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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #4260 on: May 08, 2020, 09:50:01 AM »
That leaping cat had absolutely flawless execution of a leap … but failed to comprehend one thing -- the very slick surface of the leaping off point.

trump and company just simply don't really give a flying fork, and so aren't even giving it a college try.  Blind leading blind.
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #4261 on: May 08, 2020, 10:03:26 AM »
flying fork - http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/header_img/2009/Jan/21/theflyingfork_t300.jpg?8aff03de2423e912a2467e97388a07f5331c05b6
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Re: Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!
« Reply #4262 on: May 09, 2020, 04:12:05 AM »
Evan Hurst again.

Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!



The idea that a governor can pretend there isn't an epidemic by ordering medical examiners to hide the death data is rather repugnant.....and absolutely will be legally challenged, as it  should be. This is contrary to the basic human welfare of Floridians and a slap in the face to healthcare providers.

I wonder how long they can paper over  the emergency...Maybe somebody will notice the mass graves......

Reporters will dig up the truth, you'll pardon the expression.
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Re: Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!
« Reply #4263 on: May 09, 2020, 04:30:58 AM »
Evan Hurst again.

Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!



The idea that a governor can pretend there isn't an epidemic by ordering medical examiners to hide the death data is rather repugnant.....and absolutely will be legally challenged, as it  should be. This is contrary to the basic human welfare of Floridians and a slap in the face to healthcare providers.

I wonder how long they can paper over  the emergency...Maybe somebody will notice the mass graves......

Reporters will dig up the truth, you'll pardon the expression.

Reporters?  There are still REAL reporters?  ???  I thought we just had Goobermint Spokesmodels now.

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Re: Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!
« Reply #4264 on: May 21, 2020, 11:46:58 AM »
Evan Hurst again.

Time For Today's Episode Of WE DON'T NEED NO F*CKIN' CDC!



The idea that a governor can pretend there isn't an epidemic by ordering medical examiners to hide the death data is rather repugnant.....and absolutely will be legally challenged, as it  should be. This is contrary to the basic human welfare of Floridians and a slap in the face to healthcare providers.

I wonder how long they can paper over  the emergency...Maybe somebody will notice the mass graves......

Reporters will dig up the truth, you'll pardon the expression.

Reporters?  There are still REAL reporters?  ???  I thought we just had Goobermint Spokesmodels now.

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That's because you don't pay attention. But I'll grant you, they are harder to find.
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"One China, Two Systems" Has Just Taken It In the Shorts
« Reply #4265 on: May 21, 2020, 11:52:52 AM »
Take the "over" on civilian casualties."

Beijing to implement national security laws in Hong Kong by fiat, bypassing region’s legislature

China's top Hong Kong officials plan to implement the laws unilaterally, a Hong Kong delegate to Beijing's legislature told The Washington Post, in a move that will allow Beijing to override the region's constitutional autonomy over local affairs whenever it chooses.


Mourners light candles at a vigil May 15 to commemorate a protester who died last year during anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)


HONG KONG — China's Communist Party will impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong by fiat during the annual meeting of its top political body, officials said Thursday, criminalizing "foreign interference" along with secessionist activities and subversion of state power.

The move is the boldest yet from Beijing to undercut Hong Kong’s autonomy and bring the global financial hub under its full control, as it works to rewrite the “one country, two systems” framework that has allowed the territory to enjoy a level of autonomy for the past 23 years.

After steadily eroding Hong Kong’s political freedoms, Beijing signaled that the national security law will be a new tool that allows it to directly tackle the political dissent that erupted on Hong Kong’s streets last year. The months-long and sometimes violent protests began last June and fizzled out only over public health concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The new tactic marks an escalation in Beijing’s crackdown in the former British colony and the clearest indication that it views Hong Kong as a restive region to be brought to heel after last year’s protests.

The city’s future has become a point of contention in the intensifying rivalry between China and the United States; on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was “closely watching what’s going on” in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have directly appealed to Washington for intervention, frequently waving American flags on the streets, and see themselves as the last bastion of resistance against an increasingly assertive Beijing under President Xi Jinping.

