A no backdoor policy on important computer or a smart phone application should be mandatory. Every cybersecurity expert on the planet knows by one installing a backdoor one automatically opens oneself to a third party (ex. hacker) begin able to use that same doorway no matter how secure its developed.

The other day I read a couple news articles in regard to Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison who is backing a controversial anti-encryption laws that would force technology companies to give the police and spy agencies access to data from phones and other devices of suspected criminals including computers in the name of national security. Backers are stating this bill will help combat child sex offenses and terrorism. This bill if passed into law will give the Australian government broad powers that will undermine cybersecurity, human rights, including the right to privacy by forcing companies to build backdoors and hand over user data even when it’s encrypted. Also this bill will enable the Australian government if they wanted to order the makers of smart tv’s or home speakers to install persistent eavesdropping capabilities in a persons home thru their products. The tech company Apple recently sent their comments to the Australian government how dangerous it would be if this were to pass and were forced to lower their security as well as others and it would open many to various dangers specially from cyber criminals. Here is a link to their comments.

Australia is not the only one. Wikileaks in 2017 disclosed and released information on the CIA and the NSA capabilities of being able to spy on people by listening to them thru their smart televisions and other methods. You can read about it in this article from the Washington Post. This is where I see the biggest issue about all this, its the abuse of these surveillance powers on others to exploit them for profit or do harm to one for one’s benefit or just be a bully to them.

For example lets say the Australian government forced Microsoft to install a backdoor into their Office 365 software that would allow them to capture not just Skype messages, but sent automatically into the Cloud from their laptop or desktop also saved Word or Excel documents and they would also get archived in a government server. Then each person would have a profile.  Lets say its just a feature to target a terrorist or someone who is under surveillance that is a threat. Maybe its not, but for all a secret capability. Imagine this being the perfect tool for the thought police like the novel of Fahrenheit 451 where a society/government censors literature and destroys knowledge. What assurances if this were created to the end users that Microsoft would not be utilizing this feature to spy on its competitors or a hacker working for a foreign power could exploit this feature as well and will be able to do a search on anyone thus abuse it.

Our government as well as others deal with all kinds of threats everyday and there is a great need for surveillance to counter and deal with things. I am for my government utilizing technology to counter threats that would could threaten me, my family, and my country’s security from a terrorist attack for protection purposes. Not in ways that would be considered abusive and could lead to others exploiting what they collected on me or a friend and it gets abused by a third party for other purposes rather than a law enforcement matter. There are applications out there that are critical to our country’s infrastructure and economy that there should not be a backdoor or be monitored.

At this moment influential lobbyist and politicians in Washington D.C backed by Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are working towards reversing net neutrality rules that are in place that allows everyone who has access to the internet to share and access information of one’s choosing without interference. The FCC (Federal Communication Commission)  Title II  is a rule for ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) that they can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic of their customers. The reversal of this ruling means that ISP’s will have the power to censor and have broad controls affecting the marketplace on the internet.

A group of over 190 Internet engineers, pioneers, and technologists filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality. You can read their comments clicking here.

Ladies and gentlemen is all about the fast lane for AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. These ISP’s along with many others are looking beyond websites. They are about writing law on the internet and making an even bigger profit than what they are making. They advocate open internet protections via PR (Public Relations).  Ha! Yea right…. They advocate their version of an open internet. Also keeping their ISP competitors at bay.

If these internet service providers get their way its going to be bad news for everyone. Even for the likes of Amazon, Apple, DuckDuckGo, Facebook, Google, Netflix, and your e-commerce website/internet business. Do not let their justification claim of these ISP’s fool you in defense of security for autonomous cars as their demand for “their” fast lanes to carry their data to get transmission priority. Their new punchline of their justification to remove net neutrality is the following. Driver less vehicles need to be able to drive safely based just on the computing and sensor hardware within the car. If in fact this is not possible then an autonomous car is a safety hazard that is not able to drive safely thru remote stretches in the highway where internet signals will disappear. Alone with this thesis, shoot one I would not want to be in an autonomous car, and two I would not be in favor of these cars being sold on the open market if these cars need super super fast connections on the internet for safety’s sake. If the CEO of Intel Brian Krzanich stated that self driving cars will generate 40 terabytes of data every 8 hours they are on the road. Shoot what the heck, there is something wrong with this picture. I like many others are not going to be willing to give up our net neutrality rights for a autonomous technology that its on its infancy. It needs more work in my opinion. Also internet service providers specially those cell phone carriers need to focus on more infrastructure upgrades rather than this silly squabble with net neutrality. That lobbyist money can be used for that or to enhance better support especially at AT&T for better customer support. Sorry AT&T, but its the truth. I hope you make more improvements in that department.

