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Sep 26 16:46

Bombing Enemies That Can’t Fight Back

What, precisely, is the US military for, and what, precisely, can it do? In practical terms, how powerful is it? On paper, it is formidable, huge, with carrier battle groups, advanced technology, remarkable submarines, satellites, and so on. What does this translate to?

Military power does not exist independently, but only in relation to specific circumstances. Comparing technical specifications of the T-14 to those of the M1A2, or Su-34 to F-15, or numbers of this to numbers of that, is an interesting intellectual exercise. It means little without reference to specific circumstances.

Sep 26 16:40

Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

The huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which wiped security journalist Brian Krebs' website from the internet came from a million-device-strong Internet of Things botnet.

"Attack appears to include numerous IoT devices, including security cameras. Still itemizing them," an Akamai spokesman told El Reg by email.

The attack "included substantial shaped traffic (traffic directly controlled by that botnet operator), rather than merely reflected, amplified unshaped traffic," he added.

Sep 26 16:38

Dr Strangelove Or UK General? Londoners Asked What They Think Of ‘Russian Aggression’

A retired British military chief says Vladimir Putin’s Russia could easily crush Britain and NATO.

Sep 26 16:37

Curfew Lifted In Charlotte But Peaceful Protests Continue

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, have announced the end to a citywide curfew that was put in place a couple of days ago, amid unrest over the police killing of a black man.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, made the decision after several days of protests against the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20.

Sep 26 16:24

WORLD OF DEBT…

Global debt issuance is on course to hit a record high in 2016 as figures showed sales this year topped $5 trillion (£3.9 trillion) at the end of September. Debt issuance rose to $5.02 trillion in the nine months to September 22, according to Dealogic, putting 2016 on course to beat the all-time high of $6.6 trillion recorded in 2006.

Sep 26 16:16

Scott Adams: We're on the Cusp of Something Here That I think is Much Bigger Than Just Electing the President

“We’re on the cusp of something here that I think is much bigger than just electing the President. There is a complete change of awareness. I think there’s like a fundamental shift of awareness that’s happening now.”

Sep 26 15:42

Everything You Need to Know About The Debate – Event Details, Rules, Scandals…

As we've said before, grab your popcorn, this is going to be fun...

Sep 26 15:40

Documents Reveal Widespread Abuse of Social Media Spying Tools by California Cops

By Derrick Broze

The release of thousands of pages of documents has revealed that California law enforcement have secretly acquired social media monitoring tools that focus on activists.

The American Civil Liberties Union of California has obtained thousands of pages of documents pertaining to California law enforcement agencies secretly purchasing social media surveillance software. The ACLU of California filed open records requests with 63 police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys across California and found that at least 20 agencies across California are in possession of social media monitoring tools...

Sep 26 15:40

Trump Vows To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital After Meeting Netanyahu

Republican nominee Donald Trump pledged to recognize Jerusalem as the “undivided capital” of Israel if elected president as he met with Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, while Hillary Clinton told the Israeli PM she would oppose BDS and UN meddling.

Sep 26 15:38

Hillary “Hires Psychologists To Undermine Trump”… Just As CIA Does In Assessing Egos of Foreign Adversaries

She isn’t focusing on policy, talking points, or on warming up her notoriously cold and unapproachable personality in order to connect with voters and foster ‘trust.’

No, she is preparing to attack Trump’s personality. These debates are about to become a battle of egos at the psychological warfare level.

Hillary Clinton’s advisers are … seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him … at the first presidential debate …

Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage.

Read more at SHTF

Sep 26 15:32

“Before They Exchange Blows”: Economic Facts Americans Should Remember in Trump-Clinton Debate

During the debate, Trump and Clinton will talk a lot about tinkering with tax rates and regulations, but those measures are essentially going to be meaningless when compared to the massive economic tsunami that is coming. The next president is going to inherit the biggest economic problems that this nation has ever faced, and it is going to take a miracle of Biblical proportions to turn the U.S. economy in the right direction.

Sep 26 15:26

Rush Limbaugh: Scott Adams Nails It on Trump's "Pacing and Leading"

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RUSH: You all read the cartoon Dilbert? You've heard of the guy, right? He's got an interesting piece here. It's a very long piece about why he switched his endorsement from Clinton to Trump. And there are a number of reasons. I want to focus on reason number five that he gives. This is really, really insightful. I'm looking at the clock. I'm gonna need more time for it than I have before we have to go to the break. So let's do that. Let's go to the break, I'll come back and I'll share with you what Dilbert's theory, number five here, his explanation, why he's decided to switch from Clinton and is voting for Trump.

Sep 26 15:21

Scott Adams: Trump’s African-American Reframing

Do you remember last week (or so) when Trump was saying that things are worse for African-Americans in 2016 than at any time in their history?

You probably laughed because it was such a ridiculous thing to say. And perhaps you wondered what kind of person says something that is so clearly false. The answer is a Master Persuader. That’s who.

Sep 26 15:14

Could the Elite Be Dumping Hillary? “Even the Deep State Needs Consent of the Governed”

Even if everyone in the room and even behind the curtain holds their nose at Trump when he walks in the room or says something bombastic, Trump has something that Hillary could never buy: the sense of being a truly outside option, a chance at resetting and trying again. What has been done in America up to this point has, very clearly, not worked for the average American, the dying middle class families and the increasing number of desperate and poor populations. In that climate and that context, it would seem that even a completely rigged election could hardly favor Hillary – she’s the new face of the system’s dirty diaper. Time to go.

Sep 26 14:58

An Obsolescent Military: Bombing Everything, Gaining Nothing

The wars in the Mid-East illustrate the principle nicely. Iraq didn’t work. Libya didn’t work. Iran didn’t back down. ISIS and related curiosities? The Pentagon is again bombing an enemy that can’t fight back — its specialty — but that it seems unable to defeat. The wrong military, wrong enemy, wrong war, wrong world.

Sep 26 14:45

OMG PC : Hofstra University Provides ‘Trigger Warning’ for Presidential Debate

According to CBS New York reporter Tony Aiello, a sign inside of the student center at Hofstra reads, “Trigger warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”

Sep 26 14:45

She Is My Son: Afghanistan’s Bacha Posh, When Girls Become Boys

These Afghan girls have to reject their femininity and pretend to be male. They are called Bacha Posh.

Sep 26 14:31

It might be time to dust off the government shutdown clocks. A senior Democratic aide said Senate Democrats are expected to block the stopgap spending plan that’s currently on the table.

It might be time to dust off the government shutdown clocks. A senior Democratic aide said Senate Democrats are expected to block the stopgap spending plan that’s currently on the table.

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