Kidnapping Data for a Living

by Jack

Yesterday, twenty two (22) small towns across Texas were the victims of a massive and coordinated cyber-holdup.

The criminals were using a special spyware that locks up the city’s computers until they pay a large ransom.  This works just like a kidnapping, only the kidnapped is critical government data.   The cities were all told to pay a sum rumored in the millions or they would lose their data forever.

There have been at least 60 known ransomware attacks in the past year across the USA.

In the latest attack, the extortionists gained access to the city systems by using a fake email that made it appear it was from one city employee to another.  When the recipient opened the email it released a virus into the computer system that began locking down all the data, making it impossible to reach tax records, court records, payroll, etc. until the city paid a hefty ransom to an off shore bank account and did it within 24 hours.  Some cities hit in prior months simply paid, hoping their insurance would cover most of the cost.

According to the local police, there was almost nothing they could do.  The FBI has a cyber crimes taskforce, but they are often thwarted because the perpetrators are often tracked back in Russia, China or North Korea and sometimes the crooks are acting on behalf these rogue governments.

It’s only a matter of time before the City of Chico (or Butte County) will become targeted   just like these small towns in Texas.  The only question is, will they be proactive and take the necessary precautions?  Past practice says no.  Make that a Hell no!  They don’t understand what they are up against and if they do, they will just play the odds and hope they don’t get hit.   They will more likely be successfully attacked in the near future because businesses, towns, counties and state governments are prime targets.

What will happen if we’re attacked?  Well, there will be a lot of angst and handwringing, but not much else.  We’ll be up a creek and the damage could cost us dearly.   This is the way it has happened time after time across America, while the criminals rejoice in their newly found millions.

How can this outrage keep happening to us over and over?  Because we elect idiots – any more questions.

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The San Francisco Beat

by Jack

On the radio today was a story about the owner of a San Francisco Truffle Shop.  He was forced to escort a weird acting homeless man carrying a lead pipe out of his establishment.  As he walked him to the front entry the owner tripped and the homeless man pounced on him, placing Gorce in a headlock.

The patrons inside looked on, but did nothing, as the owner yelled for help.  The owner, Gorce, would later tell police he felt like he was going to die, that he almost passed out because he couldn’t breath.

Gorce’s son, Sebastien age 13, witnessed the attack and fetched a child size baseball bat from behind the counter and dashed towards his father, but he said people inside told him to leave the homeless man alone even though his father was in danger and still in a choke hold.   The entire incident was captured on video that police used to spot the attacker.

The bum released his father as the teen approached with the bat.  “It was a weird feeling because you don’t know whether to act on your own instinct or act on what the population is saying,” Sebastien said.

“He really saved my life because if he wouldn’t have done anything, he would have choked me and I would have lost consciousness,” said XOX Truffles owner Jean Marc Gorce, KTVU reported.

Police later arrested Paul Anghilante, 51, of San Francisco on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felonious threats and false imprisonment, KPIX reported.

A security video from the North Beach neighborhood shop shows Anghilante, who is homeless, entering XOX Truffles.

Read more here: https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/california/article234215502.html#storylink=cpy
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SAN FRANCISCO – Eliminates Judgemental Words

Posted by Jack

ONLY IN CA:

The words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” will become part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or simply a “returning resident.”

Parolees and people on criminal probation will be referred to as a “person on parole,” or “person under supervision.”

A  juvenile “delinquent” will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

And drug addicts or substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”

“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” (How do they know that was the worst thing?  But, I digress.)

Haney was one of 10 supervisors (Gordon Mar was absent) who voted for the new guidelines, which Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer proposed.

According to the resolution, 1 of 5 California residents has a criminal record, and words like “prisoner,” “convict,” “inmate” or “felon” “only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal,” the resolution states.

This would be comical if it were not so Orwellian.  Changing language was part of the plan in order to narrow the range of thought.  Orwell said in 1984, “The revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.  Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and give solidarity to pure wind.”  

