February 14, 2017

This is a Call… (Whither America?)

Ok, so this may be a bit {understatement} of a departure from past posts.

{Reminder: All opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone}.

It should come as a surprise to virtually no-one that our nation is divided, painfully so.

The division is not between R’s and D’s, but between haves and have-nots. 

The challenge is, of late, that the latter, in some cases knowingly, in others not, have harnessed themselves to a fatally-flawed leader, understandably so in terms of the rhetorical “manna” he floated from on-high.

The 2016 campaign and election was not pretty.  On the D side, we saw an idealistic interloper derailed by a political machine.  On the R side, we saw a political machine derailed by an idealistic interloper.

On balance, I’d say that we, as a nation, got the worst possible outcome.

Whereas Hillary would have preserved the status quo – not necessarily a good thing, mind you - Trump represents the erratic unknown, based on his historical personality and actions and associates.

I do not believe that Trump can possibly maintain office for four years, short of undoing the Constitution and all of the rights associated with it, e.g. the end of America as we know it.

He is an impulsive, divisive, addled, inflammatory, personally-absorbed individual that might as easily fry the planet as not.

That is not a partisan statement.

{dramatic pause}

America is at a post-partisan moment in time.

What do we do now?

Meh, what do we NOT do now?

Attacking Trump is not the answer.  He is well-aware that his mandate is weak and growing weaker with each random whim he projects.  The more he is attacked, the faster he will seek to undermine the Constitutional provisions that protect us as citizens, the faster he will seek to cement control.

{Oh, and don’t take that as forgiveness for the abominable violations of our rights as citizens promulgated by the Obama Administration, as inherited from the Cheney Administration, and further enhanced upon}.

Rallying to the D’s is not the answer.  They are equally-compromised, if less erratic (which does, however, promise some near-term comfort).

The answer is something new. 

This will not be a quick fix.

Whether you are a have or have-not, whether you may identify yourself as either, or even have the faintest clue what I am talking about, America is imperiled.

The two-party system is broken.  Both parties are ultimately managed by those that contribute, those that have mountains of cash, those that have real (e.g. money) power. 

Trump hijacked one of those two parties, and it has, temporarily, bowed/cowed, to his control.

Either he ultimately capitulates (unlikely), or he takes us to the edge.

The answer is: Reject them both.

This is the digital age.  Anyone reading this is likely of the digital generation.  You guys aren’t cowed by anything.  Push back. 

Reject Trump with emails, tweets, DDOS, whatever mechanisms possible to undermine his ability to further hijack our nation.

Don’t succumb to the “opposition” (D’s) as you’ll only enable a different flavor of the challenge (albeit at least a near-term safer one).

Unite yourselves.  You know how to do this.  You do it all of the time, via social media or otherwise, for any number of purposes.  Your aggregate voice is greater than that which supported either establishment candidate.

It’s your country now.

Stop him at each step. 

Stop him from marginalizing the Judiciary. 

Stop him from appointing Supreme Court Justices that will crush your personal freedoms and rights. 

Stop him from undoing the multiculturalism that defines America. 

Stop him from fear-mongering us into conflicts that could spiral out of control into global catastrophe.

Again, do not allow yourselves to be co-opted into the “opposition.”  

Craft your own future, your own coalition; promote America’s upside, not downside.  Think for yourselves – sh*t, it’s what you do.

The old model is broken.  Two and four year cycles are broken.  They may be reborn at some point, but now is not the time to wait, because too much waiting may mean opportunity stolen.

Speak, and act, now.  Now.  We don’t have to take this lying down.  Those are yesterday’s rules.

This is a call…

September 19, 2016

Here we go again (again)...

Last week, a contributor to Bloomberg, ran an opinion piece titled “U.S. Spies Think China Wants to Read Your E-Mail” (link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-13/u-s-spies-think-china-wants-to-read-your-e-mail).

The article reports on a supposed new “intelligence community” (so many ironies there) review of “the national security implications of Huawei's potential participation in building the U.S. 5G wireless network.”   

Please recall, I currently work for Huawei, but the views expressed on this blog are mine alone.

The article features no shortage of references to Mike Rogers’ 2012 Congressional “Intelligence” (there’s that word again) Committee “investigation" of Huawei, which produced a report which was aptly dubbed by The Economist as “written for vegetarians,” and has been otherwise pretty much soundly discredited by anyone with half a brain, or even less.

What’s really going on? 

Well, it seems someone somewhere in the “intelligence” (yet again) community woke up to the fact that the world’s leader in next generation networks is a multinational which happens to be headquartered outside the U.S. (which, of course, today, they ALL are), even, shudder, in China.

It's a titillating story, but it’s about nonsense.  

Why? 

Let's parse the article.

The grand conspiracy suggested between a government and a globe-straddling multinational to inject “microscopic beacons” into hundreds of thousands or millions of units of hardware is unsustainable.

China-based companies like Huawei that operate globally employ many thousands of non-Chinese, just as multinational American-based tech vendors employ thousands of non-Americans. 

Infecting countless units of hardware would be too visible to too many who would clearly object.

This is why we’ve read about American service providers being wittingly (if unwillingly) compromised by the NSA, but we’ve not read the same about U.S. hardware vendors.

“Tapping” a service provider is (or was) as easy as the government telling the C-Suite and the Legal Office that they're going to do it and the company is legally obliged to allow it. A tidy, manageable (until recently) little conspiracy.

Not the same with the hardware vendors.

Indeed, what we've learned instead is that American (and foreign) hardware vendors have been “unwittingly” compromised. 

A quick review of the NSA ANT catalog (linked) shows how Dell, Juniper, Cisco, Samsung, Seagate, etc. – and yes, Huawei – have had their gear exploited by the NSA.

Why the exploits?

Why not just ask these companies (at least the American ones) to implant tiny beacons?

Because, again, that is simply not a sustainable conspiracy and, once exposed, it would destroy a company’s global brand and business.

Get it?

The whole premise is nonsense, regardless of where the global vendor may be headquartered, regardless of which government may aim to compromise them. 

Compromises may indeed happen, but not with the complicity of the multinational vendor - they simply have too much to lose.

For regular readers of this blog, none of this is new.  Sadly, it just doesn’t go away.

So, yet again, U.S. service providers, technology partners, employees, consumers, pretty much everyone, suffers the high cost-low quality result, as opposed to the rest of the world…