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0I thought this a good read. By Megan McArdle For a few weeks, I've been wondering whether I'd get a letter from the federal Office of Personnel Management telling me my data had been hacked. I passed the foreign service exam almost 15 years ago and went through an amazingly thorough background check. Now, I can't say I'm particularly worried if hackers did get my data, since I've probably already publicly written about any minor sins that might be discovered from my application. (Except maybe the overdue electric bill that I had missed when I moved from Chicago to New York. Do your worst, hackers!) Still, even without ever working for the government, I could be at risk. It may well be the worst cyber-breach the U.S. has ever experienced. And yet, neither the government nor the public seems to be taking it all that seriously. It's been getting considerably less play than the Snowden affair did, or the administration's other massively public IT failure: the meltdown of the Obamacare exchanges. For that matter, Google News returns more hits on a papal encyclical about climate change that will have no obvious impact on anything than it does for a major security breach in the U.S. government. The administration certainly doesn't seem that concerned. Yesterday, the White House told Reuters that President Obama "continues to have confidence in Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta." I'm tempted to suggest that the confidence our president expresses in people who preside over these cyber-disasters, and the remarkable string of said cyber-disasters that have occurred under his presidency, might actually be connected. So tempted that I actually am suggesting it. President Obama's administration has been marked by titanic serial IT disasters, and no one seems to feel any particular urgency about preventing the next one. By now, that's hardly surprising. Kathleen Sebelius was eased out months after the Department of Health and Human Services botched the one absolutely crucial element of the Obamacare rollout. The NSA director's offer to resign over the Snowden leak was politely declined. And now, apparently, Obama has full faith and confidence in the folks at OPM. Why shouldn't he? Voters have never held Obama responsible for his administration's appalling IT record, so why should he demand accountability from those below him? Yes, yes, I know. You can't say this is all Obama's fault. Government IT is almost doomed to be terrible; the public sector can't pay salaries that are competitive with the private sector, they're hampered by government contracting rules, and their bureaucratic procedures make it hard to build good systems. And that's all true. Yet note this: When the exchanges crashed on their maiden flight, the government managed to build a crudely functioning website in, basically, a month, a task they'd been systematically failing at for the previous three years. What was the difference? Urgency. When Obama understood that his presidency was on the line, he made sure it got done. The serial IT disasters we have seen over the past seven years do not need a blue-ribbon commission or a really stern memo to fix them. If we want these holes fixed before they become catastrophic, we need leaders with a scorched-earth determination to have adequate IT. The only way that determination happens is if these failures become an existential threat to the careers of the politicians in charge. Does the government need more money for IT? It couldn't hurt, though my personal experience as an IT consultant was that a) everyone always wants more money and b) shortage of money was the main problem only in a minority of cases. Does Congress need to give agencies a freer hand in developing good systems? I'm all for it. Should Congressional Republicans commit to support the president in hardening our government against cyber-attacks and other disasters, rather than simply holding political show hearings? Heck yes. But these things won't happen unless the president makes fixing government IT a bigger priority -- and starts enforcing accountability for every disaster that happens on his watch. And I doubt that that will happen unless the public demands it. Not just demands it, but threatens to replace Obama with a Republican unless he delivers. That is, of course, a pipe dream. The public is far more interested in hearing how our political candidates can make the economy grow 4 percent a year or make everything important practically free while only taxing a few multinational corporations or hedge fund managers. That these things are not possible is irrelevant, because they sound so nice. And thus things that the president actually could do, if he really wanted to, like delivering a decent government IT infrastructure that would be reasonably secure against cyber-intrusion, fall by the wayside. We should blame Obama. And ourselves. To contact the author on this story: Megan McArdle at firstname.lastname@example.org More It's Not Just Another Data Breach. It's Outrageous. - BloombergThe hacking of federal workers proves the administration has a bigger problem.http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-18/it-s-not-just-another-data-breach-it-s-outrageous- -7If you value your life, your family, your future, your grandchildren’s futures, being an American and being able to ‘live the American Dream‘…then please take the time to read what I have to say. Have we long forgotten what the Declaration of Independence states? What it stands for and why it was written? "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.https://www.facebook.com/candice.johnson.319247/posts/789915637708215 That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolution, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions...etc." (http:www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html) This Independence Day, July 4th, 2014 remember "..it is their (the People's) right, it is their (The People's) duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their (The People's) future security." The People; meaning You, me, all American Citizens!! Let us come together as American Citizens - men & women, rich & poor, Caucasian & African & every beautiful race in between inhabiting this great nation, not as Democrats or Republicans -- to abolish the current government and institute a new, in touch with society, once again regulated and respected government!! As it is our Right and our Duty to do so!! As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "...God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." -Thomas Jefferson Nov. 13, 1787 (http:www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/tree-liberty-quotation) We are long over do my fellow Americans. We need to get out of this mindset that we can't do anything about what is going on in our nation. Need we be reminded that our government is a government of the people, by the people, for the