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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/28/2017 13:03:13


Have a cute hedgehog today.....
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31 comments (Latest Comment: 04/28/2017 23:25:08 by TriSec)

An Open Letter to the People of France
Author: BobR    Date: 2017-04-27 12:00:00

An Open Letter to the People of France...

First of all, let me apologize for writing this in English. Like most Americans, I really only speak one language (some here even have trouble with that). You have a very important election coming in just a few days. I'd like to ask you all to learn from our mistake.
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 04/27/2017 21:14:41 by Mondobubba)

This is mean.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/26/2017 13:06:51

You know what?

This is a mean administration.
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 04/26/2017 22:24:32 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/25/2017 09:51:36

Good Morning.

Ready for war? The Trump Administration continues to take swings at the North Korean Hornet's Nest - eventually they'll connect, and then all bets are off after that.
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Author: Raine    Date: 04/24/2017 13:09:16

The AP released the Full transcript of an interview with 45. It is, well, Interesting.
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38 comments (Latest Comment: 04/25/2017 00:02:37 by Scoopster)

This Blog Rated P.G.
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/23/2017 14:11:41

What's happening to all the good white male Pussy Grabbers; the PGers? Something or someone is making their lives miserable. Let's take a look at 3 very famous ones:
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2017 19:30:16 by BobR)

That New Citizen Smell
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/22/2017 12:24:38

Good Morning.

As a part of my "onboarding" process with Historic Tours of America, this past Thursday I got to play tourist, with pay. Since I'll eventually be doing it myself, I did a ride-along of the entire tour route, and tried to pay attention to all the sites we're supposed to point out, the script, interacting with passengers, and the daily operations of what is a rather vast enterprise in this city.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2017 13:03:20 by velveeta jones)

Film Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/21/2017 13:26:42

This week while flipping around looking for something to watch I stumbled upon 1776. I love this movie. I remember getting to watch it in school, for the Bicentennial I believe. It was a movie that I think had a big impact on me and the political view of the world I would grow to have. Sure its a sappy, over simplified, sugary view of the founding of this country but still it hit on everything that is amazing about this country.
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27 comments (Latest Comment: 04/21/2017 20:02:35 by BobR)

Hacking 101
Author: BobR    Date: 04/20/2017 13:17:57

Most people have no idea how hacking anything actually works. We've all seen the movies where several "nerds" wearing headsets are sitting in room with wires and cables going everywhere, and about 15 displays with all kinds of scrolling numbers and "code". They are all staring intently, typing feverishly, until one of them somberly announces "I'm in".

That's good for visual drama, but reality is a lot more mundane. The biggest resource for hacking isn't some special "code-breaker" program, but the human element. The tricks are many (by now, most people are already aware of "phishing" emails). Even the old "Nigerian Prince" letters that we used to get in snail mail are a form of hacking. It's all about using psychology to get people to react in a way you want them to. All it takes is an official looking email warning a person about an intrusion with a link to "change your password", and - boom - someone has your login credentials and has "hacked" the system.

That's why when the discussion is about the Russians "hacking the election", the definition of what is meant by that is crucial. In some minds, if the Russians didn't actually access the voting machines and vote-tallying systems, then the vote wasn't really "hacked". This is applying a very narrow definition of hacking to obfuscate the reality of how much the entire election was influenced by Russian psychological manipulation.

The reality is that a Russian think-tank took a two-pronged approach to achieve their goal of getting Donald tRump elected. The first prong "recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama". The second one was to "intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency".
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50 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2017 19:07:44 by Mondobubba)

Just this week...
Author: Raine    Date: 04/19/2017 13:07:43

We've have learned that 45 probably doesn't know that Kim Jong Un is not Kim Jung Il .
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41 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2017 20:22:57 by Raine)

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