The last time I was on a plane was in 2001...I was scheduled to fly back to Boston, from CA, on 9/11...I truly haven't had any desire or reason to fly since then...but, if I need to in the future, I know I'll be anxious.
After reading an article, in the "New York Times" today, about how a typical flight would be on the missing Malaysian jet, MH370, I was fascinated by the comments following it. One reader mentioned a specific cyber hacking expert, Hugo Teso. Last April, he gave a talk at "The Hack in the Box" security conference in Amsterdam. He had developed a system, using an Android smartphone and specific codes to hijack a plane. It enabled the user to change the planes course, crash the plane and set lights flashing in the cockpit. He demonstrated how it could be done remotely to attack and take full control of the aircraft.
Now, however, he's "quite certain" that this wasn't done to MH370...hmm, why is he backtracking, I wonder?? It's certainly a terrifying idea, as many plane computers aren't up to standards anyway and aren't protected against potential hackers.
I wonder if all the news that is forthcoming now, will dissuade people from flying unnecessarily??
I can't believe the frustration we've come to feel, in the last month...we switched our phone service from Verizon to Comcast, already having an internet and cable connection with that company. A service person came out to change the phone over...after that, the answering machine didn't work...the light on the machine would be on, but, just a dial tone instead of a message. Then, within a month the phone went dead. Between going to a local office which has no phone number and calling the Comcast number to try and get things adjusted, we found out that the phone order was never processed by the office staff due to "commission" politics and, there is no connection between these "sales" offices and the Comcast phone representatives. After speaking to the first rep., we were disconnected and all the pay TV channels were cancelled. The office reps were sullen and the phone reps continually kept us on hold for, all told, about 5 hours...we spoke to many...It's all about sales...each person wants to make a sale, not coordinate your order. There are thousands of complaints online...We called to confirm the order had finally been sent out, and was told the phone number had been changed to a different number?? therefore, no it hadn't.
The "New Yorker", has an article, by John Cassidy, relating how Congress has allowed Comcast to become a monopolist to squelch competition...therefore, there is no oversight. Cable, phone and high speed internet in France is $40 a month with faster internet sevice than the US...Zurich is $30. This is a quarter of what we pay here. Why can't this company be run responsibly in the US...??!!
Watched a fascinating documentary about journalists working in conflict zones...Mexico, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria were profiled. The bravery of these people to bring the "truth" to the world astounds me. "Al Jazeera America" produced the film called, "Killing the Messenger". It's an unforgettable look at the risks journalists and war reporters face...kidnapping, intimidation and beatings are more common as censorship increases worldwide...and, too many have died in their quest to enlighten the world against injustice.
Social media has exposed so much...we all can be part of the ongoing disturbances that have engulfed areas ruled by dictatorships...but, the reporters on the ground, with the "people", risk everything to make a difference. Their contribution to human rights is undervalued, I believe.
I started having precognitive dreams in my 20's...rereading my journals during this dull, snowy winter, I was amazed at how many I've had through the years. They were mainly about people, but, also ranged from jobs to much more serious happenings. When I was living on Martha's Vineyard I had a vivid dream of a tower...the next day, I was attacked while walking. When driving by the area with the police, I saw the tower that was in my dream, which wasn't visible when walking.
They're always vivid and colorful and wake me up...the many times R. was in trouble with very low blood sugars, I would awaken knowing he needed help...I would wake up talking to "someone" directing me to assist him.
By far, the most interesting have been deceased relatives, some in an illuminated form...whom have given me messages.
Recently I heard from someone that hadn't been in my life for decades, but, a few months before I had a dream in which we were greeting each other...
Can precognition be inherited...I wonder, as my mother was clearly clairvoyant. I know an amazing psychic, Mary Roach, who is located in Virginia Beach, Va...her intuition is so highly attuned...her readings are truly life enhancing. She feels we all have the ability, to some extent...we just have to be open to it...
President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, may officially sign in a bill that has been passed by the parliament in that country, that is horrifying. The legislation would allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of punishment. It will silence victims as well as witnesses. Both "The Guardian" and "Dailymail" have published articles regarding this new turn of events that will keep women totally vulnerable to untold abuse...
Since the end of the Taliban rule, life for women improved somewhat, but domestic violence is still common and forced marriage is the norm. Schooling for girls is discouraged and suicide rates for women are among the highest in the world.
Will Karzai vote this in??