Touching base on a few things…that 9_14 update from kittens corner

It is far past time when I sit and begin to put together an explanation for a great many things. I have not made a ‘blog’ entry for a couple months not entry due to lack of access, but somewhat due to that the other piece of the proverbial puzzle being I do enjoy thinking, and I’ve  come to appreciate the value of more carefully articulated thought.

 

foreword:

(aka disclaimer:

Which simplified means, my opinions here are my own and do not reflect any other person or .gov agency.

A *short version list of the topics I need to touch on might include but not be limited to:

Part one,

Infrastructure

A couple weeks ago now, Mr. Trump and some of his colleagues attempted to give a speech on infrastructure.

The lady in the blue outfit was actually there to speak on it according to what I’ve heard on the proverbial ‘grape vine’.

It is doubly sad, that the events in Charolettesville took place, as it served to open old wounds with will take a good deal of time, and discussion to begin to properly heal anew. Hopefully In a long and lasting way.

I however, would like to just calmly point at the infrastructure sign and remind the powers that be that this, helps us all. Especially when we not only repair our roads / bridges etc, but when we do new things like lay fibre in rural areas and build up the communications(hopefully in a more sure fashion) the has been previously done. All of this translates quite simply in to American jobs, something a great number will benifit for years to come as construction / modernization projects move forward.

 

The transgender ban(theres reasons I’m not being exactly a loud voice here on this bit, not what you might think either… these things in time…)

I am choosing not to voice my opinion strongly on this, other then the fact I believe it is every Americans right, if they are willing and choose to to serve the country in the best way they can. Telling a portion of the population they can not, I can only imagine ‘unhelpful’ to say the least in maintaining discipline and unit morale.

 

The tropical storms(though the news has those well covered…)

While recovery goes on from Irma, and a great deal of focus has shifted to the recent tragedy of our fellow Americans in Florida / Ga/ SC/ etc. Let us not forget TX, and LA. who were also hammered(proverbially) my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected, the familys, and their loved ones.

 

bigger picture..

 

Russia – A couple months ago, I had began to write bits and pieces of what I thought of what we’ll just refer to in this context as “The Russian Bear”
There was shall we say chatter of a “new cold war” yesterday, I catch this headline

Russia – A couple months ago, I had began to write bits and pieces of what I thought of what we’ll just refer to in this context as “The Russian Bear”
There was shall we say chatter of a “new cold war” yesterday, I catch this headline. I will refrain from comment on deeper thoughts on the matter at this time, however I do recall the open (senate?) meeting where so many of the intel officials and brass said they would in fact not embrace a kaspersky product. Back, I believe it was pre 2k, I was shopping for an antivirus solution. Both Mcafee and Symantec stood out as rather popular solutions at the time, however, rumor had it they, at the time were producing a superior product. Now I have never reverse engineered it in depth so I wonder, how much of this is genuine security concern and how much of it is political. This again, a topic for more depth on another day.. I close the thought on this note cybersecurity is it is going to be effective, as it is a global web will have to be a team effort as it affects every single country on the web. Where the debate is is the boundary of trust and how well folks shall wel say ‘play together’.

If I am invited to reverse engineer said products, I am willing to do so and give an independent third party opinion. If not, well I’ve shared a few thoughts on the topic.

 

#ICYMI

 

China – Dateline June 2017 – I made a acquaintence across the pond to the west who told me a bit of his daily life, and we socialized a bit. In one of our last communications, he mentioned he was happy o help promote ‘East / West dialog’. My attitude on such is something like what I saw in one of the tweets from one of the Chinese news agencies the short version, is a driver stopped for a man wearing a cap on one of their roads, the man removed his cap and bowed slightly as a token of respect for the other party. There seems to be a broader lesson many could take from such a thing and while I may not always portray my attitude as such, I do attempt to find humility(and sometimes, in honesty, it does take some self-soul-searching) and meet others on that ground. At the end of the day though, what was interesting what I was seeing of the culture and perspective difference(I am, indeed a learnid little creature.) I will say this, for the most part it was light, casual conversation, and some 2-3 months on.. I do miss the chats. I think they helped me see the bigger picture more clearly.