“Beijing has opted for the most risky route,” said Ho-Fung Hung, a professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University. “It will show the world that ‘one country, two systems’ is, if not already over, almost over.”

He added: “It will be very difficult for anyone, especially the United States, to say Hong Kong is still autonomous and viable.”

On Thursday, China made clear it was asserting control over Hong Kong through “improvement” of its governance.

“We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems,’” Wang Yang, head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said at the opening of the annual meeting of China’s top political advisory body. The meeting is the first part of the Two Sessions political gatherings, which will continue Friday with the National People’s Congress (NPC), the rubber-stamp parliament.

“We will continue to support the improvement of the implementation of the systems and mechanisms of the constitution and Basic Law,” Wang said in a report to the meeting.

An explosive summer of discontent is brewing in Hong Kong

Later Thursday, representatives from Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office met with Hong Kong delegates to China’s legislature to explain the details of the national security law. The law, a direct response to last year’s protests, will ban secession, subversion of state power, foreign interference and terrorism, said Stanley Ng, a Hong Kong deputy to the NPC, who attended the meeting.

The legislation could pass as early as next week and will bypass all of Hong Kong’s usual processes.

Similar laws were proposed in 2003 and would have allowed authorities to conduct searches without warrants. But they were abandoned after mass protests and never picked up locally again.

“The social unrest last year showed that the Hong Kong government was unable to handle passing [national security legislation] on its own,” said Ng, a Beijing loyalist who has for years pushed for a similar law. “Hong Kong’s status will be sacrificed with or without this law if society is unstable due to the protesters’ violence.”

Zhang Yesui, the spokesman for the NPC session, said in comments to Chinese media that Hong Kong is an “inseparable” part of China and that national security is the cornerstone of stability in the country.

“In light of new circumstances and needs, the National People’s Congress is exercising the power that is enshrined in the [Chinese] constitution to establish and improve” Hong Kong’s legal framework, he said.

The Hong Kong dollar weakened sharply against the U.S. dollar as the reports emerged.

Beijing blamed last year’s unrest on secessionist forces and foreign influence. A government proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China touched off the unrest, but the movement grew into a broader and sometimes violent rebellion calling for full democracy and opposing China’s efforts to chip away at Hong Kong’s firewall with the mainland.

President Trump has sharply stepped up denunciations of China over his claims it failed to warn the world of the coronavirus dangers in the outbreak’s early weeks. But his comments on Hong Kong were less direct.

“I don’t know what it is because nobody knows yet,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House. “If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly.” He did not elaborate.

Wang did not elaborate on what “improvement” meant. But he also referred to the Chinese territory of Macao, a gambling hub where open displays of political dissent are rare and where most leaders toe Beijing’s line.

The shift will have far-reaching effects. Under the agreement Britain signed with China before it handed back Hong Kong in 1997, the territory is supposed to enjoy its relative freedoms until at least 2047 under the “one country, two systems” framework.

This arrangement helped Hong Kong to flourish as a global financial center even after returning to Beijing’s overall control, and has allowed the United States and other nations to treat the city differently to China. It also allowed Hong Kong to run its own affairs, except foreign affairs and defense.

But under Xi’s leadership, the Communist Party has encroached on Hong Kong’s autonomy with stunning speed.

“I'm speechless,” said Dennis Kwok, a pro-democracy lawmaker, of the proposed national security legislation. Kwok was singled out for criticism by Beijing and was recently removed from his chairmanship of a key legislative council committee. “This is a complete and total surprise and I think it means the end of one country, two systems.”

Kwok said that the Hong Kong government and Beijing had used the coronavirus pandemic as cover to clamp down on the city.

“When the world is not watching they are killing Hong Kong, killing one country, two systems, and using social distancing rules to keep people from coming out to protest,” he said. “This is the most devastating thing to happen to Hong Kong since the handover.”

On Wednesday, Pompeo warned China about its actions in Hong Kong, saying that the city’s pro-democracy lawmakers had been “manhandled” this week “while trying to stop a procedural irregularity by pro-Beijing legislators.”

