Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The latest from Wikileaks

Some people are making note that among the revelations in the latest Assange release is the fact that the CIA can forge digital footprints and therefore make their malware appear to have come from the Russians. They are therefore using this discovery to suggest that Russia didn't really work in concert with the Trump campaign.

The trouble with this comes from thinking it though.

We are now to believe that the CIA itself worked tirelessly to elect Donald Trump so they could immediately turn on him and work to undermine his Presidency by selectively leaking their own strategy. I wonder why I didn't think of that!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The trouble with bias.

A Facebook friend recently suggested that if he swaps the identities of people in news stories and it changes his reaction to the story then it's a sign of bias on his part. here is my response: The trouble with that whole exercise is that there is no mythical center wherein truth lies. While politicians from all parties can get in trouble for similar reasons (self dealing and lying), there are issues where one party or the other is just flat out wrong in their beliefs. Your views are not biased if they are based in ascertainable factual information.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Concerning Reince and The FBI

"If the White House chief of staff can make public claims about the supposed conclusions of an FBI investigation, then Director Comey can come clean with the American people," Wyden said.

Here. Let me help!

Although we did not find clear evidence that President or his colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of information stolen by a hostile foreign power,, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, hacked information. In our system, the prosecutors make the decisions about whether charges are appropriate based on evidence the FBI has helped collect. Although we don’t normally make public our recommendations to the prosecutors, we frequently make recommendations and engage in productive conversations with prosecutors about what resolution may be appropriate, given the evidence. In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Re the Flynn resignation.

In tweet form: I couldn't help notice that they put a lot of emphasis on Pence being "misled" So he can be left standing when the rest crumbles. Longer: Not only has the press been operating as if it's possible that Flynn was acting without Trump's knowledge (and direction) but they've given particular credence to the notion that Flynn flat out lied to Pence about the nature of his communication with the Russian ambassador and therefore left him hanging when the media pressed him on the subject. All I can say is that when it comes time for impeachment hearings, Pence's so called innocence is going to come in really handy.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

I respond to an "All politicians are the same because the corporations run everything" claim.

So your saying that Al Franken is indistinguishable from Paul Ryan? And that they're both indistinguishable from Ron Paul Jr? Nonsense. Who we vote in makes all the difference in the world and believe it or, constituent phone calls can affect votes. But that requires that people PAY ATTENTION at all times every day to what's happening in Congress. It's not something that we should wait every 4 years to think about. The worst outcomes for America were pretty much all decided in midterm elections. Think about it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The plot thickens:

The article may be overwrought but there's not a single word in it that I don't know to be true from other sources: Seth Abramson

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Regarding fake news sites:

Just my opinion: The people I am describing have immunized themselves from the possibility of being proven wrong. Having written off all 'fact checking' sites as being corrupt, they are then free to believe whatever makes them feel good. It happens on both sides of the Political spectrum. I think the thing that unites all the people who are susceptible to such manipulation is that they start by identifying an enemy first and then filtering everything else they know through how it relates to their particular battle. If your enemy is drug companies or Monsanto, then you are susceptible to Natural news. If your enemy is Hillary, then you are susceptible to US Uncut. If your enemy is Obama, the you are susceptible to the Daily Caller and Briebart. What these sites all have in common other than spreading lies, is the fact that they regularly attack legitimate news sites as biased and incomplete.