Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race - BusinessWeek: "“The hacking industry is way ahead in terms of being able to deploy something like a massive botnet,” says Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer at Imperva, a security specialist. “If a nation wants to launch an attack that distributes some kind of malware, it makes more sense for them to just rent an existing botnet.”"
"The “statutory rule” of the debt-limit law should yield to the combination of the 14th Amendment, the “take care” clause of Article II, and the many properly enacted laws that cannot be carried out without further borrowing. Moreover, I think it unlikely that the Supreme Court, i.e., Justice Kennedy, would force the United States into default and the world economy into a replay of the Great Depression simply to satisfy Grover Norquist and the Tea, i.e., Republican, Party."
Let's see. Casualties lowered into the 70s. No capital punishment and release when he is in his early 40s. A claim that there may be others involved. Silence, grief and a closed hearing for security reasons.
Benjamin R. Barber: We're Number 34!: "American exceptionalism glides complacently into the 21st century on a lie and a prayer. The lie comprises all the flag-waving hyperbole, the exceptionalist claim that 'We're Number One,' when as measured by far too many key indicators we are actually closer to being #10 (social mobility) or maybe #34 (infant mortality) or dead last -- pun intended -- in the percentage of our population we incarcerate."
This just digs deeper that Obama did in his initial critique of the country. GOP does not want to rectify anything that is wrong. It wants to clear a path for corporations to operate at will. These numbers reflect the operation of financial interests serving their owners and investors.
Abba's Way - iUniverse: "Abba is the shockingly-familiar Aramaic name for God that Jesus uses in the Lord's Prayer. Jesus argues that this very Abba is within each of us, ready to change our lives for the better. If we only have eyes to see."
But I firmly believe that the day of creedal religion is fading precisely as we begin to learn some self respect -- even as we acknowledge that we are spectrum people -- that everything is a spectrum. As Ken Wilber made clear more than thirty years ago. Barack Obama is an imperfect person like the rest of us. But he seems to have been tapped for the job of midwifing the change I am talking about.
I was all set to send Eric a love letter. But maybe Harry has trumped with his GOP friendly proposal. I also have the feeling that they'll want to finish this before the "work week" is done. The eleventh hour would ruin their precious weekend after all.
Hyam Maccoby: "My view on Christian origins is that Jesus was a Jewish messiah-figure who had no intention of starting a new religion. The real founder of Christianity as a separate religion was Paul. Jesus died on a Roman cross because he was considered a threat to the Roman occupation of Judaea, not because he was regarded as heretical or blasphemous by the Jewish religious authorities, the Pharisees."
Well, Hyam, you are right about Paul being the developer of creedal Christianity. But you are wrong about assuming there is a contradiction between Jesus the threat to power and Jesus the religious blasphemer. The two are linked.
The political theology of freedom and unfreedom « The Immanent Frame: "The free act of will, undetermined by law, reason or interest, appears in the decision for revolution; in the maintenance of the state through civic sacrifice in moments of existential crisis; in the judge’s decision in applying norm to fact; and in the philosopher’s free inquiry into forms of meaning."
Right. Posted just today. Peirce-like on first read.
I Blame The Patriarchy: "Yeah, this ad is bad, but the website is several orders of magnitude more abhorrent. It is, in fact, so profoundly patronizing, insulting, and absurd, we here at Spinster HQ blew several lobes in succession within 4 clicks."
The Cancer You Can Beat Today: "Here’s the truly tragic part: Researchers are now learning that her death was entirely preventable. And so is nearly every one of the more than 50,000 deaths caused by colon cancer annually in the United States."
Colon exams are more fun than expiring for lack of same.
Talking Points Memo | Breaking News and Analysis: "Harry Reid's debt deal proposal gives the Republicans so much of what they've been seeking that they've been caught flat-footed. So, yeah, it's not the kind of tactical surprise you usually shoot for in negotiations."
So my man from Searchlight may take the wind out of the GOP sails, borrowing a bit from the President, making it harder and harder for the idiots to say no. Sorry to be so impolite but this whole thing could have been avoided if the media could have consistently questioned the intelligence of going down this road. Nothing doing. There is a cloud over our communal mentality.
For more than a decade Freud was a cokehead and then he discovered analysis and gave it up. The inference might be that drugs screw up mental processes, and that inference is largely correct. Freud wised up and kicked the habit. Now I am a proponent of zapping our War on Drugs and legalizing most of what we now jail people for. Legalization is vastly different than condoning. Legalazation is a gateway to making the use of drugs subject to medical regulation. It does not eliminate all possible criminality. But it eliminates the currently lethal operation of the drug business.
Every substantive criticism regarding what the President has been unable to achieve can have merit, and Cornel West can still be very wrong in his so-called flunking of the President. Not merely because he has a Cain problem of resentment and jealousy. To ease Cornel's mind I am an upper middle class white guy who thinks I am very inelligent and who worked as hard as you did for Obama. He has never contacted me either. Don't flatter yourself. But that is not why you are wrong. Your error is an intellectual one that you share with almost every progressive critic of Barack Obama. In the simplest terms, you fail to understand the man. He is a Peircean who has mastered thinking in threes. If that is Greek to you, then I understand your problem.
I think: Keep the revolution nonviolent. Drop that and there is no revolution. Do not be afraid to doe. A nonviolent revolution is built in the presumption of violent opposition. Your enemy will not care what you believe. Trust the processes of the world to make your witness visible. This is the crucial reality and the Internet is the weapon that you have on your side. The more you observe these things the more democratic revolution will take place. It will take place as fast as these principles are taken to heart.
