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Happy 239th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps & Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy 239th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!


Happy Veteran’s Day!



Happy 239th Marine Corps Birthday!
Happy 239th Marine Corps Birthday!



It is that wonderful time of year again (10 November), where ALL DEVIL DOGS, current and former look around for a fellow Marine to say…



The year 2014 has brought us the 11th Anniversary of the March to Baghdad, 73rd Anniversary (7 December 1941) of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the 13th Anniversary (11 September 2001) of  the Attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon & Field in Pennsylvania!

The events bring forward in our memories the Most Tragic and Horrific Terrorist Attacks on U.S. soil in United States history.

* The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr, mentioned a Marine’s ”  CONFIDENCE!”

* The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt Major Michael P. Barrett, mentioned that Marines ” Live Hard!  Train Hard!  Fight Hard!”

I whole heartedly agree with them and see them as the STANDARD OF TRUE HEROES to this Nation!

Socrates once said: “Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death”.

Since 1775, the United States Marine Corps has made the world a safer and better  place to live by doing just that.

I wished to share some of my favorite quotes & terms about the United States Marines…

** President Ronald Reagan said in 1985,
>>> Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem!






** RAdm.”Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995 said,
>>> “Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean.
They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat.”





** Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991 said,
>>> They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or “we’ll blow you away.” And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, “Igaralli ahow,” which means “Excuse me, I didn’t mean it, my mistake.”





** Major General James Mattis (USMC), said to Iraqi tribal leaders in 2004,
>>> “I come in peace, I didn’t bring artillery.  But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes:  If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”



** Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997 said,
>>> “The United States Marine Corps, with it fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth.”




I can honestly say that there is no truer calling than to be a United States Marine.

There is only one thing in this world that I hold near and dear to my heart…. Family, which includes every United States Marine, in which I too am proud to claim “the Title”!

This which has always been and will continue to be one of my most cherished accomplishment.


** 239th United States Marine Corps’ Birthday Tribute Video



Here are some links to OUTSTANDING 239th United States Marine Corps Birthday Tributes, from the Commandant of the Marine Corps & the SgtMaj of the Marine Corps!


* G.E. Investigations (Company Site)…  http://www.GeInvestigations.com

* 2014 Video Message (You Tube) … http://youtu.be/g8ymx-l32j4

* 2013 Video Message (You Tube)… http://youtu.be/GqZtwb5bf3I

* 2012 Video Message (You Tube) … http://youtu.be/jx3VcGnslU4

The CEO & Founder of GoDaddy.com, Bob Parsons, is himself a Decorated Former Marine (Purple Heart Recipient – Vietnam)… OOH-RAH!

* 2014 Video: http://youtu.be/g8ymx-l32j4


As a final note, in history, as always there is a war on somewhere in the world and the UNITED STATES MARINES are ALWAYS there to PROTECT THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES!

“SEMPER FIDELIS” or “Semper Fi” as it has come to be known, is the Marines motto and it means “Always Faithful”!

 I have always believed this to be true.

 SEMPER FIDELIS… is a Way of Life!!


And with VETERAN’s DAY tomorrow ( 11 November )…

I also wish to say Thank You for their sacrifice and eternal dedication to”DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY”.

As to my cousins in other branches of the armed services, I also send best wishes for a safe tour and GODSPEED home to your families.


“FAIR WINDS and FOLLOWING SEAS” to all my brothers, sisters & cousins of the United States Armed Services!



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REMEMBER, REMEMBER The 5th of November… On November 5, 1605, Guy was foiled as he plotted to destroy the Houses of Parliament during the state opening and kill all inside it, including the King!

On November 5, 1605, Guy was foiled as he plotted to destroy the Houses of Parliament during the state opening and kill all inside it, including the King


Mirror / UK
by Steve Myall
November 5, 2014



Guido "Guy" Fawkes
Guido “Guy” Fawkes


He’s world famous thanks to his distinctive moustached face which has been adopted as a mask by anti capitalists but Guy Fawkes is best known for failing to blow up Westminster Palace.

