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Thursday, July 7, 2011

From the Wordpress Site: A Reply to AiPolitics.Me Concerning Egypt

@AiPolitics Drawing me away from my own #redeye protest. Okay, I guess…

You want to know all about the process. That’s a little tough. Since, one, #Egypt is a Parliamentary system. I don’t know if the system of getting your name on the ballot is the same. Two, Egypt is still run in their smoky back rooms by the Military. Any contender would benefit from Military support.

Who is going to be put up? El Baradei for one. The protesters back him. POTUS/US would be willing to back him. But the Muslim Brotherhood backs him too. Who does the Muslim Brotherhood back? Hamas, Hezbollah– the list is as long as my arm, and even longer. This, to me, represents short term stability, long term problems. Give terrorists/front organizations an inch, and they’ll take a mile more. Its proven just about everywhere.

The VP Suleiman on the other. The Military is likely to throw their support to Suleiman. POTUS, not so much (2012), US they probably would support him and the new government over time, given that they (Suleiman/Military) show steps toward reform. The Military is Suleiman’s main backer. The Military has said they wont shoot in this current matter. But what if the matter changes? What if either Suleiman is elected or the Military refuses to acknowledge El Baradei’s win? Then it is the Default Choice of the Egyptian Military. Their man Suleiman is already in. Huge crackdowns on protesters. Yeah, you know how it goes.

Egypt right now seems to be the autonomous govt. (Mubarak/Suleiman), the military and El Baradei. Every government struggles to separate the actual government and military, right-and-left of center political parties, etc. Being an Egyptian right now is tough. You have these strong Nationalist Sentiments rising up in you right now. You want change, you want the rioting to stop. You want Change. Elections are around the corner. The Status Quo cannot continue, but there’s always the threat of there being no more Status Quo. What to do? What to do?

Many non-American countries trend towards Socialism. I have no doubt that the average Egyptian would vote for Change. Mohammed El Baradei would be voted as the next President. Would he get Military backing? It’s possible, but only with strong international support. With POTUS, Egypt seems to be a no-no topic. However, with this Change, I can see him talking it up; as a Victory not only for Egypt, but also for himself.

Egypt, I believe, is looking at some very difficult times ahead. I just hope and pray that no other country is pulled into the mess.

From the Wordpress Site: A Reply to Security Concerns

Don’t worry, it’s been posted publicly:

@Doctor_Rock @Beregond @andylevy Gosh crapper! All this after I log out! I RT’d the whole deal knowing that #Obama Job Loss has become the normal, rather than the abnormal during his administration.

I live in Michigan. I want job creation. Michigan has been in recession now 11-12 years. Auto industry near-failures, the tech bubble burst, etc, etc. Things are looking better for the auto industry. GM has 750 jobs going to Flint, expansion of Lansing’s Grand River plant, heck, even Toyota opening a test facility in Metro Detroit.

Locally, our tech companies seem to be in a mini revival. One of the largest local ISP’s is now hiring, as are several local phone companies.I don’t know how disk space came into the conversation, but disk space equals the need for sysadmins, network security types and other techies. This equals job creation. Jobs, that’s what I’m after.

Apparently, something @andylevy wrote stirred @Beregond’s response, which was RT’d by myself, which seems to have brought a reply (and further conversation) from @Doctor_Rock, which transformed into an Jobs/IT Jobs vs. Security/IT Security issue.Which has drawn itself into more a mystery than I initially had RT’d. I don’t know why or how these things happen without me.However, I do believe you can’t sacrifice security for even a million jobs, no matter how great a million jobs sounds. Nothing can beat a secure network or feeling, except a talented hacker or a terrifying terrorist. Even then, what does that say about us? That we sat back in our (tenuously)secure situations and got lazy?; that we could barely lift a finger to click on that secure link, just because it’s a little further for us to move and click the mouse?; that we couldn’t keep up with a near-unseen enemy, and read up on their terrifying tactics, so that we might even build up a minimal anti-terrorist mindset and strategy for ourselves? Should we create the job of Chief Mouse Mover and Clicker because we are too lazy? Should we put up our entire security to a government who can’t find Bin Laden, who has been living in a cave in tiny Waziristan for the last decade?; that can’t properly protect its Congressmen an women?Security and Jobs are just two parts to the whole that we have to build, for ourselves, both properly and legally. Without both, working hand in hand, we stand on incredibly shaky ground. We can’t build Success, American, Australian or what have you, on shaky ground. A Firm Base to build upon. A Firm Stance to move forward.

Emergency Edit:

Digging deeper into this mystery:

So it’s more a data retention issue then?

If ISP’s could just agree on an industry-wide standard and quit worrying how what the other does affects their business/makes them look like tool.s, etc. then this issue could be avoided all together. Quit worrying about the $$$ Evil Corporations, quit worrying what the Evil Government will do to either take your Evilly Begotten $$$ away or squash you like an Evilly Conceived Bug.

Which of the Lesser Evils will do the right thing? I’m afraid to see the outcome.

‘Amish’ Tim Munn