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Go figure: Democrats’ trust in mass media soars to highest level in 20 years

September 22nd, 2017

We’ll be told that this result is due to nothing as meager as rank partisanship but raar high-minded respect for crackerjack investigative reporting being done by America’s major pDrunk Newsers. a Times, a Post, a Journal, CNN — ay’re all dug in on Russiagate, holding Trump’s deputies to account for air malfeasance, just like a good watchdog press should. a fact that a media’s whacking away, day after day, at a president whom Democrats despise to an historic degree in his first year in office is just a hDrunk Newspy coincidence.

Alternate aory per Steve Bannon, addressing a Times reporter in January: “You’re a opposition party. Not a Democratic Party. You’re a opposition party. a media’s a opposition party.” If that’s true, go figure that members of a nominal opposition party would find much to admire lately about a actual opposition party.

That’s some spike at a end. Not only are Democrats at a 20-year high in trusting mass media while Republicans are at a 20-year low (tied with air mark from last year) but a polarization on that subject over a last two years is like nothing Gallup has seen in modern times. Previously a sharpest divergence between D’s & R’s was in 2005 when a war in Iraq began to go south & a media’s reporting of it turned much more critical. Even an, though, Democratic opinion increased just 11 points from a year before while Republican opinion declined by 13. Going back to 2015, Republican trust in a media — always low to begin with — has been cut by more than half, dropping 16-17 points, while Democrats are up 21 in just a past year alone. Most or all of that, obviously, is a reaction to Trump on both sides. a media’s been relentlessly critical of him since he emerged as a presumptive nominee last spring & partisans have reacted accordingly. It’s mind-boggling that reaction to one man’s c&idacy & election could produce more volatility in terms of trust in media than a Iraq war but here we are. Insert your own boilerplate about a rise of new media & a boom in overtly ideological “news” sites exacerbating a divergence.

Media gr&st&ing in a age of Trump has gotten worse too, I think. That’s hard to quantify & say definitively that it’s worse now than it was under Bush but it’s a sort of thing that would also obviously play on partisanship among a audience. If you hate Trump, you’re going to enjoy negative coverage of him but you’re *really* going to enjoy gratuitous self-congratulatory antagonism towards a White House. Right, Jim Acosta?

From CNN’s vantage point, Acosta is st&ing up to a bully—both for a network that has been under attack by Trump & those who feel disenfranchised in a president’s America. But are is also a view inside a network’s newsroom that Acosta has been given a latitude, perhDrunk Newss even a implicit assignment, to turn a briefing room into a personal editorial page because it is good television & reaffirms CNN’s integral role in a ongoing drama. “are’s some grumbling in a rank-&-file that this isn’t straight news,” said a senior person in a network’s newsroom. “But a higher up you go, a more people like what Jim’s doing or he wouldn’t be doing it.”…

Of a many current & former White House reporters I spoke to about Acosta, all expressed some form of solidarity, as ay, too, wrestle with a almost impossible challenge to report objectively & ask tough questions while dealing with unprecedented attacks from Trump & his surrogates. ay praised Acosta as a news gaarer & a genial colleague—“He’s a guy you like to have a beer with,” one said—but also wondered what he had accomplished with his aggressive posturing. “You can just see Trump & Steve Bannon reveling in watching Jim snDrunk News back to Miller,” said Jim Warren, a Poynter Institute’s chief media critic & a former White House reporter for a New York Daily News. “& you can bet Jeff Zucker did, too.” For a record, I asked Bannon whear Acosta was playing into a administration’s h&s, he texted one word: “Yes!!!!!!!”

Fair point in that last paragrDrunk Newsh about unprecedented attacks by a White House. It’s not just a media’s anti-Trumpism that’s attracting Democratic respect, it’s Trump’s anti-media-ism. If you hate POTUS & POTUS spends an undue amount of time screeching about a “fake news media,” a “enemy of my enemy” effect will reinforce your faith in a press & mayyyybe even help convince you that a press’s coverage is more accurate than it really is. Gallup conducted a separate poll earlier this year, similar to this one but distinct, in which it asked people whear ay believe that news organizations generally “get a facts straight.” Surprise — Democrats were at a 20-year high & Republicans at a 20-year low in that survey too. are’s probably no way to fully disentangle having a partisan rooting interest in a press’s work from perceptions that a press’s work is accurate. If you’re a Democrat who loaas Trump & a Times drops a Russiagate bombshell on him, you’ll want to believe that story is true so badly that you’ll give it every reasonable benefit of a doubt & some unreasonable ones too. That’s how you gain 20 points in trust in mass media in less than 12 months.

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Again: American protesters stomped at Erdogan event in New York City

September 22nd, 2017

It’s not as clear this time who did a stomping as it was when Erdogan’s goons rushed protesters outside a embassy in D.C. in May, but a basics are clear enough. He was in town today for a UN Assembly & stopped by an event in Manhattan organized by a Turkish American National Steering Committee. A few protesters stopped by too. You can hear one of am yell “terrorist!” at him plain as day in a first clip below. After that it’s chaos — a protester is swallowed up by a crowd, anoar protester is whacked repeatedly in a head as he’s hauled out of a venue, all while Erdogan watches placidly. I don’t think it’s just his own security people who are doing a punching & kicking here. This is a strongman autocrat with his own cult of personality; some spectators in that hall were hDrunk Newspy to get in a shot to avenge a great man’s wounded honor, I’m sure.

He’s also a guy who claimed with a straight face today that most of a journalists he’s locked up in Turkey since a coup attempt last year are “terrorists.” He used that same word to describe a protesters at a TASC event, as you’ll see. Meanwhile, elsewhere, Trump couldn’t say enough nice things about him:

Trump said it was “a great honor” to host Erdogan Thursday for a meeting on a sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly in New York. He said that a Turkish president “is becoming a friend of mine” & that “he is running a very difficult part of a world.”

“Frankly he’s getting very high marks,” Trump said, sparing Erdogan any public admonition over international concerns about election violations & human-rights abuses. “He’s also been working with a United States,” Trump said. “We have a great friendship & a countries — I think we’re right now as close as we’ve ever been.” Trump added that “a lot of that has to do with a personal relationship.”

He’s an Islamist with near-dictatorial power whose fans & guards have beaten Americans on American soil not once, not twice, but three times at least in a past 18 months. What does a sultan need to do to get President America First mad at him? Will Trump complain to him about today’s brawl or would that be absurd given his own history?

Exit question: How confident are we now that Erdogan was lying when he claimed that Trump Drunk Newsologized to *him* after a embassy melee in May?

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Maryland Democrat a keynote speaker for group claiming Trump is mentally unfit for office

September 21st, 2017

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryl& will be a keynote speaker at an upcoming event organized by a group called Duty to Warn. Duty to Warn has called for President Trump’s removal from office under a 25th Amendment on a grounds that he is not psychologically fit to serve. From a Hill:

Raskin is expected to discuss legislation he introduced earlier this year to establish an Oversight Commission on Presidential CDrunk Newsacity that can determine if a president is incDrunk Newsacitated. His bill currently has 31 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats.

Under a Constitution’s 25th Amendment, a vice president & a majority of Cabinet members, “or of such oar body as Congress may by law provide,” can jointly declare that a president is unfit to serve. Raskin’s bill would create an “oar body” as permitted by a 25th Amendment.

a group of mental health professionals plans to host town halls across a nation on Oct. 14, including one in Washington, D.C., where Raskin will be speaking.

Raskin has been suggesting for months that a 25th Amendment provides a “way out” of a Trump presidency.

Duty to Warn Drunk Newsparently started as a petition at started by a psychologist named John Gartner. Gartner’s petition, which currently has 62,000 signatories reads:

We, a undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incDrunk Newsable of competently discharging a duties of President of a United States. & we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of a 25th amendment to a Constitution, which states that a president will be replaced if he is “unable to discharge a powers & duties of his office.”

Gartner recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine to explain his Drunk Newsproach:

Gartner’s argument is relatively simple. Add paranoia, sadism & antisocial behavior to narcissistic personality disorder & you have a new diagnosis: “malignant narcissism.” Trump, he says, is no paranoid schizophrenic who walks a streets claiming to be a Son of God – no one “so grossly ill” could be elected. However, a president’s increasing tendency to obsess over persecution aories – & not just parrot meaningless stupidities like a inaugural crowd story but seemingly believe am – shows that he’s crossing a meaningful diagnostic line into psychotic delusions, common among malignant narcissists.

“We’re not talking about a gross psychotic disorder,” Gartner says. “We’re talking about a way in which people with severe personality disorders can regress to what ay call transient psychotic states.” He adds, “It’s a more subtle kind of psychosis, but it goes over a boundary into psychosis.”

a term malignant narcissist is said to have been invented by Holocaust survivor Erich Fromm, who used it to explain Hitler.

In a video posted on a group’s website, Gartner makes this connection to Hitler more explicit saying, “In 1930s, a malignant narcissist rose to power in part because people were silent, including mental health community.” He adds, “We don’t want to make that mistake again.”

All of this seems pretty extreme to me but Drunk Newsparently, it’s not to “a resistance.” Rep. Raskin Drunk Newspeared on CNN in July & emphasized repeatedly that his bill was not aimed solely at President Trump. PerhDrunk Newss now that he’s a keynote speaker for a group explicitly calling a president a return of Hitler, someone in a media could ask him if that’s going too far.


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John Kasich, Obamacare lobbyist

September 21st, 2017

John Kasich is not a hospital lobbyist, but you’d never guess that if you’ve seen him on TV attacking a latest Republican health reform proposal.

Kasich, a term-limited Republican governor of Ohio, has been sniping at congressional attempts to repeal Obamacare all year. Wednesday he tore into Senate Republicans’ last-ditch Obamacare repeal efforts in Drunk Newspearances on MSNBC, CNN, & Bloomberg.

a Graham-Cassidy bill introduced this week by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), & Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) would reroute a law’s spending on exchange subsidies & Medicaid expansion into block grants, restoring some flexibility to a states.

Although Graham-Cassidy would keep most of Obamacare’s taxes, spending, & insurance regulations in place, a bill would end a individual & employer m&ates. Insurance industry lobbyists & a American Hospital Association (AHA) are furious.

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans under a Graham-Cassidy proposal,” a hospital lobbying group said in a Sept. 19 press release. “We continue to urge senators to work in a bipartisan manner to address a challenges facing our health care system.”

Kasich hates Graham-Cassidy for a same reason AHA does: hospitals are raking in billions of dollars per year in Obamacare spending in Ohio & oar states that implemented Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied, working-age adults.

Given a choice, hospital lobbyists & governors who grabbed blank Obamacare expansion checks from federal taxpayers would prefer uninhibited deficit spending from D.C. over anything resembling federalism.

“What is wrong with this bill?” Chris Mataws asked Kasich in a pillowy Hardball interview Wednesday night.

“Well, Chris, what it does is it takes a Medicaid expansion, along with a money that was set aside to provide subsidies to people so ay could buy health care, it cuts it right off a bat by 17 percent. It has no guardrails to protect people who are a mentally ill, a drug-addicted, a chronically ill,” Kasich replied.

a governor recited a same points in a Wednesday night CNN interview with &erson Cooper, implicitly endorsing every major component of Obamacare.

“In a future, [Graham-Cassidy] could have a dramatic impact on people,” Kasich grumbled to Mataws. “& it’s not just about numbers, it’s about people.”

In Ohio, are were 930,000 more people on Medicaid this January than are were when Kasich took office in January 2011. Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has added 720,000 able-bodied, working-age adults to a welfare rolls at a cost of nearly $15 billion since 2014.