people? I know I do not need to point out the problems with today’s government, one only has to turn on the news or do a brief internet search if they wish to inform themselves. I know I probably shouldn’t remind you that we, as a nation, are but a joke to the rest of the world now. I am not going to discuss the problems with the POTUS, for he is merely a fraction of the issue. I’m sure you’ve all heard the quote by Mark Twain, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Pretty accurate as they get quite full of shit. Not to mention they have been in their position so long they can no longer even relate to 99% of the rest of the American population. They have no empathy for how we live, how hard we work, how much time we give up, how much of our lives we waste working to be able to feed, shelter, and clothe ourselves just to live for the next day to do it all over again!! I can’t be the only one who feels like this isn’t what we’re supposed to be doing as humans. Things need to change, and they’re not going to change by themselves. We the people need to address this once and for all, we the people need to come together as a people who are tired of the ignorance & abuse shown by the government. We have so many men and women willing to serve and fight in different countries, why can’t we at home find the balls to finally do something for our country?! We are the citizens, we are the courts, we are the judges, we are the employers, let them be remembered. This Independence Day marks our 238th birthday as an Independent nation. Let us celebrate it by joining together in Washington D.C. for a sit in. Bring food, water, tents, reading material, music, anything that will allow you to be comfortable as we sit and peacefully force ourselves to be heard once and for all. If you are worried about your job, remind your boss and everyone you work with that what you are doing IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, MOST AMERICAN, and MOST PATRIOTIC duty of all American people! This HAS to happen! We can no long rely on their “checks and balances.” So, please share this. Do something for your country. Be a part of something bigger than you. Be a part of the change. Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I sincerely hope you understand how important this is. From one pissed off patriotic American More +1For now and infinity. You are the holy trinity A fatality to mortality Sounds like irrationality There is no reality No, there's gotta be? That's blasphemy! You can't deny gravity Oh humanity This absurd insanity Is mis-educated vanity Thank A legality in Duality concerning corporeality Its easy to see in totality That there's multi-interdimensionality And that Consciousness' locality Is exempt from the laws of physicality existing outside the jurisdiction having extraterritoriality The Secret kept in confidentiality By manipulators of herd mentality dare they with audacity To degrade our natural capacity, Operating a capitalist society fascistly so Well maskedly, Oh it's dastardly spawned from insane minds bastardly its the freemasons master P. Take your own look at history Notice that the key shit's either wrong or a mystery Jesus was the son of Cleopatra, who gave birth to the holy see which claimed divine providence and holds St. Peters key these child molesters and murderers demanded from us a fee lied and told us it would set our souls free some people were smart and chose to disagree only to be tortured and burned on a tree victors by force, perpetrating fraudulent usury as victims of abuse we blame our own choosery and hence we now live out our current travesty distracted by a puppet and enthralled by her majesty banking in cahoots with the vatican/khazarian malady the evil papacy of mind numbing hypocrisy claiming to own the whole world, including you and me unbeknownst to many, we live in a theocracy blind victims of a cancerous malignancy vampiric entities sucking out wealth maliciously using tried and true methods against us surreptitiously so good at it from past practice in history we've enthusiastically accepted tacitly, our own slavery very passively What about the deaths and the bravery, oh the depravity sending our best to their deaths, it's a recurring tragedy As a society we have stand divided cataclysmically, Heading down the path of imminent destruction abysmally Robbed blind of happiness and imprisoned dismally, not just physically but economically and mentally theisticly sustained on pesticides, chemicals and inorganically spoon feeding one another poisonous lies satanically wondering why people are shooting children manically, after they've been drugged and vaccinated their whole lives fanatically believing all our problems will just go away magically if we make more rules democratically let politicians spend our future bureaucratically Borrowing paper notes ever more panickedly hoping our nightmares go back to just being fantasy So why the lies and artificiality? haven't we lost our god-given insight and originality Strong wills and sense of individuality replacing it instead with fake ass superficiality just to be loved by others at get together's so aristocratically the pineal gland connects us with spirituality Is this why we are being poisoned flouridically Genetically modified organismically to change our DNA, our very own and unique anatomy? taught in school to obey authority and behave straight mechanically graduate then work til we lose all vitality What about the media, and why can't you trust wikipedia? What can you trust living in a world based on fictionality In this world you're trust and you only exist commercially Doing business as a vessel flying someone else's flag on the high sea The judge is your captain, and you will pay his fee all while under the spell that you're actually free out the window has gone our common sense and rationality The great republic of our forefathers who fought bankers over some tea would turn in their graves if they were here to see The america they forged is now a privately owned corporate principality governed and ruled by everyone but we Thanks abraham lincoln, for setting the slaves free thereby eliminating the sovereign people's nationality making all of us subject to equal slavery in the form of the prostitute banging, too big to fail, and drug addicted banking industry There is no money now, but how could that be? you've sold your soul for paper, buying you short-term security For you are the creditor. The source of all to be The constitution is a contract, signed by divinity sworn to be upheld, by civilian code enforcing infantry ask them what it says, they'll taser you with glee for haven't we exchanged our values and our morality even our cozy southern hospitality For false materiality divided and conquered we be hegalian dialecticly I AM WHO AM is everyone's reality yet we're here fighting one another as if we're not family Try a dose for once of axiomaticality See ya around, for all eternity ; )