More Cyberterrorism today?

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The news today is deeply disturbing regarding United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) having major computer system shutdowns due to “technical glitches.”

Coincidence or cyberterrorism? This matches patterns of escalation from malware in our infrastructure, attacks on banks, hacks on companies like Anthem Blue Cross, our government under siege with the theft of records. It only makes sense that the hacks continue to reach new levels in their attempts at theft and undermining the American economy.

First thing this morning United Airlines reported that their systems were hung, taking almost two hours to recover. This “glitch” affected over 3,500 flights and hundreds of thousands of travelers throughout the air travel system

Then the NYSE halted all trading at 11:32am EDT as a major technical issue crashed the trading systems. The highly redundant and scalable systems implemented for trading don’t just crash from a glitch.

These both have the hallmarks of attacks, probing for weaknesses, resulting in tests to determine the capability to damage systems and our economy.

World War III might not be found with weapons in the sense that you know them. It is very possible a war could happen with just electrons, destroying our way of life.

I get more into CyberSecurity in chapter nine of my new book Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Business Are Working to Save Their Own Assets, Not Yours

UPDATE 11:16am PDT 7/8/2015 – The Los Angeles Times is reporting that NYSE officials are claiming there was no attack, “internal technical issue.” While entirely possible, it is actually more plausible that the highly redundant, highly available systems that they use were actually shutdown the moment a breach was monitored and the shutdown was a precautionary measure to isolate the incident before it could cause any major damage or theft. The hardware and software architecture used in the NYSE trading systems have multiple redundancies built-in, so an internal technical issue is nearly impossible.

President Obama’s Hypocrisy on Trade and Freedom

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Time for Congress to stop selling out the American people and the time has come for all of us to finally recognize that President Obama really does not support Israel.

The vile, anti-American, Constitution-undermining, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill passed and has been signed by the President (check out chapter 8 of my new book to learn more). Not only that, the President and his administration are openly refusing to support the pro-Israel language (another problem with legislation is mixing topics), which essentially blocks the anti-Israel, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement. In other words, the President likes the corrupt TPA but not the part that supports Israel.

Who says the President hasn’t thrown Israel under the bus every chance he gets?

The one country in the Middle East that allows practicing one’s religion, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, women’s rights, children’s rights, LGBT rights, and an open economic system. Israel is the one country the President doesn’t support. He’ll go out of his way to work with theocratically genocidal Iran, to open borders and normalize relations with oppressive Communist regimes like Cuba who harbor fugitive cop-killers, and supported the pro-Sharia anti-everyone else Muslim Brotherhood Egypt, but he won’t support the one country who shares our concepts of universal human rights.

I grant that the disputed territories are disputed and international law is unclear because of the way Israel won the territory in the 1967 war with Jordan (legal), but didn’t formally annex the territory (puts it in unclear legal area).

But that means the President should continuously kow-tow to the anti-Israel groups? It should not.

And the weak-kneed Congress ever focused on funding their re-election campaigns handed over their constitutional authority to authorize foreign deals with a two-thirds vote.

For shame.

On the Rick Amato Show May 20 2015 Politics News Entertainment

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I had the pleasure of joining the Rick Amato Show on One American News Network, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 for politics news entertainment discussion. On the panel we discussed Martin O’Malley entering the presidential race for the Democratic Party nominations, the U.S. State Department delays the release of Hillary Clinton emails until January 2016, Governor Scott Walker leading the GOP polls, and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos $75k donations to the Clinton Foundation damages his ability to report on politics.

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TV Appearance Rick Amato Show May 12 2015

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I made a TV appearance the panel on the Rick Amato Show on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. We discussed Hollywood writer/director Lee Daniels comments on diversity, The Catholic University of America sued for displaying too many crosses, mother of Mississippi police killer says he was on “Spice” and had mental issues, violence against police, muggings in Central Park New York, 200 people in Massachusetts riot because police arrest a thief, and Governor Christie of New Jersey spent over $82k taxpayer dollars at NFL games.

Appearance on Rick Amato Show May 8 2015 UK NSA UN US Citizenship

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I had a great time with an appearance on The Rick Amato Show Friday, May 8, 2015. We discussed the UK Elections, more people renting wealth gap widens, NSA surveillance violates the Patriot Act, journalists prevented from UN PEN event, people giving up US citizenship, off-duty officer bites man’s groin. Let me know your comments below!

