No way. “Cyberwar is coming!” John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt predicted in a celebrated Rand paper back in 1993. Since then, it seems to have arrived — at least by the account of the U.S. military establishment, which is busy competing over who should get what share of the fight. Cyberspace is “a domain in which the Air Force flies and fights,” Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne claimed in 2006. By 2012, William J. Lynn III, the deputy defense secretary at the time, was writing that cyberwar is “just as critical to military operations as land, sea, air, and space.” In January, the Defense Department vowed to equip the U.S. armed forces for “conducting a combined arms campaign across all domains — land, air, maritime, space, and cyberspace.” Meanwhile, growing piles of books and articles explore the threats of cyberwarfare, cyberterrorism, and how to survive them.
Time for a reality check: Cyberwar is still more hype than hazard. Consider the definition of an act of war: It has to be potentially violent, it has to be purposeful, and it has to be political. The cyberattacks we’ve seen so far, from Estonia to the Stuxnet virus, simply don’t meet these criteria.
Take the dubious story of a Soviet pipeline explosion back in 1982, much cited by cyberwar’s true believers as the most destructive cyberattack ever. The account goes like this: In June 1982, a Siberian pipeline that the CIA had virtually booby-trapped with a so-called “logic bomb” exploded in a monumental fireball that could be seen from space. The U.S. Air Force estimated the explosion at 3 kilotons, equivalent to a small nuclear device.
He was photo-bombing before anyone knew about photo-bombing!
Acapulco Green Read this poem! Hilarious. And do read the rest of this site.
Are They Really Religious? Interesting about muslims. Read it.
Jan and Stan — who passed away in 2005 — published the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, in 1962. They were encouraged and assisted by the head of Random House’s Beginner Books imprint, Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).
The couple went on to produce over 300 books in the series, and have those books translated into over 20 languages.
Angry White Dude grew up in North Carolina. AWD’s grandfather was one of NASCAR’s first officials. He was the crew chief for one of the early NASCAR legends. My parents spent the first few years of their marriage attending Daytona when part of the race was run on the beach! Living in Charlotte until 2004, AWD followed NASCAR and always attended races in Charlotte, Bristol, Rockingham and Darlington. I knew who most of the drivers were, have met most of them, knew who their crew chiefs were, etc. I was a NASCAR fan and can remember long, friendly arguments with my compadres into the early hours whether Rusty or Ironhead (Earnhardt) was the better short track driver. I was a HUGE NASCAR fan. Was!
I haven’t watched a NASCAR race in years! Why? These days, watching a NASCAR race is like watching the grass grow. The points system and team racing made NASCAR dull and boring. Drivers race for championship points instead of driving to win. They haven’t raced to win in years. Drivers could “point” themselves into a championship without winning a race! AWD’s brother had the solution: Give 1 million points for winning a race. 20 points for second, 19 for third, etc. But NASCAR doesn’t want to race anymore. It wants to take its professional wrestling-like act on the road milking millions from bored fans in different cities who come to see a race but receive another snore-a-thon lap-burner with zero action.
Fox has the broadcasting rights for NASCAR. It has taken the ridiculous formula from their NFL show to NASCAR. Darrell Waltrip plays the Terry Bradshaw happy, stupid idiot character. What a shame to see a NASCAR hero Darrell humiliate himself in such a fashion. This year, Fox has brought in Darrell’s half-a-sissy brother, Michael, into the broadcast booth. Fox and NASCAR figured that maybe they can pick up that sizable homosexual stock car racing fan audience to prop up their sagging numbers with all the life-long fans they’ve run off!
The biggest thing that has killed NASCAR is the political correct direction of the sport since Bryan France took over. France salivates over attracting minority fans without realizing he is losing his most loyal fan segment….the white southern male. France created the “Drive For Diversity” program to find (create) minority drivers (i.e. anyone but white males) in 2004. It has been a total failure. Paul Kersey from SBPDL wrote an interesting piece on NASCAR that has been posted at VDare on the subject.
Read more HERE
Once in a while, I love a good rant by someone, either on the left or the right, or in the middle of things. This is a good rant!
Superfun rockband church grand poo-bah Rick Warren of Saddleback House of Self-Worship and Slackjawed Narcissism out in California has jumped the shark and gone full-throttle-stupid, proving that the vast majority of so-called Christian clergy today are unlearned, untrained, functionally theologically illiterate snakeoil salesmen whose “formation” and “education” is nothing more than a crackerjack boobie prize and punchline to a satanic, sick joke.
The 41 most common cooking/baking mistakes. Really? I can condense down into ONE mistake. Not marrying the right woman! LOL
The Star Wars Saga: Suggested Viewing Order.
Oscars: Complete list of winners. For those of you who need this information to live on this planet.
Where our kids and grandkids grow old:
Growing synthetic windpipes, artificial skin and replacement blood vessels is now a reality, but scientists are now turning their attention to their ultimate goal: growing new human kidneys or hearts.
In June 2011, an Eritrean man entered an operating theatre with a cancer-ridden windpipe, but left with a brand new one. People had received windpipe transplants before, but Andemariam Teklesenbet Beyene’s was different. His was the first organ of its kind to be completely grown in a lab using the patient’s own cells.
