Please Consider…

Can we talk?
Many of my Classmates have, as have I, led magical lives — and must, absolutely must write their memoirs! Even if you have not submerged in the South China or been thrown out of a bar in Morocco, you have still led a life unlike any other and you must leave more than just the date you were born and died for your future generations.

Having completed my memoirs, I found an easy way to do it. In the Navy we file Incident a Reports to inform our Seniors of events that are out of the ordinary, and this is a good model.

Just write “events” as they pop into your head. Some of mine encompass half a page, some three pages. Appropriate photographs were placed on the pages, then a further scrapbook was placed at the end.

After writing many Incident Reports, ad hoc, and in Microsoft Word, I assembled the “events” into a Desktop Publishing program (I used Adobe PageMaker but these days you can stay in Word), then used Adobe Acrobat to turn the entire document into a .pdf file.

It really is easy if you take it one step at a time. 

Only you can do it!

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Spy vs. Spy

There are charges that Russians tapped into the Democratic National Committee for more than a year, and have now released some e-mails through Wikileaks that have so far caused the resignation of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz — with more e-mail grenades yet to come!
And you think the Russians didn’t hack Hillary’s home brew computer?

Russia, the US, China, North Korea, Britain, Germany and a dozen nations have both nation-state programs, and pirate operators, all spying, developing spyware, committing espionage and developing espionage programs. Sometimes the pirates of a nation cooperate with their governments, sometimes not. In Russia, pirates are more likely to cooperate, or they tend to die.

The (probable) NSA program, designated “Flame” collected information from computers around the globe, friend and foe for five years before it was discovered and taken down. (It was discovered thousands of miles away from its target, purely by accident.) 

The first kinetic software was “Wiper”, a (likely) Israeli program that erased the hard drives of hundreds of Iranian computers in the oil industry.

Russia (likely) over pressured a pipeline owned by British Petroleum in 2008, and put the pipeline out of commission for months. They left no trace.

Iran retaliated to Wiper with Shamoon, which destroyed the hard drives of the Saudi based Aramco oil conglomerate in 2012.

Meanwhile, an absolutely vicious worm had been destroying portions of the Iranian Nuclear Program. STUXNET had begun under George Bush as an alternative to Israel bombing the Iranian facilities. After much consternation that the STUXNET electronic bullet might be considered an act of war, it was deemed less dangerous than bombing.

STUXNET was a joint American (NSA) and Israeli operation, and it attacked the centrifuge controllers of Siemans Corporation, used in Iran, and when the Russian (Kaspersky) and American (Symantec) major manufacturers of anti-spyware saw the code they couldn’t believe the sophistication and elegance of STUXNET. A small three person German firm actually broke most (but not all) of STUXNET.

What we know is that all nations have an arsenal of various small and huge electronic weapons. Privateers both develop, and sell all and portions of spyware and kinetic software in an open market, and both private and nation-state actors are constantly involved with each other 

It’s the Wild West in electronic spying, and actual destructive warfare. As Secretary of State, Hillary knew of all of this (and more). 

WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?

 (And I might add, and not incidentally, almost all of these sophisticated software programs used were removed with absolutely no evidence they were ever there. It is much, much simpler to withdraw a program without a trace than it is to write the insertion and trigger, without exposing it except for the destruction left behind!)

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Still, A “No Decision”

I listened to Trump.
Trump is right, but the problem is, is he right in the head?

I could find nothing in the speech with which I disagree, but I remember the Trump who said he would order I still remember the US military to commit War Crimes! (Kill unarmed family members of terrorist families! He has never walked that back!

He showed nothing but disdain for POWs — all POWs! He has never walked that back!

On the other hand, I know the FBI decision not to indict Hillary was a political one because the FBI Director told us of the specifics then said no indictment. But he enumerated ALL the elements of an indictment! You know it, I know it and Hillary supporters know it. They just don’t care!

So it ends up with someone I thoroughly dislike, or someone I actually believe committed a crime, and one that endangered the secrets of the nation!

The question in my mind is “Have either of them learned the needed lessons, and do either understand that they are deeply, deeply despised?”

If you put a gun to my head, I would vote for Trump.

But I still have time to consider just sitting it out. Or voting Libertarian.

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Convention?

Could we substitute Donald Jr. for his father, as the Presidential Nominee?
Trump’s political position, at least his most recently expressed positions, are not the problem…Donald Trump the crass egotist is the problem. Donald Jr. for example would NEVER have disrespected Ted Cruz’s wife’s looks, or Cruz’s father!

I do not watch this convention, it is just Show Biz. I do watch a very few analysis shows, but this garbage time is when I do some serious reading. 

Has anyone in America not made up their minds? Seriously!

Work In Progress!

Because I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, I must make my voting decisions on an expectation of actions on a number of fronts, realizing that I really don’t know.
My primary concern is the safety of the American public, and the American military. Hillary obviously has great experience in this field, but her attitude toward protecting our secrets, and our military leaves much to be desired. She has lots of experience, but gross errors. Were they hers or Obama’s? We don’t know!

Trump has zero experience in foreign affairs. Will he listen to those who really know what is going on? Will he ever listen to ANYONE ON ANYTHING! Will his advisors resign if Trump doesn’t wisteria? We don’t know!

On the economy, Trump gets the nod, and he keeps mentioning getting jobs returned to the US, but does he realize the rapidity with which jobs will disappear? Can he put his business mind around the need to pay those of the soon-to-be “useless class” money NOT to do work. Can either candidate comprehend this HUGE societal change? Yes, this is an enormous business revolution which you would THINK might be Trump’s suite, because Hillary knows nothing of the business and the economy, but we do not know!

Then there is illegal immigration. Not everyone believes this is even a problem, but it is. I have no problem with doubling or tripling legal immigration, which gets college graduates into the country but illegal immigration brings us third grade educated. With disease. The nod here goes to Trump. Trump isn’t going to deport 11 million illegal aliens because each one needs due process and that would take decades, with due process requirements. That is out of his hands, and I suspect he knows that now. 

This analysis is a work in progress.

No Wonder California is Broke!

O.K. I’m pissed!
My daughter just called me after her first day’s work — driving a “Follow Me” car on a construction site in California, you know, the truck that leads cars one way at a time during road repair.

$56/hour! 

The guy holding the STOP/SLOW sign “only” got 54/hour!

Now I know why California is deeply in debt! 

Now, of course it was rough work, my daughter said the truck had air conditioning but just a radio, and the job lasted 12 hours.

I may cry!

Cry for the State of California, which is deeply in doo-doo, a technical economic term.

I’m not going to tell my son who just put a daughter through a California University, and she can’t make what a high school dropout makes holding a sign on a California construction site!

Curious!

Why do only Democrats riot?
This is a serious question, and my question is not racial, it is political — after all, the Occupy Wall Street gang were all White.

But in the current case we have a good example. A Black was shot by police in Minnesota and another in Louisiana, and there are riots by Democrats across the landscape — in Dallas, five White policemen were killed, and seven wounded and not a single riot.

Republicans simply don’t riot! Democrat Whites riot, Democrat Blacks riot, Republicans, White and Black do not riot!

Curious!