Friday, December 19, 2014

Sony, North Korea and the Chinese

The recent hacking into Sony seem to come from North Korea. You may ask yourself: “Are these folks sophisticated enough to achieve that?”

The answer to that question may rest on the probability that Pyongyang may have turned to their allied and master-hackers from China to do the dirty job.

After all, Xi Jinping is just a larger version of Kim Jong-un, who wouldn't appreciate a similar comedy produced about himself and his regime; besides, there is no love lost for Sony, the Japanese!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Whatever happened to Fidel?

I never was a fan of Fidel Castro, but in recent years, I liked him a tad better because he had traded his trademark military fatigue for a collection of Adidas training suits. I never saw him wearing Nike garments and I can easily understand why.

My point is that when some rapprochement is taking place between Cuba and the USA, we'll miss not seeing the legendary revolutionary. So my mind is racing, almost out of control. I'm asking myself: “Is Fidel dead?” Has he been stored inside some refrigerated storage chamber or has someone performed taxidermy on the old soldier?

These are not far-fetched assumptions as the same situation had befallen Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko before, who both died on the job at the helm of the Soviet Union. Sure, Fidel could have a debilitating illness and be taken off the view of his people.

I still believe though that he is gone and that his little brother is scrambling to find a way to explain his disappearance to his constituents. Well, he can always blame Putin!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The solution against terrorism and extremism

We get so focused by the massacres perpetrated by groups like the Taliban or Isis that we lose the good common sense to starve these organization by cutting their financing and their supply of weapons.

When compared to “fighting” them the traditional and ultra-expensive way, it would seem that spying, hacking, tricking their financial channels and using advanced technology should go a long way into chocking these groups to extinction.
The reason I assert this is simply because our own NSA is so capable of incredible, evil and illegal feats against its own people, that we certainly have the resources available to do it. We only lack the common sense and the will to implement it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The war on fear

What is the worst world curse? Nuclear annihilation? Terrorism? Probably not. I think it's fear, non-necessary fear unlike the one that protects us from jumping off a cliff without a parachute or a jet-pack strapped on us.

It's the fear that tells us we aren't good enough, we should keep our rank, we don't have the right answer or we aren't smart, strong, or trained enough to make it.

It's the fear that's between our two ears and keeps us down, silent and inactive.

It's never too late to declare war on fear, because if we do, there will be more light, more fun and more positive action in our lives and all around us!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Seventeen is better than zero!

The day before yesterday, I ran into some neighbors and I asked them if they had skied yet. They said “No, we're waiting for the conditions to improve...” I responded, “I have skied 16 times already (yesterday was #17) and if things don't improve, sixteen is definitely better than zero!”
Will it ever snow again? I don't know for sure, but what I'm certain of is that I've skied enough to amortize my season pass and skied more than picky skiers ever do. If you've read so far, you'll agree with me that one bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.

So, please, don't delay, go skiing now, as if it was your last day on this planet!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Racism in America

We've observed racism at work during the entire Obama presidency, so why should we pretend to be shocked that the curse still thrives in America today?

What will it take to eradicate it? Generations (yes, plural) and, most importantly, the current white majority becoming a clear minority – Something like no more than 40 percent. So give the process at least another good half century...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Television, time, sports and me

When it comes to sports, I'm a terrible spectator.

I will watch a few events (mostly ski) during the winter and summer Olympics, part of a golf tournament in April when my eyes are beginning to be tired of just seeing snow around, and a few ski races when they can be seen at some decent times in the day, namely when they happen in North America or in the European evening. In fact,

I am quite grateful that I live in Utah, because I don't have to watch all these addictive ski races. It's too time consuming and I rather do the sport than watch it and waste my precious time in the process...