Archive for December, 2014

©The United States of Malfeasance

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The United States federal government is guilty of willful neglect in the matter of the Sony hack and the ensuing investigation’s stubborn reliance on the North Korea-as-the-perpetrator strategy.

The Feds continue to stand by their original narrative which was hatched from secretive, cloak and dagger cyber-espionage resources which they are conveniently prevented from detailing at all. In fact, they appear to be hiding behind the wall of putative law-enforcement/intelligence authority which is just one minor step away from tyranny. All we get out of them are vapid generalities about amorphous malware, servers and code which align, supposedly, with previous North Korean hacks (again, allegedly).

In their December 19 statement, the FBI declares, in a statement redolent of corporate boardroom grammatical style:

“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions. While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on the following:

  • Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.
  • The FBI also observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the U.S. government has previously linked directly to North Korea. For example, the FBI discovered that several Internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with known North Korean infrastructure communicated with IP addresses that were hardcoded into the data deletion malware used in this attack.
  • Separately, the tools used in the SPE attack have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.

We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there. Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart. North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior. The FBI takes seriously any attempt—whether through cyber-enabled means, threats of violence, or otherwise—to undermine the economic and social prosperity of our citizens.”

This is vague, scripted fluff that says nothing about exposing the sources of the Sony hacking adventure. I’ve never believed North Korea was the key actor in this script, or that the secretive nation was primarily culpable for the hack. North Korea’s primary involvement is just a talking point that Sony and the United States government have resorted to force feeding down our collective throats.

Rather, I suspect there is a deeper, more malicious series of machinations on cue in this saga that may never be known.

In this video, talking head intelligence regurgitation expert, retired Major General Brett Williams, recites the standard tropes regarding the hack while clearly towing the government line and method which appears to be, “we’ve committed to the North Korea script, we have no relevant basis for this narrative, so we’ll resort to that nebulous no-man’s land of “attribution” or lack thereof…(and besides, what we say goes in the popular dialogue so who can doubt us?)”

At the 8:20 mark, Williams ponders the more grave possibility that would have unfolded if the North Korean hackers had targeted the energy grid, the air traffic system, or a major financial institution. Important stuff. Not a stupid movie studio that was releasing a brainless teen/bro movie. And in so doing, he parroted the agency line which plants the seeds of fear and apprehension, the greatest motivators that make Americans surrender their rights to the wielders of power.

Yes…why didn’t North Korea, with its massive, layered hacking infrastructure that everyone keeps raving about and which the FBI is basing its investigation around, choose to hack something that mattered instead? Sony is in entertainment and toys and television. Trivial stuff. North Korea’s previous nationally-fomented attacks have involved government agencies, banks and television stations. Questionably, more reasonable targets, from the terror perspective. Obviously, Sony presented a good opportunity for a hack; a virgin sacrifice to the cyber gods. What was it about Sony? The answer to this will tell us all we need to know but not all we’ll be told, apparently.

The elusiveness of American intelligence officials in providing verifiable proof or citations for their allegations is troubling. The drivel and empty-headed talking points they’ve provided to the media for Mr. and Mrs. Main Street America only tells us the What, not the How, and if we are to believe they are basing their case on this cited inconclusive historical data which is completely obsolete now since numerous hacking generations have come and gone, (a hacking generation is at most, what…six months?) then surely they are pulling the wool over their own eyes.

But they are not stupid people, and I don’t believe they are pulling the wool over their own eyes, despite the fact they are part of the Federal bureaucracy. Problem is, the North Korea narrative has been sown, early on, by Sony, and now the FBI is engaging in some high level shenanigans involving painting the bulls-eye around the arrow of accusation which slipped out of the bag back in November.

Why does the FBI feel compelled to perpetuate the Sony script?

