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Funny stuff in the papers; hidden away from view…

April 3, 2009

Some interesting tidbits I’m musing over:

Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity

Addressing what intelligence officials describe as a gaping vulnerability, the legislation also calls for the appointment of a White House cybersecurity “czar” with unprecedented authority to shut down computer networks, including private ones, if a cyberattack is underway, the officials said.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), was drafted with White House input.

“People say this is a military or intelligence concern, but it’s a lot more than that,” Rockefeller, a former intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview. “It suddenly gets into the realm of traffic lights and rail networks and water and electricity.”

Last week, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told reporters that one agency should oversee cybersecurity for government and for the private sector. He added that the NSA should be central to the effort.

Funny how the NSA is taking a key role here – and this is ticking people off in Washington…
Cybersecurity Chief Resigns

Mr. Beckstrom’s National Cybersecurity Center, created last March to coordinate all government cybersecurity efforts, answered to the secretary of homeland security.

In reality, “NSA currently dominates most national cyber efforts,” Mr. Beckstrom wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday. “While acknowledging the critical importance of NSA to our intelligence efforts, I believe this is a bad strategy on multiple grounds.”

He added that “the threats to our democratic processes are significant if all top level government network security and monitoring are handled by any one organization (either directly or indirectly).” That echoed the view of some privacy advocates who worry about a government agency having too much information on individuals.

Ambrose has figured it out – The G20 moves the world a step closer to a global currency

A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

“We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,” it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global “quantitative easing”. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.

Nice one Ambrose ROFL – love the last sentence there!

Pity that was the only real mention of the SDRs in today’s papers.

The headline on the Independent, The Guardian and the Daily Mail all shout out – The “New World Order” is here; although they each differ as to whether it is Obama, Brown or Sarkozy who is responsible. The Mail even repeats Gordon Brown’s claim that “the end of the recession is in sight.” Oh dear, here we go down a very bumpy hill!

For some humour: Canadian Prime Minister denies being in toilet during official photo

Mr Harper faced some light-hearted joshing from US President Barack Obama when he returned.

The BBC claimed Canada’s prime minister was “in the loo” but a spokesman for Mr Harper insisted he was getting briefed by his officials on the finer points of the draft G20 communique.

Asked if summit officials could use the computer programme Photoshop to insert an image of him, an aide laughed: “That’s a good question.”

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Erica permalink
    April 3, 2009 4:48 PM

    Mike, This link is to a fabulious video I think many will enjoy. Keep up the good work.

    • feveriam permalink*
      April 4, 2009 10:54 AM

      Nice video 🙂

    • fairflight permalink
      April 4, 2009 2:16 PM

      WOW!!! It’s 7:15 Sat. my coffee, sat down (hubby and me) to watch this video, and smiled and cried for the next several minutes! What a beautifully moving vid! WOW! Thank you fo posting!

  2. fairflight permalink
    April 3, 2009 8:59 PM

    Thanks for sharing these blips with us Mike!

    I live in the states and am absolutely embarrassed and humiliated by this usurper they call our president. He and his wife have no manners..they have no tact..and they are truly evil.

    I believe the “elitists” that put him in power will soon rid themselves of soon as they have completely enslaved the world population. Welfare and Fascism will soon replace the words…capitalism and freedom!

    We are so in deep dung!

    • asmallvoice permalink
      April 4, 2009 4:47 PM

      Dear Fairflight, They Can’t remove Him… (they wanted a pawn and got Mephistopheles instead!) He is harmless now… till he gets hurt. Then 42 months of insanity.

  3. April 4, 2009 4:23 AM

    There seems to be so much going on all at once. Most of it is overt distraction. There is the big picture scope happening in front of us for all to see. But what is happening under the radar? Time will tell.

  4. Lilli permalink
    April 4, 2009 5:28 AM

    ‘they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it’

    Does this count as ‘they were right and I was wrong’.

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    -Pinkey2we :mrgreen:

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