Guest Hosting The Nationally Televised Rick Amato Show

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I had the privilege of guest hosting the Rick Amato Show on the One America News Network Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. My guests were Barry Nussbaum, President of the Israel Group,  we discussed a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza, the Iran deal and $50 billion payoff, and the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Post your comments below and share it with your friends!

I presented the Mamaluke of the Day, and then interview Mireya Solis, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The third segment I interviewed Cabot Phillips, Campus Correspondent with CampusReform.org. We discussed students at the University of Washington saying they will vote for Hillary Clinton simply because of her gender. Plus UT Dallas didn’t allow a conservative campus group to speak with other students while on campus.

And the Grassroots Citizens Panel featuring Michelle Moons, Breitbart.com investigative reporter, Shawn Steel, Republican National Committeeman from California, and Manuel Avitia, public defender in southern California. We discussed the President’s drone war and the President backing away from the word “genocide” regarding the Turkish genocide of Armenians 100 years ago.

The GRCP discussed the Hillary Clinton Foundation scandal affecting her chances or not, and why are Americans so bad at saving money?

We discussed the new discovery of magma in the Yellowstone super volcano, Americans rank 15th in the world for happiness according to a recent survey, and a lightning round of Presidential picks.

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I joined the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network April 7, 2015 discussing alongside other panelists: Affirmative action, Rand Paul running for President in 2016 and his appeal in California, and Libya becoming Jihadi-land under President Obama.

You can see me every Tuesday night on the Rick Amato Show, 10 pm Eastern time/7 pm Pacific time on AT&T U-verse channels 1208/208, Verizon FiOS channels 616/116, CenturyLink PRISM channels 1209/209 and GCI cable channels 703/64

It Is On – This Weekend

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We could potentially have our first Hispanic President in Senator Ted Cruz, Germanwings co-pilot twisted 9/11 safety rules resulting in 150 deaths, computers are writing the news, and knapsack halting quantum hacks, and so much more this weekend!

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First, I would like to thank TALKERS magazine for honoring me with a second year in their list of the Heavy Hundred of talk radio.

2015 Good Times Best of Santa Cruz

March 25th was a two-fer with my loyal listeners in Santa Cruz, where I haven’t been a local host for a full year now, voted me runner-up Best Radio Personality in Santa Cruz County, against music stations, NPR, sports, etc., in the Good Times Reader Poll. Thank you!

Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time is the Ethan Bearman Program on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, covering the latest in Bay Area and California news and current events. Strange stories abound, from the scientist backing off his one year of water left claim to an alleged, complex kidnapping hoax. Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President on Monday, I’ll speak with International Business Times Breaking News Editor Cristina Silva regarding her article “Ted Cruz 2016: Why Hispanic Voters Might Not Be Thrilled If Texas Senator Becomes First Latino President.” A discussion with California’s RNC Commiteeman Shawn Steel will bring the latest news on the 2016 political races. And the #NotTheOnion segment points out news that sounds like satire, but is real.

Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network, with the latest national and international events, plus science and technology news. Horrible news from the Alps with Germanwings 9525 intentionally taken down by the co-pilot. Psychologist Doctor Bart Rossi join me to discuss. Robots taking over? I’ll discuss with IBT writer Max Willens and his article “SXSW 2015: Robots, Algorithms Infiltrate The News Business, Selecting Stories And Writing Them.” Plus more disastrous moves by President Obama in retaliation against Israel, which didn’t make the headlines, and more!

Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time is the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network on Verizon FiOS 116/616, AT&T U-verse 208/1208, GCI 64/703, Frontier 208/1208, CenturyLink 209/1209 where I’ll be a featured guest in studio discussing the latest political and cultural topics with Rick.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to visit the podcast site should you miss a show or want to listen again!

My book has been announced with a release date for this July. Liars and Whores: How Big Government And Big Business Are Working To Save Their Own Asses, Not Yours
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I had a great time joining The Rick Amato Show”s panel last night again on One America News Network with Republican activist Misty Ann Tienken, GOP strategist Dave McCulloch, and transgender activist Autumn Sandeen. We discussed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, California’s GOP officially recognizes the Log Cabin Republicans, Facebook suspends a 12 year old boy’s account after criticizing the President, and Scripps College now has 10 genders to choose from on paperwork!

I apologize for needing to use a camera to capture the show off the television, but electronic copy was not available.

