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Saturday, May 18 2002

Profiling

David Caldwell's email is still malfunctioning in the wake of a vicious computer virus. Today's Postcard was written for last Sunday's post, but arrived too late. —Webmaster.

A term we often hear in the news, especially after a major crime or terrorist attack, is profiling. The FBI and/or the CIA gather all the information about the incident, then specialists in the field of profiling analyze the facts to determine the characteristics of the individual who committed the crime. While I am definitely not an expert in the skill of profiling, I have been wondering what type of individual would create a computer virus, which would lead to so much misery and frustration for so many people.

The first person I thought of doing such a deed is a cocky but brilliant teenager who would create a virus and distribute it just for the thrill. He has very little thought or concern for the consequences to himself or others. Because of his cavalier attitude, this individual would probably be easily traced, since he doesn't care or understand the price he may have to pay for such a crime.

The second individual I can imagine creating and distributing a virus is a skilled computer programmer who feels he is unjustly fired or layed off or is still working but feels he isn't getting the recognition he deserves. This individual would take great pains to cover his tracks. He doesn't have the guts to stand up to the world and, above all, he fully understands the consequences should he be caught.

The virus I have been struggling with for the past month had to have been created by the second kind of individual. The virus was probably in my computer for a week or more before I was aware. It circumvented my virus-detection program. Fortunately, it didn't go out to my family and friends, since it was designed to corrupt Outlook Express, a program I don't use. Nevertheless, the virus has stopped me from sending messages over several KB in length, which is why I haven't been able to send articles to Jon.

While struggling with this problem, my thoughts began to wonder to understanding a more universal situation of our world. It seems that when an individual, company or country succeeds, someone is always bent on destroying that success. I know it is an over-simplification, but this is one view I have of the Israeli-Palistinian conflict.

I better stop here. I am getting in over my head.

Democrats do it, too - 4 (last of series)

Ann Coulter, author of a book intended to disclose lies the mass media present about American conservatives, defends President Bush and other Republicans (Dan Quayle?) who have been accused of intelligence gaps by citing embarrassing but rarely quoted goofs made by the Democratic opposition. For example...

Bill Clinton: "They've managed to keep their unemployment low although their overall unemployment is high."

—Reported by Matt Drudge

Thought for the day

Deception has always been an effective weapon and is deadliest when used in the field of religion. Our Lord warned against this when He said, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." These words have been turned into a proverb known around the world, and still we continue to be taken in by the wolves.

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by
Judy Martin

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