Thursday, December 03, 2015

December 3, 2015
By Jeremy Malcolm

...Which brings us to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement (click here)
—which would prohibit such open source or code audit mandates being introduced in the future. Article 14.17 of the text of the Electronic Commerce chapter provides, “No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.”

As indicated above, this isn't just an issue confined to routers and modems. It could also apply to medical devices, smoke alarms, drink mixers, motor vehicles such as cars and tractors, wearables, and not to mention a myriad of pure software applications running on smartphones and PCs. Only devices and software used in bespoke applications (not for a mass market) or in critical infrastructure would be exempt under the terms of the TPP language, though the precise ambit of these exemptions remains unclear....

Hatred doesn't last through history. Civilization abhors hate. That has been true for millennium. Hate over time is disdained.

There is a possible third party. I don't believe that has been eliminated to the San Bernardino killings. I find it interesting there were fire alarms going off. There were bombs that were suppose to be exploded remotely. Why not call in the fire department, too?

See, the USA has a structure to emergency response. An American would know that structure. So, there are some scenarios to those fire alarms. The killers set it off to maximum the deaths of people that would also disable emergency response (or they think so - they don't know the extent emergency responders are dedicated to life), or one of the people caught in the gun fire actually reached for the fire alarm to bring emergency response.

But, there is this 'thing' that happened at the hospital. Was it coincidence a bomb threat was called in at the time the victims were arriving? That would require a third person, unless, the couple drove to the hospital to watch all the activity and called in the bomb threat as soon as the people from the holiday party were arriving.

The fire alarms and sprinkler system is interesting to realize people were coming, but, would all that water coming out of the sprinklers disable the bombs? If there was technology that were wet due to the sprinklers, the technology could be disabled by the water.

But, there seems to be too many questions about a missing omnipotent. The guns that were purchased by an unknown. The sprinklers and fire alarm and the bomb threat. I strongly believe all that needs to be included in any investigation. Was there a third person? More?

But, then when examining the circumstances during that event there are so many other events with similar outcomes, including, pipe bombs. I think it is a mistake to think someone willing to kill for their own priorities is all that. I don't believe killers are all that. I think they are brutal and carry out enormous pain to people, the community and civilized society. But, to think they can be so organized they can bring down civilization is bizarre. Even bin Laden on 911 could not do that. If anything tragedy brings civilized society together to preserve all that others tried to destroy.

But, the questions have to be answered and included in the investigation.

We are hearing only 50% of the families involved. Sometimes grief needs to be shared.

I am a bit disillusioned of the media coverage regarding the families of the shooters. Syed Rizwan Farook's family is well covered by media. Gratefully, they have expressed their own grief which spans the fact others are dead at the hand of their son, their brother and their grandson. I cannot imagine the pain involved. I respect the fact this family is upset at the fact their Imam has to condemn such violence. All that is fine, but, it is only 50 percent of the story.

What is the family of Tashfeen Malik going through? Unless they are naturalized citizens, they live outside the USA. I would like to hear from them as well.

Wolf Blitzer also brought up insight to these violent break outs. Wolf stated it is not unusual for such killers to have multiple stressors. (my words, not his)

December 3, 2015
By Greg Botelho and Steven Almasy

...Syed Rizwan Farook (click here) -- who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the San Bernardino shooting massacre -- apparently was radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Farook's apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said.

Still, it wasn't necessarily the only driver behind the carnage, as workplace grievances might have also played a role. President Barack Obama hinted as much Thursday when he said that the attackers may have had "mixed motives."

David Bowditch, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office, told reporters Thursday that Farook had traveled to Pakistan....

It is interesting to know there are two men, the USA President and a very seasoned journalist agree on media information. Amazing.

The truth is more powerful than FOX News. Americans value the truth. Remember that.

There is no financier to the purchase of military style weapons other than good ole' American Credit Cards, especially if a person isn't worried about tomorrow.

Climate Change is an issue in many areas of the Middle East and Africa that leads to violence. Absolutely. So far in the USA people still believe storm cellars are a good and effective method to trying to save one's life.

June 2013 
By Joshua Hammer
A 2006 drought pushed Syrian farmers (click here) to migrate to urban centers, setting the stage for massive uprisings

...Water loss documented by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), a pair of satellites operated by NASA and Germany’s aerospace center, suggests water-related conflict could be brewing on the riverbank again. GRACE measured groundwater usage between 2003 and 2009 and found that the Tigris-Euphrates Basin—comprising Turkey, Syria, Iraq and western Iran—is losing water faster than any other place in the world except northern India . During those six years, 117 million acre-feet of stored freshwater vanished from the region as a result of dwindling rainfall and poor water management policies. That’s equal to all the water in the Dead Sea. GRACE’s director, Jay Famiglietti, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine, calls the data “alarming.”...