“Leading Hong Kong activists like Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai were hauled into court,” Pompeo told a news conference in Washington. “Actions like these make it more difficult to assess that Hong Kong remains highly autonomous from mainland China,” he said.

For the United States to treat Hong Kong as a separate entity, mostly for commercial purposes, the State Department must certify that the city retains “a high degree of autonomy” from China. Pompeo said its latest decision on this was still pending.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, through its office of the commissioner to Hong Kong, said Thursday that Pompeo was “blackmailing” the Hong Kong government and accused him of “blatant interference” in China’s internal affairs. It also took aim at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for placing “unjustifiable pressure on China’s central government.”

“Certain U.S. politicians are repeatedly carping on about [Hong Kong’s] legislative and judiciary branches in a vain attempt to glorify and exculpate the rioters who oppose China and seek to stir up trouble in Hong Kong,” it said. “They just don’t want to see Hong Kong heal its divides and get back on track: Their sinister motives are thoroughly exposed, and their ‘black hands’ are bared for all to see.”

In recent months, Beijing has installed a tough new representative in Hong Kong, called for patriotic education to instill more allegiance to China, and promoted a bill that would make it a criminal offense to disrespect China’s national anthem.

Delegates from Hong Kong, including Carrie Lam, the city’s chief executive, arrived in Beijing on Thursday for the Two Sessions.

Wang said Beijing supports the Hong Kong deputies’ efforts to “avoid violence in Hong Kong and to restore order.”

But as news of the proposal spread, calls were issued for more mass protests in Hong Kong.

“The arms of tyranny have reached Hong Kong,” said Ted Hui, a pro-democracy lawmaker who was a regular participant in protests last year. “Darker days are coming.”

Fifield reported from New Zealand. Timothy McLaughlin in Hong Kong and Yuan Wang in Beijing contributed to this report.

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Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
CMU Researchers Say Sophisticated, Orchestrated Bot Campaigns Aim To Sow Divide



CMU researchers have discovered that much of the social media discussion around the pandemic and stay-at-home orders is fueled by misinformation campaigns that use convincing bots.

Virginia Alvino Young  Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Scrolling through your Twitter feed, it may not be obvious when you come upon a bot account — something that is more likely to occur in the era of COVID-19. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered that much of the discussion around the pandemic and stay-at-home orders is being fueled by misinformation campaigns that use convincing bots.

To analyze bot activity around the pandemic, CMU researchers since January have collected more than 200 million tweets discussing coronavirus or COVID-19. Of the top 50 influential retweeters, 82% are bots, they found. Of the top 1,000 retweeters, 62% are bots.

The monitoring of tweets is ongoing and collections from Facebook, Reddit and YouTube have been added to the research.

"We're seeing up to two times as much bot activity as we'd predicted based on previous natural disasters, crises and elections," said Kathleen Carley, a professor in the School of Computer Science’s Institute for Software Research and director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) and Center for Informed Democracy & Social - Cybersecurity (IDeaS.)

Carley said multiple factors contribute to the surge. First, more individuals have time on their hands to create do-it-yourself bots. But the number of sophisticated groups that hire firms to run bot accounts also has increased. The nature of the pandemic matters, too. "Because it’s global, it’s being used by various countries and interest groups as an opportunity to meet political agendas," she said.

Carley's research team uses multiple methods to determine who is or isn't a bot. Artificial intelligence processes account information and looks at things such as the number of followers, frequency of tweeting and an account's mentions network.

"Tweeting more frequently than is humanly possible or appearing to be in one country and then another a few hours later is indicative of a bot," Carley said.

More than 100 types of inaccurate COVID-19 stories have been identified, such as those about potential cures. But bots are also dominating conversations about ending stay-at-home orders and "reopening America."

Many factors of the online discussions about “reopening America” suggest that bot activity is orchestrated. One indicator is the large number of bots, many of which are accounts that were recently created. Accounts that are possibly humans with bot assistants generate 66% of the tweets. Accounts that are definitely bots generate 34% of the tweets.

