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Disaster Recovery and Disaster Avoidance

  • Disaster Recovery is rebuilding your house after it burns down.
  • Disaster Avoidance is making sure your house doesn’t burn down in the first place.
  • Diaster Recovery is restoring data after a virus or other cyber security attack.
  • Disaster Avoidance is effective cyber security.


And if a picture is worth 1,000 words, here’s about 4,000 words.  Continue reading

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Obama v Bush – Cheney, Happy New Era

In response to the Christmas Day attempted terror attack, President Obama’s actions and former Vice President Cheney’s comments highlight the difference between the two administrations: The Obama Administration investigates first. On 12/29/9 President Obama said it was a systemic failure (Christian Science Monitor). On 1/3/10 he said the attack was planned in Yemen (NY Times).

The Bush / Cheney Administration shoots first, ask questions later. In response to the Christmas Day attempted terrorist “incident” the former VP attacked the President and the Administration, but oddly enough did not condemn the attack itself (Politico)

I think Obama should send Cheney to Guantanamo as a special investigator. I don’t think he should be sent to Kabul, Baghdad, Gaza, or S. Lebanon – those areas are too volatile, and besides, he already knows all the answers. That’s the difference. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc believed they knew all the answers, and the answer to every question was either coal, oil, or war. Obama and his team know that these are complex developing systems.

In all seriousness, at first glance Cheney doesn’t appear to know what he’s talking about. Obama is not talking about closing Guantanamo and setting the incarcerated suspected terrorists free, he is talking about closing Guantanamo and putting the suspects in jail until they are tried in a court of law. (Politico).

Cheney bears an uncanny resemblance to the character of Senator Bob Rumson, played by Richard Dreyfuss, in “The American President,” (IMDB)

the 1995 film by Rob Reiner (IMDB) starring Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd, Annette Benning, as Sydney Ellen Wade, an environmentalist lobbiest, Dreyfuss, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, etc. In a terrific monologue at the end of the film, President Shepherd says (YouTube)

Being President of this country is entirely about character.

“For the record: yes, I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. … This is an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the Bill of Rights, so it naturally begs the question: Why would a Senator, his party’s most powerful spokesman and a candidate for President, choose to reject upholding the Constitution?…

“You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.

“I’ve known Bob Rumson for years, and I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only:

  • Making you afraid of it and
  • Telling you who’s to blame for it.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.

“You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character. And wave an old photo of the President’s girlfriend and you scream about patriotism and you tell them, she’s to blame for their lot in life, and you go on television and you call her a whore.”

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Michael Brown Consulting on Disaster Planning

This is not satire. Former FEMA Director Michael “Heck of a Job, Brownie” Brown joins Cold Creek Solutions, as a Disaster and Contingency Planning Consultant.

This is from a press release I was e-mailed:

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown Joins Cold Creek Solutions, Offers Consulting Practice for Disaster Recovery

CENTENNIAL, CO – While leading federal relief efforts for 160 presidential declared disasters in his roles at FEMA and Homeland Security, Michael Brown heard one cringe-worthy phrase repeated again and again.

“People always say, ‘I never thought it would happen to me,'” said Brown. “I would maintain that anyone who has a business, or a family, needs to recognize that disasters happen and disrupt life. Businesses especially need to plan for the worst.”

“Michael Brown intimately understands planning and how plans need to be adaptable and changeable,” said Paul Schwappach, principal of Cold Creek Solutions, a technology planning firm focusing on data management. “With Michael’s experience and his unique view into what possibly could go wrong when looking at a plan, we can truly help clients be prepared for the unexpected.”

It goes on (and on and on). It’s actually pretty funny.

Brown, the former undersecretary of Homeland Security, was one of the longest-serving directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He led federal relief efforts for disasters including the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster and California wildfire season in 2003, and the unprecedented 2004-2005 hurricane seasons. Brown also directed the nation’s response to numerous foreign disasters and terrorist attacks.

Brown and Cold Creek will work to provide clients disaster recovery and business continuity solutions rooted in a perspective that can’t be found elsewhere.

There’s even more ….

Maybe he learned something, but Michael Brown is just about the last person I would want advising me on disaster contingency planning. At the risk of being accused of shamelessly hawking my own intellectual property – you can hear my thoughts on We Had The Will, We Found The Way, at The song asks:

How the hell did we go from Lincoln, FDR, and John Kennedy to Bush and Cheney?
How did we go from the New Deal to Iraq and Katrina?

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McCain Endorses Obama

St Paul, MN. On Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Republican National Convention, US Senator John S. McCain, the Republican Party’s nominee for President, endorsed his rival, Senator Barack Obama, for President of the United States. Talk about ending partisan politics and reaching across the aisle, this is what McCain, who prides himself on “plain speaking” said “Let me offer an advance warning to the old, big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second crowd: change is coming.”

The Republicans have held the White House for 20 of the last 28 years, and the White House or the Congress for 26 of the last 28 years. And McCain had the chutzpah to walk into their stronghold and say “Change is Coming!”

What a guy.

He has earned my respect.

Not my vote, but my respect.

Speaking from an undisclosed location, Vice President, “Big” Dick Cheney said “What the F*ck? Does the “S” stand for “Stupid?” Or “Sh*t-head?” President Bush said “At’s Right. What’s Wrong?”

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Romney, Bush, Cheney, & McCain

Mitt Romney lost the race for the Republican nomination in part because he appeared to be a flip-flopper. He ran to the left of Ted Kennedy when he lost the race for the Massachusetts Senate. He governed Massachusetts from the center. And like most of the other Republicans, he was running to the right of Bush and Cheney in his bid for the White House. The far right wants the war in Iraq, he wants the war in Iraq. They want war with Iran, he wants war with Iran. They want other peoples sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms and dads to be sent to fight, he wants other peoples sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms, dads to be sent to fight, die, or lose arms, legs, minds, and like most ‘chicken hawks’ he wants his own sons to stay out of the military and “do the best thing they can for the country – help me get elected President.” They don’t want health care in the US, he doesn’t want health care in the US. They want to close factories and ship jobs overseas, he wants to close factories and ship jobs overseas – which is something he did as a management consultant.

But there is no flip-flopping, there is no bowing to the will of the people by Bush, Cheney, or McCain. McCain is for the war. He knows that most people are against the war, and he even said that he would rather be for the war than be President. He will keep us in Iraq for the next 100 years (or until they run out of oil). Still, Bush and Cheney take the cake. When informed that 75% of Americans are now against the war, Cheney’s response is “So? (I am in power. Get over it.)”

He has a point. He is in power. We should get over it. … Or out from under it.

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