Open thread – 8 May, 2020

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  1. Avatar Deap says:

    Did anyone who pushed the corona lockdown and global media hysteria ever worry about not getting their own paycheck? From your local city councils up to the CDC or WHO “experts” and the 24/7 media talking heads?

  2. Avatar Fred says:

    So what are the odds Trump will appoint Flynn to head the FBI, maybe he can clean house there?
    On a brighter note it is 75 and sunny on Florida’s gulf coast with beaches open, other than Lido, ’cause the Karens and their sycophants want to destroy what is left of the local tourist based businesses on the Island keep you safe, which you won’t be if you are on a private beach, Siesta Key beach, or other now open county beaches. I do have a beach opening recommendation. Since obesity is linked to increased risk from Covid19 death, we should adjust our beach openings accordingly. At the beach access points we need a scale and a BMI chart, so we can keep the land whales off the beaches identify those citizens who are most at risk and have them exercise elsewhere, while those who are beach body ready can be allowed to bath in the purifying rays of the sun. Remember, pay for your parking first, ’cause the city is going broke with its Karen/OK boomer leadership effectively destroying the revenue base while doing nothing for the public good, other than those who might have the deep pockets to snatch up some soon to be available prime real estsate at a deep discount.

  3. Avatar EEngineer says:

    So many things revolve around how AG Barr plays the rest of the General Flynn saga. Do we, or do we not, get the rule of law restored. Or do we continue down the path akin to the Chinese Cultural Revolution?
    Actually, the entire financial world suffers from the same problem. The rules and accounting are just something to be gamed. The number of companies that are completely insolvent, yet have sky high stock prices, is astounding! And that was before the CV1984 panic gave the market its first heart palpitation.

  4. Avatar Laura Wilson says:

    Here is a really interesting “models” release to compare 5 models of the cover-19 trajectory both nationally and then state-by-state. The basic assumptions are stated for each model. 538 is a great site for statisticians (especially fr sports!) and the way these models are displayed should make it fairly obviously which ones will be most accurate over time.
    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/covid-forecasts/?ex_cid=rrpromo

  5. Avatar Linda says:

    I’m just looking to hear about some creative ideas people may have come up with other than concentrating on the virus and politics. I ordered a paint by number set of a big blue fish and it turned out to be a scam. So much for that idea. So, any ideas?

  6. Avatar turcopolier says:

    Linda
    Are you happier now that the two nuts have been arrested in Georgia? Would you like to write for SST?

  7. Avatar Deap says:

    Yuge. From the recently released and long withled Schiff hearing transcripts – CROWDSTRIKE admission they had no direct evidence leaked DNC files came from a Russian hack. https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2020/05/08/huge-crowdstrike-ceo-has-no-direct-evidence-russia-stoleexfiltrated-dnc-emails/

  8. Avatar Fred says:

    Linda,
    There are a multitude of free course online for those with no real “outdoors” to go out to. I’ve started and scrapped a few book ideas and am back to learning some French. Having escaped Michigan by a month I am quite happy to be back in Florida where it is not complete lunacy.
    Deap, none of those individuals have missed a dime and while some might be actually fearful most are just temporarily inconvenienced. As to Crowdstrike, and the rest, it’s apparent this whole thing was a fraud. “The Book” is Alinsky: make the other side live up to their rules. The Constitution was never an impediment to the left.

  9. Avatar turcopolier says:

    All
    It is VE Day. When I was in Yemen as DATT in the early’80s there was intense competition among the US, USSR and the PRC for influence with the North Yemenis. It was silly but that was how it was. The US embassy tried to persuade the YAR government that the Soviets were evil through and through. The head of the Sov military mission was a grizzled old tanker colonel who had been at Torgau on the Elbe as a Lt when US and Soviet forces met. This man loved the memory of US soldiers and the memory of that occasion. At an air show in Sana with all the dip corps president he stood to salute me when I arrived. I returned his salute. The US dips later threatened to have me removed if I ever acknowledged him in public again. I told them they should what they pleased but that I would continue to render military courtesies to him. Their State Department version of wrath was comical and they quickly backed away. He was an excellent source on their activities and he like my grilled steaks and Red Sea shrimp.

