Category Archives: Government

Wikileaks publishes DNC emails

Yesterday, Wikileaks published almost 20,000 emails that were purloined from the Democratic National Committee. You may search the emails on this page.

Overnight, evidence was discovered within these emails of

  • a conspiracy within the DNC to hinder presidential candidate Bernie Sanders;
  • a close relationship between DNC and the mainstream media.

Twitter is jumping with revelations from these emails. Apparently Hillary Clinton and the DNC are taking legal action to plug this leak. Of course, it’s too late.

Who and what visits government websites?

Have a look at analytics.usa.gov. You’ll see statistics for the aggregate of most federal government websites: Number of Visits, Top Pages and Domains, Visitor Locations, Top Downloads, Devices, Browsers, and Operating Systems.

Thanks to Steve Gibson of grc.com.

Mark Steyn on multiculturalism

I like Mr. Steyn’s witty observations in this video and his skillful use of language. I agree; multiculturalism is a denial of reality.

Update, in the wake of the bombings in Brussels: In his March 25 2016 article, Mr. Steyn highlights the stupidity of the EU’s suicidal immigration policies (if you can call them that): “Europe would rather destroy itself than retreat from the delusions of multiculturalism.”

What happened in Chicago?

When I was a young teenager, listening to shortwave radio broadcasts from many countries taught me that the news that’s presented by what’s now called mainstream media (MSM) is rarely the whole story.

Thanks to Twitter, YouTube, and other Internet based outlets, now we can hear firsthand accounts from eyewitnesses without the MSM filters. Here’s one firsthand report on reddit: What really happened at the Chicago rally

Hillary’s I.T. guy

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Bryan Pagliano, the I.T. specialist who apparently was paid by Hillary Clinton to set up her email server, has been granted immunity from prosecution by the Department of Justice. A lawyer friend tells me that this means that a grand jury is reviewing evidence and that Mr. Pagliano will be testifying as the Department of Justice prosecutes someone. Is that Hillary Clinton? Probably. Maybe others.

imageit seems that the DOJ had a strong case against Mr. Pagliano for multiple counts of conspiracy to violate federal records preservation regulations and the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), as well as restrictions on “moonlighting” while employed by the State Department. To avoid prosecution, he struck a deal. Now he’s the DOJ’s witness against whomever.

I don’t yet know the details of either Hillary’s private mail server or that of the State Department, but it seems likely that Hillary may have given Mr. Pagliano her login credentials. My guess is that this is a serious violation of State Department regulations.

Reportedly the FBI has two teams of investigators looking into Mrs. Clinton’s private mail server and the Clinton Foundation’s quid pro quo arrangements with Mrs. Clinton while she was Secretary of State. It’s rumored that the FBI will recommend that criminal charges of violating the Espionage Act be brought against her.

In view of the number of disappearances of witnesses in the Clintons’ past, I hope that Mr. Pagliano has a full-time bodyguard. I want to hear his story.

Farook’s iPhone

Are you confused by the FBI vs Apple dispute regarding Syed Farook’s iPhone? I am.

In an excellent article published today, Cnet neatly summarized the delicate position in which Apple finds itself, following the issuance of a court order that compels Apple to help authorities unlock the iPhone 5c that was used by Islamic terrorist and mass murderer Syed Farook.

The nugget that surprises me is that the FBI appears to be preparing a brute force attack on this iPhone’s 256-bit AES encryption. This is a daunting task. To brute-force attack encrypted data that’s encrypted with AES-256, you need to try each of 2256 or 116,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000 possibilities.  That’s more than the number of atoms in the universe.

If Farook chose a strong passphrase, it could require thousands of years for most computers to decrypt his data. It appears that the FBI has serious horsepower to throw at this task.

Lighten up on global warming

I was amazed when Barack Obama declared that climate change is the nation’s biggest enemy. Forget ISIS, Iran, al-Qaeda, murders of citizens by illegal aliens, uncontrolled immigration, jobs outsourcing, factories moving offshore . . . etc.  No, Mr. Obama’s delusions convince him that global warming is more important.

