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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
April 30, 2020, 10:26:31 PM
This has got surprisingly little play, but is an amazing tool to disturb "Russia Hoax" types.


The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday reaffirmed the accuracy and integrity of a 2017 joint assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies, who determined that Russia's coordinated campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election was meant to benefit President Trump.

The committee's review is the fourth and penultimate chapter resulting from the committee's investigation into the Russian government's actions, a probe that has spanned more than three years.

In its heavily redacted 158-page report, the committee found that the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) commissioned by former President Barack Obama in late 2016 "presents a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election." The report was unanimously approved by senators on the committee.

Why would Senate Republicans support this all of a sudden?

edit: Here's a link to the official report:
These will eventually break as the paywalls evolve, so get it while the gettings good!
Quote from: Doktor Howl on February 04, 2020, 02:37:18 PM
Woot.  I've read some of this guy's stuff.  He is 80% noise but 20% amazing.

I haven't read much by him. Yeah, he brings up things without taking a stand in his keynote, like with encryption. Intentionally trying to provoke discussion, I think.

He does start to get at how we're in the midst of information warfare playing out between international oligarchic interests. But that increasingly requires global knowledge that most Americans do not possess. Sitting ducks.

This Russian business is just the tip of the iceberg:

QuoteKaiser said the Facebook data scandal was part of a much bigger global operation that worked with governments, intelligence agencies, commercial companies and political campaigns to manipulate and influence people, and that raised huge national security implications.

The unpublished documents contain material that suggests the firm was working for a political party in Ukraine in 2017 even while under investigation as part of Mueller's inquiry and emails that Kaiser says describe how the firm helped develop a "sophisticated infrastructure of shell companies that were designed to funnel dark money into politics".

Posting this to comment on later. It's an hour long keynote for a little security conference that just happened. Alex Stamos seems quite good at making complex ideas very accessible, or perhaps I just strongly agree with his larger strategy of contextualizing issues as tradeoffs. I don't know, check it out:
Or Kill Me / Re: Am I Still a Discordian?
July 12, 2019, 08:26:59 AM
Quote from: Norman on July 05, 2019, 02:47:12 PM
Everything is uber-fucked right now.

You had a hand in it being that way, greasing the wheels of the school to prison pipeline. It's just slavery with extra steps, you foolish tool.

Now that drugs are being decriminalized, what do you know? The most transparently bullshit immigration policy ever is in place so the private prison/jail/concentration camp industry can keep making that money. The private prison industry already is on the record in an annual report about 20 years ago saying they would do exactly this.

How do you redeem yourself after working most of your adult life for the world's largest profit-driven forced labor system?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Mail bomb speculation thread
October 27, 2018, 05:17:44 PM
Quote from: Cain on October 27, 2018, 11:29:55 AM
Who wants to read the alleged bomber's twitter archive?  Of course you do

That looks legit, but because I know I'll be asked—how do we know those are his accounts?
Aneristic Illusions / Re: Mail bomb speculation thread
October 27, 2018, 11:48:05 AM

CESAR SAYOC, THE Donald Trump-loving Floridian who was taken into custody in relation to pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats, was foreclosed on in 2009 by a bank whose principal owner and chair is now Trump's treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin.

The documents used to enact the foreclosure were signed by a prominent robo-signer and seemingly backdated. Nonetheless, the evidence was good enough for the famously inattentive Florida foreclosure courts to wave the case through. Years later, Sayoc became a supporter of Trump, who came into office and appointed a treasury secretary who ran the bank that snatched Sayoc's house.

And Soros was an investor in Mnuchin's bank.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Mail bomb speculation thread
October 27, 2018, 12:47:33 AM
Cain and QGP, right on the money.

In this surreal landscape where Trump is still president and the unprecedented is the norm, I admire your ability to cut through the bullshit.

I tip my hat to both of you.

I was sick when I posted those ramblings, though I'm not terribly confident I'd have arrived at a much more accurate guess otherwise. :asshat:

Quote from: Cramulus on October 26, 2018, 08:29:49 PM
Just applied for an editor gig at Wizards of the Coast - wish me luck! Slim chances, but it would be a dream.

I bet you've got a better chance than you think, you modest and talented bastard. Good luck though!
Looks increasingly like a failed attempt to gin up anti-China/pro-nationalist sentiment.

Aneristic Illusions / Mail bomb speculation thread
October 25, 2018, 07:49:49 AM
Suppose for a moment that Mueller got the goods on the McConnell-Trump-Russia-GOP clusterfuck and they have become aware that Mueller has said goods.

Would this mail bomb attack simultaneously fulfill a number of strategic goals, regardless of whether the Dems take Congress?

  • It tests the "false flag" (ff) narrative for further escalation.
  • If the ff doesn't play that well, there is time to deploy even more desperate measures, that could make the ff idea more viable.
  • If the ff does have legs, now or eventually, it could rally the GOP vote—who are primarily motivated by fear.
  • It hedges against the ff narrative failing by encouraging already high levels of white nationalist violence to escalate.
  • Even without the ff narrative growing legs, escalating violence is a pretext to sending police/military presence to the polls to suppress votes (intimidating people that have been historically abused by police by their mere presence, enacting "emergency legislation" to make voting more costly, time-consuming, etc).
  • If after all that they still lose control of Congress, then in full-on cornered animal mode the mail bombs provide encouragement for the civil war so many on the right think they want.
  • It tests the viability of using assassination to avoid consequences for what they know Mueller will present to the world.

I'm probably wrong about all this, but what do you think?
Quote from: Doktor Howl on July 18, 2018, 04:04:09 AM
So, how's that "We'll survive four years of Trump and it will teach people to vote for Bernie" thing coming along?

As much as I wanted Bernie to win, I voted for Hillary. I think if you seriously tried to engage with Bernie bros who didn't vote, you'd hear hella regret.

But you're looking for justification to abuse people as usual, not a way forward, that's pretty clear.
Quote from: Doktor Howl on June 27, 2018, 06:09:11 PM
Quote from: Chelagoras The Boulder on June 27, 2018, 04:46:37 PM

I love her.  This is EXACTLY what you do.  You fight to win, and you keep your eye on the prize.

She's not pandering to the progressives, she's stating her intent to represent them.  The berners will of course turn on her at some point, because bernie bros can't NOT turn on someone who won't piss away the election talking trash about the rest of the left.

Whatever happened to writing off progressives, eh?