  10. Avatar Deap says:

    Kudos to Larry Johnson, of course, for long staying fully ahead of the Crowdstrike-Russian Hoax.
    The good news today is the Crowdstrike story is coming back to life again after having been so successfully buried over and over again by both Democrats and the media. Which Democrats and Media did again during the Ukraine-gate phone call – buried Trump’s Crowdstrike requests six feet deep.
    And slimed anyone who felt this was a relevant request as a right wing case conspiracy nut case. Now it appears Crowdstrike as “settled science” is as valid and global warming is settled science. Maybe we can finallly learn what happened in Benghazi at this rate – the other fake news story that would not die.
    As they said during Watergate, it was not the crime; it was the cover-up.

  11. Deap,
    That CrowdStrike news is huge only because it demonstrates what I’ve been saying for well over two years. CrowdStrike could not come up with the evidence revealed in the indictment of the GRU-12. It doesn’t exist on the DNC/DCCC servers. That evidence came from NSA or sister agencies (US or FVEY) who penetrated the GRU’s infrastructure. The best CrowdStrike could do is say it looks like the same methodology as Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear who they assumed were Russian. And that’s all they did say. That was the limited state of the art for attribution for a long time. Once we started aggressively following hackers back and searching for them and their infrastructure, attribution became a real possibility. Hence the ICA on Russian interference and the GRU-12 indictment.

  12. Avatar turcopolier says:

    All
    The old armor colonel was definitely not a spook. I know my own kind. There were GRU officers in their embassy but I entertained them separately. The tanker was really a MG but the Yemenis had no officer in their army then above the rank of colonel and so they insisted that he call himself that. More stupidity on their part. When I first invited him to my quarters he told me that he would have to bring his “minder” (KGB) . This was a young kid probably a Lt. or captain. Not a problem I told him. We would cook out and then watch a movie. They loved it. The KGB fellow finally got orders to Afghanistan. I gave him my advice. “Trust nobody.”

  13. Avatar Grumete Elora Danan says:

    Tomorrow is Victory Day!
    Bend before the heroes and the memory of the fallen!
    As to them we have to thank all these decades of peace about to be ruined by the same of always….
    Searching over there found this blurred ( as original from 1976 Soviet TV show…), in performeance by Lev Levchenko accompanied by Red Army and Komsomol Chorus in the Great Kremlin Hall during Militia Day, graphic testimony and the history of one of the greatest song which celebrate Victory Day, one of Elora´s favourite, “Den Pobedy”:

    “Den Pobedy” (Victory Day) was composed in 1975 for a contest that would award the best song to celebrate the 30th anniversary of victory in World War II. This song did not win; the juries considered that it was too “westernized” (glup) and “expressly recommended” that it not be interpreted (re-glup). The song was practically six months in a drawer until here the friend Lev Levchenko, who interprets the theme in this video, dared (literally) to interpret it in public. And once at it, to the bullfighter style: in the Great Hall of the Kremlin ( where the congresses of the CPSU were held ), during the celebration of the Day of the Militias. The censors almost had a stroke, but Levchenko was saved from the gulag: the Great Hall fell apart with the applause and requests for encore, and became one of Brezhnev’s own favorite songs. The song’s theme, combining the melancholy of old age with the euphoria of victory, in addition to the bombastic style, struck a chord with the Russian people, and is played on Red Square every May 8 (Victory Day) until today, usually between fireworks….Bonus track at the end with the astonished authors receiving a diploma and clamorous ovation of the Soviet people, many veterans of the Great Patriotic War…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyBZgyKG2es

  14. Avatar Grumete Elora Danan says:

    The KGB fellow finally got orders to Afghanistan. I gave him my advice. “Trust nobody.”

    Posted by: turcopolier | 08 May 2020 at 05:23 PM
    Do you mean apart from his fellow comrades?

  15. Avatar turcopolier says:

    GED
    I am happy to see you abandon the ridiculous Spanish child disguise.

