Geez. You’d think with all this Russia hacking talk going on, our government would be doing some preventing. And, I’m not just talking about protecting our voting machinery.
This post was written long before The Donald elected to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. (That accord is officially entitled the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. I italicized ‘framework’ to ensure y’all recognize this is but a suggestion to preserve the world in which we live- not a series of regulations governing our lives.) Everything in the post below still applies. Except now, the warnings are probably more dire.
Yesterday, we talked about the Ukraine and DNC hacks. And, that Israel has strong programs to combat cyberattacks.. Today, we’ll find that US universities are missing the boat- and our electric grid (power transmission in the US) is at tremendous risk, among other critical infrastructure components.
No matter what Donald Trump says, sentient beings recognize the fact that Russia had a field day with the Democratic Party apparatus. (The Russians probably attacked the Republican Party, too- but they kept that data for their own internal use.) And, those same sentient beings also recognize that this was the primary Democratic party sites (and certainly John Podesta’s eMail)- they didn’t seem to hack Hilary Clinton’s private server.
Most of us who work in biochemical engineering know that nature has supplied us with a variety of microbes that provide great starting grounds from which we can develop the specialized strains we need. In my case, that meant finding two strains that could degrade ammonia to innocuous gases- and with a little manipulation, a viable product was soon available. We employed the same process to eradicate aromatic hydrocarbons and,m then again, for some specialized mining situations. (The first set of microbes where I used this process involved finding the right bunch of bugs in nature for the inoculum to degrade honest-to-goodness solid waste to methane near Deer Island and the Boston Common- for one of my theses.) I also reported that Drs. Lewis and Epstein used the same ideas for their new antibiotic development.