web analytics

This again…

Not my graphic. That’s the Cat Signal from the Internet Defense League. The beacon is lit because that pack of puffed up mediocrities on Capitol Hill are once again taking up The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a steaming pile of legislation that would essentially open up your emails and other data to anyone who could come up with a plausible reason for wanting them. It got knocked down last year, but — like so many dreadful ideas — refuses to die.

The EFF has a good explanation of what it does here. Contact information is here.

I have every faith that the pack of howler monkeys that is the internet will make this bad bill die again. But our lords and masters are so dim, they need to learn this lesson good and hard every time they try.

While we’re a-geeking, I blinked and missed what happened with this one. This morning, Drudge was all over the hacker that supposedly got his mitts on some of Sid Blumenthal’s emails to Hillary about Benghazi. Infuriatingly, the linked was totally about the hack, with nothing at all about the content of the emails.

Now those leaks are gone, and all I get is this Forbes article that says the only people publishing the content are Russian sources that (it strongly implies) aren’t to be trusted. FT said it’s trying to validate the authenticity before it publishes anything, and I haven’t heard a peep out of any other news outlets that were given the material. Hmmmm.

Oh, and if you’re into this story at all, you’ll surely know this already — but the individual who leaked the emails that came to be known as Climategate I and Climategate II has released the password for the whole 220,000 rest of the purloined emails, detonating Climategate III.

None of the new emails I’ve seen are all that interesting, but the cover letter was fascinating. The leaker is apparently an individual and an insider who did this because climate hysteria is racking up a body count. I wanted to stand up and cheer.

I know people in my little community who have gone without heat because they couldn’t afford oil. If that’s happening in my prosperous corner of the world, what is expensive energy doing to the miserable places?

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from Redd
Time: March 20, 2013, 12:11 am

I know people in my little community who have gone without heat because they couldn’t afford oil. If that’s happening in my prosperous corner of the world, what is expensive energy doing to the miserable places?

Don’t get me started. I now hate “green” anything. Only the loony left can argue that jacking up the prices on everything makes it “affordable.” My dream is to see all these AGW and carbon credit scam artists end up in prison.

 


Comment from Oceania
Time: March 20, 2013, 12:17 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh37rWmUL9Q&feature=player_embedded

 


Comment from AliceH
Time: March 20, 2013, 12:19 am

Prison? Nah. They need to be transported to a paradisaical self-sustained community, where they can grow their own food, build their own shelter, heat their homes with solar panels made from shiny rocks they find lying about, treat the sick with organic herbs, write their masterpieces on handmade paper using natural ink…

 


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: March 20, 2013, 12:26 am

Green on the outside, red on the inside.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 20, 2013, 12:30 am

Oceania’s link is about Obama’s birth certificate. Bless his little cotton Kiwi socks.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 20, 2013, 12:40 am

Good catch, Oceania. I’ve had a haunting feeling for years that jug ears is the Manchurian Candidate.

If the Left are allowed to get away with such a fraud there is no telling what will come next.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 20, 2013, 1:03 am

Insert my usual rant on global warming here. Emphasize the part about how no matter how many people in America ride bicycles and power their McMacs with solar power it won’t amount to a tinker’s dam compared to the pollution/CO2/oil use/ whatever, in China and India. It’s all about trying to make you and I wear organic hair shirts.

Bah!

Oh, and where are the cheers for the hackers like we heard when they were bravely putting it to the Republican Man ©…

 


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 20, 2013, 1:37 am

We’re just fighting a holding action against things like CISPA. It’s like lots of other freedoms: we already have what we want, there’s no positive movement, only “No! Leave it alone, you evil jackasses.” But just like everything else, it’ll be lost & many years later people will get shot & then our (great-great) grandkids will have those freedoms for a while.

But, seriously: the only way to stop them from encroching your freedoms is liberal application of the 2nd amendment. Get over your fear of violence, or submit, because whinging while wringing your useless hands is annoying.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: March 20, 2013, 1:55 am

Re Obama: the horrifying thing is that he isn’t. There’s no real doubt that his mother was a citizen. So he’s a citizen by birth, even if he wasn’t born in the U.S., which he almost certainly was (99.9999%). (There are some cranks with creative definitions of “native-born”, but they would have disqualified President Chester Alan Arthur, among others.)

But there is also no doubt that Obama’s teen mentor was Communist Frank Marshall, and that he was a close friend and associate of admitted terrorist bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Nor is there any doubt about his associations with convicted corruptionist Tony Rezko, Arab terror apologist Rashid Khalidi, and race-baiting “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright.

None of this is secret.

However, it does not seem that he is actually programmed to carry out a true. “Red” agenda. He’s too happy shoveling money to rich cronies.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: March 20, 2013, 2:04 am

Stark Dickflüssig @ March 20, 2013, 1:37 am the only way to stop them from encroaching your freedoms is liberal application of the 2nd amendment.

Paraphrasing Clayton Cramer…

Our liberty rests on four boxes: soap, jury, ballot, and cartridge.

(To my previous comment, insert ‘”Manchurian”‘ after isn’t. Oops.)

