Russian Mariia Butina charged as foreign agent who eyed NRA, pols

…The FBI said in court papers Butina sought to establish relationships with a “gun rights organization.” The organization was not named but a senior U.S. official confirmed it was the National Rifle Association, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

…Butina also attended the National Prayer Breakfast in 2016 and 2017 and told an unidentified American that the other Russians there were handpicked by her and Torshin and “are coming to establish a back channel of communication,” the FBI wrote.

A criminal complaint shows that the FBI obtained Twitter messages and emails between Torshin and Butina in which they plotted strategy.

…The unsealing of the charges against Butina came within hours of a stunning press conference in Helsinki in which President Donald Trump refused to say he accepted the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community over Putin’s denials that Russian had meddled in the election.

Butina is a gun-rights advocate who cozied up to conservatives in the nation’s capital. In February 2017, the Daily Beast reported that she was close to Republican activist Paul Erickson, who appeared at her birthday party months earlier dressed as Rasputin. Public records show she and Erickson registered a corporation in South Dakota together in 2016.

Russian Mariia Butina charged as foreign agent who eyed NRA, pols



Queen Elizabeth II Trolled Trump’ with her brooch choices

Despite the fact Her Majesty is strictly neutral when  it comes to political matters, social media is convinced otherwise.

…Julie [@SamaruiKnitter]: Arrival day was the one that got the most attention. That day, she wore the brooch the Obamas gave her on their last visit to England. …This one was purchased out-of-pocket by Michelle and Barack Obama and given to her as a personal gift.’

…’And for the day of the tea, …the brooch worn [worn by the Queen also appeared] in the famous “Three Queens in Mourning” photo, worn by the Queen Mum. …’QE rolled up to tea with the Trumps wearing the brooch her mother wore to her father’s STATE FUNERAL.’

….For Trump’s final day in the UK …[The Queen wore a] sapphire brooch [given to her by the] Canadian people to mark her sapphire jubilee during an event in London celebrating 150 years of the Canadian Confederation in 2017.

…’You know, [the country that] Trump’s been screaming about and insulting. The commonwealth country and one of the UK’s greatest allies. Them.’

Did the Queen ‘troll Trump’ with her brooches?


Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.

The statement [indicates that previous comments they offered on this subject were outright lies. For example] in February …a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold. “None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,” the spokesperson said.

…ES&S is the top voting machine maker in the country, a position it held in the years 2000-2006 when it was installing pcAnywhere on its systems. The company’s machines were used statewide in a number of states, and at least 60 percent of ballots cast in the US in 2006 were tabulated on ES&S election-management systems. 

…Election-management systems are not the voting terminals that voters use to cast their ballots, but are just as critical: they sit in county election offices and contain software that in some counties is used to program all the voting machines used in the county; the systems also tabulate final results aggregated from voting machines.

Software like pcAnywhere is used by system administrators to access and control systems from a remote location to conduct maintenance or upgrade or alter software. But election-management systems and voting machines are supposed to be air-gapped for security reasons—that is, disconnected from the internet and from any other systems that are connected to the internet.

…The presence of such software makes a system more vulnerable to attack from hackers, especially if the remote-access software itself contains security vulnerabilities. If an attacker can gain remote access to an election-management system through the modem and take control of it using the pcAnywhere software installed on it, he can introduce malicious code that gets passed to voting machines to disrupt an election or alter results.

[Sen. Ron] Wyden told Motherboard that installing remote-access software and modems on election equipment “is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.”

…Security researchers discovered a critical vulnerability in pcAnywhere that would allow an attacker to seize control of a system that had the software installed on it, without needing to authenticate themselves to the system with a password. And other researchers with the security firm Rapid7 scanned the internet for any computers that were online and had pcAnywhere installed on them and found nearly 150,000 were configured in a way that would allow direct access to them.

Although Wyden’s office asked ES&S to identify which of its customers were sold systems with pcAnywhere installed, the company did not respond.

“ES&S needs to stop stonewalling and provide a full, honest accounting of equipment that could be vulnerable to remote attacks,” [Wyden]e told Motherboard. “When a corporation that makes half of America’s voting machines refuses to answer the most basic cyber security questions, you have to ask what it is hiding.”

Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States – Motherboard


Zuckerberg in Holocaust denial row

Facebook has faced criticism over the way the platform can amplify false reports and has been engaged in an advertising campaign both on and offline declaring: “Fake news is not your friend.”

But it has faced questions about why it continues to allow sites such as InfoWars – which has called the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax – to remain on the platform.

Mark Zuckerberg has once again found himself at the centre of a row, after saying posts from Holocaust deniers should be allowed on Facebook.

…They were not, he said, “intentionally” getting their facts wrong.

…In Myanmar, also known as Burma, Facebook has been accused by UN investigators of facilitating violence against Rohingya Muslims by allowing anti-Muslim hate speech and fake news.

…The comments caused a storm of protest.

Editor of anti-fascist magazine Searchlight Gerry Gable told the BBC: “Zuckerberg could kill much of this dangerous material getting worldwide distribution – but he is a like a spoilt teenager.”

“Because of his financial powers, he just does a bit of tinkering without understanding how this material could inspire crazy people to firebomb synagogues, mosques or churches.”

Zuckerberg in Holocaust denial row – BBC News

Even so-called geniuses can be out-of-touch moronic fucktards when they step outside their area of prowess.

NFL, Players Agree To Temporarily Halt Enforcement Of Anthem Protest Rules

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association have agreed to suspend enforcement of new rules requiring players to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem, after a report that the Miami Dolphins would fine and/or suspend players for up to four games for violating the policy.

…”In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy,” it said. “No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.”

NFL, Players Agree To Temporarily Halt Enforcement Of Anthem Protest Rules : NPR


Jill Stein is obstructing investigations by refusing to fully cooperate with the Senate requests for Russia related documents

The Green Party candidate provided documents related to communications with officials tied to Russian media organizations and the Kremlin, as well as documents related to Stein’s 2015 trip to Moscow, which included a dinner hosted by RT that was also attended by both former Trump administration aide Michael Flynn and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the campaign objected to the committee’s request for communications with “Russian persons, or representatives of Russian government, media, or business interests,” arguing it was broadly targeting the communications of people “because they happen to be Russian immigrants or of Russian descent.”
…Stein has been connected to the Senate panel’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election meddling in part because of her appearance at a now-infamous dinner that was hosted by RT, the Russian television network. Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, was sitting at a table with Putin at the dinner — along with Stein.

…Stein has not been accused of wrongdoing or colluding with the Russians. But her political views often align with the Kremlin and mirror talking points heard on Russian state TV: She claims the American political system is rigged, opposes the notion of American exceptionalism, is a vocal critic of US military operations overseas and downplays the impact of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Jill Stein’s campaign objects to Senate request for some Russia documents – CNNPolitics

If she has nothing to hide, she will hide nothing.