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With the Release of a New TOP GUN Movie Trailer Some Alterations of the Patriotic Film for the Chinese Are Found

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Nothing displays nationalism better than appeasement for a foreign marketplace.

The cultural detonation this past week has subsided, as the annual San Diego Comic Con just concluded. The 2019 affair was as expected with all manner of studio excess on display in the effort to pimp and promote their entertainment properties. One of the bigger news items was that Tom Cruise was on a panel to promote his film to be released in 2020, “Top Gun: Maverick”.

In one of the practiced methods of hype inducement Cruise “surprised” those in attendance to his panel by showing a new extended trailer for the film. It is a blend of new and arresting images to go along with numerous touchstone visuals from the original film.

There is a dose of curiosity that was spotted in one scene of this trailer. Mark MacKinnon, from the Globe And Mail noticed that there were some subtle alterations made to the iconic bomber jacket that the titular flying ace wears in both the original, and in this long-in-the-works sequel.

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This is both a very minor visual clue, but also a significant indicator of Hollywood making artistic changes for the sake of the Chinese marketplace. The original jacket worn was said to originate with Maverick’s father, himself a decorated war hero. But is this actually a dose of ret-conning taking place, altering the film’s history to appease the communist authorities who oversee the film industry in China?

This seems to be the case. One of the other nuances of working in the Chinese theatrical marketplace is that the Chi-Coms offer a smaller percentage of the box office returns to Hollywood studios than most international territories. A Hollywood-produced film will only garner a 25% return of the ticket sales (most other countries the take is around 40-45%). If the movie is a Chinese co-production however then the Hollywood studio get a larger percentage of the business generated.

“Top Gun: Maverick” will fall into the latter category, as this sequel to a film many called jingoistic, was co-produced by the Chinese studio Tencent Pictures. So a blatantly American message film is seeing itself needing to contort its content, to curry favor with the communist leadership.

If you know of any better examples of the fractured morals and artistic standards from that industry we would love to hear of them.

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Shocking Video: Venezuelans Talk About Suffering Under Socialism as “The Squad” Talks Lovingly About It

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The vast majority of Americans have never had to live under socialism and thank the good Lord above for that, but it has had the unintended effect of romanticizing it to various parts of our nation. This includes people in our own government, specifically the foursome known as “The Squad.”

Asking Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib both consider socialism to be one of the most fabulous things since sliced bread lines and speak lovingly of the economic system during interviews. What’s more, many in America are seduced by the promise of “equality,” and the “fairness” of “free” things for everyone.

Thanks in part to media, activists, and politicians like those in “The Squad,” socialism has come off as a solution to all of societies ills. History tells a different story. In reality, socialism is a rot that infects and then destroys countries. It’s an economic system that, once taken from paper and put into action, begins to ruin economies and kill people.

Right now, this is most notable in Venezuela, a country that should be a wealthy world power for all intents and purposes, but thanks to socialism is collapsing before our eyes. With a year round growing season and more oil reserves than an oil baron could dream of, Venezuela has everything it needs to be an economic powerhouse, but thanks to socialism its a country of riots, starvation, and disease.

The Daily Caller went to Venezuela to talk to those living under socialism, and the results were shocking. Things we take for granted in the United States are things that people in Venezuela may be killed over. You may wait in line overnight for a loaf of bread, only to get to the front of the line and find out that there isn’t anymore. You may be riding your bike down the street and get shot multiple times just so someone else can have it.

In part of the video, a man had been shot in front of the Daily Caller crew and the police just walked by.

Meanwhile, AOC, Sen. Bernie Sanders and more speak of socialism as successful in other parts of the world.

We always hear about how the socialism that failed in other countries wasn’t “true socialism” but that’s just an excuse to explain an undeniable truth. Humanity and socialism can never coexist. We aren’t made for that kind of system by nature, and forcing it on a species that can’t fit with it will only destroy it. If we can’t glean that from Venezuela, and we continue to embrace it, the United States will come to resemble Venezuela in some form or fashion.

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Our Obsession Over Celebrity Is Hitting Our Children Hard, and China Will Take Advantage Of It

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Over the weekend I saw an article detailing the results of a Harris Poll that was commissioned by LEGO that focused on what children aspired to be in various countries. What I saw was a bit unnerving.

