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This is the most-laughable pack of tripe I've read in a long time.

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This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.

How do you know you're about to read a propaganda piece?  That would be a good indication.

This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election,

No it doesn't.  Let me explain.

The next page has a nice diagram that doesn't mesh with what was described.  Specifically, what we know happened (because it was admitted to) was that a spearphishing email set was sent to a large number of people, including John Podesta.

Now here's the rub:

At least one targeted individual activated links to malware hosted on operational infrastructure of opened attachments containing malware. APT29 delivered malware to the political party’s systems, established persistence, escalated privileges, enumerated active directory accounts, and exfiltrated email from several accounts through encrypted connections back through operational infrastructure.

Well, no.  There's no evidence for that.

In spring 2016, APT28 compromised the same political party, again via targeted spearphishing. This time, the spearphishing email tricked recipients into changing their passwords through a fake webmail domain hosted on APT28 operational infrastructure. Using the harvested credentials, APT28 was able to gain access and steal content, likely leading to the exfiltration of information from multiple senior party members. The U.S. Government assesses that information was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed.

There is evidence for this.  In fact, this is what the DNC admitted to.

The rest of the document is boilerplate arm-waving.

Note what's not there: Anything specific that reaches the standard of not even evidence but probable cause.

For instance, spearphishing emails typically look like an "alert" from the targeted credential's site (e.g. gmail) with a link to click and 'reset your password.'  Said link doesn't, of course, actually go to Google -- it goes somewhere else.  Often those people use a "link shortener" (e.g. t.co) to "hide" where the link goes so casual examination doesn't show it.  However, that reference is traceable, it goes to a web address somewhere and the owner(s) of that address or at least who is controlling it can be determined.  If they have been hacked they will typically cooperate (duh!) and now you can find out where that "resource" actually connected to.  Through a relatively-simple process of iterating over that (if there are multiple "hops" involved) you will eventually land on infrastructure the "bad guys" control.

So where's the evidence?

I'm sorry, but "we know" without the evidence is propaganda, not information or even something that rises to the level of an "accusation."  Further, such emails are easily copied and re-used by various evildoers with a change only in the redirect URL -- a trivially easy thing do do and, not-surprisingly, very common.

Since it's not at all hard to figure out where such a redirect went and analyze it from there the fact that the FBI and DHS didn't present that information and since it has been widely disclosed to the entire group of email recipients it  could not be classified either because it's not secret in the first place one can reasonably conclude that the evidence doesn't point where the FBI and DHS claims it does.

But let's leave this propaganda piece and its claims aside -- because really, when you get down to it, it's a sideshow.

Let's instead focus on what was stolen and released irrespective of who did it.

What was stolen was in fact hard evidence, bordering on irrefutable proof, that a major political party in this country intentionally corrupted their own primary process to steal said primary election for one candidate and disenfranchise another.

That is the "damaging information" that was released.

The irony of accusing Russia of "tampering" with our election when the information released, and in fact the only information that had damaging value which was released, was hard evidence of actual tampering with our elections by the Democrat Party itself is not lost on me nor on anyone else with half a functional brain.

That the American people decided to "reward" such election tampering by our own political party, not Russia, with an unexpected loss at the polls is not "evil", it is not "corrupt", it is just desserts.

Had the Democrat Party not tampered with the primaries including, I remind you, multiple apparent proved instances of party insiders being fed debate questions ahead of timethere would have been nothing of value to disclose and no impact from same.

Next, I remind you that we have a Wikileaks insider, the man who claims to have been the actual courier, who has said on the record that a DNC insider, quite possibly Seth Rich, gave him the contents of said emails (other than John Podesta's.)

Leaving aside the outrageous idiocy and lack of care when it comes to security that the DNC exhibited, particularly high-level campaign insiders such as Podesta, in using public email providers (such as Google) the fact remains that there is not only little credible evidence that the DNC's email was "hacked" there is zero evidence provided in the FBI report that Russia had anything to do with it.

