Big Data


Since Edward Snowden revealed details of the massive surveillance program the NSA uses to spy on pretty much everyone in the world who uses a computer or phone, the NSA data centers has been in the news.

Much of the information attributed to leaks by Snowden were already public knowledge. In fact, prior to its recent opening, the Pentagon proudly released information on the Utah data center. The agency boasted the fastest Cray computers in the world that could handle mind-boggling amounts of data, and a facility that covers a million square feet of space. As any tech will tell you, you can never have enough storage, and the NSA has more storage than anyone in the world. We’re talking yottabytes – a number so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.

The 5 Eyes
A lot of storage is needed to handle the staggering amounts of data being funneled into the NSA from their data centers all over the world.

The Five Eyes, comprised of five English-speaking countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, all share information on defense, science, technology, and national security. Originally set up as The Technical Cooperation Program to share signal intelligence during the cold war, the dark government agencies working together no longer have to ask for your personal information, they just take it.

Enjoy Rockwell from 1984 – Somebody’s Watching Me:


Cali Costco Carries Mexican Coke


The Real Coca-Cola is Back
The recipe for Coca Cola was invented in 1886 by Colonel John Pemberton of the Confederate Army. When he was severely wounded in battle, Pemberton was given morphine for the pain and like so many other soldiers, he became addicted to the drug. Being a pharmacist by trade, the Colonel was determined to create a medicine to counteract his addiction.

Using cola nuts and Damiana – what we know today as “black mamba”, Pemberton created his signature French Wine Coca drink. When the temperance movement began, the alcohol had to be replaced with something else, so after some trial and error the syrup was mixed with carbonated water creating the perfect fountain drink and, as they say, the rest is history.

In the 1980’s I stopped drinking Coke because the taste changed. At the time I didn’t know the bottling companies here in the U.S. had replaced the cane sugar with high fructose corn syrup – a result of high tariffs on imported sugar and government subsidies for U.S. corn growers.

Recently we’ve been able to get Coke made with cane sugar in local Mexican restaurants. Then last week, I was at Costco and they were selling Mexican Coke in bottles, by the case! Yep, I put a case in the cart right next to my case of diet iced tea!

After consuming all that sugar and caffeine we’ll all be bouncing around like Justice Crew.
Enjoy the boys from Oz performing Boom Boom: