I'm skeptical of this whole Russian hacking obsession. Everyone seems to agree on it. All 17 intelligence agencies claim Russian involvement in the 2016 election. It's all everyone seems to want to talk about. Hmmm let's see, when's the last time all the intelligence agencies agreed on something? Oh that's right, it was WMDs in Iraq. Turned out they were wrong about that too. All of them. Does anyone ask how the fuck that happened? How did all of our intelligence agencies get WMDs in Iraq so wrong without ONE calling bullshit? The only reasonable way it could have happened is if they wanted to be wrong. Essentially that's what they did. They tricked everyone. Now we're told to just trust them again (when they were ALL wrong before) yet this time it's for real.
I'm not saying this because I support Trump. I can't stand the guy. I also know he's said, when speaking of the Russian hacking intelligence assessment, "These are the same people who told us there were WMD's in Iraq." But Cheeto Jesus is not the first person to ever say that. And it wasn't that hard of an argument for him to make. But once he said it everyone else stopped saying it because they didn't want to sound like they support Our Landlord in Chief. But the truth is the truth regardless of who says it, even if it's Fuckface Von Clownstick. So what, he said one true thing.
My problem with all of this Russian coverage since the election is what they're not talking about. They're not talking about how we could have hacked our own election. We write the software for the Diebold voting machines. We run the election servers. Anyone could have given those DNC emails to WikiLeaks. We have our own ways of rigging an election. We've been doing it all over the world for years.
Here's a story I find a bit creepy. A hard drive on one of our election servers got erased. Do you seriously think Russia has the ability to infiltrate the IT department and plant a technician inside the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University to completely wipe a server the very day after a lawsuit was filed to retrieve that very data? No they don't and it doesn't even matter if you think Russia might have been responsible because we admitted we wiped it. The IT guys, the technicians who run those servers said they did it. They even made a statement and admitted the server wiping was due to "standard operating procedures".
Oh really? I'll let you in on a little secret. IT guys rarely delete anything unless someone specifically tells them to. It's way too easy to save stuff now on another hard drive. Hard drive space is cheap. They may have deleted crap back when they used floppy discs but today you can buy a four terabyte hard drive for $99 (this one looks like a sweet deal). Do you have any idea how much simple election data you can save on a four terabyte hard drive? It would be close to all the data from every election in the U.S. since we started voting for fuck sake. No one, (if they know what they're doing and they do because they're running the goddam server) deletes shit these days unless they have to wipe it or they're trying to hide something.
Anyway I thought this story was interesting because it's something no one is talking about while all 17 intelligence agencies are pointing in the opposite direction. (AP article).