Unlimited Terms of Endearment or, A Ball of Snakes
A: Plenty, as it turns out.
I am working on a BIG blog story, but it's going to take some time for the research to "digest." More tomorrow.
a metaphor, if you will ... titularly, of course.
The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.And I was reminded of something that broke a few years ago, was pooh-pooh'ed and deep-sixed.
The allegation is part of a court filing adding AT&T, the nation's largest telephone company, as a defendant in a breach of privacy case filed earlier this month on behalf of Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. customers. The suit alleges that the three carriers, the NSA and President George W. Bush violated the Telecommunications Act of 1934 and the U.S. Constitution, and seeks money damages.
"The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11," plaintiff's lawyer Carl Mayer said in a telephone interview. "This undermines that assertion."
A careless mistake by Microsoft programmers has shown that special access codes for use by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) have been secretly built into all versions of the Windows operating system....Now, I don't necessarily believe the story. The "super" authority Wikipedia claims it to be all but an urban legend. But, as I was poking around, I found this:
But according to two witnesses attending the conference, even Microsoft's top crypto programmers were stunned to learn that the version of ADVAPI.DLL shipping with Windows 2000 contains not two, but three keys. Brian LaMachia, head of CAPI development at Microsoft was "stunned" to learn of these discoveries, by outsiders. This discovery, by van Someren, was based on advance search methods which test and report on the "entropy" of programming code...
According to Fernandes of Cryptonym, the result of having the secret key inside your Windows operating system "is that it is tremendously easier for the NSA to load unauthorized security services on all copies of Microsoft Windows, and once these security services are loaded, they can effectively compromise your entire operating system". The NSA key is contained inside all versions of Windows from Windows 95 OSR2 onward...
"How is an IT manager to feel when they learn that in every copy of Windows sold, Microsoft has installed a 'back door' for the NSA -- making it orders of magnitude easier for the U.S. government to access your computer?" he said.
Van Someren said he felt the primary purpose of the NSA key might be for legitimate U.S. government use. But he said there cannot be a legitimate explanation for the third key in Windows 2000 CAPI. "It looks more fishy," he said on Friday.
Jim ReavisNote, that while the author didn't believe the story, he couldn't completely ignore it, because the NSA HAD already been caught hiding a "backdoor" in Lotus Notes.
Network World on Security, 09/29/99
What Fernandes was able to find out the key name by debugging symbolic data: _NSAKEY. He promptly published a report linking the NSA to the key based upon name alone, claiming that this key somehow was under NSA control. It is implausible that the NSA would permit a secret key to exist with such a nonsecret name, and in any case, the NSA would have more efficient ways to subvert NT. Microsoft has had a pretty consistent track record in opposing key escrow.
Although it does not appear to be a backdoor, the reaction from the NSA and Microsoft indicates that Fernandes was not completely off the mark. The likely answer is that the second key was part of Microsoft's compliance requirements for legal export. However, how do you know for sure that your software does not contain a backdoor?
Although only moderately publicized, in 1996 IBM struck a deal with the NSA to export 64-bit security within Lotus Notes. Twenty-four bits of the Notes key was given to the NSA. Having only 40 bits to crack essentially meant the NSA had the capability to decrypt Notes. This was not the kind of information that IBM went around announcing with front-page ads and neon lights. Many companies felt burned when they learned about this information. Notes users outside the U.S. had some political battles as a result of this, needing to convince their constituencies that their data was safe from the American secret police.
Heinlein's Five Rules:That was THE important essay at the important moment in my life. Indeed, in that magazine, there were listings for science fiction conventions, and I noted that one was to be held a couple weeks hence at the Los Angeles Airport, called "WESTERCON 29."
-- From James Forrestal Memorial Lecture, April 5, 1973.
- First: You must write.
- Second: You must finish what you write.
- Third: You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order.
- Fourth: You must place it on the market.
- Fifth: You must keep it on the market until sold.
"William Rotsler was born 3 July 1926 in Los Angeles, California. He worked on a ranch in Camarillo as a teenager, and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945, learning the profession of photographer. He discovered fandom in the mid-'40s and was part of the Los Angeles fan scene for over 50 years. He attended Los Angeles County Art Institute, 1947-50, and worked as a sculptor of mainly outdoor modern work from 1950 to 1959, then gave it up to become a photographer, filmmaker, producer, director of commercials, documentaries, etc. He worked mainly in the "erotic" industries, selling photos to Playboy, writing columns for Knight and other men's magazines, writing, directing, or acting(!) -- or some combination of these -- in such movies as The Agony of Love (1966), Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill (1966), Shannon's Women (1969), and The Secret Sex Life of Romeo and Juliet (1970). He frequently used fan friends as extras in his movies. This part of his career mostly ended by the '70s. During all this, his prodigious output of cartoons and drawings continued unabated. He was fan Guest of Honor at the World SF Convention in 1973.Now, while I was taking this all in, Theodore Sturgeon emerged from the now-disbanded conclave (of which symposium's subject I remain ignorant to this day), and, since I was standing in the path from the bedroom to the bar, he stopped, and greeted Russell Bates, whom he knew from Clarion:
"He also became a professional writer in the '70s, first producing non-fiction book Contemporary Erotic Cinema (1973) and then his first and best novel, Patron of the Arts (1974). To the Land of the Electric Angels (1976) was also noteworthy. He collaborated with Gregory Benford on Shiva Descending (1980). Most of his books were movie and TV tie-ins or children's fiction such as Tom Swift books with Sharman DiVono under the name of Victor Appleton, Jr. His most recent book was Science Fictionaries (1995), a collection of sayings and quotes from SF writers."
Frank Herbert was born in 1920 in Tacoma, Washington. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. In 1939 he lied about his age in order to get his first newspaper job on the Glendale Star.Ted Sturgeon had shown me the soul. Heinlein had shown me the way, and Frank Herbert had let me know that I was on the right path. That I wasn't as crazy as everyone in my family, as the TCU faculty, and my TCU friends, and my wife and her parents seemed to think that I was.
There was a temporary hiatus to his writing career as he served in the U.S. Navy as a photographer during World War II. He married Flora Parkinson in 1941, but divorced her in 1945 after fathering a daughter.
After the war he attended the University of Washington, where he met Beverly Ann Stuart at a creative writing class in 1946. They were the only students in the class who had sold any work for publication -- Herbert had sold two pulp adventure stories to magazines, and Stuart had sold a story to Modern Romance magazine. They married in Seattle on June 20, 1946. Their first son, Brian Herbert, was born in 1947. Frank Herbert did not graduate from college, according to Brian, because he only wanted to study what interested him and so didn't complete the required courses.
After college he returned to journalism and worked at the Seattle Star and the Oregon Statesman; he was also a writer and editor for the San Francisco Examiner's California Living magazine for a decade. (for the rest of it, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Herbert )
I must not fear.A few months later, taking Bill Rotsler's name in vain, I tricked my way into ADAM Magazine, and began a literary association that would continue for the next decade. Later, Rotsler was sure that he'd recommended me, but in fact, I lied. I said that he'd mentioned it at a science fiction convention, and Jared Rutter, the editor, assumed it to be true.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
As in Florida in 2000, and as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate. The race is "officially" too close to call. But they will call it - after they steal it.What John Stuart Mill said, you might recall was this:
Reuters reports that, as of 8pm eastern time, as voting concluded in Mexico, exit polls showed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the "leftwing" party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) leading in exit polls over Felipe Calderon of the ruling conservative National Action party (PAN).
... Calderon's election is openly supported by the Bush administration.
"Not the violent conflict between parts of the truth, but the quiet suppression of half of it, is the formidable evil: there is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides; it is when they attend only to one that errors harden into prejudices, and truth itself ceases to have the effect of truth, by being exaggerated into falsehood." (on Liberty, Chap 2)And the Freepers have piled on Mr. Palast, suggesting that he doesn't know anything about
a) MexicoWhat is their evidence? Well, evidence doesn't matter. Raw assertions remain the order of the day, but the teleology, the ends are accomplished through the means of shutting down debate entirely through shouting.
b) exit polls, and
"But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security."Make no mistake. I love my country. I just hate a lot of its history. It is often shameful, filled with greed, hatred and naked lust for power. The same system and generally held beliefs in "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" have produced Ben Franklin and Joe McCarthy. Clara Barton and William Quantrill; Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon; Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt and George and George Bush.
[* ... And being furnished with like faculties, sharing all in one community of nature, there cannot be supposed any such subordination among us, that may authorize us to destroy one another, as if we were made for one another's uses, as the inferior ranks of creatures are for ours. Every one, as he is bound to preserve himself, and not to quit his station willfully, so, by the like reason, when his own preservation comes not in competition, ought he, as much as he can, to preserve the rest of mankind and not, unless it be to do justice on an offender, take away or impair the life, or what tends to the preservation of the life, the liberty, health, limb, or goods of another.]You have to remember that Locke, though an Englishman, delineated his philosophy from Holland, which was -- and remains -- a haven for free-thinkers since the Renaissance.
TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: des-e-crat-ed, des-e-crat-ing, des-e-crates
To violate the sacredness of; profane.
ETYMOLOGY: de- + (con)secrate.
OTHER FORMS: dese-crater, dese-crator -NOUN
[The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.]
consecrateNow, you can argue from 3 and 4 that 'consecration' has been taken from the churchiness, but you can't argue that the churchiness has been stripped from 'consecration.' A majority of the United States Senate voted to make a piece of cloth a sacred object. Is it so far then to a (semi-divine) Emperor? To a theocracy somewhat like Constantine's Rome, or Pharoah's Egypt?
TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing, con·se·crates
1. To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church. 2. Christianity a. To produce the ritual transformation of (the elements of the Eucharist) into the body and blood of Jesus. b. To sanctify (bread and wine) for use in Communion. c. To initiate (a priest) into the order of bishops. 3. To dedicate solemnly to a service or goal. See synonyms at devote. 4. To make venerable; hallow: a tradition consecrated by time.
ADJECTIVE: Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English consecraten, from Latin consecrare, consecrat- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sacrare, to make sacred. [ibid]
But, indeed, the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries. To speak only of religious opinions: the Reformation broke out at least twenty times before Luther, and was put down. Arnold of Brescia was put down. Fra Dolcino was put down. Savonarola was put down. The Albigeois were put down. The Vaudois were put down. The Lollards were put down. The Hussites were put down. Even after the era of Luther, wherever persecution was persisted in, it was successful. In Spain, Italy, Flanders, the Austrian empire, Protestantism was rooted out; and, most likely, would have been so in England, had Queen Mary lived, or Queen Elizabeth died. Persecution has always succeeded, save where the heretics were too strong a party to be effectually persecuted.Of course it's not about "The Holy Catholic and Universal Church" these days (unless you count the Supreme Court), but, rather, about NeoCon ideology. Mr. Mill wrote of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News:
Not the violent conflict between parts of the truth, but the quiet suppression of half of it, is the formidable evil: there is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides; it is when they attend only to one that errors harden into prejudices, and truth itself ceases to have the effect of truth, by being exaggerated into falsehood. And since there are few mental attributes more rare than that judicial faculty which can sit in intelligent judgment between two sides of a question, of which only one is represented by an advocate before it, truth has no chance but in proportion as every side of it ... (ibid.)He didn't know their names at the time, of course.