The question FOX News never asks, :Is there an "NRA Effect" at play in the increased violence in the USA?"

October 31. 2015
By Daniel Webster

One month after the Oregon shooting, (click here) approximately 90 Americans a day are killed by guns – but no one wants to talk about it.

The calls stopped before the last victim had been laid to rest.
The reaction to the mass shooting just one month ago at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, had followed the usual script to perfection: shock, outrage, handwringing, resolve, resignation. This tragic yet familiar anomaly in our nation's gun violence epidemic – an unstable loner, nine dead, a cache of weapons – had captured the media's attention, and lenses, just long enough.
I'm an expert in gun violence and its staggering impact on public health, and the calls came in quickly after the Oct. 1 massacre. I did a Q&A interview with The Washington Post, weighed in on CNN and offered analysis of the gun control issue for The New York Times, among others.
But then it was time to move on – music to the ears of the gun lobby....

Violent Crime rates in Saudi Arabia (click here)

Crime > Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents (click here)

What does a new wife born abroad but married to an American man think of the hate speech of the USA Republican party?

Border babies? 

Is it hard to imagine what would trigger a mother and father to leave their baby with a loving grandparent to commit murder? Really? Is it hard to imagine that? I don't think so. The Republican Party invokes hate speech as part of their immigration policies. No one listens to right wing media? Try it. It won't be hard to imagine that level of fear that brings a mother and father to act irrationally.
The METHOD of the San Bernadino spree killing is exactly the same method of Aurora, Colorado. Exaggerated idealization of the POWER OF THE GUN. Somehow, these people believe they can kill with impunity that changes the face of a country based in democracy. Same methodology. Excessive purchase of guns and munitions. 

Who were they taking on the USA military? Because any other infrastructure of the USA requires people to attend meetings and change the dynamics of police work to bring about harmony in any community, including Ferguson. Unfair practices that Americans run into can be solved if they confront infrastructure in a peaceful and instructive way. That is the way it is suppose to work. But, sometimes in minority communities there are feelings of victimization and lack of empowerment and racism. 

THIS? This will only be filed in the history of American violence. It accomplishes nothing.

Does anyone want to call this spree killing radicalization? Who radicalized the killer in Aurora?

Killing innocent people are punished in any country/society of Muslims. There is no forgiveness in any country with Muslim majorities that forgive the killing of innocent people. The countries with Muslim majorities have tough laws and in some instances far tougher than the USA, but, that is a quandary for democracies.

Pakistan. There are innumerable men that have traveled through Pakistan to jihad in the region. This is not unique. This is not a predictor. People returning from Pakistan to Western democracies may have to be questioned to their activities. A follow up with Pakistan to their travel might be appropriate, but, radicalization doesn't happen by what a person is bringing back to a democracy other than their beliefs. That can be learned about a person and local authorities could be provided with information that might be of concern to them.

If reform were possible in Pakistan, there would be no problem with the tribal regions and the concealment of bin Laden. The ISI has been an issue within Pakistan since it's inception. The ISI is a good study to how an intelligence service can go astray of their purpose. But, to think the people of Pakistan have a real problem, is nonsense, even the Taliban could not change them.

What exactly are those thoughts, McConnell?

The senseless loss (click here) of innocent life in #SanBernardino defies explanation. Our thoughts are w/ the victims & their families --

I suppose FOX News would call such a questioning of McConnell "Christian Shaming."


The "No Shame Movement" is about sex. (click here) It isn't Christian exclusively either.

From online bullying (click here) to Twitter takedowns, shame is becoming a dominant force in the West. Thankfully, the Bible is full of language about shame. It's just that most Westerners don't see it.

We know for a fact social media blossomed and grew under the "W" administration. We also know that intimidation through social shame was a directive of modeling citizen behavior. So this mess about Christian Shaming is actually a tactic 'to work' political preferences of the Neocons. If Christian shaming were real in the USA it would be considered a hate crime if it manifested in crime. Pope Francis represents the largest constituency of Christians globally. No one in the USA wanted to him to leave. End of discussion.

FOX News needs to drop the "Christmas Party" idenitity.

The dead and injured were attending a HOLIDAY party. This was a government sponsored gathering and there is diversity throughout the State of California. Proudly so.

