America’s National Security Strategy is a very important effort. For the last year, some rather dim individuals and groups have been criticizing President Trump for “not having a national security plan.”
Actually, he has always had a national security plan: “Define the objective, then let the Generals do their job.” It’s been simple, straightforward, smart, and effective, and precisely what any non-military civilian leader should do. President Trump is to be commended for his wisdom!
A year and a lot of learning and hard work later, President Trump publishes our new National Security Strategy with four key focus areas:
- Protect the American People, the Homeland, and the American Way of Life
- Promote American Prosperity
- Preserve Peace through Strength
- Advance American Influence
I am providing links to both the summary as well as the full plan towards the bottom.
In the meantime, let’s examine the reaction to President Trump’s NSS as compared to their opinions on his Foreign Policy. As you can see, there is great positive feedback about his NSS than his FP, which is more negative than positive.
Fox News Coverage: “Trump unveils national security strategy: ‘America is going to win.’ ”
I’m putting my IT hat back on for a minute and sifting through the confusion in the media to bring you a clear set of 5 key points and 2 recommendations for your consideration. Feel free to distribute.
Here’s the lowdown on the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel and other chips (links to supporting articles will follow):
1. Yes, Spectre and Meltdown are real. They affect Intel, and to a lesser extent, AMD processors. “Flaws buried deep in the architecture of most modern CPUs have presented a golden opportunity for bad actors to access priveleged information held in memory. Most computers contain iron-clad spaces where data can pass securely in an unencrypted, visible form. These work by limiting the access to that data from other applications and pocesses. But Meltdown and Spectre undermine these safeguards. If exploited, they could result in an adversary accessing things like passwords and privileged data.”
2. There were no known instances of the vulnerabilities actually being exploited.
3. Intel has begun releasing updates. The problem is, the updates can adversely affect performance. “The performance impact of these updates is highly workload dependent,” though that “some workloads may experience a larger impact than others.”
4. Microsoft’s initial attempts to patch machines through Windows updates have actually bricked (broken) some of the AMD machines. Microsoft has halted those updates until they’ve fixed their own bugs.
5. Apple’s 11.2.2 iOS update will deliver the patches to its flock.
My two recommendations:
1. With respect to key point 2, above, I would NOT go hunting down a fix. It’s likely to be premature, buggy, and as per key point 4, it could very will brick (permanently break) your machine.
2. If you’re in the market for a new computer, I would definitely wait long enough to be absolutely certain your new computer uses a post-Spectre/Meltdown processor, one specifically built to NOT have the flaws.
For details supporting the above five key points, I have provided links to the relevant articles from which I sourced the information, here:
As of January 4, 2018, the term “bomb cyclone” as swept through the corridors of mudstream media like wildfire, even though it was never
officially adopted as a weather term. Technically, it’s still just a cyclone (tropical depression), although it appears as if NOAA is caiming it has developed hurricane-force winds near its center.
Even so, tons of publications ranging from Time to Forbes, Popular Science, Fortune, and more have all put out articles about its origins. Fortune gets it right: “Technically, the term bomb cyclone comes from the scientific term “bombogenesis,” which is a storm that drops 24 millibars of pressure over 24 hours.” Well, it sort of gets it right, as the term “bombogenesis” never appeared in the original paper.
There’s a difference between normal cyclonic development and a bomb, best explained by this quote from NBC News’ Science: “Hurricane Sandy was a monster, but not a bomb since it was forecast with extraordinary accuracy a week ahead. A meteorological bomb, on the other hand, develops at a frightening pace — with the atmospheric pressure dropping a millibar or more per hour for at least 24 hours.” – NBC News
The problem with this is that the term was never used by mainstream meteorologists and just randomly popped up even though it’s surviving creator said he’s not using it any more.
Thus, I think some idiot from mudstream media re-coined it without knowing its origin, and only after it gained traction did the many outlets of mudstream media try to legitimize it by tying it back to an obscure research paper from 1980. I found a few references to various forms of it used by local meteorologists over the years, dating back to 2007.
Regardless, the threat is real. Despite its appearance in January, well past the end of hurricane season, it still has all the earmarks of a hurricane, including high winds and massive precipitation. In fact, due to the extreme cold, instead of falling as many inches of rain, that precipitation will fall as many feet of snow.
As of 4:00 AM on January 4, 2018, it’s center was abeam North Carolina, but by 3:00 PM, it had moved rapidly north, so that it’s currently abeam Nantucket. Furthermore, although it is rapidly pulling polar air from Canada, sweeping it through the Eastern Seaboard, it appears to be far enough out to sea that it’s not “bombing” the area with snow. Nantucket is currently reporting 13 inches of snow, with another 3 inches per hour for several hours. Three feet of snow would be a lot, but it’s not uncommon in that area, and it’s certainly not ten feet.
Do Police Shoot Blacks More Often Than Whites? Yet another blithering idiot at Newsweek seems to think so. However, whatever journalism school the author(s) of this drivel attended, it failed to teach them proper statistics. The Washington Post published a better study, one with correct numbers, which I’ve referenced here, and which is even mentioned in the Newsweek article, and which I’ve cross-referenced with known U.S. demographics.
Killed by Police in 2017:
White – 456 (47%)
Black – 221 (23%)
Hispanic – 179 (18%)
Other – 43 (4%)
Unknown – 77 (8%)
Total – 976 (100%)
True, blacks comprise only 13% of the U.S. population. 12.61%, to be precise. Yet 22.64% of people killed by Police in 2017 were black. Thus, blacks are being killed at a rate 79.59% greater than their prevalence in the U.S. population, whereas whites are being killed at a rate 36.52% less than their prevalence in the U.S. population.
It’s true that around 13 per cent of Americans are black, according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.
And yes, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Only 45 per cent of the offenders were white.
Thus, these numbers shouldn’t be “troubling” at all. If one race is disproportionally more likely to commit a crime, then they are disproportionally more likely to be confronted, arrested, incarcerated, resist arrest, and shot, as well.
The question is whether or not the abundance of black shootings is equivalent to the abundance of black crime?
And the answer is that is matches almost exactly. Blacks commit 186.49% more crime per capita (per person) than whites. Blacks are shot 179.59% more often than whites.
If anything, the data shows that blacks are 6.91% — nearly 7% — LESS likely to be shot by police during or after committing a crime than are whites!
Thus, the answer to the question is, NO, police do NOT shoot blacks more often than they shoot whites. In fact, they shoot both black criminals and white criminals with nearly the same frequency. It’s just that blacks are nearly twice as likely (79.59% more likely) to commit crimes than are whites.
THAT’S a FACT, ladies and gentlemen. Thus, claims like, “Black people are three times as likely to be killed by police as white people” are BOGUS claims, “reports” by people who do NOT know how to properly use statistics. In fact, the statistics themselves clearly show the “report titled “Mapping Police Violence” that was released Thursday” is grossly in error.
Sadly, so many hate groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter will probably latch onto that report as their gospel and start killing even more whites.
Education is important! It helps you to be able to discriminate between high quality information and bogus journalism, like this piece written by Josh Saul of Newsweek and published on December 29, 2017. By “totally bogus,” I mean it’s TOTALLY bogus, not worth the electrons it’s printed on.
There’s only one way to restore America’s greatness, and that’s to ELIMINATE ALL DEMONCRAPS from office.