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Thoughts on Privacy

The only absolute privacy is a thought you have not shared.


Sharing thoughts and ideas is the first breach of privacy.

Intentionally spreading information sacrifices much if not 
all privacy.

Privacy is largely a fantasy.

The best protection against harm is to lead a caring and careful life.

Pride is the enemy of privacy.

Even when privacy is among intimates it is not truly private.

The only privacy is one that is unexpressed.

Privacy and solitude are similar but not the same.

Society is inherently public.

Privacy in society is an illusion.

Triadic Philosphy sees all action as social.

Doing something alone and in private is a social convention.

Our macro-environment expresses our attitude to privacy.

Privacy is an illusory commercial product.

Secrecy is an expensive effort to counter reality.

The rejection of ethics accompanies the illusion of privacy.

An ethical life makes public life possible.

Privacy is not the same thing as secrecy.

Secrecy is as illusory as privacy.

Secrecy is inherent in the construction of power.

Power is the forbidden fruit of the unethical will.

Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms eBook: Stephen C. Rose: Kindle Store


COMMENT ON: Up in the Air: Obama’s Terrorism Failure

Read the article this comment is about at HuffingtonPost

This comment also appears at Huffington Post here.

Another knee jerk reaction that betrays a misunderstanding of President Obama.

1. The president’s initial reaction to most anything has an air of calm that is easily interpreted as lackadaisical.

2. The steps taken after the Christmas close call were also typical. The president called for immediate review of the procedures and security provisions. Such calls are generally ignored by media or downplayed.

3. The next step is not yet. This care generally makes writers scratch their heads. Then when things do get done, they may grudgingly admit that the President has in fact operated sagely.

One can readily predict possible actions.

a) If he deems the failure one of administration, he may shake up the administration of “homeland security.”

b) He will probably come up with sensible measures and protections that have not generally been suggested — like flagging folk with only cash and no baggage for a serious vetting.


c) He will not segregate this experience from the wider narrative which includes Afghanistan. It may well be that our position in nations harboring terrorist training and operation launches will be more that of a an interested party willing to assist than a high-profile combatant.

The other side of the security issue has everything to do with appearances and high-profile combat does not appear to cut it anymore. Low profile support might.


Cybersecurity — Securing Our Digital Future

Cybersecurity — Securing Our Digital Future

Strong words. We are moving into the world we already live in. Only we only barely perceive it. The seismic economic shifts perceive it. Things will have less allure. Convenience and mobility more. Even our vaunted and significant obesity may be only a stage in the transition we are so dimly alert to. The world is inverting. Cyber is where we already are and where, for the same length of time the dying auto industry has thrived, it will develop and thrive, until it is replaced by the next true wave of human ingenuity — perhaps toward peaceful existence.

For a less speculative take on all this, flip to the White House site and see what Melissa Hathaway, Cybersecurity Chief at the National Security Council, had to say today about cybersecurity. I will leave you with a salient paragraph immediately below.


Protecting cyberspace requires strong vision and leadership and will require changes in policy, technology, education, and perhaps law.  The 60-day cyberspace policy review summarizes our conclusions and outlines the beginning of a way forward in building a reliable, resilient, trustworthy digital infrastructure for the future.  There are opportunities for everyone—individuals, academia, industry, and governments—to contribute toward this vision.  During the review we engaged in more than 40 meetings and received and read more than 100 papers that informed our recommendations.   As you will see in our review there is a lot of work for us to do together and an ambitious action plan to accomplish our goals.  It must begin with a national dialogue on cybersecurity and we should start with our family, friends, and colleagues.


Pakistan Has Consistently Lied on Nuke Issues

If you do not read to the final words of today’s NTTimes dispatch on the possibility of nuclear mischief by the surging Taliban in Pakistan, then you will not understand why we have for weeks issued a warning, a warning that even today’s Times downplays.

Here they are. Read well.

David Albright and Paul Brannan of the Institute for Science and International Security wrote in a recent report documenting the progress of those facilities, “In the current climate, with Pakistan’s leadership under duress from daily acts of violence by insurgent Taliban forces and organized political opposition, the security of any nuclear material produced in these reactors is in question.” The Pakistanis, not surprisingly, dismiss those fears as American and Indian paranoia, intended to dissuade them from nuclear modernization. But the government’s credibility is still colored by the fact that it used equal vehemence to denounce as fabrications the reports that Abdul Qadeer Khan, one of the architects of Pakistan’s race for the nuclear bomb, had sold nuclear technology on the black market.

In the end, those reports turned out to be true. SOURCE

The nuclear issue runs clear back to the beginning when we, the US, used faulty logic and distorted facts to justify the use of two decimating actions that killed and maimed countless Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, save for tests which themselves took a toll, as residents of St. George, Utah, and other locales east of the Nevada Test Site, well know, we have avoided nuclear war. We did so mainly by the MAD structure of the Cold War. Mutually Assured Destruction.

I have argued here for an updating of George Kennan’s original containment thesis, a proposition which was not implemented in full during the Cold War, but one which makes sense in dealing with the global terror threat.

But the proximate threat of an actual, successful terror effort that would place nuclear weapons in the grasp of the Taliban and their allies rises to the level of an emergency that requires an emergency response.

