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The Maginot Line of 2016

 
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22 June 2016 14:39
 

Unsmoked,

No answers.  Likely massive deaths in the offing and no likely alternative.  Wish I had the wisdom for articulating an aternative that might appeal to most.  I do not.

 
 
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Dennis Campbell - 22 June 2016 02:39 PM

Unsmoked,

No answers.  Likely massive deaths in the offing and no likely alternative.  Wish I had the wisdom for articulating an aternative that might appeal to most.  I do not.

The Maginot Line of 2016

In the U.S. this is an annual military budget of about $600 billion.  Could a threat to the country go around or over such massive preparedness?

“We must make our choice.  We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” - Louis Brandeis

(this quote was used as an introduction to the 2016 book, DARK MONEY, by New Yorker staff writer, Jane Mayer)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Money-History-Billionaires-Radical/dp/0307970655

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unsmoked - 23 June 2016 10:09 AM
Dennis Campbell - 22 June 2016 02:39 PM

Unsmoked,

No answers.  Likely massive deaths in the offing and no likely alternative.  Wish I had the wisdom for articulating an aternative that might appeal to most.  I do not.

The Maginot Line of 2016

In the U.S. this is an annual military budget of about $600 billion.  Could a threat to the country go around or over such massive preparedness?

PBS - NOVA - CYBER WAR THREAT - Could terrorists turn off half the power in the U.S.?  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/cyberwar-threat.html

 
 
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unsmoked - 13 July 2016 10:43 AM

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PBS - NOVA - CYBER WAR THREAT - Could terrorists turn off half the power in the U.S.?  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/cyberwar-threat.html

Terrorists probably couldn’t today, but hostile states could.

That’s another justification for decentralized power generation, as in solar and geothermal. Right now, the power grid cannot support such decentralization effectively. Someday, it might be able to, if the capital investment is made. It’s not likely to be made unless there is already a sufficient level of decentralization to demand it.

 
 
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21 July 2016 09:49
 

Time Magazine, July 4, 2016 - CRISPR - A Revolution in Genetics

quoted from TIME cover article - ‘The Gene Machine - What the CRISPR experiments mean for humanity’ - by Alice Park

“The simplicity that makes CRISPR so powerful raises the possibility that terrorists of rogue states could deploy it as a weapon - a fear that led Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to include gene-editing methods like CRISPR on a list of mass-destruction threats earlier this year.”

“CRISPR means that most microbes driving infectious diseases are just a few DNA edits away from becoming superstrains that could wipe out unprepared populations.  That’s the thinking that prompted Director of National Intelligence Clapper’s classification of CRISPR as a weapon of mass destruction.  With the tools easily bought online, it would be theoretically possible to engineer a killer mosquito that transmits a deadly disease, or a DNA-damaging virus, that could infect human cells and decimate the population.”

An aircraft carrier attacked by mosquitoes?

 
 
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11 August 2016 12:51
 

‘DARK TERRITORY - The secret History of Cyber War’ - by Fred Kaplan https://www.amazon.com/dp/1476763259/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

“The book’s central question is how should we think about war, retaliation, and defense when our technologically advanced reliance on computers is also our greatest vulnerability?” - New Yorker

See more reviews at this website.

 
 
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26 August 2016 09:59
 

The Maginot Line of 2016

“Policy makers fight the war that made those headlines, not the war that might come next.”

The Atlantic - September 2016 - ‘ARE WE ANY SAFER?’

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/09/are-we-any-safer/492761/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XBwjQsOEeg

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27 August 2016 10:45
 

The Maginot Line of 2016

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pogo_-_Earth_Day_1971_poster.jpg

During the next 50 years and beyond it is likely that human-caused climate change will cause a scale of death and destruction that dwarfs the death and destruction caused by terrorists.  Millions of people will die, and millions will become refugees due to rising sea level, fire, flood, drought, famine, disease and exposure - casualties that far outnumber those caused by ISIS and other terrorists.  While civilized people decry the insane destruction of ancient temples, their own behavior will cause the extinction of thousands of species of plants and animals.

When did civilized Westerners first learn about the greenhouse effect caused by their profligate burning of fossil fuels?  Ten years ago it was ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and it is still inconvenient, as people continue to buy gas guzzling cars, and build huge energy-demanding houses.  https://www.amazon.com/Inconvenient-Truth-Al-Gore/dp/B000ICL3KG

Is this deliberate terror, deliberate stupidity, deliberate religious insanity as the majority trashes the oceans, the earth, and the air . . . looking for the immanent Second Coming to take it to Paradise.  Isn’t that what the terrorists are expecting as they self-destruct and put suicide belts on their children?

