Late Night Open Thread: Media Village Idiots, Projecting Harder Than An Octoplex of IMAXes


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Late-Night Open Thread: ‘Our’ Revolution Will Not Be Well-Organized

Jeff Weaver seems to have trouble making new friends. From Alex Seitz-Wald’s comprehensive NBC.com article:

As Bernie Sanders prepares to launch an organization meant to carry on his presidential campaign’s political revolution, it’s been jolted by legal questions, abrupt leadership changes and mass resignations.

The group, dubbed Our Revolution, is set to debut Wednesday evening. But eight of the group’s 13 or so staffers resigned over the weekend after former campaign manager Jeff Weaver was brought in to run the group. The remaining staffers, some of whom stayed for personal reasons, all sent letters to Sanders expressing concerns with Weaver and solidarity with those who quit.

The departures were first reported by Politico and BuzzFeed, but new details uncovered by NBC News from multiple sources close to matter reveal the depth of the turmoil inside the organization that controls Sanders’ lucrative email fundraising list and which many progressives hope will become a powerful force on the left wing of the Democratic Party…
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Late Night Paranoia Open Thread

Something happening here… I have absolutely no idea how to judge to quality of the latest Alarming Security News, which is why I’m sharing it with you late-night/left-coast tech people. First story I ran across was in Mother Jones:

The NSA, responsible for intercepting communications around the world, appears to be the latest victim of hacking, at least indirectly, according to multiple news reports. A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released a series of files on Saturday that contained the code behind some powerful hacking tools developed by an NSA-linked group. Those tools have been used to carry out cyberattacks on other governments and private corporations across the world over the last 20 years, according to Forbes.

The Shadow Brokers released a series of files that included installation files and descriptions of networks used for a number of different hacking tools that they claimed to have stolen from the Equation Group—the name security researchers gave to a group of hackers who deployed cyberweapons on behalf of the United States and other Western governments. This group was unmasked in early 2015 by Kapersky Labs, a Russian security research firm. The Equation Group is believed to have been affiliated with the NSA and other Western intelligence agencies, according to security researchers, and is perhaps the most wide-ranging and successful hacking group ever publicly discussed…

Then, in Gizmodo, “Yeah, The NSA Was Probably Hacked”:

Hacking group “The Shadow Brokers” made headlines Monday when it leaked files that supposedly belonged to “Equation Group,” which has widely been speculated to be an NSA hacking offshoot. When researchers from Kaspersky analyzed Equation Group, they found codenames also found in documents leaked by Snowden. The Shadow Brokers only released some of the files, which computer security experts have deemed as legitimate, and are asking for millions of dollars in bitcoins to release the rest. The files supposedly contain the frameworks for multiple NSA hacking tools.

According to Snowden, some NSA spies may have gotten lazy, and left their hacking tools on the malware staging server…

(Because the wetware is always the most unpredictable risk factor in any security project.)

And now, the NYTimes makes it ‘official’…

Most outside experts who examined the posts, by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, said they contained what appeared to be genuine samples of the code — though somewhat outdated — used in the production of the N.S.A.’s custom-built malware.
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Saturday Morning Cartoons Open Thread: The Trumpening

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(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)
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Sure, Deadbeat Don is sucking all the air out of the room, but cartoonists who usually struggle to find topics during the summer news lull are having the best time right now…

What’s on the agenda for the day, or the weekend?

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(Jack Ohman via GoComics.com)
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trump joke gone bad morin

(Jim Morin via GoComics.com)
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trump says what he means

(John Deering via GoComics.com)
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Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon

(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)
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(Nick Anderson via GoComics.com)
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hillary trumps balance beam danziger

(Jeff Danziger’s website)
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trump family distance sheneman

(Drew Sheneman via GoComics.com)
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Open Thread: A New Dope Nope Hope!

Mr. Charles P. Pierce, at Esquire:

The big noise on tout les ‘Toobz Monday morning was that this guy, Evan McMullin, a career spook who lives in Utah, announced that he would be running for president specifically as an anti-He, Trump candidate. This came at the same time as He, Trump was preparing to reset his campaign for the 400th time, this time before the Detroit Economic Club…

“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up,” McMullin said in a statement to ABC News. “It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”

“Humbly” is a nice touch, I have to admit. Would it be overly cynical to wonder if behind this sudden emergence of his caucus’ policy director as an anti-Trump independent candidate we would find the fine hand of Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from the state of Wisconsin? Surely that nice boy from Janesville who used to flip burgers for a living wouldn’t think of such a thing?…
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Open Thread: Ever Green (Party)

The NYTimes:

HOUSTON — Minutes before she addressed a boisterous crowd at the Green Party convention here on Saturday, Jill Stein sat in a mirror-walled room backstage, gazing at her reflection with a look of dumbstruck bliss.

“Can you say that again?” Ms. Stein asked.

“You’re at 6 percent in a new poll,” her press director, Meleiza Figueroa, repeated. “Sixteen percent with voters under 30.”…

Even though that forecast appears more than a tad overzealous, the Greens are having a minor-party moment, with Ms. Stein drawing around 4 or 5 percent in other polls. When she ran in 2012, she won less than half of 1 percent of the vote….

Clay Shirky, “There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote”

Democracies alternate the coalition in power, but different systems do so in different ways. In multi-party systems, voters get the satisfaction of voting for smaller, ideologically purer factions — environmental parties, anti-immigrant parties, and so on. The impure compromises come when those factions are forced to form coalitions large enough to govern. The inevitable tradeoffs are part of the governing process, not the electoral process.

In America, by contrast, the coalitions are the parties. Our system also produces alternation of power, and requires compromises among competing interests, but those compromises happen within long-standing caucuses; issues come and go, but the two parties remain. This forces the citizens themselves to get involved in the disappointing tradeoffs, rather than learning about them after the fact. No one gets what they want in a democracy; two-party systems simply rub voters’ noses in that fact…

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Late Night Open Thread: Life’s Little Mysteries

Huffpo correspondent looked at the HRC endorsment Betty mentioned this morning, and wonders: Why doesn’t Hillary like us?

It’s not that I don’t like toddlers, Ms. Bendery… it’s just that I prefer not to waste my time trying to discuss serious issues with them. Neither of us will enjoy it, and it only makes you cranky.