Happy Birthday LMC

Time leaves its marks on all things,
The living and the dead
The thoughts and dreams and human scenes
The things inside your head

April 21, 1983
A time of love and Spring
A time of hope with labor bring
A life replaced the dead
And love was born instead

The Letter

I think you have to look at the facts, with regard to Captain Bret Crozier and the USN.

  1. The GOAT (“Greatest of All Time”) was, and is, probably one of the best leaders in the USN, if not the best. He obviously was the best for the job. You don’t get to be Captain of an aircraft carrier making any mistakes or errors of significance in life. None.
  2. A captain is responsible for everything that happens on board the ship, whether or not he or she has made an error. When things go wrong, like collisions while someone else is on duty and somebody dies, the “would have,” “should have” standard applies. You are removed. You are accountable. We were taught that you can delegate authority, but not responsibility. The Captain knows that, I’m certain.
  3. It’s highly likely that the GOAT communicated the urgency of the situation to his superior (that’s being reported now). I know it’s an assumption, more than a proven fact. However, I was in the USN and chain-of-command is the way it works. Period. He didn’t only write the letter. He probably did more, and I’m surely convinced on belief that the logs will show that truth.
  4. Every human being under the authority of a captain is accounted for, daily (and hourly). That is fundamental. Therefore, it is known (or can be determined) where the ship has been, who was off the ship and when they were off and, thus, who may have been in contact with those who were not, if any. Thus, it can be determined when and where exposure may have occurred with reasonable certainty.
  5. The rate at which sailors were being afflicted would be evident to the Navy corpsmen and doctors, and, of course, communicated to the Captain. There are only so many beds available in the sick bay. Likewise, there are only so many beds available on a ship. The sailors share quarters. They also talk to each other. The doctors and corpsmen probably (I’d say 100%) gave their recommendations to the Captain.

My guess is that the Captain let a Rear Admiral know and was awaiting a decision and directions via electronic media and personal official voice communication — the chain-of-command. The Captain may have made a recommendation on the course of action he needed, in his position of authority. It was obviously drafted and sent through channels, on official letterhead. If he’s the kind of leader I believe him to be. I’d put money on it that he did. (I just read the letter in its entirety. He did).

“Hello!!!!”

Obviously, the Commander-in-Chief would have had to have been informed. Now, whether a decision was made or there was a failure to timely respond with directions or an order, I don’t know. I’d suspect it was not the latter, i.e., that he failed to follow an order.

I heard what the Commander-in-Chief said and felt about the civilian ship that was off the coast of San Francisco. And, unlike many of us, the president has not served. All I can say is that there is a certain view of reality one gets when one’s ass is on the line.

I’m speculating there was a significant failure of leadership at some level above the Captain. One’s authority and power to direct include one fact: to not decide what to do is, nevertheless, a decision — an indecisive act.

That goes along with the principle a great leader lives by: You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility. So, you must ask yourself, Who is ultimately responsible?

So, it’s very simple: the Captain was the sacrificial “goat,” figuratively. There are two goats that are brought to the sacrificial alter. The scapegoat gets to escape death and is let go (or so the Bible says) into the political wilderness. The other goat is sacrificed for the sins of the people. Thrown into the fire, that goat is burned alive (i.e., “fired”). It’s in the Bible.

It is not without significance that Captain Crozier is called the “GOAT”. The Captain sacrificed his career, and thus, his professional life. He was tracking to become a Rear Admiral (the person to whom a captain reports). Probably one of the best.

What we’ve been told is that the Captain failed to follow protocol. By that, I think we’re being told that he was supposed to do nothing until told what to do. He probably wasn’t told to not say anything about what was happening on the ship. Even if he was, he wasn’t told the sailors couldn’t communicate with those outside of the USN. And, if he wasn’t given any instruction on what to do he alone faced a moral dilemma.

His situation was urgent. Imagine, for a moment, a ship leaking and sinking. Knowing at the rate of leaking, in a matter of time sailors were already in the water, going to drown. Where were the life preservers?

Well, all you have to do is listen to the sailors chants of support for the actions taken. They know the truth: the man saved their ass in all probability and sacrificed his career and professional life.

He’s a true hero and to be Admired. That’s true courage.

Indoctrination, Training and Education

It’s so strange. Silence from the the Secretary of Education on so much related to education. Where is the instruction and guidance to parents who are now directly responsible for their children’s training and education.

