A Couple of Matters for Your Consideration

Nothing too earth shaking, I hope, but there’s a couple of things I’d like to share. The first is that the article adapted from my keynote address at the US Army’s Psychological Operations Regiment’s 100th anniversary regimental dinner is now published. If you are interested, you can find it at this link or on page 26 of the pdf below.


But wait, there’s more…

Thanks to one of our commenters, who I will let self identify, I have been honored with an invitation to give a keynote address at a digital media/digital news media conference in October 2019. I’ll also be giving the cocktail hour/party teaser talk on the first night and participating in a round table panel. The details on the conference are here. And it is my understanding that the organizers plan to stream this, and, if so, provided John doesn’t have a problem, I’ll put links up here so those so inclined can watch.

To build support for the conference, I’ve been asked to do a weekly column, entitled Thinking Security dealing with issues in the information domain  – information warfare, influence operations, etc – that are, or should be, major concerns for digital publishers, the digital news media, more traditional news media, and consumers of the news. The first column went up at the end of last week and the next one will be up next week. You can find that first column at this link.

Open thread!

98 replies
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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    This truly is a full-service blog, if there ever was one. Thank you for these important contributions, Dr. Silverman!

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    Yutsano says:

    Just remember us.
    That’s all I ask.

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    Congratulations! Don’t forget us when you become famous.

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    VeniceRiley says:

    I get a 500 internal server error on the weekly column. But I’m looking forward to someone pointing out to those knobs how badly they’ve been played in regard to what they cover. it’s like they don’t even know they’re targeted for ops.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Hi, Adam! Thanks for posting this! I will out myself as the commenter in question, and say that of course, I would be psyched to see Adam’s talk get live-streamed here, and thrilled to see any jackals who decide that they might like to attend this event, as well! With Adam as our keynote speaker, it will be lively intellectual fodder, to be sure!

    OK, back to Shakespeare!

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    MomSense says:

    Woo hoo! This is great news.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    So you’ll be heading out to Colorado! If you wind up flying through Denver, we’d be happy to put together a meetup, just let us know.

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    Dan B says:

    I look forward to your arrival at the conference. Will it be more Beyonce or Pink? And you don’t have to give it up if you want it to be a surprise.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @VeniceRiley: They’ve been having server issues. Apparently I’m acting as a conduit between the Balloon Juice issues and their’s.

    Give this one a try:

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Scamp Dog: I don’t actually exist. It’s all faux AI, computer generated imagery, smoke, and hokum.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Dan B: More like this:

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @Adam L Silverman: No problem, we’re open minded here!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @VeniceRiley: I tried Adam’s original link and it worked fine for me. But I will let our tech folks know we are still having some issues, apparently. Which browser are you using?

    ETA: And, uh…”knobs”? Really?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Miss Bianca: Perhaps you’re more of a doohickey?//

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    laura says:

    Very cool, very legal!
    Congrats Adam Silverman.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman: oh, yeah! Now we’re talkin’! : )

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @laura: The attorneys are still checking on the legal.//

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    trollhattan says:

    They grow up so fast {sniff].

    Wonderful news and well-earned opportunities, I’d say. Congratulations!

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    The Lodger says:

    Nicely done, Adam! Looking forward to more of your work aimed at a general audience.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Lodger: As opposed to the audience of generals, which is who I’ve often aimed my work at.//

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    chris says:

    Well done, Adam and Miss Bianca.

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    RIP Girish Karnad*, one of India’s theater greats.. I mostly knew him as an actor in parallel cinema in the 70s and 80s. But that was one of the least interesting things he did.
    He was a:
    An eminent playwright who used themes from both history and mythology to illuminate issues facing India.
    Rhodes Scholar
    Fulbright Scholar
    Jnanpith Award winner: The highest literary award in India. There is one Jnanpith for all Indian languages.
    Director of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India)


    He acted in Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada movies, wrote movie scripts and directed movies too.