  16. Avatar turcopolier says:

    GED
    I meant the locals. I meant nothing bad for him.

  17. Avatar Deap says:

    Thanks for the Russian “Day of Victory” song. It had a familiar ring, taking me back to The Lime Lighters from my own college days – “Those where the days my friend”….. only to learn today that 1960’s folk cafe favorite had its origins in 1924 Russia.
    Here it is: dedicated to today’s Millennials and Gen X – to embed its melancholy refrains into your souls too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O5EeBjxhiY

  18. Avatar J says:

    “Excellent source on the dips activities”. LOL Such a pampered lot the dips are. They really are ‘dips’ aren’t they.

  19. Avatar Tyler says:

    Currently I am in Vermont and it is snowing. This state is definitely a white people wildlife preserve, but pleasant enough for all that. Hiked Mt. Mansfield and made it to the Chin.

  20. Avatar Christian J Chuba says:

    Random topic (otherwise I’ll just repeat my usual rant about our deep state puppeteers playing our corrupt MSM like sock puppets), I can’t get over the hotness of Kayleigh McEnany. I was wondering what it was that captivated me so much and then I realized, while she’s a Euro I see some some strong Asian features in her face and that’s big plus for me.
    As I was dumping out my short term memory in order to buffer her image in my brain, I thought her nose, eye sockets, more so her browline, and general shape of face had an Asian appearance to me. That was just my impression. If you don’t see it that’s fine, I’ll go back and study it some more.

  21. Avatar Tyler says:

    Mine Were of Trouble, written by an English soldier fighting for the Nationalists, was an excellent book. Mystery Woods Preas has been doing excellent work, publishing the original translation of Storm of Steel.

  22. Avatar Fred says:

    TTG, did you have access to the NSA or other agency files? Did you gain access to the DNC servers to conduct your own review? Nobody else did. You sound like you refuse to believe Crowdstrike’s public statements were falsehoods, just like Clapper’s, Rice’s, Farkas’ and others.

  23. Avatar Bill H says:

    @Christian J Chuba
    One of those rare faces that is utterly transformed by her smile. She seems quite attractive until she smiles, at which point, wow. I know commenting on a lady’s looks is not pc these days, so my apologies.

  24. Avatar rho says:

    The accounts of Southfront recently got deleted from Facebook and Youtube. No reason given by Youtube, but Facebook claimed that they are somehow a manifestation of “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and therefore got terminated.
    https://southfront.org/supposed-reason-behind-southfronts-ban-on-facebook-revealed/
    This matches my own experience with Facebook, you need to be a leftist or at least a conformist to be considered “authentic” by them.

  25. Avatar TonyL says:

    Fred,
    I agreed with TTG regarding “That was the limited state of the art for attribution for a long time. Once we started aggressively following hackers back and searching for them and their infrastructure, attribution became a real possibility. Hence the ICA on Russian interference and the GRU-12 indictment.”
    In cybersecurity, there is no data forensic analysis that could pinpoint to the source, or even make a high probabilty of attribution. I recall back when the “Forensicator” analysis came out during the DNC leak/hack controversy, and we discussed that here. In about 20 minutes, I could identified several holes in that analysis, and posted my opinion here. Unfortunately, later that Forensicator’s analysis was accepted and used by Bill Binney and the VIP group.
    The only way to achieve certainty in attribution is to have HUMINT confirmation whether your cyber/data analysis is correct.

  26. Avatar turcopolier says:

    rho
    Which am I? I have a FB page where I cross-post all this material.

  27. Avatar jonst says:

    Could it be there is trouble inside the House of the Assads?
    Fisk, in the Independent
    https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/voices/syria-putin-assad-russia-rami-makhlouf-isis-syrian-war-a9503081.html
    Is Russia unhappy?

