Category Archives: Politics

Russian intel planted fake report that Seth Rich was killed by assassins working for Clinton

So. Wow. Okay. It was all a Russian conspiracy after all. Not surprising, but I’m sure it won’t be accepted as trush by all the right-wing conspiracy nuts. That’s the biggest problem with conspiracies nuts, there’s no way anyone who believes them will EVER accept any evidence to the contrary.

I have a sister who listens and often believes those conspiracy nuts. Mostly it’s the Fox News conspiracy nuts who influence her. I don’t know why she trusts them, other than the fact that she is surrounded by a bunch of other conspiracy nuts.

I love my T-shirt that says “Think Critically and Demand Evidence.” I regularly get positive comments when I wear it. Too many easily influenced people are willing to accept Fox News lies as their truth these days.

Russian intelligence agents spread a false report claiming assassins working for Hillary Clinton killed Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich just days after his murder, according to a new investigation.

Source: Russian intel planted fake report that Seth Rich was killed by assassins working for Clinton

Veterans Tell Donald Trump They ‘Feel Deeply Betrayed’ in July 4 Video Calling For Impeachment

I support our troops, not because I think they are invinceable and because they are willing to die for our country, but because they are also willing to live with the consequences.

“The way he’s acted as president has been completely at a detriment to our nation’s unity,” a veteran said of Trump.

Source: Veterans Tell Donald Trump They ‘Feel Deeply Betrayed’ in July 4 Video Calling For Impeachment

AOC accuses border officers of ‘violent culture’ after report on graphic Facebook posts

These posts by CBP are vile and insulting to every single law abiding American citizen. There is no excuse for this kind of behavour from anyone in any position of authority. What kind of vetting program does the CBP have in place, anyway?

Given the repeated acceptance of racist and homophobic attitudes from our current commander-in-chief, I have to wonder how much longer this country has to exist. I am an American, but I have to say, I really dislike a large part of so-called conservative Americans anymore. It’s become obvious what all those terrorists and communists see is wrong in this country. And it’s well deserved. We earned that scorn and hatred, because that’s what we’ve become.

I used to enjoy the puff pieces I’d see every few years, about foreigners visiting the USA and how they’d describe how kind random people were to them, when in need. But the current news cycles are shredding that story. I hope the USA doesn’t degrade into the hateful, racist, homophobic culture the current President and his devotees represent. And I really hope my own siblings and other relatives don’t want that too, but I’m not too sure anymore, considering how many of them voted for him in the first place. It’s not about PARTY anymore, it’s about HUMAN DECENCY!

I remember how shocked I was when I first moved to Georgia, and visited a small town restaurant, only to hear a couple at a nearby table using the N word to insult our commander in chief. In public. Nobody else spoke up to tell them that was wrong. Maybe that’s my own fault, for not speaking up. The very fact that somebody spoke those words out loud shocked and upset me into silence. I feared for my own life, because I was in rural Georgia, and I’d heard how liberals were quite often treated there, if they’d dared speak up. Shame on this country. Shame on anyone willing to call themselves a Republican anymore. Shame on you all.

Even though I don’t believe in religion or even God anymore, but I do hope divine retribution comes down on all of them, that they call get what they deserve, sooner rather than later. Before everyone sane is wiped out. Who knows, maybe the cockroaches will succeed where humans failed.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused U.S. Customs and Border Protection of having a “violent culture” and questioned how officers treat migrants after a report surfaced Monday about a secret Facebook group where Border Patrol agents purportedly posted graphic and vulgar jokes about the Democratic lawmaker as well as illegal immigrants.

Source: Ocasio-Cortez accuses border officers of ‘violent culture’ after report on graphic Facebook posts

Republicans Don’t Understand Democrats—And Democrats Don’t Understand Republicans

should this surprise anyone? No, but maybe it will help us realize our own weaknesses. Neither conservatives or liberals are trying to destroy this country. It’s all a ruse to keep us apart.

