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Hack Job
Author: BobR    Date: 08/02/2018 13:11:48

The 2000 election is mostly known for the vote count showdown in FL (and ultimately - the Supreme Court) which resulted in not all of the votes being recounted, and Dubya getting appointed elected president. This precipitated a move away from "physical" voting methods (to eliminate hanging chads, etc) to electronic voting machines. The 2002 election was the first large-scale debut of the voting machines, and - from some reports - the test run for hacking the machines (somewhere, I have am encrypted zip file that purportedly contains the hack that stole the GA Senate election from Max Cleland). When Dubya was re-elected in 2004, there were widespread reports of voting machines changing votes, and concerns of hacking.

In 2008, liberals turned out en force to assure that - even with hacking - the election would not be stolen. President Obama won that election and his reelection.

When the 2016 election rolled around, there were still plenty of the old-technology hack-able voting machines (and vote tallying servers) scattered across various states. This time reports of hacking (and possibly admission from Putin himself) came from outside our borders. In addition to traditional electronic hacking, Russia did psychological hacking, flooding our social media with junk made to look like news, aimed at stirring up resentment, polarization, and hardened opinions based on lies. All in all, it appeared to be enough to give tRump the edge in 3 key states.

So here we are in 2018, looking at a mid-term election, and a little wiser, but wondering just how much we can trust the results. The stakes are pretty high. The poisonous id released by tRump has unleashed a trove of voters and candidates who are just plain disgusting. Here are 7 of the worst. Russia is still trying to meddle with the election; whether they succeed on the traditional electronic side remains to be seen.

What's scary is that they've breached the defenses of the U.S. power grid. Major power outages on election day - that would really throw things into turmoil. That may be too obvious for Russia, though - they are more insidious than that. Destroying the U.S. from the outside would reflect badly on them. Getting us to destroy ourselves from the inside would be more satisfying for Putin, and he could claim innocence.

It's way past time we took a long hard look at cyber-security - especially as it relates to elections and other vital functions. Republicans, however, are benefiting from the hacking, so why should they try to stop it? It seems the Republican party has already been fully psychologically hacked.

Vigilance!
 

19 comments (Latest Comment: 08/02/2018 22:44:10 by livingonli)
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Comment by Scoopster on 08/02/2018 13:45:15
Mornin' all!

I've come to the realization that I need to buy a power screwdriver. My forearms can't take the strain from a normal elbow-grease type anymore. Must be that gettin' old thing that's going around!

Comment by Raine on 08/02/2018 13:56:59
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all!

I've come to the realization that I need to buy a power screwdriver. My forearms can't take the strain from a normal elbow-grease type anymore. Must be that gettin' old thing that's going around!

Good Morning!

Did everything arrive properly?

Comment by wickedpam on 08/02/2018 13:57:37
Morning

Art crafting tip - do not use skittles for water color paint, its incredibly sticky and gets worse cause you have to build the color. So that mean many layers of sticky. Also....my house smells of skittles and burned sugar when I tried to dry it with a heat gun.

Comment by Mondobubba on 08/02/2018 13:58:57
Scoop re: you cheeky gaming tweet yesterday:

Well done!

Comment by Scoopster on 08/02/2018 14:11:47
Quote by Mondobubba:
Scoop re: you cheeky gaming tweet yesterday:

Well done!

Cheeky? That's literally the background plot to the entire game!

Seriously tho, I love me some Bioshock.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 08/02/2018 14:29:10
Good morning, bloggers!!!

The GOP does not seem to care about election integrity. Instead, they only care about holding on to power.


Comment by Raine on 08/02/2018 17:14:21
HOLY MOLY!

Emin Agalarov is reportedly in talks to meet with Mueller! (Per NBC)

Comment by Raine on 08/02/2018 17:15:58
Quote by Raine:
HOLY MOLY!

Emin Agalarov is reportedly in talks to meet with Mueller! (Per NBC)

This guy:



And more recently:



Comment by Raine on 08/02/2018 17:29:38
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
HOLY MOLY!

Emin Agalarov is reportedly in talks to meet with Mueller! (Per NBC)

This guy:



And more recently:

Link


Comment by livingonli on 08/02/2018 17:41:09
And Rand Paul is going to Moscow on August 6th.

Comment by Mondobubba on 08/02/2018 19:35:38
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Scoop re: you cheeky gaming tweet yesterday:

Well done!

Cheeky? That's literally the background plot to the entire game!

Seriously tho, I love me some Bioshock.



I know! I was understating

Comment by Raine on 08/02/2018 20:08:21




Comment by Raine on 08/02/2018 20:09:13
Quote by livingonli:
And Rand Paul is going to Moscow on August 6th.

as an assest does.

(he got a lot of money from Russian bots, mark my words)



Comment by Scoopster on 08/02/2018 20:21:41
Comment by Will in Chicago on 08/02/2018 20:54:37
Quote by Raine:




So, will Trump play "In the Navy" the next time he has an event at or near a naval base. My hope is that the surviving members of the Village People ask Trump to stop. Besides, Space Cadet Bone Spurs is neither really macho nor has he served in the military.


Comment by BobR on 08/02/2018 21:03:44

WOW! - nice work!


Comment by livingonli on 08/02/2018 22:44:10
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli:
And Rand Paul is going to Moscow on August 6th.

as an assest does.

(he got a lot of money from Russian bots, mark my words)

Considering how much RT promotes his dad, it's not surprising.