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Ivanka Trump in the NY Times

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 2, 2017 at EST pm

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  1. She’s economically conservative and socially liberal, the exact opposite of what the country needs.

    Magnavox

    May 2, 2017 at EST pm

  2. My article for today is, as always, better.

    Link?

    The Security Trend of the Future – Decomputerization

    https://pragmaticallydistributed.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/the-security-trend-of-the-future-decomputerization/

    Recent fears about North Korean cyber attacks against American power grids as well as the publishing by WikiLeaks of advanced CIA and NSA hacking programs have proven again that any computer system is potentially vulnerable to an attack over the internet, no matter how advanced its cybersecurity may be.

    If an internet of everything means everything is exposed to sabotage then the time is now for security analysis of what strategically vital assets and infrastructure should either be removed from the control of computers, in part or in total. Because what can be hacked ultimately will be hacked given enough time and enough malicious nerds with too much time on their hands. There are many of these sinister forms of nerd; or at least enough for a nuclear power plant, or more, to suffer a core breach because ransomeware was not paid.

    Of course, a full return to non-computer machinery and manual processes is unlikely. Even inadvisable: If dams cannot be programmed into failing by some psychopath, another psychopath will try to destroy it with a hijacked plane, bomb, or some other traditional device. But that will at least require a different type of psychopath, a psychopath able to leave his room and handle exposure to sunlight. And, unlike a computer vulnerability across a shared network, without computers or a shared network the manual destruction of one dam cannot be part of a simultaneous electronic chain reaction in the computers of other dams.

    It does, afterall, pay to hedge one’s bets. Hedging the mix of digital and non-digital bets we’ve made in our portfolio of high priority systems is overdue now that there is good reason to think we have excessively slanted their operations in favor of automation.

    Some systems that deserve to have their degree of computerization reconsidered include:

    Prison Doors
    Power Grids
    Nuclear Plants
    Water Systems
    Nuclear Weapons
    Traffic Lights

    For the military decomputerization of their programs should be a highlight of their threat analysis. Should certain types of classified documents be written up on paper with typewriters and saved in filing cabinets instead of databases? Does Morse code have a future in military communications?

    The ordinary consumer market also must weigh balancing the risks and rewards of computerizing their products. Is it better for the manufacturers of digital clocks to have them operate on computer chips with pre-installed, non-updatable (i.e., not connected to the internet) computer code? Or no computer chip at all? Or car navigation systems. How vulnerable are they to having malicious code take control of the wheel?

    Like all tradeoffs there is no definitive answer; only the weighing of different kinds of risks against others. But the probabilities will have to be weighed with the understanding that greater reliance on computers brings proportionally greater risks of its own.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    May 2, 2017 at EST pm

    • Computers already won. The only ones going dark are middle-eastern insurgents.

      Look at how AWS handles hackers. They’re attacked every day (compute power is a valuable commodity) and don’t suffer.

      JW Bell

      May 3, 2017 at EST am

    • Computers already won.

      They lose when they start fighting themselves.

      It’s not necessary for all computers to go dark. Unplugging some critical national assets from them may be necessary, while in other cases they are essential.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 3, 2017 at EST pm

    • Trump has said he still has his secretary type important documents on a typewriter and send them by courier, for just this reason.

      snorlaxwp

      May 3, 2017 at EST pm

    • Trump has said he still has his secretary type important documents on a typewriter and send them by courier, for just this reason.

      In response to a question about the hacking of Hillary’s emails Trump mentioned that it was her fault her internet security was weak and that if they wanted their information to be truly secure her campaign should have communicated with paper documents.

      If we begin discussing decomputerizing strategic assets (either in degrees or totally) Trump is the right President to hold those discussions under.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 3, 2017 at EST pm

    • Because what can be hacked ultimately will be hacked given enough time and enough malicious nerds with too much time on their hands.

      Will the North Koreans ultimately hack the human genome? With regard to potential biological warfare, how far does that raise the pre-crime stakes?

      MEH 0910

      May 4, 2017 at EST pm

    • Will the North Koreans ultimately hack the human genome?

