"saner heads should prevail"
Unfortunately at this point in time, there are no more sane heads in the White House.
I guess it's time to panic.
There’s no need to panic about the threat of a major online terrorist attack, since ISIS and their allies are all talk and no trousers. That's according to the former head of the US National Counterterrorism Center. Matt Olsen, who has also served as the NSA’s top lawyer, told the RSA security conference today that the levels …
The news conf yesterday was totally jaw dropping. The man is, like it or not, the head of state of the most powerful nation on earth. His performance was that of a petulant, spoiled teenager. When the disaster of his election came to be, I was hoping that once he'd got into office, he'd calm down and start behaving like the President of the United States. Wrong.
clown's running the show and utterly dismissive of the intelligence community. ….. mr. deadlift
That’s pretty close to being a serious information breach and international threat to national security agreements for it almost outs the Crown as being leading circus clown, mr. deadlift.
Royalty certain appears to have lost the knack of leading intelligently and generously from the front and centre with the right and left enthralled and in tow and toeing the preferred line with all of the current sub-prime performances for the courting of popular base opinion.
The news these days has one wondering what imagines itself in command with editorial control of media tales to present a global picture for viewers to follow and believe is not prior scripted and a reality which is not virtually created and remotely presented via digital means and memes.
At some point, there will be an online attack and the media – and parts of Washington DC – are going to go nuts about it and this will be the justification for the extension of Section 702 of America's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Actually, I expect that ISIS is OK with the unusual concept of honor among thieves. Especially since a successful cyber-attack would be something they would want to do again, and killing the old help makes it harder to convince the new help.
Now, if you agreed to conduct a cyberattack for ISIS and then screwed it up royally, THEN I would suggest that it is time to grow eyeballs in the back of your head.
Yeah well, apart from being $20 trillion in debt, having entire cities go bankrupt and collapse into a pile of rubble, and having the highest incarceration rate in the world, not to mention the highest incidence of mass shootings and cybercrime.
On the other hand, they're great at bombing the shit out of other countries, hence all of the above. Maybe that's what he meant by "resilient".
See, the cool thing @ http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/GC.DOD.TOTL.GD.ZS is that UK and USA are right next to each other on the charts.
Respectively at 97.8 and 96.6% GDP debt, 2013. Although, by some measures, adding up state and local debt gets the US numbers to 125%.
Pot calling the kettle black, at least wrt debt?
For the rest, yeah, you are on firmer ground, I'd say.
The problem is most of the US's is held by China, most of UKs debt is held by Allies.
2013 is some time ago, and since then UKgov have paid down a lot of debt (with profits from share sales in Banks etc.) and reduced the budget deficit considerably.
whereas Obama couldn't get any deals done on the budget and, with Trump in charge, and crazy schemes like the Wall, I can only see the US debt increasing.
>2013 is some time ago, and since then UKgov have paid down a lot of debt (with profits from share sales in Banks etc.) and reduced the budget deficit considerably.
The UK National debt is currently increasing by about £5,170 per second from £1.82tn. If you include liabilities that figure goes up to around £4.8tn. The level of national debt has increased significantly over the last decade since 2008, and although the deficit has been cut the national debt is expected to rise further over the next few years depending on how optimistic you are on the economy after Brexit.
Some might interpret that as the American people will recover from incidents due to their national pride and will bounce back. Some might interpret as Americans don't give a shit about anything else apart from themselves so add it to their vindication. While I sincerely don't want to detract from the absolute atrocity that was 9/11 but there was an surprise amongst many Americans that they are not globally liked. Personally I'd say the former.
Politically I don't know, never read trumps book, what does he say about handling situations that go south? Go bankrupt maybe and claim a tax deduction against future loses? Might be resilient for staying financially afloat but as a country?
Debt has nothing to do with resilient, some of the countries on that list with lower debt are much less resilient, I'd certainly prefer to live here than there. In fact debt could enforce you to be more than resilient, if you don't pay people back things can get worse, try owing the tax man or your mortgage provider!
Why is El Reg calling the Carefully Grown Friends of the Obama Administration (so unhumanly/cruelly removed from the premises of East Aleppo as reported by "White Helmets") silly names?
Al-Qaeda is no longer a serious force, he said, both on and offline.
O'Really, Mr. NSA? Last I heard, the US-Saudi Arabia friendship from hell basically handed over Yemen to the Qaeda for no good reason whatsoever except "who doesn't like to do a regime change bombing". The Qaeda is likely to get hotter under the robes of the Saudi regime soon, it's just poetic justice. Boom Boom!
Meanwhile Syrian Rebel Gets Life Sentence for Mass Killing Caught on Video (actually seeking asylum in Sweden). Not "moderate" enough, eh? Fine kettle we got ourselves into here, allowing ourselves to be manipulated by neocons and cut-out politicians. Next target: Iran. (Ceterum censeo Russiam esse delendam is of course the permanent refrain)
-nothing to do with Daesh; it's because the internet wasn't designed with security in mind and yet the corporate world seems intent on connecting world+dog to it via devices and system with security about on a par with a paper bag, on average.
What really troubles me about this is that it used to be (in my worldview) that corporations, in the main, were generally on the side of the good folk, and the criminals on the bad (aye, I was young and naieve, once upon a time), but these days with so many companies seeming hell bent on making things easy for criminals, one can't help wondering (now I'm a cynical old biddy) whether there are any corporates left on the good side of the line nowadays. Or maybe ethics has acquired another dimension and they're all off in an ethical direction normal folk simply can't readily observe.
Wishful thinking at best. They have MONEY, and black-hats would be willing to do whatever they want in order to get it.
Hopefully the Trump administration will treat this kind of threat more seriously.
article: "It may be that the terrorists will hire expert hackers to do the job for them, he speculated"
Ya THINK? (in my best 'Gibbs' voice from the NCIS TV show)