RANT: Use of the word “Heroes”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I believe “Heroes” is a word reserved for those who do something “heroic”.

  • Run into a burning building to save a stranger’s little child. 
     
  • Stand up for a minority at risk of your own safety like that black man protecting the innocent trucker during the Rodney King riots.
  • Or the whistle blower who stands up for what’s right at risk of their personal career and paycheck. 

While some folks are “exemplars” of the behavior that we all want to exhibit, I rarely believe the word “heroes” is warranted.

And, I’d be very embarrassed if it ever was applied to me and I didn’t “earn it”.

Just my humble opinion for what it is worth.

I think there are many folks out there who are positive and negative examples.

But “heroes” are few and far between.

At the end of the day, “Doing” and “Accomplishing” is more important than “Acting” and inflated “Labels”.

And there is such a thing as “Stolen Valor”.

My next rants should be about “public servants” and “first responders” as misused terms.

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RANT: WWTRD (What would the Russians do)?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/james-foley-missing-u-s-journalist-feared-dead-in-isis-beheading-1.2741041

UPDATED

James Foley, missing U.S. journalist, feared dead in ISIS beheading
White House working to confirm authenticity of video

Thomson Reuters Posted: Aug 19, 2014 5:47 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014 6:35 PM ET

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It was WELL established during the Cold War that the Russian KGB had a very simple response to anyone who “molested” their Ambassador, Consul, Embassy Staff, and some said even Russian Tourists.

They would seek out the miscreant and KILL them, their immediate family, and any other relatives that were handy.

Even if the “molestation” was accidental.

The joke at the time was that muggers would ask for their victim’s passports to prevent retribution.

And, while I am a little L libertarian, who is an anti-interventionist, BHO44 has to drop something on somebody to make a point!

Argh!

Bring all our girls and boy home NOW, and MYOB! Then this stuff won’t happen!

Argh squared!

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RANT: Congress failed; good!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/08/the-six-tech-policy-problems-congress-failed-to-fix-this-year/?comments=1&post=27373075#comment-27373075

The six tech policy problems Congress failed to fix this year
On tech issues, the partisan divide isn’t so wide. Yet nothing happened.
by Joe Mullin – Aug 8 2014, 10:57am EDT

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One: Pass anti-troll patent reform

Two: Reform ECPA, and finally grant due process for e-mail privacy

Three: Reform our vague anti-hacking laws

Four: Bring out-of-control intel agencies to heel

Five: Do something on immigration

Six: Pass a strong, permanent “right to unlock” bill 

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“Do Nothing” Congress and deadlock between House and Senate / President is “good”.

Look at what happens when the R’s get control, we get “Homeland Security” and the TSA.

Look at what happens when the D’s get their way: Sarbox, NIJA mortgages, and bailouts galore.

Even if the current situation is “un en dur able”, they can make it worse.

Argh!

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RANT: “Dollar Dominance” is important

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-06/russia-sanctions-accelerate-risk-to-dollar-dominance.html

Russia Sanctions Accelerate Risk to Dollar Dominance
By Rachel Evans Aug 6, 2014 11:51 AM ET

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While no one’s suggesting the dollar will lose its status as the main currency of business any time soon, its dominance is ebbing. The greenback’s share of global reserves has already shrunk to under 61 percent from more than 72 percent in 2001. The drumbeat has only gotten louder since the financial crisis in 2008, an event that began in the U.S. when subprime-mortgage loans soured, and the largest emerging-market nations including Russia have vowed to conduct more business in their currencies.

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The political powers that be don’t understand that this is reaching the tipping point. Once “we” lose “dollar dominance”, life will be much tougher. Think the Germans in the Wehrmar Republic. We know how that Republic fared. It’s all about a countries wealth and currency.

Argh!

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RANTING Robin Williams Requiescat In Pacem

Monday, August 11, 2014

If you are feeling depressed, there is help out there. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255.

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Robin Williams
Requiescat In Pacem

He made me laugh so many times.

Stunning that a man could be so “funny” and yet so crazy. I’m praying for his soul and the family. Maybe someday, science will uncover a cure.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/robin-williams-dies-suspected-suicide-724724

Williams’ publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, said: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

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Wall Street Journal reports

Actor Robin Williams Dead, Authorities Say

Actor Robin Williams is believed to have died of suicide by asphyxiation, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. He was found in his home in Tiburon, Calif., Monday and pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian was known for “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Mork & Mindy” and his stand-up career.

Mr. Williams was found dead in his home after a 911 call reported he was found unconscious and not breathing in his home. He was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at 10 p.m. on Sunday, the sheriff’s department said.

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RANT: Lois Lerner’s emails

Saturday, August 2, 2014

http://www.therightcurmudgeon.com/2014/07/six-questions-for-the-irs-about-lois-lerners-emails

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A professional IT trade group with significant expertise in IT best practices has six questions that need to be answered about Lois Lerner’s -and at least 20 other IRS employees – email.

  1. What happened to the IRS’s IT Asset Managers who appear to have disappeared at a key juncture?
     
  2. Where is the documentation proving that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was wiped or destroyed? 
     
  3. Were the drives destroyed by an outside vendor or firm? 
     
  4. What are the IRS’s specific policies and procedures on document retention when hard drives are damaged or destroyed?
     
  5. What is the disaster recovery policy at the IRS? 
     
  6. Where are Lois Lerner’s emails from her Blackberry device? Are those secure? What is on the enterprise server? 

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I would add some other questions!

  • Where all the email SERVERS backed up? (The emails should be recoverable from all the POST OFFICES that transmitted the email.)
  • What about all the people who received her, or email from the other “unlucky” folks whose hard drives died? (I have emails in MY in box from folks.)
  • What about other non-government email accounts like GMAIL to avoid to disclosure.
  • What about the NSA email snooping program? (Surely they have everything!) 

Argh!

It’s all corrupt.

And the politicians and bureaucrats have no shame.

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RANT: Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East

Monday, July 28, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/no_author/awkward-questions-for-us-ukraine/

Russia Says Has Photos Of Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East, Radar Proof Of Warplanes In MH17 Vicinity
By Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
July 22, 2014

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7. Why was not completely closed to civilian aircraft airspace over the combat zone, especially because in this area there was no solid field of radar navigation?

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Argh!

Another tin foil hat item.

I don’t think Putin or “the separatists” did it.

Cui Bono!

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