Thursday, June 30, 2016

About the Convenience of that Email Server

Not the biggest day in news out of, but one which may turn out to be a turning point. In her deposition to Judicial Watch, Huma Abedin Testifies: Hillary's Determination to Use a Subpoena-Proof Invisible Email System Interfered With Her Ability to Do Her Job
Remember, everyone: the official reason Hillary says she set up her own server was for "convenience."
Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin testified Tuesday that the private email server Clinton chose to use for both personal and government communications may have hindered the former secretary of state's ability to do her job.
Citing an instance in which Clinton missed a call from a foreign minister because aides did not receive her emails on the matter, Abedin testified that the private email arrangement might have interfered with Clinton's ability to carry out her duties.
"So she wasn't able to do her job, do what she needed to do," Abedin said of the incident.
The former deputy chief of staff to Clinton was deposed Tuesday by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch in its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over Abedin's personnel records....
Although Clinton claimed in March 2015 and many times since to have used private email in order to consolidate her communications on a single device, Abedin confirmed reports that Clinton had used multiple devices to access her emails.
"It was not her practice to do so, but when her system on her BlackBerry went down, there was a period where I know she did use her email on her iPad for maybe a week or two, if I remember correctly," she said.
We always knew the "convenience" excuse was a lie. She had multiple devices anyway. It was always about avoiding FOIA.

THE FBI INVESTIGATION OF HILLARY: IS THE FIX IN? Bill meets privately with Loretta Lynch at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona. What did they talk about?
Lynch said the private meeting on the tarmac did not involve these topics. “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.
As Ace notes:
Yoga routines, she claims -- she swears they talked "a great deal" about personal stuff, like about grandchildren.
"Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.
Note that Hillary claimed the emails she deleted involved her granddaughter.
This seems to be the go-to lie this bunch favors-- "The American Rubes like Families, so we'll claim all our corrupt communications have to do with babies and puppies!!!"
Speaking in Mogadishu, Hillary Calls Confiscating Your Guns a "Civil Rights" Issue Of course it's a civil rights issue. She's the one on the side of taking away civil rights.

From Wombat-socho's In The Mailbox: "06.29.16", Former Navy SEAL – Hillary Killed My Friends In Benghazi

A great cornucopia at  Larwyn's Linx 6/29/16, Why Hillary Is Stalling Her FBI InterviewThe Crazy People Have Taken Charge of the Democratic PartyIt took me six days to fact-check a Hillary speech--it was that badHillary Clinton’s Callous Response To Official Benghazi ReportTrump is going to winTrump and Clinton issue 2 very different statements on Istanbul terror attacksViolent Hillary Supporters Prepare For Cleveland And The Republican ConventionDems Mistakenly Reveal Absurd Amount of Money Clinton Friend Got For ‘Consulting’GOP Benghazi report charges Obama-Clinton did nothing to save livesBenghazi Report: Obama Skipped Intel Briefing the Day After, Went to Vegas FundraiserHere’s a Damning Part of Benghazi Report That We All Should Be Talking AboutBenghazi report claims military failed to act after terrorist attack beganNew Hacked Emails Said to Show How Hard Clinton Staffers Work to Keep Press AwaySecret Service Agent Said 'Good Morning' To Hillary, Check Out Her Nasty Response and from Larwyn's Linx 6/30/16Gross impropriety: AG Lynch meets secretly with Bill ClintonDems circle wagons of lies around Hillary after Benghazi reportShocker: Clinton Super PAC Took Illegal $200K Donation#NeverTrump prefers a president with a top aide with ties to terrorLoretta Lynch Privately Meets With Bill Clinton Aboard Personal PlaneJudge Expands Investigation into Hillary Clinton’s Dealings with Foundation DonorsThe Clinton Foundation is a 'conspiracy' that Hillary and Bill use as a 'piggy bank'Five Key Takeaways From Huma Abedin’s Deposition Testimony,

Battleground ad spending in June: Team Hillary $26 million, Team Trump 0

More untold horrifying tales of Hillary’s time in the White House More suspicions about Vince Fosters suicide:
Vince Foster even made an appointment with a psychiatrist shortly before he died, but he killed himself before that meeting.

A suicide note was found — but not until six days after he died. And it was suspiciously located in his briefcase, torn to pieces with one piece missing. The briefcase was supposedly searched right after his death and — again presumably — no suicide note was discovered.

