Climate Change?

The weather people here, in Sarasota, Fl, have been talking about how cold it is in relation to the last number of years. It pretty much seems that the temp. is down from normal. Is that a sign of global warming?

I don’t know about any of that. I can’t tell if we have a climate change, or not. What I do see is that large companies seem to want to drag their feet about making upgrades to their equipment. Just look around you at some of the large manufacturing companies and see the crap that is expelled from their smoke stacks. When I was in Germany, from 82 to 84, we were told that environmentally they were at the level we were in the 60s. People who bought cars there, and tired to ship them to the U.S. at the end of their tour often found that the vehicle had to be modified to meet the emission control standards we required in the U.S. I might be the same way now but, I am not so sure.

I used to see these commercials about some company that showed a nice green area so the company, usually one of the gas companies, could brag about what they were doing to protect the environment. What they would not tell is in that ad was how they only did it when forced by new laws. Do we really want out cites to look like the Olympics in China, where they had to wear mask to go outside?

I don’t care if you think it does not make a difference to the warming, or chilling, of the earth. I just want to see clean air and be sure that people are not getting sick. That can not be done by relaxing the regulation that are enforced by people who are not doing their jobs in the first place.

The problem with large corporations is their objective is to make the stockholders happy. To do that they keep expenses as low as they can. Expenses such as filters for the stack that belch foul smoke, limiting safety checks on pipelines that burst and spew oil all over the place, or even ignore obvious warning signs that result in the death of 11 people and sludge in the gulf.

We are going to see more of this, if the Republicans are able to cut back the regulations that guard our safety.

Look at my article Deregulation? Regulation?
If you want to deregulate something.. it implies that there is some kind of Regulation and/or Regulators.
The question is: where are our regulators?

Here is your sign Florida…

I have been pondering the recent Mid-Term elections and thinking about what I see as the real meaning of the results. I put this in the Florida Politics area for the simple reason that I am just going to give my opinion, at this point, of the results as they pertain to Florida.

I would start out with a question. Where were %60 of the voters who did not vote? I have not found the percentages, by party, of who did not vote. Were they mostly Republicans, or Democrats?

As a Republican I vote a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all depending on the idea of which one was best for Florida. It has gotten hard to tell who, in any election, will be best as they all, for the most part, throw mud at their opponent, which, of course, middies up the waster. It would be nice if they at least told the truth but, they seem to be telling the “best lie there is”, in that while there is a lot of truth in the add there is also enough falsehood to confuse things. Sound bites that attack an opponent are not, in themselves, bad but they purposely don’t tell the whole story.

Going back a few years to the primary where, Vern Buchanan would be put in office there was an attack ad that cast Vern, do you mind if I call you Vern, in office there was the allegation that he was a tax deadbeat, and refused to pay his federal taxes. The reply to this was that he had sent in a check for what he believed his taxes were, an attempt to pay, and it had been rejected by the I.R.S. If memory serves me correctly most of his tax burden was found to be unowed so, why should have be faulted for not wanting to pay what he did not owe? Why should the IRS believe they can charge fines and penalties for unowed taxes?

Back to my line.. Most voters, not being able to look up individual details, will vote by perception rather then fact and, many of these attack ads add to their perceptions. Many people get the perception that politicians are all crooks. It goes back to that old joke “how do you know when a politician is lying?” with the answer being “his mouth is moving.” When there results were in on the Jennings vs Buchanan election there were roughly 18,000 missing votes. The question was asked, “where these votes not counted by a Republican Supervisor of Elections, or where there really 18,000 people who voted “none of the above”? As a Republican I voted for Jennings because I was not happy with the tone of the ads during the Republican Primary which seemed to be mostly untruths.

I heard Michael Moore say that George Bush II was a lier because he told untruths and that it did not matter that the may have thought they were true. So if you tell me something that thought you knew, and it turns out to be untrue, then you are a liar.. That seems to be a rather simple concept.

Here in Florida, with %60 of the people not voting, we have elected Rick Scott for our new Governor inspite of his rather fishy past.

I realize that %40 of the people voted but, I wonder if the people they voted for, at least in the Republcian camp did not take this the wrong way. Perhaps it was not an endorsement of the Republican way but rather frustration with the idea that politicians just can’t seem to tell the truth.

Wikileaks Embasy Cables

My information is old, I was in the Air Force from 1974 to 1978 and again from 1980 to 1984 so, much could have changed since then.

The Wikileaks situation brings to mind at least two problems with what happened.

The part that seems the most obvious, to me, is the use of USB drives to transfer the information. These handy little gadgets can store information in the Gigabyte range, which is to say in the 1,000,000,000,000 of characters. Information can be download to the USB drive and then transfered to another computer, which is what the leaker seems to have done.
Even TV has dealt with this problem, and it was featured on several of the NCIS shows so, maybe the DoD should watch more TV.

What little information I had seen on the subject suggest that the easiest way to prevent this is to not install the USB ports but, since most computer have a mouse and keyboard that work off of the USB port that would render the computer useless. Something could be done to prevent the use of the USB drives on the computer but, you either have to control if in the computers system, which can be circumvented by the user, or through having the computer boot entirely through the network. I have to admit that I do not really know how much trouble it would be to have each computer, desktop or laptop, boot from a central network. I took a CCNA class at the Sarasota County Tech. Inst. some years ago and the class room computer seemed to do just that, though they did allow use of the USB ports.

That solution seems to be prohibitive, so maybe what they should have looked at was the old fashioned method of information sharing based on Clarence.

I don’t know of many jobs in the service where a person would have less that Secret, I was in the Air Force Security Police, and had Secret the whole time, with the exception of one unit I was assigned to in Korea where I was required to have a TS/SCI clearance. Even the guy who came into the building to fix the A/C had to have a TS/SCI, as there was classified equipment everywhere you looked.
In tech shool we were told that access to classified material was governed by three things, Clearance level suited to the information, need to have the information, such as a job requirement, and authorization.

I need to read some more on this and maybe it will find an explaination of why he was able to get into sensitive State Department files from a DoD network?

I know they guys on TV can get into the computers from other agencies but, I had hopped that the real government would have a little more on the ball than that.

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