News to Know

News to Know

Situational awareness is a key element of survival and today, situational awareness must be global.  Today we present news to know from the past week with a dab of commentary:

Security Threat News:

DHS Admits It Is Unprepared for EMP Threat:  The Department of Homeland Security says that our electrical grid is even more vulnerable to an Electromagnetic Pulse attack than we were a few years ago.

Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires:  If true, Al-Qaeda has found an extremely efficient and low risk way damage Western society.

‘Killing Is The Solution,’ Gang Member Tells Walter Jacobson:  A disturbing look inside the thought process of a street gang member.  Give some thought to what’s between your family and people like this…then take appropriate steps.

Communication News:

Britain in talks on cybersecurity hotline with China and Russia:  In all the old movies the nuclear hotline phones are red…what color will the cyberhotline phone be…hope it’s not an IP phone.

Financial News:Prepography Logo

Dollar Falls Most Since 2011 as Central Banks Bump Up Stimulus:  Bumped up stimulus means bumpy road ahead…look for ways to hedge against inflation.

Drunk broker boosted oil prices for eight months in 2009:  Key phrase “The global barrel price went from $71.40 to $73.05, as Perkins bid higher and higher…”  Automation and centralization adds convenience and efficiencies at the expense of resilience.

Nature’s Fury in the News:

The 10 Costliest Natural Disasters:  Interesting article from Prepography advertiser The Ready Store.

The Drums of War

Israelis are prepared — or not — for an Iran attack:  Keep an eye on the middle east… the stakes are high with Israel convinced that 1.) an Iranian Nuke is just months away and 2.) an Iranian Nuke means a nuclear attack on Israel.

Turkey PM’s office says Turkish artillery fired on Syria after shelling of Turkish town:  Just one of a number of articles discussing clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces.  Remember that as part of the NATO Alliance we could be obligated to come to Turkey’s aid.

Other News:

Biden promotes free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida:  I’ve heard of buying votes, I often think that politicians are a pain in the rear…never thought I’d see the two merged… it even rhymes…vote for me and get a free colonoscopy!

Administration doubles down on plea to contractors amid pending layoffs:  Reuters is claiming that Defense Department is encouraging defense contractors to refrain from warning their employees about pending layoffs and offering to cover their legal bills if they get sued.  Essentially the defense contractors are being asked to ignore the WARN Act.  Oh and in other jobs news this past month was the single largest growth in job creation in the last 29 years…call me cynical but I smell the grease of machine politics behind these figures.

Egypt’s President Morsi: ‘I Will Do Everything in My Power to Secure Freedom’ For the Blind Sheikh:  A foreign head of an ‘allied’ state plans to do ‘everything in [his] power to’ release the terrorist mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center.  With friends like this who needs enemies?

Mainstream media is threatening our country’s future:  An opinion piece in the mainstream media accusing the mainstream media of threatening our country’s future.  Control the narrative and you control the world.

Islamic group calls for ban on offending prophet:  With more and more calls to curb free speech let’s all encourage our political ‘leaders’ to resist censorship and support our essential freedoms.  While banning hate speech and blasphemy might sound good in the short term to some…consider how the definition of ‘hate’ and blasphemy could change in the future and expand censorship.

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