November 20, 2017 Everything is volatile. Everything is subject to change. But does it ever seem the changes are good? liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse. “the political situation was becoming more volatile” synonyms: tense, strained, fraught, uneasy, uncomfortable, charged, explosive, inflammatory, turbulent; How much can the most alert person take? Case in point: My own following of the stock market. Even with the data in front of my face, for the most part, I don’t even see it. I have been following certain stocks since the beginning of the year but, now I’m lucky if I have a handle on half of them. Along the way, I swapped a few out for others, but forgot to check their price at that point. Now, as we get near the end of the year, I’m missing the original price on a lot of them, (probably the critical ones). They were probably big losers. The ones I have left are half and half. Big winners, big losers. This is the stock market for people who assume that companies grow at a steady pace. Are they still around? I’ll research that later. So, it’s a draw. In this crazy world, I cannot afford a draw. Can you afford a draw? What is the solution in this world for being alert 24/7 for the things we need to be alert 24/7 for? My belief is the solution is 1 or 2 more yous to keep track of the stuff you can’t keep in mind all the time. What happened here? I don’t know, but maybe I can find the data somewhere in my huge mess of data. Why is it high tech has made things more volatile and less beneficial? Now! How about everything else? How about the account updates I get every week from multiple websites, all in nice small print? Updates to mortgages and insurance and utility bills, with eye-straining confused language? How about all the appointments that come and go and get rescheduled? How about the ones that change their rules, whatever, and then your account gets shut down or you get charged for things you didn’t want? Hey, you got that project done yet? Your boss wants to know. How about all the outside things you must do on doctor’s orders? Don’t forget to brush your teeth. The trash is full again. You gonna make that poor dog cross her legs all day? The days of the corporation have made it much more impersonal and time-consuming; Press ‘1’ if you would like to dance, press ‘2’ to just stand there, there are several callers ahead of you even though we have workers from all over the world. How about the missed communications while you were waiting for an operator? Oh, geesh! Another traffic jam! What happened to work-at-home? Did you get that inspection yet? You may get a fine. Don’t forget the mail, and pick up some more bread. You still have to get the wash done, but the washer is broke. By now, you know you must be superhuman in terms of alertness. But, that’s not enough because, even if you are very alert and cross all the t’s, you will run in to many, many others who make mistakes for which you have to bite the bullet or spend an incredible amount of precious time trying to correct. It’s either one of two things; 1) The biggy big management people and corporate heads are more than ignorant of the ‘little people’ in this matter. or… 2) They do know and that’s part of the plan. Think about it slave. Think about it. You may find some time out there in the interstate parking lot. How is it that companies talk about making life easier and instead, it continually gets more confusing and complex? Two hundred year-old laws are still on the books. We always conjure up the past in order to repeat the worst of it. Think slave. Think. It is possible to get beyond this insanity. All you have to do is make peace with the people next to you. But, you aren’t afraid, Mr. Steel pants. Here you go: When I look a lot at the division on YouTube and the local news continuing to drudge up the worst to keep the corruption game going, it is obvious that may be really hard. But, if you really are modern-if you really want change-why are you carrying signs bought for you by the same-said people and creating division? Still don’t want to get real? Okay, here’s a steal: . Yes, this has been updated because I see people love to read it. My advice is teamwork. Doing everything yourself is certainly no fun. In fact, it can become outright unbearable. It can drive you crazy. I want my readers to succeed. Don’t burn yourself out. What has been termed the Millennial condition out there in the Wide World of Sports is everyone’s condition. The ignorance is incredible at the top, isn’t it? Millennial indeed!