I would also like to take the time and thank all the co-sponsors of  S.993 – Restoring Internet Freedom Act bill.

I don’t believe like many of you out there are wanting the Internet’s free services and tools in the net to be affected. If this FCC ruling passes imagine all those people internet line getting slowed down because they have to pay to get more exposure on the internet. Do you pay for Yelp, Craigslist, Github , and free email services providers. Imagine in order to have access to these services they are put on the slow lane of the internet because they cannot pay to be in the fast lane or just because the isp’s decide to. I would like to encourage all to look at these ISP’s and other past excuses against net neutrality.

For the past couple of weeks now I have been pondering the following statement made by James Allen in a book he wrote that I am almost done reading called, “Man: king of mind, body, and circumstance.” This statement that I came across really hones in on battling complains and present circumstances.

He who complains of his circumstances has not yet become a man, and Necessity will continue to prick and lash him till he rises into manhood’s strength, and then she will submit to him. Circumstance is a severe taskmaster to the weak, an obedient servant to the strong. – James Allen

Ouch…. Right?

There is a great truth in this statement. Because as men we need to be problem solvers not complainers. People respect doers. Remember that our words have the power of life. (Proverbs 18:21)

As human beings we are naturally prone to complain specially when things are not going our way or wrong. Regardless, we need to be cautious and vigilant in this area especially when we complain verbally. Because it can or will affect our present state of mind. In other words it will lead us to an obscure state of mind, yet at the same time we can become prone to make mistakes.

This is why its important for one to develop a rock solid state of mind. This can be acquired by overcoming poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, hopelessness, and fear. Because we live in a world filled with outside influences which impinge upon us. We are also influenced by other people’s acts and wishes, by law and custom, by one’s duties and our responsibilities. Everything we do has some effect upon others, as do their actions upon one. This is impart due to the natural laws of creation.

You may be reading this and at this time you may be going through a rough time and things do not seem to be going right. Remember this at this moment there are many factors at play and its up to you to figure it out. Failure to figure it out will doom you into a deep drift that will be hard specially mentally to get out of. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. In other words, hard work is hard work.

Greater the dream or desire. Greater the sacrifice. Good and evil also play into the factor as well.

So when it comes to battling complaints and present circumstances we need to face things and conquer specially all negativity. Seek solutions and solve things. Complaining and crying like a baby doing nothing about it will only make matters worse for you. Keep those close to you who uplift you and encourage you. People who are a burden and drag you down, remove them from your life.

Life at MBI (Missionary Broadcasting, Inc) began when I was asked to accompany David Daniell to Honduras in November 2012 to do some technical work and teach the staff at the radio stations. How we met up was that a couple years before my father Felipe Pinochet got in touch with David Daniell asking for his assistance to launch the first Spanish radio program in the Gulf Coast. My father got together all the pastors of the Hispanic community in the region together and all of them collaborated and Revista Radial was born.

It was my freshman year in college and I was asked by my father to help out David Daniell one day with a technical computer problem with the cd burner. That’s how I personally met David. This is where my interest in radio broadcasting began to spark, after class or work I would come by and do some work. Revista Radial inevitably came to an end after 11 months being on the air due to lack of financial support.

So in November 2012 I embarked with David to Honduras. It was exciting because it was a while since I was on a trip overseas. Since that trip life got even more exciting because for the longest time I wanted to be involved somewhere overseas where I could make a big difference in many peoples lives where I could apply not only my technical skills. But work alongside with people who love what they do.

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The biggest perk about traveling and working overseas is that you get to experience and interact with people from different cultures and of course eating good food. There are some delicacies that are an exception, but seeking the perfect lomito is a top priority.