"When we see a whole bunch of tweets at the same time or back to back, it's like they're timed," Carley said. "We also look for use of the same exact hashtag, or messaging that appears to be copied and pasted from one bot to the next."

A subset of tweets about "reopening America" reference conspiracy theories, such as hospitals being filled with mannequins or the coronavirus being linked to 5G towers.

"Conspiracy theories increase polarization in groups. It’s what many misinformation campaigns aim to do," Carley said. "People have real concerns about health and the economy, and people are preying on that to create divides."

Carley said that spreading conspiracy theories leads to more extreme opinions, which can in turn lead to more extreme behavior and less rational thinking.

"Increased polarization will have a variety of real-world consequences, and play out in things like voting behavior and hostility towards ethnic groups," Carley said.

The research team cannot point to specific entities behind the orchestrated attempts to influence online conversations. "We do know that it looks like it's a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches the Russian and Chinese playbooks, but it would take a tremendous amount of resources to substantiate that," Carley said.

Carley adds that not enough is known to develop a counter measure. Blocked accounts can resurface, and the nature of the network is such that you can’t just attack at individual points.

But she said average users can do a lot to help protect themselves from bot influence. There is no guarantee, but closely examining an account can offer indications of a bot, such as sharing links with subtle typos, many tweets coming out very quickly, or a user name and profile image that don’t seem to match up.

"Even if someone appears to be from your community, if you don't know them personally, take a closer look, and always go to authoritative or trusted sources for information," Carley said. "Just be very vigilant."

 

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Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
CMU Researchers Say Sophisticated, Orchestrated Bot Campaigns Aim To Sow Divide


For More Information Byron Spice | 412-268-9068 | bspice@cs.cmu.edu Virginia Alvino Young | 412-268-8356 | vay@cmu.edu

Yeah right.  Bots are busy for sure.  They show up to attack my website in direct proportion to how much hell I'm raising online.  Moldova, Ukraine, the center of the US and other large server farms.  But since I write my own code there is very little they can do.  Denial of service but that is obvious so we can't have that.  That stirs the pot.  They are looking for stuff and probing for ways of taking control.  Standard procedure.  Making a list and checking it twice.  Like Santa.

In code one could imagine a function where you send info about a bot and it returns the identity of the bot.  But how do you know it is true?  I don't think Byron or Virginia have a clue and I think I do.

It is a funny thing.  Media can rant about the deep state being at odds with Trump but the marching orders of the uniformed contingent is to promote Trumps policies like it or not.  To protect the existing order and defend the empire.  That is what the military does.  I'll cut to the chase with the smoking gun example.

The commander of an Aircraft Carrier had to take it in the shorts because that is what big daddy wanted.  It is like Trump got to walk around the bowels of the big boat turning knobs and spinning wheels at will without anyone able to stop him.  After he leaves a room and moves on to fresh equipment somewhere else, some things might get turned back maybe.  But Trump gets his way.  It is institutionalized.  Quash dissent regardless of other considerations because that is your mission.  Agree or not Trump is in charge.  Promote Trumps policies and suppress dissent.  That is the brutal truth Mr. Specialist 4th class.  Would you like to review the UCMJ?  You follow orders and if you have a problem with your orders you take it up the chain of command after you do your duty.  You get it?

They are not Russian Bots or foreign bots of any kind.  The only place bots that promote the re-opening of America come from is America itself.

And nothing else would make any damn sense anyway.  If bots are promoting the reopening of America it is your tax dollars at work.  I have made these conclusions watching what trolls are doing.  Their orders are clear.  Suppress dissent.  I don't expect this to be as obvious to anyone else.  Some people don't believe a troll army even exists.  I know otherwise.  Bots would just be part of the package.  It's only obvious.

If you do contact Byron or Virginia use your Proton Mail account.  That should buy you abut thirty seconds.

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The research team cannot point to specific entities behind the orchestrated attempts to influence online conversations. "We do know that it looks like it's a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches the Russian and Chinese playbooks, but it would take a tremendous amount of resources to substantiate that," Carley said.    <-- A wise policy.  Get around to it later!

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We do know that it looks like it's a propaganda machine  <-- A broken alarm clock could not make a statement more pussified than this.