A new study shows Americans have little understanding of their political adversaries—and education doesn’t help.

Source: Republicans Don’t Understand Democrats—And Democrats Don’t Understand Republicans

Former Mozilla CTO detained at US border and denied a lawyer | ZDNet

The Customs and Border Patrol are seriously out of control, and not only because we elected a corrupt fascist as president, but honestly, that didn’t help any either.

Think about it. How would YOU respond to CBP’s threats of criminal prosecution?

Officers retaliated by telling Gal “that he had no right to an attorney.”CBP agents tried to intimidate Gal. They subsequently continued to ask for Gal’s phone passcode and laptop password multiple times, threatened to confiscate and keep the devices, and tried to intimidate him by claiming he was breaking the law and threatened him with criminal prosecution.

Source: Former Mozilla CTO detained at US border and denied a lawyer | ZDNet

Netflix: Person of Interest

I recall enjoying this show when it first came out, and my interest waned after a few years. Tonight I found the first few seasons on Netflix, and started watching it from S1E1, and man, yes, I recognize why I latched onto it as a fan so many years ago.

In fact, tonight I identified several “new” series on Netflix that I think I’d enjoy, including Turn Up Charlie, starring Idris Elba (who I really enjoyed in Luther), and Lost Girl, which is vaguely reminiscent of Grimm, with supernatural characters trying to hide in plain sight.

Check them out, if you’re inclined.

I was discussing with my wife this morning, the difference betweeen white hats, black hats, and grey hats, particularly as it comes to computer hackers, because that’s the angle I’m most familiar with. Person of Interest features Mr Reese and Mr Finch, who are definitely both “grey hats”. Both operate outside the law, but are basically trying to serve a good purpose. Not all grey hats do that. In fact, I think most grey hats are purely selfish in their actions. They only act to satisfy their own needs. Mr Reese’s need just happens to be to fight “black hats”, but he’s willing to bend the law, murder black hats, injure innocents, even obfuscate the law enforcement people, as long as it allows him to continue to serve the greater good.

Black hats only seem to serve themselves, usually with a goal of making a financial profit. White hats usually only exist to find and defeat the black hats, to find vulnerabilities before than can be widely exploited, as well as vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited, and find the black hats who are exploiting them, and shut them down. There are a whole lot of white hats working to find weaknesses in common computers, and get them fixed before they can be exploited.

I think Hollywood has idealized the “grey hat” character to the extreme. Too many cop shows, such as NCIS, CSI, etc, feature law enforcement who find themselves deep in a grey hat situation, wanting to stop the bad guys, but having to break the law to do it. Hollywood seems to find no problem with that, as long as the ends justify the means, but I find that just too sad.

Consider NCIS’s Jethro Gibbs. He’s fluctuated back and forth between grey and white hat. Usually he’s a “by the book” kind of guy, but when it came to dealing with his wife and child’s murder, they allow him to murder the “evil’ Mexican Drug Lord. They had several episodes about how this decision created a great conflict in his logic, but ended up simply whitewashing the whole thing, and excusing his selfish revenge as “justice”.

In reality, I doubt the end result would have ever been so cut and dried. He should have lost his job, his badge, his reputation, everything, but because it was a popular Hollywood show, they couldn’t justify prosecuting their “star”.

And now we’re dealing with all kind of “rightous” violent people who think they are justified in taking revenge against anyone who has “wronged” them. A whole shitload of Americans believe in conspiracy theories involving the government, and think they are justified in taking individual action. Just look at the whole “pizzagate” thing. And the Waco sadness. None of the offenders were ever “in the right”, but they sure thought they were.

What about all the idiots who still listen to Alex Jones, who made his entire career based on wacko conspiracy theories. Nobody sane believes them, but 10s of thousands of nutjobs believe there is a “deep state conspiracy” that intends to do them harm, regardless of the lack of proof. All it takes is a theory, and a mouthpiece, and idiots who want to believe, will believe.