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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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[Tech Republic - New York] January 26th: How US Companies Can Defend Against Cyberattacks


[Tech Republic] October 27th: Jack Talks How Russians Hacked U.S. Social Media

I appear on Tech Republic with an old friend Dan Patterson. Dan and I go way back and have worked around the world together. Today we talked about how a very sophisticated Russian op was able to exploit US. social media and attempt to impact a U.S. election. Simply put, this is what intelligence organizations do. Frankly, one has to have professional admiration for their efforts and the impact that they have had on American politics, the perception of the legitimacy of the elections and even how lingering questions have played a role in stymieing President Trump in his first year in office.

This was a great interview because we focused less on the politics and far more on the technology of the efforts. In additon, we also looked not just at what was but also what is happening and what may happen in the future. Hope you can catch this


Fucked in the Badlands - How to do the Lakota Nation Justice!

I'm fucked.

I'm here to do some preliminary work on a documentary that my partner Dan Patterson and I are working on about the Lakota people. So that's why I'm here in the Badlands at the epicenter of their culture, tradition, and identity. And yet, I'm completely overwhelmed. 

How the hell do you take all of this and then package it in a way to do these people justice? They have been screwed by everybody who has ever touched them and I'm just one in the latest, right? That's my problem. There is more to these people than poverty, and despair. There is more than just little kids playing the dirt in front of tar paper shacks. We need to find that. We need to articulate that. 

The Lakota Nation, or, Sioux, as many know them, have been in this place for longer the than U.S. has been in existence.  A minor point, right?  To some, maybe.  And yet, we know so many of their names like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Spotted Tail and Rain Cloud.  These people didn't take much shit while the U.S. and settlers and profiteers shoveled bucketloads onto them.  I know a little something about having problems with authority so I like these people immediately.  Can't help it. Of course, what these people have experienced is almost beyond comprehension.  Think Little Big Horn.  Think Wounded Knee.  Think just about every contact you have ever heard of and thousands more you haven't.  

Two of the poorest reservations in America are still here, Pine Ridge and Rosebud.  An estimated 25,000 people live here.  We will go to these places and spend time with the Lakota.  But if you think we are simply going to do poverty porn or some shit like that, you should probably move along.  Nothing to see here.  Nope.  There is beauty and honesty and love and food and culture here that doesn't fit into the Indian as victim box.  And I'll be damned if we don't capture that.   

The Badlands demand nothing less. These people demand and deserve nothing less. And yet, I have heard this idealism spouted from so many who then simply role out the same shit. Well, Dan Patterson and I refuse to do that. Not this time. Ain't gonna happen. That's right. 

You heard me you bastards.



[Jack Rice Show Appearance] Jack Talks with Journalist and Old Friend Dan Patterson.