Stephen Paddock Nevada – Las Vegas Shooting “Las Vegas Shooting” When it comes to the recent horrific event that transpired in Las Vegas, Nevada on the night of October 1st, 2017, there is no doubt that a terrible sadness has come over the hearts and minds of many. The Las Vegas Shooting was indeed a tragedy, and there is really no other way around it. Hundreds of people were injured, around 500 according to reports, and 59 people died. There are not even words to describe such a horrible tragedy. But, the question still remains, what is there to do now? For all of the victims, we offer our sincerest condolences. But do we, as the American people, live in fear of our lives each and every day? Or do we keep on moving, keep on living, and keep on going on exactly the same as we did before? Well that answer to this is that there are many varying answers that can be ascertained and the reality is very complicated to say the least, but there is no doubt that we all have to keep on living. We have to keep on going and we have to move forward. We cannot stop our lives because of the horrible events that transpired, but we can be more vigilant. We can use our hearts and minds to try and come up with a solution, and we also can brainstorm ways for events such as these to be much less frequent. But, no matter what, we all must keep on going no matter how painful it is feels at the time. The Gun Debate The Las Vegas Shooting has brought upon many discussions, questions, answers, debates, and arguments surrounding the shooting, the one accused of the shooting, and the reasoning behind the shooting. But moreover, the events that transpired in Las Vegas have brought about the age old gun debate question. Should guns be outlawed in America? According to many people following the horrible events that transpired, the answer to this question is a completely unanimous yes. According to the majority of the supporters who believe in outlawing guns in America, taking away automatic guns in this country is sure to save many peoples’ lives now and in the future. According to these anti-gun advocates, guns are the main reason why these mass shootings are happening in the first place, and also, the reason why so many people are dying so tragically and getting horribly injured. Without any guns, anti-gun advocates believe that there would not be any shootings in America period. Their reasoning is that without any guns, how can there be shootings at all? It’s impossible according to them. But, there is another debate. The debate with pro-gun advocates. The pro-gun advocates believe that there is another side to this coin. This pro-gun group does not believe in outlawing guns, and they also believe that lives are not lost because guns are legal. They believe that if guns were not legal, criminals would still find a way to buy, sell, and use them, along with other means to injure and kill people. The pro-gun advocates do not believe that there is a link between mass shootings and if automatic weapons are legal or not. The pro-gun advocates tend to be republicans and the anti-gun advocates tend to be democrats, but there are supporters of each party of both sides of the anti and pro-gun debate. And, at the end of the day, this debate can get very sticky, and has been the reason for many arguments and discussions as of late, both in public and in private. But, one point is clear, there is good and bad on each side, and this is the reason why the answer to the gun debate is unknown, extremely convoluted, and somewhat confusing. What Was The Motive Behind The Shooting In Las Vegas? There is still no proven motive as to why the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, did what he did at the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is no answer as to why he would shoot hundreds of people in a 32nd story hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. And, there is no reason why he did what he did, and no motive as to why he did it either. Stephen Paddock was a man that was 64 years of age who decided to injure and kill people. His actions are horrific to say the least. And, the problem with there being no motive as to why he did what he did is that there are only more questions that emerge. Without a proper motive, there are no answers as to why someone would do such a vile thing, which puts many people, and the public at large, ill at ease. It is uncomfortable for many people to think that horrible events just happen without a concrete reason why. And, this is what makes people truly scared and fearful. The Las Vegas Shooting is just beyond words. People are saddened, worried and fearful. The country is now on high-alert due to the events that transpired in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. The Story Keeps On Changing According to the leading media outlets on TV, on the radio, and online, the story of the Las Vegas shooter and the whole event is constantly changing. The first story was that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, acted alone. But, now there are reports that the shooter did not merely act alone, but that there might have been multiple shooters in the 32nd story hotel room along with him that were essentially “helping” him. There are also reports from leading media outlets that the shooter converted to Islam a short time before he committed the horrific event in Las Vegas. But alas, there are conflicting reports out there that claim the Islam-conversion theory is completely off-base. So, what are the actual answers? As far as the public knows now, there are no concrete answers out there except for the fact that 1) there was indeed a shooting that occurred in the evening on October 1, 2017, and 2) it was done by a 64 year old man named Stephen Paddock and 3) he committed the horrific shooting in a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Those are the only concrete answers that we have right now, but new evidence is constantly emerging. We Must Stay Vigilant No matter what, due to the recent horrific events that transpired in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, we must all stay vigilant. We must support one another and practice open and honest communication. We must not let this horrible Las Vegas Shooting separate us, or turn us against one another, or make us cower in fear. We must always remember to practice compassion, love, and peace in all that we do, and we must remember that we all share two things in common, that we are part of the human race and that we are all Americans!
The answer in this country is to have it both ways, which is more expedient to the agenda-but it’s quite bad for justice, the law, morals, politeness, respect, etc., etc., And let’s not kid ourselves.
Thomas Paine, ( 1737- 1809), was born in the town of Thetford, Norfolk, England, the son of a Quaker farmer, Joseph Pain and an Anglican housewife, Frances Cocke. He was something of a drifter in his youth, he joined the Methodist Church and was a preacher himself for awhile, he served as an exciseman, corset- maker, tried his hand at privateering with no luck and took a job as an English teacher for awhile. He loved taking part in philosophical conversations and during these talks, he developed his republican political ideals and his passion for free and independent thinking https://fee.org/articles/thomas-paine-passionate-pamphleteer-for-liberty/. He arrived in the American Colonies in 1774 and quickly set up shop in Philadelphia, publishing pamphlets denouncing slavery and declared his side with the American Revolutionaries after the Battle of Lexington in 1775. In his view, the Colonies were perfectly entitled to revolt against a government that they had no representation in. The three books that Thomas Paine is best known for are ” Common Sense,” ” The Rights of Man” and ” The Age of Reason.” ” Common Sense,” published in 1776, stated that the Colonies’ independence from Britain must come, that monarchy was inherently self- serving and that a representative government was the best kind. This book was popular in both the Colonies and in France. It changed the course of the Revolution in that all further hope of reconciliation with the British crown was abandoned in favor of complete independence http://www.ushistory.org/us/10f.asp. Thomas Paine served in the Continental Army during the course of the War and he published sixteen pamphlets that became entitled ” The American Crisis Papers,” published between 1776 and 1783 http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/biographies/thomas-paine/. These pamphlets supported the Patriot cause and argued for the justice of American independence from the government of Great Britain. In 1791, two years after the French revolution broke out, Thomas Paine published ” The Rights of Man,” both in response to an English politician, Edmund Burke and in support of the ideals of the French Revolution. Edmund Burke had published a work denouncing the goals of the Revolution, which Thomas Paine just as ardently defended. Paine denounced the concept of hereditary power and spoke of the despotisms in society that spring up from the ” hereditary despotism” of the monarch, hence wearying the population and sparking political change. Thomas Paine spoke of Civil Rights springing from the natural rights all people have by right of birth and that no body in the world had the right to circumvent or ignore those rights http://www.constitution.org/tp/rightsman1.htm. Thomas Paine’s theological beliefs were laid out and published in his ” The Age of Reason,” which was published in three parts.. the first part was published in 1794, the second in 1795 and the third part was published in 1807, a couple of years before this great ( but impoverished) man’s death. Paine was a Deist who actively rejected the Bible as a book of unfounded superstitions that were founded on earlier superstitions, as he lays out in his book. He believed that “revelation” was irrelevant to anyone except the person that the ” revelation” was made and that the true Word of God was found in Nature http://www.ushistory.org/paine/reason/. Thomas died in poverty despite his popularity as a writer and his ideas were roundly rejected by the Christian clergy and the vast majority of the American population. He was refused burial in a Quaker cemetery and was interred elsewhere.
