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Issue 63, Sunday February 17, 2008
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Blackberry Outages

Yet another Blackberry outage occurred on February 12, 2008, throwing millions of users into a tizzy as they were suddenly blocked from sending email, browsing the web, and placing phone calls over the wireless network.

BlackBerry Outage Frustrates Users Again
February 12, 2008
Officials with AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless said RIM told them the outage hit customers of all wireless carriers. Bell Canada spokesman Jason Laszlo said the majority of its BlackBerry customers were affected. The last major BlackBerry outage struck in April, when a minor software upgrade crashed the system, triggering complaints from always-on users all the way up to the White House and Canada's Parliament. A smaller disruption occurred in September, when a software glitch stanched the flow of e-mails.
RIM: BlackBerry Outage Caused by Upgrade
February 12, 2008
The company behind the BlackBerry smart phones says Monday's three-hour outage was caused by an upgrade designed to increase capacity. Research in Motion (RIM) says the upgrade was part of routine and ongoing efforts, and that similar upgrades in the past resulted in no problems.

The Blackberry handheld devices have increased in popularity since they were introduced in 1999, acting like a cell-phone plus.
The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. Developed by the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM), it delivers information over the wireless data networks of mobile phone service companies.

Blackberry outages go back to 2005, however not earlier. Outages occurred on February 23, 2005; April 18, 2007, and September 7, 2007. Why the increasing number of outages? The pace is quickening speed with an increase in frequency. These incidents are blamed on software, such as an upgrade in process or a software glitch. Certainly the computer industry struggles to effect smooth software installations, but could something else be affecting the wireless networks?

Major Blackberry Outage
February 23, 2005
Seems like the outage is due to an internal issue at RIM with their SRP server that affected most of the Blackberry subscribers.
Major BlackBerry Outage Leaves Millions Without E-Mail
April 18, 2007
Millions of BlackBerry users in North America were without e-mail because of a massive network failure. Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerry devices, has said very little about the incident except that the outage "may have been caused" by one of its operating centers going down.
Widespread BlackBerry Outage?
September 7, 2007
And we thought these things were a thing of the past. It seems that BlackBerry users on all networks are experiencing a complete data outage. If the outage is as widespread as the initial reports seem to indicate, this could mark the second time in a year that the BlackBerry users have been subjected to such an event.

The basis of Blackberry's popularity is that it is a wireless network. Those on-the-go can use it anywhere, just as they can a cell phone - in traffic, at an airport or in the air, while waiting on a client, or in a Starbucks catching a quick breakfast. If wireless devices were increasingly faltering and expected to do so in the future, would the public still stay on board? Would sales be surging?

ZetaTalk Explanation 2/16/2008: What is the process during wireless communications? As cell phone users know, unless a tower is nearby, in clear range, the phone call can be garbled or dropped. Something as simple as passing behind a building or driving into a valley can drop the call. Once received at a tower, satellites are often used, leaping over the miles to go directly to a server that will deliver the call. Where phone calls can take a sputtering in the message, digital messages are more sensitive. Digital messages require leading and closing codes to be intact, for instance. A text message might have a header stating it is beginning, and who it is to be delivered to. At the end, the message might have a trailer stating the message is complete. If the header or trailer are corrupted, the text message is aborted, being considered incomplete. Phone calls require, in point of fact, only the header, as a dropped call can be considered the trailer. Phone calls are more simplistic, as sputtering during the call is suffered without interrupting the call. With digital communications, sputtering is an interruption in the codes required for the communication to continue. Surfing the web is likewise more complicated than simple phone calls. Web pages are built of many components, which are assembled. If a necessary component is missing or corrupted during a transmission, the web page build stalls.

In the days before Planet X arrived in the inner solar system in 2003, problems with wireless communications were technical, solely. But these times have and are changing at a rapid pace. In August-September of 2003 there were brownouts and blackouts and surges worldwide, creating the New York City blackout on August 14, 2003. On September 1, 2003 there were massive blackouts in Malaysia and Australia, following on September 2 by brownouts on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. On September 4, 2003 London had blackouts. On September 9, 2003 blackouts occurred in Finland and Russia. This was a time when the Second Sun was much in evidence during sunrise and sunset. Planet X had arrived. While putting on the brakes as it approached the Sun, Planet X caused its massive charged tail to waft past the Sun to Earth, thus causing brownouts and blackouts. In 2003, the Earth had a taste of what the charged tail can do, but mankind's electronics are not braced for the continuous barrage that it is about to receive. If a charged cloud can create a surge or brownout in an electrical grid on the surface of the Earth, what can it do to electronic communications temporarily in the air? Wireless communications are very vulnerable, in the days to come.

Sugar Fire

A horrific fire erupted in a sugar plant on the Savannah River on February 8, 2008, where several workers lost their lives and more were horribly burned.

3 or More Dead at Ga. Refinery
February 8, 2008
Officials had not determined what caused the explosion Thursday night but said they suspect sugar dust, which can be volatile. The plant is owned by Imperial Sugar and is known in Savannah as the Dixie Crystals plant. A sugar dust explosion happened in a storage silo where refined sugar is stored until it is packaged. The plant's last inspection by the state Department of Agriculture was Oct. 30, 2007. Records show it was cited for two violations, one involving an opening in a packing room area that could allow for pests to enter and another related to buckets used for packing molasses in a warehouse not being properly protected. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said Friday it is sending an investigative team to the plant. Sugar dust is combustible, according the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration's Web site. Static electricity, sparks from metal tools or a cigarette can ignite explosions.

