"The Life And Times Of Prophecy"
In the worst outage suffered by the Sony Playstation 3 Network since 2006, Sony has had to shut down its Playstation Network and Qriocity music service since the evening of April 20th, after revealing an “external intrusion” that was malicious.
The shutdown affects some 77 Million gamers who have way too much time on their hands and play war and fantasy role playing games with other players from all over the world. The United States has some 36 Million PS3 gamers online, with Europe in at 32 Million and Asia comprising 9 Million of the total, mainly in earthquake stricken Japan where Sony is Headquartered.
At first it seemed a security breach that just caused the network to shut down. But now the heads of Sony fear the possibility that credit card information belonging to its 77 Million users may in fact be stolen. From what is reported, it is still too early to tell, but it is definitely something the company has not ruled out.
The organization known as “Anonymous” which has targeted Hustler Magazine, Gene Simmons and of course the Church of Scientology, was originally thought to be the culprit behind the attack, but has denied any involvement in the incident.
The breach could possibly cost the company Billions of dollars. The attack also comes at a bad time for Sony as it just released “SOCOM 4” which is one of Sony’s biggest online game franchises. The outage is also giving an edge to Microsoft’s XBox gaming platform. Microsoft requires a $60 a year membership for their network, but Sony’s is free of charge. While that may help Sony with having problems of refunding membership costs, it will have little consolation to those who use their PS3′s to access services such as Netflix, Vudu or Blockbuster Online.
Sony said the 3-digit security code information located on the back of customer credit cards has not been stolen, hopefully making it difficult for fraud criminals to use customer credit lines.
A note leaked onto thee internet this week, alleged to have been sourced from the scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland claiming that they have found the elusive Higgs Boson Particle, the elementary particle that is theorized to lend mass to all matter, giving it the nickname, “The God Particle“. The existence of the God particle has, at least possibly up until now, exists only in theory, postulated to solve the inconsistencies in theoretical physics.
The search for this particle is the main reason behind the conception and creation of the LHC, which is the world’s largest particle collider, primarily built and funded by European countries. It is an underground circular tunnel, 17 miles in circumference, and approximately 600 feet below the Franco-Swiss border in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s beginnings received much controversy and opposition from critics that believed that smashing protons into each other at nearly 100% the Speed of Light could create small Black Holes that would eventually lead to the destruction of our world. Regardless of this contention, those that supported the project believed it could lead scientists to understanding the fundamental roots of the existence of our universe and how all was formed and created.
While nothing is yet confirmed, the success of discovering the God Particle still remains uncertain. I also wouldn’t doubt that perhaps the buzz of a rumor could be used deceptively, to deceive the public into believing in the success of the LHC, or perhaps as pursuit of further funding.
What I do know is this. We are way too ahead of ourselves. Particle Accelerators, in my opinion are crossing over into dangerous territory, much like the Nuclear Reactors that are housed all over the world, and also responsible from the current soon to be global crisis from the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. If we had to build a $10 Billion Dollar underground tunnel, causing particles to act in a way they are not meant, then we definitely weren’t meant to find the God particle in the first place. When it comes to all reactions of this nature, at the subatomic level, you are starting a process that may not end. These are the same reasons why even spent fuel rods are a huge radiation risk for months, even years, requiring the supervision and care that easily failed in a time of disaster such as the March 11th Earthquake and Tsunami.
One day, the energy created in one of their tests will result in a failure, of which the consequences may be catastrophic.
The already devastated nation of Japan was hit by not one, but two more major aftershocks yesterday, both measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale. And as if that wasn’t enough for Japan to have to endure in a day, the government raised the level of their looming Nuclear crisis to equal that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, considered the worst in history. With all that is yet to come, the disaster which resulted from damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as a result of the March 11th 9.0 Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami, will easily be the worst Nuclear disaster in World History. What makes matters worse, is the government has expanded its restricted area, and the tap water, food, soil, air and seawater continues to be contaminated.
World financial markets have already begun to take a beating this morning as well on the recent news, with Japan’s stock market droppping the most since the original quake happened just a month ago.
Japan was rocked Thursday by yet another powerful Earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale, and located closer to the coast of Japan than the 9.0 quake which struck on March 11th, triggering a powerful Tsunami that devastated the island nation.