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Smart Grid: What’s the big deal?

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 John Boering    Copyright 2011  All Rights Reserved.

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A upi.com article  stated that Security experts cited by http://www.itbusinessedge.com in a 2009 report cautioned that Smart Grid systems “automated meters could be hacked by someone with $500 worth of equipment and training in electronics and software engineering.  The attacker could potentially take control of millions of meters and shut them off simultaneously or disrupt the load balance and cause a blackout.”

The article “Smart Grid: How Safe Are You?” reported that “In an April 26, 2011 Center for a New American Security (CNAS) www.cnas.org blog posting, Christine Parthemore, a Fellow at CNAS, wrote“For years, DOD-focused discussion could be characterized as many heads of hair on fire. We saw tons of arm-waving, sky-is-falling near-hysteria within different parts of the Department of Defense on the cyber vulnerabilities of smart grid technology…”

“Many burning questions remain, and seem to be even more urgent after our off-the-record, this-meeting-never-happened meeting on smart grid cyber security…

there is so little clarity to the nature and scale of the problem that solutions are bound to be incredibly ineffective while wasting massive stacks of cash.”

So why would Private Military Contractors promote Smart Grid?

SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) More

SMART GRID: How Secure Will You Be?

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John Boering    All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2011

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Congress funded and implemented Smart Grid, knowing that it had major security issues.  And it still does.  Was our old system more secure?  If the Smart Grid is supposed to make us more secure, then why are we sharing our technology with everybody and their brother around the world?

In an April 26, 2011 Center for a New American Security (CNAS) www.cnas.org blog posting, Christine Parthemore, a Fellow at CNAS, wrote:

“For years, DOD-focused discussion could be characterized as many heads of hair on fire. We saw tons of arm-waving, sky-is-falling near-hysteria within different parts of the Department of Defense on the cyber vulnerabilities of smart grid technology…”

“Many burning questions remain, and seem to be even more urgent after our off-the-record, this-meeting-never-happened meeting on smart grid cyber security…

there is so little clarity to the nature and scale of the problem that solutions are bound to be incredibly ineffective while wasting massive stacks of cash.”

Sept. 2007 GAO Report Warned Congress

GAO Report GAO-07-1036 pdf. to Congress warned that:

“The smart grid vision and its increased reliance on IT systems and networks expose the electric grid to potential and known cybersecurity vulnerabilities… As we and others have previously reported, these potential vulnerabilities include: More

The Libyan War Sets Deadly Precedents

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John Boering (c)copyright 2011 All rights Reserved

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“These abominable acts set the stage for more criminal activity and tyranny: UN authorized wars for oil and resources, expansion of presidential power caused by the impotency of Congress, the death of the Constitution, runaway “defense” spending that bankrupts taxpayers, and the outright theft of nations’ assets for use against them.”

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Obama’s military action (war) against Libya sets dangerous precedent with each passing day that increases tyranny in America and abroad.

•  A United Nations resolution was the justification for US military action in Libya. More

The War on the US Economy

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John Boering (c)copyright 2011 All rights Reserved
 April 15, 2011

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“The USDA and Monsanto co-own the dangerous Terminator Seed patent together.  Therefore, we can expect a continuation of ‘business as usual’ with the USDA pushing GE food down our throats on behalf of their business partners in the biotech industry. “

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The federal government claims the debt is $14.3 trillion dollars, but other economists say the US debt is closer to $200 trillion (based on projected revenue and projected spending).  Either way, a $38 billion budget reduction makes no difference.  Especially when the federal government’s actual spending will decrease by a mere $352 million compared to last year- as reported by the National Journal:

“The astonishing result, according to CBO, is due to several factors: increases in spending included in the deal, especially at the Defense Department; decisions to draw over half of the savings from rescissions, which are funds previously authorized but not spent; cuts to reserve funds; and to mandatory-spending programs, such as certain farm subsidies.”

Here is a sample of some of the so-called budget cuts:

1.  Department of Defense budget-

The DoD’s budget for 2010 was $685 billion, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to WikipediaObama called for a reduction in the DoD budget by $400 billion….over 12 years, which averages out to $33 billion a year. This cut is still pending a Pentagon review which leaves Obama with some wiggle room. Compare the money that the US spends on military industrial corporate welfare and illegal wars to China, with the second largest military expenditure, in the amount of $150 billion.

Who is the DoD’s real enemy?  It appears to be the American taxpayer and the US economy. More

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