According to the poll, 56 percent of Chinese children said they wanted to be astronauts when they grow up. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of U.S. children wanted anything to do with that.

No, for children in the United States, the number one career choice was to grow up and be a YouTuber or vlogger of some sort at 29 percent.

This worried me, because it showed me how far the United States has fallen in terms of how high it holds up its celebrities. Don’t get me wrong, I watch YouTube for nearly everything, including my news. The vlogger has become just as much a celebrity as the people on the silver screen, only we don’t call them celebrities per se, we call them “influencers.”

And therein lies the draw for American kids. The influencer is just as recognized as the celebrity with the added benefit of never having to leave your home to be one. They get all the recognition and and fame for their work, including the perks of money and free stuff from sponsors. As such, American kids don’t want to grow up to be Neil Armstrong, they’d rather grow up to be PewDiePie.

Instead of exploring the stars, they’d rather sit in front of a camera and talk about their thoughts and opinions. I realize that’s rich coming from a guy whose job is to talk about his thoughts and opinions, but at least I have the excuse that I fell into it by mistake. The very first thing I wanted to be as a kid was an astronaut.

We’ve become so obsessed with ourselves and how people look at us. Our social media fixation has showed us a world where everyone is looking at us and applauding for being entertaining. Meanwhile, Chinese children are actually looking toward the future and figuring out how to get off this Kardashian infested rock where a makeup tutorial is more viewed than news about the latest scientific breakthrough.

I have to say, however, that I’m not blaming the children. Generation Z was born into this. This is the world that they know and understand. The successful people, at least to them, are the ones who are sitting in their living rooms with a camera and making millions of dollars talking to people. It’s something that they can do too, right now. They don’t need training or need to slog through horrible times in order to finally achieve their goal. They can just pull out the high-tech computer in their pocket, switch on an app and begin broadcasting.

American culture is so infectious and addictive that Gen Z never had a chance. The fastest and most effective way to change the world now is to become a recognized face within it.

Chinese culture has not fallen to that, however. Not, at least, to the extent the west has.

And while we’re looking at ourselves in our computer screens while we talk, Chinese children are looking at the stars. While we obsess over celebrity, Chinese children obsess over the future. Rest assured, the day is approaching swiftly when we’ll look up and see China above us both figuratively and very, very literally.

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As #MuellerIsComing Trends, Disappointment Looms Large Again

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The media and Democrats are currently in the process of hyping up Robert Mueller’s coming testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. He will appear on Wednesday morning to answer questions about his report, which has already been shown to be suspect at best.

As has happened so many times over the last few years, we are being assured that this is finally it. Robert Mueller is going to lay bare that Donald Trump is a criminal, colluded with the Russians, and should be charged with obstruction of justice.

Are we really doing this again?

The above list posted by Scott Dworkin is pure delusion. If Mueller were to do even one of those things, he’d show himself to be a liar and his report to be irrelevant. His report clearly did not charge that the president committed any crimes. It also established absolutely no conspiracy between Trump campaign officials (or himself) and the Russian government. On obstruction, even as Mueller’s report showed itself to be massaged with false framing to create that impression, the special counsel still did not arrive at a conclusion of a crime there. The idea that Mueller, after failing to recommend indictments in his actual report, will now do that for Jerry Nadler is asinine on its face.

In a phrase, none of this makes any sense.

In fact, we know what Mueller is going to say because he’s already told us what he’s going to say. Take this line from a hand wringing NBC News editorial worrying that Democrats are about to sabotage their impeachment case.

However, Mueller’s stated position that he will not testify to anything beyond what is contained in his written report injects serious risk to the success of the Democrats’ strategy. “There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” Mueller said on May 29.

Known as a man of his word, Mueller is unlikely to budge from that limitation.

Democrats on the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees may — and, in fact, almost certainly would — nonetheless ask Mueller open-ended questions in the hopes that the normally-taciturn witness would give quote-worthy narrative answers laying out a case against President Trump for obstruction of justice. That outcome is unlikely.

While that article boils down to partisan concern wrapped in analysis, it’s not actually wrong. Democrats have almost nothing to gain from Mueller testifying and everything to lose. He is not going to say anything outside the bounds of his report because to do so would show him to be a partisan actor and invalidate the report itself.

