The universe has conspired to mostly keep me away from productive (or really, even non-productive) computer time of late. I apologize if I’ve missed anything of import in anyone’s life. I’m going to try and catch up this weekend. (Assuming weather and child allow.) The constant rolling blackouts this week have had me leaving the computer off more than on…but hopefully, the storms have all blown over. (I swear, it gets damp out here and the power goes out. Insane.) Plus we had in-laws in town, and one of our neighbors passed away, so we had an extra baby for a little while…another neighbor came back from her vacation with a small blonde child…it’s been madness in the suburbs, I tell you what.
In my brief glimpes of online activity in the last 10 days or so, I’ve run across some interesting tidbits, newlets and goodies…and here they are:
Nuclear codes = 00000000 = BOOOM! Gen. Curtis LeMay’s Strategic Air Command (SAC) was well known within the military as a rogue agency. LeMay was the ultimate cold warrior, and he was formiddable. He virtues were his vices. George C. Scott’s character in “Dr. Strangelove” was a caricature of LeMay.
Fortunately for the United States, the Soviet Union had men like Stanislav Petrov at the button.
Somewhat related: the administrative password for Diebold’s voting machines is 1111.
The Paper Trail
“But TIME has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army
Corps of Engineers official that raises questions about Cheney’s
arm’s-length policy toward his old employer. Dated March 5, 2003, the
e-mail says “action” on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was
“coordinated” with Cheney’s office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a
high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the “authority to execute RIO,” or
Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
Wolfowitz. RIO is one of several large contracts the U.S. awarded to
Halliburton last year”
Here’s a good article on the topic from The New Yorker, “Contract Sport” by Jane Mayer: “Halliburton’s 2002 annual report describes counterterrorism as offering ‘growth opportunities.'”
let’s see…Saddam had nothing to do with the 9/11/01 attacks, we
haven’t found the alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction, and we used
Saddam’s torture chambers and rape rooms to…guess what…torture and
rape people. We have made Americans everywhere targets for Islamic
But, ya know…as long as we started the ramp up to
WWIII by lining Cheney’s pockets, and the pockets of the rest of the
Bush regime…I suppose that we should just overlook the nigh onto one
thousand dead American soldiers…and the constantly climbing casualty
rates. I mean, as long as the Republicans and the ChickenHawks are
getting rich…it’s ok if the poor folks die, right?
Finally. Now if only he’d shown these kind of balls in 2000. Do ya
think Kerry could borrow them? Cspan has video of the speech here (real audio link).
YCDTOTV.com a site dedicated to the show You Can’t Do That On Television, with feeds of the programs.
The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012 – From Parameters, the US Army War College Quarterly