Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Competence Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be - 2


"We're number one" in competence associated with software systems is shown to be another competence that falls short.

Like the competence discussed in the previous post of this series (Competence Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be).

Dredd Blog pointed out over a decade ago that the Energy Department once upon a time wrote on their website that "Oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy" (The Fleets & Terrorism Follow The Oil).

That Dredd Blog post pointed out that their statement was on their website for a very long time prior to their discovery that what they wrote was in for trouble.

They removed it but Dredd Blog used The Wayback Machine to point out their attempt to hide their competence, which was not all it was cracked up to be (ibid).

Now, with the Solar Winds and Colonial Oil ransomware hacks, modern competence is shown, once again, not what it is cracked up to be:

"The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021, exemplifies the huge challenges the U.S. faces in shoring up its cyber defenses. The private company, which controls a significant component of the U.S. energy infrastructure and supplies nearly half of the East Coast’s liquid fuels, was vulnerable to an all-too-common type of cyber attack. The FBI has attributed the attack to a Russian cybercrime gang. It would be difficult for the government to mandate better security at private companies, and the government is unable to provide that security for the private sector.

Similarly, the SolarWinds hack, one of the most devastating cyber attacks in history, which came to light in December 2020, exposed vulnerabilities in global software supply chains that affect government and private sector computer systems. It was a major breach of national security that revealed gaps in U.S. cyber defenses.

(The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the SolarWinds hack). Competence is not all its cracked up to be because trademarks and copyrights are enablers of seclusions and cover-ups by those who misuse them.

Competence is too localized to be all it is cracked up to be, and when the despotic minority exercises it's competence it neutralizes the efforts of people of good will (How To Identify The Despotic Minority, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14). 

The previous post in this series is here.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Competence Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

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I have written quite a bit about the ideological minorities that Toynbee studied and pointed out in his A Study of History.

In so doing I often quoted The Encyclopedia Britannica's take on it:

Once that aspect of a culture becomes hooked up with "nationalism" and "militarism" that culture's "goose is cooked" as the saying goes:

History told us this was going to happen:
But always TCS is primarily the population segment diagnosed as a despotic minority which the once most-often-quoted historian, Toynbee, fingered as one of the members of the trinity of extinction that he found in all civilizations that were about to become very successful at becoming extinct:
That something is the dementia that produces and ends up in suicide:
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."
(A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee). There is no cure for the final symptom of that group dementia, there is only prevention by way of avoiding it altogether in the first place.

The components of that group dementia were pointed out in an encyclopedia piece concerning that historian quoted above:
"In the Study Toynbee examined the rise and fall of 26 civilizations in the course of human history, and he concluded that they rose by responding successfully to challenges under the leadership of creative minorities composed of elite leaders. Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to the sins of nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority. Unlike Spengler in his The Decline of the West, Toynbee did not regard the death of a civilization as inevitable, for it may or may not continue to respond to successive challenges. Unlike Karl Marx, he saw history as shaped by spiritual, not economic forces" ...
(Encyclopedia Britannica, emphasis added). The show stopper, in terms of remedy, in this type of group dementia is that it is a contagious dementia.
(Etiology of Social Dementia - 18). That particular "minority" is not a racial or ethnic minority, rather, it is primarily composed of a destructive suicidal trance (Choose Your Trances Carefully, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
(Arrested Development: The Creep State). Our culture is composed, now, of the toxins of power that habitually destroy nations and civilizations (Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala - 2).
(When You Are Governed By Psychopaths - 8). Voting politicians out of office, because they cater to the despotic minority, is not enough.

(How To Identify The Despotic Minority, cf. this). Noam Chomsky, an academic and an activist, who has been at it for decades has expressed in modern speak the history and herstory that Toynbee flushed out years ago.

Even though Mr. Chomsky (Noam Chomsky Website) moved from the humid MIT realm to the Dry Void Desert, he has not lost his impeccable observational skills by so doing:

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Is Earth Day A Celebration Or A Funeral? - 2

 You would think that most folks know where the human species lives, works, eats, and breathes. You would think humanity would use all its power and might to preserve the planet that gives them their sustenance. You would think that world renowned scholars would report that we are doing a wonderful job, as any sane species would be doing, in that regard. In short, one would think everyone would want to take care of their home, their whole world. But I am very sad to report, like last year, that is not the case on the planet Earth on this Earth Day 2011 2021:

I have barely skimmed the surface of these critical issues, but do not want to end without mentioning another externality that is dismissed in market systems: the fate of the species. Systemic risk in the financial system can be remedied by the taxpayer, but no one will come to the rescue if the environment is destroyed. That it must be destroyed is close to an institutional imperative. Business leaders who are conducting propaganda campaigns to convince the population that anthropogenic global warming is a liberal hoax understand full well how grave is the threat. But they must maximize short-term profit and market share; if they don't, someone else will. This vicious cycle could well turn out to be lethal. To see how grave the danger is, simply have a look at the new Congress in the US, propelled into power by business funding and propaganda. Almost all are climate deniers. They have already begun to cut funding for measures that might mitigate environmental catastrophe. Worse, some are true believers, for example the new head of a subcommittee on the environment who explained that global warming cannot be a problem because God promised Noah that there will not be another flood. ... As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
(Professor Noam Chomsky, emphasis added). Instead of a celebration of life, a celebration that humanity is taking care of our paradise in space, we must report that MOMCOM is actively murdering the planet Earth, actively celebrating war, destruction, and death. We believe that the society destroying disease is concentrated in the hearts and minds of those in power, and that it gets there via the toxins of power. We call that concentration MOMCOM simply because that is where power is concentrated, so that is where the world destroying corruption emanates from. We must, therefore, become citizen soldiers so as to begin to fight the good fight, the fight to stop the bad war against our home world:
He's five foot-two, and he's six feet-four, He fights with missiles and with spears. He's all of thirty-one, and he's only seventeen, Been a soldier for a thousand years. He'a a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain, A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew. And he knows he shouldn't kill, And he knows he always will, Kill you for me my friend and me for you. And he's fighting for Canada, He's fighting for France, He's fighting for the USA, And he's fighting for the Russians, And he's fighting for Japan, And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way. And he's fighting for Democracy, He's fighting for the Reds, He says it's for the peace of all. He's the one who must decide, Who's to live and who's to die, And he never sees the writing on the wall. But without him, How would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau? Without him Caesar would have stood alone, He's the one who gives his body As a weapon of the war, And without him all this killing can't go on. He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame, His orders come from far away no more, They come from here and there and you and me, And brothers can't you see, This is not the way we put the end to war.
(Universal Soldier, Donovan, BuffieSaintMarie). There it is, it is incumbent on those not in power to keep those in power in check, in sanity, yes in good spirits.