So why do it? Because they’ve got nothing else. This is their Hail Mary from the 50 yard line with five seconds left. The hope is that some intrepid Congressional member can trap Mueller and force him to say something he hasn’t said before. To be frank, given the lack of intellectual heft we’ve seen from Jerry Nadler’s committee before, the chances of that approach zero.

In the end, Mueller’s testimony is going to be a dud. It’ll offer nothing new and disappointment will come crashing down onto the heads of the #resistance yet again. Just last week, the SDNY crushed one of their last great hopes by closing their case involving Michael Cohen and campaign finance violations. For years, we’d be assured the real fight was in the SDNY and that they’d certainly take down Trump. Nope.

It’s all just getting pathetic at this point. There’s an election in a little over a year now. These people would be far better served to put their energy into that contest rather than continuing to flail about, desperately hoping that the heavens open and lightening strikes from above.

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Although Anti-Trumper Chris Wallace Tries To Stop It, Stephen Miller Shatters AOC, Omar Narrative

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In this combination image from left; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., July 10, 2019, Washington, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., March 12, 2019, in Washington, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., July 12, 2019, in Washington, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., July 10, 2019, in Washington. In tweets Sunday, President Donald Trump portrays the lawmakers as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to their home countries. In fact, the lawmakers, except one, were born in the U.S. (AP Photo)

 

Fox News’ Chris Wallace’s anti-Trump bias was on full display Sunday night during his interview with Stephen Miller, Trump’s Senior White House Adviser. When Wallace wasn’t interrupting Miller, or bashing President Trump for stoking racial tensions, he sat pursing his lips with a look of undisguised skepticism on his face. If only he had been half as aggressive when he hosted a town hall event for 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg a couple of months ago.

Anyway, Miller was well aware he was in enemy territory and was fully prepared as the two debated the public feud between Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar which had erupted the previous weekend with his “go back to where they came from” tweets and escalated when his supporters began an impromptu “send her back” chant at his N.C. rally.

I’ll present some of the highlights (emphasis mine) and the entire interview can be viewed in the video below.

Wallace began by showing a clip of Trump’s tweets along with several other remarks that he deemed to be racist. He asked Miller, “Why shouldn’t someone see all of that as racist?”

Miller replied:

I think the term “racist,” Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by the left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don’t want to hear.

The reality is that this president has been a president for all Americans, whether you look at historically low black unemployment rates, historically low Hispanic unemployment rates, or if you look at what he’s doing on immigration to protect safety, security, rising wages for all American citizens.

I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin, that that makes it racial criticism. You saw from Congresswoman Pressley this week that she was saying that if you are — if you’re brown, you have to speak like a brown person; if you’re black, you have to speak like a black person. That’s the kind of ideology the president is rejecting.

If you want to have a color-blind society, it means you can criticize immigration policy, you can criticize people’s views, you can ask questions about where they’re born and not have it be seen as racial.

Wallace criticized Trump for allowing supporters at his rally to chant “send her back,” noting that it lasted for 13 seconds before subsiding. 

Miller reminded Wallace that Trump did condemn the chant and said:

All the people in that audience and millions of patriotic Americans all across this country are tired of being beat up, condescended to, looked down upon, talked down to by members of Congress on the left in Washington, D.C., and their allies in many corners of the media.

Then, Miller went on the offensive:

You saw the quotes from Representative Omar saying ‘some people did something’ at 9/11. And yes, if you watch it in context, it’s worse. You saw the quotes from Representative Omar talking about how, ‘oh, well, we talk about al Qaeda in menacing tone — and by the way, she’s giggling throughout this interview, but we don’t talk about the Army in a menacing tone. And, yes, if you watch it in context, which I have, it’s even worse.

Miller brought up AOC’s comparison of ICE detention centers to “concentration camps.” He said:

And perhaps the most shocking of all, with the comments made by Representative Ocasio-Cortez saying that our border agents are running concentration camps, and therefore they are Nazis, and therefore, everyone in that audience and you and me and everyone who supports our border patrol are, by extension, Nazis sympathizers. We support Nazis if we support border agents.

I’m a Jew. As a Jew, as an American Jew, I am profoundly outraged by the comments from Ocasio-Cortez. It is a historical smear. It is a sinful comment. It minimizes the death of six million of my Jewish brothers and sisters. It minimizes their suffering and it paints every patriotic law enforcement officer as a war criminal, and those are the comments, Chris, that we need to be focusing on.

