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The Wahhabi aristocrats of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates have become experts at deceiving the West. The worldview of these men, like that of Khomeini, is stuck in the seventh century, yet when necessary they talk Western, act Western, dress Western, and worm their way into Western society.
The Unease Of Not Being Able To Know
How is it that a teenager in Pakistan can connect his computer to a telephone line and start working his way into some of the most critically important computers and control systems the USA has?
Begin here, and do read it all. Thanks go to reader GB, who passed along this report of troubling developments.
Now consider whether intelligent people would allow circumstances like those to arise.
The point: when trying to protect the lives of millions of people, a competent security team never gives the other side targets to hit and puzzles to solve. If it made that mistake, the Bad Guys would hit the targets and solve the puzzles.
So what’s the best security? Instead of guaranteeing failure, capable defenders act rationally: they cut the enemy off so he has no link, no path, no connection, no avenue of approach to the vital systems. When he launches a hostile probe over the internet, he is fed exciting lies. Stringing him along, luring him into returning time and again, makes it easier to determine where he is.
Meanwhile, the control systems he is trying to disrupt remain beyond his reach — in fact totally isolated from all internet traffic. The only way to reach them is by placing spies in the system.
Some reports claim the Stuxnet code was smuggled into the Iranian weapons shops on a USB drive which was left in a bathroom. That had to have been done by a secret operative — a “spy”. Evidently someone picked the drive up and plugged it in simply to see what was on it.
What happened next is intriguing. Stuxnet spread widely beyond Iran, indicating that the targeted computers might have been linked to the outside world. Either that was the case, or the USB stick was plugged in to other computers that were not in the Iranian nuclear complex. (Too, some descriptions of Stuxnet’s abilities mention it was programmed to report to its masters.) It is possible that the Iranians had not sealed off their uranium-enrichment plant nearly as well as they thought. Lesson: it is not easy to locate and eliminate all the vulnerable pathways. You need good people.
(Another possibility: the USA was able to plant Stuxnet over the internet. To hide that fact, sow distrust and mislead the Iranians into not looking for the unknown path from the internet to the SCADA devices, the story of the USB stick was invented and “leaked”. Maybe the Iranians bought it, maybe they didn’t.)
One can only hope the USA’s Powers That Be have highly qualified specialists with enough imagination and common sense to do their jobs effectively. Unfortunately the public has no way of knowing how well its vital systems are protected.
There is one definitive measure of security that could be reported publicly: the fact that no links exist connecting the nation’s critical systems to telephone lines and the internet. That information, if validated by responsible observers, would reassure the public — without giving the villains any tips they could use to crack into sensitive targets.
One inflexible rule should apply: if the guardians are depending to any extent on partial isolation, puzzles, and firewalls, the nation must obtain new guardians.
Begin With This Video
It is essential that you view this brief talk before you read further. Please do that now.
Yet More Of The Mythmakers’ Correspondence Is Leaked
Someone who calls himself “FOIA” has exposed to public view a number of previously undisclosed e-mail messages circulated within the global warming cult’s executive cabal. This is going to hurt, for “FOIA” appears to be an insider who is sick of the hoax.
“FOIA” explains himself:
The first glimpses I got behind the scenes did little to garner my trust in the state of climate science — on the contrary. I found myself in front of a choice that just might have a global impact.
Briefly put, when I had to balance the interests of my own safety, privacy\career of a few scientists, and the well-being of billions of people living in the coming several decades, the first two weren’t the decisive concern.
It was me or nobody, now or never. Combination of several rather improbable prerequisites just wouldn’t occur again for anyone else in the foreseeable future. The circus was about to arrive in Copenhagen. Later on it could be too late.
Most would agree that climate science has already directed where humanity puts its capability, innovation, mental and material “might”. The scale will grow ever grander in the coming decades if things go according to script. We’re dealing with $trillions and potentially drastic influence on practically everyone.
Wealth of the surrounding society tends to draw the major brushstrokes of a newborn’s future life. It makes a huge difference whether humanity uses its assets to achieve progress, or whether it strives to stop and reverse it, essentially sacrificing the less fortunate to the climate gods.
We can’t pour trillions in this massive hole-digging-and-filling-up endeavor and pretend it’s not away from something and someone else.
By all means, read the rest here.
Regarding “FOIA”, the following statement mirrors this newsletter’s view:
I hope one day that FOIA’s true identity can be revealed so that he can be properly applauded and rewarded for his signal service to mankind. He is a true hero, who deserves to go on the same roll of honour as Norman Borlaug, Julian Simon and Steve McIntyre, people who put truth, integrity and the human race first and ideology second. Unlike the misanthropic greenies who do exactly the opposite. — Source.
For more on Steve McIntyre, you should of course read The Hockey Stick Illusion. This challenging book is reviewed briefly here by Matt Ridley — whom you will recall from the video you watched before reading this far.
Yes, the hated “Deniers” (filthy term, that) do work together. It’s done openly, which means there will never be an embarrassing exposure of damning e-mails. “Deniers” have no secrets.