I actually do not believe tears are that good a indicator of emotions. They can rise from things that have little to do with core values. Justice is a good reason to cry IMO. So is tolerance. But I am not going to become an advocate for men letting it all hang out emotionally as if that would change the world for the better.
Stocks Drop on Gridlocked Debt Talks - WSJ.com: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 122 points, or 1%, to 12560, erasing more than half of last week's gains as investors retreated from risky assets like stocks. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index lost 12 points, or 0.9%, to 1333, with all sectors declining. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 25 points, or 0.9%, to 2834."
Get you a scapegoat and stir things up and have an economic crisis and sure as shooting you have a recrudescence of the past with the sole possibility is that this time around it will be treated as the absurdity it is.
Who knows. This is the reason I extricated myself from the market some time ago. It was on the basis of wingnut analysis, a financial metric that has not yet found its way into the lexicon. If the market tanks today, it will.
Duel Or Duet? Reid And Boehner Poised To Introduce Different Bills To Avoid Default | TPMDC: "According to sources in both parties, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are likely to introduce separate debt packages in their respective chambers Monday, each with a different approach to avoiding a catastrophic default, and the key question now is whether the two plans can be reconciled in some way -- whether the trains are moving in the same direction or set to collide head on."
I can't wait until he puts them all in their place.
The answer is you can't.The only thing you can do is acknowledge its power and presence. And save yourself a lot of therapy money in the bargain. In general jealousy is resolved in three steps. 1. Facing it and recognizing it might mean extricating yourself. 2. If not somehow resolved, having a period when you come to terms with yourself and accept things and live autonomously, and 3. Hopefully and generally by chance finding a relationship that does not contain the elements that lead to the failure of the first one.
Amy Winehouse's Final Days Spent In Drug-Induced Haze | Radar Online: "Some friends of the late singer are speculating Winehouse might have intentionally overdosed, the Daily Mirror reported, after a quarrel with her boyfriend Reg Traviss, after he'd found out about recent conversations she’d had with her convicted ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil."
Let's put it this way. More wrong turns have been made as a result of jealousy than were ever made on highways or at the cigarette counter. Starting with one Cain.
PsycPORT Article: "TACOMA, Wash. - An adolescent whose parent is sent on military deployments is more likely to have suicidal thoughts and feel depressed than the child of civilians, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health."
And hell is not something that is part of a three story universe. It is home made here on earth by our deeds which stem from the values that we have freely given lodging to in our minds. Abolishing war is good for our health. Continuing on the present course is lethal.
On Broadway where I live you see all manner of idiot dress including guys with pants up to their thighs. All it produces is either averted eyes or visible aversion. Sexual titillation ended with the Weiner shots. Psychobabble diggeth deep.
There are three Abrahamic religions. Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All of them are saddled with an anthropomorphic notion of deity that Jesus was at pains to amend. None of them have heeded Jesus' amendments. The result is that the world drifts away from these religions with reason. And values now understood as secular are actually the values Jesus enunciated but that religion only partially accepts. They are tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry.
How the Deficit Got This Big - NYTimes.com: "A few lessons can be drawn from the numbers. First, the Bush tax cuts have had a huge damaging effect. If all of them expired as scheduled at the end of 2012, future deficits would be cut by about half, to sustainable levels"
This is just part of the truth. There is more. Concise. Salient. Reasonable.
Saudi Arabia: The Marriage of #Tabukgirl · Global Voices: "News reports site the girl as being 17 years old, however social networks site cite the #Tabukgirl as being 14. No matter what her age, if it wasn't for her uncle the girl's father would have married her off to a 60-year old man."
The idea that we can skewer Wall Street and advance the cause is specious. We are all Wall Street if we use money and bank it. Even if we shun the market for CDs we are investors. Those with more than the minimum can play the market. Those with lots of money and smarts can game the market. But none of us can claim that by skewering Wall Street we are not in a sense skewering ourselves. The proper attitude to Wall Street is the President's which does not fall into the binary mode of passing judgment.
The Tea Party defined as Tea Party adherents in Congress seems oblivious not merely to history but to contemporary reality. Feels like this weekend the body did exactly what the President did not want.
Here's how it works. The creed saves us. We say Jesus is my savior. This means nothing in terms of universal values. It means I am one of the 144,000 ticket holders and I can attach anything I want to my ticket and proceed through life with no shame. That may explain the weird smile on the face of Marcus Bachmann. Shameless Christianity enables people to be intolerant, unhelpful and undemocratic. Jesus designated such people hypocrites. These people bypass the way Jesus taught and embodied. Tolerance, Democracy. Helpfulness. Non-idolatry. These are universal values present in each person waiting to be activated by penitence and turning to Abba. Shameless Christianity is a protection against the power of the universal values of Jesus.
Right. And in the case of the wingnut racially-driven retrograde folk in the Senate and House, their punishment will come at the polls if they finally manage to sink the ship. You cannot shame someone who knows no shame.
3quarksdaily: Mr. Wrong: Ifti Nasim (1946 - 2011): "So ladies and gentlemen, here was someone who managed to defy all odds, and who climbed the ladder of success not rung by rung but wrong by wrong. My best friend. Mr. Wrong to the rest of the world, Ms. Right for me. Ifti."