Sunday Cartoons: Be Polite

Good morning!

Get some laughs with the cartoons today:

Now cartoons via Cagle website:

Mother Nature put on a show Friday night:

Meanwhile tornadoes hit states in the south:

And with that, this is an open thread.

15 Comments on “Sunday Cartoons: Be Polite”

  1. darthvelma says:

    The tornado pics bring back some really rough memories. I grew up in tornado alley and I’ll leave it at that.

    • Sorry darrh, I did not mean to trigger anyone with those pictures.

      • darthvelma says:

        It’s ok. Not really triggering so much as a rush of memories. Some bad. But some that have turned into weird family stories with enough time gone by.

        One of my great aunt’s had her house picked up and set right back down about 6 inches to the left of where it had been. My best friend’s mom had her trailer thrown several dozen feet (she was not in it) and one of the only things that survived was a glass vase full of flowers my best friend had given her for mother’s day that morning. Tornados are terrible but also very weird. I would prefer not to live through another one – I’ve had two touch down less than a quarter mile from the shelter I was in.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Lots of good cartoons today, but the Pence noose one is my favorite.

  3. dakinikat says:

    Whiny little snowflakes!

  4. Enheduanna says:

    Thanks for the pics of the Auroras – I had no idea they came that far south! The pool in Turkey – holy smokes.

    Hope everyone is safe and the weather settles down. I nearly flew out of bed Saturday morning when lightening struck right next to the house.

  5. dakinikat says:

    I cannot contact my students, get their things to grade, or put up Tuesday’s materials. This is so weird. I need to actually copy an assignment on a copier. Can’t even remember the last time I did that. Plus, what does it mean that both HR servers are down, and I’m supposed to get a paycheck next week?

    And it’s been happening all over the state to Historical Black Colleges, Community Colleges, and other colleges and universities. WTF is going on?

    • dakinikat says:

      Ransomware attacks are hitting universities hard, and they are feeling the pressure.

      Cyber criminals are targeting universities with ransomware attacks that are costing millions of pounds, while IT departments are feeling overstretched.

      The institutions aren’t specified, but the report says each incident caused a significant impact as systems were taken down to prevent further spread of malware, and to safely recover and restore data. In one case, a third party was called in to help the organisation fully recover from the incident.

      According to Jisc, higher education views ransomware and malware as the top cybersecurity threat, followed by phishing and social engineering.

      The report suggests that one of the reasons universities have become such a common target for ransomware attacks is because of the pandemic-induced sudden shift to remote working for staff and students that inadvertently left institutions open to attack.

      For example, the switch to remote education led to a big rise in the use of remote desktop protocol, which can provide ransomware attackers with a route into networks.

      • dakinikat says:

        Because colleges and universities store such massive amounts of data, they are often a target of hackers and other cyber criminals. Cyber attack statistics reflect this. In fact, there were 1,851 data breaches in educational institutions between 2005 and 2021. Additionally, many universities have outdated or poorly constructed cybersecurity systems, which makes them even more vulnerable.

        The Ransomware folks go after research. UNO does ship construction research for the navy and also does research for ATT on 3d simulations.

    • That is terrible Dak…I hope it gets fixed soon. I had no idea that certain universities are being targeted.

    • dakinikat says:

      and I just got interviewed by a reporter from our City Newspaper The Times Picayune

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