Sony Hack

Bottom Line Up Top

I don’t have any idea on who it was who hacked Sony.  In this vein I believe I am in line with nearly every other person on the planet.  To date we’ve gotten all the ‘proof’ that the North Koreans were involved with this that we did on Saddam Hussein’s ‘WMDs’.  About the only thing missing is Donald Rumsfeld going on television to tell us the exact location of the hacked server in question…”It’s located just North, South, East and West of…..”.

History of Sony Hacks

From where I sit I have a very clear memory of Sony Playstation network getting hacked so bad a few years ago it took the entire gaming system offline for weeks.  You’d think a company that had such an event would not be storing company passwords in a file named “passwords”.  FFS.  I’ve read reports that mention Sony being hacked over FIFTY TIMES in the last few years.   Google the issue if you have any questions as to the frequency or number of the hacks perpetrated against Sony.  As a final aside, when did it become the business of the US government to protect the intellectual property of Sony against their own stupidity?  Hmmm?

Other Likely Suspects

The early stories on this hack seemed to indicate that it was a disgruntled Sony hater (former employee?) responsible for this hack.  That seemed to make sense at the time, but the more I see the North Korean angle getting boosted by the (uncritical) press, the more it has me thinking that it is much more likely that the CIA is at the root of this Sony hack.  After all, they are under extreme scrutiny for their perpetration of war crimes.  They have shown the ability and propensity for hacking all manner of things, most notable the Senate computers being used by the committee investigating their criminality.  How convenient for the CIA to have a major NORTH KOREAN hack come floating to the fore!!  Attention is thereby shifted away from their illegal and immoral (unconstitutional) activities!  Look for the head of the CIA to be in Congress next week looking for increased funding to combat this new ‘menace’!  I am so not buying into this North Korea bullshit. Are you?

Enjoy.

Advertisements

Random Recap of Everything

World

DetroitSyria

Even though most of the mideast reminds Obama of Detroit, that’s no excuse for intervention.  Let’s drop some jobs into Detroit instead of bombs on foreigners.

We have no business in Syria. None. Let them kill each other off on their own, and in whatever fashion suits them best. We have no friends over there. When you can’t even fool a drunken Brit into tagging along you know you have a problem. Time to defund the spies. The NSA seems extremely adept at accessing and cross-filing Grandma’s emails (lest the Gray Panthers get a toehold on society). It’s great that they’re keeping an eye on the proliferation of heavily sharpened knitting needles, but even more worrisome that they still can’t provide accurate, reliable real-time operational foreign intelligence.

NSA Dick Check

UN Toilet Cam

Capturing small talk in the men’s loo at the UN? Easy Peezy.  Still totally clueless on any issue involving WMD’s.  Are you kidding me?

USA

Seattle-Butcher-Sells-Prosciutto-Made-From-Marijuana-Fed-Pigs

The pot fed pork producing industry (centered in Seattle -DUH) just got some good news.

Obama finally decided to call off the Feds over Colorado, Washington and California marijuana legalization rulings. He left the door to fascism cracked open wide enough that the Prison Industrial Complex is still smiling.  No change to the federal classification aligning marijuana with heroin. In other “drug” news it was reported that 500 people die every year from Tylenol overdoses and 50 to 80 thousand seek emergency room services from negative reactions to acetaminophen.  This prompted a voluntary change in the label.  Glad that’s tended to.

Hell’s Kitchen

Wildfires US 2013

With names like Incendiary Point and Hell’s Canyon it’s a wonder these places haven’t self immolated long ago.

The entire western half of the US appears to be on fire. Visitors to whatever is left of our western national park system should be required to carry portable firefighting gear on all future camping expeditions as well as pine seedlings to replant the blighted forests.

Tech

Bye Bye Balmer

Ballmer quits at Microsoft. About dam time. Most of the American workforce would already have been pink-slipped for much less serious failures, like showing up to work an hour late because they had to take their sick child to the clinic. This clown should not have survived Vista, let alone the aborted Courier and the not aborted ZuneRT.

