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Today I received a fundraising e-mail from ActBlue, the funding clearinghouse for national progressive Democratic candidates which sometimes collaborates with Daily Kos.  It was dynamite.  I have quoted it here in its entirety to give the reader the correct context:

"The GOP proved once again that they don't have the tech chops to compete with

"They rolled out a new feature (one we’ve had for 6 months) and it wasn’t PCI
compliant. What’s that mean? Well, it’s not secure. Donor’s credit cards could
get hacked. And it took us bringing it to their attention to get it fixed and
secure. Anything that risks undermining confidence in making political
contributions is bad for everyone.

"Security is our #1 priority here at ActBlue. You and millions of others of
people trust us, and we take that very seriously.

"Thanks to the support of thousands of donors just like you, we’ve built the
biggest, most advanced, and most secure fundraising system in the country. But
we’re never satisfied.

"The engineering team at ActBlue, which I'm proud to lead, has committed to an
ambitious development timeline for 2014 and the only way we can hit it is with
your support.

"Can you chip in $5 a month to make sure we have the resources we need to staff
up, expand our server capacity, and, most importantly, continue spending
significant resources to guarantee we have the most secure system possible?

"ActBlue is independently audited every year to confirm that our security is top
notch. I’m never nervous when they come, because unlike the GOP we don't take
any shortcuts when it comes to security. Security is a moving target, and we're
constantly working to stay cutting edge.

"Our team is extremely talented. We’re small, but together we’ve build a system
that’s helped securely raise over $440 million in just 9 years. And here’s what
we’ve got on tap for next year:

"Expand our capacity to 50,000 contributions an hour
    - Upgrade our testing and analytics capacity to aid thousands of data driven
           campaigns and organizations
    - Continue to invest heavily in security to thwart attempted hacking attacks
    - Innovate new and easier ways to donate to your favorite campaigns

"The only way we can move forward is if we hit our end of the year fundraising
goal. We need 1,000 donors to step up right now and commit to supporting ActBlue
in 2014. Can we count on your support?

"From all of us at ActBlue, thanks.

-Nate, Braulio, Decklin, Chris, Matt, and Bill, the ActBlue Technical Services


Follow me below the fold for my take on this.

This has happened repeatedly in other venues - stories like this are commonplace.  It's getting so Republicans can't keep up with the zeitgeist regarding information technology.

I'm probably the last person who understands this very well.  I'm 62 years old but a little bit more tech-savvy than many my age.  In 1979, a management guy siad in a training I attended, "Computers will make our lives better."  I'm a Luddite at heart and believed then and still believe now he was lying.  

Even so, I'm tickled when these things happen.

What comes to mind, though, is why do these things keep happening?

Well, think of the voters - or more correctly, the interests - that Republican policies represent.  If there is one guy who personfies the guy the Republican operatives stand for, it's the clueless and petty pointy-haired boss in the comic strip "Dilbert."  I remember one from the 90s which exemplified where he's coming from:  he told Dilbert he has his secretary print off his e-mails so he can read them.  

The traditional hierarchical business model that that guy (does he even have a name?) and the Republicans stand for is not congruent with modern technology and communications.  In short, technology-wise, they are to the technology world what the old Empires were to the dissolution of European colonialism at the end of World War II.  They still at that time - and now - believed in Kipling's "White Man's Burden,"  that nonwhite people were not capable of governing themselves.  They were wrong then and they're wrong now.

To them "security" means chasing commie spies or petty criminals like Mickey Mouse's "Beagle Boys" (mildly nefarious second story dog-men wearing opera masks that the Mouse routinely outwitted).  Time has passed them by.

My take is this stuff is going to keep on happening.  At least I hope so.  