Bullying from Playgrounds to Politics

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Bullies at school and in government, American-Israeli alliance crisis, major court rulings, political machines in action, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) decides that the Internet is a public utility, and a big set of guest interviews, tune in and follow for the conversations!

First, I would like to thank author and cultural moderator Greg Archer and The Huffington Post for including me in “Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time is the Ethan Bearman Program on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, covering the latest in Bay Area and California news and current events. CalGuns foundation executive director, Brandon Combs, will cover the latest court ruling this week in California regarding handguns. California’s RNC Commiteeman Shawn Steel will bring the latest news on the 2016 political races. And the #NotTheOnion segment points out news that sounds like satire, but is real.

Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network, with the latest national and international events, plus science and technology news. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Washington, D.C. to speak to Congress regardless of National Security Advisor Susan Rice calling his visit “destructive“. I’ll discuss this with a key architect of the Egypt-Israel peace agreement, Ambassador Gideon Meir. Major career political consultant Hank Sheinkopf joins me to explain a huge court ruling in New York holding the PLO and PA responsible for $655.5 million in damages for terror attacks injuring or killing Americans during the Second Intifada. Then I discuss childhood bullying with World Champion Kung Fu Master Sifu Karl Romain, author of The Self-Confidence Factor: A Parent’s Guide to Bully Prevention followed by a discussion of a new citizen watchdog group, TSA Watch, with founder Evan Cutler.

Monday at 7:45 a.m. Alaska Time is the Tech Talk segment of The Michael Dukes Show on AM 700 KBYR where I’ll discuss the FCC decision to regulate the Internet under Title II.

Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time is the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network on Verizon FiOS 116/616, AT&T U-verse 208/1208, GCI 64/703, Frontier 208/1208, CenturyLink 209/1209 where I’ll be a featured guest discussing the latest political and cultural topics with Rick.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to visit the podcast site should you miss a show or want to listen again!

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Bad Traffic

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From human trafficking, sugary drinks tax, income inequality, terrorist enemy definition, NSA deep hacks, and rumors Apple is getting into the car business, over the next five days I’ll cover these topics and more!

Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time is the Ethan Bearman Program on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, covering the latest in Bay Area and California news and current events. Multiple New York Timesbestselling author Robert Spencer will join me to discuss why it matters calling the terrorists who and what they are and why the State Department has it wrong. California’s RNC Commiteeman Shawn Steelwill bring the latest news on the 2016 political races, plus state Senator Bill Monning’s latest attempt at a sugary drink tax.

Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network, with the latest national and international events, plus science and technology news. Career trial attorney Wendy L. Patrick, PhD will join me to discuss the scourge of human trafficking and how prevalent it really is in the United States. Jordan E. Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man” will discuss income inequality, what the data looks like, what it means, and how policy affects it.

Monday from 5 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time is the KSFO Morning Show on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco. For the latest news, traffic, and entertaining cultural topics tune in as I fill-in for Brian Sussman.

Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time is the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network on Verizon FiOS 116/616, AT&T U-verse 208/1208, GCI 64/703, Frontier 208/1208, CenturyLink 209/1209 where I’ll be a featured guest discussing the latest political and cultural topics with Rick.

Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. Alaska Time is the Tech Talk segment of The Michael Dukes Show on AM 700 KBYR where I’ll discuss how the NSA is in every single computer with a hard drive.

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My book has been announced with a release date for this July. Liars and Whores: How Big Government And Big Business Are Working To Save Their Own Asses, Not Yours
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Islamofascists Murder 12 for Exercising Free Speech

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Our core value of free speech has been under attack. Now free speech is physically under attack with the murder of 12 people, two of whom are police officers, at the offices of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France by Islamofascists claiming to be part of Al Qaeda.

From The Guardian:

France Info radio has been speaking to witnesses, several of whom are journalists working at a press agency in the same building as the Charlie Hebdo offices.

“We heard shouting in the street,” one man, Benoit Bringer, told the station. “We saw hooded men carrying Kalashnikovs enter the building. We called the police. After a few minutes we heard heavy firing, a lot of firing. We went upstairs on to the roof.

“And then after about 10 minutes we saw two armed men come out into the street. Three policemen arrived on bikes but had to leave because the men were armed, obviously … There was a lot more shouting in the street, a lot more gunshots. The attackers took off in a car.”

France’s President François Hollande immediately called the attack terrorism. These 12 people were murdered for offending Islamists by publishing Mohammad cartoons, among other offenses.

Charlie Hebdo reprinted the Danish paper JyllandsPosten Muhammad cartoons in 2006. I recently interviewed the cultural editor of JyllandsPosten, Flemming Rose, regarding his experiences coinciding with the release of his new book, “The Tyranny of Silence.”

Mr. Rose made a very important point in our interview. He said that we need to have insensitivity training in the interest of free speech.

You have the right to be offended.

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, apostasy is renunciation of a religious faith and blasphemy is something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy.

The Pew Research Center has a report detailing the countries which outlaw apostasy and blasphemy in the year 2012. This is just the list with apostasy laws: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Do you see the common thread? Islam. There isn’t one Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Shinto, Jewish, Zoroastrian, or Satanic country listed.

Now add in the fact that President Obama, like President Bush before him, has made every effort to call Islam the religion of peace. The majority of the followers of Islam practice the religion peacefully. The problem is that so many support these terror attacks.

For example, the Pew Research Center’s Muslim Americans found that 19% of American Muslims support suicide bombings (page 65) and 51% say that there is support for Islamic Extremism in the Muslim American Community (page 69).

Immigration is what The United States of America is built on. The U.S. already has the most welcoming legal immigration in the world. We allow over one million legal immigrants per year, which is more than all other countries on Earth combined. The problem is the U.S. has immigration policies which allow people who hate our freedom of speech to come here from their countries which ban free speech due to their religious sensitivities. Why?

There are two ways for us to address the horrible murders in Paris, France today. First, apply all diplomatic and cultural pressure on those countries listed above to accept freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech. Second, pass legislation to cease all immigration of people who do not support our basic freedoms.

All freedom loving people deserve protection from these murderers. And you have the right to be offended, get over it.

EDIT 1/7/2015 12:30 PST – These are the cartoons Charlie Hebdo published courtesy of The Huffington Post






Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack Attack is a Preview of World War III

Ethan discusses the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by North Korea and why this is a critical event that shouldn’t be ignored.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack has cost millions of dollars in direct cost, massive lost productivity for over 6,000 employees, was malicious by destroying data and stealing movies and proprietary financial information for online posting.

Movies, documents, and sensitive information were hacked from Sony’s system leaving employees with nothing but ink and paper until things could be restored, costing the company millions of dollars in losses.

Ethan tells us why these cyber attacks may just be a preview of the possible face of WWIII and the importance of online security for businesses and individuals.

Do you thinkIs this is what World War III will look like?

Jew Hatred Reaching Heights Not Seen Since Nazi Era

Ethan exposes the mounting Jew hatred. All while Palestinian-Arab leadership doesn’t want peace, it’s not good for their personal bank accounts!

Palestinian-Arab terrorism reaches new levels against Jews with the murder of four rabbis and a Druze policeman in West Jerusalem, Israel. Continued attempts to delegitimize Israel, yet Egypt razes Gaza homes and nobody cares.

Ethan also discusses a new indoctrinating video game from Hamas where a suicide vest is a valuable item.

Obama, Immigration, and Executive Action

Ethan gives you the rundown on Obama’s new immigration plan, it’s impact on Americans. and his use executive action. Don’t miss this episode.

President Obama announced Thursday night the he isn’t giving amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants, just a legal way to avoid being illegal, but it isn’t amnesty. What has illegal immigration done to African-Americans? The United States Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing and it contains rather damning information regarding the President’s action. So are our politicians supposed to put Americans first?

Don’t be the last to know. Click the links at the end of the video or right here and don’t forget to subscribe to this page so you never miss a beat!

The Jew Hatred Continues Unabated with Attack on Synagogue

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Blame the victim resonates across the Arab and Muslim world as four rabbis were brutally murdered and six others wounded in a gruesome attack on an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel, today.

The way Arab and Muslim leaders are responding to these reprehensible murders which were conducted by two members of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization which calls for the destruction of Israel and the Jews therein, is nearly as despicable as the acts themselves.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is quoted in the Daily Sabah, “We condemn the attacks on holy places. We had condemned Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque as well. We are in a spiral right now, Israel’s reckless attitude towards Gaza continues, however there are no excuses for the synagogue attack either.” (bold added to text for emphasis)

Quite the diplomat of a foreign minister you have there Turkey. A valid, defensive war toward Gaza justifies the brutal murder of four religious leaders inside a house of worship far away from Gaza “with guns and cleavers” according to Newsweek.

From Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), President of the Palestinian Arabs, in Ma’an News Agency, “Consequently, today the presidency denounces the killing of worshipers at a place of worship in West Jerusalem. The presidency also denounces all violent acts no matter who their source is, and demands an end to the ongoing incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the provocative acts by Israeli settlers as well as incitement by some Israeli ministers.”(bold added to text for emphasis)

Abu Mazen blames the victim. No peace with the Palestinian Arabs can ever occur when everything is Israel’s fault and because the Jews exist anywhere near them, not as subservient citizens, like the Ottoman Empire, but in control of their own government, with their own institution and military.

This mentality exists for multiple reasons.

One, the Palestinian Arab leadership makes billions of dollars through their victim status, as can see when one drives through the West Bank as I did during the war this summer, or through the billions stolen from the people by Yasser Arafat.

Two, the orthodox Muslims take literally the Q’uran and Hadiths where it designates hatred of the Jews (and Christians and Zoroastrians for that matter) and therefore they must get rid of the Jews (example Quran 5:51, 9:29). Or this, which Hamas uses in its own charter, “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (the Boxthorn tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews. (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim)”.

Three, an endless breeding of hatred through indoctrination of children that violence toward Jews is a good thing. See the riots and attacks across Europe this summer with Jew Hatred rising to levels not seen since the 1930s, mostly committed by Arabs and Muslims living in Europe. You probably didn’t know about the latest attack on Saturday where a rabbi was stabbed in the throat in Antwerp, Belgium. Or the endless videos out of Middle Eastern countries documenting the teaching of hatred.

I grieve for the families of the victims: Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. And it is time for those who believe in Universal Human Rights, as only Israel does in the Middle East, to condition any aid or support to the Arabs with official recognition of Israel as the Jewish state it is (with full protections as it does for all minorities, again unlike every other country in the Middle East) and the cessation of violence, calls to violence, and indoctrination of violence in children.

Peace can only happen when both sides desire it.

ADDENDUM 11/18/2014 9:30 PST – A druze police officer was also killed in the attack. A chilling quote I just came across: “Jewish worshipers lay dead in pools of blood, still wrapped in prayer shawls and phylacteries, with holy books strewn on the floor,” Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, who heads Zaka, an emergency response group led by Orthodox Jews, told Israel Radio. “Such sights I have never seen — they recall dark days.”

 

Interviews with Flemming Rose on Free Speech and Dr Kit Yarrow on Shopping

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In his new book, The Tyranny of Silence, Mr. Rose writes about the people and experiences that have influenced the way he views the world and his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and former Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy maintaining free speech and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., is an award-winning consumer psychologist, a professor, author, consultant and speaker. Her home base is Golden Gate University, where she is a jointly appointed professor of both psychology and marketing. As part of her ongoing research on the psychology of consumers, Dr. Yarrow conducts interviews and ethnographies on a regular basis. She shares her findings and analysis in her books, Decoding the New Consumer Mind (Wiley, 2014) and Gen BuY (Wiley, 2009) which Ethan discusses with her in this interview.

Shellshock as Bad as Heartbleed Bug

My current generation iMac with the latest OSX 10.9.5 shows the Shellshock bug

My current generation iMac with the latest OSX 10.9.5 shows the Shellshock bug

Just when you thought computer security couldn’t get any worse, it did. Much worse.

Remember the Heartbleed bug a few months ago? This new “Shellshock” bug is at least as widespread and, in many ways, even worse.

Web servers are responsible for presenting the information you see and read when browsing the Internet. Your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) is responsible for displaying the information retrieved from a web server.

The majority of web servers on the Internet run a variant of the UNIX operating system, including Linux. According to W3Techs Web Technology Surveys, 66.9% of all web servers are running a UNIX operating system variant, which includes the Apple OSX operating system,

This Shellshock vulnerability is specific to what is called the bash shell on these UNIX systems. Think of the bash shell as a command line interface for doing things without a mouse and graphics.

That alone is bad enough, but what makes this so particularly troubling is the Apache HTTP (web) server is what is used on these systems for serving up your cat videos and memes and it uses the bash shell for processing certain commands.

That means that nearly 2/3 of all web servers are vulnerable to a hacker maliciously embedding code or taking over a web server. With that, the malicious hacker could load a virus, worm, or trojan on YOUR computer when you visit an affected website.

Uh-oh.