Maybe George Carlin can bring some sanity to this:

Shortwave broadcasting is dying

I notice that many governments are cutting back if not shutting down their shortwave radio broadcasting operations. Shortwave radio and newspapers are both carriers of content, and both are affected by the Internet. Here’s a video from 2012 about Radio Netherlands closing its Caribbean shortwave broadcast station:

Putting all their eggs in one basket

I think that these broadcasters are shortsighted.

Providers of audio content argue that it’s cheaper to distribute their programming via the Internet. They forget that the Internet comprises many routers that reside in many countries. If a government decides to erect a firewall such as the Great Firewall of China, selected content can be blocked within that government’s jurisdiction.

One beauty of shortwave broadcasting is its simplicity. The entire shortwave route consists of only two stations: the transmitter and the receiver. Radio signals don’t respect national borders and radio jamming is expensive and never 100% effective.

In my opinion providers of other HF (high frequency: 2 to 30 MHz) services are also shortsighted, for the same reason: they’ve done away with their users’ backup systems. AT&T killed its high seas HF radiotelephone service, so now ships at sea depend solely on satellite links for shipboard telephone service. They have no backup. Ditto Loran-C: ships depend exclusively upon the GPS system for electronic navigation.

Articles:

  • November, 2014: Does Shortwave Radio Have a Future?
  • August, 2010: Whatever Happened to Shortwave Radio?

    For all its transmission expense and audio problems, analog shortwave radio has one clear advantage over the Internet and domestic radio/TV: It cannot be easily blocked — even when states try to disrupt its signals using jamming transmitters.

    Webcasts can be filtered or blocked through IP geolocation techniques that block access to sites based upon the IP address of the site or the user.

John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth:

One gbps: $105 per month

Smaller American municipalities are attracting businesses by offering economical broadband service. In 2010, Salisbury, North Carolina began offering broadband service to its residents and business customers. The city created a wholly owned utility named Fibrant. Fibrant’s FAQ page explains:

Q: How did Fibrant get started?
A: The City Council of Salisbury, NC was unhappy with the lack of broadband service provided by incumbent networks. They invested in building Fibrant as a municipal utility to encourage economic development, increase competitive opportunities for our existing businesses and to provide citizens globally competitive access to the world.

Salisbury, North Carolina served by Fibrant broadband

Fibrant’s latest pricing is enticing:

  • Ten gbps (gigabits per second) symmetrical service: $410 per month for business and residential customers
  • One gbps symmetrical service: $105 per month for business and residential customers
  • 50 Mbps (Megabits per second) symmetrical service for $45 per month

These are fantastic prices for smokin’ fast broadband service. The incumbent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have lobbied some state legislatures to prevent municipalities from undertaking broadband service provision. Salisbury residents are lucky. This article describes North Carolina’s ill-advised municipal broadband restrictions:

Those clamoring for fiber broadband speeds under the state’s anti-community broadband law will have to move to one of a handful of grandfathered communities in North Carolina where forward-thinking leaders actually built the fiber networks private companies are still only talking about.

I congratulate Salisbury’s city council. Fast broadband attracts business. Watch Salisbury grow. This Salisbury Post article mentions business opportunities.

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Hillary Clinton-approved email server

I love this parody.  It’s a humorous advertisement for your own mail server:

Do you run a government agency but hate complying with the law?  Then you need DC Matic, the Hillary Clinton-approved email server!

credit: Written and performed by Remy.  Video directed and edited by Meredith Bragg

What’s Hillary hiding?  Classified emails?  Sure.  Evidence of her negligence in Benghazi that led to the murders of US citizens?  Of course.  Security breaches via assistant Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood connections?  Probably.  No, the ticking time bomb in this server is bribery.  Maybe treason as well.  She’s hiding written evidence of her deals that traded State Department help in exchange for large donations to the Clinton Foundation and large fees for speaking engagements by Bill Clinton.

Putney Swope and Barack Obama

Today’s laughably corrupt Obama regime is life imitating art. Which art? Cinema. Whacked-out cinema. Farce. Namely, 1969’s Putney Swope:

Both Swope and Obama were elected to office by fools who suffer from chronic white guilt.

In 1969, Putney Swope announced:

The changes I’m gonna make will be minimal. I’m not gonna rock the boat. Rockin’ the boat’s a drag. What you do is sink the boat.