On November 5, 1605, Guy was foiled as he plotted to destroy the Houses of Parliament during state opening and kill all inside it including the King in what became known as the Gunpowder Plot.

But aside from that what do we know about the conspirator who was just 35 when he died.

He was born on April 13th 1570 in Stonegate in York, and was educated at St. Peter’s School in York, preferring to be called Guido Fawkes.

As a boy he lived near York with his father Edward and his mother Edith.


 The Gunpowder Plot conspirators (pic; Getty)
The Gunpowder Plot conspirators (pic; Getty)


His father was a Protestant and worked as a solicitor for the religious court of the church however in 1579 he died and three years later his mother remarried a man called Denis Bainbridge, a Catholic and so the young Guy converted.

Converting to Catholicism which in those days was a big deal as the ruling religion was led by Church of England which would not tolerate Roman Catholicism.

It was incredibly hard to worship so devotees were driven underground and it was from that oppression the plot sprung.

There have been rumours that Guy met and married Maria Pulleyn in 1590 – but there are no parish records to show this which has led it being open to dispute.


 A lantern belonging to Guy Fawkes Relic: A lantern belonging to Guy Fawkes (pic: Getty)
Relic: A lantern belonging to Guy Fawkes (pic: Getty)


So fervent were Guy’s religious beliefs that he first choose to leave Protestant England and enlist in the Spanish army in Holland in the Eighty Years War.

There he won a reputation for great courage and cool determination and this is where he gained experience with explosives, and also where he decided to call himself Guido, probably because it sounded Spanish.

In 1604 at Ostend, Guy met another Englishman called Thomas Winter, who had also been in Spain trying to drum up support for English Catholics.

As the two travelled back to London Thomas told Guy that he and his friends including Yorkshiremen John and Christopher Wright, from Welwick, and Robert Catesby, were going to take action but needed the help of a military man who would not be recognised by the authorities.


 Guy Fawkes Caught: The arrest of Guy Fawkes in the cellars of Parliament (pic: REX)
Guy Fawkes
Caught: The arrest of Guy Fawkes in the cellars of Parliament (pic: REX)


Guy was not the mastermind behind the plot despite his subsequent fame – that was Warwickshire born Robert Catesby, the son of a persecuted Roman Catholic.

Catesby, a wealthy man, knew most of his co-conspirators through a network of friendships with various Roman Catholic families.

The exception was Guy, who he likely to have met when he was briefly employed as a footman by Anthony Browne, 2nd Lord Montague, a family which Catesby’s sister had married into.

October 18, 1605 is a crucial date with regards to the conspiracy as it is when the conspirators discussed how Catholic peers might be spared from the planned explosion.


 Execution of Guy Fawkes Crime and punishment: The execution of Guy Fawkes and associates (pic: Getty)
Crime and punishment: The execution of Guy Fawkes and associates (pic: Getty)


This led to the famed ‘Monteagle Letter’ written on October 26 to catholic MP William Parker, the 4th Baron Monteagle warning him not to come near Westminster.

In order to get close enough to their targets a cellar below the Houses of Parliament was rented by the members of the plot which was filled with 36 barrels of gunpowder.

There was enough to completely destroy the building and damage buildings within a one mile radius of it.

The plot was undone when the anonymous letter was sent to the Baron of Monteagle, warning him not to go to the House of Lords was made public.


Famed: Guy Fawkes (pic: Getty)
Famed: Guy Fawkes (pic: Getty)


This led to a search of Westminster Palace being ordered and in the early hours of November 5, Guy was discovered guarding the explosives.

Initially he pretended to be a servant and said the wood belonged to his master Thomas Percy but when this was reported to the King, and the fact that Percy was a Catholic, the King ordered a second search, the gunpowder was found and Guy arrested.

During his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, Fawkes called himself John Johnson and when he was arrested and asked to give his name, this is the name he gave.

Shortly after being found early in the morning of November 5, the Privy Council met in the King’s bedchamber, and Fawkes was brought in under guard and asked explain why he wanted to kill him and blow up Parliament.