Beyene’s windpipe is one of the latest successes in the ongoing quest to grow artificial organs in a lab. The goal is deceptively simple: build bespoke organs for individual patients by sculpting them from living flesh on demand. No-one will have to wait on lengthy transplant lists for donor organs and no-one will have to take powerful and debilitating drugs to prevent their immune systems from rejecting new body parts.
The practicalities are, as you can imagine, less straightforward. Take the example I have already described. The process began with researchers taking 3D scans of Beyene’s windpipe, and from these scans Alexander Seifalian at University College London built an exact replica from a special polymer and a glass mould. This was flown to Sweden, where surgeon Paolo Macchiarini seeded this scaffold with stem cells taken from Beyene’s bone marrow. These stem cells, which can develop into every type of cell in the body, soaked into the structure and slowly recreated the man’s own tissues. The team at Stockholm’s Karolinska University Hospital incubated the growing windpipe in a bioreactor – a vat designed to mimic the conditions inside the human body.
Two days later, Macchiarini transplanted the windpipe during a 12-hour operation, and after a month, Beyene was discharged from the hospital, cancer-free. A few months later, the team repeated the trick with another cancer patient, an American man called Christopher Lyles.
Jesse Jackson: Obama Should Consider It “An Honor To Be a Food Stamp President”…
Which begs the obvious question, why is it “racist” when Gingrich calls Obama the “food stamp president?”
Say, it’s an honor to be a food stamp president. Food stamps feed the hungry. Food stamps save the children. Food stamps help the farmer. Food stamps help the truck driver. Food stamps help the warehouse. Food stamps help the store. Food stamps hire people and feed people. Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition. Whenever you attack feeding the hungry, you undermine the moral authority of our faith. Give President Barack Obama a big hand. Show your love. Show your appreciation.
Republican Candidates At War With Islam”…
(for sure obama, his regime, and liberals are not)
Turban Durbin’s proof: They criticized Obama’s groveling apology for Koran burning.
Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) appeared on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the flare up of violence in Afghanistan.
Durbin says, “And understand, just go back to history a little bit to 9/11, President George W. Bush, I sure had my differences with him, but I thought he got it right, and he stuck with it through his presidency. He said our war is not with the religion of Islam. Our war is with those who would distort it and turn it into terrorism. And I think that was a bright spot kind of a guiding principle. It was adopted by President Obama. Now, listen to these Republican candidates for president. They’re at war with Islam.”
CNN Contributor Will Cain counters, “Senator Durbin, I haven’t heard one thing that backs up what you suggest. Just give me an example, how are they at war with Islam?
Referencing the Quran burnings, Durbin replies, “Newt Gingrich saying that the president is guilty of appeasement…. What you listen to is incendiary rhetoric coming out in a very delicate situation. Lives are at stake here. The president is showing leadership. The president is stepping up, trying to calm a situation. These three candidates are coming on television doing the opposite.”
The demonizing of Barack Obama – WaPo/Colbert King
February is African American History Month. Yet these are days of sadness.
The brilliance of hope, so blinding a few short years ago, has dimmed. The dreams of a 21st-century America, where achievement is based on skills, determination and merit, free from an arbitrary color standard, have been replaced with injuries inflicted by present-day haters as malevolent as some of our worst enemies of the past.
What sets anti-Obama foes apart from the persecutors of Bush, Reagan et al., however, is that the purveyors of this brand of inflammatory rhetoric include the GOP presidential candidates themselves.
Their charges are rude, disrespectful and designed to question Obama’s loyalty to country and commitment to his faith. [...]
In this political environment, there is no invective too repugnant, too vicious to throw at this president of the United States.
It is in this climate that we celebrate African American History Month and the achievement of generations against all odds. The demonizing and denigration of the nation’s first black president cast a pall over what should be a time of tribute to indomitable Americans.
But we soldier on.
African American History Month concludes next week, and George Washington University will host an event Tuesday “celebrating the African American legacy in Foggy Bottom.”
How will observers of African American History Month many years down the road regard the time in which we now live?
Ah, but these things are being said about Obama, we are told, because of his policies, not because of the color of his skin.
It’s never about race; it’s all about the defense of great traditions and storied principles .?.?.as in cases of the Civil War, Plessy, Brown, lunch counters, bus travel, the poll tax, Jackie Robinson.
(wow, again shows you the dumbness of the left)
When was it changed to “African American History Month?”
Abortionists, unionists and Obama – the trifecta is complete.
(Detroit News) — Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards urged nearly 1,700 United Auto Workers members and retirees to work to re-elect President Barack Obama and other allies, saying the two organizations have been the “punching bags” of Republicans.
“President Obama stood with us and we are going to stand with him,” Richards said Sunday night. The women’s health group has been heavily attacked by Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential candidates. “We didn’t pick these fights, but by God, we’re going to win.”
Richards fired up union members, including hundreds from Metro Detroit.
“The two organizations that have become the punching bags in the Republican primary are the United Auto Workers and Planned Parenthood,” Richards said. “… we’re proud to stand with you. We’ve got your back and we know you have ours.”
The Detroit-based UAW has about 376,000 members and has come under attack from Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Last week in Troy, Romney vowed to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The right wing is bringing progressives together like never before,” she said. “These folks are against women, they are against working people, they are against the middle class.”
UAW President Bob King said “… the Republican Party has gone so extreme and so far to the right that I think people are going to come together and say we want fair wages, we want health care, we want our cities rebuilt,” King said. “Republicans are blocking all that.”