Wallace then played clips of Trump on the campaign trail calling Obama ignorant and saying that foreigners were laughing at us. He asked how Trump’s criticism of the U.S. was any different than that from the Squad. Wallace said there is “no question” that Trump was stoking racial divisions. This segment became especially contentious.

There’s a fundamental distinction between people who think that we need to lean into and strengthen America’s core values, whether it’d be our constitutional values, the rule of law, the principles of Western civilization, or people who think it would basically need to turn America into Venezuela. There’s a gigantic, enormous distinction between Donald Trump saying I’m going to get on the world stage and put America first in every single thing we do, versus a view that says America should never come first and American citizens should never come first, which is their view, and that’s what we’re going to take to the ballot box.

Next, Wallace brought up Trump’s criticism of AOC’s reference to the country as garbage. “She didn’t say the country was garbage. She said some of the policies she opposes are garbage.”

It’s literally impossible to read the quote that way. What she saying is there’s a debate in the Democratic Party in which some people want to improve, in her mind, 10% from garbage, which maybe we’ll say is Obamacare, where she wants to do, say Medicare-for-All, which she views being I guess 70% better than garbage. Her point is we’re starting at garbage, so I want to go a little better than garbage.

These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want it to be a socialist, open borders country.

If you, as Donald Trump says, want to destroy America with open borders, you cannot say you love your country. If you attack border agents the way that Ocasio-Cortez has, it means you have a deep-seated hatred of the nation as it exists. Miller concluded. That’s why you want to erase its borders, fundamentally transform the country and in the process, it doesn’t matter if American citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their livelihoods, lose their health coverage, and lose their very lives.

If one didn’t know that Wallace was a Fox News anchor, they might have thought they’d tuned into MSNBC instead. Miller not only managed to hold his own while Wallace played the agitator, but he succeeded in crushing many of the liberal talking points Wallace was parroting. Trump had to have been pleased with Miller’s performance.

Watch the whole interview below.

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If This Is What It Means To Be “Woke,” I’m Going Back To Sleep

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One of the best comedy albums of the last several years is Roy Wood Jr.’s “No One Loves You.” It is probably not on the must-listen list of many readers here, given Wood’s attention to social causes and ideologies that many conservatives don’t agree with, but it is a fantastic and hilarious take on many of these issues that makes the stand-up worth listening to.

In particular, Wood offers a free idea to any entrepreneur who wants to make a million dollars (at least) very easily: Invest an app that tells us what we’re boycotting. Simply enter your beliefs and when you get too close to a place you’re supposed to be boycotting, the app will buzz you.

The concept is hilarious, though sadly extremely necessary. We find ourselves on a daily basis reading some article by someone with strong beliefs saying we need to take our business elsewhere because some company has violated our ethical codes in some way. For the Right, it’s been Starbucks, Target, and most recently Nike. For the Left, it’s Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Chick-Fil-A, and now… Macy’s?

Yep. Macy’s.

Apparently, Macy’s has decided to promote unhealthy beauty standards or some such thing because humor appears to be dying at a tragic rate.

I see the plates as funny. I am not someone who enjoys a skinny lifestyle, and I know several people who likewise would find the plates hilarious. But, apparently, the outrage sparked here was enough for Macy’s corporate office to take notice and decide to pull the plates.

I know eating disorders are a problem, and I know that many people do struggle with mental stress unreachable beauty standards can place on the mind. But… these are plates. They were meant as a joke. It is clear as day that they were meant as a joke, and anyone who has been fighting the battle against eating disorders and mental stress from beauty standards will in all likelihood just not buy the damn plates.

It has to be exhausting to be so woke that you must fight the existence of funny dinnerware. I struggle to keep up simply with the knowledge of what business is good or bad. To actually engage in fighting those companies on social media has to be strenuous.

In all honesty, I would rather be asleep than be this woke. I am starting to get the feeling that, outside of media and social media, many people have decided to stay asleep. There is a difference in being tolerant and understanding and being woke. The former is simply a matter of believing in basic human decency. The latter is forgoing basic human decency to one group entirely in order to prove you believe in basic human decency.

This is dumb, and we are all dumber for it.

