Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's isn't just the Democrats and Republicans who have a bag of tricks, those Wikileaks people have apparently leaked again. Yikes!
Sunday, November 28, 2010 - When I heard that those crazy Wikileaks people were releasing more classified documents, I wondered to myself, "just exactly HOW do they do that? How do they get ahold of Top Secret documents?"

When I worked at an aerospace company many years ago, I had a Secret Clearance so I could only deal with Secret documents. That was a big deal. Having a Top Secret Clearance was a huge deal. And you also had to have a "need to know."

It all seems wrong for someone on our side to do this to us. So, I looked around and the information below is what I found out. It is VERY interesting.

How Wikileakers Wikileak

By Wil Milan
updated 11/25/2010 2:37:42 PM ET 2010-11-25T19:37:42

Wikileaks has been in the news a lot lately due to its disclosure of tens of thousands of classified American documents, leading many to ask, "How do they get away with this?" Or, to put a finer point on it, "How does an Army Private in an Army office using Army computers on an Army network transmit tens of thousands of classified documents to a suspect Web site and nobody notices or intercepts it?" (I say "suspect" because the U.S. military has long been suspicious of Wikileaks and its motives, therefore it's suspect in the Army's eyes, at least.)

But this massive leak of classified data got by more than just the U.S. Army. The NSA and other government agencies comb the Internet and other communications networks daily, much of it in real time, looking for precisely this kind of information. Yet somehow they all missed this massive transfer of secret info happening right under their noses.

It's like people counting goldfish missing a whale that went by. How did that happen?

Well, there's a one-word answer: TOR.

"TOR" stands for The Onion Router, a communications network embedded within the Internet, staffed and run by volunteers, that, like an onion, has layer upon layer that hide what's inside. In this case the layers are random communications paths: Messages that enter TOR are encrypted and bounced around many times among the thousands of nodes of the TOR network around the world, finally emerging from TOR to reach its destination from a remote node in a way that makes it near-impossible to correlate what went in with what came out.

TOR also strips off much of the identifying information that would normally allow messages on the Internet to be traced back to their source. So even if the data transfer was detected in real time, it could not have been traced back to the source. And because the data sent to Wikileaks was encrypted, even if it had been intercepted it would have been very, very difficult to tell what was being sent.

So what does this tell us? That despite efforts by many governments to increase their monitoring and control of the Internet, it's still possible for the motivated and mildly tech-savvy to get around such control and surveillance, even in very regimented environments such as the U.S. Army. Such capabilities can be a great force for good, such as allowing dissidents under repressive regimes to communicate with each other and the outside world, but they can also be abused.

Where to draw the line is not only the subject of ongoing public debate, but also of an ongoing technical battle between those who want to spy on others and those who do not want to be spied on.


This afternoon, I heard that they released the Wikileaks documents to certain news outlets. Well, don't they have the option to NOT publish that information? I suppose if they have it they HAVE TO do it or they'll burst. The internet -- we didn't even know about it just a few years ago. Now, everyone knows everything about everyone. TMI -- see ya later, djb

Thursday, November 25, 2010

This is a picture of the advertisements that came in today's papers. WOW!! And I thought that everyone had already bought their new mattresses on November 11...
Thursday, November 25. 2010 - Happy Thanksgiving!

I was just thinking about all the kitchens in all the homes all over the country that smell like turkey cooking. oh boy!!

And it's really true that turkeys are very easy to cook. You just toss 'em in the oven and after a while, you take 'em out and eat.

What could be simpler. Enough nonsensical chit-chat. I HAVE to go now. byebye. gobble, gobble, djb

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This was taken in June of this year but yesterday this is where the tornado or funnel cloud was traveling in the western sky.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - Yesterday afternoon, the temperature was in the upper 60's. It was forecast that the temperature for today would start out in the 20's. That's a huge difference which usually means "tornado warning."

At some point in the early afternoon, I heard that we were under a tornado watch. As time went on, it turned into a WARNING! What??? So, of course, I turned on The Weather Channel.

When you hear Dr. Greg Forbes say that a wall of clouds (and there might be some rotation) is headed toward ELBURN, you do take notice. I've NEVER heard Elburn mentioned on The Weather Channel before. Yikes!! After I heard that I put my shoes on and located Jarrett's yellow tornado helmet.

Instead of going to the lowest floor, I opened the garage door and looked out toward the west to see if I could spot the tornado or the funnel cloud. Never did see it so I figured the only tornadoes were up by Rockford. I was wrong.

Here's the main part of the story that was in the Daily Herald this morning:

Afternoon Storm Rolls Through the State
– November 22, 2010 – 11:08 p.m. - The storms lead the way for a Tuesday cold front with temperatures expected to dip into the upper 20s after Monday recorded highs in the upper 60s.

The National Weather Service reported a second sighting of a grounded tornado in McHenry and in Loves Park in Boone County near Rockford that ripped through the area causing extensive damage.

The confirmed tornado tore through Loves Park, just southwest of Caledonia, destroying one business, multiple homes and garages, a large barn and a grain silo, causing grain to leak into the street.

Funnel clouds were spotted near Harvard in McHenry County, in Elburn and Sugar Grove in Kane County and in Hinckley in DeKalb County shortly after the tornado sightings in Loves Park and Caledonia, according to weather reports.

Heavy rains during the storm resulted in flash flood warnings for all of Cook County until 10 p.m. as more than 2 inches of rain was recorded in some areas within a 45-minute time frame, according to National Weather Service reports.

Winds upward of 50 mph were reported in Aurora, and hail in DeKalb measured more than an inch in diameter.


They also had a record high temperature for November 22nd in DeKalb. WOW! Glad that's over. see ya later, djb

Friday, November 12, 2010

Here's me with Uncle Ron on the old patio -- it's in the mid 1970's -- somewhere around that time. You can tell by the hair!!!
Friday, November 12, 2010 - While going through my stash of pictures of pictures looking for photos of my Grandpa Berg, I came across this Polaroid of Uncle Ron and me on the patio back in the old days.

Ron doesn't have the curly hair any more but my hairdo has pretty much stayed the same...except for a few times when I tried to change it.

Apparently, this is my default hair style. What a hoot we are. see ya later gator, djb

Sunday, November 07, 2010

It's kind of weird to see that green shrub in the bottom left corner. When I was taking the picture, the flash went off and captured the greenery.
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - I don't really have anything to say but I did want to put another picture of the sunset in here.

One of the problems I've noticed this time of year is the angle of the sun in the mornings. It shines right in my eyes when I'm sitting at the computer. So, I have to turn into a pretzel so I can see what's going on.

That's all for now. bye. djb