Well. The facts of AGW have been hidden, distorted and denied by its inventors; charlatans and greedy opportunists have swindled the public; lunatic “greens” have preached irrational dogma to an audience they have unethically alarmed, and the journalists and politicians of the world have demonstrated their contempt for the poor.
Temperatures of sea water. Does this graph tell you the world is warming?
The rascals behind AGW’s rotten science have told you very plainly that they consider you ignorant, gullible and, in the event you reject their bizarre lies, impudent to the point of felonious.
Addendum: A weblogger provides more recent information, and says, “…the global warming movement is corrupt to the core. Billions of dollars in government funding — I am too polite to say ‘bribes’ — have bought not just the acquiescence but the eager collaboration of many scientists in a massive fraud”. The new scandal is unfolding rapidly, and this newsletter suggests that for the most recent information, you should go to this weblog. Anthony Watts is doing his best to report on events as they occur. If you are serious about discovering why AGW is rubbish, this site will make it easier to use Watts’s admirable resource. — Of course none of this information will matter at all to the Gore-Hansen cult; the alarmists will ignore it and continue to promote their hoax.
Part Two: The Alliance Against Liberty
The impossible goal of Utopia — the solution for all of humanity’s problems and the end of all its difficulties — is an inspiration: it hints that huge changes may yet dispel most of man’s distress. Those changes might be brought about by political will (as “progressives” believe) or they might be the result of natural processes of economic evolution (as Marx and Engels claimed). One characteristic is shared by both schools of thought: unity, solidarity, is essential. This is mirrored in Obama’s command that the electorate move “Forward!”
The connections are quickly discerned: solidarity means uniformity of opinion, which strikes at the heart of individualism. Moving forward requires a map; that means planning, which must be universally enforced; that in turn requires control. As the source of benefits, the state cannot tolerate voluntarism; that is reasonable and good, because only the state can allocate benefits fairly. Those who have too much are the enemies of the people and of the state; that vision, shifted only slightly, allows the people to be seen as the state. It is obvious that the state cannot, therefore, do anything undemocratically — for it is the people.
The loss of the individual’s control over his life is seen as of benefit to all. That eradication of personal Liberty is ethically justifiable and essential.
Obviously the Western democracies have not yet achieved this “progressive” goal. At present, the collectivist state is struggling to assert comprehensive control; that expansion will necessarily include a culture war against the “unfairly” well-off. The rationale: if you were good, you would not be rich; if you are rich, you must be undeserving, and therefore evil.
If that logic sounds downright loony, recall that many of the people who charted the political course to a fair society were, paradoxically, geniuses. Just before World War II broke out in Europe, Eric Arthur Blair wrote that there was still hope for peace — if only everyone (he did not explain what, exactly, he meant by “everyone”) would simply abolish all private property. It can’t get much loonier than that. (Regular readers of this newsletter know who Blair was. If you are new here, you might not recognize him as the author of Animal Farm, 1984, and “Politics and the English Language”.)
The road to Utopia may still exist in the minds of surviving classical Marxists, but harsh reality and a small dose of common sense have forced the replacement of fantasies by fascist socialism (or socialist fascism, if you prefer that term). This ideology intends to see to the incremental destruction of Liberty.
That means the eventual radical redistribution of wealth is a goal for “progressive” activists. The first step requires the inspiration of hatred, envy, anger and a sense of entitlement. Those are the opening salvos in the culture war.
The campaign being waged by Obamites and their allies depends on a few slogans and catchwords. Terms such as “fairness”, “stimulus”, “revenue enhancements” and “hope and change” generate enthusiasm, imply wonderful results — but can mean whatever one wants them to. The deceitful underlying theme is that capitalism enriches improperly even as it abandons the poor…because it is not “fair”, offers no “hope” and selfishly resists “change”. Elizabeth Warren, the faux squaw and junior senator from Massachusetts, tells successful businessmen, “You did not do that!” She howls that greedy, cunning men appropriate and exploit the resources of the people in order to hoard wealth. That piracy, she implies, deprives everyone else. Summing up, Obama tells his voters that free markets do not work.
(Warren and Obama are disastrously wrong, but this commentary is not intended as a refutation of their nonsense.)
Consider also that the current attempt to shatter the second amendment to the federal constitution is actually a campaign in the culture war.
This newsletter has spilled considerable ink on this depressing topic. The list includes “the dance of the low-sloping foreheads” and the bigotry expressed by Obama and virtually the entire ruling elite toward “Flyover Country” (see Numbers 218, 235, 245, 253, just for starters), as well as Tom Wolfe’s devastating exposé of the New York elite’s guilty masochistic lust affair with the original Black Panthers (Numbers 025, 106, 214, 273). The culture war is real.
Tragically, the zeal and tactics of the “progressive” elite are no more decent than the prejudice and ignorance of the German National Socialists, as expressed by Streicher. In fact Jew-hatred infects a significant number of collectivists (193, 290, and many, many other Numbers); that taints US policy toward Israel and the “Palestinians”, even though President Obama is determined to kill as many Al Qaeda fanatics as he can (Number 252 explains the seeming contradiction). Requests for copies of back issues of NTG will be honored promptly.
