Friday, February 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CyberPeace in the Middle East

Cyberwarfare on the Israeli front has always been something of interest for me, and last month was a lot of fun for spectators like moi. We had a vocal and obnoxious attack from "ox0mar" and his team known as nightmare, a blogger claims to have doxed ox0mar, and separately an israeli hacker (using the tag "oxOmer" as an intentional pun?) counter-releases saudi info, and a guy tagged 'hannibal' picks up the fight by releasing info from/about iran. and then things started to quiet down.

So what are we supposed to see from this mess? well, firstly, things are not quite as flammable as it might look to an outsider. if we had an assault on the NYSE from hackers who claimed to represent foreign interests, I am sure that if our generals weren't singing the praises of testing our newest cyberweaponry, somebody in congress (or a republican prez candidate) would be throwing a shitfit and blaming military inaction on Obama. And yet many analysts are calling the Israeli/Arab/Iranian situation a powder keg, with the slightest provocation enough to force Israel to resort to "conventional means" to push back other regional powers from gaining nuclear weaponry.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The insanity of SOPA/PCIP/ACTA

So, there's been some craziness in the news lately over the United State's legislative and executive talking over the idea of "policing the internet." Thankfully, it appears that the most obvious candidates have been knocked off the table. Stop Online Piracy Act (from the house) and Protect IP Act (from the senate) have been the scary point, and most people can see why: look at this section title "ENHANCING ENFORCEMENT AGAINST ROGUE WEBSITES." Ouch, no?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

newvember is over.

i didn't do perfectly, i certainly missed a few towards the end there. also, didn't decide if i was going to be consistent one way or another on sundays, hence, i wasn't.

Was an interesting experiment, but i've got loads to finish up for the finale of this semester, so until i'm looking to procrastinate, enjoy the wintry weather.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Sorry i've been lax on posting since the thanksgiving break. I'm starting to get back on that... but i've got a big presentation due tomorrow so i'd love to get really serious and bust your brains with a bundle of things, but unfortunately my materials for today aren't really mine.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


i'm thankful for many things, including the opportunity to share this holiday with my family. that being said, i'm already at my parent's house and i'm not feeling well at all.

However, something that is good from this little adventure: i was given the chance to look through an older textbook i had, so i'm posting an article from Michael Kimmel's Gendered Society reader. hope it satisfies some intellectual curiousity over your break/holiday/next couple days.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


These must be a part of any sex-ed program that can be run in a religious environment:
  1. Accurate and age appropriate information
  2. Parallel support program to educate parent/guardians (if aimed at under age 18 PPs)
  3. A schedule for regular updates to the program
  4. Mandatory trainings for facilitators and all coordinators
  5. Required feedback from all levels
  6. Values from the religious environment (if happening in a faith-based context)
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