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Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.

"ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people," a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. "We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!"

First-looks @ the suspect code suggest it's not all that serious an attack vector, but it renders moot the question of WHETHER a DDoS attack for domestic political purposes may have taken place;  the remaining significant question is, how LARGE a role did intentional disruption tactics play in the perceived failure of the healthcare.gov rollout.

NOT holding my breath until Issa calls a hearing on THIS one....

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Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:17 AM PDT

Slouching toward Washington

by chmood

I wrote the following just now on Facebook, in response to comments by a friend of mine in England, on the topic of the current shutdown.  Said friend is of the seriously brilliant sort, medical researcher, Oxford don, that sort, and was moaning about the impact of the maneuver on the efficacy of PubMed.

This is not about cutting spending, it's about terraforming the US political system into a client government and a client economy, both run for the benefit of entrenched family wealth who own controlling interests in Wall Street institutions and the corporations that operate on that playing field, and who ALSO hold de facto ownership of elected Senators and Representatives (viz. Sheldon Adelson, to name only one bad example). There's been an effort in this country for more than a century to make the US less representative, and more responsive to "needs" of the wealthiest figures in industry and commerce and banking (viz, Teddy Roosevelt, the Robber Barons, gunboat diplomacy).
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The Atlanta Journal / Constitution just announced that one red dog is leaving the manger in '14

The more interesting news is the "notable jerkwads Republicans" eying the opportunity include Paul Broun (R-Fool) and my very own unrepresenting representative, Tom Price (R-Shhh).

Umm...can we have as part of the upcoming national electoral regulations, a bit that says one must resign any elective post currently held in order to run for another post?

PLEASE???

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Who knew?  Including "libertarian" in the title seems to have thrown sand in the eyes of every crypto-libertarian here!  Judging by the flood of prim and unhelpful 'never met them' / 'who you callin' libertarian?' responses, it seems I should have said "racist neo-confederate nut-jobs" or "second-amendment psychos"...but then, I wouldn't have put that in quotes - because if you ask the average denizen of FoxNation, Breitbart's Big Dickhead, RedState or the Freep, they'll CALL THEMSELVES libertarians...on this planet, at least.

So far, almost every comment has missed the point, probably 'cause I don't know how to embed the youtube clips.  Mea culpa.  My diary, my fault. Below, I have added transcripts from the posted links, and if THAT doesn't help, I'll  s p e l l  i t  o u t....

Thanks for reading, and - on with the show!
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It may be just my imagination, but I imagine that nearly everyone who's ever attempted to actually talk to a member of this 'group' has noticed some behavioral similarities:

- the swagger is unmistakeable cowboy-movie braggadocio;
- the pugnacious 'stupid liberals' tone that says "lay down those lawbooks, pilgrim and getcherself a handgun";
- the contempt for anyone not screamed at by GOD every Sunday;
- the complete failure to comprehend the meaning of 'principle';
- the inability to grasp the racist nature of their racist behaviors and speech;
- the utter devotion to a warped, damaged and tottering system that simply hasn't fallen on THEM yet;
- the conflation of themselves with the wealthiest members of the world community, because PRINCIPLE!

Yes, a TON of this is straight outta Hollywood:  visceral, violent, potently symbolic, full of celebration and righteous vengeance...but it's not all Hollywood (which may seem surprising in a minute).  Another ton of it is straight out of Reconstruction, when the forebears of these people, almost exclusively - yet almost invisibly - WHITE suffered horribly in service to their lords and masters, blind to their own enslavement to the wealth and power of others.

That make for an explosive mix:  the original 'southern strategy' of divide and conquer has kept the folks from making common cause with their multi-hued compatriots against those who used black and white against each other quite profitable.

The really peculiar thing about it is how DURABLE that attachment has become, to upper-class wealth on the one hand, and a correspondingly virulent antipathy to those they foolishly believe are their zero-sum competitors.

