Well, this is particularly droll: “Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses. What this means is – employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee – had full access to all her classified state department email in unencrypted form.” Assuming that the guy is correct, it sounds like there was a giant, gaping hole in the administration’s security system that nobody caught until years after the fact. And please note that this story is from somebody who actually wants Hillary Clinton, or at least a Democrat, elected President: in other words, this isn’t a partisan story*. Continue reading Hillary Clinton’s State Department security at the mercy of anybody who could hack a spam filtering service.
In 2009, at its peak, Gore’s group [the so-called ‘Climate Reality Project’] had more than 300 employees, with 40 field offices across 28 states, and a serious war chest: It poured $28 million into advertising and promotion, and paid about $200,000 in lobbying fees at the height of the cap-and-trade energy bill fight on Capitol Hill.
Today, the group has just over 30 people on staff and has abandoned its on-the-ground presence — all of its field offices have since shut down — in favor of a far cheaper digital advocacy plan run out of Washington. Advertising expenses have decreased from the millions to the thousands, and the organization no longer lobbies lawmakers. Donations and grants have declined, too — from $87.4 million in 2008 to $17.6 million in 2011, and many of its high-profile donors have drifted away, one telling BuzzFeed she now sees the group’s initial vision as “very naïve.”
Slick and omnipresent television ads from the group’s early years, produced by the same agency that made the Geico Auto Insurance gecko famous, have been replaced by smaller web-based programs. One ongoing effort, “Reality Drop,” helps activists post boilerplate comments to blog entries written by climate change skeptics.
So, basically, Al Gore is now a spambot.
PS: No, I don’t really think that I need to respond further. I mean. SPAMBOT.
PPS: I saw this on Twitter, but I don’t remember from whom, sorry.
Hell of a thing when you can be lectured to on fiscal policy by something trying to get its teeth into your credit balance.
The private sector survey number is anemic and Barack Obama has constantly touted those private sector (salaried) numbers saying that he has created over 4mil. in the last 32 months. If he now starts to include the household survey numbers that include non-salaried jobs, independent contractors and self employed then remember that GWB created over 7.2mil of these two survey job numbers during his first term and that was without a huge government infusion of stimulus.
…or they were clumsy enough to have a spammer identity theft them. Either way, this infested my comments section this morning:
But, for the record (and on the off chance that Gawker’s spamming me): I am not interested in doing an interview about my “The Queen of Argyll” post. It’s a YouTube video and a couple of Amazon links. What more can I say about it?
At this point, I can more or less skim through my spam filters every morning and just let my eyes drift over the virtually identical entries. But every so often you get something that is truly unique. Flat-out wrong and almost certainly anti-Semitic, but unique.
Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which significantly more than half the Bible is filled, it could be much more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It can be a background of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind; and, for my portion, I sincerely detest it, as I detest anything that is definitely cruel.
…and this will induce a reader to buy your sneakers why?
It’s been mostly generating extremely angry ‘comments’ about Charlie Rangel being merely censured for doing stuff that would get most of us in thrown jail. Apparently spammers are as ticked off at Dizzy City Democratic games as the rest of the country; go figure.
…I am starting to wonder* whether some of this junk might not be ‘natural,’ if that makes any sense in this context. I mean, I’ve seen spam being ‘posted’ that I would think would be attractive to nobody.
Not-really-related, but who cares?
*Not really, but it’d make for a good short story.
After insisting no one was receiving unsolicited e-mails from the White House, officials reversed their story Monday night and blamed outside political groups for the unwanted messages from the tech-savvy operation.
White House online director Macon Phillips said in a blog posting that independent groups—he didn’t name them—had signed-up their members to receive regular updates about Obama’s projects, priorities and speeches.
The White House had consistently denied that anyone who hadn’t sought the e-mails had received them.