My friend Borepatch is an Internet security professional. And a fine blogger and good friend.
Here’s what he has to say about the latest Wikileaks CIA revelations:
(Here’s a hint – the media is less-than-accurate!)
The media has a poor track record of getting security stories right, and the CIA Wikileaks document dump is no exception. For example, they don’t hack your TV over the network:
The CIA didn’t remotely hack a TV. The docs are clear that they can update the software running on the TV using a USB drive. There’s no evidence of them doing so remotely over the Internet. If you aren’t afraid of the CIA breaking in an installing a listening device, then you should’t be afraid of the CIA installing listening software.
So as long as you’re not worried about a CIA operative breaking into your house, this specific exploit isn’t going to be aimed at you. Does this mean you should hook your smart TV up to the ‘net? Ohhellsno. Just no.
And this is pretty interesting:
There’s no false flags. In several places, the CIA talks about making sure that what they do isn’t so unique, so it can’t be attributed to them. However, Wikileaks’s press release hints that the “UMBRAGE” program is deliberately stealing techniques from Russia to use as a false-flag operation. This is nonsense. For example, the DNC hack attribution was live command-and-control servers simultaneously used against different Russian targets — not a few snippets of code. [More here]
Like I said, it’s hard to get stories like this right and mostly the Press doesn’t. There are more examples at the link.
I’ve no expertise in this area, but I trust Borepatch.
You gotta trust someone, right?
(Yes, I know, it’s not even SPRING, yet!)
A couple of weeks ago, it was cold and rainy, as it should be in February. Highs in the 50’s and 60s.
BUT, we do have occasions of warmer weather spurts, followed by cooling off periods, usually culminating in the first 100° temperature around the beginning of May (sometimes a day or two earlier. April?)
I remember a month of so ago, my roommate asking me to turn up the heat a click, as she was ‘freezing’. (The can be difficult to gauge accurately, as our thermostat resembles a Quija board, and she has her own internal thermostatic issues. And my room, most Westerly in the house, gets the most Sun and heat – making it 5-10 degrees warmer in warmer months (and colder in colder months)!
It appears we are beginning an up-tic: 88° Sunday (today), then 90°,92°,93°,92°,93°,95°,94° ! (per Yahoo Weather)
(My apologies, Rev. Paul, Brigid and Gloria!)
The brain trust on the street (aka the Chicken Littles) have begun proclaiming with it being this hot so early, that we are in for a scorching Summer, as is one may extrapolate the weather that far out! (attention Chicken Littles – most weather readers have enough trouble getting tomorrow’s temp correct! And you can predict 100 years in advance? Yeah. Global Warming. RI-IGHT!)
Like it’s going to be 150° in the shade in July. Silly geese.
Everyone knows it most likely won’t exceed 122°, 123°…
(Hopefully, this won’t happen until July, if ever!)
PHOENIX (CBS5) –
Do you remember the hottest day in Phoenix history?
It was on June 26, 1990, a day not easily forgotten as the mercury hit an all-time high temperature of 122 degrees.
Okay, June then!
(from The Firearm Blog)
TFB’s 11th Day Of Christmas: Pistols
Ah, what more do you need on a long winter’s night than a crackling fire, a warm drink and a pistol that you can use to fight your way back to your rifle. That saying never seems to get old… however, without starting a full-on blizzard of angry comments, a pistol is an adequate defensive weapon in the majority of first-world scenarios. That’s not to say that I would try and dictate how others decide to protect themselves.
A proper pistol outfitted with a weapon light, suppressor, optic and spare magazines is a very capable loadout in trained hands. Besides, they are easier to conceal, carry and deploy in those “oh sh*t” moments that can interrupt everyday life.
But, being the Holiday Season and all, I picked out handguns that I’d like to wake up to under the tree on Christmas morning. Not only because they can be used to defend and protect, but because they are just plain fun to shoot.
More at this link!
As if you haven’t already spent all your money!
(As posted on The Grey Enigma)
Some Pacific Islanders Have DNA Not Linked To Any Known Human Ancestor – All That Is Interesting
Children from the village of Hanuabada play cricket in the streets on February 24, 2012 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Most everyone knows that the islands of the South Pacific are some of the most remote and unique places on Earth, but a new study reveals just how unique they really are.According to a report from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, researchers have found traces of a previously unknown extinct hominid species in the DNA of the Melanesians, a group living in an area northeast of Australia that encompasses Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands.A computer analysis suggests that the unidentified ancestral hominid species found in Melanesian DNA is unlikely to be either Neanderthal or Denisovan, the two known predecessors of humankind to this point.
Source: Some Pacific Islanders Have DNA Not Linked To Any Known Human Ancestor – All That Is Interesting
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An addendum to that whole ‘the science is settled’ thing.
We thought we knew about the origins of mankind.
Courtesy of Jeffery @ The Feral Irishman
hoplophobia (n.) an irrational fear of weapons (or this from Col. Jeff Cooper) instrumentalities.
Regular readers of GiA know I’m no sports fan. It’s only when a sports figure does something of note (as with many of the Olympic athletes) or does something onerous (as with some Olympic athletes) that it gets my attention.
This Kaepernick guy apparently refused to stand for the National Anthem at the last game. And, in spite of the firestorm of controversy reacting to his remaining seated, said he will continue not to stand. Until things change regarding the oppression of Blacks in the United States.