    * From Manthan (churning) directed by Shyam Benegal about the founding of the milk co-operative Amul in Anand, Gujarat. One of the many initiatives under the Green Revolution that made India self sufficient in food.

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    rikyrah says:

    Congratulations 🎉👏👏

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    Immanentize says:

    Congratulations at least four ways:
    1). Your publication — amazing!
    2). Your upcoming gig — so cool
    3). On the conference sweeteners you are writing. Why not just cross post them here (like Cheryl does) to save hassles for all?
    4). MOST IMPORTANT!: For impressing Miss Bianca so much she was stirred to action!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I have never heard of him, to my chagrin. Any suggestions on which plays of his to start with? (I am presuming that there are English translations).

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    trollhattan says:

    Two hilarious-galling threads at LGM right now re. Tiger Mom’s kid being awarded a clerkship with Justice Kavanaugh one year after Tiger Mom expressed heartfelt support for Kavanaugh’s nomination and was simultaneously accused of “grooming” hawt females to intern for…Judge Kavanaugh.

    Commenters note the going market rate signing bonus for a SCOTUS clerkship at a top law firm is currently circa $400k. Meritocracy, yo.

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    Adam L Silverman says:


    On the conference sweeteners you are writing. Why not just cross post them here (like Cheryl does) to save hassles for all?

    I intend to at least post the links. On the agenda is getting permission from the Ark Valley Voice to repost them here.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Yep, he’s looking for Steve in the Where the Hell am I Today? for a consult.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Immanentize: Adam’s impressed me since his first articles on Malheur. In this case, I was merely the conduit to the real decision makers!

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    Kathleen says:

    @Adam L Silverman: So I’m assuming your doggies are actually your handlers courtesy of the Deep State?

    ETA: Also, Congratulations! I’m so happy your hard work and excellent analysis will gain more exposure!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @trollhattan: Tiger daughter would have to be released from her 7 year commitment to the US Army as a junior staff judge advocate post clerkship.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Kathleen: The Dog Lanterns!

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    Immanentize says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    Well, in any case, well done. And stop being so damn self-depricating or you might lose your jackal badge with oak leaf clusters

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    Brachiator says:


    I hope your remarks will be streamed.

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    HRA says:

    Congratulations, Adam!

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    rikyrah says:


    The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) Tweeted:
    Reince Priebus was just sworn into the navy by Mike Pence.

    This picture is just… WTF. https://t.co/19nErcKJPM https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/1138131056526352391?s=17

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    rikyrah says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Are all commitments that long?
    7 years??😲😲

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    Dan B says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Dark, but I like it!

    Reminds me of the Tony Awards performance by HadesTown.

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    Immanentize says:

    @trollhattan: @Adam L Silverman:
    This is really pissing me off. My not-privileged, many first generation lawyer, students fight hard for JAG placements and the cavellier way young daughter clerk is taking this position makes me weep for the not-privileged who see going to JAG as a great privilege (it is!).

    By July of last year, when she wrote the tweet that she was JAG bound, she knew whether that was a fabrication as her commission would have been offered.

    If she fabricated the JAG commission, she should be disbarred.

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    rikyrah says:

    Signing bonus?
    Not salary?😲😲

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Immanentize: There’s a jackal badge with oak leaf clusters?? Wow! Guess mine is…still in the mail, that’s right…!

    I still think that we should do a Balloon Juice conference.

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    SFAW says:

    Thanks to one of our commenters, who I will let self identify, I have been honored with an invitation to give a keynote address at a digital media/digital news media conference in October 2019.

    Schlemazel tov! Right? That’s how you say it, ain’t it?

    Anyway, congrats, Adam, well done!

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    TS (the original) says:

    Congratulations Adam – I so wish all the good stuff would spread across the intertubes as quickly as the rubbish & lies. Why not sort that out in your spare time.

