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Lights in the darkness

As we discussed a few days ago, April 6, 2017 was the day president Trump officially betrayed Trumpism, inserting the United States into yet another foolish regime change operation in the middle east, pushing the world yet closer to open war between the US and Russia, and dumping additional tens of millions of dollars down the defense contractor pit. Apparently, making America great again involves giving us Hillary Clinton’s policies dressed up with Sewer Urchin’s rhetorical style.

But you know about that already. In fact, if you’re a bit sharp, you most likely knew it was coming. Yes, the Trump reversal was whatever the opposite of "unexpected" is — a concept word scientists of the future will dub "expected." What was less expected, though — arguably much less expected — was the way many of Trump’s most stalwart supporters turned around on him just as ferociously. And I don’t just mean tiny, meaningless dudes with blogs and no audience.

I thought that Trump was a man of peace, and was not going to lead us to war. I thought Trump was the man who was going to reach out to Putin and become his friend. That’s why I worked so hard to stop the war against Russia. Boy was I wrong — did they turn this guy. Bannon was out, the son-in-law was in, and the next day there was a bombing attack. A little, impotent bombing attack — a military tweet is what it was. That’s all it was: a military tweet. This wasn’t a real attack on Assad. They wanted Assad out, they would have taken him out in Damascus. It was nothing! It was Clinton bombing an aspirin factory. But you’re all cheering. Think about what that means about you, all you cheerleaders out there for the war.

Dr. Michael Savage has five million listeners, and supported Trump to the tune of spending a year proselytizing for him, writing a book about him, and having him on the show to promote his campaign. Following the Syrian bombing, he devoted almost two entire hours to annihilating Trump and all the people who still stand with him.

Remember Ann Coulter? She’s been tweeting an absolute inferno the last few days to her million-and-a-half followers, absolutely condemning everything about this. Coulter also wrote a book supporting the Trump campaign, and has long been a cheerleader for every action taken by every Republican politician — very much including stumping for the Iraq war in 2006. Trump has lost Ann Coulter. Consider that.

Nigel Farage, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Jim Goad — the list goes on. This is the one good thing that’s come out of this whole sorry affair: we see that there really is a philosophical basis underlying the "Trump revolution" that’s strong enough to survive Trump himself. I am deeply impressed by the integrity of these people, who have (as Savage points out) nothing to gain and everything to lose by standing up against the president they helped get elected and the media complex that’s suddenly on his side. Let’s end as we began, and give the last word to Michael Savage:

The most important thing in this world is not the economy — it’s peace. Domestic peace, international peace, peace between individuals, and peace between nations is far more important than gross domestic product or low interest rates. Hundreds of years ago, Thomas Hobbes said "the very first law of nature is to seek peace." That is the essence of true conservatism. And I’m not just talking about the absence of military war on the battlefield; I’m talking about peace between individuals and groups in society… I’m Michael Savage. That’s why I live: to spread peace, not war.

/dev/root

You can’t make this stuff up.

Sex toy designer Svakom decided that a vibrator needed a camera on the end, and it also needed a Wi-Fi access point – with the utterly predictable result that the device is hackable…

Looking at the Android app, Pen Test Partners’ (PTP’s) researchers first turned up "some hard-coded credentials, and a hard-coded IP address and port."

The hard-coded credentials, admin:blank, make it "trivial" to connect to the dildo’s Web admin interface, PTP writes, and even better – the Web app serves the video from the camera, and because it’s an access point, an attacker within range can identify users.

Your humble narrator is at a loss. Not that it’s surprising that a sex toy is not manufactured to the very highest of standards, but how on Earth could anybody think this is a good idea? Anything with a camera and an internet connection is prone to send pictures and videos of you to who knows where. And think for just a cotton-picking minute: are those pictures — of all pictures — the ones you want to pass around? Though I suppose most people don’t seem to care.

With a little work, PTP was able to siphon the video stream from the dildo, meaning someone’s most intimate activities are badly protected.