Put all that together and then view what Obama did with regard to "new sanctions" in that light -- and what do you get?

An infantile temper tantrum by a puny rat bastard who has watched his party burn itself to the ground under his personal direction and which got caught cheating in our primary elections.  In response he has gone on a wild, uncontrolled and unprincipled slash fest rather akin to Kylo Ren's.

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Why aren't we talking about this?

 DatePublic DebtIntergovernmentalTotal
 09/30//201614,173,423,516,895.825,400,021,197,040.9719,573,444,713,936.79
-09/30/201513,123,847,198,347.81 5,026,770,468,136.52 18,150,617,666,484.33
Purchasing Destruction 1,049,576,318,548.01373,250,728,904.451,422,827,047,452.46

Remember, the actual "public" deficit is the difference in borrowing between the end of the fiscal year and the beginning in debt held by the public.  The total increase in debt, including intergovernmental (mostly Social Security and Medicare) is the actual deficit and is exactly equal, on an arithmetic basis, to the destruction in your personal purchasing power that the government causes (or gain if the government runs a surplus.)

The actual deficit -- that is, the destruction in purchasing power the federal government caused last year, is the percentage of 1.423 trillion .vs. the total GDP of 18.450 trillion or approximately 7.7%.

That's right -- the government intentionally destroyed almost 8% of your paycheck and your savings last year, running a $1.423 trillion dollar budget deficit, which is roughly equal to the worst of the "great recession" when tax revenues went through the floor.

Today there is no such "tax shortfall" excuse. 

The breakdown of exactly where the ugly is coming from will be published next week.  I already know what is in there because I've been following the monthly treasury statements all fiscal year, but wish to report final "as tallied" facts -- and thus will have another post at that time.

Let me be clear: On the arithmetic if we do not stop this now within the next 4-5 years -- that is, within the next Presidential term -- our government will collapse, our economy will collapse, our health care system will collapse and both the stock and housing markets will collapse.  This is not politics, it's arithmetic.  And the worst part of it is that I am utterly certain that the "references" count, along with the "views" count on this article will both be a fraction of the politically-oriented articles I've recently posted.  That the real end of our way of life in America, a threat that is obvious, mathematically certain, not very far in the future and yet avoidable if we act now fails to garner any sort of serious attention is the real outrage folks.

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A bit of the piece I wrote before got my mind going..... I hadn't actually sat down to think about this much (other than when Bill Still was running for the Libertarian ticket), and I bet you haven't either.

But we should.

I'm going to take just our Federal budget and break it down into the following general categories for Fiscal 2013, a year for which we have the Federal Treasury Statement:

Social Security: $870 billion

Medicare and Medicaid (All): $1,113 billion

Children and Families (TANF, Energy, Children and Family Services, Adoption, etc): $50 billion

HUD (Rent, projects, operating funds, etc) + "Community Planning": $45 billion

SNAP/WIC/Etc (Food Stamps & "Free" School Lunches): $109 billion

Veterans Affairs: $143 billion, of which about $52 billion is medically-related.  The rest is (mostly) pensions and readjustment benefits.

Ok, now let's add all this up, with one exception -- Military Pensions.

I get $2,239 billion, or $2.2 trillion dollars, out of a total as spent of $4.058 trillion -- roughly 54%.

Note that the deficit was $680 billion, or one third of that spending.

So let's just take our $2,239 billion and see what we could do with it, assuming we didn't have these programs at all. In other words, let's make a few assumptions:

  • Families in the lowest quintile of income (under $27,794) pay an effective tax rate of zero.  That is, their income (all sources, including benefit checks from the government) is all theirs to spend.

  • Families in the second quintile of income ($49,788) pay few taxes, with an effective rate under 20%. That is, if we remove the taxes the gross amount they'd have to "make" would rise by about $10,000 (what they pay in taxes.)