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Diamond & Silk Sound Off on the Fresh Face Caucus and Donald John Trump

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You’re no doubt aware of the recent series of strife-riddled occurrences across words and the webisphere between Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump and the “Fresh Face Caucus” consisting of Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and that fascinating fighter of farts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

To catch up on the mess, please see herehere, here, here, and here.

So what do the dynamic duo of Diamond and Silk think about the whole situation?

The two recently spoke to The Daily Caller about the Quad Squad.

Along the way, the ladies also addressed rapper Cardi B’s endorsement of Uncle Bernie Sanders.



As for the Trump dustup, D&S touted the “love it or leave it” philosophy:

“We’ve said it for almost three years: If you don’t like this country, then you pack…and you can go back — to your own country or to another country. This is the United States of America.”

Diamond got rough:

“I call them the Hate and the Fraud Squad. Because they spew hate, and I think they’re all fraudsters. Because here’s the deal: They are supposed to represent the American people, not illegal aliens. They are supposed to be lawmakers, not law breakers. And so, when we see the “squad” wanting to break the law, wanting to be anti-America, anti-American, we have a problem with that. Now, Nancy Pelosi should’ve set these women straight from day one. But she didn’t. She went along with their shenanigans, and now looks what’s happening.”

Silk was smooth:

“You know, when you look back at our president’s tweet, he didn’t mention no race, no color, no country. He did not mention the amount. So how is it that four congresswomen — out of all of the congresswomen there on the hill — know who the President was talking about? What they did is they exposed theirselves. … And it’s a shame for the media, the way they’re trying to spin this, as if it’s so racial, it’s such a racial thing…”

I’ll let them take it from here. Enjoy the wit, wisdom, and wonder of two of Donald Trump’s favorites political pundits as they lay it out as only they can.

-Alex

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere, here, here, and here.

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Michael Avenatti Gives a Press Conference to Himself, Gets Trolled In Epic Fashion

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It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, Michael Avenatti was the belle of the ball on CNN and MSNBC, racking up astronomical amounts of air time and even teasing a Presidential run. Now, he’s staring down very serious federal charges that seek to put him behind bars for decades, including tax fraud, extortion, and embezzlement.

As the walls have closed in on Avenatti, he’s become more and more unhinged.

That led to this hilarious presser earlier in the week.

Avenatti wraps up the presser by asking “anything else?” You’d think he was speaking to a room full of reporters based on his demeanor, but then the camera zooms out.

Yes, that’s Creepy Porn Lawyer asking if there are more questions to a bunch of empty chairs.

His humiliation was only beginning though. After the presser, Donald Trump Jr. decided to execute one of the most savage trolls I’ve seen in years.

“Yes, 911…I’d like to report a murder.”

That is Michael Avenatti’s ex-wife posing for a picture with Donald Trump Jr. as Avenatti himself stares down prison. This is real life and it’s glorious.

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For anyone that cares, which is likely no one, the presser itself was just a rehash of Avenatti’s grievances. He’s still claiming Julie Swetnick was gang raped by Brett Kavanaugh. He brought up some Michael Cohen stuff that has already been dealt with as part of the SDNY’s now closed cased on the matter. Nothing new was presented. Just a desperate man begging for attention.

There is one more hilarious part of this story though.

Notice in the tweet above that Avenatti says “every network” was there and to “check the mic count.” While there’s clearly not multiple mics from “every network” there, you do see a single extra mic aside from the sound system’s mic.

That’d be a mic from CNN, because of course.

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Russia’s FSB Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In its History’

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Forbes’ Zak Doffman reports that Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, has been hacked. The FSB, similar to our FBI, is Russia’s main successor agency to the KGB.

BBC Russia reports this as “the largest data leak in the history of the work of Russian special services on the Internet.”

According to Forbes, on July 13, a hacking group using the name Ov1ru$ is said to have stolen 7.5 terabytes of data from SyTech, a “major FSB contractor working on a range of live and exploratory internet projects.” This revealed “secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world.” Hackers left behind a smiling Yoba face on the homepage of the company’s website.

(Notes: De-anonymization is a data-mining technique where unidentified data is matched with publicly available information to determine the source’s identity; A Yoba face is a symbol used in Russian internet slang to denote trolling; One terabyte can hold 200,000 5-minute songs, or 500 hours worth of movies.)

