This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
This is the American Independence Day Weekend. I’m posting this on the 3rd of July, splitting the difference between the “most likely when the deed was done” 2nd of July and the “official date” 4th of July.
( H/T Compu Gator for the July 2nd history)
There’s rampant paranoia among our “Dear Leaders” in The D.C. Area (District Of Criminals, now). They’ve been prattling on about a “new insurrection” they expect, despite there having never been an old one.
When Antifa and Marxist Black Lives
Matter Minimized riot and burn down many blocks of Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and more, even throwing fire bombs at a Federal Court, and with several shot and killed in the "Chaz autonomous zone" – that stuff, the Marxists Democrats define as a "Peaceful Protest".
When unarmed conservatives use their voices to ask for The Rule Of Law to be upheld, have the door held open for them by police, and enter a building, or even just stand in front of it waving flags; that they brand as an "insurection". (Instigated in a False Flag event by FBI informants / agitators / instigators, Antifa plants, and,more. I was there and had at least 3 such folks attempt to "jin up the crowd" to enter the building. One clearly Antifa. The other looked more Junior FBI agent. I chose to stand my ground and stay on the road in the "approved" pathway.)
But looks like even Crazy Uncle Joe isn't buying it:
Biden Hosting Huge July 4th Party After Telling States, Citizens Not to Hold Large Gatherings
Way to change your mind at the last minute, Biden. States now have two weeks to establish their own celebrations of independence.
Posted by Mary Chastain Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 07:00am
President Joe Biden will host a large Independence Day gathering on July 4 after telling states not to have celebrations and even denying some permits to hold fireworks.
The White House encouraged officials to host their own events, but I cannot imagine anyone would have an easy time organizing something so big in only two-and-a-half weeks.
Nor can I imagine anyone, with a choice of Beer & BBQ with friends vs. trudging off to The D.C., choosing the latter over the former. Ether to make a fuss OR to attend whatever Creepy Joe thinks is a party. I’ve got better things to do with my time than that. I need to fill the propane tank and get the stuff ready for the grill, among other things.
Russian Ransom-Ware Strikes Again
When you pay ransom, you get more attacks. The ONLY correct response is a scorched earth policy toward anything and anyone involved in the attack. Make it hurt so much they don’t dare do it again. But, it seems, most “management” are just too much the coward and too little the warrior to do the right thing.
I’ve bolded the key bits:
Jul. 02, 2021 20:48 PM EST
Ransomware Hits Hundreds Of Us Companies, Security Firm Says
By FRANK BAJAK, ERIC TUCKER and MATT O’BRIEN
WASHINGTON (AP) — A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident.
The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers. Other researchers agreed with Hammond’s assessment.
“Kaseya handles large enterprise all the way to small businesses globally, so ultimately, (this) has the potential to spread to any size or scale business,” Hammond said in a direct message on Twitter. “This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack.”
Hey, Biden! How’s that letter to Putin working out for you? /snark; Did you forget to say “Please and thank you”?
Such cyberattacks typically infiltrate widely used software and spread malware as it updates automatically.
“This is SolarWinds with ransomware,” he said. He was referring to a Russian cyberespionage hacking campaign discovered in December that spread by infecting network management software to infiltrate U.S. federal agencies and scores of corporations.
Cybersecurity researcher Jake Williams, president of Rendition Infosec, said he was already working with six companies hit by the ransomware. It’s no accident that this happened before the Fourth of July weekend, when IT staffing is generally thin, he added.
“There’s zero doubt in my mind that the timing here was intentional,” he said.
Hammond of Huntress said he was aware of four managed-services providers — companies that host IT infrastructure for multiple customers — being hit by the ransomware, which encrypts networks until the victims pay off attackers. He said thousand of computers were hit.
“We currently have three Huntress partners who are impacted with roughly 200 businesses that have been encrypted,” Hammond said.
Hammond wrote on Twitter: “Based on everything we are seeing right now, we strongly believe this (is) REvil/Sodinikibi.” The FBI linked the same ransomware provider to a May attack on JBS SA, a major global meat processer.
The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement late Friday that it is closely monitoring the situation and working with the FBI to collect more information about its impact.
That last line translates to: “We phoned up the FBI guy and he’s going make coffee for us as we watch the folks actually trying to fix this. Oh, and we’re going to bring the donuts.”
CISA urged anyone who might be affected to “follow Kaseya’s guidance to shut down VSA servers immediately.” Kaseya runs what’s called a virtual system administrator, or VSA, that’s used to remotely manage and monitor a customer’s network.
The privately held Kaseya says it is based in Dublin, Ireland, with a U.S. headquarters in Miami. The Miami Herald recently described it as “one of Miami’s oldest tech companies” in a report about its plans to hire as many as 500 workers by 2022 to staff a recently acquired cybersecurity platform.
