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Trump's GOP Moves Beyond Hypocrisy - The Atlantic
The president’s supporters live a double-folded state of being, in which the same action that’s shameful for Democrats is praiseworthy for the GOP.
“Democrats have become the party of crime,” President Donald Trump declared on Thursday night at a rally in Missoula, Montana. At the same rally, Trump praised as “my kind of guy” a member of Congress who violently attacked a reporter, choked him, and then lied to the police about his crime.
Just a week before, Trump had praised his party as the party of “law and order and justice.” And only a week before that, The New York Times had published a huge, meticulously detailed report alleging decades of deliberate financial and tax fraud by Trump and his family.
gov2.0  politics  trump  GOP 
yesterday by rgl7194
FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about unlocking encrypted phones | Ars Technica
"Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff," FBI official laments at conference.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are continuing to voice their displeasure with Apple's approach to iPhone security, with one FBI official reportedly calling the company "jerks" and an "evil genius" this week.
Apple has repeatedly made it more difficult to access data on encrypted iPhones, making Apple customers safer from hackers but also preventing the FBI from breaking into phones used by suspected criminals.
"At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?" FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a report by Motherboard. "Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff."
apple  privacy  security  encryption  gov2.0  politics  FBI  iphone 
2 days ago by rgl7194
FBI expert calls Apple "jerks" over encryption - Six Colors
Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin:
“At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?” FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a report by Motherboard. “Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff.”
Flatley also used the word “jerks” to describe Apple and its approach to iPhone security, according to Motherboard.
I guess it’s like the old saying goes: one person’s “evil genius” is another’s “champion of personal privacy.”
apple  privacy  security  encryption  gov2.0  politics  FBI  iphone 
2 days ago by rgl7194
CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request | Ars Technica
After SXSW 2017 reveal, CIA releases buckets of marked-up board game design notes.
If you're wondering: yes, these documents include enough rules and materials to help budding CIA officers print and play their own versions of the games Collection Deck and Kingpin: The Hunt for El Chapo. Unfortunately, the released files don't come close to printing-grade quality, owing both to low resolution and fax-grade 1-bit color. Ambitious board gaming fans will have to pick up the aesthetic slack themselves. (Here's to hoping someone creates entries at BoardGameGeek to inspire such an effort. As of press time, no BGG entries for either game exist.)
gov2.0  spying  games  SXSW  CIA 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful | Ars Technica
Nuclear-powered cruise missiles? The US worked on them in the 1950s.
In a March 1, 2018 speech before Russia's Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed new strategic weapons being developed to counter United States ballistic missile defenses. Two of these weapons are allegedly nuclear powered: a previously revealed intercontinental-range nuclear torpedo and a cruise missile. As Putin described them:
Russia’s advanced arms are based on the cutting-edge, unique achievements of our scientists, designers, and engineers. One of them is a small-scale, heavy-duty nuclear energy unit that can be installed in a missile like our latest X-101 air-launched missile or the American Tomahawk missile—a similar type but with a range dozens of times longer, dozens—basically an unlimited range. It is a low-flying stealth missile carrying a nuclear warhead, with almost an unlimited range, unpredictable trajectory and ability to bypass interception boundaries. It is invincible against all existing and prospective missile defense and counter-air defense systems.
Defense and nuclear disarmament experts did a double take. "I'm still kind of in shock," Edward Geist, a Rand Corporation researcher specializing in Russia, told NPR. "My guess is they're not bluffing, that they've flight-tested this thing. But that's incredible."
russia  war  military  gov2.0  politics 
2 days ago by rgl7194
It Looks Like Mueller May Have a November Surprise | Vanity Fair
The special counsel will reportedly release key findings from the Russia probe shortly after the midterms.
Even for someone who’s shunned the public eye and spoken solely through indictments for the past year and a half, Robert Mueller has been uncharacteristically quiet in recent weeks. This is, of course, by design—Justice Department guidelines stipulate that prosecutors should avoid taking any major steps close to elections. And unlike former F.B.I. director James Comey, those who’ve worked with Mueller expected him to hew closely to D.O.J. protocol. “The one thing I am confident of is that he is going to make sure that he doesn’t do anything on the timing front that would interfere with the midterm elections,” Glenn Kirschner, a former homicide prosecutor who reported to Mueller in the 1990s, told me last month. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the indictment went completely radio silent between now and the midterms.”
crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » The Power Of Protest
These people feel inviolate.
You cannot reach them and they don’t want to be reachable. That’s why they live behind gates, fly private and vacation in locations you’ve never heard of. There are a lot of bad actors these days, but now they’re being called out.
