The Daily Tulip

Saturday 22nd October 2016

A smattering of clouds across the morning sky.. Well the prospect of rain dried up yesterday and left us dry but with the occasional thick cloud cover, much the same this morning …….. But Bella doesn’t care ..come to that neither do I as its not raining at the moment and the air is so fresh and clean, the Night Blooming Jasmine smells amazing and whatever Bella is sniffing seems to have the same effect on her as the plant smells have on me… but as I approach the house the smell of coffee brewing is even more of a draw than the flowers…

Good Morning Gentle Reader, I’m Robert McAngus and this is The Daily Tulip…. It was a major shutdown. A cyberattack hit hundreds of websites earlier today, temporarily disabling services including Twitter, Amazon, and Spotify. Though millions of users worldwide reported disruption, the East Coast had the most outages. Hackers flooded the websites with artificial traffic, knocking them offline for an estimated two hours. It’s still unclear who was behind the attack. However, it’s clear that the hackers gained access by targeting Dyn, the domains name service that helps power many major websites and online payment services. Normal service has been restored, but many worry about the implications of such a massive strike…. Russia is suspected of the attack but at this moment its conjecture and supposition rather than fact much like Trump when he talks…

Talking of Trump .. It goes beyond the Trump-Putin bromance. Institutions from the Naval War College to Georgetown University are showing new interest in studying Russia, as it re-emerges on the geopolitical scene. It’s not Cold War fever yet, but America now has a thirst to know more about Russian territorial expansionism and hacking prowess. Yet the scholarly bench is shallow after two-plus decades of disinterest, much like the pre-9/11 academic scene on the Middle East — so the coming years will likely see a spike in opportunities for true Russian scholars.

The world has its eyes on Mosul — in more ways than one. Battle images and videos have been available to the public for years, but Mosul’s the first major-scale military operation to be a click away for the Facebook generation. For some, war footage on social media, where users weigh in with comments and emojis, is a bridge too far for transparency. But others hope it’ll bring the reality of war home to those watching online and on Iraqi or Kurdish TV — while deterring potential ISIS recruits…. I wondered if this had anything to do with the cyberattack…..

They want to be acknowledged and I don’t blame them…. The British government had been set to pardon en masse thousands of men convicted of having consensual sexual relationships with other men before homosexuality was decriminalized in 1967. But now some of the 15,000 survivors of the 65,000 convicted may have to wait longer to have their criminal records wiped clean, after the proposed bill failed in Parliament after a Conservative filibuster. The bill was set to follow the 2013 royal pardon of WWII hero codebreaker Alan Turing, who was fired and chemically castrated after his “gross indecency” conviction…. The filibuster by the Conservatives was disgusting, and should not have been permitted to happen, I feel a “rant” coming on….

All the Hot Air from the Conservative Filibuster is keeping the balloons afloat over a sea of Tulips at the Woodenshoe Nursery in Oregon…..

A Sincere Thank You for your company Gentle Reader and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Friday the 21st October 2016 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00am…on the streets of Estepona…

All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in just read the news….. Be safe out there…

Robert McAngus

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