  28. Avatar Fred says:

    TonyL,
    “or even make a high probabilty of attribution”
    So neither of you have direct any inkling of what was on the DNC servers but you are making statements that have no confidence interval associated with them otherwise people would know you are blowing smoke to cover the DNC’s ass, just like their hired contractor did.
    “The only way to achieve certainty in attribution is to have HUMINT confirmation”
    Would the sworn deposition under oath by the President of Crowdstrike be “HUMINT confirmation” or do you want to discount that too?
    HUMINT confirmation of no Russian interference as sworn to under oath by Crowdstrike President Shaw Henry:
    https://www.dni.gov/files/HPSCI_Transcripts/2020-05-04-Shawn_Henry-MTR_Redacted.pdf

  29. Avatar RussianBot says:

    I can believe Russia might have hacked the DNC and then passed it to Wikileaks. It’s certainly very plausible. And there is a strong motive: this was a tit-for-tat response to Hillary’s meddling in Russian elections while she was Secretary of State. Also Putin wanted to hurt Hillary’s ability to effectively govern.
    If it was the Russians, their goal would not have been to help elect Trump, who was too unpredictable. Frankly, I think Russians believe US elections are rigged and that Trump was never going to win anyways. But they know they can hurt Hillary, that they could damage her image enough to hurt her ability to govern. If the Russians had a goal, that was it.
    But there’s no hard evidence of this. Just like there is no evidence that the coronavirus leaked out of a lab.
    The US is bluffing, but their bluffing because they know there is a strong possibility these are the likeliest explanations. How does a threatening virus from a remote bat cave suddenly infect humans? Who else could have hacked/leaked the contents of DNC mail server? And what do past instances indicate? SARS? Cozybear? The answers indicate who the culprit was and we can surmise their motives, but proving it can be difficult, if not outright impossible.
    It only makes sense to accuse Russia and China because they’re bad actors who have shown similar behavior along these lines in the past. Why give them a pass on something they probably have done when you have an excuse to bludgeon your rivals on the head?
    In this case of Russian election interference, the US only has good reason to suggest the culprits acted in a manner similar to how Russia has been shown to behave in the past. They have an idea of who the probable culprits were, but there is no hard evidence. If there was, this would have been revealed to the public. Even if the goal was to protect their methods of counter-intelligence, they would have asserted this for a fact and claimed they had hard evidence, rather than insinuate the Russians did it. An assessment made in high confidence is not the same as making a factual claim.
    This is a politicized intelligence assessment meant to hurt Trump and make him appear as a Russian puppet. To forcibly remove him from office and install Hillary as president. The fact these people went along with this is very dangerous and it scared people off.
    Mike Rogers and the NSA didn’t seem to put anyway weight behind the accusation of Russian interference either. If anything, Mike Rodgers went to Trump warning him this was a political plot to prevent or remove him from the presidency. We know they had a meeting when he was president-elect and it only makes sense that Rodgers would warn the president and advise him as to what he knew, which probably wasn’t a whole lot. It seems Brennan and Clapper didn’t trust him much. Clapper even told Obama to fire him as this was going on. Rogers wasn’t deeply involved in this plot. The DNI assessment from 2016 shows that the NSA didn’t fully back their claim of Russian interference. Remember what the report wrote:
    https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf
    “All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.
    Moderate confidence? Rogers and the NSA didn’t play ball with their cockamamie political plot to oust Trump.
    It looks to me Brennan quarter-backed the whole thing. Clapper and Comie went along. Of the three, Clapper is the one most willing to play turncoat on these people. He doesn’t want to be left holding their bag. If Trump wants to expose this scheme, he has to get Clapper to turn on them.
    And bear in mind, Wikileaks exposed that the CIA had created separate and near identical capabilities to the NSA as was revealed in vault 7.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/europe/wikileaks-cia-hacking.html
    Remember, Brennan was caught spying on the Senate when they were reviewing CIA activity.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/01/world/senate-intelligence-commitee-cia-interrogation-report.html
    Brennan is not a man who ran his agency with honor and integrity. He has admitted to having been communist earlier in his life and who knows what he was up to during his in Saudi Arabia. People say he’s a secret convert to Islam. I think he’s plain old deranged and dangerous.
    Brennan cooked this scheme up. No question about it. He must have got approval from Obama and Hillary, who would have assumed office thereafter, to carry this madness out.
    Obama would have been concerned about his legacy and the last thing he wanted was his enemy, Trump, to ruin that. And this was tit-for-tat for claiming he was born in Kenya. The whole point of saying Obama was Kenyan born was to nullify his presidency and expose him as a fraud. The same would have been true of Trump with the Russian treason claim. Both claims are complete frauds.
    I can’t imagine Obama came up with this bat shit crazy idea. He went along and approved it, but it’s clear he wasn’t fully on board. That’s why in the lead up to the election he kept suggesting elections aren’t rigged and downplayed Russian interference. I think he really believed Trump wasn’t going to win, so he wasn’t fully on board until Trump actually won. That’s when he kicked into high gear looking to sabotage Trump and protect his legacy.
    Hillary thought she would become president (it was her turn) and she was going to use the Russian-treason narrative to go after everyone who stood in her way, most of all Trump.
    Whoever the hacker/leaker was, their actions weren’t that malicious. They didn’t alter the emails. If anything, they made US elections more transparent. So it’s not the worst thing in the world they could have done. And the Russians playing trolls on social media was mickey mouse stuff. The idea we would go to war with Russia over this is a fantasy that can only play in the heads of people like Dick Cheney. Obama was right to downplay Russian interference and he doesn’t get enough credit for keeping the public’s faith in the election process in check. Until Trump became president, he was operating with sound judgement.
    I believe the response to the Russian interference, the censorship we’re now seeing on social media, and the McCarthite attacks against Trump voters is much worse than anything the Russians supposedly did.
    This “election interference” hardly had an effect on the vote. Everyone knew Hillary screwed Bernie before the DNC emails were released. Moreover, the more damaging emails were the redacted ones the FBI was releasing from that bathroom server. Those emails showed Clinton Foundation was being used to buy off political support to whoever invested. The Clinton Cash filmed highlighted that. If anything, those emails were far more damaging and they were legitimately released by the FBI.
    I also think Comey made a political play by re-announcing the investigation into Hillary’s bathroom server, probably in order to save his job when Hillary became president, but also because he had the backing of people like Obama who wanted to keep Hillary on a leash. By showing he could reopen the investigation any time he wanted and by insinuating to voters she was possibly crooked, they held a sword of Damocles over her.
    There is honor among thieves, but they sure as hell don’t trust each other.

