Sunday, June 25, 2017

Russian "Hacking" of Election Data Appears to Be Just the Work of Identity Thieves

The more we learn about the "hack" of election data, the more it appears it was just the work of an identity thief or thieves.

As I recently reported, it appears what the "hackers" did was simply surf public website data of voter rolls. It was always a puzzle to me why even this would be done. Now, we have more background to fill in what exactly occurred

A TIME magazine report sheds some new light:
 The hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers, current and former officials tell TIME.
Bloomberg adds:
 In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states....
Illinois, which was among the states that gave the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security almost full access to investigate its systems, provides a window into the hackers’ successes and failures.
In early July 2016, a contractor who works two or three days a week at the state board of elections detected unauthorized data leaving the network, according to Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois board of elections. The hackers had gained access to the state’s voter database, which contained information such as names, dates of birth, genders, driver’s licenses and partial Social Security numbers on 15 million people, half of whom were active voters. As many as 90,000 records were ultimately compromised.
 The one attempt to alter voter information seems odd and appears to be an outlier but the stealing of voter records that include partial Social Security numbers, DOBs and driver’s licenses info strikes me as a juicy hit for an identity thief rather than Putin. Why exactly would Putin want this info?

My identity thieves theory would also explain why they would go into the donor amount section of the databases. You steal all the identities and then see who is making the largest donations---thus likely to have the largest credit lines, etc.


This is the Guy that Got Arrested Crossing the Border Into Canada

Yesterday, I reported: Canada Arrests American for Smuggling "Hate Speech" on His iPad.

I am glad I put this in the post:
Regardless of what this clown had to say, the prevention of the carrying of a speech on an iPad is horrific.
Thanks to Martin Hill, now I do know what Wild Bill thinks. Martin emailed the below clip.


I have not studied the confrontation between Israel and Hamas close enough to form an opinion on who is "in the right." My guess is leadership on both sides are yahoos. Though the Israeli government puts a lot more pressure on United States officials to get the US involved (Score one for Hamas)

The US should play no role in the conflict. Stay out of foreign entanglements and all that.

At least in this video, Wild Bill is not directly calling for a US role--but it doesn't seem like he wants to go over there and fight himself. He just wants to be a cheerleader for Israel from a great distance.


Like, I said in my initial post, government preventing private speech is very bad policy.

First, they silenced the wackos----then they called me a wacko.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Canada Arrests American for Smuggling "Hate Speech" on His iPad

Regardless of what this clown had to say, the prevention of the carrying of a speech on an iPad is horrific. It is the brutal methods of those who fear they can not win by debate.  RW

American Speaker Arrested in Canada for Smuggling “Hate Speech” on His iPad

By Cari Kelemen

Wild Bill for America, also known as William Finlay, a popular author and speaker, was arrested today, June 24, 2017, at a Canadian airport for “smuggling hate speech” on his iPad. He was invited to speak at an event at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza called the “Patriotic Unity Mega Festival” coordinated by Cananda’s Worldwide Coaliation Against Islam (WCAI) which also has organizations in Europe and Australia.

A special event permit for the event was denied by Calgary’s Department of Canadian Recreation, according to an article by CBC News, “on the basis that your organization, and messages it espouses, are hateful.” But event spokesman, Jeremy Phillips, responded on FaceBook “We are going to march downtown and show the biased city officials that we will not be silenced. It’s all about standing up for our rights and freedoms. We are not interested in a violent confrontation or anything like that. It’s all about having a peaceful protest.”

Read the rest here.

Have the Koch Brothers Been Captured by the Cultural Marxists?

The  Koch brothers' network will host a three-day retreat starting today in Colorado Springs.

The exclusive event, reports the Denver Post, will draw hundreds of the nation’s top conservative donors to the Broadmoor resort as part of the Seminar Network, one of the umbrella organizations of the billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch.

Don't think for a minute the gathering will be about libertarianism.

Sadly, despite having billions, the Koch brothers fear the good fight and have reduced themselves to promoting nonsense that won't offend anyone. They don't know it but they have been captured by the Cultural Marxists.

On the front page of Seminar Network scroll down to the video button, push and listen to the inoffensive babble being promoted in the video---and count how many absurd themes Cultural Marxists would be proud of.



Via the Washington Examiner:
COLORADO SPRINGS — NFL Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders defended the Koch brothers here on Saturday as he announced a new initiative with Charles Koch's anti-poverty group to help people in the Dallas area.

Sanders told reporters he's "all in" with his new work with the 501(c)(3) Stand Together, and said the press has unfairly cast the Kochs in its stories.

"When you're someone of status and significant wealth, there's a tremendous expectation, and it's not easy to fulfill all those expectations," he said.

"You talk about a family that has one desire: to make this country a better place," Sanders said. "To level the playing field, to inspire, encourage, motivate. And that's what they do, and that's who they are, and I'm thankful to be partnered with them."

Pence Holds Unannounced Meeting with Charles Koch

Vice President Pence held an unannounced meeting with Charles Koch on Friday, the day before the Koch brothers network kicks off a donor meeting in Colorado Springs, reports  The Hill/

The meeting was not on the vice president's schedule released by the White House late Thursday.

According to The Hill, Marc Short, the White House's director of legislative affairs who once served as Pence's chief of staff on Capitol Hill, and Marty Obst, a longtime Pence adviser who runs the vice president's political action committee, both sat in on the meeting.

On the Koch brothers' side of the room: Mark Holden, Koch Industries' general counsel; Tim Phillips, president of the Koch brothers-backed group Americans for Prosperity; Brian Hooks, president of the Charles Koch Foundation and the Charles Koch Institute; and James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch brothers' network.