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:36:04 PM PST

  •  Good News! (4+ / 0-)

    Despite all the megabuck behind the GOP, the continued fail is stunning.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 08:07:51 PM PST

  •  I put in the commas between your tags eom (1+ / 0-)
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    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 08:47:56 AM PST

    •  hey, thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      As I said, I'm not all that tech-savvy.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Kangaroo on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 10:18:47 PM PST

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      •  We have a lot of resources for beginners (1+ / 0-)
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        in FAQs and elsewhere. Also, great sig. One of my favorite quotes. Knowing where it's at is a bigger deal than l33t tech skillz.

        'It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
        Upton Sinclair
        Everything for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
        Adam Smith
        In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
        H. L. Mencken

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 07:58:47 AM PST

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  •  One of my resolutions for the end of this year (2+ / 0-)
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    kurt, Kangaroo

    and beginning of next is (at least trying to) getting myself off all the various email lists.  The Democrats have been sharing lists around like mad and my inbox gets 20-40 emails per day as we get to the end of the month/quarter/year/cycle, whatever is going to bring out the next round of begging for dollars.  Different groups and candidates had different levels of sophistication on this - some, like Elizabeth Warren, had the option to go down to a minimum of one/week maximum and I think hers also had the option to opt out of all fundraising emails, leaving me free to receive the sign petition / take action type of email.  Some merely report that I will be taken off their list but others aren't even so sophisticated and they insist I enter my email address again, just so they have the opportunity to then be tricked into clicking on the "change preferences" button which would keep me enrolled.

    I will still continue to add my tips for Act Blue and DKos as appropriate and I will continue to send money to candidates of my choice, but these long ago got ridiculous.

    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      Act Blue is among the best.  but I've gotten where I delete a lot of the others without reading them.  I'm down on Emily's List for their endorsing Hanabuasa over Schatz in the Hawaii Senate race.  I can't support primarying a proven progressive just for Hanabuasa's ambition.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Kangaroo on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 10:22:16 PM PST

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  •  The initial implementation of (3+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, kurt, Kangaroo

    was done under standard Federal procurement rules, which are certifiably insane. That let the Republicans think that they had a total disaster to play with that would carry them through the midterms, and possibly let them take the Senate.

    However, the fixes were done under completely different rules. Obama's brilliant tech people were allowed to recommend the top talent in the country, and HHS was allowed to hire them. These people fixed, in less than two months, most of what dozens of companies had taken more than a year to screw up. The customer-facing side of the site now works reasonably well (with a problem rate comparable to moderately good commercial sites), and the problems on the backend, particularly getting correct data to insurance companies, are being reduced rapidly.

    Meanwhile Oracle, which got the contract to build the state-run Exchange Web site for Oregon, has been unable to process a single application. The entire process in Oregon is being done using telephones and paper.

    In sharp contrast, the Kentucky KyNect exchange has been the best in the country, giving Kentucky Republicans such as Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell fits, even as they whistle past the graveyard, declaring it at every opportunity a disaster for Kentucky, for the country, and most of all for Democrats. LOL.

    The overall result is that we have data from the Exchanges and elsewhere on more than 2 million people getting signed up for insurance in the individual market. We do not know how many more that is. For example, a count of policies does not tell you how many people in a family are covered by each policy. We also do not know how many people signed up directly with insurance companies, without subsidies. Adding in Medicaid and SCHIP expansion takes us to 6 million, and then there are the 3.1 million young adults who were able to get on or stay on their parents' insurance. Some of the new Medicaid enrollments have been in Red states that did not expand Medicaid, but have seen enrollment increase in existing Medicaid programs due to increased awareness among the eligible.

    ACA Signups graph, 12/31/2013

    So, out of 47 million uninsured before the ACA, we have about a fifth covered in one or another of the new programs, in only three months. Now we want to do somewhat more than twice that in the next three months in order to meet the CBO estimate of 7 million on the exchanges.

    Piece of cake, no matter how much naysaying you hear from the Right or handwringing from the Left.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 10:40:28 AM PST

    •  Agreed, re: government contracting (0+ / 0-)

      It's legalized piracy.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Kangaroo on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 10:47:56 PM PST

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