FBI Arrests Pro-Russian “Patriot Hackers” from Colorado and Maryland

| | history, Poetry, security
Recently I posed the thorny question of who should be classified a “patriot hacker”, especially when thinking about the mid-1990s. I realized with the latest news stories, now might be a good ...

Unclaimed U.S. Lynching Monuments Display Lack of Redress

| | history, Sailing, security
I found the following reflection on the national lynching memorial interesting because it shows the power of subtraction to display a failure in redress. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history at ...

Russia’s Tank Literally Empty. Reserves Called But No Answer.

| | history, security
Not long after Russian dictatorship was mocked and ridiculed for coercing thousands of its own citizens to needless deaths — ill-equipped, unprepared and misled conscripts sent into “action” against Ukraine — news ...
Ultra-processed foods harmful “much like an invading bacteria”

Ultra-processed foods harmful “much like an invading bacteria”

| | food, history, security
New studies are confirming that ultra-processed foods are harmful, which was expected, but in ways that may have no better solution than better transparency leading to bans. …researchers have theorized that ultra-processed ...

Disinformation 1942: Operation Bertram

| | history, security
The first battle of El Alamein in July 1942 was a clear victory by British forces against over-stretched, exhausted and poorly organized Nazi invaders. The Nazis had been so confident of moving ...

“Metaphors We Live By”, by Lakoff and Johnson

| | history, security
This book on linguistics published in 1980 was required reading when I was in college a million years ago. It’s been coming up a lot lately, as people start to realize that ...
Albania Breaks Ties With Iran After 2022 Microsoft Investigation of CVE-2019-0604

Albania Breaks Ties With Iran After 2022 Microsoft Investigation of CVE-2019-0604

| | food, history, security
The U.S. is very confidently accusing Iran of attacking Albania, based on yesterday’s report by Microsoft about Microsoft’s usual software vulnerabilities and mis-configurations. Microsoft assessed with high confidence that on July 15, ...

Cyber Yankee: U.S. Cyber Marines in Cyber Team Cyber War

Cyber War is scary to Americans. The military is getting geared up to help stop critical infrastructure like power companies from having a disaster. So let’s take a look at that allocation ...

Medal of Honor for Major John J. Duffy

A recurring theme in Duffy’s new MOH award statement is repeatedly taking on more responsibility to benefit others, courageously disregarding self, a remarkably caring leader even under the most extreme pressure even ...
Cryptocurrencies are digital blood diamonds, driverless cars are digital munitions

Cryptocurrencies are digital blood diamonds, driverless cars are digital munitions

For many years now I’ve been telling people cryptocurrency is a modern form of blood diamonds. One of the important lessons from Nazi Germany and its derivative regimes like the South African ...