  • There are an average of 3.12 persons per family.  Since the US population is approximately 330 million, there are approximately 100 million family units ranging from a single person to five (where the bell curve flattens to near-zero) persons.  As these are quintiles this happens to divide out nicely; there are approximately 20 million families in each quintile.

Ok, so we're going to do this instead of the programs we have now:

  • We're going to enforce the Sherman and Clayton Acts vigorously against all in the medical field.  This will result in the cost of medical care plummeting by approximately 80%.  Doubt me?  Go price procedures and drugs in Japan, India and other nations where you can get first world, cash care.  Or, for that matter, price a procedure at The Surgery Center of Oklahoma.

  • We're going to delete all of these programs and benefits outlined above.

  • For the 20 million family units in the second quintile, we're going to give each a tax credit amounting to the 1/5th of the ratable difference between their family income and the $49,788 threshold.  There is an approximately $22,000 range in this quintile so the average household will receive $2,000. That will cost $40 billion a year.
     
  • For the 40 million family units in the first and second quintile we're going to give each a further refundable tax credit amounting to 100% of the funds necessary to reach the 1st quintile threshold (average for the first quintile is $14,000 @ 20 million people) plus, for those under $40,000, another $5,000.  This will cost (20 million * 14,000) + (35 million * 5,000) or $455 billion more a year.

Note that these two direct refundable tax credit disbursements result in nobody having a family income of less than approximately $32,000 after tax.  We spent $495 billion doing it.

Bluntly: If we do this there are no more poor citizens in America unless you care to argue that a $32,000 household income is "poor."  If you do then I'll preempt your statement by telling you that you're stupid and ought to go find a high building and jump, you ****er.

End of discussion.

We started with $2,239 billion that we whacked out of the budget and have spent $495 billion of that eliminating, on a permanent basis, poverty in America.

We have left $1,744 billion each and every year.  We will not run a deficit ($680 billion) any more, and in fact will run a $400 billion surplus on purpose to start paying down the debt.  We now have $764 billion left each and every year.

That $764 billion is roughly 40% of the remaining federal budget.  We therefore will cut all taxes, income FICA, Medicare, everything -- by 30% so as to bring receipts in line with actual spending.

The result of this is:

  • A balanced Federal Budget right now and, over the space of a few decades, a zeroed Federal debt.
     
  • I did not touch the military budget, nor any of the other departments.
     
  • Those who are in the lowest quintile of American life suddenly and permanently have a reasonably middle-class lifestyle.  There is no longer any argument over whether someone will starve irrespective of their economic circumstance, other than by choice.  There are no more poor citizens in America.
     
  • I have permanently stopped all fiscally-driven inflation, and thus destruction of purchasing power, since there are no longer deficits being run.  In fact we now see purchasing power increases over time of about 2.3% annually.

  • Those who are in the second quintile will see their after tax income effectively rise to their pre-tax income.

  • And everyone, from poor on up, will see a 30% reduction in all federal taxes and fees.

Note that I left a hell of a lot of Socialism in the Federal Government due to handing out money to the lowest two quintiles.  However, I got rid of all of the government waste and corruption at once in social programs by doing it this way, and as a result what has happened is that the people in the lower economic strata got all the money instead of a quarter of it with the various scam artists in and around the government stealing the rest.

I also broke the Medical Monopolies -- everyone can now afford to pay cash for their medical care.

And, I did it while cutting taxes across-the-board by 30% while not only balancing the budget immediately, not in 10 or 20 years in some phantasm of lies and fraud, but also while putting $400 billion a year toward retiring the debt.

We're not short on money in this country, nor on taxation.

We're short on integrity and people who argue otherwise are liars.

Argue with my math; if I missed something or made an error, show me where.

PS: Before the criticism commences, let me point out that I'm well-aware of adverse selection and the arguments that can be raised in support of it, including the fact that were we to do this we might end up with a lot of people in that first quintile by choice!  After all, $32,000 as a guaranteed household income is pretty good for doing nothing!

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