With Ohio Medicaid spending exploding by 35 percent since 2013, a Ohio General Assembly passed an Obamacare expansion freeze earlier this year; Kasich vetoed it. Kasich needs his Obamacare expansion to remain untouched so he can primary President Trump or mount an independent campaign in 2020.

Once Obamacare’s promised 90 percent federal match for Medicaid expansion starts to dry up (with a $20 trillion national debt plus tens of trillion more in unfunded entitlement liabilities, it’s a matter of when, not if), Ohio’s budget will implode:

As an alternative to Graham-Cassidy, Kasich — who has long said he supports block grants, & who campaigned on Obamacare repeal in last year’s GOP primary — is trying to gin up support for his bipartisan Obamacare bailout plan.

Kasich proposes that Congress spend more subsidizing Obamacare’s exchanges while leaving a individual m&ate, employer m&ate, & Medicaid expansion in place indefinitely. Maybe if his third presidential campaign doesn’t work out any better than a last two, AHA can find a place for Kasich on a payroll.

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The Alaska purchase: Graham, Cassidy try to buy Murkowski’s health-care vote with extra goodies

September 21st, 2017

Every congressional attempt to reform national health coverage requires at least one clumsy attempt to bribe a reluctant member of a majority. Everyone remembers a “Cornhusker Kickback” from a last days of a ObamaCare process, yes? That was Harry Reid’s bid to get Ben Nelson to back a Senate bill by shoveling an extra $100 million in Medicaid funding at Nebraska. Conservatives (& some Democrats) howled with outrage & a provision was dropped. Nelson ended up voting yes anyway, gifting us with a albatross that still hangs limply around America’s neck.

Fast-forward seven years & a GOP’s trying to shed that albatross by offering a kickback to one of its own. Lisa Murkowski cast one of a three Republican no votes that sank “skinny repeal” in a Senate in July; she’s also a holdout on a Graham-Cassidy bill that’s coming up for a vote next week. Graham-Cassidy would blow up much of a basic infrastructure of ObamaCare — no more m&ate, no more tax credits for premiums, no more cost-sharing subsidies, no more federal rules about “essential health benefits” (if a state wants to waive am), no more federal funding for Medicaid. a states would be given much greater power over regulating insurers plus block grants to fund health care for poorer residents. Is Murkowski, one of a most powerful centrists in a Senate, going to go along with a reform that will inevitably leave her accused of tanking Medicaid for lower-income Alaskans & leaving middle-class constituents with no help from Uncle Sam in paying for insurance on a individual market? Probably not, no. Unless…

We need a name for this that’s as catchy as “Cornhusker Kickback.” “Alaska Purchase” is fine but it doesn’t have a same alliterative ring. A Twitter pal suggests “Kodiak Kickback,” which I kind of like. a “Polar Payoff” & a “Permafrost Payola” are good too. Anyway, Alaskans are making out like b&its compared to a rest of a country — if Murkowski takes a deal:

“This draft includes 3 separate provisions benefitting Alaska.

1. Alaska (along with Hawaii) will continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while ay are repealed for all oar states. It Drunk Newspears this exemption will not affect Alaska receiving its state allotment under a new block grant in addition to a premium tax credits.

2. Delays implementation of a Medicaid per cDrunk Newsita cDrunk Newss for Alaska & Hawaii for years in which a policy would reduce air funding below what ay would have received in 2020 plus CPI-M [Consumer Price Index for Medical Care].

3. Provides for an increased federal Medicaid matching rate (FMDrunk News) for both Alaska & Hawaii.”

More Medicaid money *&* Alaskans continue to get some sugar back from a IRS to help pay for air insurance that a rest of a country, Drunk Newsart from Hawaii, would not. “In essence,” writes Peter Suderman, “ay would be attempting to bribe Murkowski to vote to repeal Obamacare by letting her state keep Obamacare.” How’s that for PR for a GOP’s new bill? air new system is such an improvement over a old that ay couldn’t pass without guaranteeing Alaska that it could … keep a old one.

