Seven People Have Been Entrusted With The Keys To The Internet

(Gizmodo) – These smart cards are the actual keys to the Internet. There are seven of them and they hold the power to restarting the world wide web “in the event of a catastrophic event.”

The basic idea is that in the event of an Internet catastrophe, the DNSSEC (domain name system security) could be damaged or compromised and we’d be left without a way to verify if a URL is pointing to the correct website. That’s when the holders of these smart cards would be called into action:

A minimum of five of the seven keyholders – one each from Britain, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic – would have to converge at a U.S. base with their keys to restart the system and connect everything once again.

A minimum of five people is needed because each of the smart cards contains only a fraction of the recovery key necessary to set things right again. This means that no single person will hold all the power to resetting our little cyber world. [BBC via PopSci] – Source: BLN

Gulf Oil Catastrophe

(Examiner) – Oil slick enters Gulf loop current, tar balls found in Florida Keys

NASA satellite imagery on Monday shows that the rapidly expanding oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has entered a powerful current known as the Loop Current, which flows through the straits of Florida and along the eastern seaboard as far north as North Carolina before heading out into the Atlantic. The entrance of the oil slick into the Gulf Loop Current is what officials fear will be a catastrophic event. Read More Here

(NCoal) – Officials Find Tarballs Along Key West Shores

Yesterday Coast Guard personnel discovered two dozen tarballs on Key West shores. They’re in the process of testing them to see if they came from the Gulf of Mexico’s growing oil disaster.

If so, it could determine the oil has been in the gulf’s loop current for at least the last several days. Scientists have feared that once the oil gets into the loop current that it could gravely damage South Florida’s coral reefs and wildlife. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – The Responses to the Gulf Oil Spill and to the Financial Crisis Are Remarkably Similar … And Have Made Both Crises Much Worse

The Gulf oil spill and the financial crisis were both caused by excessive risk-taking by industry giants and the “capture” of politicians and regulators by the corporate behemoths.

Moreover, the response to the Gulf oil spill and the financial crisis are remarkably similar. Read More Here

(AP) – Video: Politicians, Scientists Fear Spreading Oil Slick

New video released by BP shows oil and gas erupting from its crippled blowout preventer safety device on the ocean floor. Meantime Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities. Continue reading

MSM: How predictive texting takes its toll on a child’s brain

(DailyMail) – Predictive text messaging changes the way children’s brains work and makes them more likely to make mistakes generally, a study has found. Continue reading

Government Demands Inventory of All VFW Weapons

An Infowars reader has passed along an email sent to VFW commanders by the Assistant Adjutant of the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars indicating the U.S. Army TACOM (Tactical Army Command) is demanding an inventory of all weapons held by VFW posts. Continue reading

Oklahoma Senate Passes 10th Amendment Resolution

State Rep. Charles Key today praised the Senate passage of a resolution demanding the federal government cease and desist mandates beyond its authority as designated by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading