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Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:40 AM

1. Yeah, calling cards.

Or misdirection, done to tweak the noses of local (D) parties and feed more of the anti-Russian paranoia that's going on. Did Russian groups, often under the aegis of the GRU or FSB, try to do some seriously bad things? Yeah. Were their attempts successful? In a lot of instances. But it's still more likely that their real effect was feeding the general American smear-frenzy and hunger for scandal-mongering, and that's mostly on us. So of course we want a smoking gun showing that they hacked actual voting equipment and altered vote results--it means that we Democrats really won by any measure, and that feels good; it also means that we Americans didn't shoot ourselves in the foot, and admitting that feels bad. And if they did it in a way that didn't entail intense stupidity, like clicking on a link that says "Win a phree Ifone!" but with the URL "all-ur-data-r-putins.ru", so much the better.


I really dislike going to a page just to find it's been hacked. Sort of pointless, that sort of thing: It's not clear what the hacker gets unless there's some malware download built in, even if the hacker is just elsewhere in the US. Internationally, you'd have to wonder. Esp. if the website server isn't where any databases are kept.

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