  30. Avatar turcopolier says:

    russianbot
    You are unimpressed with the Binney/Johnson argument that the technical details of the DNC leaks do not match up with an internet based “hack?”

  31. Avatar J says:

    Colonel,
    I’m troubled by the inroads that the CCP’s PLA have made here in our North American continent. If they already have well placed ‘in place’ troops and supplies, which I believe they now do. They’re capable of doing a quick strike invasion on our U.S. soil catching us with our pants down.
    The CCP’s PLA has moved into our backyard so-to-speak, and within the shipping ports and free-trade zones encircling our U.S. on the North American Continent. There have been reports on the internet for years from Colorado, California, Washington state, and other states how residents in various locals have seen what they believe are CCP PLA personnel in U.N. garb moving at various times throughout the U.S. with U.N. combat equipment. I have seen personnel waiting my table at a local restaurant that got the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and that my gut told me that they were PLA by how they carried themselves and their conversations between themselves. I know for a fact they took a second look at me when they waited my table.
    IMO DoD needs to do a serious introspection into how to negate and combat already in place PLA operating on U.S. soil. To do that DoD could use the assistance of Taipai personnel for intelligence gathering regarding PLA strongholds operating within North America.

  32. Avatar Philip Truz says:

    Why nobody is speaking about the strong French assistance to PRC in the establishment of the P4 lab of Wuhan (Wuhan Institute of Virology)? The project started in 2004 with Chirac and was inaugurated in 2017 in presence of a French Prime Minister, and of Alain Mérieux (the head of one of the main vaccine producer in the world, Institut Mérieux). This P4 lab was supposed to collaborate with the only French P4 lab in Lyon, France (city from which the Mérieux family is originated), the Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie. 50 French microbiologists and virologists were supposed to work permanently in this lab, but,ultimately, the French-Chinese cooperation withered, and the French became blind to what was going on in this lab. Wuhan Province is an industrial stronghold for French firms like Renault, Peugeot, L’Oréal, Eurocopter, Pernod-Ricard, etc.

