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W A R

W A R
IN THE PAST

hostilities declared
face to face
physical, forceful
warfare, combat
battles, crusades
holy wars
many countries
many centuries
killing fields
of corpses
waiting for
mass burials

W A R
IN THE PRESENT

Hostilities not declared
anonymous
chemical, clinical
cyber warfare
using
radiation
trojans
bacteria
viruses
worms
etcetera
threatening
our planet

What have we learned from past warfare?
How to kill faster, more efficiently and without warning.

In place of –
How to solve conflicts by negotiation and compromise.

Picture:
http://news.bigdownload.com/2009/12/15/modern-warfare-2-mod-tools-news-coming-soon/

©DGA 28.09.2010


Iran struggling to contain ‘foreign-made’ ‘Stuxnet’ computer virus

By Thomas Erdbrink and Ellen Nakashima

Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, September 27, 2010; 8:59 PM

TEHRAN – Iran suspects that a foreign organization or nation designed “Stuxnet,” a quickly mutating computer worm that has been infiltrating industrial computer systems in the Islamic republic, a high-ranking official said Monday.

THIS STORY
• Iran struggling to contain ‘foreign-made’ ‘Stuxnet’ computer virus
• Worm hits computers of staff at Iran nuclear plant
• Russia to fuel up Iran’s nuclear plant
“We had anticipated that we could root out the virus within one to two months,” Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran’s Information Technology Co., a part of the ministry of communication and information technology, told the Islamic Republic News Agency. “But the virus is not stable, and since we started the cleanup process three new versions of it have been spreading,” he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the worm and no entity or country has been definitively identified as its source.

It is the first known case of malware designed to sabotage an industrial control system. “We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Liam O’Murchu, a researcher with the security firm Symantec. “It’s very dangerous.”

International computer security experts say Stuxnet was designed to target control systems produced by Siemens, a German equipment manufacturer. Siemens products are widely used in Iranian electricity plants, communication systems and in the country’s first nuclear power plant, near the city of Bushehr, set to start production in October.

Once inside the target system, the worm is capable of reprogramming the software that controls critical functions. Researchers still do not know what type of system it had in its sights or what type of sabotage was intended.

The worm was discovered in June, and researchers found about 45,000 infected computers in various countries, including Indonesia and India. But the vast majority were in Iran, leading analysts to conclude that a system in Iran was the likely target.

Iranian officials said Saturday that they had been hit by “electronic warfare” and acknowledged that the worm had infected more than 30,000 computers, including personal computers owned by employees of the nuclear power plant near Bushehr.

But although the officials said over the weekend that the facility itself was not in danger and that the virus was under control, Monday’s remarks suggest otherwise.

Because of the worm’s reach and complexity and the huge investment required to write the code, Alipour said he thinks the virus was designed by a foreign organization or country. “The writer has had access to industrial information which is not available to IT experts,” he said, stressing that an ordinary group of hackers could not have designed the virus.

An Iranian computer expert said the nuclear power plant must also be infected if employees’ personal computers were hit by Stuxnet. “This could either be done by Israel, intending to steal nuclear secrets or disrupt power plants, or by India, which has the biggest private programming capacity worldwide,” said the expert, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

A low-level cyberwar between Iran and the West intensified after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election victory last year. Several groups of Iranian hackers, some of them alleged to have ties to the intelligence ministry, have been attacking opposition Web sites. In December, they temporarily disrupted the Twitter network, which they accuse of assisting the grass-roots opposition movement.

Hacker groups such as the Iranian Cyber Army and Ashiyaneh have been saying they disrupted thousands of Western sites in the past year. In return, hundreds of Iranian Web sites have also been under attack.

Tehran-based engineers specializing in repairing personal computers said they had not noticed any upsurge in demands of repairs because of the virus. Computers are widely used in Iranian society, with the Internet playing an important role in distributing opposition news that is censored by state media outlets.

Alipour said the worm had become active about a year ago. “It is different from any other virus,” he said. “Stuxnet is extremely dangerous, and serious measures should be taken to clean it up.”

erdbrinkt@washpost.com
nakashimae@washpost.com

Nakashima reported from Washington.

The above article has been taken from:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/09/27/ST2010092706870.html


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Cypress Trees

Brookwood British Military Cemetery

Cypress Trees

Standing in formation
Like ghostly sentinels
Honouring the fallen –
Courageous soldiers
In the lonely garden of the dead.

Witnesses to warfare,
Of battles lost and won,
Of valour and endurance,
Of victory and death –
In silent admiration of the brave.

Photo: images.search.yahoo.com

©DGA 27.09.2010


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Freedom in a Bubble

Freedom in a Bubble

I am in a bubble
Floating in the air,
Drifting in the breeze
To I know not where.

Wonderfully weightless,
Up and up I fly,
Higher and higher
In a cloudless sky.

Oh what a feeling
Of freedom at last –
No more looking back
To the prison of my past.