Sugar dust is combustible, but the plant had not been given safety warnings in the past related to dust. Was this simply an industrial accident? Yes, per the Zetas, but a warning of things to come.

ZetaTalk Warning 2/9/2008: We have warned of infrastructure implosions and increasing weather irregularities as the time of the pole shift approaches. Early in the life of ZetaTalk we warned that extreme temperature swings would occur, with tornadoes on the increase and occurring in places not used to tornadoes. Certainly February is not tornado season in the US, but temperature swings were what spawned them. Another phenomena that has arisen and received much comment is the distraction that seems to have beset much of mankind. Seeing the weather, hearing about the melting poles, and perhaps noticing the Sun and Moon out of place, the populace is disturbed at the comments and answers coming from the experts and their governments. The economy falters, growing worse, with no end in sight, while food and energy prices eat away at the family budget. No answers are forthcoming from the authorities, so the situation feels a bit like being on a runaway train while the conductor parties and seems oblivious to the problem. Thus distracted, the common man is less attentive on the job, and dangerous situations can develop as an outcome. Sugar dust is highly explosive, and someone lit a cigarette too close to a dust filled room.

Russian Rumbles

The Bush administration and Israel have been threatening Iran for more than a year, accusing Iran of helping insurgents in Iraq and trying to drum up support for sanctions against Iran for its nuclear ambitions. The goal, per the Zetas, is Iranian oil, as gaining control of this was part of the grand Bush plan. But the Bush plan has been frustrated as the world refused to go along on sanctions, and the US military refused to bomb or invade.

ZetaTalk Explanation 3/17/2006: Iran is the 4th largest in oil production, and holds the 3rd largest oil reserves, so securing this under US occupation has been a goal of the Bush crowd all along. What is the Puppet Master's goal? He wants the US out of Iraq, where it has created a mess. As it stands, Iraq cannot settle into any kind of stable body, as the US continues to interfere. The likely outcome is that the US will threaten and bluster, plant evidence against Iran that the US citizen and the world does not believe, rumble tanks and planes up to the border of Iran, and there the conflict stops. There will certainly be tense moments behind closed doors when the military is asked to take steps they refuse to take, confrontations that will not come out in the media until later, as leaks.

If the Puppet Master wants the US out of Iraq, he certainly is not in favor or the US invading or bombing Iran. But other than using his immense wealth as a weapon, what can he do to prevent this? Per the Zetas, the Puppet Master is very clever and intends to remind the US military that they are vulnerable on many fronts.

ZetaTalk Insight 7/15/2006: The Puppet Master has cards in his deck not yet played. For instance, the flurry of missile tests from N Korea was at his request, to remind the US military that an invasion of Iran would result in threats to the US territories in the Pacific.

But the Bush administration and Israel have not dropped their incessant insistence that Iran presents a danger that needs to be addressed without delay. Per the Zetas, both Bush and Israel realize they are running out of time, with only a year or so left with Bush in power, and are getting desperate.

ZetaTalk Insight 10/27/2007: They are losing the battle for the Middle East, and any more delays on an invasion or bombing of Iran will only lessen their chances of securing Iran's oil. Israel knows they cannot, alone, defend themselves. They are also aware that the US military is refusing to engage Iran. Should Israel attempt to bomb Iran, they would be left on their own to mop up the damage in their country, as it would be clear they had started the fracas. The approach, thus, has been to insult and accuse Iran and hope they react, which they have not and will not do as they are hardly fools. Israel and Bush are hoping that Iran will attack, make a move, as insults are the only weapon they have!

So is it a coincidence that since July, 2007 when the Zetas outlined the Puppet Master's plan to remind the US military of their vulnerability on the Pacific front, that Russia has been pressing this front? Per a recent CNN article dated February 12, 2008, incidents occurred off the coast of Alaska since (you guessed it) last July.

Russian Bomber Buzzes U.S. Aircraft Carrier
February 12, 2008
American fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers, one of which buzzed a U.S. aircraft carrier in the western Pacific. Russia's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that there was no violation of flight regulations during the incident. A ministry official said the flights are standard operating procedure for air force training. One of them twice flew about 2,000 feet over the deck of the USS Nimitz Saturday while another flew about 50 miles away. Two others were at least 100 miles away. US defense officials said four F/A-18A fighter jets from the Nimitz were in the air. The Russians and the U.S. carrier did not exchange verbal communications. Four turboprop Tupolev-95 Bear bombers took off from Ukrainka Air Base, in Russia's Far East, in the middle of the night. One of the planes violated Japanese airspace. Russian bombers have been making flights over the western Pacific for several months. There have been eight incidents off Alaska since July. Among the latest, on September 5, six F-15s from Elmendorf Air Force Base, adjacent to Anchorage, Alaska, intercepted six Russian bombers about 50 miles from the northwest coast of Alaska. Two similar incidents occurred in August, one near Cape Lisburne, Alaska, and the other near Cold Bay, Alaska, west of the Aleutian Islands.

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