Let me make this worse for you. Not only could bad guys exploit this to infect you, they could exploit this to take over corporate networks, and possibly even your smartphone. That’s right your smartphone.

Suddenly the Target and Home Depot hacks appear to be small-time operations.

And like the Target and Home Depot hacks, you are almost helpless. If you are a network or web administrator, immediately patch all of your systems. Right now.

If you aren’t a tech administrator, follow all of my basic rules on how to protect yourself from my article HERE

And if you want a little more detail reading on the Shellshock bug, take a look at U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Awareness System report HERE

Day 3 in Israel, West Bank, Pesagot, Ariel, Samaria

Day 3 was the day to cross the infamous wall that we have heard so much about. You know, the wall the Pope kissed, the wall that supposedly destroyed the chance of the Palestinians to do anything, the wall that essentially stopped the suicide bombing attacks that killed at least 600 Israeli civilians.

To my American eyes, the wall was a jolt. As we passed through the checkpoint in a breeze, I actually had to ask Chanan Elias, my gracious host from The Face of Israel, if that was the infamous wall. His reply was yes. I incredulously asked, “That is what the fuss is all about? We have bigger walls all over the United States.” It wasn’t very big. It doesn’t loom over anything. It’s part of the way down a hill and is utterly dwarfed by everything around it.

Interesting start to the day’s adventure.

All stops on today’s itinerary were in disputed territory in the West Bank. We passed through a couple small Palestinian villages and then arrived in Pesagot.

At Pesagot we visited the winery. I might as well have been back home visiting any winery in California: the oak barrels, the fermenting tanks, the display of wines for sale. The people at the winery explained that the vines were planted on previously unproductive land, cultivated, and now are producing award-winning wines. Wines that are kosher. Kosher wines that taste good, you ask? Yes, I tasted a 2011 Cabernet and it was as fine as any.

Pesagot Winery

Pesagot Winery Photo: Joshua Fleisher

I asked about displacement of Palestinians to create Pesagot, the response was that this was not a residential or agricultural spot and hadn’t been used for a very long time.

We left the winery and drove to Ariel, location of Ariel University with 15,000 students.

During the journey, I simply could not help but notice the Palestinian villages, noted by the black water tanks whereas the Israelis use white, were almost indistinguishable as Palestinian based on the endless stories in the media about the horrid conditions forced on the Palestinians. The squalor was missing! The tin shacks of a Brazilian favela were nowhere to be seen!

Typical view of Palestinian Village in West Bank

Typical view of Palestinian Village in West Bank Photo: Joshua Fleisher

These were nice homes clustered in villages that looked like any I would expect to see, except significantly nicer. In nearly every cluster of Palestinian homes there was a beautiful three to five story mansion either on top of the hill or just in with the other houses. Sometimes there were several. One town, right before Shilo, was a Palestinian gated community of approximately 50 of these massive, beautiful, new mansions. It might have well been a tony suburb of Dallas.

The other thing I inquired about were that some cars had yellow license plates and others had white. Yellow license plates are Israeli and white are Palestinian. But they are all driving on the same roads? Yes, and I also could not differentiate the cars other than the license plate color. The Israelis and Palestinians all were driving similar cars. I would have thought, based on the news coverage, that the Palestinians only drove 30 year old Syrian hand-me-downs.

Also along the way, off to our left as we drove along highway 60, were Ramallah and Rawabi. Ramallah was a surprisingly modern looking city, only observed from a distance I realize, with several modern high rises with a very clean looking surrounding cityscape. Rawabi is a massive new city, master planned by the Palestinian Authority, to provide this a nice community for 40,000 people.

We arrived at Ariel, a hilltop, university town, with a little guard post and a single guard who opened the basic lift-arm and waved us in. We drove around and up to the main administration building. I felt like I could have been in any little college town in the United States. We were greeted and brought in to meet the Chancellor, Yigal Cohen Orgad. We had a little lunch and talked about the University. It is highly focused on medicine and biotechnology, the aim is to help the lives of people.

At Ariel University

At Ariel University Photo: Joshua Fleisher

I inquired about Palestinian students, do they attend as well? Yes, there are hundreds, plus Arab-Israelis. Have there been incidents, are the Palestinian students safe, do they get harassed? No, they are treated exactly the same as everyone else and we haven’t had incidents.

Back on the road again, this time to Samaria, our final stop of the day. An iIsraeli industrial park surrounded by Palestinian villages. Makes sense, economic activity lifts everyone right?

I went in to Shamir Salads facility. We entered a meeting room and met the CEO, Amiram Guy, and Israeli. We tasted the variety of hummus, babaganoush, and other dips they make at the plant. All were delicious by the way, and I discovered that I prefer Druze style hummus, which is slight less ground beans.

How many employees do you have and how many are Palestinian? We have 140 total employees and between 90 and 100 are Palestinian. What kind of wages do you pay them? Average they make net US $2000 per month plus health and pension, which is four to five times the average teacher salary in Palestinian controlled areas, this is a high wage for this area. Do you provide them safe working conditions? Yes, we follow every Israeli law. Do you have any issues with violence? No, we have not had any problems.

I surprised everyone when I said I wanted to go and tour the factory, see it for myself. You see, I grew up in and around the food business. I know what a U.S. factory like this should look like, smell like, safety measures, equipment, and the like.

So we went out to the factory and put on the gear to protect the food from contamination from us.

In The Shamir Salads Plant

In The Shamir Salads Plant Photo: Joshua Fleisher

Indeed, nearly every worker was Palestinian, and this was a modern, food processing facility. It looked like it could have been anywhere in the United States, all equipment looked similar, basic processes were identical, standard safety procedures were in place, except there was mainly Arabic in the air and not English or Spanish. Amazing.

We made one additional stop to visit the Israeli local governing body. The mayor was a kindly man who took pains to explain to meet their desire to work with and help the Palestinians, regardless of the top diplomats. He explained how when they purchased new municipal water filtration equipment, they offered free water, no strings attached, to the surrounding Palestinian communities but the Palestinian authorities flatly rejected it.

Finally back to Jerusalem. We arrived back at the vaunted wall and highly publicized checkpoint. I made sure to really look around and observe the area. I spotted one Palestinian family camped out near the wall, it appeared they were just there temporarily for the day. Otherwise, this looked far less ominous or dominating than the U.S. border near Tijuana, Mexico. I almost laugh to compare the two, especially with the furor over this checkpoint expressed in the international media.

We drove up, there were multiple lanes for traffic, armed Israeli soldiers manning each lane, checking the papers of people passing through. We got the twice over because of me in the passenger seat not speaking to the guard in Hebrew. I observed a van of Palestinians, to my right, having their papers checked. And then we were waved through.

Has no journalist ever crossed the Mexico/U.S. border from Mexico? You have got to be kidding me. Crossing from the Palestinian side to the Israeli side was a simple compared to crossing from Mexico to the U.S. at a border checkpoint. Getting into the U.S. takes hours waiting in line, far more visible security cameras and device, a more menacing looking facility, and a near interrogation from U.S. officials.

I understand that I didn’t visit any refugee camps today that still exist in the West Bank. But clearly, what has been portrayed in the media is far away from the reality on the ground.

Thank you to Vicky Culver, Haole Craig, the Gorson’s, Andrew in Austin, TX, and everyone else for contributing so far.

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Day 2 in Israel, Ashkelon and Sderot

What I am calling Day 2 was really my first full day in Israel.

It started with a beautiful sunrise in Jerusalem. A real National Geographic moment looking out of my hotel room at the gentle pink and gray colors washing over the mostly tan colors of the buildings.

I joined Chanan Elias with The Face of Israel, our videographer Joshua, and our driver Alexey, for a winding drive through central Israel. A variety of agricultural passed by, improved by the Israeli created drip irrigation systems: grapefruit, corn, grapes, watermelons, sunflowers, and more.

We arrived at the outskirts of Ashkelon, 15 km from Gaza. We stopped to look at an Iron Dome defense battery. The soldier at the guard post firmly waved us back as we approached, giving instruction on what pictures were not allowed. So, we moved the approved distance back, stood in a recently tilled field, observed and discussed the Iron Dome system, the growth of the city, and listened to the distant sounds of war.

Iron Dome outside Ashkelon

Iron Dome outside Ashkelon Photo: Joshua Fleisher

Next, we drove in to Ashkelon proper to meet with Dr. Alan Marcus, Director Strategic Planning Branch and Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Ashkelon. He showed us the combination bomb shelter and brains of the city’s emergency response and monitoring facilities.