Yeah, that is what it looks like but we can't be sure can we?  I'm hearing if I want to blame the Ruskies you will be fine with it.  Empire forever.

Not that I can blame you.  They have nukes.
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Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
CMU Researchers Say Sophisticated, Orchestrated Bot Campaigns Aim To Sow Divide


They are not Russian Bots or foreign bots of any kind.  The only place bots that promote the re-opening of America come from is America itself.

No one said they are Russian bots. Although the aims of Russian money and big American money are pretty congruent these days.
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Since I Met Edward Snowden, I’ve Never Stopped Watching My Back
« Reply #4269 on: May 23, 2020, 05:08:28 PM »
I found myself reading this and th0ught immediately of K-Dog. It will be obvious why. KD, this Bud's for you.

Since I Met Edward Snowden, I’ve Never Stopped Watching My Back
After receiving a trove of documents from the whistleblower, I found myself under surveillance and investigation by the U.S. government.




Barton Gellman is a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State and Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.

“What time exactly does your clock say?” asked the voice on the telephone, the first words Edward Snowden ever spoke to me aloud. (Our previous communications had all been via secure text chats over encrypted anonymous links on secret servers.) I glanced at my wrist—3:22 p.m. “Good. Meet me exactly at four. I’ll be wearing a backpack.” Of course he would; Snowden would never leave his laptop unattended.

The rendezvous point Snowden selected that day, December 5, 2013, was a gaudy casino hotel called the Korston Club, on Kosygina Street in Moscow. Enormous flashing whorls of color adorned the exterior in homage to Las Vegas. In the lobby, a full-size grand player piano tinkled with energetic pop. The promenade featured a “Girls Bar” with purple-neon decor, stainless-steel chairs and mirrors competing for attention with imitation wood paneling, knockoff Persian rugs, and pulsing strobe lights on plastic foliage. Also, feathers. The place looked like a trailer full of old Madonna stage sets that had been ravaged by a tornado.

As I battled sensory overload, a young man appeared near the player piano, his appearance subtly altered. A minder might be anywhere in this circus of a lobby, but I saw no government escort. We shook hands, and Snowden walked me wordlessly to a back elevator and up to his hotel room. For two days, throughout 14 hours of interviews, he did not once part the curtains or step outside. He remained a target of surpassing interest to the intelligence services of more than one nation.

He resisted questioning about his private life, but he allowed that he missed small things from home. Milkshakes, for one. Why not make your own? Snowden refused to confirm or deny possession of a blender. Like all appliances, blenders have an electrical signature when switched on. He believed that the U.S. government was trying to discover where he lived. He did not wish to offer clues, electromagnetic or otherwise. U.S. intelligence agencies had closely studied electrical emissions when scouting Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan. “Raising the shields and lowering the target surface” was one of Snowden’s security mantras.

On bathroom breaks, he took his laptop with him. “There’s a level of paranoia where you go, ‘You know what? This could be too much,’ ” he said when I smiled at this. “But it costs nothing. It’s—you get used to it. You adjust your behavior. And if you’re reducing risk, why not?”

Over six hours that day and eight hours the next, Snowden loosened up a bit, telling me for the first time why he had reached out to me the previous spring. “It was important that this not be a radical project,” he said, an allusion to the politics of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the other two journalists with whom he’d shared digital archives purloined from the National Security Agency a few months earlier. “I thought you’d be more serious but less reliable. I put you through a hell of a lot more vetting than everybody else. God, you did screw me, so I didn’t vet you enough.” He was referring to my profile of him in The Washington Post that June, in which I had inadvertently exposed an online handle that he had still been using. (After that he had disappeared on me for a while.)

When we broke for the night, I walked into a hotel stairwell and down two floors, where I found an armchair in a deserted hallway. I might or might not have been under surveillance then, but I had to assume I would be once back in my room, so this was my best chance to work unobserved.

