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Hope on the Horizon: An Optimistically Open Thread

Hi Mooses!

Sorry to be so unattentive lately, you remain in my heart and mind notwithstanding.

Life continues to be interesting, though news and politics do not cross my bow a lot of late (maybe that’s why…).

While working undercover using my Secret Code Name Rick Blask keeps me busy,

The Industrial Controls Systems Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ICS ISAC) will provide deeper cross-industry alerting and threat communications among critical infrastructure companies, Rick Blask, ICS-ISAC executive director told Government Security News in an interview. Blask is also the founder and chief executive officer at ICS Cybersecurity, Inc.

…having a 25th anniversary last Saturday and getting a little dog rescued by our friend Maria today keeps everything else grounded.

Our Littlest Girl turns 10 on Monday, yesterday was the last single-digit school concert I will sit on the floor and take pictures at. Le Grande Damien turns 17 in three weeks and Roxy has always been more than the 12 or whatnot she wears on a given day.

With all the hard-fought successes in business in recent months that can be logically traced back to years of effort, the odd thing is that completely unpredictable amazingly good things are happening, as well. Among the strangest is the car that I have had since I was 18 – that Donna and I drove around in as kids, that we brought Damien home from the hospital in – has shown up after five years missing.

That isn’t what it looks like now, but that it exists at all, has all the custom bodywork, restoration and modifications done and is being packaged off to my cousin’s hangar in Florida to be painted and assembled is unlikely beyond words. That it should rear it’s long-lost head at exactly the same time that years of toil are beginning to pay off is not at all short of making a non-theist scratch his head.

How about you, Mooses? Is the world getting a slice better every day in general, or is it a local phenomenon?


  1. Rick Blask, ICS-ISAC executive director told Government Security News in an interview

    It brings back some not so fond memories of my younger days. I took a journalism class in college. One of my assignments was to write up an interview with a visiting lecturer. The interview was printed in the college paper. Unfortunately, I got both his title and his name wrong. I learned the hard way that getting the name right is the most important thing in any interview. I got an “F” on the assignment and that brought my grade for the term down to a 2.0. My prof also made me call the interviewee to apologize for the mistake.

  2. The Vatican, as you may know, has attempted to stomp American nuns into submission — how dare they be “too focused on social justice and not enough on opposing abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage”?  In perusing a CNN story on said stomped-on nuns’ reaction to the hierarchy’s rod of correction, I came across a long comment, at 11:29 a.m., by one Colin, who confesses: “I was brought up a Catholic, but after repeatedly seeing pretty fundamental holes in the belief and never being given a satisfactory answer, I ended up an atheist.”  He then applies logic to Christianity.  Christianity comes out rather the worse for wear.  As a fellow atheist, I was much amused.

    My favorite bit?  His first point for why he fell away from belief:

    1. At its most fundamental level, Christianity requires a belief that an all-knowing, all-powerful, immortal being created the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies 13,720,000,000 years ago (the age of the Universe) sat back and waited 10,000,000,000 years for the Earth to form, then waited another 3,720,000,000 years for human beings to gradually evolve, then, at some point gave them eternal life and sent its son to Earth to talk about sheep and goats in the Middle East.

    While here, this divine visitor exhibits no knowledge of ANYTHING outside of the Iron Age Middle East, including the other continents, 99% of the human race, and the aforementioned galaxies.

    Either that, or it all started 6,000 years ago with one man, one woman and a talking snake. Either way “oh come on” just doesn’t quite capture it.

  3. spacemanspiff

    Life continues to be interesting, though news and politics do not cross my bow a lot of late (maybe that’s why…).

    I just can’t get excited about politics right now.

    Sincerely, I don’t give a fuck. It is what it is.  

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  5. rfahey22

    So, I’m happy.  I haven’t seen the Avengers yet, but I hear that it’s good and I’ll eventually get around to seeing it (I was always more into DC than Marvel).  Politically, I think things are ok – regardless of the jobs report, I still think Obama will win, though we’ll probably lose the Wisconsin recall.  I’m glad to hear that my fellow Moose are doing well.

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