In 2008, Barack Obama bragged:

. . . we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

Mr. Obama is trying to transform America, alright. Transform it from a prosperous capitalist economy governed by a constitutional republic to a bankrupt socialist economy governed by a corrupt tyrannical dictatorship. Barack is following Putney’s credo, “What you do is sink the boat.”

Lady MacClinton’s emails

Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
The new improved Clinton lie:

I did not have textual relations with that server.

Yesterday, the FBI took possession of Hillary Clinton’s private mail server. It provided mail services for the clintonemail.com domain. She, using the hdr22@clintonemail.com mailbox, apparently used it for official email while she was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. This is a violation of US federal regulations on preservation of government records.

Hillary ClintonIt’s clear that Hillary set up this server specifically to circumvent these regulations. While Secretary of State she set up a tollbooth which collected payments from business and government leaders in exchange for favors from her department and friends. The payments were deposited in the Clinton Foundation slush fund. Of course she didn’t want records kept in the federal archive.

I don’t know the details of this server. Microsoft Exchange is popular, but a pain to configure and maintain. A Linux-based mailserver is also a pain to configure but requires less maintenance. In either case outside I.T. support is required. That party will have worthwhile information.

Server contents

In March, Hillary claimed,

The server contains personal communications from my husband and me, and I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and the server will remain private.

Her dopey husband accidentally contradicted her twice when he denied ever sending any emails to anyone, ever.

Unencrypted classified emails?

You've got mailApparently her clintonemail.com server had no authentication certificate for its first three months of operation. This means that all traffic in and out of that server would have been unencrypted. Chances are good that the Chinese, Russian, or Ukraine government read some of those emails.

I’m curious to see what’s on the server’s backup system’s archived media.

Lady MacClinton’s been skating on thin legal ice for years. Maybe this time she’ll not skate away.

Details: The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

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The FoxNews / Facebook spectacle

Foxnews Republican debate commentatorsWhy did the three moderators of Thursday night’s presentation by FoxNews and Facebook of the first 2016 Republican debate (if you can call it that) go for Donald Trump’s throat?

Facebook

My guess is that, like most Silicon Valley magnates, Mark Zuckerberg (founder and chairman of Facebook) views a Donald Trump presidency as a threat to Facebook’s cozy deal for H-1B visas. He, together with Bill Gates, Sergei Brin, Larry Page, et al, wishes to continue to drive down the wages of tech workers. Not only is Donald Trump Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare, he’s the worst nightmare for Zuckerman, Gates, et al.

(Discussion of the H1-B visa scam)

Trump has pledged to bring jobs back to America, for Americans.

A pox on both your houses

It’s easy to understand why Republicans favor legal (and illegal) immigration and work visas: they like cheap labor. (Democrats favor illegal immigration because they like their votes.)

FoxNews

I’m not sure which dog Rupert Murdoch and son (owners of FoxNews) have in this fight. I guess it may be because they receive major advertising income through Karl Rove’s traditional Republican buddies. The Murdochs see Trump as a threat to Fox’s juicy revenue stream.

It was clear that Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Chris Matthews, and Bret Baier were following marching orders to trash Mr. Trump. (It’s ironic that he alone was the magnet that attracted 24 million viewers.)

I thought that Mr. Trump handily dodged their bullets and returned fire just fine. Good for him. Americans need jobs.

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YouTube subtitle humor

Here’s a funny video that’s supposedly an Iranian negotiator recounting the stupidity of Messrs Obama and Kerry:

The sardonic subtitles were added by Madison McQueen. (She apparently is the granddaughter of actor Steve McQueen.)

The best line:

I’ve had tougher negotiations over a falafel sandwich!

I first saw this sort of humor in a video clip taken from a biography of Hitler: United broke Hitler’s guitar, too!.

I like this sort of humorous subtitling. And I like its message: Obama and Kerry are fools.

OPM data breach

In June we were told by the federal OPM (Office of Personnel Management) that as many as four million personal records of government employees who hold security clearances had been compromised by what appeared to be Chinese hackers. We’ve since learned that fourteen million — no, wait — at least twenty-four million records were compromised.

A congressional hearing sounds like a cure for insomnia, but I was fascinated by the hours-long video record of the June 24 hearing by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The OPM’s director, CIO, US-CERT representative, Inspector General, and OPM contractors responded to questions by the committee. It’s a long hearing, but filled with revealing glimpses into a bureaucracy that spent over five hundred million dollars on I.T. since 2008. And still failed.