Immediately, we need to convene an international meeting to swiftly put flesh on a new, second-generation UN peace keeping apparatus. This would not be rag-tag elements from willing countries assembled in a rag-tag way. This would be the creation of an international capacity to ensure that terror enclaves are not the targets of self-interested unilateral parties, but of the preponderance of civilized nations, aghast at the prospect of possible nuclear blackmail. The need for this is palpable. The failure to create such an entity will drive nails into our effort, making each unilateral move we make a step into the quagmire resulting from the failure to give legs to a consensus that surely does exist, but equally surely does not have any concrete manifestation.

Pakistan has consistently lied about its actual role in making the world less and less safe because of nuclear criminality and less than assured nuclear security. When that fact is digested, the only option becomes preparing for the worst. The worst would be a meltdown sooner than later, an anarchic situation in which no power was in place that could actually ensure a measure of safety from renegade actions by the Taliban. The very worst case could be a sort of nuclear blackmail situation created with the advent of credible evidence that the Taliban and other terror groups were in possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Hit the containment and Kennan and Pakistan labels above for more on all this.



President’s “America’s” Remarks FULL ENGLISH TEXT

Choosing a Better Future in the Americas
by President Barack Obama

As we approach the Summit of the Americas, our hemisphere is faced with a clear choice. We can overcome our shared challenges with a sense of common purpose, or we can stay mired in the old debates of the past. For the sake of all our people, we must choose the future.

Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas. My Administration is committed to the promise of a new day. We will renew and sustain a broader partnership between the United States and the hemisphere on behalf of our common prosperity and our common security.

In advance of the Summit, we have begun to move in a new direction. This week, we amended a Cuba policy that has failed for decades to advance liberty or opportunity for the Cuban people. In particular, the refusal to allow Cuban Americans to visit or provide resources to their families on the island made no sense – particularly after years of economic hardship in Cuba, and the devastating hurricanes that took place last year. Now, that policy has changed.

The U.S.-Cuba relationship is one example of a debate in the Americas that is too often dragged back to the 20th century. To confront our economic crisis, we don’t need a debate about whether to have a rigid, state-run economy or unbridled and unregulated capitalism – we need pragmatic and responsible action that advances our common prosperity. To combat lawlessness and violence, we don’t need a debate about whether to blame right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents – we need practical cooperation to expand our common security.

We must choose the future over the past, because we know that the future holds enormous opportunities if we work together. That is why leaders from Santiago to Brasilia to Mexico City are focused on a renewed partnership of the Americas that makes progress on fundamental issues like economic recovery, energy, and security.

There is no time to lose. The global economic crisis has hit the Americas hard, particularly our most vulnerable populations. Years of progress in combating poverty and inequality hangs in the balance. The United States is working to advance prosperity in the hemisphere by jumpstarting our own recovery. In doing so, we will help spur trade, investment, remittances, and tourism that provides a broader base for prosperity in the hemisphere.

We also need collective action. At the recent G-20 Summit, the United States pledged to seek nearly half a billion dollars in immediate assistance for vulnerable populations, while working with our G-20 partners to set aside substantial resources to help countries through difficult times. We have called upon the Inter-American Development Bank to maximize lending to restart the flow of credit, and stand ready to examine the needs and capacity of the IDB going forward. And we are working to put in place tough, clear 21st century rules of the road to prevent the abuses that caused the current crisis.

While we confront this crisis, we must build a new foundation for long-term prosperity. One area that holds out enormous promise is energy. Our hemisphere has bountiful natural resources that could make renewable energy plentiful and sustainable, while creating jobs for our people. In the process, we can confront climate change that threatens rising sea levels in the Caribbean, diminishing glaciers in the Andes, and powerful storms on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Together, we have both the responsibility to act, and the opportunity to leave behind a legacy of greater prosperity and security. That is why I look forward to pursuing a new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas that will help us learn from one another, share technologies, leverage investment, and maximize our comparative advantage.

Just as we advance our common prosperity, we must advance our common security. Too many in our hemisphere are forced to live in fear. That is why the United States will strongly support respect for the rule of law, better law enforcement, and stronger judicial institutions.

Security for our citizens must be advanced through our commitment to partner with those who are courageously battling drug cartels, gangs and other criminal networks throughout the Americas. Our efforts start at home. By reducing demand for drugs and curtailing the illegal flow of weapons and bulk cash south across our border, we can advance security in the United States and beyond. And going forward, we will sustain a lasting dialogue in the hemisphere to ensure that we are building on best practices, adapting to new threats, and coordinating our efforts.

Finally, the Summit gives every democratically-elected leader in the Americas the opportunity to reaffirm our shared values. Each of our countries has pursued its own democratic journey, but we must be joined together in our commitment to liberty, equality, and human rights. That is why I look forward to the day when every country in the hemisphere can take its seat at the table consistent with the Inter-American Democratic Charter. And just as the United States seeks that goal in reaching out to the Cuban people, we expect all of our friends in the hemisphere to join together in supporting liberty, equality, and human rights for all Cubans.

This Summit offers the opportunity of a new beginning. Advancing prosperity, security and liberty for the people of the Americas depends upon 21st century partnerships, freed from the posturing of the past. That is the leadership and partnership that the United States stands ready to provide.


MSNBC Reports Marine 1 File-Sharing Lapse

Security companies should not download file-sharing programs and then upload sensitive data about the specs and costs of Marine 1, the President’s helicopter.

This secure information is not secure anymore. It is on a computer in Iran.

Wesley Clark is involved with the offending PA company and I am sure that this story will be blown out of proportion.



Barack’s High-Tech Glass Shield

To be on the safe side. SOURCE

Mr. Obama’s shield is starkly different — lighter, thinner, and stronger — than the one first built to guard President Ronald Reagan.