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Today’s Funny

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A Good Story of Life

by Jack

For the last week the Chico Air Museum, a completely self-funded endeavor, has been host to another self-funded organization, the Commemorative Air Force.   These dedicated professionals give freely of their time, talent and money to bring to the public extremely rare and historically important aircraft.

For about three thousand visitors this week it was the chance of a lifetime to see a real B25 Mitchell bomber and a B17 Flying Fortress, both of course from World War II.   The bombers were parked just outside our hanger and this allowed people to observe them from the museum’s viewing area.  Others took a tour and a few lucky folks signed up for a flight on their favorite plane.

The flights began Friday and ran through Sunday, with the bombers ending air operations around 2 pm, then they were opened up for more ground tours.

Let me tell you, this was a very big deal for the people of Chico, the air museum and for the Commemorative Air Force.  Everybody had a great time.

I flew in the B17 today from Chico to Lake Oroville.  This was not like any commercial flight or civilian aircraft I’ve ever been on.   I was seated in the radio operator’s area close to the pilots flight deck.  Others in my group took up various positions from front to back in such places as, right and left waist gunner area,  navigator’s seat and in the nose section.  I was about 10 feet behind the starboard engine and it was pretty darn loud there.  Of course I had ear plugs and that helped, but this made conversation near impossible with other crew members.

During the taxi I surveyed the inside of the 75 year old B17 and noted it carried 10 .50 cal. machine guns that pointed in every conceivable direction, thus the name Flying Fortress.  This plane was a beast.

During our pre-flight safety  briefing we were warned not to stand on the bomb-bay doors, it only took 100 lbs. of pressure to make them open.   Also overhead and right above my station were the control lines for the tail section, they were only about 1/8 inch thick of stainless steel wire and if they failed… well, lets just say life would get real interesting in a matter of seconds.

On take-off I was surprised to feel the sudden acceleration as this big bomber’s 4 radial engines roared to life.  We were pushed into our seats and we stayed there until we were well above 80 mph.   A few seconds later we were lifting off into the blue skies just like B17 crews had done so many times in WWII.   What a rush.

Amid the noise, vibrations, drafts and smell of engine oil, I suddenly gained a new  appreciation for what the real bomber crews must have gone through back in the day.  The inside was not pressurized and like I said, it was drafty.  This was not a problem because it was 95 degrees outside, but I thought what if wasn’t?  What if it was in the freezing cold of January flying over France and Germany?   There would be wing icing, it would be well below freezing inside the bomber, windows would be icing over and the crew would be in electrically warmed flight suits.  We would also be on oxygen above 12,000 feet.

Weather conditions were one thing, but what about being jumped by a bunch of German ME109’s fighters determined to blast us out of the sky?  Or how about the sheer terror of encountering incredibly accurate German 88 mm flack guns that would fill the skies with puffs of deadly black smoke?    There was not one safe place to be on this ship during combat, the aircraft skin was just thin aluminum that you could punch holes in with a screw driver.  Your only defense was manning a .50 cal machinegun and fight for your life.

It’s obvious to me that the crews of B17’s and other allied bombers during the war were all heroes.  They knew the odds of survival were slim, yet they kept taking to the air, mission after mission.  For example, the 8th AF ran a casualty rate in excess of 50 percent of crew force. In the 8th AF, the pioneers of 1942-43 paid the heaviest cost. Only one in five of these fliers completed their tour of duty. Of the 110,000 aircrew in Bomber Command, 56,000 were killed, a loss rate of 51 percent!   Not good odds was it?  Think we could tolerate those losses today?  We asked an awful lot of the young men back in WW2, but they delivered.

As a side note, among our dignitary visitors today was a former USAAF, P-51 pilot, Clarence “Bud” Anderson, the last living triple ace of WWII.  Bud is an author and a decorated pilot who has been a featured guest speaker on the History Channel and the Smithsonian channel.   It was an incredible honor to meet this man.  If you don’t know anything about him you should, click this link.  

