Hacked, forged, who knows?

Hackers can break in to systems and leak the documents they find. Hackers can also edit the documents they find, and present those files as authentic.

Maybe ten thousand of the documents are authentic, one is edited to add Joe Biden’s name to a list of attendees at a meeting, and one is a completely made-up document about Huma Abedin’s tax returns.

“Imagine trying to explain to the press, eager to publish the worst of the details in the documents, that everything is accurate except this particular email,” says Bruce Schneier.

Fortunately, he continues, “Major newspapers do their best to verify the authenticity of leaked documents they receive from sources. They only publish the ones they know are authentic. The newspapers consult experts, and pay attention to forensics.”

So at least there’s that.

Good advice

Stay with people. Under no circumstances let yourself be taken somewhere, for where you are going has a name. It’s called the “secondary crime scene”, where your worst nightmare will enter your soul. Do NOT get in a vehicle, do NOT walk around the building into the alley, stay where others will see you, if you can’t flee to safety, drop to the ground. Let him PICK your dead weight off of the ground, and if he tries, fight like hell. If he says “don’t scream or I’ll kill you”, he’s probably going to kill you anyway, don’t go out quietly. He doesn’t want to get caught. He LIKES this. Run, crawl out a window, go to lights and others. Make noise. If you are in a car and being followed do NOT drive home, drive to your nearest fire station (staffed 24 hours) or police station (though they may not be open 24 in 7 in all jurisdictions) and start honking your horn. DO NOT get out of your vehicle until the threat is removed. — Fighting for Something – Thoughts on Self Defense, by Brigid

Crazy talk on guns

Scott Adams explains why gun control can’t be solved in the USA:

“So it seems to me that gun control can’t be solved because Democrats are using guns to kill each other – and want it to stop – whereas Republicans are using guns to defend against Democrats. … But Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as ‘Put down your gun so I can shoot you.'”

Crazy, right?

Horns for houses

It’s surprising we don’t have horns on our houses. Not viking longhouse horns, but car horns. It would be handy to have a horn button on the TV remote control so I could honk at the neighbor if he started to blow grass clippings into my yard, or if he honked at me. A house horn would also be a burglar alarm, so if the neighbors heard your house honking they’d know something was wrong.

When I leave in the morning I push the button on my key fob. My car horn honks, the lights flash, and the door unlocks. The house could work the same way. The house lights would flash, the house horn would honk, then the car lights would flash and the car horn honk. If I went back in the house because I’d forgotten something, as often happens, the whole thing would be repeated. It’d be a festival — every morning, and again in the evening.

If houses had car horns, then when a heavy truck went down the street it would set off all the houses. Some houses would be too sensitive, so that a squirrel on the roof would set them off. Horns would honk and lights would flash until everybody went outside, ran off the squirrel, locked the house, unlocked it again to get the dog, went out, locked and unlocked, and then went in and relocked. If your friend came over at midnight asking for bread to set before a visitor, everyone would know about it, and even if you didn’t care about your obligations, you’d come down to him, as soon as you could find the remote.

Viking longhouse horns up on the roof peak might not be a bad idea though.

There’s a federal program called “Secure Communities”

It works about like you would think

This is a damning report if you read it, though I am of course a hateful xenophobic bigot for pointing that out.

It is utterly wrong that the people responsible for the state of affairs that made this murder more likely, will themselves never be held to account. It’s a continuing failure of our society that the voters keep electing to office basically those same people.

UPDATE 4 July 2015: Why the pro-illegal lobby owns Wednesday’s murder in San Francisco, by J.E. Dyer