Ov1ru$ “passed the data itself to the larger hacking group Digital Revolution, which shared the files with various media outlets and the headlines with Twitter—taunting FSB that the agency should maybe rename one of its breached activities “Project Collander.” It is believed that none of the files sent to journalists had been edited or changed in any way.

Doffman said he had received a link to the Digital Revolution site where an initial tranche of breached documents was “published two months ago… as part of that 7.5 terabytes.”

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Ov1ru$ detailed the project names: “Arion”, “Relation”, “Hryvnia,” alongside the names of the SyTech project managers.

Doffman reported:

The projects themselves appear to be a mix of social media scraping (Nautilus), targeted collection against internet users seeking to anonymize their activities (Nautilus-S), data collection targeting Russian enterprises (Mentor), and projects that seem to relate to Russia’s ongoing initiative to build an option to separate the internal internet from the world wide web (Hope and Tax-3). The BBC claims that SyTech’s projects were mostly contracted with Military Unit 71330, part of FSB’s 16th Directorate which handles signals intelligence, the same group accused of emailing spyware to Ukranian intelligence officers in 2015.

Nautilus-S, the Tor de-anonymization project, was actually launched in 2012 under the remit of Russia’s Kvant Research Institute, which comes under FSB’s remit. Russia has been looking for ways to compromise nodes within Tor’s structure to either prevent off-grid communications or intercept those communications. None of which is new news. It is believed that some progress has been made under this project. Digital Revolution claims to have hacked the Kvant Research Institute before

The preparatory activities for splitting off a “Russian internet,” follow Russian President Vladimir Putin signing into law provisions for “the stable operation of the Russian Internet (Runet) in case it is disconnected from the global infrastructure of the World Wide Web.” The law set in train plans for an alternative domain name system (DNS) for Russia in the event that it is disconnected from the World Wide Web, or, one assumes, in the event that its politicians deem disconnection to be beneficial. Internet service providers would be compelled to disconnect from any foreign servers, relying on Russia’s DNS instead.

The BBC Report, which is written in Russian, states that no actual state secrets were exposed. But the mere fact that hackers had so easily been able to breach SyTech’s server is the surprise.

Doffman notes that “contractors remain the weak link in the chain for intelligence agencies worldwide.” Breaching government contractors is a common way for hackers to steal government information. It’s been tried against U.S. government contractors as well.

In January, I posted that the US electric grid had been hacked by the targeting of hundreds of small government contractors and subcontractors here.

Unfortunately, safeguards will be added which will make it more difficult to repeat a similar breach. But it makes for an interesting story anyway.

Doffman notes that the FSB has declined to comment on the breach.

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Trump Supporter Miss Michigan Responds to the Stripping of Her Crown Over Charges of Racism & Islamophobia

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As covered by RedState’s Bonchie, Miss Michigan was stripped of her Miss World America crown this week. The reason? She’s allegedly racist, insensitive, and Islamophobic.

See for yourself — I encourage you to read all of the below:

Kathy Zhu is…brace yourself, because I’m about to use this term accurately and apolitically, which you may not have heard in a while…an immigrant.

Her family moved to the U.S. when she was 5.

But the minority immigrant has been attacked online.

In response, Kathy posted a video via social media.

Here’s some of what she had to say:

“I just want to say thank you for all your support. It’s been a heck of a two days, honestly. Yesterday I was crying when I first saw the messages and emails from the organization, but today is a new day, and today was amazing.”

Kathy noted the news story really is a tale of discrimination, but not as Miss World America believes:

“I’m so glad the story got brought into the public eye and the media because this is so much bigger than pageantry; this is about an organization discriminating against people with different opinions, calling people ‘racist’ even when they’re not.”

Kathy’s into words:

“Little attacks like those really, really diminish the value and the truth of the word ‘racism.’ There shouldn’t just be diversity of skin color, there should be diversity of thought, of mindset, of political affiliation.”

Say it ain’t so!

She’s also that worst of all creatures: a Trump supporter.

But Kathy’s proud to take up the mantle:

“I’m so glad to be the voice for this right now and I hope that other pageant organizations could really learn from this story and the situation, to not discriminate with others based on opinions. Don’t worry, I’ll still stand firm, stand my ground. I’m still going to continue to fight for what I believe in.”

Watch the full video below, and let us all know what you think in the Comments section.

We’ve reached a very strange place when politics reaches this deeply into a beauty pageant.

-ALEX

 

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