I’m perfectly willing to buy the intelligence conclusion that North Korea was solely guilty of this hack. It’s no skin off my back, however, please furnish some concrete proof. This is something intelligence can do wisely and discreetly without compromising their investigative assets. They are fully capable of this, but instead they tell us, “technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed.” Oh really…wow, I’m sold, it had to be Pyongyang then! Tacitly accepting this tripe as anything approaching proof of North Korea’s guilt betrays an ignorance of the constantly evolving nature of the hacking dynamo.

If we allow the Feds to slither this investigation through without cynicism and allow them to continue protecting their corporate conglomerate co-conspirators, we, 1) deserve what we get, which are, 2) a protracted series of lies, half-truths and surreptitious behaviors for years to come.

As the digital world pulls the curtains of secrecy back, this will be the New Way: governmental “openness” cloaked in a cushion of nefarious bullshit.

Roosh and Schrödinger

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

One of the more thought-provoking and reality-shattering posts I’ve read in the blogosphere in a very long time.

Roosh deliberated over the mechanical fabric of our micro-existence delineated in the mystical nature of quantum mechanics, a branch of physics made more harrowing with the offerings of new technologically advanced tools which allow us to peer into micro-spans of reality on the order of billionths (and beyond) of fractions of our daily, lucid world as demarcated by our five inelegant physical senses.

Physicists, examining the threads of our universe on grandly small scales, discovered several awesome and frighteningly counter-intuitive cases of unfolding geometry. Peering in, scientists, in examining this oblique subatomic world that glues the smallest kernels of our existence, discovered a baffling netherworld that confounds and taunts the complacent assertions we base our daily, human-sized world upon.

Roosh begins by postulating that perhaps, as many have theorized, we are ultimately digital creations of an incomprehensibly advanced race of beings.

Perhaps the human race is code, a string of commands, and this program has granted us awareness and our lives are spent extending the limits of the software which disguises as our world and our…matrix! As Roosh continues, he cites the well-known (to us geeks) enigma of the double-slit experiment in which large, reality-sized (for lumbering humans) marbles are shot through a slit and against a wall backdrop. When we observe the pattern where they’ve struck the wall, we obviously see that they line up in a vertical pattern which mimics the slit they traveled through.

If a second slit is added, the marbles also vertically parallel the vertical nature of the second slit. Simple mechanics.

Now if a wave (ie, light) is funneled through one slit, its gradation is diffused, with the strongest strike pattern appearing directly through the center of the slit where most of the wave tunnels through unhampered. If a second slit is added, a portion of the waves will cancel each other out, creating “black” marks/patterns on the wall. These black marks represent “no strike” since the wave was neutralized before reaching the wall.

We are left with a duality in this double-slit experiment.

Solid, real-world objects we are accustomed to that line up normally and intuitively according to our clumsy macroscopic human scale. But waves, slightly ethereal, spread themselves over a span of occurrence, with the highest occurrences happening in the middle, and furthermore, “canceling” each other out when the nature of individual waves mirror/offset other antithetical particles.

Kicking it up (or way down) a notch, when electrons, a putative subatomic particle, are sent through the same slit arrangement, they act like marbles (particles) when propelled through the first slit, but like light (waves) when sent through both slits.

This was all further confounded by the fact that measuring the electron strikes (something scientists do) “caused” them to act like particles (ie, measuring their final strike against the wall “collapsed” the wave function), thus, it was deduced that electrons, after passing through the slits, were at best, constructed of probabilities as their sole existence. Probabilities of where they would strike, and they remain probabilities until when, and if, a human steps in to memorialize the electron’s final behavior.

Until then, the electron’s state can only be noted as a probability, and its location, a sum of all probabilities. Thus the probability wave was born, a truly revolutionary concept.

As soon as I, for instance, enter the picture and note and measure where the electron struck, its nature and definition then flips to that of a particle, something defined by its straight line journey to a final resting point. Before it’s measured, it is only a nebulous “chance,” a probability that is groundless and lacking physical embodiment. The moment it flips, when its roused from quantum land and tagged with a macroscopic human measurement, is of great curiosity.

