12.22.14

The Sony hack is the year’s Culture of Lickspittle “event”

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 5:57 pm by George Smith

Whether it’s hacktivism or our mighty cyberwar machine, knocking North Korea off the net follows the standard American strategy of beating up on the weak or places where the vast majority are dirt poor and have it very bad. Because we can.

I’ve called it Bombing Paupers in the past.

What might further steps look like?

Theoretically, we might make North Korean bank machines (if they even have them) not work for a populace that has no money. Or, my favorite: Turning off the lights in a country that can’t keep the lights on at night.

And if we really wanted to get tough we could mess up the computers at the cabbage and maize processing factories so people have less soup and porridge and are more malnourished over the holidays.

Yep, having a fit over North Korea is a defining demonstration the Culture of Lickspittle reigns supreme in America.

From the New York Times, no link:

The loss of service is not likely to affect the vast majority of North Koreans, who have no access to the Internet. The biggest impact would be felt by the country’s elite, state-run media channels and its propagandists, as well as its cadre of cyberwarriors.

Unless, of course, they’re vacationing over the border in China or in Macau.

A Senate report on torture is issued and nothing is done, or will be done. The Sony hack blows it off the front page.

The New York Times editorial board comes out in favor of investigating and putting on trial Bush administration officials and intelligence ageny helpers instrumental in torture. But knocking North Korea off line, a country run by insane people where the average citizen earns one or two dollars a month, is bigger.

The President attempts to begin normalization of relations with Cuba and finds it eclipsed by the consequences of Seth Rogen’s lousy movie.

I feel sorry for the man. Being circumspect or rational never gets you very far here.

For example, from the New York Times, seriously:

Why doesn’t he ask Sony for a copy of “The Interview,” screen it at the White House and invite the nation’s political and cultural elite to the event? That would send a powerful message to the world that Pennsylvania Avenue respects freedom of thought and speech.

If I were the President I’d make a counter-proposal:

I’d watch The Interview at the White House if Hollywood promises not to employ Seth Rogen, co-director Evan Goldberg and James Franco for the next two years.

Seth Rogen is a new IQ test. If you refer to him with anything but contempt, you flunk.

If you think this is a little unfair consider for a moment how much money Seth Rogen took home for this and how poor, by comparison, the general state of North Korea. Making a movie that relied on making fun of a place so wretched was easy and more than a little bit odious.

“Though most of my students were computer majors [at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology], they did not know the Internet existed, and I wasn’t allowed to tell them,” writes someone at Slate.


“Three comics who acquired a draft of the script of the now-scrubbed Seth Rogen-James Franco flick will produce a reading of the taboo Kim Jong Un satire at the Manhattan’s Treehouse Theater on Dec. 27,” reports the New York Daily News.

“The goal is to strike a blow for creative freedom …” it continues.

“I was completely horrified by the precedent that’s been set,” one of the comedians, Benny Sheckner, told the newspaper.

In another piece, the Daily News informs both Rogen and Franco have hired new “giant bodyguards.”


And from the New York Times, notification of a new movie on “hackers,” called “Blackhat,” from Michael Mann, coming to theaters soon:

Hollywood has always had a hard time turning computer code and venomous software into captivating cinema. But Mr. Mann, who wrung three Oscar nominations from “The Insider,” his 1999 story of a tobacco company whistle-blower, has spent years on “Blackhat,” partly in an effort to bridge the gap between film and what he saw as an underappreciated mass threat posed by hackers.


The stakes are even higher than those in the Sony attack. “Blackhat” begins with a hack-induced explosion at a Chinese nuclear plant …


Mr. Mann, whose films include “Ali,” “Heat” and “Public Enemies,” said he became interested in a hacker-centered story after spending time in Washington with government cyberdefense officials.


Universal [the company making the movie] is slightly concerned that the Sony attack might actually hurt “Blackhat” — ticket buyers could be tired of hacking stories after weeks of media attention on Sony, and a film that is too topical might strike potential viewers as less entertaining.

Imagine, if you will, the actor who plays Thor in the Marvel comic book movies as a hacker in “Blackhat.” It appears to go downhill from there.

Blow up a Chinese nuclear reactor, research advisors courtesy of US cyberdefense officials! Just brilliant.


Again, please feel free to throw something in the Xmas pot. It’s been another hard year and I would like to get something inexpensively made in China for guitar-playing.

And if you’d like a digital copy of Loud Folk Live, say so.





2 Comments

  1. Ted Jr said,

    December 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    The more one digs into this, the more it reeks of ‘setup’.

    Watch more of your ‘freedums’ disappear in order to keep
    everyone safe.

    This whole Hegelian dialetic process/template/ has become
    very stale, and very predictable.

    The only saving grace is that the lobbyists hadn’t pre-written the
    Safe ‘Merica act proving it was not an inside job but strictly an
    insider job.

    At some point it will be nice when they actually change the
    script, this is getting to be a real yawner.

  2. George Smith said,

    December 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Being cagey about how the FBI has come to finger North Korea has already backfired. For too many obvious reasons. And, fundamentally, they know better than that.

    By contrast, the FBI eventually released all of its evidence in its case against Bruce Ivins, and it was quite a volume. That didn’t settle the case for a lot of people, such is the nature of the times now, but one can’t say they didn’t try.

    The reluctance to do the same here is a bit mystifying but not really surprising.