The Intellectual Battle vs The Street Battle

Some comments at the On Destroying Intellectual Inferiors post and my replies.

Shimshon writes:
Robert, the only reason the bike lock street thug was caught was because of the kind of people you bemoan. The "weaponized autism" as we call it. You would've tsk-tsk'ed that we should avoid all such confrontations altogether while the perp got away with his violence.
You don't get it and you are clueless.
Where have I ever objected to hunting down criminals?

Talk about a strawman!

The debate is about disrupting others' private events.

Shimsohn again:
I can see you in Poland after the Nazi invasion, bemoaning any sort of attempt to fight back. Resistance is just stooping to the Nazis' level, correct?
Fighting a Nazi invasion is all about one's skill set. It made more sense for Mises to leave Austria and Wilhelm Ropke to leave Germany. Would you seriously have preferred Mises to stay in Vienna rather than escape and write from a safe loaction some of the most pro-freedom works ever?

On the other hand, the remarkable Ludwig Erhard somehow was able to survive in Germany without giving up his free market principles.

I could see others fighting in the resistance by blowing up the train tracks that were taking Jews to Auschwitz.

But what does this have to do with disrupting plays here in America? Is this your plan, disrupt lefty events, to convert lefties to libertarianism?

Shimsohn again:
Now that I think of it, I am certain that Rothbard himself would have applauded the common man reaction to these totalitarian nutjobs
Well, that is because you don't know much about Rothbard, Rothbard split with street protesters.

Walter Block wrote in 2013:
 Murray had worked hard on getting that [1969 New York Libertaina]conference going; this might have been the very first such conference of the modern libertarian era. Karl [Hess] led about half of the participants away to a protest at Fort Dix. Murray’s view was that the intellectual battle was crucial to our movement. Karl was then into what Murray derisively dismissed as “seizing a street”: engaging in violent confrontations with cops without much care or concern for the intellectual battle. I think this was the beginning of the split between Murray and Karl.
Shimsohn then writes:
They are ineducable. They are literally incapable of learning. They are insane. And you keep trying to be civil and logical with them. Trying to educate the ineducable. That makes you insane too.
Where do I ever say "they" (the masses) must be the focus of education, As I have pointed out, Keynes to Ayn Rand to Hayek recognized that all societal battles are won by a few at a high intellectual level. Rand at her West Point address said the masses learn by a sort-off, and this is her word, "osmosis."

It is silly to do physical battle with left of the IQ curve people. Win the intellectual battle and you win them.

Shimsohn again:

First quoting me,
"This is a long game, a very long game, that is not going to be won in the next election cycle or the one after that."
And then writing:
Correct. The Reconquista took 700 years.
I guess this is supposed to be sarcastic but the reality is there is going to be no Private Property Society or any other kind of libertarian society any time soon. If you really don't like the intellectual battle for the battle itself and are expecting a victory soon, you are going to be very disappointed.

This is really only a positive battle for those who enjoy the rush of the intellectual smashing of the opposition.

I hasten to add that on occasion it can be valuable to wage some sort of battle for a specific important strategic purpose but this is far from the broad "Let's adopt the left's tactics and just battle them on the streets all the time.."


Friday, June 23, 2017

Donald Trump Will Drop The Bomb – 3 Reasons Why

 By Jason Simpkins

I'm calling it now.
And he could do it sooner than you might want to believe.
If you think I’m paranoid, I hope you’re right.
I hope I’m wrong.
But when I look at what’s going on around the world, and when I look at the kind of person Donald Trump is, it just seems obvious to me that we’re heading for something big.
So please allow me to make the following case…

Point #1: Donald Trump Already Said He’d Do It… Repeatedly

Donald Trump has been talking about using nuclear weapons for more than two years.
The first reference I could find was a conversation he had with Chris Matthews in March 2015.
“Somebody hits us within ISIS — you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?” Trump asked. “Why are we making them? Why do we make them?”
“Look, nuclear should be off the table,” he added. “But would there be a time when it could be used, possibly, possibly?”
Trump expanded on his position the very next day, in an interview with Fox News, saying he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of using nukes in Europe.
“Europe is a big place,” Trump said. “I’m not going to take cards off the table. We have nuclear capability… The thought of it is horrible. But I don’t want to take anything off the table.”
Furthermore, Donald Trump reportedly asked a foreign policy expert on his transition team: “If we have them, why can’t we use them?
He didn’t just ask the question once, either. He asked it three times.
Again, this is similar to Trump’s question to Chris Matthews, which was “Why do we make them?”
Presumably to use them, I suppose.
Trump has also repeatedly expressed his desire to expand our nuclear arsenal and capabilities.
In addition to numerous public comments, he tweeted this back in December:
Read the rest here.
(ht Murray Sabrin)

What They Are Going to Teach Kids in New Jersey

The New Jersey state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would require schools to teach children how to interact with police "in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect," reports NBC News.

Assembly bill A1114 passed in the Assembly 76-0, according to the New Jersey State Legislature’s Office of Legislative Services. It must still be passed by the Senate, the office said.

The bill mandates that school districts start teaching kids how to talk to law enforcement officers starting in kindergarten, and would continue instruction all the way through grade 12 as part of the social studies curriculum. If it become law, the program would begin in the state's schools starting in 2018.

But Adam Dick, of the Ron Paul Institute, has better advice:
The kids should watch law professor James Duane explain why he will never talk to police.
Of course, adults should watch this also.


Is Edward Snowden a Libertarian?

Ron Paul asks the question and Edward Snowden answers that question any many more.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

BREAKING: Trump Has No Comey Tapes

This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.


Bloomberg White House correspondent Jennifer Jacobs is reporting that there are no Comey tapes.


Trump tweets:

Dershowitz on Trump and Obstruction

Dersh is excellent here.