With a little more work – we’re actually into hacking here, people, PTP had to look at the UART outputs! – the unremarkable Telnet password reecam4debug, and with that, the dildo is rooted: "We’ve got complete control over every inbuilt function in the Siime Eye, easy access to the video stream, a root shell and persistence on a dildo."

I just… I… okay. This bit really writes its own jokes. I guess the only thing left for me to say here is that, if you’re in to that sort of thing, you should at least buy it from my link so I get a cut of the… err, I mean so I can get my hands on… ah, no, so I can snatch– ack!

Just give me your money already.

Domestic terrorism

14-year-old Canyon Mansfield was out playing with his dog in the backyard of his parent’s [sic] rural property, when he saw an object on the ground that he mistook for a sprinkler head. When he touched it, the object erupted in a cloud of cyanide.

The explosion sprayed the boy and his 3-year-old, 90-pound (40 kg) pet with toxic cyanide gas, according to the boy’s mother, Theresa Mansfield.

Whoa, what? How did those ISIS psychos manage to set cyanide traps in Idaho? I take back everything I wrote up above; let’s have lots and tons of war in Syria so we can kill all the people trying to stop ISIS and then we won’t have any more ISIS gas traps in the United States. Because that’s obviously what happened, right?

What the boy encountered is called an M44. It’s a type of trap that is laid in rural areas by Wildlife Services, usually at the request of local farmers and ranchers. It’s a spring-loaded cylinder that is buried partially in the ground, with a bait scented cloth exposed to the surface. When an animal tugs on it, the M44 releases a dose of sodium cyanide into the animal’s mouth.

That… that means "Islamic extremist wildlife services," right? Right? The United States federal government wouldn’t plant totally indiscriminate cyanide bombs all willy-nilly, would it?

So, just out of sheer, morbid curiosity: since the United States federal government just conducted a poison gas attack against American children, do you suppose Canada should start pelting us with Tomahawk missiles?

What’s a ten-letter-word for "military spending?"

I’ve written in these pages once or twice or maybe even three times before about the F-35, which is the upcoming revolutionary engine of death that you and I have spent trillions of dollars manufacturing, and which should be ready to rain death all up and down poor, helpless brown people any day now.

Or, well, maybe it’ll still be just a few more days.

Now-retired Dr Michael Gilmore, until recently the Director of Test and Evaluation for the US military, has published his final evaluation of the F-35 program, and it’s a treat…

"The Services have designated 276 deficiencies in combat performance as ‘critical to correct’ in Block 3F, but less than half of the critical deficiencies were addressed with attempted corrections in 3FR6", the report states.

The F-35 has been in development since 1996. Twenty-one years. It still has two hundred seventy-six critical deficiencies.

All F-35 variants display objectionable or unacceptable flying qualities at transonic speeds, where aerodynamic forces on the aircraft are rapidly changing…

As a close support aircraft, Dr Gilmore’s report says, the Electro-Optical Targeting System is hamstrung by low resolution and range. That means if pilots are trying to single out a ground target, they need a first approach that’s too close to use guided weapons, so they have to blow their cover, then circle back to a safe distance before launching an attack.

A pilot might revert to the cannon in such a circumstance, but at the moment, that doesn’t work either.

Hey, I just had a thought: how about we defund the entire military. Then we don’t have to pay for this nonsense anymore, plus we also stop World War IIIing in Syria! Oh, but, wait: who would protect us from ISIS? Maybe we could have the Wildlife Services throw cyanide bombs at them.

Hey guys, John McCain might be a moron

I mean, you think?

I think it probably was partially to blame. And Secretary Tillerson is basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy. As I said, again, taking this action, I support and was important. But we have got to have a strategy and a plan to follow through.

It took me probably about three thousand tries to parse the mouthful of spoiled eggs that just poured forth from the senator’s word extruder. In the end, I’m reasonably sure that what John McCain is saying is that, since the Trump administration initially announced that the United States would abandon its absurd attempt to unseat Bashar al-Assad, that prompted Assad to launch a gas attack on his own people. In what possible, conceivable reality does that make any sense? Now, I’m not a fool; I realize that McCain does not live in a reality. But I’m serious: what dots could he be connecting here?

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But seriously: stop the war.

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