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Echelon Extra

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1


Construction of the $1.2 billion Data Center is scheduled to be completed in October 2013.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705363940/Utahs-15-billion-cyber-security-center-under-way.html


And I gather infinite storage and retrieval capability of collected data is also in the plans. I am not familiar enough with Echelon to know all of the differences.

BRAVE Awards Now Accepting Nominations. International award honors non-professional caregivers

"Those nominated for the BRAVE Awards represent the invisible army of millions of family caregivers," said Flemming Ornskov, MD, Chief Executive Designate, Shire. "Their consistent care of others is an enormously generous and selfless commitment. We are privileged to raise awareness about the significant impact non-professional carers play in our society and to recognize individuals who work tirelessly to give their loved ones as normal and healthy a life as possible."

A caregiver is defined by the Shire BRAVE Awards as an individual who is providing regular, consistent care for another person in a volunteer capacity. The caregiver can be a relative, neighbor, or friend who gives their time, support, and compassion regularly, helping another person who is not able to care for himself or herself. The caregiver cannot be a professional healthcare provider and cannot be compensated in any formal way through their activities as a caregiver. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff and other healthcare workers are not eligible for consideration; however, they can nominate non-professional caregivers. Nominees must be age 18 or older at the time of nomination. In 2013, the Shire BRAVE Awards are open to eligible nominees in 19 countries - Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

There are no restrictions on the type of care being provided, no correlation with any health condition or therapeutic area, and the care recipient need not be prescribed a Shire medicine or treatment. The program has been developed to ensure confidentiality and privacy, and adheres to Shire's Privacy Policy. The BRAVE Awards are presented in the spirit of Shire's BRAVE culture.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brave-awards-now-accepting-nominations-110500467.html


http://www.shirebraveawards.com/

If you know a caregiver who performs in extraordinary ways, who gives their time, support and compassion regularly through caring for someone else in a meaningful, selfless manner, then click below to learn more about the Shire BRAVE Awards. If they meet the eligibility criteria, nominate them for a 2013 BRAVE Award and they could receive $10,000 USD or their local country currency equivalent from Shire.


I am sure there are people here who know people who deserve this award. There are people here on DU who deserve to be nominated for this award, so I hope those that know them will click on the second link and fill-out the forms. I know they don't do it for the recognition, but $10,000 and an official appreciation award wouldn't be rejected.
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