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Sidetracked

Incidentally

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You never know how things are going to turn out. I went downtown yesterday for the sole purpose of doing some photography in and around the Chicago Art Institute and got sidetracked by the Polish Constitution Day Parade.

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The parade, in honor of the Polish Constitution of May 3 1791, is an annual event in Chicago and is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, drawing thousands of people who come to celebrate their national heritage. The sight of all those red and white flags flying in the breeze drew my attention away from the job at hand and I wandered off down Columbus Drive to see what was happening.

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There was an added air of excitement in the crowd, the event following so soon after Pope John Paul’s canonization and indeed this seemed to be the theme for this year’s parade.

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Almost everyone, spectators and participants, wore red and…

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School of Champions in Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Dear Leaders,

However it is dressed up by its Polish organizers, the ‘School of Leaders’ is a foreign Government financed training program for lobbyists who will conduct future operations within the United States and Canada in order to assist policy objectives of that Government. There is a gulf of difference between marching in an ethnic parade and enlisting as an influence agent trained by a foreign Government. It is timely to remind all American citizen participants that supplying political or public relations support to a foreign Government or other foreign principal is illegal in the US, unless done openly and under the terms of a mandatory DoJ registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). However you explain it, many years later, to unsmiling US government agents, individuals receiving political training and funding from a foreign Government are prima facie ineligible to hold a US Government security clearance. Ignorance of that fact of life has never been and will never be accepted as a valid excuse. A US Government security clearance is indispensable to anyone contemplating a career in hi-tech industries, defense, foreign affairs, some 20 Federal agencies and departments, and any and all other fields of endeavour with the slightest hint of being related to the national security of the United States. Anyone willing to invest heavily in his/her parents’ nostalgia for Poland, or wager his/her own career prospects on assurances (always verbal, never in writing) of the coolest of Poland’s spin doctors, is of course perfectly free to do so – at your own risk.

Szkoła Liderów Polonijnych Ameryki Północnej

US Department of Defense Adjudicative Guidelines – see Page 23 for Guideline C – Foreign Preference

Boomerang, czyli Backup Wiarusa: Szkoła Liderów Polonijnych Ameryki Północnej.

Nasza Klasa – Polish social networking site is more popular than Twitter

I am not so sure yet if that collaborative blog is OK – I just found it.

It was particularly interesting – even for me – to see how many people, including my uni friends, distant family members etc., have ended up in the UK. For various reasons – some have well-paid jobs as GPs in areas where there are doctor shortages, others work for PR agencies, others still came for a year or two to work in temp jobs.

It would be good to see what percentage of those using Facebook and/or Twitter are also Poles living in the UK.

via Nasza Klasa – Polish social networking site is more popular than Twitter | the POLSKI blog.