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Blogging is something I do for myself. I've been blogging since Sept. 2003, mostly about politics, guns, and observations about the word around me.

Virus in Siemens SCADA/HMI Systems

Its hard to believe that anyone would put faith in a Industrial Process system running on Microsoft Windows. Eyecurrent, explains:

Microsoft has posted an advisory about a new virus that seems to be specifically targeting Siemens WinCC through a Windows security hole, although users of other software shouldn’t feel smug about that, because there might be other strains affecting systems from other vendors as well. According to reports, the virus spreads via USB, keys and fully patched versions of MS Windows 7 are vulnerable. This is NOT the familiar “auto-run” vulnerability, so you’re not safe just because you’ve turned that off.

The really interesting point is that this appears to be specifically targeting industrial controls, rather than just the usual attempts by spammers to take over home PCs for botnets. If you are using this type of software, this is probably a story to keep an eye on.

Here is a link to the Microsoft Security Advisory: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/2286198.mspx

The saving grace is that these systems are typically firewalled and isolated from the real world.

Eating Gulf Coast Seafood

Doug Suttles says he would eat Gulf Coast seafood. I’m not sure that his appetite will be enough to restore the Gulf Coast fishing industry to its former self.

When asked by a reporter whether he’d eat the Gulf’s bounty, Suttles didn’t flinch.

“I absolutely would,” he told reporters after joining a flight over the Gulf to track the oil, which he insisted has dissipated dramatically.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of testing done by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the state agencies and the FDA and others. They’re not going to open these waters to either sport fishing or commercial fishing if it’s not safe to eat the fish,” he said.

“I have a lot of confidence in those agencies and I trust their recommendations and I would eat their food — the seafood out of the Gulf, and I would feed it to my family,” he said

Maybe he was asked the wrong question, Should he have been asked,” Would you serve Gulf coast Seafood to your pregnant wife or small children?”  While we haven’t seen much oil here in Texas, and I have no qualms about eating our delicious shrimp and other seafood, I will ask where the oysters are from before I devour platefuls of Half shelled oysters, or offer Redfish to my young nieces.

They don’t Understand Us

Sometimes it seems like the law makers and elected ones just don’t read the people.Maybe they don’t just don’t understand. Powerline posts, CITIZENS VS. THE POLITICAL CLASS ;

The most fundamental divide in American politics today is between mainstream citizens, a large majority of whom hold traditional, largely conservative views, and our political class, which tirelessly seeks to impose a very different regime on the rest of us.

This divide comes into sharp focus when Americans are asked whether more government spending is good for the economy.

This is a response to a new Rasmussan poll.

In official Washington, there appears to be a belief that policy makers must choose between helping the economy or reducing spending and deficits. A number of polling companies have even asked questions on the trade-off.

However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% of voters believe increased government spending is good for the economy. Fifty-two percent (52%) believe increased government spending is bad for the economy, while 12% say it has no impact. Eight percent (8%) are not sure.

This suggests that for 72% of voters, asking about a trade-off between cutting spending and helping the economy doesn’t make sense. A look at the demographics shows that the trade-off makes sense for only one group– the Political Class. Among that group, 67% believe increased government spending would be good for the economy.

Among other things, this data highlights a challenge in framing polling questions. If a question is asked in a way that doesn’t makes sense to most voters, it’s hard to put much value on the resulting data. It’s even more challenging when most in the Political Class don’t recognize the problem.

It’s class warfare, this is about two sides squaring off,  Perhaps the November elections will help the political class understand what citizenry is upset about.  A democracy can not ignore 72% of the people.

Rising from The Ashes

Blogger.com deserted us, and I just couldn’t decide on the best way to to revive blog, or even if there was interest in it.  I had heard good things about WordPress and it seems that it was simular enough to Blogger,  that there should be a minimal learning curve. My hope is to post at least daily.  Topics will cover politics, guns, technology, Galveston  or basically just life as I observe it.