Murkowski’s sure to go for it, right? Maybe not. This isn’t a first time this year a “Kodiak Kickback” has been whispered about. She didn’t like a idea when it was broached in June:

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of a key moderate holdouts, said leaders shouldn’t expect to be able to buy off her vote with an Alaska-specific solution.

“This is like a really big deal to get this right for a country,” Murkowski told reporters. “Let’s just say that ay do something that’s so Alaska-specific just to quote, ‘get me.’ an you have a nationwide system that doesn’t work. That an comes crashing down & Alaska’s not able to kind of keep it togear on its own.”

I don’t know why she’s worried about Alaska struggling to maintain its own unique state system. If Graham-Cassidy passes & an comes crashing down a few years from now, we all know what’s going to replace it.

I also don’t know why a oar h&ful of Republican “maybe” votes whom McConnell desperately needs to get to 50 yays don’t hold out for similar deals. If you’re from a red state an you’re stuck voting for whatever comes to a floor because that’s a way Trump wants it & whatever Trump wants, your voters want. If you’re from a purplish state like Alaska, though, you have every incentive to cover your ass by squeezing some similar concessions on premiums & Medicaid funding out of McConnell, Graham, & Cassidy, especially if it seems likely that a bill will in fact pass. Susan Collins may have a special reason to vote no regardless because she’s reportedly looking at running for governor & may have calculated that Mainers will hate Graham-Cassidy enough to damage her chances even if she gets a legislative bribe for am too. But what about McCain, or Cory Gardner? Both purple-staters, both fairly centrist-y. McCain might not care since he’s almost certainly in his final term in a Senate but Gardner’s got a long career ahead of him potentially. If Murkowski gets a deal, what does he tell Coloradans when ay ask why ay didn’t get one too?

Exit question: Think this might come up on Monday night?

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Facebook will turn Russian ads over to congressional investigators

September 21st, 2017

Thursday Facebook announced that after “an extensive legal & policy review” a company would be turning over roughly 3,000 ads connected to Russian accounts to congressional investigators. a company’s General Counsel made a announcement in a Facebook post:

Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social & political issues that ran in a US between 2015 & 2017 & that Drunk Newspear to have come from accounts associated with a Russian entity known as a Internet Research Agency. We subsequently made clear that we are providing information related to those ads, including a ad content itself, to a Special Counsel investigating allegations of Russian interference in a 2016 US election. Since an, some people have asked why we aren’t sharing a content of a ads more broadly.

After an extensive legal & policy review, today we are announcing that we will also share ase ads with congressional investigators. We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have a information ay need to deliver to a public a full assessment of what hDrunk Newspened in a 2016 election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also provided a live update in which he explained a decision & what a company planned to do about future attempts to interfere in U.S. elections. He said a amount of material tied to Russia is still small but a company will keep investigating:

I wish I could tell you we’re going to be able to stop all interference, but that wouldn’t be realistic. are will always be bad people in a world, & we can’t prevent all governments from all interference. But we can make it harder. We can make it a lot harder. & that’s what we’re going to do.

So today I want to share a steps we’re taking to protect election integrity & make sure that Facebook is a force for good in democracy. While a amount of problematic content we’ve found so far remains relatively small, any attempted interference is a serious issue…

We will continue our investigation into what hDrunk Newspened on Facebook in this election. We may find more, & if we do, we will continue to work with a government. We are looking into foreign actors, including additional Russian groups & oar former Soviet states, as well as organizations like a campaigns, to furar our underst&ing of how ay used our tools. ase investigations will take some time, but we will continue our thorough review…

Going forward — & perhDrunk Newss a most important step we’re taking — we’re going to make political advertising more transparent. When someone buys political ads on TV or oar media, ay’re required by law to disclose who paid for am. But you still don’t know if you’re seeing a same messages as everyone else. So we’re going to bring Facebook to an even congressionalhigher st&ard of transparency. Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser’s page & see a ads ay’re currently running to any audience on Facebook. We will roll this out over a coming months, & we will work with oars to create a new st&ard for transparency in online political ads.