It sounds like OPM has three insecure areas:

  • the records within its files aren’t encrypted;
  • its perimeter security is vulnerable;
  • its management of vendors’ security policies is weak.

Unencrypted records stored in COBOL files

I gather that OPM stores these records in files that were created by applications that were written in COBOL. Apparently over a million records include fingerprints stored as unencrypted graphics images. It’s likely that these COBOL files are ISAM (Indexed Sequential Access Method) files or derivatives. Fields — even numeric fields — within ISAM files are stored as ASCII characters. It’s inefficient, but very easy to read.

COBOL code
Typical COBOL code

As far as I know, COBOL lacks the ability to encrypt fields. I’ve managed a legacy COBOL ERP system that was compiled with MicroFocus COBOL and used the Btrieve record management system. It worked nicely. The underlying Btrieve record manager would allow fields to be encrypted and supplemental indexes added without the permission of the overlying COBOL program. The original COBOL code remained intact, unaware that Btrieve was adding indexes, encrypting, decrypting, etc. Similar adaptations of legacy COBOL programs to Oracle RDBMS exist.

My guess is that the OPM data files are read by more than one application. If the record layouts of these files were changed, all applications that read them would need to be changed. This could be a major task.

I can’t comment on the OPM’s perimeter vulnerability. Their supervision of contractors was inadequate, since poor user management at contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions opened a door to attackers. (Details: Contractor breach gave hackers keys to OPM data).

Data security ain’t easy.

I’m happy to learn that the OPM director and CIO were fired after this hearing. They were clearly in over their heads. It is, though, like closing the barn door after the horses (or data) have fled.

Non-technical people should not attempt to manage technical enterprises. They simply can’t manage processes that they don’t understand. It’s too easy to fool a non-technical person with smoke and mirrors. Case in point: Steve Ballmer, a salesman who mis-managed Microsoft for a decade.

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Lois Lerner emails STILL missing

More evidence that members of this federal administration think that they’re unaccountable to its citizens appeared today in an article titled IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails. I wrote about this mess last year (Lois Lerner’s White House emails missing). My conclusion was that either the IRS’s I.T. staff was incompetent or one or more persons at the IRS were lying.

Maybe both possibilities are true. Maybe this cover-up includes the White House, and maybe the conspirators are taking advantage of the I.T. staff’s incompetence. After a year of stalling, this seems not just possible, but probable.

1 August update:
The House of Representatives’ Government Oversight Committee calls for the removal of IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The committee will hold Mr. Koskinen in contempt of Congress and impeach him if Mr. Obama doesn’t remove Mr. Koskinen from office. This video includes an incriminating timeline of one cover-up after another:

Last week, Treasury Department’s Inspector General office discovered 722 backup tapes that contain Lois Lerner emails. According to Judicial Watch’s press release,

This material shows that the IRS’ cover-up began years ago.  We now have smoking-gun proof that top officials in the Obama IRS unlawfully harassed taxpayers just to keep them from complaining to Congress about IRS’ targeting and abuse.

It’s obvious that Mr. Koskinen’s IRS has been a weapon used by the corrupt Obama administration to punish its critics and that Lois Lerner was (albeit eagerly) “only following orders”.

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Police states need data

This week the New York Post published an excellent article titled Obama has been collecting personal data for a secret race database. Soon after becoming chancellor in 1933, Adolph Hitler initiated a German census, with the assistance of IBM’s German subsidiary. The census used IBM’s Hollerith punch card technology: one card per each person. On this card were fields that defined address, race, religion, and ancestors.

This database probably seemed benign in 1933. A few years later, it powered Krystalnacht and, soon after, the entire holocaust.

After invading Poland, the Nazis immediately began a census. Ditto Holland and France. Again, IBM technology powered these efforts. Tyrannical centralized regimes require detailed demographic data collection and tabulation so that they can select groups and individuals for “special treatment”.

Big Brother from 1984 by George OrwellI object to any central government collecting reams of data about its citizens. In particular, I don’t trust this administration. Aside from its dubious motives, it’s proven its inability to safeguard personal data, including fingerprints, of millions of security clearance applicants. It appears that China now has these data.

