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Archive for February 6th, 2008

        Interesting to me, and maybe to millions of others, is the fact that in the last week, four underwater fiber optic cables have some how suffered cuts; effectively breaking connection for millions of internet users around the world.

        It sounds as if those affected are in the Middle East, Iran, Pakistan, Asia and India.  Many of those places are used by businesses as an outsourcing service for data entry or programming.  This is costly as well as inconvient for many. 

         There are all kinds of speculations on just how this could happen.  Of course, it could happen with the shifting that occurs with the underwater plates that are affected by an earthquake, or something traumatic like that; but, that hasn’t been documented to my knowledge.  Or large ship anchors that could drag and potentially, break the cables.   But, four of those lines of communication have been cut at the same time by some type of event.

          Then, there are those who question international terrorists or government agencies wanting to eliminate or control communications in certain areas.  There are so many unknown things about international government security…it does make you wonder.  Especially knowing that, Osama Bin Laden has not been located yet.  Could that be a possible explanation? I am sure that question will surface next on the news.  See what i mean…there is no end to questions, when things like this happen. 

          How will the telecommunications companies protect and secure these underwater cables? Is there any realistic way to do it? Is data or information vulnerable?  Glad i dont have to figure it out!

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        My family is scattered around the whole country.  The weather has always had the power to destroy; but, it seems in the last few years that it has been magnified.  Had to do some calling this morning to family in Kentucky, and soon will be calling Atlanta, Georgia  and other points south to check on our family members well-being.

         My cousin told me this morning that they had no power.  Her cell phone didn’t work for a time.  Traveling this morning was impossible as roads were blocked with debris.  There were deaths in their town.  People lost their homes.  Others were injured; businesses and homes damaged.  Fires were a problem as well.  It is warm their now…but tonight the temperatures are supposed to drop to the 20’s and without power many will have no shelter or warmth. 

         It is times like these where people have to help each other out and fill a need if they are able.   

        Last night’s storms brought devastation through high winds, and tornadoes in the south because of warm air and cold air collision.  That storm also extends to Michigan…but instead of 60+ degree weather we are in the low 30’s. 

        The storm takes the form of freezing rain, sleet, and snow and powerhouse winds where we live.  It is only supposed to intensify as the day goes on.  Down south…the cold air is coming and they are probably in for more destruction.  There have already been over 44 deaths associated with last night’s storm down south. 

         On top of all of that…i have family and friends who have to travel today and tomorrow.  My husband is flying to Florida tomorrow morning.  I am praying that the weather improves greatly as we take our lives in our hands traveling the roads and the skies.  It is scary; i wish we could all just hibernate until the storms pass.

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