Class-hatred and watered-down Utopianism emerged independently, but today both are strong themes in the propaganda of autocratic “progressives”. Each mythology supports and confirms the justice of the other, strengthening the collectivist desire for control.
The next event worth considering is the formation of what some would call “a perfect storm”. This simile could describe the cooperation of collectivist ideology, class resentments leading to bigotry and the current class war, and the appearance of modern misanthropy. United, these forces become an extraordinarily powerful enemy of Liberty.
Some would say the origin of human self-hatred began in earnest with the Christian doctrine of original sin. That might be true, but true or false, it matters not at all to this discussion, for today very few Christians despise themselves as sinful; almost all have an understanding of human worth and the importance of charity that renders the often dismaying history of today’s theology irrelevant to this discussion.
The historian C. Northcote Parkinson remarked in his book East and West (Google it if you are curious) that the degeneration of art and architecture since roughly the fifteenth century expresses a loss of confidence and the Angst of despair. Parkinson argued that modern artists unintentionally but revealingly use their work to declare, “I hate myself!” Now his book is not good history, but he makes a few cogent points about some of what passes for art today in the West. The emergence of mankind’s self-loathing does become more obvious as the centuries pass, even though the emotion was by no means universal. By the nineteenth century, the roots of modern misanthropy are feeding a poisonous tree.
In the third part of this commentary, the nature and implications of that toxic growth will be surveyed.
Don’t skip this; it’s pure fun.
John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and President Obama have to be worried about the Benghazi disaster. It’s not surprising to learn that they have told the survivors to say nothing, and it won’t be surprising to get nothing but severely edited testimony from those people in months to come (meaning: the victims will have been brutally intimidated). Nor does it come as a shock to see that the overwhelming majority of the journalistic community can’t be bothered to press doggedly for the facts and keep the issue before the public.
This is the first public report of what could be one of the most significant beneficial technical developments of the twenty-first century.
The two battles for Fallujah summarize the essence of the struggle between colonial Islam and the West. The more you know about what happened there, the more you understand what must happen if the West is to survive — and that’s not hyperbole. Now political correctness crops up, and…the problems are compounded. Learn why. A tip of the hat to reader JY for passing this link along.
Sarah Palin shoots back.
Another hat tip goes to reader JY for suggesting that everyone have a look at what passes for “ethics” while the intrusion of the state into the private lives of the citizenry continues. Advisory: the subject matter is not suitable for children. Well, some would say it is not suitable for anyone, except as a cautionary horrible example….
This is what is meant by the term “police state”.
Oh, cripes! People have enough to worry about (Iran, North Korea, bacteria that eat antibiotics for lunch), yet now there’s being clobbered by city-killing space rocks. Hmmmm…could it be that today’s pervasive fear and uncertainty remind of the social setting Ingmar Bergman portrayed in his monumental film The Seventh Seal? Well, yes, absolutely. That’s a brilliant insight. Think it over…. And if you have not seen that film, get a copy.
Today’s legislative fisticuffs: civil libertarian versus uncivil nutcase. Carry on.
The folks at Commentary say they know the NY Times is biased against Israel and in favor of the “Palestinian” cause, but this article is outrageous. Over to you.
These people are either incredibly stupid or blindingly brilliant.
If you see nothing wrong with what goes on in this video, you need to cancel your subscription to this newsletter.
Every administration does it, but Obama & Co. depend on it in ways that few administrations ever have. Right: it’s not good.
Did you wonder why, in Number 297, this newsletter noted that “Politico actually leans somewhat to the left”? It was not a difficult call.
Does Obama really intend to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons? Nobody — and that probably includes Obama — knows. Speculation is therefore pointless. Here is more of it anyway.
Observation: when you quote the bad guys, people who refuse to denounce both the villains quoted and the sentiments they expressed howl in outrage. Suggestion: replace those quotes with literal, accurate passages taken from the Koran. Then you could say you are promoting Islam.
Here’s a filthy, stinking mess that’s right out in the open. But thanks to “watchdog” organizations and the press, nobody much knows about it, so there is no outcry. This is a deliberate failure of principle. As this newsletter repeats constantly, compare to Watergate.
Holder has to go.
Redefining marriage should be subjected to intelligent debate. Reader JY suggests this critique, which is an admirably rational statement of principle. Do give it a fair hearing. (After all, standards do matter, even to libertarians!) And, to the assertion that “…no answer is perfect in this imperfect world…” this newsletter nods in agreement. Over to you.
If you enjoy pedantic mockery of the semi-literate, this will delight you.
Enjoy a delightful tribute to the best comic strip in human history.
She’s got everything delightful
She’s got everything I need
Takes the wheel when I’m seeing double
Pays my ticket when I speed
She come skimming through rays of violet
She can wade in a drop of dew
She don’t come and I don’t follow
Waits backstage while I sing to you
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