USA Surrendering The Internet

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So here we go again, we cut off the hand (and arm) despite the face.


We are recklessly giving up control of the Internet, specifically of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the Domain Names Servers (including all the DNS root zones like .com, .net, .gov, etc.) that handle all the addressing of our Internet traffic.


Despite repeated cautions from many in industry, academia, and government not to do this, we are moving ahead anyway with tomorrow being the transition date!


Why would we give away anything, let alone control over the awesome technological power of the Internet that we depend on in some way for virtually every activity we do these days?


Aside from non-explanations of “fulfilling historic promises” to cede control (i.e surrender the Internet out of fear that other countries will challenge us and set up their own alternate DNS’s) and nonsensical talk of “protecting Internet freedom” by giving it away to authoritarian regimes and despots–there seems to be no REAL reason to do this drastic action that weakens our country and puts our technology, commerce, critical infrastructure, and national security at risk!


Rather than defend the Internet that the USA invented (specifically DARPA), here we go again in fear and weakness going in the wrong direction–surrendering and giving up control of the web.


If you love the Internet and recognize how important this asset is to us, then like an¬†FCC Commissioner said this week, you should be worried about what the h*ck we are doing to the freedom (vice censorship) of the Internet and to ourselves . ūüėČ


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Wishy Washy, Pishy Poshy

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In school, we had one teacher who always used to say, “You’ve got to call a spade a spade.”


Another used to tell us, “Never hesitate, act decisively, do what you need to do.”


These people were inspirational!


But these days when it comes to national and homeland security, what’s the world looking like:


– WISHY WASHY–We can’t speak directly and say who the enemy even is.


AND


– PISHY POSHY–We won’t act decisively in defending the nation and moreover, we acknowledge that there isn’t even a strategy.


It’s like what happened? ūüėČ


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

Living In The Dark Ages–Of Hate, Violence, and Endless Excuses

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Despite the enlightenment of everything technology has to offer, we are as a global society, in many senses, living back in the Dark Ages again.


Unbelievable terror and killings have become routine and yet we have become deaf and desensitized to it. 


– Using¬†chemical weapons…what red line?¬†


– Dropping¬†barrel bombs…heck, at least it’s not more chemical weapons.¬†


–¬†Besieging¬†of cities…how about a short truce to let in some much needed humanitarian aid?


–¬†Beheadings¬†on YouTube…already so cliche.¬†


–¬†Burning people alive¬†in cages or¬†crucifying¬†them…grotesque, but what were they doing there anyway?¬†


–¬†Stoning¬†women for being victims of rape or simply for some trumped up charges…sluts, they must’ve deserved it!


–¬†Mass abductions, selling, enslavement, and gang rape¬†of women and children…nice photo op for Bring Our Daughters Home.


–¬†Raining missiles¬†down on cities and digging¬†terror tunnels¬†under borders…well their aim isn’t so good and the tunnels took them a lot of hard work.


–¬†Bombing and shooting¬†up pizzerias, cafes, clubs, hotels, stores, buses, weddings, funerals, and houses of worship…what can you do–it’s a cycle of violence!


–¬†Hacking¬†off limbs,¬†axing and stabbing¬†attacks… of course, a legitimate airing of grievances.


–¬†Flying airplanes into skyscrapers…it was a plot for the Crusaders to invade our lands.


–¬†Building¬†nukes¬†and other¬†weapons of mass destruction¬†along with ballistic missiles, drones, and suitcase bombs¬†to deliver the payload…well, you can’t put the knowledge back in the bottle!


More excuses from the political peanut gallery:


Are we just war-weary, being lazy, fearful, hiding out and putting our heads in the sand for a while, focused on other pressing domestic issues, pivoting east, in need of a better strategy, rooting for and helping the other (wrong/evil) side, a little delusional as to our own national and homeland security here, or perhaps, have some seriously gone off the (rational) deep end? 


Appeasement, disengagement, and withdrawal…vice leadership.


How do we explain this type of insane, immoral world to our children and is this really the type of sick and treacherous world we want to leave to them?


Oh yes, it’s so comfortable and cushy where we are–there is¬†nothing¬†for us to worry about–or is there?¬†ūüėČ


(Source Photo: Facebook)

Russia Outwits Us Again x 4

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You can’t build the world from the backseat.¬†


Either we’re in it or we’re not.¬†


Instead, Russia has jumped into the driver’s seat, and we’re not coming out looking too good on the world stage.¬†


– In 2013 they took in and continue to shelter Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who ran to Hong Kong after allegedly leaking oodles of NSA classified information.


РIn 2014, Russia conducted a blitzkrieg and took Crimea from sovereign Ukraine (giving it a strategic port in the Black Sea), and are conducting a separatist war in the eastern part of the country. 


– In 2015, Russia enters the Syrian crisis and allies themselves with dictator, Bashar Al Assad (who has used chemical weapons on his own people), as well as with Iran and Iraq.


РAdditionally, Russia is taking the lead role in the oil and mineral rich Arctic bolstering their presence and militarizing, including building new ice-breakers (while our Coast Guard has only one operational). 


Some people have said mockingly, “Well what should we do, start a war with Russia?”


And the answer is an unequivocal, no. 


But I assume they don’t want to start a war with the U.S. either.¬†


Rather, this is the Cold War Part II, where we are fighting by proxy in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Arctic.


If we want the world to be modeled on freedom, human rights, and democracy then we need to be able to stand up for those things that are important to us.


Yes, we have to care about what’s going on here at home too, but we don’t live in a bubble, although surrounded by oceans on the east and west coast, we can sometimes easily feel that way.¬†


It’s a big world–and it takes tremendous leadership to bring it along a good and noble path.


The leadership role will not stay vacant for long…it can be us if we want it, or else you might as well flip a coin on either Russia or China. ūüėČ


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)