I moved the audio files from the memory card of my voice recorder to an encrypted archive on my laptop, along with the notes I had typed. I locked the archive in such a way that I could not reopen it without a private electronic key that I’d left hidden back in New York. I uploaded the encrypted archive to an anonymous server, then another, then a third. Downloading it from the servers would require another private key, also stored in New York. I wiped the encrypted files from my laptop and cut the voice recorder’s unencrypted memory card into pieces. Russian authorities would find nothing on my machines. When I reached the U.S. border, where anyone can be searched for any reason and the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment does not apply, I would possess no evidence of this interview. Even under legal compulsion, I would be unable to retrieve the recordings and notes in transit. I hoped to God I could retrieve them when I got home.

Were my security measures excessive? I knew the spy agencies of multiple governments—most notably the United States’—were eager to glean anything they could from Edward Snowden. After all, he had stolen massive amounts of classified material from NSA servers and shared it with Poitras, Greenwald, and me, and we had collectively published only a fraction of it. The U.S. government wanted Snowden extradited for prosecution. But I’m not a thief or a spy myself. I’m a journalist. Was I just being paranoid?

Six months earlier, in June 2013, when the Snowden story was less than two weeks old, I went on Face the Nation to talk about it. Afterward, I wiped off the television makeup, unclipped my lapel microphone, and emerged into a pleasant pre-summer Sunday outside the CBS News studio in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In the back of a cab I pulled out my iPad. The display powered on, then dissolved into static and guttered out. Huh? A few seconds passed and the screen lit up again. White text began to scroll across an all-black background. The text moved too fast for me to take it all in, but I caught a few fragments.

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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #4270 on: May 23, 2020, 08:21:12 PM »
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Well, about that. Preoccupation with surveillance had distorted my professional and personal life. I had balked at the main gate of Disney World when I realized I would have to scan a fingerprint and wear a radio-tagged wristband everywhere in the park. My partner, Dafna, standing with our 7-year-old son, dared me with her eyes to refuse. I caved, of course. I brought my laptop almost everywhere I went, even on beach and hiking trips. I refused to leave my bag at coat checks at parties. The precautions I took to protect my electronics inconvenienced my friends and embarrassed my family. “You’re moving further and further into a world that I’m not a part of, and that I don’t understand and I don’t want to be a part of,” Dafna said one night. I had not come to terms, until that moment, with how abnormal my behavior had become. I never felt safe enough.

Yes, It is good to read of someone else's experience.  I have his story about watching a command line window reinstall a new kernel on his Macbook beat.  I watched them work on two computers simultaneously.  I had two laptops on at the same time.  I don't think Barton expressed how chilling this sort of thing is well enough.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up.  If I had had no hair on the back of my neck I would have grown some on the spot so it could stand up.  My shoulders and upper arms were cold.

And on it goes.  I stayed away from Kunstlers' site for three weeks.  Then Kunstler posted a Russia-Gate piece two weeks ago and it totally pissed me off.  Fucker works for the deep state himself and he complains about intrusions into liberty.  If I think about this too much my eyes will roll back and I will start to drool.  There would be something wrong with me if you did not know this is personal.

So I'm back there for a while.  The state likes me there because they know exactly what I am doing.  Since they are reading this I can remind them that they know exactly what I am doing so chill the fuck out.

Because the operation there has been going on so long and because I know most regular commenters there are state actors who come and go they may think they know what I am doing and I make their stats look good, but they are telling me far more than I am telling them.   :exp-evil:

The story is ongoing.  Do they know exactly what I am up to?

I'm smiling and I'm all alone.  I almost want to laugh.  The story is not over.  They are watching me for life and I'll be pissed for life.

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The file names specify “non-public investigative techniques” and “non-public details about techniques and procedures that are otherwise known to the public.” The FBI is especially concerned about protecting one unspecified intelligence-gathering method.

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The bureau wants to protect “the nature of the information gleaned by its use.”

Total control which guarantees our fall off the Seneca Cliff.  Conservative assholes whose current sworn duty is to protect Trump and maintain empire.  Men who do not think deep and follow their orders without question.  Atrophied mechanisms of social change.  That is what all this gives us.  If we had any democratic institutions at all, now daddy knows best so you can kiss those dreams of a better world goodbye; at least until things get so bad they can't keep up.  But then it is too late. 