  33. Avatar J says:

    Colonel,
    This one I find interesting:
    https://tomluongo.me/2020/05/07/trump-kick-saudis-curb-terrible/
    and the fact that Trump is removing the Patriots, and “With oil this low the petrodollar simply isn’t that important anymore and neither is the survival of what we currently know as Saudi Arabia. ”

  34. Avatar J says:

    While Red Square is vacant today, Парад Победы in Belarus takes place snubbing their noses at the virus.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYCeW8yqniw

  35. Avatar CK says:

    75 years ago Germany surrenders and the 90 day countdown began as agreed at Yalta and affirmed at Potsdam.
    Here is a little something that I found on another site and thought, given the degree of music appreciation found on this site, might be enjoyed by the correspondents:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENrEDKTiHFc

  36. Avatar Terence Gore says:

    “The patients took either ACE inhibitors, ARBs, or other drugs that lowered their blood pressure. The results showed that patients over age 65 taking ARBs were at a lower risk of developing severe lung damage than age-matched patients not taking the medications, but there weren’t enough data to do a similar analysis for ACE inhibitors. The work reveals there was no hazard for ARBs, and there may be benefits, but as always, more data are needed, Kass says.”
    https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/blood-pressure-meds-point-the-way-to-possible-covid-19-treatment-67371
    Is the Oracle at Delphi still open for business or is that stage 2?

  37. Fred,
    I read the full transcript of Shawn Henry’s testimony. Thanks for providing the link. I wouldn’t have bothered reading the full thing without your question. Henry’s testimony is fully consistent with CrowdStrike public statements on the DNC hack. Henry stated several times that his evidence and experience indicates the Russian government hacked the DNC. I believe CrowdStrike public statements said the same thing.
    Henry’s testimony also gave a clear account of the limits of forensic analysis of a hacked system. He saw data prepared for transfer, but couldn’t determine if that data was actually transferred because CrowdStrike didn’t have a network monitor in place. But as the evidence presented in the GRU-12 indictment shows, data was transferred to an Illinois-based, GRU controlled server from the DNC network. CrowdStrike had no access to that server, nor to the GRU’s AMS panel and “middle server” that is detailed in the indictment.
    Henry also made clear that around 10 disk images were given to the FBI along with other data collected by his team from the DNC network. He also made it clear that a false flag operation was highly improbable.
    I am not privy to any of the FBI, NSA or CrowdStrike info on the DNC hack. But I was deeply involved in monitoring and penetrating Russian and Chinese cyber activities for over nine years. i also saw what capabilities NSA and CIA were developing to penetrate adversary cyber activities. I see no reason for Russia to abandon those activities after my retirement.

  38. Avatar jerseycityjoan says:

    Something that’s not getting the attention it deserves: the unemployment figure announced yesterday was about 5% too low. According to Yahoo finance the Bureau of Labor Statistics says their survey interviewers misclassified some temporarily unemployed people as employed but absent from work. Since the BLS never corrects their survey numbers, they will not officially correct this error.
    Another bad figure I saw was that people working part-time who want to work full-time is now close to 11 million. That’s a lot of cut hours due to coronavirus.
    We definitely have a big hole to dig ourselves out of.

  39. Avatar Deap says:

    Thanks CK for that wonderful Russian “Songs of Victory” joint musical presentation – how lovely to hear acoustic music with audible lyrics, even if I don’t understand Russian – I felt the Old Russian soul came through loud and clear, but sung by a new generation. Is it still the soul we once shared through the greats of Russian art, music, architecture literature and drama?
    Thank you also Russia, on this day, for your WWII sacrifices, particularly in St Petersburg that allowed the final defeat of Hitler’s German forces. We owe you one for heroically enduring on the Eastern Front. That sacrifice deserves our gratitude, often now lost and forgotten after subsequent events. But it is recognized and appreciated.
    Thank you for that, on this day. And for the lovely Russian musical video.