Photo: http://blog.shirleywalsh.com/bubbles-418.html

©DGA 26.09.2010


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Solitude

Solitude

Peace, quiet, harmony,
Calm, stillness, tranquillity,
Silence, serenity,
Isolation and seclusion.
This is my life…
I can invite people in
Or I can leave them out
According to my mood.

I am in control,
There is no more deception,
We know where we stand –
Enough of pretension.
Honesty is my password,
Integrity my secret code,
And these are the keys
To my humble abode.

Photo : 3d-pond-screensaver.smartcode.com

©DGA 22.09.2010


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Scottish Fold Cats

Sidey’s Weekend Theme – 25.09.2010: FOLD

Scottish Fold Cats

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Of all the cats I have ever seen or been around, the Scottish Fold is one of the cutest and certainly one of the most endearing.

Scottish Fold Cats are frequently referred to as teddy bear cats or owl cats and one look at them tells you why. This cat breed has a genetic mutation that causes their ear cartilage to contain a fold and that fold causes the ear to bend forward and down toward the front of the head.

The first cat found with this mutation was a white barn cat named Susie. She was found in 1961 and of course, was found at a farm in Scotland. Breeders became interested in the cats with the folded ears and the rest, shall we say, is history.

The original Scottish Fold cats had one fold in their ears. Through selective breeding there is now a double or a triple crease that causes the ear to lay flat against the head.

Interestingly, all Scottish Fold kittens are all born with straight ears. The folds begin to appear at about three weeks and not all kittens will develop them. Yes there are actually straight eared Folds, and they usually have the same loving personality of their flat eared relatives.

This is a medium sized breed and the entire appearance of this cat is rounded. Rounded head, rounded body, rounded whisker pads and most of all huge rounded eyes. Males of this breed weigh from nine to thirteen pounds and females weigh in at six to nine pounds. Generally hearty, their life expectancy is around fifteen years.

Folds are good natured and placid cats with a soft spoken chirpy voice. They adjust to other animals in the household well and they are wonderful with children. These cats are by nature affectionate and they tend to become very attached to their human caregivers. In fact, if they are not being lap blankets to their caregivers, you will almost always find them in close proximity to the object of their affection. Folds are also quite playful and intelligent. They adapt well to people and situations.

Another interesting thing about this breed is that all its purebred members can trace their ancestry back to the original Susie and her offspring. That is very unusual in a purebred line of animals.

This breed can suffer from stiffening of the tail. The careful cross breeding with both American Shorthair and British Shorthair cats gave the Fold its distinctive round body as well as nearly eliminating the stiff tail problem. But, the condition doesn’t show up in kittens, so be sure to discuss it with the shelter or breeder that you get your Scottish Fold from and have the cat checked.

One more interesting habit of this breed. They seem to have a love of putting their bodies in some very non-catlike positions. Many of them like to sleep on their backs, sit in a ‘Buddah’ position or flatten themselves on the floor like a miniature bear rug.

Since this cat can be either long or short haired, grooming can be different for various members of the breed. One thing for sure, you need to check their ears often as they can become dirty over time and must be cleaned. These ears are wonderful features and they need to be treated with care.

Okay, so we have a breed that comes in all colors or combination of colors including white, has either long or short hair, is devoted and loyal, gets along well with other animals and humans, is loving and has a great temperament. What more could anyone ask for?

Above text copied from:
http://www.fluffyfeet.net/wp/2009/10/12/scottish-fold-the-teddy-bear-cat/


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You

You

You were
Kind and considerate,
Gentle, caring, thoughtful,
And deeply compassionate
And I loved you
With every beat of my heart.

I miss
The time we spent together
Picking mussels off the rocks
And walking through the heather
And I loved you
With every beat of my heart.

Time went by
In the blink of an eye,
Talking, laughing, loving, kissing
Under the clear blue sky
And I loved you
With every beat of my heart.

You have gone
Far away from me;
We thought we had forever
But that was not meant to be
Though I loved you
With every beat of my heart.

Photo: thundafunda.com

©DGA 24.09.2010


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Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

I sat on the soft grass under a tree
Alongside a pretty pool
Where water lilies grew
And the shade was wonderfully cool.

My book lay forgotten on my lap
As I watched the dragonflies
Hovering back and forth,
Miniature helicopters in disguise.

The hustle and bustle of the world
Was forgotten, left behind,
Little birds sang sweetly
In tune with the song in my mind.

How peaceful it was in the park;
I was able to reflect on my life
And resolve to make a change
To end all the discord and strife.

Photo : willowpondaquafarms.com

©DGA 22.09.2010


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Friends

Friends

There are friends
Who will do all they can
To lend a helping hand,
Enable one to make
Decisions and choices,
Who are important voices
In our lives

There are friends
Who are around to have fun
And won’t be outdone
In cheering one up,
In helping one cope
With the intense pressures
In our lives

These are friends
With strengths and weaknesses,
Beauty and calluses,
Just as we all possess,
Accepting each other
For everything we are
In our lives

Photo: starwizz.com

©DGA 19.09.2010