Book: Countdown to Zero Day

The headline for this review was “Hacking the Ayatollahs”. While a good review, that’s a lousy headline. The book is much broader than the headline implies. Yes, it was an targeted attack on Irans Nuclear program. But it was the first visible shots in cyber-warfare. (Everything before this was mostly recon). This did damage and might have killed/hurt people.

Giving birth to the birthers

Recently Donald Trump re-ignited the birther campaign by saying the following, "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it…." This of course has revived the fable that the Obama birther movement didn’t come from the Clinton campaign, and the Hillary-supporting media is quick to carry her campaigns’ water. But as Ronald Reagan said, "It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so." 

Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road

Licensing is like a mafia protection racket, it’s where the government takes away your rights to something (like to put what you want in your body), then leases it back to you, for a fee. Fuck with that, and the mafia will kill you. The government will just give you life in prison (with no possibility of parole or early release).