I am an independent, impartial judge
“[Y]ou may have seen the guy shouting about beer and ‘revenge on behalf of the Clintons’ and thought, ‘Yeeeegh, I don’t love this. Can someone else be lifetime-appointed to the Supreme Court?’ I just want to say: That wasn’t me. I mean, technically, it was me, but in a broader, representational sense, it wasn’t.”
news  humor  wapo 
6 weeks ago
The Cruelty Is the Point
“The political movement that elected a president who wanted to ban immigration by adherents of an entire religion, who encourages police to brutalize suspects, and who has destroyed thousands of immigrant families for violations of the law less serious than those of which he and his coterie stand accused, now laments the state of due process. This isn’t incoherent. It reflects a clear principle: Only the president and his allies, his supporters, and their anointed are entitled to the rights and protections of the law, and if necessary, immunity from it. The rest of us are entitled only to cruelty, by their whim.”
usa  politics  culture  sexism  racism  trump  corruption 
6 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism
“[W]hile the codetermination aspect of Warren’s proposal does draw inspiration from Germany, fundamentally, the pitch for the overall package is a lot closer to ‘Make America Great Again’ than to ‘Make America Like Scandinavia.’ The basic notion is that the American private sector used to operate in a better, more inclusive way before the rise of shareholder supremacy and with a couple of firm regulatory kicks we can get it to work that way again.”
usa  politics  economics  business 
12 weeks ago
The President Is Getting Away With Blatant Crimes. That’s Normal.
“‘The dictum that we live in a nation of laws can also be understood ironically: that ours has become a nation only of laws. For laws without the will to enforce them and confront the consequences remain simply words on paper.’ Trump’s immediate Republican predecessor reaffirmed Danner’s insight, by overseeing the systematic violation of both domestic and international laws against military torture — while Trump’s immediate Democratic predecessor did so by refusing to bring any of that criminal conspiracy’s masterminds to justice.”
usa  politics  history  trump  corruption 
12 weeks ago
Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance
“In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation, which also is looking into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Mr. Trump has denied collusion, and Russia has denied interfering. Mr. Brennan was director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Democratic administration of former President Obama and one of those who presented evidence to Mr. Trump shortly before his inauguration that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election. ‘I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,’ Mr. Trump said in an interview. ‘And these people led it!’ He added: ‘So I think it’s something that had to be done.’”

Jay Sekulow sighs ruefully and resets the DAYS SINCE THE PRESIDENT PUBLICLY CONFESSED TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE sign hanging in his office to zero.
usa  politics  intelligence  trump  corruption  wsj 
august 2018
The Cryptographic Doom Principle
“[I]f you have to perform any cryptographic operation before verifying the MAC on a message you’ve received, it will *somehow* inevitably lead to doom.”
security  cryptography 
august 2018
Voting Software
"I don't quite know how to put this, but our entire field is bad at what we do, and if you rely on us, everyone will die."
humor  computing  programming  security  xkcd 
august 2018
The Day Donald Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia
“We can all move forward understanding that there is a clear fact pattern about which there is no dispute: ¶ The President’s son and top advisers knowingly met with individuals connected to the Russian government, hoping to obtain dirt on their political opponent. ¶ Documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee and members of the Clinton campaign were later used in an overt effort to sway the election. ¶ When the Trump Tower meeting was uncovered, the President instructed his son and staff to lie about the meeting, and told them precisely which lies to use. ¶ The President is attempting to end the investigation into this meeting and other instances of attempted collusion between his campaign staff and representatives of the Russian government.”
usa  politics  trump  russia  corruption 
august 2018
Does Trump Even Understand What He Did Wrong?
“Trump has never in his entire career in business or entertainment faced consequences for his actions. He has never worked for a boss or even a board of directors. He has managed to pawn off his debts onto others with every bankruptcy, he has crushed negative news stories and potential whistleblowers with a mix of bribes and intimidation, he has hired fixers to get around inconvenient red tape, as well as moral and legal obstacles… It’s entirely possible that… when the Russians came calling and said they had stolen negative information about Clinton and would release it in exchange for certain favors, Trump didn’t even understand that agreeing to the bargain would be a massive criminal offense. It’s theoretically possible that he believed that it would cease to matter if he lost, but that if he did become president, he would be able to run the entire government with the same autocratic control with which he runs his business, and make whatever problems arose from his actions go away. In other words, Trump may lack both the moral compass and the legal wherewithal to even comprehend the magnitude of his crimes and the precariousness of his situation.”
usa  politics  trump  idiocy  corruption 
august 2018
The Evasion in Trump’s Response on the June 9 Meeting Statement: Did Putin Dictate the Statement?
This is where I would write, "Are we Watergate yet?" but we are *waaaay* past Watergate now
trump  russia  corruption  election:2016 
june 2018
Roseanne And The Grand Trump Delusion
“Before Tuesday, conservatives exalted in Roseanne’s success as much for being the only pro-Trump branded sitcom star, as for being the exception that proved the rule of mainstream culture’s general disdain for the American right. But none of them would have thought it very useful if the show _Roseanne_ were faithful to the real Roseanne’s values. The conservatives who thrilled to _Roseanne_’s ratings wanted good PR more than they wanted anyone to hold up a mirror to the Trump base. _Roseanne_ brought the economically anxious Trump supporter of our culture’s self-soothing fantasies to life. Roseanne is the Trump supporter who shows up at Trump rallies. It would in theory be possible to create a version of _Roseanne_… that didn’t omit the part where Roseanne, like many core Trump supporters, spends a few hours each day promoting racist conspiracy theories and tweeting 4chan memes at liberals. A show like that might even serve an enlightening purpose within the culture, revealing devoted Trump supporters to be more like Roseanne than _Roseanne_. But it wouldn’t be a sitcom.”
usa  politics  culture  media  trump 
may 2018
AI winter is well on its way
"We currently don't have the technology that could safely drive us coast to coast, though we could have faked it if we really wanted to (maybe). We deeply hope that some sort of exponential jump in capabilities of neural networks will soon happen and save us from disgrace and massive lawsuits."
computing  technology  science  business 
may 2018
Trump is making less sense than ever
“There are few better examples of the terminal confusion gripping the Trump administration than the competing headlines published by The Post and the New York Times last Wednesday. The Post: ‘Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria.’ The Times: ‘Trump Drops Push for Immediate Withdrawal of Troops From Syria.’ Both headline writers were trying in good faith to decipher the undecipherable — the intentions of our mercurial president, which can change as rapidly as the weather…”
usa  politics  government  trump  idiocy  wapo 
april 2018
Legends of the Ancient Web
"In less than four decades, radio had completed the journey from fledgeling technology, to nerdy hobby, to big business, to potent political weapon. This trajectory must have come as a shock to its pioneers.... It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked. But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time."
history  technology  politics 
april 2018
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