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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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Mark Cuban flattens Fox host over Clinton speaking fees: Reagan was paid $1 million one speech


Billionaire Mark Cuban completely deflated Fox’s Neil Cavuto on Tuesday afternoon after the business news host complained about the speaking fees received by former President Bill Clinton that went to the Clinton Foundation.

After Cavuto questioned Clinton receiving $250,000 for a speech, Cuban set him straight about what the market pays for ex-presidents..

“Look. You have to ask yourself what’s the market for a former president giving a speech, right?” he lectured. “So first of all, Ronald Reagan was paid more than a million dollars for speeches in 1989. He went to Japan and gave two speeches. Second of all, Bill Clinton made, I think it was $250K give or take, for a lot of speeches. I’ve made $250K for a bunch of speeches. For the most part, he gets paid a little more than I do, but the point is he was right inside the market. He wasn’t getting paid more or less than the market.”

When Cavuto attempted to make the case that Clinton received the money — that actually went to the Clinton Foundation — as part of a “pay for play” scheme, Cuban knocked that down too.

“In order to determine if there is any quid pro quo, there’s go to be some money destined for the trade-off,” Cuban said, before interrupting Cavuto’s claim that it looks suspicious, saying, “But Neil, they’ve been investigated more than anybody.”


Emails Show How Republicans Lobbied To Limit Voting Hours In North Carolina

In emails, state and county Republican officials lobbied members of at least 17 county election boards to keep early-voting sites open for shorter hours on weekends and in evenings.
ASHEBORO, N.C., Nov 3 (Reuters) - When Bill McAnulty, an elections board chairman in a mostly white North Carolina county, agreed in July to open a Sunday voting site where black church members could cast ballots after services, the reaction was swift: he was labeled a traitor by his fellow Republicans.

“I became a villain, quite frankly,” recalled McAnulty at a state board of elections meeting in September that had been called to resolve disputes over early voting plans. “I got accused of being a traitor and everything else by the Republican Party,” McAnulty said.

Following the blowback from Republicans, McAnulty later withdrew his support for the Sunday site.

In an interview with Reuters, he said he ultimately ruled against opening the Sunday voting site in Randolph County because he had “made a mistake in reading the wishes of the voters.” He declined to discuss the episode further.

Trump, Putin's puppet... no words needed!

Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia? - a group of computer scientists investigates

In late spring, this community of malware hunters placed itself in a high state of alarm. Word arrived that Russian hackers had infiltrated the servers of the Democratic National Committee, an attack persuasively detailed by the respected cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. The computer scientists posited a logical hypothesis, which they set out to rigorously test: If the Russians were worming their way into the DNC, they might very well be attacking other entities central to the presidential campaign, including Donald Trump’s many servers. “We wanted to help defend both campaigns, because we wanted to preserve the integrity of the election,” says one of the academics, who works at a university that asked him not to speak with reporters because of the sensitive nature of his work.

Hunting for malware requires highly specialized knowledge of the intricacies of the domain name system—the protocol that allows us to type email addresses and website names to initiate communication. DNS enables our words to set in motion a chain of connections between servers, which in turn delivers the results we desire. Before a mail server can deliver a message to another mail server, it has to look up its IP address using the DNS. Computer scientists have built a set of massive DNS databases, which provide fragmentary histories of communications flows, in part to create an archive of malware: a kind of catalog of the tricks bad actors have tried to pull, which often involve masquerading as legitimate actors. These databases can give a useful, though far from comprehensive, snapshot of traffic across the internet. Some of the most trusted DNS specialists—an elite group of malware hunters, who work for private contractors—have access to nearly comprehensive logs of communication between servers. They work in close concert with internet service providers, the networks through which most of us connect to the internet, and the ones that are most vulnerable to massive attacks. To extend the traffic metaphor, these scientists have cameras posted on the internet’s stoplights and overpasses. They are entrusted with something close to a complete record of all the servers of the world connecting with one another.

In late July, one of these scientists—who asked to be referred to as Tea Leaves, a pseudonym that would protect his relationship with the networks and banks that employ him to sift their data—found what looked like malware emanating from Russia. The destination domain had Trump in its name, which of course attracted Tea Leaves’ attention. But his discovery of the data was pure happenstance—a surprising needle in a large haystack of DNS lookups on his screen. “I have an outlier here that connects to Russia in a strange way,” he wrote in his notes. He couldn’t quite figure it out at first. But what he saw was a bank in Moscow that kept irregularly pinging a server registered to the Trump Organization on Fifth Avenue.

More data was needed, so he began carefully keeping logs of the Trump server’s DNS activity. As he collected the logs, he would circulate them in periodic batches to colleagues in the cybersecurity world. Six of them began scrutinizing them for clues.

Forget conspiracy theories. This is why Trump’s Russian connection is actually a problem.