Like Purdue Pharma. Individuals run that company, and they’ve got our nation hooked on opiates. They say they’re just trying to salve our pain, but the truth is they spread false information to gain market share and profits, they literally said OxyContin was not addictive, even though no study ever proved that, just a comment from a doctor in a hospital after dealing with patients after treatment.
Someone’s got to pay for our flaws. Especially now that Wall Street has not.
I know, I know, you feel powerless, but never forget, the youth stopped the Vietnam War.
gov2.0  politics  SCOTUS  protest  lefsetz 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Kavanaugh/Ford
He acted like a guy who always gets his way.
There’s a path. I’m not sure the underclass can see it, I’m not even sure the middle class can see it. Where you go to a good prep school to get into a good college to go to a good graduate school to end up at the top of the heap. In the legal world, it’s about making partner. You do well in law school to get into a great firm where you work your butt off and…
It usually doesn’t go this way. Life has a way of bumping you off the track. Not everybody can make partner, never mind get a job with a top-tier firm. And there are personal challenges. Your own health, that of your family. Death, accidents. No one lives a charmed life.
But Brett Kavanaugh believes he’s entitled to one.
boarding_school  gov2.0  lefsetz  money  politics  SCOTUS 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Ramirez/Kavanaugh
...So when I hear Kavanaugh and his cronies denying their behavior, I have to speak up, because it’s BAKED IN!
You see there are two Americas, the privileged and the not. And most people never encounter privilege. They watch “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” but the truly rich try not to be famous and will never be on a show like this. And they can bury bad news, by hiring David Boies, as Harvey Weinstein did to try and keep stories out of the “New York Times,” which was also paying for Boies’ firm’s services. You see it’s a club, and you’re not in it. Even worse, you don’t know about it...
gov2.0  politics  money  SCOTUS  boarding_school  lefsetz 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Watch Willie Nelson Perform At Beto O’Rourke Campaign Rally | Consequence of Sound
Nelson debuted a new song called "Vote 'Em Out", and O'Rourke joined him for "On the Road Again"
With less than six weeks to go until the November 6th midterm elections, Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke staged a massive rally in Austin on Saturday night. The rally featured Texas music legend Willie Nelson, marking his first-ever public performance in support of an active candidate.
During his brief set, Nelson debuted a new song in honor of O’Rourke called “Vote ‘Em Out!”. “The biggest gun we got/ Is called the ballot box/ If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out,” Nelson sings on the song.
Later, as Nelson was wrapping up his set, O’Rourke joined him on stage to sing along to “On the Road Again”.
music  country  beto  gov2.0  politics  video 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Leonard Cohen Wrote a Poem Called “Kanye West Is Not Picasso” | Consequence of Sound
The poem is included in Cohen's new posthumous collection, The Flame
Last week brought the release of The Flame, a posthumous collection of poetry and lyrics written by Leonard Cohen in the months prior to his death in November 2016. As singer-songwriter Amanda Shires points out, one such entry is titled, “Kanye West Is Not Picasso”.
music  politics  poem  gov2.0 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Watch Spoon Cover The Clash’s “Clampdown” At Beto O’Rourke Rally in Dallas | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Beto had specifically referenced the London Calling track in a previous debate with Ted Cruz
With midterm elections just around the corner, campaigns on both sides of the aisle are operating in full force. For Texas Senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is looking to replace former Office actor Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, that has included rubbing elbows with some of indie rock music’s elite. O’Rourke did some of that just last weekend at the inaugural Buffalo Tree Festival in Dallas, where he shared a bill with the likes of Spoon, The Polyphonic Spree, Sarah Jaffe, and At the Drive-In off-shoot SPARTA.
As the one-day music event doubled as a political rally for the 46-year-old former punk rockin’ Beto, Spoon included an especially appropriate cover song during their 11-track set. The Austin-based outfit dished out The Clash’s London Calling cut “Clampdown”.
music  country  beto  gov2.0  politics 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Stream Willie Nelson – “Vote ‘Em Out” (Anti-Ted Cruz Song) | New Music | Consequence of Sound
Nelson first played the stirring number last month during a campaign rally for Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke
Willie Nelson headlined an Austin rally in support of Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke last month, marking his first-ever public performance in support of an active candidate. There, he debuted a new song, “Vote ‘Em Out”, which one can surmise is about the state’s current senator, Ted Cruz. Now, Nelson has shared a studio version of the cut.
“The biggest gun we got/ Is called the ballot box/ If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out,” Nelson sings on the song, which rides along electric strums, some jaunty piano, and a stirring strain of harmonica.
Hear it below.
music  country  beto  gov2.0  politics 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Beto O’Rourke
...And then along comes Beto O’Rourke.
It’s kind of like a rock star. At first no one’s paying attention. Then you start hearing a few words. He’s got a unique name, not given at birth, you laugh and wonder where it comes from. And it used to be rock stars were outsiders, with rough edges, outlaws, true to themselves.
And that’s who Beto O’Rourke is. That’s why he appeals. Want to make it in the music game? Be yourself. Be honest. Speak to the audience not the gatekeepers. Don’t try to win over everybody, just those who count.
Beto O’Rourke is running in Texas. He’s visited all the counties in Texas. He’s not like a polished musician running to convince fans of genres who don’t like their music to listen. That’s the MTV paradigm, broad and for everyone. Now we’re in the era of niches. There is no center, no outlet that reaches everybody. There’s only one superstar, and that’s Donald Trump. We all have an opinion, we all watch his antics, and the rest of what goes on is a sideshow...
music  beto  gov2.0  politics  lefsetz 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Watch Beto O’Rourke air drum to The Who in Whataburger Drive-Thru | Consequence of Sound
"Keith Moon! Tell me who's a better drummer?"
Long before he ran for a U.S. Senate seat in the great state of Texas, Beto O’Rourke played in a punk band called Floss alongside Cedric Bixler-Zavala. While Bixler-Zavala went on to form seminal outfits like At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, O’Rourke sought a career in public service, and is now looking to rid Texas of GOP booger-eating dufus and possible Zodiac Killer, Ted Cruz. As polls have tightened, Cruz, stupidly, has made O’Rourke’s punk rock days as the basis of attack ads, believing voters wouldn’t dare support a hip, relatable modernist in favor of a crusty college republican who also happened to be a serial masturbator.
music  beto  gov2.0  politics 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Willie Nelson to Perform at Beto O’Rourke Political Rally | Music News | Consequence of Sound
"Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine"
Country legend and marijuana supporter Willie Nelson is no stranger to the political ring. Whether he’s performing on the White House’s South Lawn for President Jimmy Carter or getting Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in trouble for taking a picture with pot on the table, ol’ Willie isn’t afraid to cross music and politics. However, when he plays a rally for Texas Democratic Senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke later this month, it’ll be his first-ever public performance in support of an active candidate.
music  country  beto  gov2.0  politics 
4 days ago by rgl7194
DNA test results allow Elizabeth Warren to turn the tables on Trump | MSNBC
It was just a few months ago when Donald Trump presented a new idea about how he’ll attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whose Native American ancestry has long been a point of preoccupation for the president. Imagining a 2020 debate, Trump told an audience of supporters about his future plan.
“I’m going to get one of those little [DNA testing] kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage…,” Trump said. “And we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.’ And we’ll see what she does. I have a feeling she will say no, but we will hold it for the debates.”
gov2.0  congress  politics  trump  DNA 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Президент зустрівся з українськими пластунами: Ви – українці нової формації, які будуть будувати і боронити нашу державу — Офіційне інтер
Президент Петро Порошенко у День захисника України відвідав Пластовий вишкільний центр та зустрівся з членами Національної скаутської організації України «Пласт».
Президент зазначив, що гасло пластунів: «Сильно! Красно! Обережно! Бистро!» повною мірою характеризує вихованців найстаршої української скаутської організації, також офіційно існує у восьми країнах світу: Австралії, Аргентині, Великобританії, Канаді, Німеччині, Польщі, Словаччині та США.
ukraine  gov2.0  plast  scouting 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Large Majorities Dislike Political Correctness - The Atlantic
Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either.
On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful. Team Resentment is manned—pun very much intended—by people who are predominantly old and almost exclusively white. Team Woke is young, likely to be female, and predominantly black, brown, or Asian (though white “allies” do their dutiful part). These teams are roughly equal in number, and they disagree most vehemently, as well as most routinely, about the catchall known as political correctness.
Reality is nothing like this. As scholars Stephen Hawkins, Daniel Yudkin, Miriam Juan-Torres, and Tim Dixon argue in a report published Wednesday, “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape,” most Americans don’t fit into either of these camps. They also share more common ground than the daily fights on social media might suggest—including a general aversion to PC culture.
politics  gov2.0  PC  racism  sexism  LGBT 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Not Voting Doubles the Value of Someone Else’s Vote
David Foster Wallace, back in 2000:
If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible psychological reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.
Jason Kottke:
Please check your registration status and register to vote… it takes two minutes. Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching in many US states — there are deadlines tomorrow in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
Kottke wrote that yesterday, so those registration deadlines are today. I don’t care who you want to vote for, I implore you to register and vote. And if you think you are registered, double-check. It really does just take a minute.
quotes  voting  gov2.0  politics  election  daring_fireball 
7 days ago by rgl7194

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