I wrote about government data collection two years ago in Government data collection then and now. Edwin Black’s book, IBM and the Holocaust, is an eye opener.

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President Obama endorses net neutrality

Yesterday, Reuters reported a piece of good news: Obama pressures FCC for strong net neutrality rules. They quote from Mr. Obama’s speech:

Simply put: No service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gate keeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth.

I’m puzzled. If Mr. Obama favors net neutrality, why did he appoint cable TV and cellular phone industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler as FCC chairman last year? In May, predictably, FCC Chairman Wheeler Proposes Net Partiality, which he couched in terms of “net neutrality”. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Nation’s new cyber security chief just another windbag

President Obama recently appointed Michael Daniel to the position of “cybersecurity czar”. Michael Daniel official photoWho’s he? Techdirt reported that White House’s Cybersecurity Guy Proud Of His Lack Of Cybersecurity Knowledge Or Skills. Cybersecurity analyst Robert Lee, writing in Forbes, points out that It Does Matter That The White House Cybersecurity Czar Lacks Technical Chops. I agree. This supposedly high-tech administration is over-run with MBAs and lawyers who are dilettantes in technical matters. They don’t understand even the fundamentals of technology, so they can’t see through shuck.

Exhibit A is FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who was a lobbyist for both the cable TV and cell phone industries(!). He was also a major Obama political campaign consolidator.

Click for Obama windbag video
image by Politizoid

Then there’s the IRS, whose managers and IT staff seem to have no clue about disaster recovery planning or routine data recovery procedures. Or are they merely trying to hide evidence of criminal behavior?

For an administration that boasts of its techno-hipness, the appointment of one more windbag to a position that requires technical expertise is pathetic.

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Lois Lerner’s White House emails missing?

IRS Says ‘Lost’ Lois Lerner Emails… Rep asks NSA for metadata… (originally published 13 June, 2014)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Steve Stockman Friday asked the National Security Agency to turn over all its metadata on the email accounts of former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations division director Lois Lerner for the period between January 2009 and April 2011.

If the NSA doesn’t comply, the mail servers that Lois Lerner used will have her emails — especially if she used IMAP or webmail. The tape backup systems for those servers should have archives of all of her emails. (A decent backup system will archive everything every month in off-site storage. It’s urgent that these archives be retrieved before they’re purged.)

In addition, chances are excellent that the emails on her crashed hard drive on her PC can be recovered. They just need to call OnTrak data recovery service or any of its competitors.

This stinks.


Updates

5 September 2014 Yesterday, The Washington Post asked, Why did the IRS clean out Lois Lerner’s Blackberry as probes began? The short answer seems to be that this was part of an effort by one or more people at the IRS to destroy evidence. My question: What happened to the Blackberry’s SD memory card?

This attempt to destroy evidence is kind of stupid. As I’ve mentioned before, copies of those messages will reside on the mail servers and their tape backup systems. I gather that the IRS uses Microsoft Exchange mail servers; by default, Microsoft Exchange turns on mail archiving.

25 August 2014 Today Judicial Watch announced that they have been told by DOJ attorneys that backup copies of all federal government documents, including Lois Lerner’s missing emails, exist in federal archives. Judicial Watch intends to file a request for production of these as part of their ongoing lawsuit against the IRS. The judge won’t be happy to learn that the IRS has been hiding evidence.

Judicial Watch’s release includes a link to the latest sworn statement by an IRS IT manager regarding procedures that were followed when Lois Lerner’s hard drive failed. They’re unremarkable except that no detail is provided about the failure itself (was it electronic or logical, was the disk spinning?) or what measures were used to recover data from the failed drive. What’s not addressed are questions such as, “Before scrapping the failed drive, did anyone evaluate the value and uniqueness of its data?” and “What archiving system is used on the Exchange servers used by Ms. Lerner? Can we pull the lost emails from that archive?”.

Again, this reveals incompetence or coverup. Or maybe even an incompetent coverup.

29 July 2014 Yesterday I watched over an hour of recent grilling of the IRS director by the House Government Oversight committee. Apparently one of his staffers recently testified that the data on Ms. Lerner’s hard drive was recoverable, but management had declined to bring in an outside contractor to recover the data.

Incompetence
or
coverup?

