|I SAW old Time, destroyer of mankind;|
|Calm, stern, and cold he sate, and often shook|
|And turn’d his glass, nor ever car’d to look|
|How many of life’s sands were still behind.|
|And there was Death, his page, aghast to find||5|
|How tremblingly, like aspens o’er a brook,|
|His blunted dart fell harmless; so he took|
|His master’s scythe, and idly smote the wind.|
|Smite on, thou gloomy one, with powerless aim!|
|For Sin, thy mother, at her dying breath||10|
|Wither’d that arm, and left thee but a name.|
|Hope clos’d the grave, when He of Nazareth,|
|Who led captivity His captive, came|
|And vanquish’d the great conquerors, Time and Death.|
William Henry Whitworth
FLY envious Time, till thou run out thy race, Call on the lazy leaden-stepping hours, Whose speed is but the heavy Plummets pace; And glut thy self with what thy womb devours, Which is no more then what is false and vain, 5 And meerly mortal dross; So little is our loss, So little is thy gain. For when as each thing bad thou hast entomb’d, And last of all, thy greedy self consum’d, 10 Then long Eternity shall greet our bliss With an individual kiss; And Joy shall overtake us as a flood, When every thing that is sincerely good And perfectly divine, 15 With Truth, and Peace, and Love shall ever shine About the supreme Throne Of him, t’whose happy-making sight alone, When once our heav’nly-guided soul shall clime, Then all this Earthy grosnes quit, 20 Attir’d with Stars, we shall for ever sit, Triumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee O Time.
John Milton 1608-1674
WAR I abhor, and yet how sweet The sound along the marching street Of drum and fife, and I forget Wet eyes of widows, and forget Broken old mothers, and the whole 5 Dark butchery without a soul. Without a soul, save this bright drink Of heady music, sweet as hell; And even my peace-abiding feet Go marching with the marching street— 10 For yonder, yonder goes the fife, And what care I for human life! The tears fill my astonished eyes, And my full heart is like to break; And yet ’tis all embannered lies, 15 A dream those little drummers make. O, it is wickedness to clothe Yon hideous grinning thing that stalks, Hidden in music, like a queen, That in a garden of glory walks, 20 Till good men love the thing they loathe. Art, thou hast many infamies, But not an infamy like this— Oh, snap the fife, and still the drum, And show the monster as she is!
|The Illusion of War|
|By Richard Le Gallienne|
When I first started this blog it really never crossed my mind that anyone would ever actually read it or care in any way what I thought or had to say. The plan was just to sort of practice writing and to focus on Backgammon (which I am actually really good at) and to cover my favorite NFL team Indianapolis Colts. I was a History major and Political Science minor in College and still love both topics to this day. I started writing about things that interested me and seemed timely. I wrote papers in College about Chernobyl, Star Wars (the defense program not the movie) and Global Warming. The blog gave me an opportunity to learn more about things I was interested in and find new reference sites that would be handy. I am feeling much better physically and my Dog is feeling much better as well. I have always been ultra healthy so to have the scare I did somewhat left me shaken.
I want to thank all the people who have taken the time to stop by and read the Blog and for all the very nice messages people have left. I am feeling better and my Dog has improved quite a bit in the last week. I intend to start my semi regular posting and updates to resume within the next 48-72 hours.
Here is a teaser.
My concern is N. Korea will talk itself into a corner and like a trapped animal have no choice but to lash out. I am afraid it will draw in other countries (namely China).
This is why I have not gotten that upset about N. Korean claims and the semi hysteria I have seen in certain circles about the N. Korea using a EMP bomb on this Country. They simply do not have the technology or delivery systems to pull it off.
Still, it’s worth asking: Could North Korea carry out its “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan,” apparently detailed on a chart in Kim Jong Un’s war room, in which it launches simultaneous missile attacks on Guam, Hawaii and major cities on the West and East coasts? What about its threatened “precision nuclear strikes” against the U.S.?
The short answer is, no, probably not. Let’s rule out the nuclear threat right now: while North Korea does have nuclear warheads, it does not appear to have mastered the technology to miniaturize them enough to put on top of a missile.
The odds for non-nuclear missiles aren’t much better. James Hardy, the Asia-Pacific editor for military technology publication Jane’s Defense Weekly, wrote in a CNN article pointedly titled, “No, North Korea can’t hit Hawaii” that “there is little to no chance that it could successfully land a missile on Guam, Hawaii or anywhere else outside the Korean Peninsula that U.S. forces may be stationed.”
Thought this statement by a Republican Mike Rodgers was just such utter BS it would be good to share. It is clearly deflection and propaganda… It is such a bad lie it blows my mind to be honest that he was stupid enough to make it.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), author of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act cybersecurity bill, said Thursday that the bill’s “information sharing” aspect does not seek to share citizens’ information with the government.
“Our NSA is not monitoring the Internet here in the United States,” he said at a cybersecurity briefing in Washington, D.C. “I can guarantee you that.”
But it is clearly a lie.
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.
This next thing just raises so many questions I am not sure even where to start… I am going to have to think about what it means.
A would-be “underwear bomber” involved in a plot to attack a US-based jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged.
The revelation is the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre story about the disruption of an apparent attempt by al-Qaida to strike at a high-profile American target using a sophisticated device hidden in the clothing of an attacker.
Really good video analysis of post 9-11 intelligence gathering in the US. It will be the second video down if you decide to watch it. Called “The Intelligence War”.