Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

Beefy Rook started a dance craze called The Sit -n- Spin! He would resurface in 10 years as Heavy Stone (Backgammon piece you rube) with a remix entitled Spinnin’ Again!. He was last seen as one of the original MTV VJs:

Besides the mother of a yoghurt pooper, “Psycho” also featured Anthony Perkins. Mr. Perkins starred in the original adaptation of my favorite “musical theater” composition of all time:

Mix a little dystopia with some 1960s Sondheim and you get this awesome-ness. Ol’ Steve’s prescience regarding the downfall of downtowns and department stores is a little frightening. I wonder what he has to say about Amazon.com…..

“The King, not the Belgian government, effectively owned and controlled the Congo. Leopold administered the Congo in a notoriously brutal manner, using it to augment his own personal wealth.” I further understand why most European countries don’t like Belgium.

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Has ANYTHING decent come out of that country? Seriously, it’s like Moundridge freakin’ Kansas.

U-2, Syngman Rhee, Payola, Kennedy

Not this one:

CERTAINLY not this one (ugh):

But probably this one:

U-2 Spy Plane

The event here involved one Francis Gary Powers and “overflights” by the US into Soviet airspace. An official account (at least from the American perspective) can be found herein https://history.state.gov/milestones/1953-1960/u2-incident

I would consider the nomenclature “overflights” to be redundant. Are there underflights? Also, how did someone with the first name of Francis get a gig like that in the 1960s?

tumblr_l8ub5ov6gv1qdezf9o1_400

Syngman Rhee served as the head of state for South Korea from 1948-1960, including the Korean “Conflict”. He died in exile in Hawaii in 1965. I think I would like to die in exile in Hawaii. I also used to think that Billy sang “Sigmund” Rhee.

“Payola” references a (supposedly covert) pay-to-play debacle involving American record companies and radio stations. Back in 1959 Alan Freed and Dick Clark blah blah blah money under the table, music “Industry”, etc. Freed Suffered the most from this thin excuse to keep Rock (and/or Roll) Music off the radio and away from the CHILDREN! Instead, radio (at least the commercial veins) became a homogeneous hinterland ruled by playlists and corporations. Did you know that 117% of all commercial radio stations are owned by 2 corporations? Also, it is totally NOT illegal to publicly disclose that Corporation X is PAYING to have a particular song played 17 times every hour. Just make sure you tell someone that is the case, failure to do so = Payola.

And still, I miss being on the air.

I still have to write about Kennedy? Sheesh.

Camelot, OG filthy Papist Prez, mob cohort, son of Nazi lovin’ papa Joe, tragic.

Is that enough?

Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

Hula Hoops in the modern iteration were conceived by Spud Melin and Richard Knerr in 1958 for WHAM-O. Over 100 million Hula Hoops were sold world-wide in 1958.

Apparently, the Germans have a strange affinity for this type of thing. IT’S UNIVERSAL!

Fidel Castro served as the leader of an island nation with red missiles and swimming pigs or something. More importantly, he now lives a zombie existence as a model for hipster facial hair.

Edsel Ford sounds like an adventure carrying art supplies across running water.

Yeah, it’s a rough re-start to this series. Maybe I’ll finish it within 5 years. Am I half done? Did you know that John Updike didn’t publish anything for a 5 year span at one time? I hope Harper Lee is happily medicated.

Playing around with recon-ng

recon-ng is an Open Source set of tools created by the estimable LaNMaSteR53 (aka Tim Tomes). Proper credit goes out to Black Hills Information Society for their sponsorship and support of the toolkit.

recon-ng is incredibly easy to use and I found it very intuitive. The modules and core are written in Python and easy to modify to meet your needs. The interface functions well and provides good help information. There are also numerous handy options for scripting, reading commands from a file, etc. All of the data collection goes into a SQLITE database on the backend. Simple queries are handled within the interface and more complex ones can be passed from command line arguments or read in from files. There is also record and playback functionality within the standard interface for actions.

Two types of modules comprise the toolkit. The collection modules are used to collect data from multiple sources and source types (Twitter, domain information, netblocks, Instagram, etc). Once the data is collected, reporting modules are used to represent the collections. Reporting options include JSON output, CSV, Pushpin (my favorite so far) and HTML.

The modules are very well connected and allow data elements to be utilized and reported on across modules. A domain name or netblock can easily be used as a starting point to collect a wealth of intel including vulnerabilities, contacts, leaks, and owned resources.

I’m currently using recon-ng for multiple purposes. As an exercise for me to understanding the capabilities, I utilized the s/twitter module for data collection and the reporting/pushpin module for reporting to build a view of 24 hours worth of Twitter posts in the Wichita, KS area. I was easily able to create some quick and dirty crontabs to update the data collection reporting elements every 5 minutes and prune the database entries in the pushpins table to keep a rolling 24 hours worth of data.

I’m also utilizing recon-ng as an integral piece for threat modeling. I’m able to collect threat intel data acting as an outside threat actor and report that data to a wide variety of audiences. These audiences include C-level executives, technical and security teams, and business process owners.

Overall, an excellent set of tools to utilize in a wide variety of information security endeavors.

Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia

I have the perception that this is where all goes awry in the song. There are more four event phrases (Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go) and the strict chronology goes out the window. So, it’s off the rails we go…

Every time I think of Buddy Holly:

Buddy_Holly

I think of Elvis Costello (nee Declan MacManus):

elvis-costello

One of them had an 18 month career; died in a plane crash and the other married:

DianaKrall_Cologne_2695

Ben Hur is another one of the epic movies that I’ve never seen and probably won’t have time to review. Meh.

From epic chariot races (yes I have anecdotal knowledge) to MONKEYS! No, CHIMPS!

Space Monkey is a most likely a reference to “Ham the Space Chimp/Monkey”:

article-0-0005FC0800000258-770_634x501

AMERICA is obviously more humane than the RED THREAT (poor doggie Laika). We put a close relative to humans in space AND we brought him back!

ham-astrochimp

For Bokononism’s sake! Our FUTURE PERFECT LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD loved chimps/monkeys!:

435Bonzo22

*warning!!! this entry based almost entirely on sarcasm.

Oh! and GOODFELLAS/CASINO/GODFATHER/EVERYTHING SCORSESE!!! That should cover me for the mafia right?