Sunday, June 06, 2004

Tragic French Offensive Stalled On Beaches

What if D-Day happened today? 

How would the news be reported in America by today’s media?

William A. Mayer, Editor & Publisher of PipeLineNews.org has a great article reporting the events on D-Day as a modern American journalist. I have copied it in it’s entirety here.

Tragic French Offensive Stalled On Beaches

By William A. Mayer, Editor & Publisher - PipeLineNews.org

Normandy, France - June 6, 1944

Pandemonium, shock and sheer terror predominate today?s events in Europe.

In an as yet unfolding apparent fiasco, Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight David Eisenhower?s troops got a rude awakening this morning at Omaha Beach here in Normandy.

Due to insufficient planning and lack of a workable entrance strategy, soldiers of the 1st and 29th Infantry as well as Army Rangers are now bogged down and sustaining heavy casualties inflicted on them by dug-in insurgent positions located 170 feet above on cliffs overlooking the beaches; beaches which resemble blood soaked killing fields at the time of this mid-morning filing.

Bodies, parts of bodies and blood are the order of the day here, the screams of the dying and the stillness of the dead mingle in testament to this terrible event.

Morale can only be described as extremely poor - in some companies all the officers have been either killed or incapacitated, leaving only poorly trained privates to fend for themselves.

Things appear to be going so poorly that Lt. General Omar Bradley has been rumored to be considering breaking off the attack entirely. As we go to press embattled U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s spokesman has not made himself available for comment at all, fueling fires that something has gone disastrously awry.

The government at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is in a distinct lock-down mode and the Vice President?s location is presently and officially undisclosed.

Whether the second in command should have gone into hiding during such a crisis will have to be answered at some future time, but many agree it does not send a good signal.

Miles behind the beaches and adding to the chaos, U.S. Naval gunships have inflicted many friendly fire casualties, as huge high explosive projectiles rain death and destruction on unsuspecting Allied positions. The lack of training of Naval gunners has been called into question numerous times before and today?s demonstration seems to underlie those concerns.

At Utah Beach the situation is also grim, elements of the 82nd and 101st Airborne seemed to be in disarray as they missed their primary drop zones behind the area believed to comprise the militant?s front lines. Errant paratroopers have been hung up in trees, breaking arms and legs, rendering themselves easy targets for those defending this territory.

On the beach front itself the landing area was missed, catapulting US forces nearly 2,000 yards South of the intended coordinates, thus placing them that much farther away from the German insurgents and unable to direct covering fire or materially add to the operation.

Casualties at day?s end are nothing short of horrific; at least 8,000 and possibly as many as 9,000 were wounded in the haphazardly coordinated attack, which seems to have no unifying purpose or intent. Of this number at least 3,000 have been estimated as having been killed, making June 6th by far, the worst single day of the war which has dragged on now - with no exit strategy in sight - as the American economy still struggles to recover from Herbert Hoover?s depression and its 25% unemployment.

Military spending has skyrocketed the national debt into uncharted regions, lending another cause for concern. When and if the current hostilities finally end it may take generations for the huge debt to be repaid.

On the planning end of things, experts wonder privately if enough troops were committed to the initial offensive and whether at least another 100,000 troops should have been added to the force structure before such an audacious undertaking. Communication problems also have made their presence felt making that an area for further investigation by the appropriate governmental committees.

On the home front, questions and concern have been voiced. A telephone poll has shown dwindling support for the wheel-chair bound Commander In Chief, which might indicate a further erosion of support for his now three year-old global war.

Of course the President?s precarious health has always been a question. He has just recently recovered from pneumonia and speculation persists whether or not he has sufficient stamina to properly sustain the war effort. This remains a topic of furious discussion among those questioning his competency.

Today?s costly and chaotic landing compounds the President?s already large credibility problem.

More darkly, this phase of the war, commencing less than six months before the next general election, gives some the impression that Roosevelt may be using this offensive simply as a means to secure re-election in the fall.

Underlining the less than effective Ally attack, German casualties - most of them innocent and hapless conscripts - seem not to be as severe as would be imagined. A German minister who requested anonymity stated categorically that ?the aggressors were being driven back into the sea amidst heavy casualties, the German people seek no wider war.”

