July 27, 2017

At the Purple Café...


... you can talk while I go air myself out.

And please — I know it's weird after that last post — use The Althouse Amazon Portal.


JohnAnnArbor said...

" you can talk while I go air myself out"

Are you trying to give Laslo material to work with?

traditionalguy said...

Trump. Now you can talk about other things.

Fernandinande said...

traditionalguy said...
Trump. Now you can talk about other things.

Like Binary Trump:

I don't believe in god(s) and think government is a necessary evil, so I wonder where Binary Trump thinks I am.

More importantly, it's still National Moth Week, July 22-30.

Marc Puckett said...

The only interesting article I saw on the morning tour of the news sites was the one at the Times headlined, "Finland Has a Sports Screw Loose". Wife-carrying, mosquito-hunting, hobbyhorse-riding. Who knew hobbyhorses were still a thing?

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traditionalguy said...

Ferdinand...believe as you please, but still credit Calvinist Reformed Christianity( Presbyterians from Scottish ancestry) with a fearless leadership style that in Trump has found its own. You could read some biography on Thomas J. Jackson, a West Viginian who epitomized it. And President Jackson that lived it out. And belief in God's providence is its essence.

sunsong said...

“They must often change,
those who would be constant
in happiness and wisdom.”

~ Confucius

Feste said...

Binary Baby

Binary Baby,
take a byte out of me!
Cut my ignorance in half,
then give it back.

It’s not how they define it,
that part’s just their dance.
They do analog watuzis,
When it suits their

smoke don’t blow,
it’s a gas in the wind.
No charge!
It’s free!

Binary Baby!
Honey, make me believe!
You dirty-talking skamp,
“Trust me! Please!“

Binary Baby,
I’ll do you as please.
One more byte, little honey,
and I’m on my knees.

Ralph L said...

Had to look up the plural of allium: allia
Over 40 years since Latin class.

Mike Sylwester said...

If you have been reading about Debby Wasserman Schultz's Pakistani IT crew, then read this article.


Key passages:

Independent analyst Skip Folden, a retired IBM Program Manager for Information Technology US, who examined the recent forensic findings, is a co-author of this Memorandum. He has drafted a more detailed technical report titled “Cyber-Forensic Investigation of ‘Russian Hack’ and Missing Intelligence Community Disclaimers,” and sent it to the offices of the Special Counsel and the Attorney General. VIPS member William Binney, a former Technical Director at the National Security Agency, and other senior NSA “alumni” in VIPS attest to the professionalism of the independent forensic findings.


From the information available, we conclude that the same inside-DNC, copy/leak process was used at two different times, by two different entities, for two distinctly different purposes:

(1) an inside leak to WikiLeaks before Julian Assange announced on June 12, 2016, that he had DNC documents and planned to publish them (which he did on July 22) – the presumed objective being to expose strong DNC bias toward the Clinton candidacy; and

(2) a separate leak on July 5, 2016, to pre-emptively taint anything WikiLeaks might later publish by “showing” it came from a “Russian hack.”

Mike Sylwester said...

In other words, an insider at the Democratic National Committee downloaded e-mail files and gave it to Wikileaks in early June 2016.

Then on July 5, 2016, someone downloaded e-mail files at the DNC in such a way that fake indicators of Russia were added to the download.

Mike Sylwester said...

As far as I understand, the second download -- the one with the inserted fake indicators of Russia -- was the version that was provided for the analysis.

Mike Sylwester said...

Here is a better excerpt from the article:

The Time Sequence

June 12, 2016: Assange announces WikiLeaks is about to publish “emails related to Hillary Clinton.”

June 15, 2016: DNC contractor Crowdstrike, (with a dubious professional record and multiple conflicts of interest) announces that malware has been found on the DNC server and claims there is evidence it was injected by Russians.

June 15, 2016: On the same day, “Guccifer 2.0” affirms the DNC statement; claims responsibility for the “hack;” claims to be a WikiLeaks source; and posts a document that the forensics show was synthetically tainted with “Russian fingerprints.”

We do not think that the June 12 & 15 timing was pure coincidence. Rather, it suggests the start of a pre-emptive move to associate Russia with anything WikiLeaks might have been about to publish and to “show” that it came from a Russian hack.

The Key Event

July 5, 2016: In the early evening, Eastern Daylight Time, someone working in the EDT time zone with a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 MegaBytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That speed is many times faster than what is physically possible with a hack.

It thus appears that the purported “hack” of the DNC by Guccifer 2.0 (the self-proclaimed WikiLeaks source) was not a hack by Russia or anyone else, but was rather a copy of DNC data onto an external storage device. Moreover, the forensics performed on the metadata reveal there was a subsequent synthetic insertion – a cut-and-paste job using a Russian template, with the clear aim of attributing the data to a “Russian hack.” This was all performed in the East Coast time zone.


Michael K said...

Seth Rich could not be reached for comment.

Bob Ellison said...

"That speed is many times faster than what is physically possible with a hack."

Gotta love that quote. It might go down with Bill Gates saying nobody needs more than 640kb.

Mike Sylwester said...

Right after this discovery, Debby Wasserman Schult's Pakistani IT employees began smashing their hard drives and fleeing the country.

Mike Sylwester said...

Michael K at 11:05 AM

Seth Rich could not be reached for comment.

I think it will turn out that Seth Rich did the first download and then Debby Wasserman Schultz's Pakistani IT employees did the second download, where the fake indicators of Russia were inserted. Then that second download was provided for the analysis.

Michael K said...

I think I agree. Rich probably used a thumb drive and the Pakis may have too. I doubt this was an online hack.

Phil 3:14 said...

when you say " go air myself out." I hope you're not going outside and shouting "VAGINA!" loudly.

Mike Sylwester said...

When "Crazy Comey the Leaker" was fired, he lost his ability to manage this deception.

I think he prevented the FBI from examining the DNC hardware.

SeanF said...

Bob Ellison: "That speed is many times faster than what is physically possible with a hack."

Gotta love that quote. It might go down with Bill Gates saying nobody needs more than 640kb.

That doesn't even make sense, Bob.

Rick Turley said...

Chi-chi-chi chive talkin'!

Original Mike said...

Imran Awan Case Needs Special Counsel 100X More than Russiagate

I certainly don't trust the FBI to investigate this.

Fernandinande said...

Some good jokes and also some really stupid jokes, which are usually better. (Please to ignore source)

There was once a young man who wanted to become a great writer and to write stuff that millions of people would read and react to on an emotional level, cry, howl in pain and anger, so now he works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

What did one fly say to the other fly?
Hey, fly, your dude is open.

Hagar said...

Nor the MSM to publish anything about this report!

exiledonmainstreet said...

What's black and white and Red all over?


Mike Sylwester said...

I think that now Robert "The FBI White-Washer" Mueller might abandon the ship.

Kevin said...

He's the gift that keeps on giving:

Scaramucci took aim specifically at Priebus for leaking details about internal White House discussions and maneuvers.

"If Reince wants to explain that he's not a leaker, let him do that," Scaramucci said.

"There are people inside this administration who think it's their job to save America from this president," Scaramucci said. "It's not their jobs ... to rein him in or do things to him that slow down his agenda."

People in the Washington are back-stabbers, Scaramucci said.

"I'm more of a front-stabbing person."

Fernandinande said...

What did the Earth say after the Earthquake?

Sorry, my fault.

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cliff claven said...

When did "weird" become a synonym for greedy?

Michael K said...

News from the Fake News front.

A prominent human rights activist is providing the Senate Judiciary Committee with new information on Wednesday about Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the dossier of anti-Trump research compiled last year by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, says in a letter to the committee that Fusion GPS targeted him and several other people because of their criticism of Derwick Associates, a Venezuelan energy company reportedly under investigation for an alleged multi-billion dollar kickback scheme.

Fusion GPS are “highly paid smear experts,” Halvorssen says in the testimony, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Caller.

Another day in the swamp.

Gahrie said...

Global warming alarmists have it all wrong.

Civilization didn't cause global warming.

Global warming caused civilization.

Fernandinande said...

A lover-ly story from Jolly Olde -

Girl, 15, is raped at train station - then raped again after flagging down car for help

The first attacker is described as Asian[sic] with light skin, brown eyes, was of a skinny build and about 6ft tall.

The second attacker is also described as Asian[sic], in his early 20s, 5ft 6 or 7ins tall, of large build with a tight-cropped beard and was wearing a blue jumper and black jeans.

Fernandinande said...

Dont go to Roscoe Tx

"Please keep your kids save from this town, its nothing but trouble here. There is nothing here to look for in this town, people judge you on how you look, when you want help it wont get there in time. People are not the friends your looking for here. They drink beer and possible hit there own wifes. Keep your children save from this town. They will poison your mind with good, but really its hate. Im giving you a chance to save your life and possible one your future children life. I don't own this music, all the writes go to Deicide"

On the other hand, they have some interesting spelling and grammar in Roscoe.

(H/T Lileks)

heyboom said...



I just had lunch with my best friend and his Irish wife (who are both die hard leftists) which turned into a thorough interrogation and attempted belittling of my conservative values. One of things she asked was what I thought about climate change. One of my points was along those lines, that the earth's climate has only been compatible with human existence for a relatively short period of it's existence.

P.S. And yes, my best friend of 30+ years and I are at the exact opposite ends of the political spectrum. Makes for interesting conversations but hasn't affected our friendship in any way.

Gahrie said...

And yes, my best friend of 30+ years and I are at the exact opposite ends of the political spectrum. Makes for interesting conversations but hasn't affected our friendship in any way.

The same for me...and now that i think about it, that's how it has usually been throughout my life.