  40. Avatar Jack says:

    Is this type of behavior by police necessary? Note that none of them are wearing a mask but they’re arresting a mom in Sydney for protesting lockdown. Including separating her from her child.
    https://twitter.com/sydneylwatson/status/1259210881747095552?s=21

  41. Avatar Jack says:

    Little Richard passed. He was 87.
    https://youtu.be/jt9OwMLNPAc

  42. Avatar TonyL says:

    Colonel,
    “You are unimpressed with the Binney/Johnson argument that the technical details of the DNC leaks do not match up with an internet based “hack?””
    I know it’s not addressed to me. But if I may, chime in and say that I’m totally unimpressed with Binney/Johnson argument.
    Binney has been a manager for too long. He might still have good technical expertise at a general level, but it seems now he has no team member who can give him a hands-on experience in cyber security.

  43. Avatar Fred says:

    TTG,
    You mean those solid statements like there here?
    Page 63,
    “Mr. Conaway: Okay. And so the body of stuff that was prepped to be stolen, you can’t unequivocally say was or was not exfilatrated out of the DNC, from what you know of?
    Mr. Henry: I can’t say based on that. But I think I said earlier that there was some — and I want to make sure I’m correct here — that there were some hash values, which are algorithms essentially, that were provided by the FBI that were consistent with files that were on the DNC. I think that is accurate.
    Mr. Conway: So how did the FBI get those if they didn’t get them from you?
    Mr. Henry: I don’t know.
    …….
    Page 67
    Mr. Swalwell: Who did you present your findings to?
    Mr. Henry: I believe it was Perkins Coie, to the law firm, because they were the client, essentially, right? We were contracted through the law firm. ”
    That law firm sure gets in the news, doesn’t it. Surprising the DNC didn’t want Crowdstrike involved with the Podesta email issue nor anything after this one. I’m sure that’s all just coincidence.

  44. Avatar J says:

    Colonel,
    It appears that Israeli Intel is embedding itself into Ford Motor Corporation. Ford has hired former Israel’s military intelligence cheese Retd. Col. Gil Gur Arie, 44, will become chief of Ford’s global data insight and analytics to oversee its big-data analytics as the automaker moves to connect all its cars to the internet.
    Israel’s Intelligence unit 8200 ‘alumni’ like Gur maintain close ties and relationships with the Israeli spy agency, often “blurring the lines” between their new activities in the private sector and the ongoing work of 8200. Unit 8200 has a track record of creating “back doors” into software used by private sector companies which included Google, Microsoft, and Facebook and enhances Israel as a global “cyber power”. Former 8200 CC Yair Cohen told Forbes in 2016, that “there isn’t a major operation, from the Mossad or any intelligence security agency, that 8200 is not involved in.”
    Gate’s Microsoft is tightly linked to Unit 8200. U.S. billionaire Paul Singer close ties with Unit 8200 has been funneling top companies and high tech jobs Israel’s way.
    All communications between a Ford buyer and their Ford vehicle, that data will be going through an Israeli Intelligence filter you can bet your paycheck on that one.
    The U.S. Government if/when they purchase Ford vehicles for their motor pools had better have NSA filter out Israeli back doors or shut down the Israeli software in the vehicles. Because if they don’t, the Israeli Intelligence apparatus will have an even bigger microscope to monitor U.S. government and Intelligence activities.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-16/ford-taps-israeli-military-intelligence-colonel-to-lead-big-data

  45. Avatar CK says:

    @Deap
    My pleasure. The video was posted on Smoothie x-12’s web site
    https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/.
    Andrei has sometimes posted here but not so much recently; I believe he is neck deep in a third book.
    This link is not to music and it comes from Smoothie’s site also.
    https://youtu.be/x_lDNvwTx6Q.
    Somethings can even move one with the soul of an engineer.

