The Colonial Pipeline Debacle
On May 8, a ransomware attack by Russian hacking group “DarkSide” forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down its entire network of 5,500 miles of pipeline. This caused fuel shortages, price increases, and panic buying.
Ransomware is extortion software used to block access to a computer system. Hackers demand a fee – most often a cryptocurrency — to restore computer systems.
President Biden has assured the American people that no real gas shortages will be experienced, and he said he would put more federal support into education to train the next generation of workers to stop malware cyber-attacks in the future. The president also warned: “And I also want to say something to the gas stations: Do not — I repeat, do not try to take advantage of consumers during this time.”
It may be days until the flow of fuel is back to normal.
The Struggle Between Israel and Hamas Heats Up
War may be coming to the Holy Land as the conflict between Hamas and Israel continues without either side wanting to call a truce. Hamas is the Palestinian militant group in charge of Gaza: A self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Egypt and Israel and has been the site of a turf war for many years. The Gaza Strip, as it is called, is 25 miles long and six miles wide and was originally a part of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate. That all changed in 1948 when the nation of Israel was created.
The Holy Land consists of Israel, Palestinian territories, parts of Jordan, and Lebanon. It’s called the Holy Land because Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe the land is sacred.
Hamas and Israel have fought one another in three wars and several more minor battles and skirmishes. So far, the worst fighting was done during the 2014 war, which lasted for 50 days.
Are Cats Chicago’s Super-Heroes? Meow
The notorious Rat Capital of America, also known as Chicago, Illinois, may soon be the Cat Capital as thousands of feral felines are being released on the rodent-inhabited streets. It’s called the “Cats at Work” program; this city plan is a partnership with the Treehouse Humane Society, which insists this program is much better than the likely alternative for the cats: euthanasia.
Not only do cats catch and eat rats and mice, but by simply being there and emitting pheromones, the furballs are a natural deterrent to rodents – meaning rats will go elsewhere to colonize.
Orkin’s pest control company ranks American cities in areas of infestations by roaches, rats, and creepy crawly things and gave Chicago the dubious honor for the sixth consecutive year. Los Angeles and New York City completed the rat-trifecta in terms of volume.