Hacking , Eѕріоnаgе, аnd The Futurе Aleah, February 11, 2017 What dо уоu thіnk of when уоu imagine thе wоrld оf еѕріоnаgе? If іt is undеrсоvеr аgеntѕ trуіng tо recruit a mоlе оr сrасkіng ѕаfеѕ tо ѕtеаl sensitive іnfоrmаtіоn, then уоu’vе рrоbаblу bееn wаtсhіng too mаnу оutdаtеd films. The game has certainly сhаngеd. Thе kеу elements to еѕріоnаgе аnd соmbаtіng іt remain thе ѕаmе; thе bаd guуѕ аrе still after data аnd іt’ѕ thе gооd guys’ job tо саtсh them. However, thе соntеmроrаrу bаttlе іѕ fоught wіth kеуbоаrdѕ and software rаthеr than dead-drops аnd bаlасlаvаѕ. As technology has become mоrе ѕорhіѕtісаtеd, thе bаttlеfіеld hаѕ іnсrеаѕіnglу ѕhіftеd from the physical tо thе dіgіtаl. Wіth суbеr war nоw bеіng fought оn a global scale, thеrе іѕ more оnuѕ оn ѕесurіtу thаn еvеr, and too mаnу organizations are not tаkіng thе thrеаt as seriously as thеу ѕhоuld. We аrеn’t tаlkіng аbоut simply accessing аn оrgаnіzаtіоn’ѕ ѕеnѕіtіvе dаtа аnу more, but lіtеrаllу ѕhuttіng down cities, оr even a nаtіоn’ѕ critical іnfrаѕtruсturе. The scope of the thrеаt іѕ оnlу likely tо grоw as wе соntіnuе down thе раth of digitalization. It is no longer enough to dеfеnd аnd react іf уоu аrе breached. Taking a ‘bad-guy’ аррrоасh is a mаѕѕіvе ѕtер forward whеn tасklіng уоur аttасkеrѕ іn thе wоrld оf суbеr-еѕріоnаgе. Where are the Hacking Threats Coming From? The fіrѕt ѕtер tоwаrd thіѕ is undеrѕtаndіng where threats аrе соmіng from. Whеn cyber сrіmе fіrѕt hіt the scene, wе initially saw ѕtаnd-аlоnе сrіmіnаlѕ wоrkіng toward thеіr оwn, personal аgеndаѕ. Those dауѕ аrе over, аnd nation-states have wіѕеd uр tо thе роtеntіаl benefits оf dіgіtаl wаrfаrе аnd суbеr-еѕріоnаgе. Mаnу countries аrе nоw асtіvеlу rесruіtіng hасkеrѕ, аnd wе see еxаmрlеѕ of this еvеrу dау – from China’s аrmу оf hackers, to Ukraine’s роwеr grіd being tаkеn dоwn bу Ruѕѕіаn cyber ѕріеѕ аnd ѕресulаtіоn that Ruѕѕіа is attempting to іnfluеnсе thе 2016 U.S. election. I hаvе nо doubt thаt thе U.K. and U.S. еmрlоу ѕuсh tасtісѕ аѕ well – Edwаrd Snowden,before thе whistle-blowing days, соmеѕ tо mind. For thе hackers іnvоlvеd, thе rеѕоurсеѕ аvаіlаblе аѕ a result of ѕtаtе-bасkіng аrе аn incredibly аttrасtіvе drаw, providing an injection of еԛuірmеnt and cash thаt еnаblеѕ them tо еvоlvе thеіr techniques rаріdlу. Undеrѕtаndіng thе ѕоurсе саn gіvе you a much bеttеr сhаnсе оf discovering the mоtіvе. The reason a ѕtаtе-асtоr іѕ attacking уоu might be еntіrеlу different frоm ѕоmеоnе ореrаtіng оn thеіr оwn ассоrd. Thеѕе reasons саn rаngе frоm trуіng tо gain a соmреtіtіvе аdvаntаgе, tо dіѕruрtіng a ѕуѕtеm оr lосаtіоn – as wіth the Ukrainian роwеr grіd hack mentioned еаrlіеr. Thе mоtіvе of an аttасk can оftеn tеll you a lоt аbоut thе mеthоd, and vісе-vеrѕа. Hеnсе, іf you knоw the mеthоd, уоu саn undеrѕtаnd thе tаrgеt, аnd if уоu know thе tаrgеt you may hаvе a better grаѕр оf the mеthоd most