Thus we have a deliberately crafted, literally home-grown subservient bully class, the same as in Germany from which Röhm stocked his thug army, the SA (the "folk heroes" behind Kristallnacht, if you don't know).  But my purpose is not to alarm you, or to encourage hopelessness;  my point is to hopefully show their weak link, and the source of their ultimate failure - because we can use that.  We can use it to peel them away from their terrified yet greedy devotion to wealth and power.

The CARROT

MATRIX:  You're a funny guy, Sully - I like you.  That's why I'm going to kill you last.
The STICK
MATRIX:  Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?
SULLY:  That's right, Matrix!  You did!
MATRIX:  I lied.
Having, as I said, raised up our own domestic thug army, and the supportive infrastructure for sucking all the money and power out of the populace for our home-grown masters of the universe (Koch Bros, P. Thiel, The Dick Armey, The Amway Gang to name only a VERY few,  we see an interesting phenomenon:  poor and struggling people hating on people just like them, supporting the divine right of the wealthy to own what (and who) they want.

Why do these folks fight so viciously against their own and the nation's best interests?  The same reason ANY thug serves any powerful master:  they hope by their support to stay fed, stay employed, stay alive.  They hope that sucking up to power will make them rich, will keep them safe - will keep them from becoming expendable.

However, in the immortal words of Rocket J Squirrel, "that trick NEVER works!"

MATRIX:  Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?
SULLY:  That's right, Matrix!  You did!
MATRIX:  I lied.
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Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:14 PM PST

A truly righteous smackdown (I hope)

by chmood

Hey, kids!  How many things can YOU find wrong in this picture?
I frequently do not engage with my "republican" / "conservative" friends - for the simple reason that I abhor pissing contests and bullying and bald-faced lying.  It's called 'pick your battles', and it's frequently the only thing that keeps me from beating my head into the sidewalk.

Not that all that is rare, y'know - it's that everybody else is ashamed and embarrassed to be caught in and chastised for such behavior...but not these...persons.  Consequently, I spend very little time arguing with them on Facebook, as it's a lot like juggling napalm:  nothing affects them, and I end up covered in burns.

Then out of the blue, a perfect moment arose:  a strongly 'conservative-aligned' friend (but a real friend nonetheless) posted this pic (above)...join me below the romantically inclined clefs for the set up - and, of course, the smackdown (I hope...)

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This morning, Neal Boortz announced his retirement from talk radio.

He will be replaced, just in time for the next inauguration, by SkyPilot 9-9-9 himself, Herman Cain.

Here's the AJC piece

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One of the most effective ways the Trogs have of playing tanglefoot in policy discussions is to point back to how both houses of Congress were designed to be as inefficient as possible, with the not-subtle emphasis that this was a way of keeping government off our backs that the Founders favored.  (I most recently saw this occur on Real Time, when Michele Caruso-Cabrera (sp?) was on.)

This trap works because there's a certain obtuse truth to it:  it may not have been built for comfort, but certainly not for speed.  Thus, the stumbling of the liberals and the recovery (somewhat) of the Trogs.

What's maddening about it is that this trick is SO easily countered:  govt HAD TO MOVE SLOWLY when there were no phones, no internet, interstates or air travel.  Otherwise it would all be over before the voters knew something was up (hardly representative, that) in a world where it could take WEEKS to get word out to & back from the hinterlands.

Accommodations to foot traffic and pony express have no bearing on how matters should proceed in the 24/7 world, nor do they tell us ANYTHING about the Founders' opinions on governmental inefficiency for its own sake.

Next time someone tries to tanglefoot you with the straw man of inefficiency, whack 'em on the conceptual knee-cap w/ this one.  And keep going!

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Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM PDT

A Tie-Dye Revolution

by chmood

"And the only reason I'm singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if you're in a situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into the shrink wherever you are, just walk in say "Shrink, 'you can get anything you want, at Alice's restaurant'", and walk out.

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and
they won't take him.  And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them.  And three people do it, three - can you imagine, three people walking in, singing' a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walking out? They may think it's an organization.

And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said FIFTY PEOPLE A DAY, walking in, singing' a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walking out?

Friends, they may thinks it's a movement."
                                - "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie

"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party," they used to say - but these days, what does "party" even mean?

Join me after the squiggle!

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