Monthly Archives: October 2014
More importantly, Happy All Saints Day to you all-
From one pumpkin to another!!!!!!!
A woman was asked by a coworker, ‘What is it like to be a Christian?’
The coworker replied, ‘It is like being a pumpkin.’ God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.
Poodle attacks SSL3 encryption
By Dave Bunting, Shopper Editor
Our communication between our computer, tablet or smart phone and a web site is transmitted through, relayed by, many, often dozens of computers, as it travels through the maze of links called the “web.”
Every one of those computers must read every digit of our communication in order to retransmit each digit on ahead. Also anyone with access to any of those relay computers could also read every digit of our communication.
Encryption codes the digits of our communication into different, apparently meaningless gibberish digits, but gibberish that only our intended receiver can decode, gibberish such that all those intermediate web relay computers along the way cannot read, cannot decode, cannot understand.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is the encryption method that can be used by our computers, tablets and smartphones and web sites computers.
However, SSL encryption is used only when we are communicating with those web sites that have the “s” after the “http”, thus “https”, at the beginning of their URL address.
Until recently, many web sites used no encryption, they are just “http,” so our communication to and from them was readable by them and by anyone else who could see it en route.
Because more and more criminals are now trying to get our private info as we send it, internet leaders recently recommended that all web sites use SSL, all be https, requiring our computers/tablets/ smartphones to encrypt or encode communication to and from them. All of our computers/tablets/ smartphones are built capable of this SSL encoding.
And in response to the recommendation, most web sites now use SSL, are https.
SSL has an important second benefit: it also enables the computers at both ends of the communication to verify definitely the identity of the computer at the other end.
There are several ways of doing the SSL encryption, SSL3 being the oldest and weakest now in use. Many web sites still use old SSL3.
Now criminals wanting our private info like credit card numbers have found a way– called “Poodle”– of reading our communication if it is encrypted using old SSL3.
All communication now, if it is to be secure, must use the SSL method with at least the next higher security level, which is called “TSL1” or simply “TSL.”
So all of our computers, tablets and smart phones, if our communication is to be secure, must now require the web site to which we’re communicating to use at least TSL1 security. Most, but unfortunately not all, of the web sites with which we communicate are capable of TSL1.
Thus the recommendations in this article:
Note: The information in this linked article is provided to us by our friends at StartPage.com, the search engine that is very much more secure, protects our privacy very much more than Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., because it makes no record of our search terms or sites we open. The other search engines keep extensive records of all of our search terms and sites we ever visit, sometimes possibly including such info as our credit card number or social security number, then sell that information about us. Those records are also then available to governments or criminals who gain access to them by legal or criminal means.
We always strongly recommend that our readers who value their privacy change the search engine in their web browser from Google, Bing, etc. to StartPage.com. See how in your browser at: Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox or Safari (more difficult).
Recall also that on our Israel trip last November, we visited the West Bank, which, though part of Israel, is mostly Palestinian people who have elected to be governed by the non-terrorist Palestinian Authority. In the West Bank we we were served a very nice lunch in a small Palestinian college. Of course we were aware of no hostility or conflict there- the place appeared as peaceful as the rest of Israel we visited. And the Palestinians of the West Bank did not participate in Hamas’ attacks on Israel from Gaza, but remained peaceful. (Even many Arab nations opposed Hamas’ attacks on Israel.) Bethlehem is in the West Bank, and Jerusalem is on the edge of the West Bank.
Billionaires Attack Washington Citizens
I-594 the billionaire law would require burdensome, bureaucratic, expensive and time-consuming background checks on all gun purchases, gifts, loans, handing to a friend, even in a private home, make failure to check background a felony crime, result in registration of both the firearm and the purchaser, and is a thinly-veiled first step toward confiscation of firearms and imprisonment of gun owners.
Its intent is to make good citizen gun owners into criminals, and to discourage gun ownership with impossible “red tape.” Washington State elected legislators voted this law down. The largest law enforcement organization in the state, the Washington Association of Police and Sheriffs, opposes the initiative, saying it would not get guns out of criminal hands, it would be unenforceable, and would be “an impossible bureaucratic nightmare.”
According to the Public Disclosure Commission, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has given the most to Initiative 594 — $1.5 million, as of the last reporting period. According to records, ex-New York mayor Bloomberg, has donated $1 million; Bill and Melinda Gates have given $1 million; owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Steve Ballmer has given $825,000; and Paul Allen has donated $500,000.
