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President Obama’s Speech and the Islamic State

At times I have been very disappointed with our “President of change.” This time, I agree with what he says. My only disappointment here is that we’ve waited so long already to bomb these barbarians to hell! (Literally or figuratively. Whatever.)

We’ve stood by and watched while they cut the heads off two American journalists and slaughtered hundreds of innocent civilians who just happened to be in the wrong place. It’s time to put and end to it.

Below are some very revealing news videos created inside the Islamic State itself. Look how these very well trained (though not so well disciplined) terrorists with modern weapons challenge the rest of the world openly. Arrogantly. Even proudly! They dare us: “WE WILL DIVIDE THE UNITED STATES IN TWO.”

(Click inside this video for parts 2-5. When I posted these, the Arabic parts had good English captions. Now they have been largely covered over with French. They’re still worth seeing, though.)

We should have blasted these barbarians out of existence when they crossed the border into Iraq. If not sooner. They were originally part of al-Queda, after all.

I do not believe the Islamic State leaders represent the average, ordinary Muslim. Rather, I suspect that most Muslims in most countries (especially those in the US) are Muslim in name only, just as most Christians are Christian in name only. (In most of the Muslim countries, of course, they have to practice the official religion to whatever extent is required in their particular country, regardless of their own real beliefs or desires.

This particular group of Islamist extremists, being originally part of Al Queda, should have been dealt with long before they ever left Syria. Now we should evacuate refugees when appropriate and drop humanitarian supplies to others while we protect them from the air as needed.

Note: I am definitely NOT suggesting we send American soldiers back into the Middle East to fight on the ground. We did that! Now we need to blast these barbarians — the new “caliphate” — out of existence from the air, using missiles and drones whenever possible. (I don’t understand why we are using manned bombers. Neither have I ever understood the rage some Americans have at the use of drones. If we have to fight, I am in favor of fighting to win quickly with as little loss to Americans and other innocents as possible.)

​This “caliphate” is​ calling for all Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to its leader, the new “Caliph,” who is said to be a direct descendent of Mohammad’s family, thus trying to lend some credence to his rule. If all Muslims declared their allegiance to him, of course, that would mean all Muslim states would instantly come under his rule and become part of the IS. That is a truly terrifying thought!

Of course, I know this is not going to happen. But I don’t think he is going to stop where he is. He clearly intends to take the rest of Iraq and Syria and then as much of the Middle East as he can. And he is already teaching young boys to say they want to “divide the United States in two.” He is NOT going to stop until somebody stops him, and the IS will be a worse hotbed of terrorism than Afghanistan and Pakistan have ever been.

​The time to stop these uncivilized barbarians was several years ago, but we didn’t do it then. Now​ it MUST be done.

Polio Danger Again

Child with Smallpox Bangladesh 1973
Child with Smallpox Bangladesh 1973

“The disease (smallpox) killed an estimated 400,000 Europeans annually during the closing years of the 18th century (including five reigning monarchs), and was responsible for a third of all blindness. Of all those infected, 20–60%—and over 80% of infected children—died from the disease. Smallpox was responsible for an estimated 300–500 million deaths during the 20th century. As recently as 1967, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 15 million people contracted the disease and that two million died in that year.” (Wikipedia)

It was a wonderful thing when the WHO wiped out smallpox in 1979. Now it’s on the verge of wiping out two more horrible human diseases, polio and guinea worm, which causes a crippling and painful infestation in many tropical countries. But WHO needs our cooperation. Diseases don’t become extinct without a lot of work from a lot of people, and a lot of immunizations.

Iron lung with polio patient
Iron lung with polio patient

Polio has been extinct in the United States since 1979. Since then, WHO, in cooperation with many thousands of volunteers, wiped it out in most of the rest of the world. Only corrupt dictators and politicians in less than half-a-dozen backward nations have prevented the completion of these programs.

As of 2013, polio was endemic only in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, although it continues to spread to other nearby countries. For example, despite eradication in China in 2001, an outbreak was confirmed there in September 2011 involving a strain from neighboring Pakistan.

iron lung ward
Iron lung ward filled with polio patients, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California (1953)

But vaccination rates have  dropped in the United States and other industrialized countries in recent years, prompting concerns of reemergence. Now polio is spreading again because so many people refuse to vaccinate their children.

On May 5, the WHO declared polio a global emergency. At least 10 countries are reporting polio cases this year, with potential for spread to others via international travel.

We do NOT want polio back in our country. Or anywhere else, either.

North Korean Drones

North Korean Drone

Pictured is one of three North Korean drones found crashed in South Korea in about the last six months. I’m very ignorant about this kind of thing, but it looks to me like a radio controlled toy.

It’s made of polycarbonate plastic, and is about a meter (3’3″) long and two meters (6’6″) wide. It seems to have a gasoline engine to power the single propeller, but the article mentions batteries; so I assume they are for the camera and guidance. It can’t even send the pictures it takes back home. North Korea has to wait for a successful one to return before they can retrieve the pictures. Of course, we apparently have no idea how many successful flights there may have already been, since South Korean radar cannot effectively detect them crossing the border.

The scariest prospect is that even something this primitive might carry a few pounds of explosive to attack a specific target, or an equal amount of anthrax spores or other biological or chemical agent to attack either a civilian population or a military target.

Resource: http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2014/04/north-korean-drones

Heartbleed

heartbleed
heartbleed

“On April 7, 2014 we learned of a vulnerability in the OpenSSL security system that you know is in operation when the webpage begins with https instead of http. It is the encryption system used to protect confidential information such as passwords and most sites that deal with sensitive information use it. This vulnerability allowed third parties to intercept and get that information.”

The resource link below provides the best information I have seen about this very serious internet attack. You’ll probably want to run your bank’s url through the suggested link to see if your password is safe.

Resource: http://machineslikeus.com/news/what-do-about-heartbleed-ssl-vulnerability?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MachinesLikeUs+%28Machines+Like+Us+-+Top+Stories%29