Relics of the Past Destroyed? Is it Islamic Extremists Again?

Back when the Taliban Government under Sudam Hussein was destroying relics and statues of Buddha in Afghanistan that were thousands of years old, historians were horrified. Could you imagine, for example, blowing up the pyramids of Egypt? The Taliban’s actions were reminiscent of the Nazi’s burning books, or of the Spanish burning all of the Mayan civilization books and with it their history.

Although the war between the North and the South was largely about slavery – owning people – it is still part of our history. It may not be the brightest point of our history, much, I suppose, like the Taliban saw their country’s roots in Buddhism and Hinduism (Afghanistan is a word coming from India’s Sanskrit language). They destroyed statues, figures, relics, historical monuments and every remnant of the past that they could get their hands on. Should we do the same, or should we see the bigger historical perspective?

Is it okay to have statues of important figures in the Confederate States of America? They went to war against the United States much like the thirteen colonies declared independence against the King of Britain and wrote the Declaration of Independence. The outcome of the two wars was different, but both were states fighting for independence.

Had the colonies lost their war and America stayed part of the British Empire, would we now be destroying the Declaration of Independence and all evidence of the revolutionary war? Probably not. It would be history nonetheless. Similarly, should we now destroy all evidence there was a war – our deadliest war – now that there is no more a Confederate States of America?

These symbols – the Confederate heroes statues and flag – are seen not just as reminders of our unfortunate past of slavery but in today’s climate as a line drawn by white racists against the rest of us.

Admittedly, the issues are boiling over.

Once again racism rears its ugly head. We see the revival of the KKK and an alt-right president who comes just after the first African American president. The country could not be more divided – except perhaps in civil war.

Historically, we’re in a time of extreme pendulum swinging from left (Clinton) to right (George W.)  to left (Obama) to alt-right (Trump). The swinging is getting wider and wider and different views seem irreconcilable.

Despite the troubled times of the present, would the destruction or removal of these statues be met with blessings from historians four hundred years in the future, or will they see it in the same light as destruction of the Mayans, blowing up of Buddha statues or burning of books?

People will do what people do and this article will not change history in any significant way, however it’s one liberal’s opinion.

Have you ever seen an alien?

Every day, on TV. He’s in his 70’s and has blond hair. Just was elected recently.

No one has ever proven that even a microbe or a fossil of a microbe has ever come down to Earth from space. There is no evidence other than in Washington DC that there are any aliens within traveling distance.

Are you going to Leave the Country?

No you won’t.

Many people said that before he was elected and nobody left. This guy’s going to be president for a long time and we need to understand why this is so. I have many close friends who are Republicans. Well, close except for that. They live next door. They work where I work (in Texas). They live in other states where my wife is from. They are my mother-in-law, my step kids, etc.

They are laughing!

They think like this (for real I heard it): “He’s going to cancel food stamps! Finally! Those people are going to have to get jobs! Come around Christmas and they will riot because they don’t have government money to pay for their free food! Hillary would not have done that! He’s stirring up the pot and it’s great! He’s EXACTLY what we voted for!”

I voted for the other candidate, but she lost.. Too much controversy. My brother said “nobody cares about the emails!” He was wrong. Bernie was way too far to the left. It was impossible.

I believe Trump will be Re-elected

I’ve just completed a trip across middle America.

Despite bad press, middle America seems to think Donald Trump is a hero.

I believe he will be re-elected.

Terrible for me, a Democrat, but I do believe Democrats do not have a pulse on America. The guy is controversial and his fan club, the ordinary guy on the street of middle America, think he’s their hero.

He’s not going to be impeached. He’s not going to be out in 3 years. He’s going to be there the whole 8 years, and then you have to worry what’s next.

Everything he does, pulling out of the Paris climate thingy, trying to repeal Obamacare, even firing the FBI guy, all spells victory for Donald Trump.

You heard it here first.

What would happen to the rest of the planets if Uranus changed places with Mars and Pluto swapped with Jupiter?

On this planet there would be total chaos in the classroom. Books would have to be rewritten.

Scientists would be busy figuring out how this happened when it should not be able to happen. It would be on the nightly news with Lester Holt.

Donald Trump would blame it on Democrats.

Immediately on Earth we would see no change except in conspiracy theories.

What nobody is telling you about the cyberattack

By Wayne Boyd May 14, 2017: There are many aspects to this ransomware attack that have yet to be mentioned.

All of the systems attacked, it seems, are running older, unpatched, sometimes even illegally cloned versions of Microsoft Windows. The cyber attackers are using ransomware that exploits these older versions of Windows. Essentially they tell their victims that if they don’t pay their files will be deleted. If their system had been updated, then the attack would not have been successful. Everybody knows this.

Issue number one:

  • Microsoft demanded money for an upgrade.
  • When people didn’t pay up, cyber terrorists demanded money through ransomware.
  • Microsoft did not orchestrate the attack, but essentially they did demand money for already functioning operating systems. People were sandwiched between two parties, both demanding money to keep their system safe.
  • Microsoft did, after the fact, cave and provide upgrades for free.

Issue number two:

  • There are alternate secure operating systems that do not cost money to purchase, install and keep upgraded.
  • Save money, drop Windows, install Linux, run your hospital, package delivery company or government on open-source software.

Issue number three:

  • Bitcoins. The alternative currency. It’s legal. It is so secure, in fact, that the cyber attackers are demanding they be paid in Bitcoins. This is the currency of the future. I read in an article that Bitcoins was a form of cyber currency used by criminals. Well, guess what? Criminals use paper money too, and non-criminals use Bitcoins too..

Good News Bad News

All news is bad news. Bad news sells.

Increasingly, however, there are human interest stories dubbed “happy news” at the end of news broadcasts, but it seems to diminish in the light of the chaos that I see going on the world.

Cyber attacks, White House in turmoil, Trump increasingly isolated, Russia buzzing our planes within 20 feet, North Korea, the terrorists in Syria and Afghanistan, firing the one guy in charge of investigating the President.

Even if you get all your news from Fox and Rush Limbaugh, surely you must sense there is chaos. Every other major news organization in the world is reporting on it.

It’s depressing. I’m really trying to understand.

I’d like this blog to steer towards science, but sometimes, I just have to say something.

So here it is: something.