"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." -Albert Einstein
The subtitle for this piece could easily be "a whole lotta stupid goin' on." Is it something about summertime, or have we really gotten to a place in our civilization where we just can't progress any farther? It really seems like regression is the only option to which most people will avail themselves today. Attack the science, attack that which isn't understood, and let's just rely on supposition (or, so it seems).
I've been mulling this piece over for more than a week now as all the drama has played out in Congress around building up a better "cyberwar" capability (as if that's something well-defined and understood). At the same time there has been an up-tick in mindless rhetoric railing against risk assessment, analysis, and management. Quite frankly, it all belies woeful ignorance and a wanton disregard for the sane. In both cases we see people making wild claims about things they clearly do not understand. Risk management is more than qualitative risk assessment, and "cyberwar" is a delusion perpetrated by those who desire to FUD us into ceding yet more power to the Executive Branch.