  46. Avatar Fred says:

    J,
    “as the automaker moves to connect all its cars to the internet” + “Microsoft”
    Feel free to look up the history on customer service complaints on “Ford Sync”, developed by Microsoft. BTW Ford didn’t even negotiate exclusive rights to the platform. So congrats on doing Microsoft’s R&D.
    http://www.syncsucks.com
    Isreali intel is the least of a customer’s problems if Ford actual plans to “connect all cars to the internet”.
    “The connections provide a portal into the vehicle for drivers to receive software updates and marketing information, ” Software security processes and repsonsiblility – customer or Ford? Is that a customer owned or “licensed” operating systems in your vehicle. See Apple’s lawsuits over right to repair. There are plenty of suits on proprietary information on vehicle control modules and the inability to control it.
    Ford’s at $5 and change, this brilliant idea of Farley’s isn’t going to get them to $20 any time soon. The best and brightest marketing people (Farley) never learned the lesons on Sync’s problems nor will they let go of the idea that not all, perhaps very few, cusomters want an ipad on four wheels and a 7 year loan to be able to buy it.

  47. Fred,
    “Mr. Henry: I can’t say based on that. But I think I said earlier that there was some — and I want to make sure I’m correct here — that there were some hash values, which are algorithms essentially, that were provided by the FBI that were consistent with files that were on the DNC. I think that is accurate.”
    “Mr. Conaway: So how did the FBI get those if they didn’t get them from you?”
    The FBI got those hash values from the GRU leased server in Indiana when the NSA, CIA or FBI captured the data as it was transferred “on or about” 22 May. This wasn’t publicly known until the GRU-12 indictment was released. I doubt anyone on the committee knew of this either at the time of this interview. That the hash values from the Indiana server matched the hash values from the DNC network is proof that the data was exfiltrated from the DNC network. CrowdStrike’s missing of the actual transfer matters not a lick. Hash values are like fingerprints as Henry explained to Conaway during this line of questioning..
    At any rate, Henry did not change his tune from what CrowdStrike was saying publicly as indicated in his final statement. “There’s nothing that changed our opinion. We stand on our analysis, we stand on our assessment — that the Russian Government hacked the DNC.”
    Podesta’s Gmail account was hacked in March 2016, well before Perkins Coie contacted CrowdStrike on 30 April to look at the DNC network. It would be up to Google to address this hack whether it was a personal or business Gmail account since it would reside on Google servers. FYI, it was another cyber security company, SecureWorks, that tracked the command & control servers for the spearfishing attacks on Podesta and many others.

  48. Avatar Terence Gore says:

    Mercola Mikovits interview on the origins of covid and proper treatment.
    Mercola
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Mercola
    Mikovits
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Mikovits
    Hour and a half long
    goes down the rabbit hole quite a bit
    She believes most vaccines are contaminated while being cultured in animal tissues with other viruses
    She believes Covid has been contaminated with other viruses making it more deadly but backs away from saying it was deliberate. It is the corona virus in combination of other factors that make it deadly
    Once you have some virus she thinks masks increase the amount of virus you are exposing yourself to.
    She thinks ingest-able inteferon alpha would prove effective in treating the virus. also hydroyxchloroquine
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interferon_alfa
    off patent med I am not sure if it is currently being produced

  49. Avatar Fred says:

    TTG,
    “This wasn’t publicly known until the GRU-12 indictment was released. I doubt anyone on the committee knew of this either at the time of this interview. ”
    So the FBI withheld even more information, but we can trust that particular information, becuase…..well, unlike that DOJ lawyer that fabricted evidence or the FBI agent who doctored at least one 302, what’s his name again?, the FBI didn’t fabricate evidence in the GRU case that was dropped before the Flynn case was dropped? Why was that dropped again? Oh, the defendants wanted to see the actual evidence? I wonder why. My “beyond a reasonable doubt” alarm is going off right now, but no worries, I’m never going to be a jury that would review things like this. Good luck to Henry in the lawsuits, he’ll need it.

  50. Avatar Nathan Stevenson says:

    Hi Sir,
    An entertaining lecture from the Gettysburg NPS Rangers discussing McClellan and was he actually that bad of a commander.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPM4SeXaIuY

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