Monthly Archives: May 2009

Obama’s new war doctrine: ‘Cyber dominance’

dreamstimefree_4927631Now this is change you can count on. China has been building their cyber warfare units for years, and have been attacking us on small scale as test to their effectiveness. By creating a department of cyber warfare, we will have the ability to counter foreign cyber intrusions. With pretty much everything in the world run by computer today, anything else is suicidal. Cyber attacks by foreign elements can shut down entire energy grids supplying energy to major parts of this country.

The US military is moving ahead with plans to create its first “cyber command” designed to bolster America’s potential to wage digital warfare as well as defend against mounting cyber threats, officials said on Friday.

After President Barack Obama announced Friday his plans to overhaul cyber security policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was expected to soon formally propose the new cyber command that will be overseen by a four-star officer, Pentagon officials told AFP.

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Sunday, 05/31/09 Public Square

dog_days

Is everyone enjoying the dog days of summer?

fnord

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Music Trivia For Old Farts

One of the regulars at the Shawn Phillips group shared this and I thought there may be a few here who remember the times, even if you don’t care to be known as Old Farts…..HA!  I was just a kid and of course do not live anywhere near Woodstock. Also this tidbit about Jethro Tull caught my eye. An old friend told me that he was at a Tull concert in Tulsa in the mid 70’s when Ian Anderson actually stopped a concert to point the police to some pot smokers that he was apparently offended by! True? or hear-say? ~sekanblogger

Jethro Tull passed on the event after Ian Anderson was quoted as saying that he “didn’t want to spend [his] weekend in a field of unwashed hippies”.  However, JT bassist Glenn Cornick said that: “We were in New York when the Woodstock Festival was going on, and we were invited to play at Woodstock. Ten Years After were up there, so we called them up and said, ‘What’s it like up there?” and they said,” It’s pissing down with rain. It’s out of control. It’s one of the worst fucking gigs you’ve ever seen!’ So we decided not to go. Probably not one of the better moves we ever made.” ~from  page 43 of “Jethro Tull: A History of the Band 1968-2001,” by Scott Allen Nollen

For a list of bands that turned this down or couldn’t make it: Continue reading

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Saturday, 05/30/09 Public Square

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This beautiful picture was taken in Washington State.  Isn’t it cooling?  It’s HOT here in Kansas!  And humid, and kinda miserable.

What have you been doing?   How are keeping cool?

fnord

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Limbaugh & the Race Card

What is the deal with Rush and the race card.? He said today that nominating Sotomayor is the equivalent of nominating David Duke.

Rush believes Sotomayor hates white people you see, and he is convinced she’s a racist.

Recently he was imagining that Democrats were garden tools.  Seem strange?  Yes, but it allowed Rush to call Hillary a “hoe” and Obama a “spade”.

And now, the man has the unmitigated gall to call others racist?  Rush either has absolutely no shame, or he is going certifiably crazy.  I am not sure which…

Iggy Donnelly

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Aventis to pay $95 million to settle fraud charge

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My thoughts: I think those responsible should be going to jail. A blue collar worker, stealing a bottle of aspirin, will go to jail. Aventis, guilty of stealing $95 million, gets to pay it back, and the responsible parties are free to do it again. Justice should be blind, but apparently, if your pockets are lined with the almighty dollar, you get, basically, a free pass.


Pharmaceutical giant Aventis must pay more than 95 million dollars in an out-of-court settlement, after overcharging US and local health agencies for medications destined for indigent patients, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

“We will continue to ensure that programs for the most vulnerable portions of our population do not pay any more for pharmaceutical products than they should under the law,” Tony West, an assistant attorney general at the US Justice Department said in a statement announcing the settlement.

Aventis Pharmaceutical Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis, acknowledged that it violated the False Claims Act by misreporting drug prices for patients in the Medicaid Drug Rebate program for poor patients.

Under the program, Aventis was required to report to Medicaid the lowest price that it charged commercial customers, and pay quarterly rebates to the states for their Medicaid patients, based on those reported prices.

But Aventis deliberately misquoted the prices, underpaying rebates to Medicaid and overcharging some public health agencies for the medications.

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“Torture Are Good”: W. Speaks [sic]…

Bush spoke out about his administration's efforts to combat terrorism.

Speaking to an audience in Michigan, Bush asserted that the information obtained in enhanced interrogations saved American lives.  He avoided criticizing Obama for his interrogation policy changes.

From the CNN article:

“The former president earned a noisy standing ovation when asked what he wants his legacy to be.

“‘Well, I hope it is this: The man showed up with a set of principles, and he was unwilling to sacrifice his soul for the sake of popularity,’ he said.”

iggy donnelly

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