Someone I admire from afar. . .

Someone I admire from afar is Stephen Hawking. I admire his bravery in fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. He was told he would not live long when he was a young man. He has simply surprised everyone. Experimental medicine and his wheelchair have allowed him to communicate when so many people in his condition simply could not. At first, one of his students would interpret what he was mumbling, but that became impractical after a time. His chair keeps him communicating with the outside world. Many of us would quit if we were left with the diagnosis of Hawking. Instead, he has written books on mathematical problems many of us would not be able to deal with in full capacity. Some of his books are for popular audiences and some, like God Created the Integers, is probably more of a reference book for most of us. I admire Hawking’s will to live and communicate. Another thing I admire about Professor Hawking is his ability to say things about people he does not agree with without fear or reprisal or pissing someone off. He stated that the “Big Band did not need God.” I disagree, as a theist, but still respect Hawking’s work and freedom of speech. That freedom of speech is in a universal type of way rather than an American way. He is British. I must wonder what someone of his magnitude of thought would be able to do with a calculator and full faculties. While it may be possible that his body atrophy has caused his brain to become more powerful, I wonder if the ability to communicate with more people or not use his chair would have created a super brain beyond what he already is.

This is the first in a series of exercises I have found to help me write more. I have found blogging to be difficult without simply posting about my personal life and risking the privacy of my family. I recognize my need to write, but am not sure where I am going sometimes. I hope you enjoy this and other postings that I will put out in the future. 

The Ukraine anti-semitic flyer: a case study in propaganda

Originally posted on Fabius Maximus:

Summary: The war in the Ukraine is, like many wars during the past few centuries, fought for the moral high ground as much as the physical terrain. Like many conflicts since WW2, it’s fought largely in the shadows by covert agencies of the participants and the great powers. Governments fall by mysterious means, dramatic actions make headlines, statesman make bold statements. But nothing is what it seems. The vignette of the anti-semitic flyer demonstrates these things in miniature, reminding us that journalists paint only the surface of events. We need analysis to see what lies beneath.

Ukraine anti-Semitic leaflet

Ukraine anti-Semitic leaflet

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Contents

  1. The story breaks: evil in Ukraine
  2. Too good to question: US officials embrace the story
  3. The truth slowly emerges
  4. For More Information

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(1)  The story breaks

Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation“, Ynet News, 16 April 2014 — Excerpt:

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk…

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A New Interest

I’ve lately, as a history major and strategy geek, became interested in geopolitics. Geopolitics is loosely defined as how geography affects politics, warfare, and the economy. I’ve been watching videos by Peter Zeihan, read a geopolitics book from my library, and reviewed it on Amazon. I’ve also familiarized myself with the people in geopolitics. This has been very interesting. I will finish my MA in HIstory next week and will start my Ed.D. program in July with Grand Canyon University. The University had to put off my May start date until the next because of the close date of my MA ending to that start date. 

Have you read any interesting books that might need to be read as part of a geopolitical education? Send it to me as a comment and I’ll be glad to add it to my long reading list.

On my future Ed.D.

I’ve always wanted to teach since entering college at the age of 23. I didn’t always see it as possible (because I entered college at the age of 23). My PTSD after my Army service rendered that possible. I haven’t worked since 2007, so that has allowed a lot of time for school. I changed avenues and majors, yet here I am in the break before the last two terms of my MA. I’ve been offered to be an adjunct instructor in History when I finish. 

I’ve been reading about the evils of adjunct instructor positions from various post-academics. I’m not disagreeing, but I agree that supply and demand is a major part of Universities as well as Junior colleges. I’ll probably have to hold a full time job for benefits for my family, yet I want to teach “on the side.” 

This week I am printing up my documents to fax into Grand Canyon University for my Ed.D. I have a job interview because I always planned on reentering the workforce. I have some intentions, though a tenured position may never come. I am satisfied with that. There is more to life than a professor position.

iPhone 5S Feature becomes New Target for Hackers

lostresearchers:

As I said earlier, the iPhone 5S has become a target for hackers. I reblog this with happiness hoping that Apple will find another way in the future.

Originally posted on The Roboscan Security Blog:

A couple days ago, Apple released information about the upcoming release of the iPhone5S. Of the updates implemented to the newest version, the embedded fingerprint sensor feature called “Touch ID” has grabbed the attention of people all over the world; including that of hackers.

Security researchers Nick Depetrillo, Robert David Graham, Dam Kaminsky and others, were talking about the safety of the fingerprint sensor on Twitter when Mr. Depetrillo decided to post a challenge.

Nick Depetrillo announces hack challenge on Twitter

Nick Depetrillo announces hack challenge on Twitter

Soon after, istouchidhackedyet.com was created. More security researchers and hackers pitched in, offering more incentives. The grand prize for the first person to “enroll print, place it, lift it, reproduce it, use the reproduction to unlock the phone without being locked. Video”, the basic conditions dictated by Depetrillo’s tweet,  is now over $13,000, a couple bottles of wine and hard liquor, and even books.

With the iPhone 5S due…

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iOS7

I’m loving the change to iOS7. One thing that comes to mind with how beautiful and integrated some things are to the OS (For example, you can access a flashlight from the Control Center which made my flashlight app obsolete), is how Steve Jobs would think of this. Beauty and design were important to Jobs. I believe iOS7 would have been welcomed by Jobs. 

There are errors to iOS7, but there seem to be errors to every new system if it is forward-thinking enough. I do happen to think that the iPhone 5S would have been destroyed by Jobs. There is no way that a fingerprint scanner would have been welcomed by Jobs, and hackers have set prizes on being able to hack the fingerprint scanner first.

On gender

lostresearchers:

A post from a while back, though I see the imperfections in it.

Originally posted on William Tarbush's Compositions:

I’m starting to see a trend in my Social and Intellectual History of the American Family class.  There are a few women and men that are more egalitarian or even feminist minded in my classes. Where in my ministry classes, pointing out differences in men and women was welcomed it is quite different in my history classes with many being less forward with their religious beliefs. Since it is a Christian college, I assumed my thoughts would be welcomed, but I’m trying my best in my replies to say what I think without sounding like a jerk.

One thing that I pointed out is that I think many men have loose friends while women tend to have tight, emotional relationships with their friends. It was pointed out in one fellow students beliefs that that was a personality rather than gender thing. Unfortunately, neither of us have statistics so we’re speaking…

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