 London Houses of Parliament Tradition: The Yeoman of the Guard prepares to carry out a search of the vaults below Westminster (Pic: REX)
London Houses of Parliament
Tradition: The Yeoman of the Guard prepares to carry out a search of the vaults below Westminster (Pic: REX)


He answered that he regarded the King as a disease since he had been excommunicated by the Pope.

Asked why he he needed such a huge quantity of gunpowder, he apparently said: “To blow you Scotch beggars back to your own native mountains!”

Guy was sent to the Tower of London King James indicated in a letter of 6 November that “The gentler tortours are to be first used unto him, and so by degrees proceeding to the worst, and so God speed your goode worke”

And over the next four days, he was questioned and tortured on the “rack” and eventually confessed and gave the names of his conspirators.

His signature on the written confession after torture, which is still held by the National Archives, was very faint and weak, and another taken a few days later was much bolder indicating how weakened he must have been by torture.



 Bonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations on November 5, 2013 in Lewes, Sussex in England Heritage: Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes (pic: Getty)
Bonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations on November 5, 2013 in Lewes, Sussex in England
Heritage: Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes (pic: Getty)


Fawkes and others involved were tried on January 31st 1606 and then hung, drawn and quartered in the Old Palace Yard in Westminster.

The Attorney General Sir Edward Coke told the court that each of the condemned would be drawn backwards to his death, by a horse, his head near the ground.

They were to be “put to death halfway between heaven and earth as unworthy of both”.

Their genitals would be cut off and burnt before their eyes, and their bowels and hearts removed.

They would then be decapitated, and the dismembered parts of their bodies displayed so that they might become “prey for the fowls of the air”.



November 5th Bonfire
November 5th Bonfire


But Guy had the last laugh as immediately before his execution on January 31, he jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the mutilation.

He also did not have his body parts distributed to “the four corners of the kingdom”, to be displayed as a warning to other would-be traitors.


Despite being involved in what is basically a terrorist plot, Guy Fawkes was named the 30th Greatest Briton in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002.


Today the word “guy” is used to refer to a man but originally it was a term for an “ugly, repulsive person” in reference to Fawkes.

Straw effigies made of Guy Fawkes and thrown onto bonfires to remember the Gunpowder Plot were also known as “guys” and over time the meaning has blurred.

Following the thwarting of the plot Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires and this tradition continues today.  


Direct Link:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bonfire-night-guy-fawkes-story-4570317

Cracks emerge in the cloud: Security weakness of cloud storage services

Cracks emerge in the cloud: Security weakness of cloud storage services

Science Daily
Source: The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
July 19, 2014


Cracks emerge in the cloud: Security weakness of cloud storage services
Cracks emerge in the cloud: Security weakness of cloud storage services


As individual computer users increasingly access the Internet from different smartphones, tablets and laptops, many are choosing to use online cloud services to store and synchronize their digital content. Cloud storage allows consumers to retrieve their data from any location using any device and can provide critical backups in the case of hard disk failure. But while people are usually vigilant about enacting security measures on personal computers, they often neglect to consider how safe their files are in the cloud.


Now, findings from a team led by Jianying Zhou of the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research in Singapore promise to improve the security of popular online services and better protect users by revealing hidden flaws associated with an important cloud storage feature — the ability to share files with friends, co-workers or the public1.

Sharing content is an attractive way to let far-flung colleagues view and collaborate on projects without using email attachments, which often have strict file size limitations. Data sharing can be: public, with no access controls; private, in which the cloud service provider authenticates sharing through login controls; or ‘secret’ uniform resource locator (URL) sharing where people without an account on the cloud service can access data by following a specific web link.

The A*STAR-led researchers analyzed the security of three well-known cloud service providers — Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive — and found that all three had vulnerabilities many users might encounter. They uncovered several risks related to the sharing of secret URLs. Because URLs are saved in various network-based servers, browser histories and Internet bookmarks, frequent opportunities exist for third parties to access private data. Furthermore, the URL recipient may send the link to others without the data owner’s consent.

Another danger lies in the practice of URL shortening — reducing long web addresses to brief alphanumeric sequences for easier sharing on mobile devices. Although the original URL may point to a privately shared file, shortening changes this address into plain text unprotected by encryption. Zhou also notes that because short URLs have very limited lengths, they are susceptible to brute-force attacks that can dig out supposedly secret files.