 

DPRK – Oh my, well, if this isn’t the sensitive topic of the moment. I will attempt to treat lightly and yet offer some realistic thoughts on the whole thing.

For a very long time, between the U.S. and DPRK one or the other has made comments about what they would do, or attempt to do to the other. This draws a reply from not only the other side but also in many cases members of the international community. I see countries such as Russian and China who are geographically in the neighborhood even at this point appear shall we say ‘a bit more then just somewhat concerned as well this does affect us all.

My suggestion in what we’ll just call observation early on from the ‘sidelines’ would be this. Do not  back down as such, however, perhaps take a more reflective stance on the issue. In this I mean we have fresh comments like these today:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4882972/North-Korea-threatens-reduce-ashes.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

This is not new new language, it is not a path towards a constructive dialog and thusly, knowing that as some of the powers that be have said

‘we dont intimidate’ Why is a reply to such things publicly in the media even a prudent thing to do?

I was encouraged a bit, by some bits and pieces from a recent article on events, where Ms. Haley (and others to be fair) had some interesting comments

I’ll tread through a few of them here before its time for that next cup of java.

Heres the url I’m about to snip from (approx 2 days old):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/11/un-security-council-steps-sanctions-against-north-korea-nuclear/

Theres this bit:

 

Now thats a far cry from some of the previous comments we;ve heard from some corners. Between things like that and

This is a far cry from just a month or two ago where there was not even a seeming willingness to step back from the brink of war.

One of the points I have taken note of the the China-Russia delegation apparently seeking an end to the US – S. Korea war games / exercises

as a prelude to DPRK standing down thier nuclear tests / ballistic program. However, my understanding is The U.S. side has declined that idea thus I will not

attempt to push further into the topic. Instead, I would quitely request, that some give considering, who are geographically in the neighborhood to encouraging

DPRK to take the steps to stand these things down a) as a show that they can be worked with without a ever increasing sense of pressure and secondly,

and perhaps more importantly. I am aware of Chinas concern about their air quality in cities and such and while they are ‘up river’ so to speak on

their neighbor, to quietly, and respectfully remind them that such tests affect things such as ground water on a quite deep level(not mentioning the materials

kicked up in to the air). Perhaaps on this ground, they can be brought to see a bit more reason in encouraging thier neighbor to discontinue such atmospheric testing

as frankly, on some level truly big picture, it harms us all. The USSR / US suspended such tests quite some time ago for very similar reasons.

As the morning wears forth, I’ll disgress a bit on this for the time.. but as always it is my continued hope that negations whether they be at the U.N. or elsewhere bare good fruit that the world might move on to other issues which bare its attention and do so with a sense of stability in a not so very distant future.

As I illuded to yesterday, briefly to some, bitcoin and digital money transfers rend sanctions shall we just say ‘less productive’. It does not mean abandon them, but betwen bitcoin and back hacks etc.. the water does leak out of the proverbial bottle. Let us hope, that constructive dialog continues and the thoughts on ways such transfers might be prevented at some point remain only in the corners of a few older school hackers that realize, discretion is sometimes the better part of valor. ❤

 

 

Venezuela

When the .@VP made a trip to South America recently, Venezuela was high on his list of talking points. Some time ago, I made some friends down that way. We still touch base on occasion however we do not have the levels of contact we once did, partially due to my desire to ‘not be in the way as it were’. However this issue too, will not wonder far from my mind as I have given my word, I have seen some idea of some things going on there and sincerly hope for a path to a better life for those people and my friends.

etc etc..

 

Why do I care? well.. A number of reasons, not because i get paid for it, but its the thought that just perhaps a different perspective might be of use to some people thus if it is, so mote it be if not, its well spent time and well free speech and all that, being mindful of course that some of the aforementioned topics of of a quite intense nature. I conclude this A.M. noting as I did previously. I have to do none of this. I offer my thoughts as a perspective from shall we say ‘middle America’ far more, will concern themselves with their daily lives, as well they should however, as I like to think I do not believe I shall soon fall silent (powers that be willing) on the bigger picture, because for the most part, the smaller scne is quiet, serene, and hopefully remains that way for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

have a good evening/day.

-N3xCess

‘ADP’

 

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