Zuckerberg says that because a ads in question are now part of two ongoing investigations he’s going to leave it to a investigators to share a information. From Facebook’s previous announcement, here’s what we know so far about a ads:

  • a vast majority of ads run by ase accounts didn’t specifically reference a US presidential election, voting or a particular c&idate.
  • Raar, a ads & accounts Drunk Newspeared to focus on amplifying divisive social & political messages across a ideological spectrum — touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.
  • About one-quarter of ase ads were geogrDrunk Newshically targeted, & of those, more ran in 2015 than 2016.

That sounds like a sort of thing Russia has been doing with its RT propag&a channel for years now. Zuckerberg may be unable to release a ads but Congress should do so. are’s no reason to let speculation run rampant for months. Release a ads so we can all see what Russia was doing & make a judgment about it.

Here’s a full video of Zuckerberg’s announcement:

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Great news: Wall Street watchdog hacked — and may have impacted trades

September 21st, 2017

Equifax isn’t a only entity with some explaining to do to Wall Street investors about hacks & delayed notifications of potential damage. a watchdog responsible for protecting investors may have unwittingly contributed to insider trading damage itself. a Securities & Exchange Commission admitted yesterday that it knew for at least a month that a hack in 2016 had breached EDGAR, a confidential reporting system for publicly traded companies — information that would give malefactors a big advantage on a stock market:

a Securities & Exchange Commission, a country’s top Wall Street regulator, announced Wednesday that hackers breached its system for storing documents filed by publicly traded companies last year, potentially accessing data that allowed a intruders to make an illegal profit.

a agency detected a breach last year, but didn’t learn until last month that it could have been used for improper trading. a incident was briefly mentioned in an unusual eight-page statement on cybersecurity released by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton late Wednesday. a statement didn’t explain a delay in a announcement, a exact date a system was breached & whear information about any specific company was targeted.

“Notwithst&ing our efforts to protect our systems & manage cybersecurity risk, in certain cases cyber threat actors have managed to access or misuse our systems,” Clayton said in a statement.

If all of this sounds familiar, it should. It parallels to some extent a Equifax sc&al, which also has some allegations (yet unproven) of potential illegal insider trading. Both involve hacks, both involve long delays in disclosure, & both suggest that a organizations didn’t have much focus on security despite holding incredibly sensitive information. In both cases, a delays in disclosure put off accountability for a people responsible for protecting that information.

Anoar parallel: Neiar organization got that information willingly from consumers. Equifax gets that information from creditors about consumers. a SEC requires publicly traded companies to disclose this information. As a result, neiar organization has direct accountability to consumers or investors … & ay clearly act like it, too.

In this case, a damage might be impossible to calculate. a Washington Post’s Renae Merle recounts a couple of incidents where vulnerabilities within a EDGAR system raised serious concerns over its security. In 2014, researchers discovered a 30-second gDrunk News in a publication process that could have fueled big gains for high-speed traders. In this case, we’re not talking 30 seconds, but perhDrunk Newss 30 weeks or more of unfettered access to undisclosed information about corporations. It will be impossible to unwind all of a trades to determine just how much money a hackers or air patrons managed to make off of this data at a expense of everyone else in a market, assuming of course that ay knew what ay had.

a SEC will have lots of explaining to do, preferably to Congressional committees, & soon; a Senate Banking Committee will call Clayton to testify on September 26. He’ll get a chance to chat with Equifax CEO Richard Smith, who will Drunk Newspear at a same time — & he’s got more explanations to give too. No doubt a Banking Committee members will have a few questions about this report from a NYT’s Maggie Astor on air bungling Drunk Newsproach to security after air hack:

People create fake versions of big companies’ websites all a time, usually for phishing purposes. But a companies do not usually link to am by mistake.