Helping to manage 50 radio stations in Central America is no easy feat. Its a full time job. There is so much to do and so little time in the day specially in the administrative side of things. Developing programing, troubleshooting with stations technical issues, and making plans for enhancing or launching a radio station is what we do at MBI. Radio is not our only focus. Last year through generous donations we were able to provide to two schools much needed school supplies for teachers and students.

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This year we are compounding on what we did last year and are in the early stages of setting up a 1-800 number and a system to combat domestic violence against women and children. Domestic violence among women and children has gone up in an alarming rate. El Salvador has the highest rate of gender-motivated killing of women, in the world. Guatemala is third, and Honduras is close behind at sixth. In Central American countries they are plagued alarmingly high levels of child abuse, that is related to patriarchal systems that undergird gender-based violence. In Honduras, children face an especially dire situation. Recently, the number of extrajudicial killings (illegal government-sponsored executions) of minors has risen dramatically, from 447 in 2009 to 802 in 2010 and 1068 in 2011 (Source).

“Radio broadcasting is one of the greatest educational tools which has ever been placed at the disposal of civilized man. It is an instantaneous, universal means of communication. It is not a new art, but is a means of multiplying the efficiency of oral communication just as the printing press multiplied the effectiveness of the written word. In addition to that, it has certain decided advantages over the printed page which it in part supplants and in part supplements.” (Tyler, 1935. p.115).

Once we deploy the service we can easily get the message through our stations and through our partners in Central America plus South America and target specially cities and rural areas in Guatemala and Honduras to combat domestic violence to lower those numbers. To get to this stage we are are a applying for a grant and are seeking volunteers to help us out with this.

Children and Locals Drink this Water

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In my last trip to Honduras this water well caught my eyes as I saw children near a school by one of our radio stations drinking from this well full of parasites. One of the teachers mentioned to me that there has been a number of cases over the years of many of the kids getting sick because of this well. There is another water source outside the school near by. I inspected it with two others from my team and it smelled like the water was coming out of a septic tank and had too much chlorine (Another project-check).

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Many of us have been taught that the the brain is the one that commands the heart through neural signals. This is not the case because its actually the heart that sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. Signals from the heart effect our emotional processes, including our higher cognitive functions such as problem solving, perception, memory, and attention. I kid you not. You can read this article and search this topic on the internet and you will find a wealth of information regarding this discovery.

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My reason for bringing this up is that the majority are not consciously aware that the biggest and deadliest disease in the world today are broken hearts. Many of us carry inside brokenness and scars and many do not know how to deal with the hurt inside. You see the heart matters. A healthy heart equals a healthy soul and happiness. A broken heart brings all kinds of emotional distress and depression. Thus saying this what worries me is the development of the hearts and minds of the future generations to come. There are many critical issues at a global scale we need to address and need to collaborate together in harmony in order to resolve them. We are not going to get there by force or through control. We are also not going to get there by just talking about it, but only by taking action.

Pride, egoism, jealousy, selfishness, arrogance, and evil must be done away in hearts if there is going to be change. True peace begins in our hearts, not in a particular political party nor a religious doctrine. To question the condition of our heart it is something we must all honestly confront inside ourselves. Our actions on how we talk and treat others says allot about in what condition our heart is. Isn’t now the time that we truly face our insecurities? The real battle is inside ourselves and in our way of thinking. Our thought process must also evolve, but before that we have to let love in and forgive not only ourselves, but those who have done us not only wrong, but have offended us in order to be free. (The hard part.)

 

“A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

 

Misunderstandings are misunderstanding. A misunderstanding is a mistranslation of an action translated incorrectly of a person action or their words. Many conflicts and offenses develop because of misunderstandings. Its time we take initiative and become an example and let people know that every individual thinks different. All our hearts operate and think differently. We are all unique, there is only one version of you. So to avoid misunderstandings its best to shut up and begin to understand the other persons heart. You are not the center of the universe! There are many people out there who are hurting and in order to reach out to them and be a light of love. Your heart needs to be open and ready to serve.

Ladies and Gentlemen, life hits us all, but there is no excuse if we want to see change. Our hearts (we) must be the change.

 

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

―Helen Keller

 

We must aim for a higher existence inside our minds to ascend to a higher stage or to admonish ourselves if we are to develop into the higher plains in order to also allow our hearts to flourish. The future has infinite possibility. All we have to do is dream and have the courage make it happen. The heart matters.

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