It is too bad that the system was not in place in 1930 Germany.  The Nazi Party would never had more than 20 members.  Hitler would have found himself with all sorts of credit problems and assorted bad lucks.  He would have died as a broke house painter from alcoholism in about 1950.  He did not drink you say?  They would have fixed that.

It is possible that Brandon thinks all they do is investigate and watch.  It is possible I'm even 'out there enough' now so all I will ever experience in the future are occasional indications that I'm being watched. 

I started my own website and came to the Diner.  If K-Dog gets taken out now a dozen people could notice.  That is why I did started chasingthesquirrel and came here.  Not that it would matter but now the paperwork would cost and that likely keeps me safe.  But that is not how it was when this all started.  I was a name on scattered blog posts without a real face.  I'm not talking about the dog pic, you know what I mean..  I was nobody.  Now I'm a nobody but a bigger nobody.  Had I become a grease spot then, before I was more well known the paperwork would have been easy with very few lose ends to tie up.  Now things would be far more complicated so I'm less likely to get any more obedience school treatment.  I hope.

Freaking out at Disneyland and while in other security systems.  Been there and done that in spades!  It can still happen but now I manage far better.  Trauma for life but adjustment to it for life too.  Optimism is forced on me.  Relax I tell myself, they know you are no threat.  So they know exactly where you are right now.  What's the big deal.  They usually do anyway so how is this any different?

Thanks dad.



* And thank you Surly1.  Reading this has been therapeutic.  Sanity moves our minds away from the unpleasant and it was chilling now to be reminded how much they had affected me when the action was hot and heavy those years ago.  It strengthens my resolve and stokes my anger.  I survived but that is no credit to them.  For that I take full credit.  The system would be happier with me smoking meth in a homeless camp.  If they can push you in that direction, they will.  It turns out I have a strong mind. 

I wish they did not hate doomers so much.

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Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
CMU Researchers Say Sophisticated, Orchestrated Bot Campaigns Aim To Sow Divide


They are not Russian Bots or foreign bots of any kind.  The only place bots that promote the re-opening of America come from is America itself.

No one said they are Russian bots. Although the aims of Russian money and big American money are pretty congruent these days.

If you do a search for Russian you will find it on the page.  You are right 'No one said they are Russian bots.' That is the art of it.

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Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
CMU Researchers Say Sophisticated, Orchestrated Bot Campaigns Aim To Sow Divide


They are not Russian Bots or foreign bots of any kind.  The only place bots that promote the re-opening of America come from is America itself.

No one said they are Russian bots. Although the aims of Russian money and big American money are pretty congruent these days.

If you do a search for Russian you will find it on the page.  You are right 'No one said they are Russian bots.' That is the art of it.

"Russian and Chinese playbooks"

So? Are you saying their assertion is wrong?
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Yes, It is good to read of someone else's experience.  I have his story about watching a command line window reinstall a new kernel on his Macbook beat.  I watched them work on two computers simultaneously.  I had two laptops on at the same time.  I don't think Barton expressed how chilling this sort of thing is well enough.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up.  If I had had no hair on the back of my neck I would have grown some on the spot so it could stand up.  My shoulders and upper arms were cold.

I am glad this resonated with you. I thought it would. The story about how the trip to the Mac store, and then the security probe where the remote server disappeared as soon as it was pinged, made me think of you.
Chilling. But it's just another day in the Empah.

Online surveillance is doubtless more cost effective than the in person surveillance they used to pay for. Or maybe still do... I don't know.
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Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
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They are not Russian Bots or foreign bots of any kind.  The only place bots that promote the re-opening of America come from is America itself.

No one said they are Russian bots. Although the aims of Russian money and big American money are pretty congruent these days.

If you do a search for Russian you will find it on the page.  You are right 'No one said they are Russian bots.' That is the art of it.

"Russian and Chinese playbooks"

So? Are you saying their assertion is wrong?

Force me to take a stand why don't you.  Yes, I will say their assertion is wrong.  I will also say that is the only way they could get their article published.
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