Which leads me to the Erwin Schrödinger’s model, which famously involves a cat in box – a macroscopic arrangement, if ever there was one. Furthermore, the cat’s existence hinges on a quantum sum of all possibilities event. This thought experiment highlighted the grand language (of cognition) barrier that must be surmounted when leaping from our macroscopic level of existence and overwriting it against the “mystical” language of cognition at work when describing quantum level events. This was the genius of Schrödinger’s thought experiment. It opened up a channel in which a translation, a conversion, of sorts, allowed us to bring quantum invisibility into the light of macroscopic day.

In other words, physical laws and mechanical attributes of an immensely small system are shrunk to elemental forms that baffle our comprehension which, shaped in our 3-dimensional world, lacks the precision and elemental form to intuitively comprehend the quantum level. And likewise, our cognitive understanding and language is also shrunken down to a level that is nearly indistinguishable to us from magic.

In order to understand the smallest schemes of nature, we need to “shrink” our cognition to that level, but in so doing, this conveys to us the appearance of unreality.

Now the Los Angeles chapter of the thugetariat is gunning for police…

Monday, December 29th, 2014

You know what the thugetariat will accomplish with this behavior?

Los Angeles police called off an intense manhunt Monday morning that began after two officers were ambushed in an “unprovoked attack” as they sat in their vehicle in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South L.A. the previous night.
The officers from the LAPD’s 77th Division were responding to an unrelated radio call Sunday around 9:30 p.m. on Hoover Street near 66th Street (map) when two men allegedly opened fire on their patrol car, according to Detective Megan Aguilar of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Several rounds were shot in the direction of the officers, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack,” she added.

One of the officers returned fire toward the alleged gunmen, but it was not immediately clear whether either was hit.

Neither officer was injured.

They will deter police from doing police work.

Guess who pays the price? It isn’t the police, and it isn’t the thugetariat. It’s the citizenry who just obeys the law and tries to stay out of harm’s way.

The thugetariat doesn’t care about politics or justice. They just want a free ride with an obligatory EBT card to pay passage. This is an excuse to act like criminals, not to “revolt.” These “people” are not about revolution, they are about free liquor and free chips and a little bloody mayhem to fulfill their destructive animal natures.

H.L. Mencken would be proudly mortified, like Dr. Frankenstein.

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

I hold most of the human race in low regard. I don’t expect much of them and they rarely disappoint my dearth of expectations.

In fact, people, by and large, recede from my lowest expectations.

I’m old enough, seasoned enough, mature enough, that I don’t treat people badly, nor do I judge them vainly. They just are. As am I.

I coexist with them out of convenience and duty and self-survival, but it is not a glorious love affair. After my daily obligation is ended, I run home while avoiding them as much as I can (try sitting on a crowded train in such a manner that you retreat entirely from the swarm that surrounds you…I do), and once here, I exhale, smile, eat my simple dinner, log on the damn internet, and enjoy my isolated banishment.

People never disappoint my low opinions because of the depths to which they march like simple, disconnected, robotic sheep.

But Americans.

I expect so much more from them. They have so much money, so much time, so much leisure, so much joy, so much comfort. So much food! Surely they have the spiritual and emotional surplus to focus on being better people, to lead lives rich in thought, fulsome in examination of their inner god of excellence and philosophy, to detach from crude avarice and malign consumerism.

Americans should strive to a higher layer of ethereal existence. They should surmount the travails of common, dirt-dwelling, knuckle-dragging beastliness.

They have the world in their hands!

Alas.

They are human and merely exude the filth of humanity from behind the glittery shield of niceties and civilized modernity. This grand society, this beacon of extravagance called America, has not changed human nature, only magnified its disgrace. Americans have taken a big pile of shit and decorated it with jewels and morbid tales of excellence.

H.L. Mencken knew what was up.

Broke

And those Americans, silly Americans, suckers for a good show, suckers.

Sucker.

Suckers. Lots of them.

Wait…there are more of them!

What is happening to all the great airplanes of Asia?