Brian Honan, an Irish cybersecurity consultant, said by email Friday that “this is a classic supply chain attack where the criminals have compromised a trusted supplier of companies and have abused that trust to attack their customers.”
IOW “Ooops. Our bad. I guess we aren’t really very good at this “cybersecurity” stuff after all.”
IMHO, the very first mistake in this chain is to put anything really important on machines that have any connection to the internet at all. The second one is to outsource the management of it. The third one is to have Root Authority housed at that offsite / outsourced location.
Then again, I’m sort of a Surly Curmudgeon sort on computer security.
Active since April 2019, the group known as REvil provides ransomware-as-a-service, meaning it develops the network-paralyzing software and leases it to so-called affiliates who infect targets and earn the lion’s share of ransoms.
REvil is among ransomware gangs that steal data from targets before activating the ransomware, strengthening their extortion efforts. The average ransom payment to the group was about half a million dollars last year, said the Palo Alto Networks cybersecurity firm in a recent report.
Some cybersecurity experts predicted that it might be hard for the gang to handle the ransom negotiations, given the large number of victims — though the long U.S. holiday weekend might give it more time to start working through the list.
Were I POTUS / TLAs: I’d first off shut down all routed traffic from Russia for a few weeks. Make it clear to Russia that when we can correctly finger it as a group IN Russia doing the deed, it is up to THEM and THEIR police to shut that group down. Or just not be connected to the USA and allies. PITA for companies doing business there? Sure it is. OTOH repeated ransomware attacks are a PITA too. So “Share the pain”.
I’d also do my best to identify individuals and facilities involved and task the TLAs with arranging appropriate “accidents”. Send spyware back up their wires. Empty their bank accounts. etc. In short, counter attack. Hard. People stop doing things that are painful and not profitable. Make it so.
Anyone identified as related to the crime, if they ever leave Russia, pick them up and cart them off somewhere for a few years.
Climate Models Are Lousy
Yeah, real “news at 11” stuff, huh? But now someone inside the club is admitting it.
ANOTHER CLIMATE SCIENTIST WITH IMPECCABLE CREDENTIALS BREAKS RANKS: “OUR MODELS ARE MICKEY-MOUSE MOCKERIES OF THE REAL WORLD”
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 CAP ALLON
Dr. Mototaka Nakamura received a Doctorate of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and for nearly 25 years specialized in abnormal weather and climate change at prestigious institutions that included MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, JAMSTEC and Duke University.
In his book The Global Warming Hypothesis is an Unproven Hypothesis, Dr. Nakamura explains why the data foundation underpinning global warming science is “untrustworthy” and cannot be relied on:
“Global mean temperatures before 1980 are based on untrustworthy data,” writes Nakamura. “Before full planet surface observation by satellite began in 1980, only a small part of the Earth had been observed for temperatures with only a certain amount of accuracy and frequency. Across the globe, only North America and Western Europe have trustworthy temperature data dating back to the 19th century.”
And that’s even assuming that the average of an intrinsic property, temperature, has any meaning. Samples of many different things, averaged, mean nothing. Only if it were the exact same thing, measured repeatedly, would you have some meaning. So the average of temperature reading for a single billet of steel when averaged will give a better estimate of the temperature of that billet of steel. It is a constant mass, specific heat, phase of matter, composition, etc. Measure the temperature of it, a cup of tea, the top of a cloud, and my car engine; average it and you get complete trash. Temperature is intrinsic to each single item.
The whole surface of the earth is not made up of one single thing. Air density, humidity, phase of water in it (from vapor to liquid to ice) and more all change from spot to spot. You absolutely can not under any circumstance use that “meaningless average of temperatures” as a proxy for heat gain or loss.
It would make about as much sense as measuring the average temperature of engines on the freeway to determine if you are speeding up or slowing down.
But now we have Nakamura.
The good doctor has accused the orthodox scientists of “data falsification” in the form adjusting historical temperature data down to inflate today’s subtle warming trend — something Tony Heller has been proving for years on his website realclimatescience.com.
Nakamura writes: “The global surface mean temperature-change data no longer have any scientific value and are nothing except a propaganda tool to the public.”
The climate models are useful tools for academic studies, he admits. However: “The models just become useless pieces of junk or worse (as they can produce gravely misleading output) when they are used for climate forecasting.”
Climate forecasting is simply not possible, Nakamura concludes, and the impacts of human-caused CO2 can’t be judged with the knowledge and technology we currently possess.
The models grossly simplify the way the climate works.
As well as ignoring the sun, they also drastically simplify large and small-scale ocean dynamics, aerosol changes that generate clouds (cloud cover is one of the key factors determining whether we have global warming or global cooling), the drivers of ice-albedo: “Without a reasonably accurate representation, it is impossible to make any meaningful predictions of climate variations and changes in the middle and high latitudes and thus the entire planet,” and water vapor.
