August 2006

Experts warn U.S. is coming apart at the seams

August 28, 2006 // 0 Comments

By Chuck McCutcheon Newhouse News Service WASHINGTON — A pipeline shuts down in Alaska. Equipment failures disrupt air travel in Los Angeles. Electricity runs short at a spy agency in Maryland. None of these recent events resulted from a natural disaster or terrorist attack, but they may as well have, some homeland security experts say. They worry that too little attention is paid to how fast the country’s basic operating systems are deteriorating. “When I see events like these, I become concerned that we’ve lost focus on the core operational functionality of the nation’s infrastructure and are becoming a fragile nation, which is just as bad — if not worse — as being an insecure nation,” said Christian Beckner, a Washington analyst who runs the respected Web site Homeland Security Watch (www.christianbeckner.com). The American Society of Civil Engineers last year graded the nation “D” for its overall infrastructure conditions, estimating that it would take $1.6 trillion over five years to fix the problem. “I thought [Hurricane] Katrina was a hell of a […]

August 22, 2006 // 0 Comments

Yes, yes I know.There is not much of an excuse for why I haven’t been on here and doing things, but there have been a few mild challenges to writing, namely having anything worth any interest to recount. I am back and submerged in Americana again.I am working at Microsoft, the work is challenging, but doable. The worst part about it is having to watch MSNBC throughout the day. I am considering starting a separate blog that focuses on things that the media reports and is actually incorrect information all together. For instance, just last week, there were two seperate media incidents that transpired and the wrong information was reported.First, it was the woman who had the plane grounded in Boston because she had a panic attack on the plane–then, almost immediatly, the press reported that she had various items of contraband on her along with possible terror connections, which turned out to be totally and completly untrue.Next up we have Jon-Bonet’s little love package, the freak from Bangkok who, we are […]

August 9, 2006 // 0 Comments

Sorry about the delay in communications–there is a lot going on right now.I accepted the job at Microsoft and have been training and working for the last week. It is a new challenge in an area from which I have little experience and its showing… but most of the people that I work with are very cool and there are a couple of friends of mine from WSU that I work with in the “war room”, so they keep me grounded.In the next month, I will be getting a place and a car. Once these things happen, I am then going to work on the blog–once I get everything situated with the house–there is a lot of work to do–lots of writing to do, but I need to get my own personal space and time to do it. Once that happens, there will be some changes that happen here with the Blog–as to what those things are going to be, I am not sure just yet because for the most part these […]