 

 

 

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Ilhan Omar in the Headlines Again

by Jack

What do you think about this silly woman?  She is sure grabbing headlines – do you think it’s time that Pelosi reel her in?  Or maybe she should be impeached for un-American activities? No? Too early yet, ok…but, give her some time she’ll get there:

“Anti-semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was banned from entering Israel Thursday ahead of a planned trip to the country tomorrow. She’s an avid supported of the BDS-movement, which aims to destroy the country through boycotts, sanctions and divestment.  In typical fashion, Omar reacted to the news by accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Islamophobia and questioned the country’s status as a democracy.”

This person could have accompanied a bi-partisan group from Congress and nothing would have been said, but she had to be in the spotlight and she was being sponsored by a known  Muslim terrorist group…the BDS.  Further she was only going to meet with the Palestinians and blow off her host nation.   Israel does not need this another Muslim cheerleader for BDS stirring up trouble.   That brings up, why exactly do we need her in Congress?  She’s done nothing but cause trouble from her first day in office.

What should be done with this agent provocateur and quite possibly a dangerous security risk as a member of Congress?   When she was elected it seemed to me almost like electing a Nazi to congress in 1939.  She’s all about supporting radical Muslim’s  and could care less about managing her congressional district.

 

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Kamala the Liar

by Jack

When Sen. Kamala Harris first ran for CA office I had very, very, low expectations.  I was not disappointed.  She’s quite possibly the worst candidate for president in American history.  Here’s an example why I say that:

Yesterday, she was on the campaign trail trying to stir up the black voters in hopes of getting her failing campaign some traction.  So, she took a dive and tried to label the police officer shooting in Ferguson Mo., as a murder.  Oh, it was a police shooting alright and after Obama sent in the FBI to investigate, they had to conclude it was justified.  The Dept. of Justice, the Ferguson Police, the FBI and the results of 4 autopsies and dozens of eye witnesses all led to the same conclusion.  Officer innocent – suspect guilty.  Not only that but there was never, “hands up – don’t shoot” said, that was a total lie started by the suspect’s friend.

Surely you remember that the suspect had just committed a felony (robbery) and he attacked the 1st police officer that came in contact with him.  It could not be more clear, the officer fired in self defense!  But, Sen. Kamala Harris is willing to lie and distort this incident even if it causes damage to the police and hurts race relations.  She sold out the truth for a pollical score and she really thinks black people will buy into her big lie.  She must have an even lower opinion of them, than I do of her!

In yet another Harris lie,  CNN reported on Monday, that Sen. Kamala Harris claimed President Donald Trump has failed to deliver on his promises to workers. And she issued a dire warning about autoworkers’ jobs in particular.

“He said he was going to help working people, and it is estimated that as many as 300,000 autoworkers may be out of a job before the end of the year,” she said aboard her campaign bus in Iowa.

That was a more conservative figure than Harris used July 12 on the radio show “The Breakfast Club,” during which she said, “He’s helped the top 1% and the biggest corporations. Meanwhile, some estimate that as many as 700,000 autoworkers were going to lose their job before the end of the year.”

Both figures are incorrect.

Facts First: There is no credible estimate that 300,000 autoworkers might lose their jobs by the end of the year. And there has been an increase in autoworker jobs during the Trump presidency, though there has been a slight decrease over the past year.

Kamala Harris is a rabid, bomb tossing, commie, race-baiter and opportunist who should never be trusted and never hold any sort of office.   She will lie and promise anything to meet her objectives.  (To our resident liberals, please feel free to call Trump names now, but she is still a rotten liar.)

 

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Speaks Candidly About Immigration Reform

Posted by Jack (with thanks to Hal for finding the video)

Illegal immigration has been a long standing problem in republican circles, but it also one that has been recognized by the democrats.   It has been candidly addressed by President Clinton and more recently by Sen. Chuck Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.   For your educational benefit please watch this compelling and inspiring 2 minute video.   After watching this video one must wonder with such amazing agreement on both sides of the isle, why so little has been done to correct it?  But, if you think there really isn’t true agreement, then please ask yourself who it is that has sold out America and who has been steadfast?

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Why Some People Believe Things That Aren’t True

 

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Absolutely Worth Considering

You won’t like everything in this video, but there is enough truth here that makes watching this worth your time.   Enjoy…

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