I’ve encountered many failed hard drives over the decades — on servers, desktops, and laptops. I’ve always been able to recover the data on them, using a variety of techniques. The worst case required the services of a specialist to pull data from a failed SCO Openserver Unix system disk. I handled all other cases myself. In systems that I’ve managed, we had both automated central backup tape libraries and external backup hard drives for remote laptop users such as Ms. Lerner. We had entire laptops stolen, yet their users lost only data created since they last connected to the enterprise network or their external backup hard drive (whichever was most recent). Even when no backup system is in place, data on failed hard drives is almost always recoverable. The worst case is that it will require expensive surgery in a clean room.

My conclusion:

  • The I.T. staff at the IRS is incompetent, or
  • One or more persons at the IRS are trying to hide something that involves Lois Lerner.

 

 

11 July 2014 Today a federal Judge orders feds to find Lerner’s hard drive.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton wants the IRS to tell him whatever they know about the hard drive that Lerner says malfunctioned and lost two years of emails sought by congressional investigators, and he wants those answers in just one week.

Walton issued an order Friday afternoon demanding to know the serial number of Lerner’s hard drive and, essentially, where it is now.

The same article announces that

On Thursday, Federal Judge Emmett Sullivan ordered the IRS to make a sworn declaration in writing describing how Lerner could have lost all the emails she sent to other departments from mid-2009 to mid-2011.

The declaration is due by August 10.

10 July 2014 The Washington Times reports that Lois Lerner warned IRS employees to hide information from Congress. The IRS produced this incriminating email today, one year after it had been subpoenaed.

27 June 2014 Holy Moley! This news indicates a cover-up: IRS CANCELLED Contract with Email-Storage Firm Weeks After Lerner’s Computer Crash. One comment:

Federal Records Act requires mandatory 5 year prison sentence for every federal record that can not be produced.
If we only had an Attorney General that followed the law.

24 June 2014 Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) questions IRS commissioner last night about missing emails from Ms. Lerner. He slices. He dices. (5 minute 54 second video)

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Al Gore’s tired litany

The Hill wrote today about Al Gore’s global warming activities: Dems use Gore to fundraise on climate change. Al has always viewed global warming climate change as a money-making opportunity. After delivering his sermon, he passes around the offering plate.

I like this comment by a Mr. or Ms. Prawn:

Climate change has actually been happening for billions of years. There is no such thing as climate stasis. The climate changes on every planet that has a climate. There is climate change on Mars, Venus, Jupiter, etc. That’s what climate does. It changes. Just like change is the one constant in the universe.

Of course, the claim that climate change can be controlled by usurping your wealth is utterly fallacious and dangerous. Perpetrated by morons and environmentalist nut jobs.

Al Gore carbon credit card
Graphic by ThePeoplesCube.com

Reality Check

The Sun exerts far more influence over Earth’s climate than does human activity. Yet, Al’s favorite climate club, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), ignores the Sun’s influence(!). Geologist Sebastian Lüning is convinced

that the global climate of the last 1000 years has been primarily driven by solar activity and ocean cycles.

Read a fascinating interview with Dr. Lüning (author of The Neglected Sun) or watch his presentation at the 9th ICCC (International Climate Change Conference) in Las Vegas last month.

  • Computer content: Google founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page think that Al Gore is a genius. Go figure.

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Who wants a fragmented Internet?

Brazil, Russia, and China are the headliners. There are others. Each resides behind a controlled gateway. Some countries are tired of US hegemony.

In addition, the Mormon Church wants its own version of the Internet. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Time-Warner Cable want to create Internet tiers. (Cable TV is built on a fragmented model.)

If all these parties slice and dice the Internet, it will be unrecognizable. And less useful.

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Tom Wheeler’s FCC frightens even Obama fanboyz

Venerable liberal journalist Bill Moyers recently raised an alarm about the FCC’s consideration of tiered Internet access.

Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers
He titled his article Don’t let net neutrality become another broken promise, an allusion to President Obama’s plethora of broken promises. He details not only Obama appointee FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s conflicts of interests, but those of Wheeler’s lieutenants, who are also directly connected to the companies they are supposed to regulate. You can sense Bill’s deep disappointment that Mr. Obama has betrayed him. Et tu, Barry!

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