Thursday, February 28, 2013

In The News: Feb 28, 2013

From a CBS News article about how Iran dissed the film Argo:  

"Actor-director Ben Affleck "goes and shows scenes of a very violent and very angry mob throughout the film," Ebtekbar said. "It is never mentioned that these are a group of students."

And why would mentioning they are students make any difference? Oh, that's right, when would students ever become violent? Think they don't? Check out this latest piece of information in the news about the student wing Islami CChhatra Shibir going on a rampage that killed 23 people. Explain to me again Ebtekbar how student involvement makes something less violent.

Ebtekbar is trying to redefine the scenario as a kinder-gentler hostage taking. Yeah, right. Ebtekbar sounds like a typical spin doctor. While I will agree there are nasty circumstances from both sides that lead up to the hostage taking (neither side is technically innocent overall), ultimately, holding people hostage for over a year is not acceptable and Ebtekbar can put any spin he wants on it. He was involved in holding US citizens against their will and therefore is a criminal. 

This comes from a Huffy Post article about an Alslip man charged with hate crimesThe interesting thing is that part of the sentence (besides felony charges), included writing an essay about about the history of blacks being lynched in the United States. I tip my hat to the judge for doing what judges should do: provide a series of corrective actions including the requirement of the perpetrator to face the vileness of their actions. While some people will not ever see the wrong in what they do, the fact this man has to research the hatred may change his viewpoint. Even a remote possibility is worth the effort. I applaud the judge for the forward thinking.

Salon has an article with an almost laughable counter-claim from China's ministry spokesman that the majority of the cyber attacks on China's come from the US.  

From the article: a ministry spokesman, Geng Yansheng, on Thursday according to Reuters.”According to the IP addresses, the websites were, in 2012, hacked on average from overseas 144,000 times a month, of which attacks from the US accounted for 62.9 percent.”

Geng goes on the say an explanation is in order. Indeed. But not in the way Geng is demanding.  Geng needs some "schooling" on how network protocols such as TCP or UDP function. IP addresses are easy to spoof since it is in a container that can be modified relatively easily along with the fact there is no means to verify its contents are valid.. Using an IP address as a smoking gun proof of guilt is not something a technically knowledgeable person would use as evidence because it would simply say they were naive or uninformed. So to assuming Geng isn't naive, I'll consider the statement as the typical rhetoric of diversion to point the blame back onto the US.

Essentially, Geng is using IP addresses as proof of US espionage. Anyone cognizant of how networking functions will ignore such statements as pointless. Geng's response doesn't hold up against the more industrious Mandiant Intelligence report. Take a look through the pdf and you'll see a credible collection of information that points the finger at a Chinese military unit for siphoning sizable amounts of data illegally and mostly from English speaking countries.. Geng is the equivalent to a 98 pound beach weakling mouthing off to Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mandiant) how there's going to be some ass kicking coming up. Yeah, there's ass kicking all right and it's not the Mandiant data that loses out as simple political propaganda but rather the useless data Geng sited. Mandiant one! Geng... wait for it... no, not it's not even worthy of zero: minus one! 

Next up, I'm waiting for Xinhua News Agency to strongly disapprove of the Australian report about the biggest bust for a meth shipment and it came from China. You know those Aussies--stirring up trouble and being US pawns for distributing meth.

One very important thing I would like to mention. While it seems like I have a lopsided view of China, that's far from true. I visited China back around 2000. I will say I met a variety of people, some were opportunistic (trying to take advantage of a foreigner) while some were extremely decent human beings. Specifically, I recall this really big fella, a soldier in the Guangzhou airport who helped me out.  Skipping the long details, I was running late and about to miss a flight which meant a three day layover sitting in the airport. I had to go find my luggage as it had been stored in an obscure place. By the time I found it, my flight was nearly ready to take off. I wasn't going to make it on time. But the soldier recognized my face he expedited the process of me getting through the line pronto. I owe this man a huge debt of gratitude. So what i"m saying, good people are everywhere. You just have to be in trouble to sometimes notice that they are there.