The Sea and Mill


Pic of the day, part i:  Magdalena Bay, view from a peninsula in northern Spitsbergen by, Francois-Auguste Biard

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Whatever we may think or affect to think of the present age, we cannot get out of it; we must suffer with its sufferings, and enjoy with its enjoyments; we must share in its lot, and, to be either useful or at ease, we must even partake its character.

John Stuart Mill

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I just don’t like Joe Lieberman.  The man was great back in 2000 when he was Al Gore’s running mate, or at least that is what I thought back then.  No more.  The more I listen to the man the less I like him.  The man makes a statement on one of the news programs that are on Sunday mornings here, and says that some of the methods used to carry out cyber attacks on Iran were leaked.  Not a problem.  The problem comes in what he said immediately after.

He says that the fact that it was leaked that we were the culprits in the cyber attack on Iran (my wording, not his) may well legitimize an Iranian or terrorist cyber attack on us in return.

You see the problem with that, right?  It’s not that we launched the attack, but that we were found out.  If you don’t want to be found out there are a few ways to handle that.  One is don’t do it. Find some other means to get them to stop.  If you can’t, get someone else to do it, if you must do the deed.

I have not heard anything that would suggest that the leak happened prior to the cyber attack on Iran. And yet that is exactly the implication Sen.  Lieberman makes.   Bitching after the fact that somehow the bad guy is the one who leaked the info seems a bit silly to me, especially when there is no credible evidence (that I have seen at any rate, and I keep my eyes open for it) for any such event happening.

Joe can be a real pain in the ass sometimes.  But just to be fair I must ask anyone who comes across this, if you have seen any news of a leak to the Iranians prior to Flame  (or stuxnet even) hitting them, please forward it to me. I haven’t seen it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Thanks!  \m/

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Pic of the day, part ii:  The night; a sea port in the moonlight, by Claude Joseph Vernet

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The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.

John Stuart Mill

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There is some hemming and hawing over the victory of the right in the Greek elections.  Those who are making all the positive noise should temper their celebrating.  The amount of help that Greece needs meeting people who admit and want that help does not guarantee in any way shape or form that the Greeks will be able to fix their economy, and in fixing it make things better.

There are far too many other problems out there to simply say that one victory for austerity and help for one nation will somehow do all that much to help a world economy that is showing many signs of a worldwide slowdown.

Spain is in far too much trouble, and China is not the economic bedrock that Asia really needs it to be.  Portugal is still a mess, Italy and Ireland are not yet out of hot water, and Germany is not the economic superpower they would need to be to hold the Euro together.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

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