Archive for March, 2012

As early as 10-15 years ago it seemed that all the apocalypses-like scenarios of the “digital Pearl Harbor”, depicted by some American researchers, would always be not more than a fantasy. But four years ago Barack Obama named cyber threats (alongside with the problem of nuclear disarmament, the Afghan and Iraqi campaigns) among the key issues of ensuring the US national interests. Obama said that the digital infrastructure must become the US’ main “strategic resource”.

Since then some countries and international organizations have begun to seriously discuss a possibility of “digital Pearl Harbor” or its lighter versions (terrorist attacks, interference of criminal groups into the work of the units of critical infrastructure) in their official documents on security issues. According to estimates of some experts, by the end of 2010 more than 20 countries had been developing their own cyber weapons and some of them (Great Britain) even officially admitted it.

 

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/03/24/cyber-security-new-threats-new-opportunities.html

Nabucco – the alleged gas Holy Grail from the Caspian Sea to Europe, 4,000 kilometers from Turkey to Austria – is the perennial Pipelineistan soap opera.

 

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/NC23Ag04.html

The California legislature is currently considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor’s signature on a government form prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip one or more vaccines for their child. Current law allows parents to decline vaccines by signing an exemption form at the school — no doctor’s signature needed. The new law would require “a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases.”

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-bob-sears/california-vaccination-bill_b_1355370.html

New roles for Russian politicians have been found in a poll, which aimed to explore people’s “subconscious” vision of the country’s prominent figures by matching politicians with their Pinocchio counterparts.

 

http://www.themoscownews.com/politics/20120321/189551997.html

 

While this article doesnt reveal anything that most people who follow international politics didnt already know, I found it interesting considering the puppet aspect, as most people think that Putin never really left his post as president of Russia.

As the Obama administration claims to welcome the peaceful rise of China on the world stage, recent policy shifts toward an American Pacific Century indicate a desire to maintain the capacity to project military force toward the emerging superpower. In addition to maintaining a permanent military presence in Northern Australia, the construction of an expansive military base on South Korea’s Jeju Island has indicated growing antagonism towards Beijing. The base maintains the capacity to host up to twenty American and South Korean warships, including submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers once completed in 2014 – in addition to the presence of Aegis anti-ballistic systems. In response, Chinese leadership has referred to the increasing militarization in the region as an open provocation.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/AFRICOM_Report%3A_Combating_Chinese_Economic_Encroachment_in_Central_Africa_/18600/0/0/0/Y/M.html

 

 

The latest hit piece on Iran came out earlier this week saying since 2005, 13 people associated with the Iranian government were seen and detained for“taking pictures of New York city landmarks.” 

Mitchell Silber, the NYPD’s director of intelligence analysis, told Congress that New York’s international significance as a terror target and its large Jewish population make the city a likely place for Iran and Hezbollah to strike.

So let me get this straight. 13 people, in 7 years, taking photos of New York landmarks. It’s obvious that Iran is planning something big! Six of them were stopped on, gasp! choke! wait for it…………SIGHT SEEING CRUISES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you look at the story linked, the second to last paragraph in that article says,

“In January, James Clapper, the top U.S. intelligence official, said some Iranian officials are probably “more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”

But my favorite part is the last sentence,

But government officials have said there are no known or specific threats indicating Iranian plans to attack inside the U.S.

So remember people, Iran is “more willing to conduct an attack in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten them.”, but there are also no known threats indicating Iran. will. attack. America.

Be afraid my sheep, be very afraid!