(emphases my own)

In the past 12 hours, a flurry of stories have come out on Donald Trump’s links to Russia. One such story, at Slate, suggests that a server owned by Trump has been communicating with a Russian bank with ties to the Kremlin. Another, at Mother Jones, quotes an unnamed former intelligence officer claiming that Trump is a Russian operative, one who has been "compromised" by Moscow "for at least 5 years."

These stories are overblown, for reasons my colleagues Matt Yglesias and Timothy Lee explain rather well. Cybersecurity experts believe the server in question is most likely sending spam emails from Trump hotels, not secret missives to Russian handlers, and the FBI has found no credible evidence that Trump has direct ties to Russian intelligence.

The problem with these stories isn’t just that they’re speculative. It’s that they obscure and even discredit the more sober evidence about Trump’s troubling attitude toward the Russian state.

There is basically conclusive evidence that Russia is interfering in the US election, and that this interference has been designed to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. There is strong evidence linking Trump’s foreign policy advisers to Russia, and Trump’s stated policy ideas are extremely favorable to Russian interests.

McConnell, majority leader of the silence of the GOP: Our view - USA Today


Prominent Republicans have found distinctly different ways to deal with their un-presidential presidential candidate.


After tepidly endorsing Trump in May and popping up occasionally since then to criticize some of Trump's basest actions, the cynical majority leader has all but disappeared from the presidential debate in recent weeks and gotten away with it.

Not exactly a profile in courage during the final stages of an election where a candidate who manifestly lacks presidential temperament, knowledge and integrity leads the Republican ticket.


McConnell, who has a special responsibility to live up to his leadership title, is the mostly silent enabler who helped create a toxic political environment where Trumpism could thrive.


... Senator, your top priority is to represent the best interests of the citizens of Kentucky and the United States. History will harshly judge Republican leaders who fail to challenge Trump, despite knowing full well how unfit he is for the nation's highest office.

the Donald thanks Comey

Republicans, if you care about yr party's future, you better pray Putin's Puppet doesn't win in Nov

In fact, if you care about your party's future you better do more than pray. You would be smart to help make sure he doesn't get in the White House and vote for Clinton.

Any intelligent Republican knows if Trump got in the White House, it would be the biggest political, social, economic and national security disaster this country has ever seen. It will take decades to repair the damage. And the Republican party would forever be tied to that calamity.

I think this would be a good message for Clinton surrogates to send to Republicans.

Why Texas newspapers are breaking with tradition and urging voters to support Hillary Clinton


Texas may be a historically red state, but this year, the race is tight—and newspapers across the state are urging voters to back Hillary Clinton. (That includes The Dallas Morning News, which hasn’t endorsed a Democrat in 76 years.)

Here’s why they’re with her:

Houston Chronicle
“These are unsettling times…They require a steady hand…The times also require a person who envisions a hopeful future for this nation, a person who has faith in the strong, prosperous and confident America we hope to bequeath to our children and grandchildren…That’s not Donald Trump’s America. It is Hillary Clinton’s…” July 29, 2016

Dallas News
“[Hillary Clinton] is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, to protect American ideals and to work across the aisle to uphold the vital domestic institutions that rely on a competent, experienced president. Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.” September 7, 2016

El Paso Times
“In this election, voters have a choice between Clinton, who is one of the best-prepared nominees in recent decades, and Trump, who is historically unqualified to sit in the Oval Office. [We] endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Voting for her allows El Pasoans to push back on efforts to marginalize and demonize our community.” September 30, 2016

Corpus Christi Caller-Times
“The woman who memorably declared that women’s rights are human rights and that it takes a village to raise a child is the candidate who has the right priorities and the perceptiveness to make this divided but great country greater.” October 1, 2016


Comey's disclosure shocks former prosecutors - Politico


James Comey's surprise announcement that investigators are examining new evidence in the probe of Hillary Clinton's email server put the FBI director back under a harsh spotlight, reigniting criticism of his unusual decision to discuss the high-profile case in front of the media and two congressional committees.

Comey's former colleagues said his public appearances last summer may have left the director feeling he had no choice but to let the public know when new information possibly relevant to the case arose — in this instance, according to a U.S. official, emails obtained during an investigation into allegations that former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) exchanged sexually explicit messages with an underage girl.

Some former prosecutors and Justice Department officials said the stir caused by the letter Comey sent Congress Friday announcing the FBI was examining new evidence relevant to the Clinton probe underscored the risks he took when he parted with the usual practice by publicly defending and explaining the FBI's work on the case, even though no charges were filed.

"I got a lot of respect for Jim Comey, but I don't understand this idea of dropping this bombshell which could be a big dud," said former federal prosector Peter Zeidenberg, a veteran of politically sensitive investigations. "Doing it in the last week or 10 days of a presidential election without more information, I don't think that he should because how does it inform a voter? It just invites speculation ... I would question the timing of it. It's not going to get done in a week."

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