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    laura says:

    @rikyrah: that picture just screams GET A ROOM YOU TWO!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: This is a deferred ROTC commitment because she went to law school. I may be misremembering, but she’s got a minimum of either five or seven years depending on whether the Army also paid for law school.

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    @rikyrah: A signing bonus would be in addition to a starting associate’s salary.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    A BJ conference would be awesome. There is so much talent here! And Omnes could have a mudwrestling match with Stevein!! Ok, not that….

    But JCole is not exactly Organization Man. Although we could bring some much needed scratch to W.V.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Immanentize: No arguments from me. But under the current administration, no one is going to be willing to get crosswise with a Supreme Court justice.

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    SFAW says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I still think that we should do a Balloon Juice conference.

    You know, I’ve never questioned your sanity. Before now, that is.

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    SFAW says:


    But JCole is not exactly Organization Man. Although we could bring some much needed scratch to W.V.

    Especially if we all camp out at Chez Cole. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    I still think that we should do a Balloon Juice conference.

    Please seek immediate professional help.

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    @rikyrah: Oh, waiter*…

    One of my dorm mates in grad school’s father was a Navy captain, when I went my friend’s wedding, I was informed to not ask his dad for drink refills since the dress Navy officer uniforms look like what the wait staff wear in a restaurant.

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    trollhattan says:

    Quoting Mel, “It’s good to be king.”

    Yup, signing bonus [le sigh].

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    @SFAW: Hmmm, camping under the willow tree(which is still too close to the blog).

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    trollhattan says:

    But ohhh, the temptation. How could you not think about it after that warning? :-)

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    @Miss Bianca: There are two volumes of his Kannada plays, which he translated into English, himself. His linguistic abilities are impressive, being fluent enough to write scripts, act in 4 or 5 languages is no joke. Plus he must have a good command over Sanskrit, because he translated at least one Sanskrit play that I know of into Hindi. And his Rhodes scholarship was in math! He apparently changed majors when he got to Oxford.

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    Dan B says:

    @rikyrah: Thanks!! Best comments / snark ever.

    Having a pulse in uniform. Ha! And the response to that! Plus the man in uniform. And more.

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    debbie says:

    Congratulations! I guess this means the cooking apron has been hung up for good. Alas…

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    Terry Dawson says:

    Something’s happening near Pueblo? I’ll be there!

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    trollhattan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    She seems a little…inconsistent with her story. This, one year ago when Mom was having her internet fracas re. Kavanaugh:

    Hi! Daughter here. Just to clarify your post: I was college ROTC, attended YLS on Army Ed Delay, and am joining Active Duty JAG after circuit clerkship (wherever that will be!). Won’t be applying to SCOTUS anytime soon bc will be in the Army. Proud of my brave mom as always. -SCR

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @debbie: Nope.

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    rikyrah says:

    I know..that’s why I asked if it was a salary, or is the 400k An ADDITION to the salary.😲😲😲

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @trollhattan: And that was a direct response to a respected NY attorney and legal journalist who predicted that this was going to happen.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Miss Bianca: Kudos, Miss Bianca!

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    Ruckus says:

    It was difficult not to do when enlisted in the navy and that had an obvious immediate rather high cost to it.

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    Ruckus says:

    A response to your link, from Louise Mensch
    Right?? Who the hell makes @Reince an officer? Lol
    Well I met a couple of ensigns who I can not imagine were really any better. There was Ensign Parker, not his real name but very worthy of the title. Lied to my face on more than one occasion. Respect not a word he understood at all. A natural born follower. And not real good at that.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    You always struck me as a gizmo.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    It’s one thing to find out that high-profile people demanding your respect are basically frauds (who could have guessed?) and quite another to watch their scams pay off before our very eyes as they line things up for a pretty good shot at grabbing the reins of power. I keep apologizing to my kid.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @trollhattan: Welcome to the US!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: One of my son’s classmates is the son of a well-known Admiral, head of US Naval Forces Europe. He wore a business suit to his son’s graduation. I guess a dress uniform if the event is not about him wouldn’t have been appropriate.