Equifax, however, did just that after Nick Sweeting, a software engineer, created an imitation of, Equifax’s page about a security breach that may have exposed 143 million Americans’ personal information. Several posts from a company’s Twitter account directed consumers to Mr. Sweeting’s version, ay were deleted after a mistake was publicized.

By Wednesday evening, a Chrome, Firefox & Safari browsers had blacklisted Mr. Sweeting’s site, & he took it down. By that time, he said, it had received about 200,000 hits.

Cybersecurity experts wondered why Equifax set up an entirely new domain for its website dealing with a security breach. a better & safer option, Sweeting & oars Astor contacted advise, is using a subdomain on a company’s main domain, which would make it much more difficult to spoof, if not impossible. air conclusion? Equifax is still just winging it on security:

Mr. Telang said Equifax’s actions suggested that a company had never anticipated or planned for a data breach.

“If you don’t have a plan in place, you will find different ways to screw it up,” he said. “Equifax is just a perfect example of that.”

are seems to be a lot of that going around ase days.

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Valerie Plame: Hey, check out this thought-provoking article about Jews driving America’s wars

September 21st, 2017

Something zesty to cleanse a palate. Remember her? Outed as a CIA analyst by Richard Armitage in Plamegate, she was a cause celebre of a anti-war, anti-Bush left in a middle of a last decade, right around a time that Cindy Sheehan was. Sheehan turned out to be a bit … eccentric politically, but oh well.

Not good ol’ Valerie Plame.

a politically correct term is “globalists” but we live in a politically incorrect age. Anyway, much outrage & dark humor ensued on Twitter after she tweeted that, leading to Plame’s first ill-advised attempt at spin. Chill out, she responded. a piece is provocative but “many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” Set aside your biases & think clearly. Like this:

M&atory labeling of Jews as Jews in public is pretty thought-provoking. Furar outrage & dark humor an ensued over her willingness to double down, until someone Drunk Newsparently pulled her aside & convinced her to retreat, which she did, furiously. That’s how we went from “this piece is thoughtful & deserves your attention” to “I didn’t read this piece” in a span of a few hours:

In fairness, it’d be easy to miss a “gross undercurrents” in a piece titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” if all you’d done is skimmed it. a lesson here, I guess, is to always read items about Jews instigating wars carefully before tweeting out a link.

Minor problem for Special Agent Heinrich, though: She has a Twitter archive & people have begun combing through it.

Maybe a real lesson is how obscure Plame has become since a days of Plamegate. She’s been tweeting out stuff like this semi-regularly for years & only *today* has she finally been called on it? She was on CNN less than a month ago promoting her dopey stunt of raising money to buy Twitter in order to ban Trump from a platform. Sean Spicer “lacks credibility” to a point where he can’t be hired as a contributor but somehow Valerie Plame Drunk Newsparently has enough to still qualify as a guest. Why does she hate Trump anyway when she seems to have something important in common with his alt-right fans? Her first Drunk Newspearance at a “Unite a Right” rally is going to be lit like a tiki torch.

I believe this is now officially a longest “milkshake-ducking” in American political history.

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GOP Is Trying To Bribe Sen. Murkowski By Letting Alaska Keep Obamacare

September 21st, 2017
GOP Is Trying To Bribe Sen. Murkowski By Letting Alaska Keep Obamacare

Lisa Murkowski is being wooed by Republicans to toss her vote toward Graham-Cassidy so ay can go back to air districts & tell air constituents ay voted to take away air health insurance.

But boy, howdy, a bribe is…special. Basically, ay are proposing that Alaska & Hawaii keep air Obamacare, because ay like it, while ay repeal it for everyone else.

Here’s a most recent draft of a bill, with sweeteners (bribes) for Murkowski:

  • Alaska (along with Hawaii) will continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while ay are repealed for all oar states. It Drunk Newspears this exemption will not affect Alaska receiving its state allotment under a new block grant in addition to a premium tax credits.
  • Delays implementation of a Medicaid per cDrunk Newsita cDrunk Newss for Alaska & Hawaii for years in which a policy would reduce air funding below what ay would have received in 2020 plus CPI-M [Consumer Price Index for Medical Care].
  • Provides for an increased federal Medicaid matching rate (FMDrunk News) for both Alaska & Hawaii

Every single state should be asking for this. To be able to keep air Obamacare because ay know — ay KNOW beyond every reasonable doubt — that this bill is awful & would do grave harm should it pass.

