Thursday, February 3, 2011

How Did You Like The Blackout?

That is what is coming if the powers that be shut down the Internet.

Regular Dredd Blog Readers now know, it is not so good.

Other means of communication should be learned and implemented, such as Citizen Band (CB), and other forms that will stay up if the Internet goes down.

Back to regular programming tomorrow ....


  1. CB radio? That's a big ten-four good Dreddster buddy. Ya got your ears on?

    Never thought I'd hear that jargon make a comeback.

    I hear there's a bill still in circulation that would give POTUS the kill switch. I'm thinking when it gets that bad, the internet won't be the only one getting killed. And I have no doubt that such a bill will get passed soon enough and that it will be used sometime shortly thereafter. The handwriting's on the wall.

  2. Turns out, killing the internet wouldn't be quite as easy as it sounds.

    Could the U.S. shut down the internet?

    That said, I'm sure NSA or one of the other spook agencies has something up their sleeve to slow it down and affect its reliability. They're already using "false flag" blog posters and the like to infiltrate and affect controversial blog sites. Hey, the spooks do that kind of stuff for a living and they're damn good at it. You can bet any denial of service in the US will be several orders of magnitude more sophisticated than any thing they did in Egypt, although Egypt will no doubt be studied as a real world test case for future such misadventures. Of course the response in the US will be a good deal more sophisticated as well, so it will be game on when that day comes.

    Personally, when the US government begins to resort to such extreme measures, that will signal the final collapse has officially begun. There will almost certainly be no turning back from such extreme measures, although you can be sure they'd try to seek cover by blaming it on a false flag actor. Not that that story line would work for long however.

    Far more likely that they'll simply target liberal bloggers or groups for disruption and/or amplify the noise of pro government bloggers/groups, much as FOX News and Rush Limbaugh do now. In the end, disinformation is SO MUCH more effective than denial of information and much more insidious too. Plus, with the Patriot Act comfortably in place, why shut down the internet when you can secretly spy on its users, gain information on their activities, and then lock them up for good with no charges whatsoever, never to be heard from again? What's not to love?

  3. I did not like the blackout! If we all learn CB, Radio Shack will not go belly up!

  4. Lots of scary stuff still coming out of Egypt: Standing with Our Brother-in-Blogging: Sandmonkey

    Unfortunately, lots of equally scary revisionist bullshit like this coming out of the US: EDITORIAL: Reagan: A statement, not an apology
    Unlike today, 1980s foreign policy was based on strength

    On the one hand, it's great that we have freedom of speech and all of that. On the other, it's a shame that we have so many dullards exercising it, and an even greater one that they usually have the money and influence to amplify their voices over those of others as well.

  5. "Adults" discuss fate of Egypt:

    White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak’s Exit

    Uh, huh... Heard THIS song and dance before. Any bettors on how THIS one turns out? I'm guessing 90/10 militarily one way or the other.

    Who'd have guessed?

  6. disaffected,

    I noticed that this statement is in your link "White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak's Exit":

    "Mr. Suleiman, backed by Lt. Gen. Sami Enan, chief of the Egyptian armed forces, and Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the defense minister, would immediately begin a process of constitutional reform."

    They really do think we are stupid.

  7. Randy, after middeages warriers mounted on horses and camels, weiding bullwhips, what more can we expect from these miitary "leaders" who so totally lack imagination.

    I am reminded of London's, To Build A Fire.