The contents of the note were never released and Lisa refused to discuss the matter with an investigator. There were rumors that it wasn’t even a suicide note — that it was just the ramblings of a disgruntled White House insider written well before he took his life.
A bit like the Rose Law firm billing records, which mysteriously reappeared after several years.  

Never Has Business Seemed So Compelling

I didn't understand a word that she said, but I still watched it five times.

I'll Settle for $5,000

As I reported a few weeks ago, after ignoring it's increasingly anxious hints, Microsoft updated my computer to Windows 10 one night without my having agreed to it ahead of time. Annoying, but at least I was considering it. But now I hear Woman Sues Microsoft for Windows 10 Upgrade
Do you know how to protect your computer against Microsoft's stealth upgrade process to Windows 10? I'll get to that in greater detail shortly, but one California woman didn't, but her frustration turned into a $10,000 payday:
Teri Goldstein of Sausalito, California, said a few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 publicly in July 2015, the computer at her travel agency business tried to download it without her consent. The update failed and her computer "slowed to a crawl," crashing at times and becoming "unusable for days at a time."
"I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein said. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update."
Goldstein attempted to reach Microsoft's customer support department to fix the problem, but that apparently didn't work, so she decided to take Microsoft to court. She sought compensation for lost wages and to cover the cost of a new computer.
As it would happen, Goldstein won the case, earning a $10,000 judgement, after Microsoft decided not to appeal. A Microsoft representative said the company didn't want to take the legal battle any further to "avoid the expense of further litigation," according to The Times.
Microsoft denied any wrongdoing.
Microsoft was so, so wrong -- and that's why they settled the suit so quickly. Personally, I don't have any strong feelings about Windows 10 one way or the other. I switched to Mac ten years ago after Redmond pushed back a WinXP upgrade once again, and Apple finally switched to Intel chips. And I reserve the right to switch platforms yet again (Hello, Linux!) if and when Apple ever loses its way. But I am so, so against anyone taking over my computer for their purposes.
My own experiences with Windows 10. It still boots faster, and settles down quicker than the old Windows 7. I've gotten used to the largely cosmetic changes that it made in the way files are stored. Actually, it would be more accurate to say how it presents how files are stored; they're all still where they used to be but Windows Exploder seems to show them in different ways, possibly more useful ways.  It would also be nice to kill the lock screen on a computer no one else uses, and I miss my butterfly screensaver, both problems I could probably solve with a little research and some guts. But my big complaint so far is a memory problem with a program called runtime broker.
Runtime Broker is a Windows process in Task Manager that helps manage permissions on your PC for apps from Windows Store. It should only use a few megabytes of memory, but in some cases, a faulty app might cause Runtime Broker to use up to a gigabyte of RAM or more.

If your RAM use is high and your PC is running slowly, an app may be the cause of the problem. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager and then, on the Processes tab, check to see how much memory Runtime Broker is using. If it’s using more than 15% of your memory, you probably have an issue with an app on your PC. To stop Runtime Broker from using so much memory, select Runtime Broker in the list, select End task to close Runtime Broker, and then restart your computer.
Occasionally, once or twice a week or so, something sets it off, and it sends my drive whirring while slowing down the computer. At some point it usually breaks in and suggests closing runtime broker, but once I locked the computer beyond recovery, and literally had to pull the plug.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Today

A quick report. Pretty awesome weather for July, temperatures in the high 70s with low humidity (after last night's thunderstorms), a modest north wind, and plenty of white, puffy clouds.
Skye found plenty of admirers, which always makes it a good day for her.

"Why did we stop?"

Do you see it?
A Chain Pickerel hanging out at the back of the harbor where I found the Snakehead a while back. A member of the pike family that tolerates a fair amount of salinity, and is widely found in Chesapeake tributaries. I've caught a few over the years, just as incidental catches. I've also seen a few in the harbor before.

The Usual Crowd Still Fighting Fracking in Maryland

The debate over “fracking” has begun anew in Maryland.
State regulators recently announced they were beginning to draft new regulations for extracting natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, which they plan to release this summer. That triggered an outcry, signaling a likely showdown early next year over whether to lift Maryland’s moratorium on the controversial drilling process or impose a permanent ban.

Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, told the crowd at a public meeting Monday night in Baltimore that his staff is “striving for reasonable and balanced approaches” to regulating natural gas extraction. But the overwhelming reaction from the crowd of more than 120 people present at MDE headquarters was not to bother — they don’t believe fracking can be done safely, and they don’t want it in the state, period.
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Grumbles explained that MDE intends to stick largely with drilling rules proposed last year by former Gov. Martin O’Malley. O’Malley had touted his plan, produced after a five-year hold on fracking to study the issue, as the most stringent in the nation and a “gold standard” for ensuring it could be done safely.

But state lawmakers responded by imposing a moratorium on any drilling until October 2017, to give them a chance to review any regulations before they could take effect.

The MDE secretary said his staff is weighing making the previously proposed rules stricter in a couple instances, while easing several others. The goal, as a PowerPoint presentation put it, would be “protection of public health, safety and natural resources and allow for responsible development of the State’s natural gas resources.”
Of course, EPA, no friend of fracking has all but entirely cleared fracking of the most often cited excuse for banning it, pollution of drinking water aquifers. As with any industrial process, there are environmental concerns that need to be addressed with a reasonable look at costs versus effects, but these people aren't interested in the actual environment, only feeling better about about themselves.

Pent Up News from

I can't put it off any longer. After taking Monday off for a dearth of material, and Tuesday off to go fishing, the build up of material is overwhelming. First off, new developments in the email scandal:

More previously unreleased Clinton emails emerge  Shocker: Judicial Watch Unveils Even More Clinton Work-Related Emails Which She, Get This, DeletedThe pattern seems to be that she deleted emails about her illegal email system.
And she's claiming those are "personal."

Indeed. Crime is a personal kind of thing.
. . .
Meanwhile, Citizens United is also accusing the State Department of delaying the release of emails involving "Diane Reynolds," which is actually Chelsea Clinton's nom de cybercrime.
Even Chris Cillizza, a Clinton shitll at the Washington Post:  Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe. I'm sure he'll manage by next week. CBS struggled to bury the story: CBS's Face the Nation Notes Embarrassing News on Clinton Email Investigation
. . . CBS buried the development at the end of its roundtable segment, as host John Dickerson hurriedly raised the issue, referring to it as "not good." Dickerson: "Susan, we have just about 20 seconds left. There was news on the email front with Hillary Clinton. Didn't turn over an email that showed there were problems with her server. That's not good."
Judge Nap: Leaks Could Trigger 'Saturday Night Massacre' in Hillary Email Probe. Well, they should, if the administration blocks the prosecution of this deliberate intelligence risk.
On "Mornings With Maria," Judge Napolitano explained that the email was from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the then-secretary of state and her inner circle, saying that they had been hacked and they were temporarily disabling State Department security features to accommodate Clinton’s private server.
JVW at Patterico's is having trouble Keeping Up with Hillary’s Lies.

Yesterday was the day Huma Abedin was supposed to be deposed by Judicial Watch about Hillary's email.  No news from that so far that I've seen, so maybe she took the fifth 125 or so times. Today should be undersecretary for management at the State Department Patrick Kennedy's day in the chair.

In Benghazi news, Democrats claimed victory in that the House Republican's investigating Benghazi found no new evidence of Hillary's criminality in their report. That's a fairly low bar. They did reveal however, that the administrations first response was not to attempt a rescue, but to figure out who to blame for inciting the violence (as we all know, they settled on a US film maker), that the Marine team being prepared for the rescue mission got in and out of uniform 4 times before ultimately ultimately being waved off, that one of Hillary's aides, Cheryl Mills was involved in  selecting staff for the State Dept's Accountability Review Board, and that the reason for the Benghazi consulate and the weak security there was to give Hillary a political accomplishment for the 2016 election.

In their response, apparently as functionally computer illiterate as Hillary, House Democrats mistakenly release transcript confirming big payout to Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal.
The Democrats on the House Benghazi committee released their final conclusions from the inquiry into attacks on Americans in that Libyan city in 2012, and in the report they say, once again, that the investigation is a politically motivated sham aimed at damaging the reputation of Hillary Clinton.

But the report, which the Democrats published as a preemptive strike before the Republican majority releases findings likely to charge ineptitude and deception by the former secretary of State, also revealed, apparently unintentionally, details about the eye-popping amount of money a close Clinton friend and advisor made in a contract with a pro-Clinton nonprofit.
. . .
But the redaction marks are easily erased by anyone able to use a computer’s cut-and-paste function.
They also named Donald Trump, who had absolutely nothing to do with Benghazi, 23 times. Way to stick to the subject at hand, guys and gals.

