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Cory Stophlet
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Retired from the U.S. Army (1976-1999).  
Specialties are (1) 17th through 19th Century U.S. History, (2) Military History/Science/Intelligence, and (3) Comparative Religious Studies particularly Buddhism. Education M.A. Degree in the Humanities from California State University-Dominguez Hills; B.S. Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University, MO. 

Additional articles found here are based on my experience and Certification (from 2000-2006) as a Project Management Professional PMP® specializing in training management, IT, telecommunications and physical security for government facilities.

Recent Posts

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Entertainment
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Movie Review: Lucy, 2014

Phenomenal movie that blends that mixes science fiction with science fact; along with the potential of the human mind; a movie that makes you think about your own brain and how much of it you are really using. This movie wants to entertain you, excite you and make you think about - "what if;" a mix of science fiction superpowers with an adventure drama.

Technology
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Improving Personal Computer Performance with Freeware: Part 2 of 3

Improving Personal Computer Performance with Freeware: Part 2 of 3: Free Utility Programs that will help you improve and maintain your Personal Computer's performance. Every personal computer should receive regular maintenance; here are a few recommended free utility programs that will help you maintain and improve your Personal Computer's performance. This three part article will present many free security PC utilities recommended by PC Magazine, CNET and this author.

Technology
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Improving Personal Computer Performance with Freeware: Part 3 of 3

Improving Personal Computer Performance with Freeware: Part 3 of 3: Free Utility Programs that will help you improve and maintain your Personal Computer's performance. Every personal computer should receive regular maintenance; here are a few recommended free utility programs that will help you maintain and improve your Personal Computer's performance. This three part article will present many free security PC utilities recommended by PC Magazine, CNET and this author.

Technology
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Flat Screen Televisions on a Budget

Need a flat-screen television and money is limited? You are keeping a tight rein on the budget but you still want to spring for something decent that won't require you to live on Ramen Noodles for a month? Maybe all you want is a modest sized television for the bedroom or college dorm room. Let's talk about the Best Buy Infinity LED HDTV

Business & Money
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
I Am a Graduate So Show Me the Money: Seriously?

Kids, don't wait until you leave High School to finally start thinking about your life-long career. Parents, don't wait until your kids have to move back home (or never leave home) to lend them some matured wisdom and guidance after they've experienced college disappointment or unfulfilled career dreams. Remember that old questions we were asked as kids: "What do you want to be when you grow up? What did you expect your future to be?"

Pets & Animals
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Lost and Found Dog: Third Time a Charm

Editorial: From time to time we all see the short commercial videos reminding us of the plight of many neglected and mistreated pets in the world, especially in the "so-called" advanced nations. Societies made up of people that should know better, yet fail to act better; people that fail to do the right-thing, treating pets at home less than humanly and treating lost or homeless pets with even with lesser humanity or completely inhumanly. Cruelty seems to know no bounds when it comes to human treatment of owned, lost and homeless pets.

InfoBarrel
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Branding and Your InfoBarrel Avatar or Image

Have you ever noticed the source of the article your reading; the author's image or graphic? When you visit a site and you see the image/icon of an author you've seen before, don't you get the tiniest sense of the reliability and or confidence in the content of a site you've landed upon. It can go both ways: if you (or the author your reading-viewing) find a page and you recognize that the image belongs to an author your less than thrilled with - you might move on quickly to a different site.

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Espionage and Spying Against the U.S.: Cases since the founding of the nation 1994

This series of articles Subversion, Espionage, and Spying against the United States continues with 1994 and the case of the Aldrich Ames, a KGB mole operating in the CIA. One of the most famous (or infamous) spy cases in U.S. history was the arrest and conviction of the CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) Intelligence Officer.

Lifestyle
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Military Members Scrubbing Your Social Media Accounts: A Commentary

Much a do about nothing; as Shakespeare would say. Military personnel, both current and veterans are being encouraged to scrub their social media accounts of references to their military service. This is not for some classified secrets or war plans; this is about a knee-jerk reaction because of threats made public by ISIS/ISIL (or whatever they want to call themselves) that they will come and get us in our homes." Unfortunately, there are quite a few conspiracy folks that believe this is really a U.S. government plot to control what people post on their personal web pages. So here's a commentary from one old veteran to those who maybe a bit confused. This is just history repeating itself.

Lifestyle
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Is Shakespeare Still Relevant for Today's Students

"Is Shakespeare still relevant?" There are probably not many readers lacking an opinion on the subject of Shakespeare. Many young people seem to find Shakespeare a bit dated and unnecessary. This article will provide a few brief points on the problem and the value, as well as, several recommended YouTube video performances of Shakespeare plays.

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
History of Subversion, Espionage, and Spying Against the United States: Year 1995

Important points to be noted from these 1995 cases are: Civilian employees of vendors working on projects for the U.S. military had access to the same classified (or level of access) as the members of the military; It wasn't a difficult process for these civilians to remove classified documents and materials from the workplace without authorization; and Money was the key motivation for the sale of the classified information; while the initial theft, in both the Navy officer's case and the disgruntled civilian engineer was a complete disregard for physical and information security practices. Bringing classified documents to their personal residence without adequate storage facilities made these documents available to anyone. Even the casual reader should recognize some of the parallels with cases or the characters of Manning and Snowden cases.

Lifestyle
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Studies in Buddhism a Multi-Part Lecture Series: Where Does Suffering Originate?

At the root of Buddhism is the concept that with life, suffering exists. It is often misstated or misunderstood in Western thinking (and translations) that the Buddha said that "All life is suffering." This comes from a translation of a quote attributed to the Buddha saying . . . birth is suffering, aging is suffering, and death is suffering. However, this statement is misunderstood as suffering being an absolute condition of birth and aging and death.

Lifestyle
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Studies in Buddhism a Multi-Part Lecture Series: In a Nutshell

This is a series of articles based on studies in Buddhism with a particular focus on the teachings of Professor Robert A.F. Thurman. Dr. Thurman is well-known in the Buddhist and academic world of religious studies. He is recognized as one of the foremost authority on "religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
History of Subversion, Espionage, and Spying Against the United States: Year 1997

The year 1997 was a busy time for investigators and the courts. The last of the known members of the Clyde Lee Conrad Spy Ring, were arrested and or convicted. However, the true number of persons involved in the spy-ring may never be known because Conrad himself was also recruited by another spy. James Michael Clarke, Kurt Stand and Therese Squillacote were charged with spying for East Germany.

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
History of Subversion, Espionage, and Spying Against the United States: Years 1998 to 1999

This series of articles Subversion, Espionage, and Spying against the United States continues with the 1998-1999. The goal is to provide some general information and references on cases already concluded. The verdict has been given and the case closed. This is not to glamorize anyone's actions; far from it the emphasis is on the damage caused and the rationale for the act(s). Dr. Wen Ho Lee is a Taiwanese American scientist was indicted him of stealing secrets about the U. S. nuclear arsenal for the People's Republic of China. Jean-Philippe Wispelaere tries to sell secrets to Singapore. And More.

Entertainment
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
Book Review "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking

Although I generally focus on classic literature as well as English and American literature, there are a few science oriented and religious texts I can recommend. In this review I highly recommend the book, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. This jumps up on my list primarily because of the movie, The Theory of Everything, released in theaters over the past twelve months. Hawking's book has been around for a long time and has gone through multiple revisions. The movie is not about the book, but the contexts of the book and his drive to answer the universal questions goes towards the parallel of his drive to live and succeed in spite of his physical infirmity.

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
History Trivia: The Pledge of Allegiance

For United States' citizens, do you remember being in elementary school or high school, standing at the start of class with hand over heart to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Prior to at least the 1980s this was the normal practice in U.S. schools. Those of us that grew up in the U.S. during the years 1900 through 1980 remember the routine: A U.S. flag stood in the corner of the classroom. The teacher calls the class to attention and tells us to face the flag by saying something along the lines of "Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance" ...

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
History of Subversion, Espionage, and Spying Against the United States: Year 1996

This series of articles Subversion, Espionage, and Spying against the United States continues with the 1996. The goal is to provide some general information and references on cases already concluded. The verdict has been given and the case closed. No matter the justification these people try to make, all cases come down to greed or need for money, ideology, nationalism, revenge, sex, or a warped sense of adventure and an over-inflated ego. Cases discussed: Kurt G. Lessenthien; Phillip Tyler Seldon; Robert Stefan Lipka and more.

History
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
History of Subversion, Espionage, and Spying Against the United States: 2015

The following series of articles will consist of dozens and dozens of publicized espionage cases in United States history since the American Revolution through the year 2015. For the past decade the media and conspiracy enthusiasts have portrayed persons like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, also known as, Chelsea Manning as something in the vein of cult. And yet, there is nothing heroic to the actions of Snowden and Manning. There is a lot less glamour and a lot more self-serving intent by the individuals who commit these types of crime than is found in spy novels, mysteries and movies.

Entertainment
by Cory Stophlet
3 years ago
How to Create a Pen Name: Part 1 of 3

Not every authorship name is the writer's real name. Yes, odds are even you don't use your real name for all your online membership accounts, blogging, emailing, content writing, comments, so on and so forth. You probably haven't thought about it in terms of a pen name, alias, nom de plume, also known as (aka), or pseudonym. You may have picked an assortment of random letters and numbers or some obscure character or terminology to serve as your online identity; thus, you have assigned yourself a nom de plume.

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