The citizens’ organizations Second Amendment Foundation, WA State Rifle & Pistol Assoc., NRA, with no billionaire contributors, are being outspent more than 7 to 1.
“This is a terrible ballot initiative that was dreamed up by people who don’t even live in Washington,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said.
Don’t vote to please the billionaires!
VOTE NO on I-594
Also put your money & time where your heart is:
GIVE TO and SUPPORT:
Second Amendment Foundation: http://x.co/5XSPZ 12500 NE 10th PL, Bellevue WA 98005 – (425) 454-7012
WA State Rifle & Pistol Association: http://x.co/5YsvC 3903 E. Bridgeport Ave. Spokane, WA 99217- (425) 985-4867
NRA Washingtonians Against 594: www.voteno594.com 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 – (425) 351-4088
Let’s get behind and really push the below Republican Eleven POSITIVE Points and Speaker Boehner’s Five POSITIVE Points in these last weeks before the election!
Remember- WE MUST DEFEAT LIBERALS! Defeating liberals is now of supreme, almost eternally crucial importance!
DO NOT attack or in any way oppose or criticize or weaken Republicans who are opposing LIBERALS!
DEFEATING THE LIBERALS IS OUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE!
Another victory by liberals will lose not only all American but all world freedom forever!
Quit the negative attacks on Obama & Co.’s outrageous errors- oh how true and obvious and disgusting and ruinous they are– and how fun to scorn and ridicule them– but negative does not win the moderate middle-road voters.
NEW WORDS TODAY: Remember that Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” promised to America a list like the Republican positive points below, and we accomplished not only getting elected but also many items on the list– after 40 years of Democratic rule– and even though it was under a Democratic president! We can do it again– not only get elected but return the United States to real goals, real values, real progress, real jobs, real families, real security, real happiness!
Speaker Gingrich is one of our best thinkers and speakers. Watch his July, 2014 enthusiastic review of that incredible success, pushing us toward doing it again. It’s 52 minutes long BUT SUPREMELY WORTH WATCHING.
Bless and encourage yourself by watching it- it’s super RAH RAH for us, like hearing from our football coach. These are the best words you’ll hear in this election cycle:
This just my Dave B’s summary of his points
1. Fix the Tax Code: Make it pro-growth and pro-family. Bring down the rates for every one, clear out al l loopholes, let people do their taxes on two sheets of paper.
2. Fix Entitlements: Our entitlement programs weren’t designed to deal with all of us retiring at once as most of us born post-WWII are now doing , and they weren’t designed for us to live to well past 80. We won’t throw these programs away , but gradually put them on a more sustainable path without radical changes.
3. Limit Damages in Lawsuits: I’m all for taking care of people who have been injured, but we ought to establish reasonable limits on lawsuits and compensation.
4. Reduce Regulations: Other countries focus on just what’s truly necessary and feasible , which means fewer regulations, only the more important and more easily implemented.
5. Improve Education: That’s why we created the first federally-funded private school choice initiative in America, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. And I’ll tell you what: it is succeeding beyond even our highest expectations. 97 percent graduating from high school. A 92 percent approval rating among parents. Why wouldn’t we go ahead and start expanding this initiative to the rest of the country? –
Constitution: Our Constitution should be preserved, valued and honored. We need to return to our democracy with three equal branches of government with laws made by Congress elected by the people.
Economy: We need to start growing America’s economy instead of Washington’s economy so that working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.
Budget/Debt: We need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt. Borrowing 40¢ of every dollar we spend is madness.
Healthcare: We need to reform healthcare , reduce its costs, and put patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
Veterans: Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.
Security: Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.
Education: Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
Poverty: The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
Values: Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.
Energy: We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy that will lower prices and creat e jobs at home.
Immigration: We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.
He recommends we read a $5 book by a liberal Gavin Newsome “Citizenville”
He points to the huge 1981 $56 1,093-page book by 250+ experienced conservative elected officials “Mandate for Leadership”
And oh how I wish WordPress did not add all the space between paragraphs and make other peculiar changes to my formatting!
Soon heading out a hundred miles to take my wonderful daughter to dinner tonight at the best beef steak and prime rib place in the area! Yum Yum Yum! Even on my low-carb diet: meat and salad! Need to renew my driver’s license en route. Also if I have time go to big feed store to pick up 50# or larger quantities of wheat and other grains, beans, salt, sugar, Crisco, yeast, etc. to renew my store of emergency food.