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The Internet of Broken Things, part the whatever-we're-up-to-now...
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DeepMind blew up all the datacenters?

(I'm sure it's completely unrelated, but GMail also appears to be having issues at the moment.)
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It's hard to look at the headlines when you're facepalming. But I see my Facebook feed alight with various opinions on the election, all of which are wrong – so rather than screaming OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE at all of you individually, let me pull you into the corner and have a brief but ...
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Some of this essay seems right on. But then there is this:

I suspect if you had leaked emails from the 2008 campaign, you’d find the DNC equally biased against Barack Obama, and people asking all sorts of ugly questions about how to handle his blackness. But we don’t. Why?

1.) I don't think the DNC was equally biased against Obama. I don't think the DNC was anywhere near their Bernie level of animus against Obama.

2.) I don't think the "Why" question matters. It is blame shifting. When my 7 yr old punches my 5 yr old in the face, "why" isn't as immediately important as making sure he doesn't punch his brother in the face again. "Why" is a useful question later, to help my 5 yr old understand that he can't kick over the 7 yr old's Lego tower without some kind of negative response. But first things first. No more punching in the face. Period. End of discussion. No excuses, no justifications. Done. No more goddamn punching in the face.

The DNC repeatedly punch progressive left Bernie supporters in the face, over and over again - and "but but but - what about Russia?" is bullshit.

Still - if I lived in a state where my vote might actually matter - I'd do what ever I had to do to make sure Trump was not elected president. Even if that meant voting for Clinton.

But - I live in a state that will go GOP no matter how many times I could physically vote while the polls were opened - so I'm going to use my presidential vote to give the DNC a mighty fuck you and vote Green - even though I know they aren't even serious about trying to win. If enough progressives in my state are able to do the math, maybe the DNC will feel the Bern.
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No wonder they were nonchalant about putting out the personal information of DNC donors. They'd already done way way worse.
 
Another mass criminal act by Assange and Wikileaks. // But Snowden couldn’t have been more wrong about an act that was irresponsible, of no public interest and of potential danger to millions of ordinary, innocent people, especially millions of women in Turkey ... However, this dump does include massive databases containing sensitive and private information of millions of ordinary people, including a special database of almost all adult women in Turkey. Yes — this “leak” actually contains spreadsheets of private, sensitive information of what appears to be every female voter in 79 out of 81 provinces in Turkey, including their home addresses and other private information, sometimes including their cellphone numbers. If these women are members of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (known as the AKP), the dumped files also contain their Turkish citizenship ID, which increases the risk to them as the ID is used in practicing a range of basic rights and accessing services. The Istanbul file alone contains more than a million women’s private information, and there are 79 files, with most including information of many hundreds of thousands of women. //
Just days after a bloody coup attempt shook Turkey, Wikileaks dumped some 300,000 emails they chose to call "Erdogan emails." In response, Turkey's inter...
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Okay this is bizarre.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has handed down a very worrisome decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facebook v. Vachani. According to one online pundit, it says that if you tell people not to visit your website, and they do it anyway knowing you disapprove, they’re committing a federal crime of accessing your computer without authorization. But I am not sweating this.  Common accepted values will triumph. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/07/12/9th-circuit-its-a-federal-crime-to-visit-a-website-after-being-told-not-to-visit-it/
Are you worried about the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? You have good reason to worry after today's decision in Facebook v. Vachani. Here's a run-down.
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This is actually consistent with existing and long-standing laws regarding computer trespass. I don't expect this being overturned regardless of who is on the supreme court.
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Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes, because that’s what just happened.

https://twitter.com/pwnallthethings/status/743197064843104257/photo/1

Nice opsec: "Last modified by: Феликс Эдмундович"
Evidence suggests that a Russian intelligence group was the source of the most recent Wikileaks intel dump, which was aimed to influence the U.S. election.
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The Republican presidential nominee discussed his views on foreign policy with David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times.
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Whatever happened to the Ethics in Government Act? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_in_Government_Act

Does it only apply to the candidate that will actually take office? Trump won't be required by law to disclose anything unless he wins?
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I guess they gave up trying to shut down "Heather from Account Services" after all.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to make technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge.
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Yes, but I believe only for Nexus devices.
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"America needs a viable, intellectually serious right-of-center party."

It's got one. It's called "The Democratic Party".
 
This was a lot better than I expected it would be
"The gravitational center of the Republican Party is white nationalism."
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+Jasper Janssen on the other hand, "Idiocracy" seems to have gone from comedy to documentary. 😀
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Just when you think that they've run out of topics, there's another screen.

On the other hand, I'm sure a page like this could be produced for any political leader, however most wouldn't be this long.
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Yesterday I resigned my position in the York Township Republican Committeemen’s Organization. Below is the letter I sent to the chairman explaining my decision. *********** Chairman Cuzzone: …
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This is classy.

The appropriate response for principled Republicans now is to form a new party.

Muting. I know someone is going to say there are no principled Republicans and I don't need to see it.
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The Trump Camp was totally indifferent to the platform. So party activists were able to write one of the most conservative platforms in history. Not with Trump's backing but because he simply didn't care. With one big exception: Trump's team mobilized the nominee's traditional mix of cajoling and strong-arming on one point: changing the party platform on the assistance to Ukraine against Russian military operations in eastern Ukraine. For what it's worth (and it's not worth much) I am quite skeptical of most Republicans call for aggressively arming Ukraine to resist Russian aggression. But the singlemindedness of this focus on this one issue - in the context of total indifference to everything else in the platform - speaks volumes.
Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matc...
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Um, Kat, this story is about Trump's relationship to Putin and his actions at the RNC, not about Wikileaks. It doesn't suggest that Putin hacked the DNC, it doesn't mention the DNC emails at all.
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