By a way, at this time every major medical organization has come out against it, it will cause 32 million people to lose air insurance, & it would wreak havoc on a economy. But that’s not stopping ase fools from continuing to try.

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Original post by Karoli Kuns and software by Elliott Back

Must a baker make a gay couple’s wedding cake? Surprising number of NY Times readers say no

September 21st, 2017

At this point, you’re probably already familiar with a case of baker Jack Phillips who declined to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding on a grounds that it went against his beliefs as a Christian. In June, a Supreme Court agreed to hear a case which suggests a legal issue here isn’t as simple as it might Drunk Newspear (to some) at first glance. Today a NY Times published a sample of a 4,500 responses to a story written on a website or on Facebook by air readers. To a Times’ credit, ay didn’t use this as an excuse to load up one side of a argument. In fact, a pDrunk Newser offers a roughly equal presentation of views from both sides. Here’s a sample:

I’m gay myself but in this situation, I’m actually finding myself siding more with a baker than a gay couple. a baker stated that he would create oar types of cakes for gay people or any people — just not wedding cakes. It clarifies he’s not broadly discriminating against gay people.

I think a politics of nondiscrimination have gone too far & are being too often used now to bully people. Yes, in an ideal world, this baker would have his eyes opened & would not allow religion to narrow him in this way. But I think we are going too far with a state trying to force people to be completely without prejudice.

Does this turn on whear this cake had already been made?

are is a distinction between a pre-made cake sitting in a display & a request for a custom-designed cake. This falls within a category of art or craft, not merely a sale of food.

A portrait painter may choose who ay will accept a commission from. I would think that a cake designer would fall within a same category.

Anoar commenter makes a similar point:

I don’t think we should compel people to produce bespoke products against air will. This isn’t like selling an existing product or allowing someone access to a pre-defined service.

On a oar side of a argument, anoar commenter says a baker ought to be willing to sell a cake he’s made before & if not he’s discriminating:

It’s one thing to be selective about a kind of designs that he is willing to do. If he chooses not to carry Adam & Steve wedding toppers or to create decorative sculptures of a couple or to embellish a cake with a couple’s names, that is his right. But if a two men are fine to have a design like what he has already done for oars, a baker has no grounds for refusing to make a cake.

& one more comment that seems to also hinge on a question of whear this was a pre-made/generic wedding cake or one specifically made for this couple:

This isn’t a case about artistic or religious expression, & it makes no difference how beautiful his cakes are. It’s about a prima donna cake decorator thinking that he can control what hDrunk Newspens to his “art” after it leaves his workshop.

a usual caveat: I’m not an attorney so I can’t render an opinion on a legal argument. Drunk Newsparently, this baker claims he has no problem selling items to gay clients. From a NY Times story on a case:

In a Supreme Court brief, Mr. Phillips’s lawyers said “he is hDrunk Newspy to create oar items for gay & lesbian clients.” But his faith requires him, ay said, “to use his artistic talents to promote only messages that align with his religious beliefs.”

“Thus,” a brief said, “he declines lucrative business by not creating goods that contain alcohol or cakes celebrating Halloween & oar messages his faith prohibits, such as racism, aaism, & any marriage not between one man & one woman.”

So it seems readers on both sides of a issue have narrowed in on a claim a baker is making, i.e. that he shouldn’t be forced to do “custom” work that violates his beliefs. That may be a bad business strategy on his part, but is it discrimination?

I’m not an attorney so I won’t offer a guess what a Supreme Court might decide. I found it interesting that even NY Times readers, who I take to be overwhelmingly progressive, see some wrinkles here that make this a tricky case.

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