Mother of Benghazi victim slams Hillary: ‘I’m not the liar — you are!’ while Benghazi survivor fights radical Islam, counters Obama’s ‘lies’ on terrorist threat,
Former Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto has started a nonprofit called Leading From the Front, which he hopes will translate into a national movement to drive home the real threat Islamic extremists pose to America.

“Radical Islam is at war with America, and we are slowly losing,” Mr. Paronto said. “From Benghazi to Orlando, we are seeing the deadly consequences of President Obama and Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s ‘leading from behind’ and their willful blindness towards the threat of radical Islam.”
A double crop from Wombat-socho's "In the Mailbox". From 06.27.16 Ben Shapiro Reminds Hillary What SCOTUS Ruling Really Means, and from 06.28.16Hillary, Obama, And Benghazi,
Best Spin NYT Can Give Is “No New Evidence Of Wrongdoing By Hillary Clinton”, Benghazi Survivor Lays Out Hillary Lies, Final Benghazi Report Shows White House And Hillary Lied, Our Boys Died – PR Was Priority and Crooked Hillary CC’d Muslim Brotherhood Lie

On the Clinton Corruption Watch, Pro-Hillary super-PAC scored $200K in donations from federal contractor and Clinton Foundation's Accounting Firm Prosecuted by SEC
And that’s not all. BKD, the small accounting firm Bill Clinton selected and kept for years to do his foundation’s books, was also prosecuted by the FDIC, according to Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

The SEC and FDIC prosecutions were “for ‘unprofessional conduct’ and ‘gross negligence,’ according to federal court documents. And the Public Company Oversight Accounting Board (PCOAB), the nation’s top federal oversight agency for American accounting firms, reported that BKD violated auditor independence rules over the years, which its inspectors reported as ‘significant deficiencies,’” according to Pollock.

The foundation switched to PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2013 and restated its tax filings for 2010 through 2014. Pollock quotes Wall Street whistle blower Charles Ortel saying the restatements suggest there was a “a long pattern of gross negligence and willful malfeasance on the part of the trustees” who kept BKD for more than a decade.
In Hillary's Veepstakes, Hillary’s top Veep (Tim Kaine) pick just undermined one of her most compelling arguments for the White House, and Elizabeth Warren just cemented her status as the media favorite for Hillary Clinton’s VP. But that was then, and this is now:  O'Malley confronted with his past criticism of Clinton

Miscellaneous links;

Trump details '50 facts' attacking Clinton. That's all?

Things that make you go Hmmm? Hillary, Huma make ‘surprise’ visit to NYC Gay Pride parade 

Clinton makes bid for Silicon Valley Vote: Clinton wants high-speed Internet in every U.S. home by 2020

Dogs: So Nice We Tamed Them Twice

From Science, where I still have a subscription: Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs


The geographic and temporal origins of dogs remain controversial. We generated genetic sequences from 59 ancient dogs and a complete (28x) genome of a late Neolithic dog (dated to ~4800 calendar years before the present) from Ireland. Our analyses revealed a deep split separating modern East Asian and Western Eurasian dogs. Surprisingly, the date of this divergence (~14,000 to 6400 years ago) occurs commensurate with, or several millennia after, the first appearance of dogs in Europe and East Asia.

Additional analyses of ancient and modern mitochondrial DNA revealed a sharp discontinuity in haplotype frequencies in Europe. Combined, these results suggest that dogs may have been domesticated independently in Eastern and Western Eurasia from distinct wolf populations. East Eurasian dogs were then possibly transported to Europe with people, where they partially replaced European Paleolithic dogs.
The article in the magazine has some interesting graphics showing the geographic distribution of the extent of mixing of the two lines of dogs, and a dendrogram showing where a number of breeds fall on the mixing line.

The People are Revolting

I’M SENSING A THEME HERE: President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For “Violating the Rules:” “It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate.”

Meanwhile, back at the Post, “The EU’s biggest threat is the will of its people.”

Good news, citizens of Europe: The Washington Post openly loathes you almost as much as it hates evangelical Christian Americans!


(Newsweek’s infamous “We Are All Socialists Now” headline in early February of 2009 ran when the magazine was still controlled by the Post, before being offloaded for $1.00. The late Sidney Harman definitely overpaid.)
Meanwhile, in Brussels: