Thursday, July 21, 2011

Permanent Drought, Summer Hacking Season

EJ Dionne
Ruth Marcus
Brian Cathcart
"President Obama said he turns 50 this week, but he actually doesn't turn 50 until Aug. 4. This means that even he hasn't seen his birth certificate." – Jay Leno

"A group of rare snow leopards has been discovered in a remote corner of Afghanistan. So I guess traveling through Afghanistan isn't as safe as you thought." – Jimmy Fallon
"I think I know now why we are occupying Iraq. In case we have to sell America and move to a smaller country." – Bill Maher

"Republicans have to stop thinking up intricate psychological explanations for liberals don't like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. Let me save you all some time. Are you ready? Because they’re crazy people. People who are not that bright and full of awful ideas. Pretty much the same exact reasons we didn’t care about George W. Bush, and make jokes about him. So trust me, it's not because they have breasts. It’s because they are boobs." – Bill Maher

Enjoying the Summer weather? 138 people died last year from the heat, and so far this year there have been over 40,000 wildfires, and we can expect more, with August being the driest month... According to Alex Prudhomme in an article in last Sunday's New York Times.

This year, for the first time in our history, there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. We have so many people on the planet that we cannot grow enough food for everyone, nor is there enough water, we are draining the aquifers faster than they can be replenished, leading to drought and the creation of deserts. Many major cities have had drought experiences - Melbourne, Australia, Barcelona, Spain, and Mexico City, Mexico.

In the US, 14 states are experiencing record heat waves of over 100 degree temperature, from the Florida panhandle, up the East Coast, and across the Southwest towards Los Angeles. Computer projections say that these areas will become permanent desert areas because of our unsustainable water use. Soon, cities may have to be abandoned for lack of water, with LA and Phoenix being the first.

Taking a few steps away from our backyard, you can also see this happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa, already an area of vast deserts. Ancient rivers are drying up, the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, as well as the Red Sea. Soon, vast populations may start migrating like starving Somalis, desiring to move in next door to you. The differences between Muslim and Jew will become moot as millions of people begin dying.

The Mayan calendar ends in 2012. People have been guessing for years why the Mayans stopped in that year, they left no reasons or explanation. It may well be that 2012 is the year that the land of the Maya can no longer sustain its people, and they will have to leave for lack of water... Unless there are enough desalinization plants... If we don't start taking this problem seriously, then the next wars will be fought for access to water, democracy be damned. You might already notice that a foreign owned company like Nestle already owns water rights at a water source near you...

The summertime is traditionally when bored and lonely teenage boys sit in their rooms and try to hack into some really cool place, like the Pentagon or NATO, both which have been successfully hacked into. Despite spending millions of dollars per year on security, the Pentagon recently admitted that some nefarious foreign government posing as a thirteen year old stole 214,000 files from their servers. The group Anonymous was quick to take claim to the NATO hack. They are currently working on Rupert Murdoch's phones and email, and should soon have news of what's been hidden at Newscorp... As an aside, the Daily Beast had a headline describing the cream pie incident at Parliament the other day, as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Murdoch...

In computer security, we begin with a basic question: why do you need to have sensitive files be accessed through the Internet?  Answer: you don't, put them on an internal server without a phone connection. Yes, yes, then you would have to explain to those Generals that they really are not that important enough to login from their farms in Virginia or estates in Colorado, that their vanity and stupidity pose more of a security threat than any terrorist trying to sneak a bomb in their fanny...

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that they are going to close about 800 of their data centers around the country. They spend over $8 billion per year on technology, and are always a few years out of date. They are bragging how much money they will be saving, and de-emphasizing that over 200,000 people will be laid off. Let them find new jobs in the cloud, said Marie Antoinette, having another migraine attack...

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