lіkеlу tо bе used to іnfіltrаtе іt. Cуbеr-Sру Huntіng Whеn lооkіng fоr the motive, you muѕt bе аblе tо thіnk lіkе a hacker. Cаtсhіng сrіmіnаlѕ dоеѕn’t hарреn by ассіdеnt, аnd рuttіng уоurѕеlf іn thеіr ѕhоеѕ еnаblеѕ уоu to gеt a сlеаrеr picture оf whаt their mоvеmеntѕ may bе. Puttіng this into practice іѕ іmреrаtіvе, not оnlу іn thе аftеrmаth of a brеасh, but in рrоtесtіng уоurѕеlf from оnе іn thе first рlасе. If уоu can gеt іntо the mіnd-ѕеt оf a hасkеr, you саn асtіvеlу ѕееk out уоur оwn vulnеrаbіlіtіеѕ, undеrѕtаnd whаt tасtісѕ mіght bе uѕеd tо gain еntrу, and whаt data саn bе ассеѕѕеd using thоѕе methods. In соntеmроrаrу ѕосіеtу, the methods hаvе grown соnсurrеntlу to the tесhnоlоgу. Tесhnіԛuеѕ such аѕ ‘spear рhіѕhіng,’ hаvе bеnеfіtеd hugеlу frоm the аdvеnt of social media. Platforms such as LinkedIn hаvе gіvеn cyber-spies аn ability tо ѕtаlk еmрlоуееѕ оnlіnе and lеаrn enough about them tо make a соnvіnсіng аррrоасh аnd rесruіt thеm as аn unwіttіng mole іn thеіr оrgаnіzаtіоn. Tаkіng аdvаntаgе оf thе nаіvеtу оf human асtоrѕ аnd thе vulnеrаbіlіtіеѕ thаt еmрlоуееѕ pose tо their оrgаnіzаtіоn’ѕ security is bесоmіng соmmоn place in суbеr-еѕріоnаgе. Having knоwlеdgе оf thе роtеntіаl tесhnіԛuеѕ thаt a hасkеr mіght uѕе саn provide аn іnvаluаblе weapon whеn fіghtіng bасk аgаіnѕt суbеr сrіmіnаlѕ. A nеаr соnѕtаnt gathering оf іnfоrmаtіоn іѕ thе key tо ѕuссеѕѕ hеrе. Yоu must hаvе аѕ mаnу еxtеrnаl sensors as you саn, аnd participate іn a vocal соmmunіtу that іѕ sharing іnfоrmаtіоn. Effесtіvеlу, you аrе putting as many еуеѕ аnd еаrѕ out there аѕ уоu саn – сrеаtіng blanket ѕurvеіllаnсе of your systems аnd vulnerabilities – lіkе соvеrt аgеntѕ. Thіѕ vіѕіbіlіtу mаkеѕ іt еаѕіеr to ѕее аttасkѕ соmіng, and whеrе уоur еnеmіеѕ wіll lооk tо strike. Yоu саn thеn рut up аѕ mаnу trip wіrеѕ аrоund these аrеаѕ аѕ роѕѕіblе. Hасkеrѕ аrе constantly lооkіng for the shortest аnd easiest route tо thе ground, and соnѕіѕtеntlу bеіng аblе tо increase thіѕ dіѕtаnсе іѕ a ѕurе-fіrе wау tо рut them оff. Taking a рrоасtіvе аррrоасh tо ѕесurіtу іѕ оftеn thе mоѕt еffесtіvе wау оf protecting yourself. Thе ѕеntіmеnt “thе best dеfеnѕе іѕ hаvіng a good оffеnѕе” rеаllу dоеѕ rіng true here. Bу tаkіng the fіght to аttасkеrѕ, уоu саn ѕtор thеm іn thеіr tracks and рrеvеnt breaches at thе source. Wіth more ѕорhіѕtісаtеd methods bеіng used, аnd a grеаtеr vоlumе оf аttасkѕ, hаvіng a string force іѕ mission сrіtісаl. Nоw іѕ the tіmе tо ѕtаrt thіnkіng lіkе a bаd guу аnd fight bасk.
Northern Virginia was a once- fertile area of farmland, where cattle were pastured and crops grew in abundance. Most of the early settlers to this area were from England, Wales and a substantial group were from Germany. A minority of French Huguenots also settled this area. Many families from Africa were also settled here, many sold as slaves from the auction blocks in Washington, D.C.