Is Homeland Security concerned about frequent flyers, massive pickup trucks as family cars, or the fuel consumption of Trump’s private jet liner?  Not an immediate threat?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4g930pm8Ms

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28 August 2016 11:52
 

The text on the cover of the September 2016 The Atlantic magazine reads:  “Since 9/11 the United States has spent $1 trillion to protect the homeland.  The new security state is vast - and growing.  ARE WE ANY SAFER?”  (A year-long investigation by Steven Brill)

Even as people are being burned out of house and home by raging forest fires, and whole towns are destroyed by overnight deluges, and tornadoes flatten communities by the dozen, how much has been spent to mitigate the effects of human-caused global warming?  What fraction of a trillion dollars has been spent to build a new nationwide electric power grid - a project that would not only pave the way for expanding the production of renewable energy, but would make the country much less vulnerable to cyber attacks?

In the September-October 2016 Sierra Magazine, in an article ‘PEOPLE AND THE PLANET’, C. Carswell writes, “The cruelest reality of climate change is that those least responsible for creating the problem - poor people in developing countries - are likely to suffer the most from its fallout.”

When a U.S. housewife drives the family car, a gas-guzzling pickup truck, to the grocery store or to pick up the kids at a karate class, and Donald Trump flies a jumbo-jet with a handful of passengers - around and around the country - what does that tell the world about Americans and human-caused global warming?  Children in school should be learning a new scientific formula - W=H.  It means GLOBAL WARMING = GLOBAL HARMING.  Rich countries are inflicting death and destruction on the world’s most destitute people.  In the past 15 years the U.S. has spend a trillion dollars on Homeland Security, almost nothing on slowing down and reversing the threats from climate change - probably the greatest threat to civilization since civilization began.

There’s a reason why most Americans wouldn’t want their kids to learn in school that global warming = global harming.  The word ‘harm’ suggests physical or mental damage - MISCHIEF, HURT (Webster).  Surely the greatest democracy in the world wouldn’t do anything like that to others?  Especially not to a billion poor people!  Me?  With my huge house and two huge cars in the garage, do I look like a harmful person?

 
 
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30 August 2016 10:36
 

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30 August 2016 10:51
 

The pentagon has been planning for climate change for almost two decades.

They have a budget to harden Pacific bases against rising sea levels,  but they are not allowed to call it that.

 
 
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Twissel - 30 August 2016 10:51 AM

The pentagon has been planning for climate change for almost two decades.

They have a budget to harden Pacific bases against rising sea levels,  but they are not allowed to call it that.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/24/opinion/sunday/what-could-disappear.html?_r=1&

If the CIA provided the Pentagon and the President with these maps, telling them that an enemy planned to destroy the urban areas shown here within the next 50 years, how urgently would we respond?  What kind of manpower and budget would the U.S. government put behind the effort to prevent such an attack?

As it is, most Republican members of congress dismiss the reports from scientists, and virtually no action is being taken to avert the ‘attack’ from rising sea level.  Further, if Trump became president he would complete the Keystone Pipeline, increase the use of tar-sand oil, increase the U.S. carbon footprint and assure even more destruction than shown in these maps.  Coal and oil = cheap energy, right?  So far, since 9/11, we’ve spent a trillion dollars on Homeland Security.  How much to avert the destruction of these cities, and hundreds more around the world?

(on the map site, move the gauge to select sea-level rise over current level)

 
 
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31 October 2016 10:19
 

‘DARK TERRITORY - The Secret History of Cyber War’ - by Fred Kaplan

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Territory-Secret-History-Cyber/dp/1476763259

“A consistently eye-opening history of our government’s efforts to effectively manage our national security in the face of the largely open global communications network established by the World Wide Web. . . . The great strengths of Dark Territory . . . are the depth of its reporting and the breadth of its ambition. . . . The result is not just a page-turner but consistently surprising. . . . One of the most important themes that emerges from Mr. Kaplan’s nuanced narrative is the extent to which defense and offense are very much two sides of the same coin. . . . The biggest surprise of Dark Territory is the identity of the most prominent domestic heroes and villains in the “secret history.” . . . Dark Territory is the rare tome that leaves the reader feeling generally good about their civilian and military leadership.” (The New York Times)

“Comprehensively reported history . . . The book’s central question is how should we think about war, retaliation, and defense when our technologically advanced reliance on computers is also our greatest vulnerability?” (The New Yorker)

“A book that grips, informs and alarms, finely researched and lucidly related.” (John le Carré)

“Dark Territory captures the troubling but engrossing narrative of America’s struggle to both exploit the opportunities and defend against the risks of a new era of global cyber-insecurity. Assiduously and industriously reported. . . . Kaplan recapitulates one hack after another, building a portrait of bewildering systemic insecurity in the cyber domain. . . . One of the deep insights of Dark Territory is the historical understanding by both theorists and practitioners that cybersecurity is a dynamic game of offense and defense, each function oscillating in perpetual competition.” (The Washington Post)

 
 
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NPR - All Tech Considered - October 31, 2016

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/31/500115472/u-s-chief-information-officer-seeks-to-upgrade-governments-computers

Opening quote from this report:

“The man who oversees the federal government’s computer infrastructure is seeking more than $3 billion to upgrade and make the system more secure. He says trying to make current computers, some of which are decades old, safe from hacking is like trying to put airbags in an old car.”

“The reality is that systems that are 25, 30, 40 years old were never designed to defend against the kinds of cyber threats that we have today.”

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