He’s Black. His parents are White. He makes NINETEEN MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND LIVES IN A MANSION.
What could have happened? What oppression?
A quick search (on Duck Duck Go) regarding the National Anthem situation made it appear his protest was all about injustice done to Blacks. BLM stuff. A subsequent search adding the term ISLAM brought forth stories that Kaepernick converted to Islam during the off season – probably because his girlfriend is a radical Islam radio show personality…
Funny how the more narrow Internet search failed to mention this conversion. And the ‘news’ outlets in the broader version consisted of bloggers and sketchier news outlets (IOW, NOT CNN, NBC and such. WND for example).
Which brings me to my point. Many of the folks leaving comments on the National Anthem story demand that Kaepernick be forced to stand. As repulsive as his behavior my be, forcing someone to stand in ‘free’ Republic doesn’t sound like an appropriate response to me.
I’m a big believer in free markets. And voting with one’s feet, TV remotes and wallets. And via Email and post if necessary.
If you don’t want to support this clown, don’t watch his game, buy his team’s foam fingers or products advertised. Hit ’em where it hurts.
I LOVE this Republic and her Anthem. Singing along with my hand over my heart sometimes brings me to tears.
But forcing someone to stand – that smacks of fascism, and certainly doesn’t paint a portrait of the Land Of The Free.
I don’t care what religion he is. But, it IS interesting that the mainstream media has been soft-pedaling that information.
Michael Brian Vanderboegh: July 23, 1952 – August 10, 2016
I didn’t ever meet the man, or here him speak. But, when I became disabled and began blog surfing, I would occasionally stop by Sipsey Street Irregulars to see what he had to say.
At first, I was a bit shocked by his bluntness. By the time I had begun my own humble blog eighteen months later, I had joined his ranks, at least philosophically.
I don’t think it was Mike who moved.
Here was a man who stood up for that which many of us believe. Individual Liberty. Not only stood up for it, but openly spoke of it.
Often to the confoundment of many controlling statists.
Even is his past few years, while illness ravaged his body.
Mike, I salute you! RIP Sir!
3% Movement Flag
(More from Ammoland Gun News.)
From my January post:
In his memory, and to assist Rosey:
Paypal to email@example.com*
Check, money order, cash, etc. to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.**
Thank you for them.
Because I’m more a follower… (sigh)
Tamara and Borepatch took the test. So I was compelled to follow…
Your English Vocabulary Size is:
★★★ Top 6.08%
Your vocabulary is at the level of professional white-collars in the US!
Apparently, my blog-building/copying graphics
ability is not as refined! Please visit Tam (which you should already be doing, regardless!)
to use her link to take the test, should you so desire…
(NOT to be confused with LSMFT**)
Kevin Baker (aka The Smallest Minority) ALWAYS brings it. If he doesn’t, he brings to us others who do. Brewing in his blogmind prior to the recent announcements regarding the firm placement of the cap on the Rule of Law, his latest megapost is truly worthy of your time.
Here is a taste:
In the intervening twelve-plus years I’ve done a lot of reading, observing, thinking and writing. I’ve currently got a bookmark folder entitled “Civil War” with about fifty links in it, and those are just the ones I knew I’d eventually want to go back to. Apparently I’ve been ruminating on this particular essay for a couple of years without realizing it. The piece that finally forced me back to the keyboard is a year-old post over at Sultan Knish, No Truce With the Left. It echos a lot of the sentiments I have posted here over the years, but as Daniel Greenfield is wont to do, he says it more eloquently than I. A short excerpt:
The left does not care about gay rights. If you doubt that, consider how many of the left’s favorite Muslim countries have gay rights. The left has recently divided its campaign passions between gay marriage and defending Iran. Iran denies the existence of gays and hangs them where it finds them.
The USSR treated homosexuality as a crime even while it was recruiting gay men as spies in the West. Cuba, the darling of the American left, hated both gays and blacks. The ACLU backed the police states of Communism. If the left supports an enemy nation, the odds are excellent that it is also a violently bigoted place that makes a KKK rally look like a hippie hangout.
To understand the left, you need to remember that it does not care about 99 percent of the things it claims to care about. Name a leftist cause and then find a Communist country that actually practiced it. Labor unions? Outlawed. Environmentalism? Chernobyl. The left fights all sorts of social and political battles not because it believes in them, but to radicalize, disrupt and take power.
The left does not care about social justice. It cares about power.
That is why no truce is possible with the left. Not on social issues. Not on any issues.
You should really go and read the whole überpost!
The Smallest Minority
*LMTFA – leave me the f*** alone!
**LSMFT – Lucky Strike means fine tobacco
as recently posted by The Queen of Snark (in part)
(…) In the wake of the Istanbul bombings, the people in charge of wrapping the world in foam padding are trying to figure out more ways to make us perfectly safe. Apparently this will put a security checkpoint at the edge of the airport grounds to screen you before you get to the security checkpoint inside which will screen you to get on the plane. It’s screeners all the way down!
…and if they move screening back to the airport access road, they set off a truck bomb in the traffic jam rather than a backpack bomb in the terminal.
The reductio ad absurdum of this, of course, is to avoid creating the security bottlenecks that make such target-rich environments by putting a TSA checkpoint outside every front door in America.
(and here’s the money line)
There’s just no practical way to nerf the world.