The idea FOX News would seek to BRAND the gathering of co-workers in a single description as if the official holiday of the party.

FOX News is known for their "War on Christmas" segments that seek to discriminate against diversity and sequesters hate around other expressions of the NAME of the holiday season.

Poor FOX News. They don't know if the couple met online and if they traveled to Saudi Arabia where one could have radicalized the other. My, oh, my such a burden to FOX News. Who cares if false allegations lines their branding of their viewership. The truth is massacred at FOX News. The organization reminds me of Donald Rumsfeld.

"We know what we know, we know what we don't know and we know we don't know what we don't know."

Better to hear the statement by the man himself.

Now, if people watching their mess on FOX wants to taint their holiday season with hatred, then that itself states more than I could hope is on my Santa list.

The FBI and ATF didn't 'get it.'

December 3, 2015
By Chris Woodyard and Brad Heath

Syed R. Farook and Tashfeen Malik (click here) dropped off their 6-month-old daughter with the baby's grandparents on Wednesday morning, explaining that they had a doctor's appointment, says Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations here, who talked with Farook's father-in-law.

But instead, Farook would briefly go to a holiday office party at the Inland Regional Center where he worked as a environmental specialist. He left only to return with Malik, police say. With assault rifles and bombs, the pair gunned down 14 and injured at least 17 others....

No investigative unit in the USA thought multiple ownership of AK-47s was something to be concerned about? Really? That is disowning the problem. The local police should have known about the intense population of weapons in the neighborhoods they were patrolling on a regular basis.

The lack of coordination between guns purchasers of military style weapons and the "cop on the beat" is gross negligence of the federal government.

There is currently no connection between the murderers and  Syria or travel other than Saudi Arabia. Terrorism is not demonstrated. Any attempt by politicians to link the murderers to the Syrian civil war are perverting the facts.

Hajj means pilgrimage

The Hajj (click here) is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during ...

Evidently, some media is connecting the fact the murderers when to Hajj in Saudi Arabia one to two years ago. That is not a place of violence. That can be dismissed as a holy ground with reverent activity to Allah and god. Muslims believe Jesus Christ was a prophet with sincere messages of peace and the importance of following a godly life.

Saudi Arabia may want to consider having peace talkers among the crowds that attend Hajj. It would add to the atmosphere of the pilgrimage. 

A cover designed for profit..

What does that make all the other killers, "Christian Killers?"

This is the inflammatory headline designed by Wall Street for profit.
I think the San Bernadino police department are doing everything they can to resolve any questions, take care of the families involved and resolve the injury of their fellow police officer. This seems to be a very complicated investigation including the bomb threat called to the hospital as the victims were arriving. It is as if the killers were determined to carry out death heinously. 

I have to add here that this is again a violence related event whereby it serves also to measure the extent the infrastructure exists. I can't help but believe there is an instruction manual somewhere on the net or otherwise to such planned attacks to purposely test the infrastructure

This attack of innocent people was extremely violent taking many lives and resulted in wounded victims as well. The bombs were planted to cause maximal damage to the infrastructure in hopes they would be killing emergency personnel and police. 

I have to say this is remarkably similar to the Columbine killings whereby there were pipe bombs that never exploded. But, the ideas are the same. Is this something standard to people that hate so intensely? Some of the similarities are remarkable, but, these killers had no contact with Columbine. 

I think the investigation of these killings will take some time and whether or not others are involved. 

My sincere sympathies to the families and the community of San Bernadino.    

December 2, 2015 
By Kareen Wynter and Melissa Palmer

A bomb threat (click here) was called into Loma Lina University Medical Center, where patients from a mass shooting in nearby San Bernardino were being treated Tuesday.
The threat was phoned in at 2:40 p.m., according to a brief statement from the hospital, which is the only Level I trauma center in the Inland Empire.
Classes at the teaching hospital in Loma Linda were cancelled, and students were urged to leave public areas of the campus.
Law enforcement was working to screen the hospital campus to ensure safety....
I think the Muslim community members of San Bernadino are very brave and forthright to come to the people before them. It is my opinion there is a loss of the ability to communicate between the press and the Muslim community. 

At this point, for the suspect's brother-in-law to come forward expressing the grief the family feels for the community is a matter of acceptance of their expression of sorrow.

There isn't anything the Muslim community can add to the knowledge base to the police or otherwise. They simply want the people of their community to realize they are in shock with the community and this event is as much horror to them as the community they live among.

I accept the statements of the community and the member of the family as the truth and hold no ill will toward the community or the family.