media including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC. Mr. Johnson has authored several articles for publications, including Security Management Magazine, the New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He has lectured on terrorism and aviation security around the world, including the Center for Research and Strategic Studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He represented the U.S. Government at the July 1996 OSCE Terrorism Conference in Vienna, Austria.
From 1989 until October 1993, Larry Johnson served as a Deputy Director in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism. He managed crisis response operations for terrorist incidents throughout the world and he helped organize and direct the US Government’s debriefing of US citizens held in Kuwait and Iraq, which provided vital intelligence on Iraqi operations following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Mr. Johnson also participated in the investigation of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership the U.S. airlines and pilots agreed to match the US Government’s two million-dollar reward. From 1985 through September 1989 Mr. Johnson worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of Operations, served in the CIA’s Operation’s Center, and established himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence. In his final year with the CIA he received two Exceptional Performance Awards.
Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security. He taught at The American University’s School of International Service (1979-1983) while working on a Ph.D. in political science. He has a M.S. degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri (1978), where he also received his B.S. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1976.