Ethan with Dr. Alan Marcus in Ashkelon

Ethan with Dr. Alan Marcus in Ashkelon Photo: Joshua Fleisher

It was a fascinating insight into what a government agency can achieve. Dr. Marcus brings an inventor or entrepreneurial approach to problem solving. How best to serve and protect citizenry when rockets are hitting your city with regularity? He leveraged his background in Geographic Information Systems (his PhD) and built an advanced system to layer resources such as the handicapped, elderly, and children, alongside where industrial chemical in the city are stored. Then, when a rocket strikes the emergency responders know exactly who and how to help, what are the dangers, and what kind of psychological response team might be necessary.

We next ventured over to Barzilai Hospital. This is the closest hospital, not a Level 1 Trauma Center, closest to Gaza. It is renowned not just for its proximity to the zone where fighting occurs, but the fact that Palestinians, and Hamas fighters in particular, are treated here. In Israel. In my short time near the emergency entrance, at least a half-dozen military vehicles delivered wounded patients. An equal number of ambulances and private vehicles brought in wounded and injured as well.

Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel

Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel

Time to get closer to the combat zone.

15 minutes down the road from Ashkelon is Sderot. The town center is one mile from Gaza. In Ashkelon you have 30 seconds to get to a bomb shelter when the Red Alert sounds, in Sderot it is 15 seconds.

Here is where the threat from rockets hung heavily over the town like a fog. No children outside. Little activity on the streets. A rougher look to the buildings with litter strewn about. There is a bombed out side of a house.

A man and his daughter took us to cheerful looking children’s playground. It was eerily deserted, quiet. She spoke little English and told Chanan she wanted to talk to me and share her story.

Legacy HeritageP ark of Good Wishes, Sderot, Israel

Legacy HeritageP ark of Good Wishes, Sderot, Israel Photo: Joshua Fleisher

The last 14 years of her 23 years on earth in her hometown of Sderot were filled with the constant fear of rockets. Since the second Intifada started by the late PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, rockets have been exploding in Sderot. I thought it was only since Hamas took over in 2006, but sadly, no.

She shared with me her psychological trauma of caring for 15-20 children, the Red Alert sounding, her own panic to find immediate shelter, but needing to stay calm and cheerful for the children as she ushered them to safety. The regular explosions of rockets landing. Her fear of having a family and raising children where they are never safe.

I asked about all of the times when there wasn’t a flare up in violence or war. Much to my surprise since we never hear this, the rockets rain down even during peacetimes and ceasefires.

The whole time I could hear the irregular thumping of explosions, be it artillery or otherwise. Time to go to the hill the overlooks Gaza. The hill made infamous by social media and CNN where the local population, traumatized by 14 years or rockets falling from the sky, go to see what is happening a half-mile away.

On The Hill in Sderot, Israel

On The Hill in Sderot, Israel Photo: Joshua Fleisher

While on the hill, I called in to the KSFO morning show. Sheri Yee answered the phone and put me on live with Brian Sussman and Katie Green. While sharing my experiences, a volley of artillery fired. It was so intense, my call was interrupted. After the call I turned to look toward Gaza.

It was here that I felt the stress, this deep emotion, the subconscious recognition of danger, as I observed smoke in the distance, military vehicles nearby, explosions of a terror tunnel being blown up, the earth shaking from howitzers.

I now understand some of the people of Sderot wanting to observe from the hill. It isn’t some sick, twisted, perverted hatred of the people in Gaza. They want to see their military stop the rockets falling. Stop the need for their children to play in underground bunkers. End their children screaming in the night to find shelter. They seek safety and security. It is distant enough to not see any more than I have described. It is a hope that their daily fears might be diminished.

As we left the hill, we stopped by the police station in Sderot where they collect the rockets for documenting and recording. Somehow, the national spokesperson for the police, Micky Rosenfeld, was there. He gave me a first-hand explanation of the different type of rocket husks they had piled around. Of particular concern, which can be seen in pictures not here, is the fact that the warheads are stuffed not just with explosives, but ball-bearings. Ball-bearings in a warhead serve no purpose other than to destroy people. Oh, and because they are superheated, they can start fires. Sick.

Israel Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld with Ethan

Israel Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld with Ethan Photo: Joshua Fleisher

Back to Jerusalem we went for another series of interviews in the studios of the Voice of Israel. Then I collapsed in an exhausted heap.

Thank you to Vicky Culver, Haole Craig, the Gorson’s, and everyone else for contributing so far.

If you haven’t yet and would like to support this trip. Please contribute what you can by clicking the Donate button below.

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