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Update:
The pilot of the missing plane asked air controllers for permission to ascend to 32,000 to 38,000 feet in order to avoid storm cells. Certainly not an unheard of request, or “unusual” as some of the press has insinuated.

The request was approved but then denied due to other traffic in the area. The plane lost contact shortly after.

ndonesian air-traffic controllers apparently denied a request by the pilot of a missing AirAsia commercial jet to climb to a higher altitude, just minutes before the plane disappeared from their screens Sunday without a distress call.

The plane, an Airbus A320-200 with 162 people aboard, had encountered a string of intense thunderstorms and heavy clouds over the Java Sea. Hoping to avoid the worst of the weather, the pilot radioed in a request to climb from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet, an Indonesian Transport Ministry official, Djoko Murjatmodjo, said at a news conference.

Update:
Check out this “prediction.” Fun, creepy, tin foil stuff. It’s like a mad, mass paranoia dream. Love this stuff.

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Update: (this appears to be incorrect, I don’t think wreckage has been found…usual confusion regarding lost Asian airplanes lol)
Reports that wreckage of Air Asia flight 8501 has been found off the coast of Indonesia. Yet…ML370 is still missing.

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What, huh? A plane has been missing for over four hours.

An Air Asia flight from the Indonesia city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, reports say.

Indonesian media say 162 people were on board.

The aircraft, flight number QZ8501, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control just after 06:15am local time, a transport official told local media.

The official, Hadi Mustofa, said the plane had asked for an unusual route before losing contact.

Never heard of Air Asia.

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According to Wikipedia.

“AirAsia Berhad (MYX: 5099) is a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AirAsia group operates scheduled domestic and international flights to 100 destinations spanning 22 countries. Its main hub is klia2 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Its affiliate airlines Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia Zest and AirAsia India have hubs in Don Mueang International Airport, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Kempegowda International Airport respectively. While its subsidiary, AirAsia X focusing on long-haul routes. AirAsia’s registered office is in Petaling Jaya, Selangor while its head office is at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.”

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And this. Perhaps relevant?

Indonesian police have arrested six people just before they were about to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State
group.
It is the latest in a growing wave of sympathisers emerging from the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Those arrested at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport at dawn on Saturday included a couple and their 10­year­old child,
with police saying they were attempting to travel on fake passports.
The alleged organiser of the trip was also captured after the arrests.
“They admitted during an investigation that they want to carry out jihad and to be martyrs in defending [IS],” Jakarta
police spokesman Rikwanto said.
“We hope to find out more details from the organiser, including the one who funded the trip,” he added.
The number of IS supporters embarking from Indonesia soared to 264 in October from 86 in June, the National CounterTerrorism
Agency (BNPT) chief Saud Usman Nasution was quoted as saying in the Jakarta Post.
In total, an estimated 514 Indonesians have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside IS.
About half are students or migrant workers based in nearby countries, according to Nasution.
Indonesia has waged a crackdown on terror groups over the past decade following attacks against Western targets,
including the 2002 Bali bombings, a campaign that has been credited with weakening key networks.

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From the Department of Tempting Fate!

AirAsia, a regional airline serving Malaysia and Southeast Asia, is pulling its inflight magazine after a column boasted that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane — drawing controversy on social media.

The airline apologized in a statement Saturday for the April issue of Travel 3Sixty magazine, which it said was written before Malaysia Airlines Flight 360 disappeared March 8 from Kuala Lumpur.

“With deep regret and remorse I would like to sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the Pilot’s Perspective article in the latest issue of Travel 3Sixty magazine,” said AirAsia executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.

He also defended the author of the column, Capt. Lim Khoy Hing.

“As a monthly contributor, Capt. Lim prepared all of his articles months in advance before the magazine goes to print,” Meranun said.

Twitter users late Friday had condemned the airline for publishing the article, which ended saying, “Pilot training in AirAsia is continuous and very thorough. Rest assured that your captain is well prepared to ensure your plane will never get lost.”

Great advertising until it becomes false…

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Pilot of missing airplane (Flight 8501), Captain Irianto