Zhou explains that the root cause of cloud security problems lies in the need to balance usability with privacy protection. “Users should be careful when they share files in the cloud because no system is perfectly secure. The cloud industry, meanwhile, needs to constantly raise the bar against new attacks while keeping the service as functional as possible.”


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Cheng-Kang Chu, Wen-Tao Zhu, Jin Han, Joseph K. Liu, Jia Xu, Jianying Zhou.
  2. Security Concerns in Popular Cloud Storage Services. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2013; 12 (4): 50 DOI: 10.1109/MPRV.2013.72

Snowden plans to work on anti-surveillance technology

Snowden plans to work on anti-surveillance technology

The former NSA contractor, still hidden within Russia, plans to develop anti-surveillance technology following the US government spying scandal.


By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day
July 21, 2014



Edward Snowden says he plans to develop and promote anti-surveillance technology to hamper government spying across the globe.
Edward Snowden says he plans to develop and promote anti-surveillance technology to hamper government spying across the globe.


The former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who leaked confidential documents detailing the extensive surveillance activities of the NSA and the UK’s GCHQ, called for support at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference via a video link from Moscow, Russia.

Snowden addressed the conference on Saturday, requesting that the hacking community channel its resources into developing anti-surveillance technologies which will make government spying more difficult — and said that he planned to spend much of his future time doing the same.

The former NSA contractor said:


We the people — you the people, you in this room right now — have both the means and the capability to improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day. [..] and that’s what a lot of my future work is going to be involved in, and I hope you’ll join me in making that a reality.


Speaking at the New York City conference, Snowden also defended his actions in relation to leaking confidential documents from the US intelligence agency to the media. The contractor said that most Americans have little concept of how wide-ranging their government’s surveillance activities are, but “have a right as Americans and as members of the global community to know the broad outlines of government policies that significantly impact on our lives.”

“If we’re going to have a democracy and an enlightened citizenry, if we’re going to provide the consent of the governed, we have to know what is going on, we have to know the broad outlines of a policy and we can’t have the government shut us out from every action that they’re doing,” Snowden commented.

Snowden is currently hidden in Russia after fleeing the United States last year. The former NSA contractor’s Russian visa expires at the end of July, and the former contractor has requested an extension. However, Snowden did not comment on whether his visa has been extended.

In an interview with The Guardian last week, Snowden said he is unlikely to have a fair trial if he returned to the US, being one of few whistleblowers in history to be charged under the Espionage Act.

VIDEO LINK:       Edward Snowden Speaks at HOPE X


Direct Link:  http://www.zdnet.com/snowden-plans-to-work-on-anti-surveillance-technology-7000031805/


Veteran Pickpocket Explains How ATM Skimmers Are Ruining His Craft


Veteran Pickpocket Explains How ATM Skimmers Are Ruining His Craft


by Adam Clark Estes
July 20, 2014



ATM Hacking & ATM Skimmers
ATM Hacking & ATM Skimmers


There’s no better example of a petty criminal than the pickpocket, a fast-moving talent who lifts wallets as if he were picking up pennies off the sidewalk. But a profile of a veteran pickpocket in the New York Times this weekend shows that technology is destroying the art. Credit cards are just more lucrative.

It’s not a surprising revelation, but it’s oddly sad to hear Wilfred Rose, said veteran thief, bemoan the shift. “We’re disappearing,” he told the paper from prison. “In a few years, there won’t be any of us left.” Evidently Rose is just one of 50 pickpockets—”the Nifty Fifty”—that the NYPD still watches out for. ATM skimmers, the Times says, are taking over.

Who wouldn’t blame them? Besides the fact that hackers can make off with millions in a matter of hours by taking the high tech route to stealing cash, ATM skimmers can live in machines for months without detection. And even if they do get discovered, it’s almost impossible to link them back to a thief. Pickpockets were never so lucky. [NYT]

Direct Link:  http://gizmodo.com/veteran-pickpocket-explains-how-atm-skimmers-are-ruinin-1607948716