Armed and Dangerous

iPhoneyItI won’t be long before everyone is wondering how they ever got along without a smart watch. Or not.  I have a hard time seeing the appeal so you know I’ll absolutely have to have one as soon as they come out.  In the end I think the eyeglass viewer is going to become the dominant smartphone interface, though the watches will probably sell well enough to gain a strong foothold.  Toughness and weather resistance is going to matter.

The Return of the Brick Phone

Brick Phone

Those cute little smartphones we all took home as cuddly kittens are poised to grow as big as adult grizzlies. By the time the market fully matures the number one selling phone accessory is going to be a backpack to carry all your gear. It’ll be Phabulous.

Errata

Looking into the future of Google Glass I see a Sergei Brin divorce on the horizon.

Windows tablets continue to suck, at any price.

Nintendo just released a new hand held gaming device that doesn’t include a Twitter app or a phone. What the hell are they thinking?

PZ Myers has still not been formally banned from the internet and continues with his wild ass ruminations.

Life

Johnny and Sonya

Everything continues to blossom in my world, even with the many burdens providence has seen fit to vex me with.  It won’t be long before we get to see the newest iteration of the iPhone, so reschedule that appointment you made with the Dutch euthanasia society.

There’s still something worth living for.

Enjoy.

Answered Prayers

Mr. Deity Destroys PZ

Introduction

As if the abundance of blessings I receive wasn’t already enough for any single human on the planet, and in spite of my continued outpouring of flirty heresies, providence has again reached out and given me a divine tickle.

It’s heartwarming enough to realize how much my success does to destabilize the delicate sensibilities of the creeply (rhymes with deeply) religious, but when Mr. Deity steps up to the plate and covers two topics which have been front row/center here on my blog the last couple weeks?  That sets me to pondering my odds on the Powerball lottery!!

The 32.4% of me that’s gay is pretty sure I’d be a lock to win that sucker if I made the pre-announcement that I’d tithe ten percent of my winnings to the Folsum Street Fair committee, because that’s how God rolls.  He loves testing his sheep. (see Job).  But I digress.

The Setup

Mr. Deity takes a swipe at the racist Mormons and their incoherent (and patently bogus) early history.  If you pay real close attention you get a clue as to where the polygamy fits in.  My take on the current big Mormon scandal involving apostate Swedes is here in Mormon Blues and Mormon Blues 2.

The Big Finale

Starting at around the 5:15 mark on Mr. Deity’s video, is the not-so-heavily disguised (major league brutal!) assault on PZ Myers and his totally incredulous serial rape charges against Michael Shermer.  Without ever mentioning the names of the participants involved or the fantastical rape charges themselves, Mr. Deity does more damage to the credibility of PZ Myers and his lunatic #atheismplus American Girlyban pom pom girls than even the esteemed Thunderf00t has managed to do in his smartly crafted four part series on Why Feminism is Poisoning Atheism.

The Moral of the Story

At the time of this post, I have no knowledge as to whether PZ has “ceased and desisted” in the manner prescribed by Mr. Shermer’s legal counsel.  That’ll be something I check on immediately after hitting “post”.  Last time I checked, the offending blog entry and related 46,442 comments (estimate) were still up.  The anticipation of the atheist and skeptic blog and twitter community over this subject yesterday, was on par with that of Brits over the birth of the royal baby or that of the Catholics obsessed over the recent replacement of the Pope.  FWIW, I think the only puff of smoke we’re likely to see rising in Morris Minnesota anytime soon will be from PZ’s eventual self immolation.

The Eventual Fallout

I’d be perfectly happy if PZ would just comply with Mr. Shermer’s extremely reasonable request to remove and apologize for his miscreant behavior and return to being the likably weird atheist uncle (the one who didn’t try to fiddle you under the table at Christmas dinner).

Many others are not as reasonable as myself.  Suggested alternatives to “balance the scales of justice” include the removal of Mr. Myer’s head, which would then be placed either on a pike outside the Morris Minnesota campus as a warning to future demagogues, or alternatively, as a hood ornament on the Rolls Royce Mr. Shermer is going to buy with the monetary damages

Enjoy.

