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Week 41 – TBT 2017 – Son of Virginia 

I’ve mentioned before that I often listen to podcasts when travelling, and this track has been used on one of my favourite series for a few months now.  The series is called The Social Engineer Podcast and never ceases to be fascinating. They have some really interesting guests talking about a range of aspects around social engineering and psychology, and a while back even had the lead singer of this band on. Oddly enough, there were connections to be made between singing to a crowd and social engineering, and it was an engaging talk. Check out the podcasts, recommended reading and more here

The band are called Clutch, and from what I can tell have been going for quite a few years. I like the fact that this sounds like it’s quite laid back till you actually listen to the lyrics. Maybe it’s because the riff is repeated so often, but I’ve found it very catchy and draws you in. I hope you like it!
Son of Virginia – Clutch

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Just launched – security podcasts

As some of you may know, I work in Information / Cyber Security, and I run a separate website for cyber related posts. It’s called EasyCyber, and my goal is to explain cyber and related security in simple terms. Cyber affects every single one of us – you couldn’t read this message without it – so is something we all need to be aware of.

To try to make the topic even easier to understand, I’ve launched a series of podcasts so please head over and check them out.  I know that for many it’s not the most exciting of topics, but hopefully I can help change your perception of that.

Here’s the first one, subscribe to the site for free and follow me there for more simple, practical and free help.

EasyCyber – Episode 1

Lets end hate


Driving to work today, I was listening to a variety of podcasts, as is my habit. Regular readers of my blog will know that I enjoy TED Talks, as they are often very informative and thought provoking. Today’s selection was all of that, and more. Have a listen to Suzanne Barakat’s story, where her brother, sister-in-law and sister-in-law’s sister were executed in their own home:

Islamophobia Killed My Brother

Three lives senselessly wasted, for no reasons other than ignorance, religious intolerance and bigotry. One life only wasted because she happened to be visiting on that day. And very little published in the media about it.  Suzanne was right about a lot of things in her talk, and perhaps the most understated was that if it had been a three white people killed by a muslim, the press would have been screaming “terrorist attack” and I’m pretty sure we’d have heard about it here in the UK. As it was, I don’t think I heard anything about this.  Suzanne’s story only got told because a neighbour stepped forward to do The Right Thing, and helped publicise it, to get airtime: I’m pretty sure Suzanne wouldn’t have been giving a TED Talk at all without that neighbour’s help.
It wasn’t an isolated incident either.  Suzanne tells of how someone tried to run over their neighbour because they “looked funny”, this time in a white on Christian attack – though the victim and their family didn’t have white skin.

My question to you is this: are you going to passively sit and watch while Suzanne’s story, and all others like it, are repeated over and over? Or are you going to be like her neighbour and stand up to be counted, stand against hate crime: are you going to do The Right Thing?
World, it is nearly the end of 2016. We’ve had countries divided across the globe, some violently so (I’m thinking Brexit and the US Election in particular); we’ve had ongoing refugee crises and the clearance of the Calais “jungle”; we’ve had ongoing hostility in the middle east and Ukraine, an unravelling peace deal in Colombia, nuclear testing in North Korea. The list goes on and on. Yet we’re supposed to be civilised, tolerant, diverse. It seems to me that quite the opposite is true: we’re disintegrating, fragmenting, hating others because they’re not like us. We seem to be heading back into a feudal, almost tribal, time.  Please tell me I’m wrong. 

I heard the following earlier today.  It’s a code which a group of people live by, and have done for centuries.

Me against my brother

Me and my brother against my cousin

Me, my brother and cousin against all others

There seems to be more than a little truth in that mantra these days, but surely it’s time to do something different? Let’s unite, let’s put the haters out of business, let’s all be brothers (and sisters) equally.  Let’s [collectively] do The Right Thing.  Who’s with me?