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Where should the line be drawn on homosexuality?

The thing is, I don’t recognize the quote further down in the post as Christian in the least and never have accepted the fire and brimstone preacher, visiting God’s wrath upon others as his agent.

In fact, I do recognize in this man further down the page something quite the opposite, from the adversary’s camp. Don’t get me wrong, I’m implacably opposed, on a sociological level, to that thing in the Pink News Wiggia sent of some lesbian woman pretending she and her partner had just had a child.

That is utter BS. A child requires a father just as much. Those women are committing a crime against nature not necessarily by what they do as adults together but by bringing a child into the mix, by condemning some poor child to an eternity without his or her real father and with a skewed view of life.

That is, they are not giving that child the start he or she has a right to and that is a crime.…

Were the U.S. and UK going to strike Russia?

What do you think of this one in from Rossa?

Capt. Heather E. ColeA new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) states that President Barack Obama’s nuclear war communication commander has been arrested and relieved of her command after failing to transmit launch codes authorizing an atomic weapons first-strike attack upon the Federation in coordination with a similar “surprise” attack planned by the United Kingdom.

According to the SVR, US Navy Captain Heather E. Cole [photo 1st right] was the commander of the US Navy’s Strategic Communications Wing 1 located at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma whose E-6B Mercury aircraft provide the communications links allowing President Obama and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to directly contact the submarines, bombers and land-based missiles that comprise the United States strategic nuclear force.

On Monday, 16 March, this report states, Captain Cole received from the Pentagon a launch order authorizing a “limited” nuclear strike against the Federation, but which failed due to a critical Permissive Action Link (PAL) failure thus causing her to abort this planned attack.

BitWhisper – heat stealing of data

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WTF?

No matter how secure you think a computer is, there’s always a vulnerability somewhere that a remote attacker can utilize if they’re determined enough. To reduce the chance of sensitive material being stolen, many government and industrialcomputer systems are not connected to outside networks. This practice is called air-gapping, but even that might not be enough. The Stuxnet worm from several years ago spread to isolated networks via USB flash drives, and now researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have shown that it’s possible to rig up two-way communication with an air-gapped computer via heat exchange.

Researchers call this technique of harvesting sensitive data “BitWhisper.” It was developed and tested in a standard office environment with two systems sitting side-by-side on a desk. One computer was connected to the Internet, while the other had no connectivity. This setup is common in office environments where employees are required to carry out sensitive tasks on the air-gapped computer while using the connected one for online activities.

Leaving a will – will you be ripped off?

612677046e1946d153e0b33b4170727e6b178eeba62c8cb812b5d9bf41cb2241It was a reply some time ago by Rossa to an article that jogged the old grey matter into stating that our will needed changing.

Like most people, a will is not something anyone wants to contemplate but eventually needs must and that time has arrived, the reply by Rossa was in respect to charity giving and the minefield it has become with all the big charities seemingly becoming infiltrated by people who want to use them for influence outside the charities original remit for political reasons and in the process have turned them, over many years, into businesses with CEOs earning very large salaries and a retinue of staff also on the gravy train, not my idea of a charity.

The easy answer is not to give them anything in the first place, but for us there is a quandary, not having any children to leave anything to, the estate has to be divided up when the time comes and the current arrangement ie the standing will is old and not fit for purpose, so a new one has to be drafted.…

How James Bond is spiralling downwards

This is an interesting one from Behind the Veil, one of our readers:

I came across the teaser trailer for Spectre. 10 seconds in and there’s already a clue that Mendes has forgotten what went before in his own movie:

A house with no personal effects suddenly having such possessions that then go on to survive this?

Doesn’t bode well does it?

Indeed it doesn’t. Thanks for this, BtV – it adds to previous posts about Bond and the franchise. I do understand that Bond is not everyone’s cup of tea and that it was never, shall we say … ahem … cough … plot driven, that credulity did need suspending at times.

