Archive for February 10, 2018

by baldilocks

Stuff like this isn’t even surprising anymore.

BERLIN — After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.

The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing.

To be fair, the CIA has a long record of fail, if the list of agency “debacles” in Legacy of Ashes is any indication. I put the word debacles in quotation marks because many of the CIA’s failures seem to be of the willful variety.

The FBI’s list is probably longer, but only because the FBI has been in existence longer.

I wonder what would happen if all the “intelligence” agencies were disbanded. I have a dream.

Not to be outdone by our investigative agencies in sleuthing is this guy.

American spies are not the only ones who have dealt with Russians claiming to have secrets to sell. Cody Shearer, an American political operative with ties to the Democratic Party, has been crisscrossing Eastern Europe for more than six months to secure the purported kompromat from a different Russian, said people familiar with the efforts, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid damaging their relationship with him.

Reached by phone late last year, Mr. Shearer would say only that his work was “a big deal — you know what it is, and you shouldn’t be asking about it.” He then hung up.

Mr. Shearer’s efforts grew out of work he first began during the 2016 campaign, when he compiled a pair of reports that, like the dossier, also included talk of a video and Russian payoffs to Trump associates. It is not clear what, if anything, Mr. Shearer has been able to purchase.

I’m sure Shearer is having a blast rolling through Eastern Europe, financed — no doubt — by rich Democrats, playing out his James Bond fantasies. I’d have to think twice if offered a gig like that.

Be sure to read it all. And if the ridiculousness of it scares you, remember that this sort of thing has been going on a long time, long before most of us were born. And, somehow, our country is still standing.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Everyone thinks Trump’s military parade is a dumb idea. Well, everyone in the media anyway, and sadly there is a vocal minority in the military that is attempting to lend their voices as well.

We’ve done military parades before. CNN of all places had a neat wrap up of pictures from previous military parades. While we haven’t done them for a while, that is probably due to under sizing and under-resourcing our military. The last big military parade was in 1991, when we had almost 530 ships. Only a few years later, in 1995, we were under 400, and now we are under 300. Similar downsizing happened for the other services.


Newsweek vs DaTechGuy Blog

Posted: February 10, 2018 by datechguy in Uncategorized

A while back I teased Newsweek as being worth less than a Whopper Jr.

Believe it or not things have gotten worse over there and apparently it’s not just another case of “get work go broke”

The publisher of Newsweek and the International Business Times has been engaging in fraudulent online traffic practices that helped it secure a major ad buy from a US government agency, according to a new report released today by independent ad fraud researchers., the publisher’s US business site, last year won a significant portion of a large video and display advertising campaign for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency. Social Puncher, a consulting firm that investigates online ad fraud, alleges in its report that the ads were displayed to an audience on that includes a significant amount of “cheap junk traffic with a share of bots.”

So in addition to a magazine whose left wing tilt is so steep that it falls over like a drunk on saturday night they’re apparently a bunch of dishonest leftists with a tilt so steep they fall over like a drunk on Saturday night.

Yes, it seems Newsweek — once the Pepsi to Time’s Coke, with US News and World Reports filling the role of RC Cola — was ginning up its stats with those miserable banes of the internet experience, pop-up and pop-under ads. Even better: the ads appeared on video pirating sites, which means the consumer-fraud protection ads were displayed to consumers engaged in intellectual property theft.

And ad buyers are taking note:

“You lied, you cheated, and you destroyed the trust that your organization held in all of our eyes. Worse yet, your actions dragged everyone else into the mud with you,” Brandzooka said in a statement Thursday.

“That’s why as of [Thursday] morning, we have blocked Newsweek from our platform and will no longer serve any of our 22,000 users ads on the site.

“Deceit, lying, and cheating have no place in our industry or in the modern ad world,” the statement said.

Of course they mean deceit, lying and cheating have no place when dealing with them.  Selling fake news to advance the Democrat narrative?  I’m sure that’s still just fine.

The irony, they still have their web site up and while I”m still in day five of GoDaddy exile.

Perhaps if I was a lying, cheating dishonest anti-trump liberal site, I might not have that worry.

Via Instapundit.