One inauguration ends two eras. The Obama administration and the Clinton political machine. 

Everyone can exhale now. Transition of power has occurred. 

Finally someone said it…

With regard to President Obama’s “scandal free” two terms in office someone in the media finally called “bullshit” on this notion. There have been plenty of scandals. It’s just the media has chosen to barely report on them or to completely ignore them.

All of these scandals were accompanied by a lack of transparency so severe that 47 of Mr. Obama’s 73 inspectors general signed an open letter in 2014 decrying the administration’s stonewalling of their investigations.

One reason for Mr. Obama’s penchant for secrecy is his habit of breaking rules—from not informing Congress of the dubious prisoner swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban, to violating restrictions on cash transfers to Iran as part of a hostage-release deal.

The president’s journalistic allies are happily echoing the “scandal-free” myth. Time’s Joe Klein claims Mr. Obama has had “absolutely no hint of scandal” in his presidency. The media’s failure to cover the Obama administration critically has been a scandal in itself—but at least the president can’t be blamed for that one.

From the Wall Street Journal

FBI never examined DNC servers after alleged “hack”

Well now, this is information I didn’t hear before. This is from a story in the New York Times today.

A senior law enforcement official said the F.B.I. had repeatedly emphasized to the D.N.C. the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data. The F.B.I. was rebuffed and had to rely upon a third party — a computer security firm brought in by the D.N.C. — for information.

So if investigators never had access to the DNC servers there is no real way for anyone to know if the DNC was even hacked at all. How do we know it wasn’t an insider with the DNC who supported Bernie Sanders and was fed up with the corruption?

From the New York Times

Filed under “Wait long enough and eventually I am proven right”

Start lacing up them foods.

Parents, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers are now firmly advised to start feeding infants peanut-laced foods to head off allergies before they develop. Based on mounting evidence, experts think there’s a “window of time in which the body is more likely to tolerate a food than react to it, and if you can educate the body during that window, you’re at much lower likelihood of developing an allergy to that food,” Matthew Greenhawt, a food allergy expert, told The New York Times.

From Ars Technica

Fake news promoted by real “journalists” and when called on it attack one of their own.

This is a story on the web site called The Intercept by Glenn Greenwald. He is the reporter that broke the Edward Snowden story. This story is about two fake news stories the Washington Post published and promoted, later amended or retracted, neglected to make sure the amendment and retraction were promoted, and the other so-called journalists who contributed to the propagation of these stories.

But while these debacles are embarrassing for the paper, they are also richly rewarding. That’s because journalists — including those at the Post — aggressively hype and promote the original, sensationalistic false stories, ensuring that they go viral, generating massive traffic for the Post (the paper’s executive editor, Marty Baron, recently boasted about how profitable the paper has become).

After spreading the falsehoods far and wide, raising fear levels and manipulating U.S. political discourse in the process (both Russia stories were widely hyped on cable news), journalists who spread the false claims subsequently note the retraction or corrections only in the most muted way possible, and often not at all. As a result, only a tiny fraction of people who were exposed to the original false story end up learning of the retractions.

The entire piece is an educational read as so-called journalists turn on one of their own.

I’ve been transformed, overnight, into an early adherent of alt-right ideology, an avid fan of Breitbart, an enthusiastic Trump supporter, and — needless to say — a Kremlin operative. That’s literally the explicit script they’re now using, often with outright fabrications of what I say (see here for one particularly glaring example).

They, of course, know all of this is false. A primary focus of the last 10 years of my journalism has been a defense of the civil liberties of Muslims. I wrote an entire book on the racism and inequality inherent in the U.S. justice system. My legal career involved numerous representations of victims of racial discrimination. I was one of the first journalists to condemn the misleadingly “neutral” approach to reporting on Trump and to call for more explicit condemnations of his extremism and lies. I was one of the few to defend Jorge Ramos from widespread media attacks when he challenged Trump’s immigration extremism. Along with many others, I tried to warn Democrats that nominating a candidate as unpopular as Hillary Clinton risked a Trump victory. And as someone who is very publicly in a same-sex, inter-racial marriage — with someone just elected to public office as a socialist — I make for a very unlikely alt-right leader, to put that mildly.

From The Intercept

 

Young white male tied up, beaten, and tortured for at least 30 min in Chicago. https://youtu.be/ACKlyVpPdYM

This video is graphic. But these people should go to prison for a long long time.

Here’s the Fox 32 News version:

Here’s the raw video. It’s graphic.

A tale of two “hacks”

Here’s a tale of two “hacks” (The word hack is in quotes here because the word is mostly misused in the media. For example, the Podesta “hack” was not a hack at all but was instead what’s called a “spear phishing” attack which is very different). The first was revealed in 2015 and involved the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The second was revealed in 2016 and involved the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.

In the first case Chinese hackers infiltrated computers at the USOPM and absconded with the records of some 21.5 million people.

From Wikipedia:

The data breach, which had started in March 2014, and may have started earlier, was noticed by the OPM in April 2015. It has been described by federal officials as among the largest breaches of government data in the history of the United States. Information targeted in the breach included personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, as well as names, dates and places of birth, and addresses. The hack went deeper than initially believed and likely involved theft of detailed security-clearance-related background information. One victim wrote that the OPM is the agency that asks your neighbors what they know about you that could be used to blackmail you.

On July 9, 2015, the estimate of the number of stolen records had increased to 21.5 million. This included records of people who had undergone background checks, but who were not necessarily current or former government employees.

In the second case (which is actually two separate cases but are being reported as if they are one in the media) hackers infiltrated computers at the DNC and absconded with over 20,000  e-mails that were sent and received between DNC staffers and others, John Podesta, and the media.

From Wikipedia on the DNC hack:

This collection included 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the DNC, the governing body of the United States’ Democratic Party. The leak includes emails from seven key DNC staff members, and date from January 2015 to May 2016. The leak prompted the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz before the Democratic National Convention. After the convention, DNC CEO Amy Dacey, CFO Brad Marshall, and Communications Director Luis Miranda also resigned in the wake of the controversy.

From Wikipedia on the Podesta hack:

Some or all of the Podesta emails were subsequently obtained by WikiLeaks, which published over 20,000 pages of emails, allegedly from Podesta, in October and November 2016. Podesta and the Clinton campaign have declined to authenticate the emails. Cybersecurity experts interviewed by PolitiFact believe the majority of emails are probably unaltered, while stating it is possible that the hackers inserted at least some doctored or fabricated emails into the collection.

Note the responses by President Obama’s administration and most of the media. The real threat to national security and American citizens was virtually ignored while the uncovering of corruption within the DNC, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and the collusion between these two and the media was followed by the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats and supposed intelligence agents as well as constant reports on the news. The election is over and the news drum beat continues.

Does anyone even remember the OPM story? The story where the records of 21.5 million people where stolen? Where any Chinese diplomats expelled? Was anyone arrested? Did anything come of the investigation into the OPM hack?

Crickets.

News you can use… or not. 

Links to stuff I read:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/juvenile-controversies-in-a-neo-jacobin-era-1483048467

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/something-about-this-russia-story-stinks-w458439

​http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/312162-nearing-exit-obama-seeks-to-tie-trumps-hands#

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/hillary-clinton-2016-loss-democrats-214570

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/312132-fbi-dhs-release-report-on-russia-hacking

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/democrats-have-a-religion-problem/510761/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/shining-a-light-on-back-row-america-1483056652

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/87671/next-thinkpad-x1-carbon-looks-incredible

https://www.yahoo.com/news/actors-seek-posthumous-protections-big-screen-resurrections-203509639–finance.html

News you can use… or not

Here’s some links to stuff.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/312049-obama-under-pressure-to-prove-russian-interference-in-election

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-kerry-diplomatic-legacy-20161222-story.html

http://www.wsj.com/articles/salesforce-banks-on-rapid-revenue-growth-1483012801

http://www.wsj.com/articles/3-d-printing-heats-up-demand-for-metals-1482953558

http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-equity-crowdfunding-2016-predictions-bsi-20161229-story.html

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/first-observation-of-antimatters-spectrum-looks-like-regular-matter/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-new-taxes-fees-2017-met-20161228-story.html

Reuters – U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions after election hacks

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-punishes-russia-over-election-hacking-with-sanctions-1483039178