However, there was an internal integrity all the same, elements which audiences loved and films like From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and even OHMSS were up there as films in their own right. To be fair, Casino Royale and going back, the lesser Goldeneye, were both good films.…

Chin up

Wave after wave of injustices are occurring, out-and-out gamesmanship is trumping fairness. Powerful people are ordering outcomes. Thugs attack Farage, some people tweet about the thugs and the tweeters are investigated, not the thugs. Thugs jump Myleene Klass’s fence, she grabs a knife and is threatened with arrest.

We are truly entering a time of injustice and insanity.

This one though, via haiku, is not so much an injustice as a maddening series of errors which cost dearly:

A second-tier German professional basketball team has been relegated to an even lower tier as a result of being penalized for starting a recent game late—because the Windows laptop that powered the scoreboard required 17 minutes to perform system updates.

The March 13 match between the Chemnitz Niners and the Paderborn Baskets was set to begin normally, when Paderborn (the host) connected its laptop to the scoreboard in the 90 minutes leading up to the game.

The betrayal

I hope that those of you who are placing your faith in some sort of divine justice will see it materialize. Personally, I can’t think of a single instance of such justice. The only justice I’ve seen in my life has been that brought about by people for whom accepting corruption, incompetence, and malice was not an option.

The unfortunate thing, as I understand, is that SC decisions cannot be appealed, so I don’t believe there are any avenues left for the prosecution. Even if there are still people willing to fight, there is not much they can do.

Meredith and her family have been betrayed in an appalling way. I know that as this case gained prominence, a lot of love and care and compassion have surrounded Meredith and her memory, and perhaps that will be a small comfort to her family and friends. But I’m not sure that all the love in the world could make up for the justice they were denied.

In Rome today

UPDATES

21:44: Both acquitted. She still has calumnia – 3 years. Court has spoken. Good night to all.

21:41: One hour warning not given or was that last one it? Telegraph behind in the news and quoting Andrea.

21:23: 10 minutes.

20:46: Andrea Vogt finally tweets: Trial of first instance in Perugia – judges deliberated from 10 a.m. to midnight. Many speculating about judicial rift.

I wrote that earlier, with Bruno as one of them.

20:26: Though my account today has been largely without emotion, that of a cold fish, there is, understandably, a lot of emotion out there – I’ve been seeing it all day. That quote earlier about there being no winners is true.

If K and S go down, then the Kercher family are finally spared any more hell – bankrupt, health of both parents broken. But enormous angst for the families of the perps, also broke and in great debt.…

GOP candidate odds

My first post written sideways from bed, LOL.

American Thinker usually has the GOP lowdown and they speak of people deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz. Reason is Paul backtracking in an attempt at electability.

However, conservatives need a conviction politician this time round, someone with principles on show. Thus, even though the good ole boys might like Jeb Bush, conservatives prefer Scott Walker or increasingly – Ted Cruz.

Here are Paddy Power odds:

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The fastidiousness of eggs

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Tastes change as time goes on and what one’s metabolism can stomach also changes. Years ago, I could take hot, spicy food but now only mild or piquant. English mustard is too much, French is about right.

My taste in eggs has changed. Where once it could have been Benedict, Florentine, sunnyside-up, easy over, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, coddled or scrambled, with or without halved baby tomatoes, ham, cheese, salmon, spinach, with or without Hollandaise, now it’s been reduced to two dishes.

I can no longer eat boiled, reminded constantly of having raided the nest, nor look at sunnyside-up, looking at that raw placenta-like film on top and that hungry eye staring up at me.

So it has to be whisked, after all the chicken bits and bits of shell have been carefully extracted by the edge of a teaspoon. With the whisked and aerated mix in the bowl, I can go one of two ways but first the additive will have been chopped fine.…

The only decent leader out there

This is an open letter to readers from this blogger.

Most readers of this blog believe that the things which qualify or disqualify any leader or public figure in our minds are integrity, ethics, spine and working for our country. And we all know, judging by voting patterns and comments at online news sites, that for many out there, those qualities do not seem to matter all that much.

