Why the Sony hack is unlikely to be the work of North Korea.

19 Dec

BruceMajors:

My SONY epistemological question – in a secrecy surveillance state, with no transparency about what the intelligence agencies are doing, how do we know the NSA didn’t hack SONY to prove that government surveillance is needed?

Originally posted on Marc's Security Ramblings:

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Everyone seems to be eager to pin the blame for the Sony hack on North Korea. However, I think it’s unlikely. Here’s why:1. The broken English looks deliberately bad and doesn’t exhibit any of the classic comprehension mistakes you actually expect to see in “Konglish”. i.e it reads to me like an English speaker pretending to be bad at writing English.

2. The fact that the code was written on a PC with Korean locale & language actually makes it less likely to be North Korea. Not least because they don’t speak traditional “Korean” in North Korea, they speak their own dialect and traditional Korean is forbidden. This is one of the key things that has made communication with North Korean refugees difficult. I would find the presence of Chinese far more plausible.See here – http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/30/world/asia/30iht-dialect.2644361.html?_r=0

here – http://www.nknews.org/2014/08/north-korean-dialect-as-a-soviet-russian-translation/

and here – http://www.voanews.com/content/a-13-2009-03-16-voa49-68727402/409810.html

This change in language is also most…

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Happy Hanukkah Advent Calendar – Our 10 Hottest Libertarian Jews

19 Dec
(Our list is for humor – and appreciation – and includes atheists, agnostics, half-Jews, and anyone else we wanted to include, who is arguably Jewish.  We aren’t promising not to do a list of hot libertarian clergy for Easter.  I’m also including Objectivists etc. because a square is a rectangle even if a rectangle isn’t always a square.  So…get your dreidel’s out for a game of spin the dreidel…

לחיים

and

ליברטי .)

We have 8 days of Hanukkah…so we will be adding a hot Jew every day (before sunset), like an Advent calendar.  Nominate the remaining hot libertarian Jews.  And please, current MOTs, no Ayn Rand, Jane Jacobs, Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman.

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TV’s Andy Levy

Well, warm and cuddly anyway.  Although we found this glamour shot.  Mr. Levy is known for his cats, his dry humor on the FoxNew’s show RedEye, and his sweet little cheeks.  (He has a nice punim too.)



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Angela Keaton

Sometime member of the Libertarian National Committee, Ms. Keaton works at Anti-War.com.  If you become her pen pal she will supply you with very amusing articles and humor, often about Taylor Swift or liberty movement celebrities.










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Alan Gura









Mr. Gura is the chief 2nd Amendment advocate in American courts in the Heller decision and other cases.  I’d go to a shooting range with him anytime.











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Michelle Minton


Newlywed Ms. Minton runs Human Achievement Happy Hour and writes for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.







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Alex Epstein

A philosophy student by training, Epstein is the author of the new book,  The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and a website on the same subject.










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Ashe Schow


Ms. Schow (the one without hooves) is a columnist at the Washington Examiner.


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J.P. Medved











An honorary Jew for today only, Mr. Medved is involved with libertarian fiction association and writes steam punk fiction.  This Hanukkah one of his short stories appears in the new libertarian syfy anythology Defiant, She Advanced, published TODAY!  Apparently, he has large guns.

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Ashley Rae Goldenberg


A student at George Mason University, Ms. Goldenberg wrote an admirable short defense of Israel and is a contributing editor for Liberty Without Apologies. Follow her on Twitter @Communism_Kills.

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Jeremy Sapienza









Sapienza (left) is the proprietor of Cafe La Mejor in Brooklyn and an urban gardener.  Amazingly, even though a Jew and a libertarian, he has been known to blog.



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Libertarian calendar for December

19 Dec

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December 19
Al Bore’s Interwebs

Book Launch – Libertarian SyFy anthology


  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Here
The authors of “Defiant, She Advanced: Legends of Future Resistance”, the first libertarian science fiction anthology in more than a decade, are answering your questions on Friday, December 19th from 1 to 3PM. Join us and support indie, DRM-free libertarian fiction.

- Ask us questions, anything you like!
- You may win some libertarian reading material for the weekend!

More information at: http://GeorgeDonnelly.com/Defiant

Pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1yCclxy

Support the kickstarter: http://igg.me/at/defiant

Download the free sampler: http://bit.ly/DefiantSampler

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December 19
Alexandria VA

Holiday Party


  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    6:00 PM

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    Libertarian Party Nat HQ

    1444 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA (edit map)

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December 20
Hamilton NJ

NJLP’s Very Merry Non-Denominational Holiday Party


  • Saturday, December 20, 2014

    7:00 PM

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    Killarney’s Publick House

    1644 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Hamilton, NJ (map)
  • Join us for a holiday celebration. Mingle and meet fellow libertarians here in NJ. Holiday sweaters are strongly encouraged. 

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December 21
Dallas, TX

Dallas Libertarians
7:30 PM
Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant
5321 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

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December 22
Al Bore’s interwebs

Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark interview
7-9 pm

  • BlogTalkRadio
Join Joe Enroughty, Jeff Kleb, Alex Butler, and Jeffry Sanford on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 7pm Eastern as they welcome Nicholas Sarwark. Nicholas is the Chair of the National Libertarian Party Of America.

Born in 1979, Nicholas is an unabashed, second generation Libertarian with a strong commitment to fighting on the party’s behalf against unfair ballot access obstacles and exclusion of qualified candidates from public debates.

Nicholas has been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 1999 and has served on the Judicial and Bylaws committees of the national party. He also served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014 and supported the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.

Professionally, Nicholas has been a criminal defense attorney and has worked over ten years in the private sector. He served as a deputy public defender in Colorado, trying more than 30 cases before a jury and arguing in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. In 2014 he moved to Arizona with his wife and two children to join in the operations of a family business, the oldest independent auto dealership in Phoenix, founded in 1942.

The call-in number for the show is: (347)-994-2949.

You can listen “LIVE” online at the following link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/olddominionlibertarian/2014/12/23/a-champion-of-liberty-with-special-guest-nicholas-sarwark

Thanks bunches, vagina voters!

17 Dec

Originally posted on The Liberty Zone:

Those of you alleged libertarians who went out and actively spread filth about Ken Cuccinelli during the last Virginia gubernatorial election because of the hysterical “OMG Cuccinelli wants to control my vagina!” meme gave us the corrupt scumbag Terry McAuliffe – I hope you’re happy. I know libertarians are supposed to give a shit about gun rights, so I hope they’re thrilled with McAuliffe’s efforts to destroy the Second Amendment in Virginia.

McAuliffe’s gun initiatives include proposals to:

  • Prohibit the possession of firearms by people subject to protective orders

  • Prohibit the possession of firearms by misdemeanor domestic violence offenders

  • Reinstate the one-handgun-a-month law

  • Revoke concealed-handgun permits for parents delinquent on child support payments

  • Close the “gun show loophole”

The Lautenberg Amendment already prohibits possession, transport, ownership, etc. of firearms by domestic abusers and those subject to a restraining order. And guess what! Any dillhole willing to beat up another person just because…

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One nation under Galt: How Ayn Rand’s toxic philosophy permanently transformed America

17 Dec

An Ominous Omnibus

16 Dec

An Ominous Omnibus | FrontPage Magazine

Open Borders I

16 Dec


(This is in five 10 minute segments.  They are all on YouTube and I might even manage to upload them here later.)

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