Shameful Non Self Promotion

Empty Headed Skeptic

Just wanted to take a quick minute to point my readers in the direction of several other bloggers who have also taken the time to comment on the PZ Myers #DickiLeaks rape allegations aimed at Michael Shermer.

I’m pretty sure that Myers will escape any libel charges by hiding behind the skirt of Larry Flynt’s Supreme Court ruling making it nearly impossible for a public person to sue for libel damages.

We’ve reached the point of epistemic closure on the #atheimplus movement when they have to hide behind the skirt of the world’s most notorious pornographer to do their own scatological ramblings.

What Honest Skeptics Think of PZ’s Actions

First off, Mr. Shermer himself.  His not-so-cryptic tweet from yesterday. You’re gonna want to click on that picture to see the Saturday Night Live skit he’s referencing.:

Shermer Fires Back

I want to take a minute here and add my opinion on how I think Mr. Shermer should respond going forward.  Ignore and mock the troglodytes at PZ’s house of diminishing returns.  Have his lawyer shoot off an email to National Geographic inquiring as to their standards of operations.

Somebody find that info on Nat Geo contact and tweet it to me.  Don’t make me have to get all #flirty with you.  Need I remind you that there’s limited seating for disciples in the 66 VW microbus?  Don’t let that put any pressure on you.

Thunderf00t, doing yet another masterful takedown in his series on the whacked out women of #Atheismplus.  This one is a real treat.

She can't keep their story straight

Al Stefanelli, who chose to distance himself very early on from the flagrantly abusive actions of #AtheismPlus and their American Girlyban terrorist cult:

This is not ‘bringing to light‘ a problem in the skeptic community. It is not an attempt to reveal some sort of dark underbelly of rampant sexual abuse that permeates the skeptic conference circuit. It is yellow journalism, if I even dare to use the word ‘journalism‘ in connection to anything that has come out of Pharyngula for quite some time. Full article here.

Atheist Revolution speculates on PZ Myers motives:

It is difficult for me to imagine that someone without a history of conflict with Shermer would jump the gun like this in a public disclosure that seems calculated to harm his reputation. It is similarly difficult to imagine that PZ would have done this had the accused been someone with whom he had no prior conflict. Full article here.

RDUBWILEY, adds another YouTube video bemoaning the anonymous nature of the PZ’s rape charges against Shermer:

Sounds Perfectly Reasonable

 Here’s blogger/cartoonist (The Pigman) doing what cartoonists do:

Comic Backhand

Here’s another bit of analysis dripping with enough disgust to make the cut.  (h/t @esaboojam) From the Skeptic Ink Network:

When I first lacerated Myers and Watson and their ilk, people were surprised at my vehemence and wondered whether I was not going too far.  Well, now you see why.  I knew the sort of people they were, and are, and I knew that no compromise was possible.  Full article here.

Mr. Myers just updated his blog post with even more damning “evidence” that Mr. Shermer is a serial rapist.  I won’t link to it because I don’t link to pornography on this blog, but here’s the accusation (another mystery woman – the elevator must be getting pretty crowded by now?):

Michael Shermer helped get me drunker than I normally get, and was a bit flirty.

Seriously?  A bit flirty?  OMG, call the cops.  Oops, I forgot.  The American Girlyban are on record pointing out how the cops don’t help them.  They’ve all but accused the police force of passing them around the precinct re-raping them while uploading it to YouTube.

If the latest anonymous accuser had taken her complaints to the cops, they would have informed her that there is no law against “flirty behavior” and likely would have tossed her ass in the slammer for public intoxication, thus verifying the fact that the cops don’t give a dam about women.

I’m sure my list of those who strongly dissent with Mr. Myers is not comprehensive.  Others may want to add content in the comments section or just forward links to me through my Twitter account @thetimchannel.

Edited to add stuff. Don’t complain. It won’t cost you any more than you’ve already paid.

Enjoy.