Saturday December 20, 2014
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Ask him what happens when water gets into the cable because of a damaged sheath. I personally have not had any experience working on fiber optics cables but I do know how they are constructed and their vulnerabilities. I don't think it was coincidence that the outage happened right during the time we had some precipitation in the region. Perhaps we will some day find out the true cause. One thing it does bring to their (CenturyLink and their customers)attention is the vulnerability due to a lack of redundancy or a backup/alternative to what everyone is so dependent on.
I think if you research the makeup of fiber optic cables, you will appreciate that is more than just a simple matter of replacing one foot or a few inches of the cable that was damaged..
I would caution people about discounting the squirrel potential. When I worked at PacTel many, many years ago, when we laid telephone cable in the underground, it often had to be wrapped with what we referred to as "gopher tape". Seems though the cables were copper wire enclosed in various wrappings with the last one being approx. 1/4 inch polyethylene sheathing, there was a history of rodents of all kinds gnawing into the cables. Haven't a clue what they found attractive about it, but it was none the less, a reality. Not unheard of in the least that a squirrel may have been the culprit.
Without doing hours of research, I tend to frame my views on this topic from sheer experience. Again, if one looks at the "intent" of many of the aspects of the Constitution, then it is clear that our founders had little taste for "career" individuals in public office. That is almost tantamount to the very "king" and royalty they had just freed themselves from. I favor term limits, not based on some study, but based upon what I have observed over my 72 odd years. Career politicians, at any level, actually lose touch with the very people they are elected to represent. They become an insulated, elite class unto themselves. Again, I go by my observations, and as Mr. Alexander points out, once one gets "elected" to office, their focus changes to making sure they can retain that "elected" position and little effort towards meeting the promises they made to get "elected". My purpose for using "elected" is that I don't honestly believe we have had honest, above board elections in my life time. What we have had is candidates chosen by party apparatchik , nothing more, nothing less. That is why so many have indicated they "voted for the lesser of two evils" in so many of the past elections. We don't get the type of leaders this country so desperately needs, we get career politicians. And why not when one looks at the lifetime "perks" that come with the job. We get people that the "career" politicians know going in will support their "seniority" , not based upon how well they do their job, but based entirely on that seniority.The whole mindset of the purpose and function of our representative government has been corrupted and abused. Much can be laid squarely at the doorstep of "career" politicians. It's no little coincidence that I am one of those who rate ALL politicians right down there with the elements one finds in a septic tank. Will Rogers was one insightful individual. Just my two cents. YMMV.
Lets see if I understand your position. You want a political body (UN) to wave their wand and create the nation of Palestine? But then we know that it was that very approach that created the nation of Israel and one which everyone blames for the current conflict. If my history serves me, and you know the "history" book I most often use, Israel has been in that land for over 3000 years. Jerusalem has been their "capitol" for that very length of time, and the "temple" was built on the temple mount centuries before there was even an Islamic religion. Now you tell me who has patent rights to that region, if only through actual physical presence? Of course you do know, we will agree to disagree on this issue.
Yes I remember the "bailout". And it continued right on into the current administration. Do you recollect General Motors, Chrysler Diamler? How about Solyndra? And not to mention the "stimulus" that spent billions on "shovel ready "projects that simply did not exist or ever materialize. But you can bet all those billions went into somebody's pocket (mostly pockets that were already bulging). You know very well how I feel about the Federal government, regardless of party. I reiterate, those people are in their own world and can pretty much do what they want irrespective of the clear messages sent to them by the voters. It is a sewer in Washington and you and I along with others who voice our dissatisfaction on forums such as this might as well be spitting into the wind for all the good it does.
"They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen." Romans 1:25 NLT
I absolutely agree we should be supporting and encouraging those "Muslim" dominated countries that are trying to get control of the fanatics within their midst. What I don't accept is the spilling of one drop of American blood in that undertaking. A FACT: More "Muslims" have been killed by other "Muslims" than by any other culture,ethnicity, or religion. The same is true for African Americans. Although this circumstance spills over into our daily lives, it is THEY who need to step up and correct the problem.
"But right now the radicals in Israel are making our job impossible."
Interesting you provide that view in light of the PA publically stating that they simply do not recognize Israel's right to exist. An even more precise quote from this man who professes peace is "We [Palestinian Authority] and Hamas Agree: Israel Has No Right to Exist." Mahmoud Abbas Sept 24, 2011
Reinforced by this,"The PA Ambassador to India, Adli Sadeq, wrote in the official PA daily: "They [Israelis] have a common mistake or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 26, 2011)".
"... they will be sitting alone." A position Israel is very used to, historically and politically. I can't imagine being any more "alone" when your country is the size of Maricopa County and is surrounded by larger nations that profess your extinction. We Americans cannot ever imagine such a position as we are effectively buffered East and West by two huge oceans and by reasonably friendly allies both North and South. Give up their "nukes"? Only when the last one is expended in self defense.
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