 


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: March 20, 2013, 2:18 am

Much appreciated break from Cyprus, Russian money barons, and 10% savings taxes.

 


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 20, 2013, 2:18 am

What bothers me about the cispa isn’t the invasion of privacy, it’s the intrusive aspect of big government. You wake up in the middle of the night because the SWAT team just knocked down your front door and suddenly you are in handcuffs.

Humans and their various attempts at government have a history, and human behavior hasn’t changed in two thousand years when tolerance and forgiveness were codified into a religion.

 


Comment from Nina
Time: March 20, 2013, 3:20 am

Wait…I thought Kiwis wore wool socks…what with all the sheep that live there.

 


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: March 20, 2013, 4:44 am

Now those leaks are gone, and all I get is this Forbes article that says the only people publishing the content are Russian sources that (it strongly implies) aren’t to be trusted. FT said it’s trying to validate the authenticity before it publishes anything, and I haven’t heard a peep out of any other news outlets that were given the material. Hmmmm.

I rather suspected that this would happen as soon as I heard the subject matter of the emails. The American media is controlled by the Journo-List 2.0. Not one bloody thing that reflects badly on the “administration” of “Teh Won” is going to be published here, and it will actively be covered up. Actually, the Russians are a more reliable source of American political news than the American media right now.

I make a point of reading a couple of Brit newspapers every day; specifically because amongst the star struck fluff in their coverage of the US, there is actually a semblance of real reporting on American political affairs, and the amount of Obama worship is <100%. You have to allow for the fact that Brit Conservatives are not that far from avowed Leftist Democrats, but information can be gleaned.

Mind you, I am not expecting it to last much longer; because from what I gather TPTB in Britain are sufficiently upset at members of the elite being caught out by the press [regardless of party] so a new law is in the works that makes Brit reporting subject to "journalism" licenses and functional censorship.

I will expect to hear about the Hillary emails from the Russians, or online. And I expect that the full power of the coercive organs of the State will be attempting to conceal them.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 20, 2013, 1:37 am

There is an old song that might be on point. It starts:

The night of fire is yet to come, the Tyrant’s Shadow on the years …..

Subotai Bahadur

 


Comment from Nina
Time: March 20, 2013, 5:59 am

I wish you were wrong, Subotai, but…

…you ain’t.

 


Comment from Tom
Time: March 20, 2013, 11:57 am

Off topic but this showed up on Gerard Van Der Luan’s little corner of the web and should be of interest to our proprietress and others, artsy photos of champion chooks!

Chooks

 


Comment from Redd
Time: March 20, 2013, 4:01 pm

Obviously, those are show chickens. I wonder what tricks they use to make them look good. Do they use butt glue? Beak gloss? Hot rollers? There must be some tricks to the trade to make your chick look fabulous!!!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 20, 2013, 4:39 pm

Oh, they wash and blow dry them and put Vaseline on their combs and wattles and feet, so I’m told. Chickens that are shown often get to liking the process.

I washed Mapp once. She looked pitiful wet, but she fluffed up nicely.

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 20, 2013, 7:31 pm

The dirty little secret of our manufactured energy crisis and the ‘green’ movement is that China and India will be burning every lump of coal they can dig or buy. Japan and Korea too. Despite the fact that these countries have very ambitious nuclear energy programs, they will remain coal dependant for at least 150 years yet.

Sweasy, I was thinking about your fox problem. Why don’t you get a jack russell terrier?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 20, 2013, 8:16 pm

I think any kind of dog that would go for a fox would go for chickens and possibly cats.

 


Comment from mojo
Time: March 20, 2013, 8:57 pm

Were-chickens. It’s the only way.

 


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: March 20, 2013, 11:16 pm

That “Silver Duckwing Modern Game Large Fowl Hen” looks more like some kind of badass guerrilla warfare chicken.

I can imagine her with bandoliers and a keffiyeh around her neck. She makes the roosters look like dandies.

Regarding dogs, chickens, and cats, I’ve read that herding breeds will not see domestic birds as prey items if they are trained from a young age. Dogs and cats get along fine as long as they (the cats) are introduced as part of the pack from the beginning. I’ve had cats for years and have never had a problem with any of the huskies that I’ve brought home from the pound.

Now if it were a used tissue, it wouldn’t stand a chance. One of my dogs is The Reaper when it comes to snot rags.

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 21, 2013, 6:15 pm

My GSD used to clean the litterbox. He ADORED our cats. I only had to tell him to leave the ducks alone once.

 


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 21, 2013, 6:22 pm

Weasel,

You need a security goose. Of course any goose good enough at security will probably see you as just as much of a threat as a fox, so be careful.

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 21, 2013, 6:58 pm

A goose! What a fine idea. Domestic Canadian geese are particularly matronly, and good weeders.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 21, 2013, 11:11 pm

Wouldn’t Mr Fox make short work of a goose?

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 22, 2013, 5:24 pm

Have you ever seen a goose defend her territory? A fox would flee in fear of its life.

 


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 24, 2013, 12:08 am

My sister has a neighbourly fox who keeps eating ducks. The geese, not so much.

 

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)


Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.


<< carry me back to ol' virginny