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    Aleta says:

    @Miss Bianca: I’ve been looking for you…to send you an email. I can do it through AL if you give your permission.

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    Girish Karnad in Jabbar Patel’s Umbartha (Threshold) with the late Smita Patil, who was my favorite actor of the 70s and 80s, she died too soon. Its explores the same themes as Ibsen’s Doll’s House.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Wait, what now?

    Ensign Priebus, age 47. What a travesty. But, as one Twitter commenter pointed out, maybe now he’s subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. “Get your affairs in order, you wretched traitor!”

    ETA: Why the FUCK does Chris Matthews have Anthony Scaramucci on his show like he’s anything remotely resembling a “normal” pundit/​observer/​commmentator?! God, this is giving me premature PTSD at the prospect of Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway polluting the airwaves in 2021.

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    Mary G says:

    @Miss Bianca:I love this! Adam gets a bigger audience.

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    SenyorDave says:

    @Steeplejack: Fucking country is hopeless. Matthews probably would say he’s an insider, plus he adds entertainment value.

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    Mayim says:

    Wish the conference were closer ~ data security/privacy/integrity is a huge issue in the library world, with some spillover into my adjacent genealogy work.

    Hope it goes amazingly well for you!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mayim: Like I indicated. I think they’re planning on setting up streaming, So you might be able to do that.

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    rikyrah says:

    Can you say CHILD TRAFFICKING, ladies and gentlemen 😠😠😠😠

    Kristina Cooke (@kristinacooke) Tweeted:
    NEW- HHS will no longer require ICE background check results of potential sponsors before releasing unaccompanied migrant kids. https://t.co/s1YGJ3DAdw https://twitter.com/kristinacooke/status/1138187051566796803?s=17

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    Mayim says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Yeah! Streaming is good.
    I love living in Maine, but everything is out of the way from here :-(

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    dexwood says:

    Very cool. And, you deserve the recognition. I learn much from your posts, even the ones I think I’m not that interested in… until I begin reading. Give him a raise, John.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mayim: I’m sorry.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dexwood: 0 X 0 is still zero.

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    dexwood says:

    Ah. Consider, money is a cheap substitution for genuine respect. So I’ve been told by those who failed to consider my mortgage payment in the past.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dexwood: Those ingrates!

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    SenyorDave says:

    @rikyrah: Can you say CHILD TRAFFICKING, ladies and gentlemen

    These people are so disgusting that the main comfort I have is that I believe in both karma and an afterlife. So even if these people don’t experience karma in the current life I believe they will be pushing a boulder up a hill or something similar for eternity.
    I did not know that there were this many evil people in positions of authority, but history does show that for some people power corrupts.

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    sdhays says:

    @rikyrah: I hope he’s ready for his long term deployment to the Persian Gulf! //

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    Another Scott says:

    Well done, Adam. Congratulations!


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    Kristine says:

    Congrats, Adam! Looking forward to the live stream.

    I also downloaded the magazine. I’m able to save the pdf to Apple Books, which makes it easier to read.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    While you have the experts’ attention, could you also tell them that pages don’t complete loading for me? And that the edit box has the same problem?

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    The Pale Scot says:


    A BJ conference would be awesome.

    Nope, It’s gotsta be a full 3 day convention, the local college can put us up in a dormitory if they have them.

    Who has a mushroom connection?

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Please seek immediate professional help

    Considering what our age group seems to be, masseurs, hot tubs and chiropractors would be the pros to ask for

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    Aleta says:

    @Mayim: Sepideh Ghanavati at UMO would be good to contact for in Maine.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Aleta: ok!

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    lee says:

    I’ve been to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort that the conference is at!

    Several years ago we took the kids skiing/snowboarding to Monarch. We stay the Caulk Creek Campgrounds and visited that resort & Hot Springs while we were there.

    I liked it so much I’m half tempted to attend the conference just to visit again.

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