“The news couldn’t be better,” Adolph Hitler said when he was first informed of the D-Day assault earlier this afternoon. “As long as they were in Britain we couldn’t get at them. Now we have them where we can destroy them.”

German minister Goebbels had been told of the Allied airborne landings at 0400 hours. “Thank God, at last,” he said. “This is the final round.”

Posted by Stevereno on 06/06 at 09:00 AM
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Saturday, June 05, 2004

President Ronald Wilson Reagan Died Today

I wanted to do a tribute to President Reagan in my blog. But in doing the research I came across this quotation from Ronald Reagan. It truly reflects the optimism that he had in America. I can’t think of anything more fitting than words from Ronald Reagan’s own farewell speech.

“In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”

Ronald Reagan was optimistic and truly believed in America. He spoke of it as a shining city. “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”

In my opinion Ronald Reagan was the greatest president that served during my life time. He has gone on to a much greater place. I am confident that when he stands before the Lord, he will hear those words that all Christians hope to hear, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

Goodbye Mr. President. America owes you a debt of gratitude. We will miss you.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/05 at 10:55 PM
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Blogs, Tom Peters, One Note and Tablet PC’s

Robert Scoble’s blog “Scobleizer”  is at the top of my RSS aggregator. There is a reason for this. I scan his blog every day for ideas and trends in technology and business.  Robert works for Microsoft. His blog effort is huge and a must read for anyone working in computer technology.

He has a recent article about new blogs which included Tom Peters web log.

Tom Peters has revised his home page to a web log format. If you are in business this is a great resource.

Tom Peters is a business consultant to organizations all over the country. Where else can you get free business ideas from someone like Tom Peters? I am sorry to say that there is no RSS feed as of yet, (why?) but I think that is in the works.

Just as an example, Tom Peters blog has a link to a Microsoft case study on The Nassal Company’s use of Tablet PC’s and Microsoft’s One Note Program.

This interests me because I believe that the Tablet PC is going to be a huge benefit to businesses large and small. When I think of the possibilities that this technology can yield I come up with a big list.

Also, Microsoft’s One Note application is something I use a lot. Mater of fact, I use One Note to compose my web log entries before I post them. (Now if it just had a way to post directly to my blog that would be pretty cool.)

Anyway, my point, one weblog leads to another weblog and leads to a article that increases my knowledge on things that can directly benefit my application of technologies

My advice, put the Scobleizer in your RSS aggregator and read it. What? You don’t have a RSS aggregator, Robert Scoble has lots of links to many different aggregators just read his blog.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/05 at 04:23 PM
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Friday, June 04, 2004

Spelling is Illogicial

This story is so insane I just had to put it in here. Spelling isn’t logical. There are some out there that want to spell words like they sound and abandon English as we know it.

Chaos is just around the corner.  Public schools are bad enough. Teach this to kids and you will dumb them down even further.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/04 at 09:09 AM
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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

USB WiFi and a Chinese Vat Scoop Makes a Powerful Antenna

I spotted this article on www.hardocp.com

Some New Zealand students combined a Chinese vat scoop with a USB WiFi adapter to create a hi-gain antenna. Using 2 300MM scoops pointed at each other across Wellington Harbor they were able to connect with a 2.4Ghz Access Point 3 miles away. You have to check out the pictures to believe it.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/01 at 09:27 PM
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Cisco Source Code Stolen

eWEEK reports that Cisco’s main networking device source code (IOS 12.3 and 12.3t) was “possibly” stolen. 

I just love it when the press reports a break in and then say that something was “possibly” stolen. Give me a break.  If the FBI is investigating and 800MB of source code is missing from Cisco’s corporate offices drop the “possibly” and report the real story.

Cisco 7000 routers run the bulk of the internet backbone. Is the internet now in jeopardy of shutting down from a malicious hacker or terrorist who posses the source code.  Are businesses that use Cisco routers vulnerable? 

I guess we will have to wait and see how this turns out. It sure sounds serious to me.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/01 at 07:35 PM
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