Does she even know the difference between “indoctrination,” “training,” and “education”? And, exactly, what should be collectively do with regard to those categories of socialization? Clearly, the facts show her expertise , like Mr. Trump’s, the manipulation of people through the utilization of money.

Where are the national standards against which every student should be educated (taught to think), in making decisions that effect their lives. Where is the subject specific guidelines and manuals and tools that can be used to train (show and tell “how to do” stuff) students? Where is the information that lets a parent know the difference between education, training and indoctrination — and where the boundary is.

Silence. Solution: throw money at the matter and deem that action a political success.

This is a disgrace. The Trump administration has failed on so many fronts, including the one that is actually the first line of defense: knowledge and intelligence.

In the house

Nothing changed. Set up my bedroom server (http://vo.podzone.net) for delivering content to students, friends and business associates. COVID-19 on the loose. Changes in the booth. Let’s make house-time truth. Enjoy the vibes.

Who i Am

The i

WHO I AM

Good morning. I come on Day Light Saving time. Let’s shed some. I’ve been in place for a number of years. To Be or not to Be is the answer to any fear.

Taxes coming very soon to the tune of answer?

For Leslie and Jacob

I never said you must be like me. Don’t think I’m not free of prejudice and hatred’s tea. Your moves to freedom far from me frees me from this Earth’s realities. You views do not define my Be. And, as you sit from your above, you’ll never know the truth i love.

Amorata: the aroma Queen: witness not love i’ve seen, seeking not love that is free, lived not the love i’ve beamed and, perhaps, comprehend your hopes i dreamed.

Invisibility … Peace … Love …

Freely …

It’s Simple … They’ll Burn the Books

The reality is the Democrats speak about the future, despite the current loss and the erosion of truth, justice and the American way. The thought is that history will record there were those who stood for the values upon which the U.S.A. was created. And, that those despotically inclined and corrupt, as judged historically, will be exposed and known — despite what has been done to obfuscate and twist the truth.

The assumption is that the record will be there for all to see and know (in the future). Good luck.

The reality is that they burn books for a reason.

Enjoy the ride.

shadow shit

Unbelievable. Look, an “app” ain’t an “application.” It’s nothing more than a client computer’s link to a server. The actual “application” is on the server. Thus, either the problem is with the database on the server, or the client link that was built.

My guess is that the problem is with the database query. Most likely, they got a Cartesian join. It results in a catastrophic forked replication that causes the machine to duplicate every calculation, i.e., 2 -> 4 -> 16 -> . . . loops.

I once tried to compile a tally that should have taken 15 minutes. Three days later, the damn thing was still trying to calculate.

Let me be clear: You cannot develop an application utilizing a production server. Three servers are utilized to design a bullet proof application:
1. A development server
2. A test server
3. A production server

When a project manager attempts to omit # 1 and/or #2 (as it actually is 3 times more expensive in hardware), you’ve created a disaster and high probability of a catastrophic failure in the deployed application.

The reason is simple: All computer tools comprise three elements: hardware, operating system software and application software. Furthermore, the hardware comprises assembled sub-assemblies that contain firmware. Firmware isn’t anything except hardware components with pre-programmed operational function.

That’s literally all you need to know about how computer things work. So, when you’re developing an application, anything can go wrong. In the three tier deployment of an application it’s likely, when there’s a glitch, you can verify where the problem isn’t. That’s why there’s a development server and a test server.

The thought process is: 1. I have a problem. 2. I fixed the problem. 3. Did it effect anything else, creating a different problem (i.e., ‘did I accidentally hit the incorrect key on the keyboard making a typographical error’).

But, after you develop the application or fix a glitch, you’ve got to test it … real time, just like it’s hot in the real world environment. And, it must be exactly the same as the production server.

When you do that, you can usually catch most glitches. But, God help you if you skip testing and use the production server for a test. You won’t do that because the production server must be stable as a rock and 99.9999% reliable. Also, it has to be the exact duplicate of the test server. And, Microsoft always updates shit, whether you want it or not in most instances. Shit just stops working.

My guess is the back end was Microsoft (the production server) and the development or test server (if they used one or two — which I doubt). Given the security needed for the client application, SSL and whatever else is utilized to authenticate the client, you’ve got a world of possibilities that is simply FUBAR if and when you take a short-cut. There’s a single point of failure.

$60,000 to develop that sort of application is way too little and short-term skimping on resources (low-balling a bid), results in disappointments, big time.

I AM NOT A GENIUS

© 2003-2020 Jan-Robin Production and Publications.