This is how low our society has fallen that inveterate liars like Cameron and Miliband can still find support, tribal support. We only need look at two recent events to see it illustrated.

First is the leftist attack on Nigel Farage at the pub last Sunday.

Ed West is Conservative Party so this is worth reading about Farage and decency:

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our country who think a man having lunch with his family is a legitimate target for such a stunt because of his views.

Freedom versus sewage

I’m deeply suspicious of female psychologists and for good and sufficient reasons, having seen them in operation over a few decades in education. That would require a tome to detail all the cases.

So it’s with that suspicion that I approach this woman, not helped by this “foremost” word:

First time accepted submitter sharkbiter sends note that one of the UK’s foremost psychotherapists has concerns that smartphones may be harmful to the mental health of children.

“Julie Lynn Evans has been a child psychotherapist for 25 years, working in hospitals, schools and with families, and she says she has never been so busy. ‘In the 1990s, I would have had one or two attempted suicides a year – mainly teenaged girls taking overdoses, the things that don’t get reported. Now, I could have as many as four a month.’…. Issues such as cyber-bullying are, of course, nothing new, and schools now all strive to develop robust policies to tackle them, but Lynn Evans’ target is both more precise and more general.

A trick to skew progress or alter results [2]

This is the second example and there is nothing speculative about it whatever.  It is how the left actually goes about it.

There is a phenomenon, well-known, whereby a blogger will post an exposé in, say, 2006, then keep adding examples of it over the next few years. The conclusion is that there is a political philosophy using certain tactics. We call it “left” but it could be labelled anything. 

As post after post goes up by various people who’ve noticed it, there’s a wealth of information on how these people operate. However, blogposts go off the front page, don’t they and into archives and most bloggers are in the here and now.

In 2015, a blogger might run yet another exposé and now, with all these previous posts by various people in mind, he uses the term “bloody leftists” and is called out on it – what evidence has he that the left does anything wrong?…

A trick to skew progress or alter results [1]

Thanks to haiku for pointing to this.  There is an element of the speculative to this one, the second post later is very much a constant danger and not speculative in the least.

One thing many of us have identified and commented on is the “mix up”, the seemingly inexplicable shambles, which eventually becomes understandable because of the chain of command.

In Russian, it is known as “polni ablom”.  It’s when systems fail and all goes wrong, often through cascade failure.  Some call it SNAFU.  While everyone accepts that this happens, there is a school of thought which says there is something quite deliberate to some of them, in putting in an infrastructure which could well lead to it later.

And that brings us back to our old friend – incompetence or design?…

Major party sociopathy on display

Now we know David Cameron is definitely going, we’ll win back Ukip voters who hate him, say Tories

There is something seriously cloud cuckoo land about this, completely divorced from reality. It’s a lack of understanding of how a substantial part of the voting population see it. By making such a statement or holding that belief, they are assuming the ex-Tory dissidents are swayed only by Cameron as a person, that we haven’t a brain and haven’t moved on, that we’re just queueing up waiting to come back.

They are equating us with the deadheads who have stayed with LibLabCon no matter what and will vote tribally. Since they hijacked the 1922, they’ve forgotten the ill feeling on it. The ill feeling when gay marriage was ramrodded through. The whole way real conservatives were treated within the party. This is not how Roger Helmer, Douglas Carsell or Mark Reckless were. Those men left on a thing called “principle”.…

Privacy and civil disobedience

Vox Day points out, on privacy:

The only way one can reasonably expect to gain any privacy … is by flooding the system

Overloading them with data. I can’t see the applicability in real life but online, it might be possible to have enough trigger words or something any enquiry will trigger. Beyond most of us but am happy to be corrected on this.

The broader point, on civil disobedience, is a good one but that only works if everyone does it. Of course, the Nazi way of dealing with that was that if there was non-cooperation, they just took selected citizens and strung them up.

Seems to me that it must not be overt. Seems to me that sacrifices have to be made. for example, my way to deal with the BBC is not to have a tele. With the gas company – not to use gas and so on.…