The climate forecasts also suffer from arbitrary “tunings” of key parameters that are simply not understood.
NAKAMURA ON CO2
“The real or realistically-simulated climate system is far more complex than an absurdly simple system simulated by the toys that have been used for climate predictions to date, and will be insurmountably difficult for those naive climate researchers who have zero or very limited understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics. The dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans are absolutely critical facets of the climate system if one hopes to ever make any meaningful prediction of climate variation.”
Solar input is modeled as a “never changing quantity,” which is absurd.
“It has only been several decades since we acquired an ability to accurately monitor the incoming solar energy. In these several decades only, it has varied by one to two watts per square meter. Is it reasonable to assume that it will not vary any more than that in the next hundred years or longer for forecasting purposes? I would say, No.”
Finally some off what we have been pointing out for over a decade is filtering into the Citadel…
Send In The Suits, There Must Be Suits…
MIKE LINDELL WINS BIG AGAINST DOMINION
By Howell Woltz -July 2, 2021
As first disclosed here, the Chinese Communist Party—CCP—purchased controlling interest in Dominion Voting Systems from Staples Street Capital in Canada, via UBS Bank on October 8th, 2020, less than a month before the biggest vote fraud in American history.
We showed you the SEC filings last year, so that’s not a rumour, it’s a fact that this business deal occurred. The CCP owns controlling interest in (and over) Dominion Voting Systems and its many subsidiaries.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 153.07 million registered voters in 2020 (including dead, ghost voters, non-residents, etc—and even dogs in PA)—that’s the number registered to vote last year.
On Dec. 5th, 2020, totals were announced:Biden- 81.2 million Trump- 74.2 million Independents- 2.9 million Total 158.2 million
Got it? But there were 158.2 million votes for president on Nov. 3rd, 2020
Do you see a problem here? That’s 5 million more votes than voters even including the massive fake and illegal registrations now being removed from voter rolls by the hundreds of thousands.
In fact, only 66.7% of all ‘eligible’ voters actually showed up according to statista.com —which is a record in American history if true—but let’s use that number.
At a 66.7% turnout of an estimated 200 million eligible voters, that means only 133.4 million voters—including all the illegal and dead ones—cast 158.2 million ballots for president of the United States.
Friends and neighbours, that’s 25 million more votes than voters, which is why when the overpaid liars on CNN, ABC, MSNBC and NPR say “no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election”—I say, “no evidence of brains or integrity on cable and network TV”. None.
So, Mike Lindell—and any who allowed him a voice in the public square—were sued by the CCP’s voting machine company in American courts.
All who allowed Mike on TV (or helped tell this story)—like FOX News got sued ($1.6 billion), Rudy Giuliani ($1.3 billion), Sidney Powell ($1.3 billion) and NewsMax (who grovelled at the CCP’s feet to get off the hook and including every chicken-stuff outlet in the nation) were silenced by China but one who stood up to them—Real America’s Voice.
Desperate to shut down these independent findings of fraud, the CCP’s Dominion also sued Mike Lindell ($1.3 billion) and his company, My Pillow (also $1.3 billion) to stifle any truth or opinion of his findings.
The CCP subsidiary’s lawyers then sent over 150 threatening letters to businesses and individuals to scare them into silence—and it worked—but not with Mike Lindell.
The Federal District Court in Minneapolis just shut down the CCP’s effort to have Mike Lindell’s $2 billion lawsuit against their company, Dominion, dismissed.
The court is just doing its job, but I applaud them nonetheless, as that is a very rare thing today in my homeland.
On June 28th, the court ordered the case to move forward to full discovery—meaning Lindell will have access to everything—yes, everything—in any way related to Dominion’s operations which dealt with the 2020 election.
FWIW, I’ve just gotten a quick short education in “Trusts” as a relative is selling a house, in a trust, that is shared with my spouse. Key takeaway in this context?
IF you have an asset, like a house, in a Trust, it is not available to your creditors. This does vary with the type of the trust, so apply lawyers as needed, but basically some kinds of Trusts become the legal owner of the asset held for your benefit, and they are not you.
Anyone who has a high profile exposure to China, The DNC, or any nutjob on the left ought to have the bulk of their assets in various “Trusts”. What do I own, personally? A few old cars and some household junk. Most of the rest is in some kind of “Trust” or in a retirement account.
So hopefully those lawyers, politicians, political hangers on, and Mike Lindell have done that kind of Estate Planning.
But “Watch this space” for tremendous gnashing of teeth, shrieks of horror, and head banging as Dominion and the CCP learn what “Discovery” means ;-)
A 26 minute video on what Mike Lindell is persuing. A Ciber Attack from China.
To download the video as an MP4 file:
For me, that last link pops open the video in a new widow where you can “rightclick to save as” the file.
For more, see:
Trump Social Media site: https://gettr.com/