Electronic Voting Systems and Security

July 30th, 2016

Of course, it’s worse than Bruce admits: Clinton Foundation and Electronic Voting Machines

Via: Bruce Schneier:

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers’ spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines’ and systems’ resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can’t guarantee their security online.

Longer term, we need to return to election systems that are secure from manipulation. This means voting machines with voter-verified paper audit trails, and no Internet voting. I know it’s slower and less convenient to stick to the old-fashioned way, but the security risks are simply too great.


Trump Picks Former Goldman Partner And Soros Employee As Finance Chairman

July 29th, 2016

This came out back in May.

Via: ZeroHedge:

In an oddly ironic twist, today Donald Trump announced that he has picked as chairman of his newly launched fundraising operation none other than a former employee of the bank he has repeatedly criticized in the past, and which he used as a foil to criticize Ted Cruz: Goldman Sachs.

Trump announced that heading up his own personal fundraising operation as national finance chairman will be Steven Mnuchin, a long-time business associate, chairman and CEO of the hedge fund Dune Capital. More importantly, however, he spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs where he was most recently a Partner, having built a fortune of $46 million before launching his own hedge fund.

While employed at Goldman, he purchased the remains of IndyMac Bank (now known as OneWest Bank), the Pasadena, California-based mortgage lender that collapsed in 2008. “Notoriously press-shy, the executive endured 2011 protests on the lawn of his Bel Air mansion by foreclosed homeowners angered at his lender’s handling of soured mortgages.”

Research Credit: almaverdad2


After 100 Years World War I Battlefields Are Poisoned and Uninhabitable

July 29th, 2016

Via: We Are the Mighty:

At places like Verdun, the artillery barrages were so overwhelming, 150 shells hit every square meter of the battlefield. Concentrated barrages and driving rains turned the battlefield into a quagmire that swallowed soldiers and shells alike.

Further complicating the cleanup is the soil contamination caused by the remains of humans and animals. The grounds are also saturated with lead, mercury, and zinc from millions of rounds of ammunition from small arms and artillery fired in combat. In some places, the soil contains such high levels of arsenic that nothing can grow there, leaving haunting, desolate spaces.


Hundreds of Democratic Party Delegates Replaced with Actors

July 29th, 2016

I don’t know about the white noise generator theory. That could be some sort of wi-fi hardware. If that’s a white noise generator, let me know the manufacturer and model number.

But never mind that! The fact that people off the street are apparently being paid to sit there for the cameras is absolutely bizarre.

The Clintons are dangerous animals. They’re not even back in the White House yet and look at the nonsense that’s happening already.

More: Hillary’s Dirty Tricks of the 2016 DNC Convention


Judge Dismisses Case Against Chandra Levy Suspect

July 28th, 2016

Via: USA Today:

A judge dismissed the indictment Thursday against the man charged with killing intern Chandra Levy, after prosecutors asked to drop the case that drew national interest and embroiled a lawmaker in scandal.

Ingmar Guandique, who lived in Washington, was found guilty in 2010 of killing Levy, who disappeared in 2001. Guandique, who has protested his innocence from the start, was granted a new trial last year based on questions about the credibility of a jailhouse informant. Prosecutors now say he will be deported.

Superior Court Judge Robert Morin ordered the case dismissed, based on the request from U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips.

“Mr. Guandique has maintained since the beginning, when he passed an FBI administered lie detector test, that he did not kill Ms. Levy. This dismissal vindicates Mr. Guandique,” Lauren Hankins, general counsel for the public defender service that represented him, said in a statement. “Finally, the government has had to concede the flaws in its ill-gotten conviction.”


Highest-Paid CEOs Run Worst-Performing Companies

July 28th, 2016

Via: Independent:

The highest-paid CEOs tend to run some of the worst-performing companies, according to new research.

The study, carried out by corporate research firm MSCI, found that for every $100 (£76) invested in companies with the highest-paid CEOs would have grown to $265 (£202) over 10 years.

But the same amount invested in the companies with the lowest-paid CEOs would have grown to $367 (£279) over a decade.

Titled ‘Are CEOs paid for performance? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Equity Incentives’, the report looked at the salaries of 800 CEOs at 429 large and medium-sized US companies between 2005 and 2014 and compared it with the total shareholder return of the companies.


France to Create New National Guard

July 28th, 2016

Via: The Local:

France will soon have its own National Guard the president announced on Thursday as he aims to boost security to protect the French population facing repeated terror attacks.

President François Hollande announced on Thursday that a new National Guard would be created from existing reserve forces.

The move comes after a spate of recent terror attacks, including the killing of a priest as he gave mass in Normandy on Tuesday and the horrendous Nice truck attack which left 84 dead.

Following the atrocity in Nice, Hollande had announced that thousands of reservists would be called up to boost the under-pressure security forces suffering from fatigue after 18 months of heightened alert and repeated attacks.

The government urged all able-bodied volunteers to come forward with the aim of boosting the current 28,000 reservists by 12,000.


Reagan Would-Be Assassin John Hinckley Jr To Be Released

July 27th, 2016

The Hinckley-Bush-Reagan connection is one of the best coincidences of all time. I don’t know if I’ve dealt with it in the past on Cryptogon… so here it is, just in case.

AP 1981: Bush Son Had Dinner Plans With Hinckley Brother Before Shooting

Via: BBC:

John Hinckley Jr, the man who tried to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan, is to be released from a psychiatric hospital next month after 35 years.

Mr Reagan and three others were injured in the shooting outside a hotel in Washington in March 1981.

Mr Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity but was sent for treatment to a Washington hospital.

He has already been spending 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Virginia under strict conditions.

A judge ruled that Mr Hinckley, now 61, could reside full-time there on “convalescent leave” from 5 August.


Mercedes-Benz shows Off the First Fully Electric Heavy Urban Transport Truck

July 27th, 2016

Production is still many years away.

Via: TechCrunch:

Daimler isn’t about to let Tesla own any more ‘firsts’ in electric transportation; the German company revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck today in Stuttgart, an all-electric truck with a total admissible weight capacity of 26 tonnes (29 U.S. tons), which makes it the first clean energy big rig of its kind.

As the name implies, it’s designed for use in urban environments, capping off the short-sprint end of the heavy transport shipping cycle. That’s in part due to its max range of 200 kilometres (about 124 miles). The prototype Urban eTruck is ready for its close-up, but Daimler notes that we’ll have to wait until a “conceivable” launch window of “the beginning of the next decade” for wide-scale production and real-world use.

Still, Daimler beat Tesla to the punch with this reveal, since Tesla CEO Elon Musk only last week that the company is working on an electric Tesla Semi transport truck, with a reveal planned for as early as next year.


Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos, Cass Sunstein Join Pentagon’s ‘Defense Innovation Board’

July 26th, 2016

See: Cass “Cognitive Infiltration” Sunstein

Also, this sounds like the group described in Ernest Cline’s Armada, which I would only recommend to absolute diehard sci-fi and gaming nerds who are between the ages of about 40 and 50 years old.

My guess, however, is that Cline got the idea for the group in his book from the Jasons.

Via: DefenseNews:

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Amazon head Jeff Bezos and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein are among the newest names to join Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s new Defense Innovation Advisory Board.

Carter announced those names as part of a list of ten new members for the board, which he created in March to advise the Pentagon on technology innovation issues. The board is headed by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the Google parent company.


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