      Nukes are still the best WMDs. Biological weapons would work so slowly against an enemy that the target would have plenty of time to resort to nuclear retaliation.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 5, 2017 at EST am

  3. Ivanka looks better now than she was then. I’ve seen attractive women in their 20s who look like dried up prunes in their 30s. Blame it on alcohol and a bad diet. She probably doesn’t drink a lot.

    JS

    May 2, 2017 at EST pm

  4. It is as we feared. We are doomed. It’s poetic justice that even the greatest of alphas would be derailed by one of today’s empowered women.

    Oh well. It’s been a peaceful 70 years I suppose it was ridiculous to think that peace would last forever.

    Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

    May 2, 2017 at EST pm

  5. Un-emancipate women, for the good of the nation (and for women). Post haste!

    Andrew E.

    May 3, 2017 at EST am

    • Trump could never bear to tell his precious Princess Ivanka to go back to the kitchen.

      NotWesley

      May 3, 2017 at EST am

  6. Slightly OT: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-02/provocateur-in-chief-trump-pokes-his-own-party-s-power-centers

    It sounds like Trump is frustrated with the Republicans for their folding on the budget. I think his governing as a typical conservative Republican is the path of least resistance for him, but it’s not exactly what he wants.

    I think Trump needs to hire more people like Miller: strong on “alt-right” principles but adept at politics (Bannon’s policy views are solid, but his management style is nearly worthless in DC). Too bad people like Miller are so rare.

    Sid

    May 3, 2017 at EST am

    • It sounds like Trump is frustrated with the Republicans for their folding on the budget.

      It’s too early to call it worse than a delay. He gets another shot at funding his priorities in September.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 3, 2017 at EST pm

      • That’s what I don’t understand. What is going to change between now and September? Unless there are some strategic advantages unique to September, he would have been better off fighting it out now instead of leaving the opposition convinced that Trump will fold if they’re recalcitrant enough. That alone will make the fight, if there is to be one, much harder than it would have been.

        Richard

        May 3, 2017 at EST pm

      • Unless there are some strategic advantages unique to September, he would have been better off fighting it out now instead of leaving the opposition convinced that Trump will fold if they’re recalcitrant enough.

        There are.

        A shutdown in September would not risk a government default like threatening now would. He also has other procedural options to sneak in wall funding. For example, although the funds for Planned Parenthood remained in the resolution the House passed today, those funds are likely to be stripped in the Healthcare bill that will probably pass the House tomorrow. Like Planned Parenthood repeal the wall could be funded as some rider to another appropriation bill like defense or legislation to renew the S-Chip program.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        May 3, 2017 at EST pm

      • Here’s to hoping Trump plans and slakes his revenge like a Sicilian.

        Sid

        May 4, 2017 at EST am

      • Here’s to hoping Trump plans and slakes his revenge like a Sicilian.

        The Clinton and Bush crime families both say your hopes have basis in reality.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        May 4, 2017 at EST pm

    • That’s the problem. Their aren’t enough hard right political operatives with the experience and connections necessary. He is hiring establishment types because they have the resume and the skills if not the requisite ideology.

      B.T.D.T.

      May 3, 2017 at EST pm

    • “A shutdown in September would not risk a government default like threatening now would.”

      A shutdown because Democrats don’t want to fund the wall would be a massive PR coup for Trump. It was a wasted opportunity.

      Mike Street Station

      May 4, 2017 at EST pm

  7. Lion, I know you’re not that interested in Trump and weed but it’s turning into a fascinating situation that no one is quite sure how to interpret.

    While Sessions and Spicer have both come out with statements that imply a crackdown on recreational, the administration in general seems very reticent to actually move forward with any such thing. They’ve even given subtle hints that there will be no crackdown…when the governor of Colorado met with Sessions recently and discussed the issue, Sessions is supposed to have said something like, “You don’t see us cracking down on anything, do you?”

    What’s the point of this two-faced position? Why send your spokesmen out with all kinds of bluster and strong language when you don’t plan on acting?

    It almost seems like Trump is trying to force congress to take action on weed…Sessions may have subtly alluded to this during his confirmation hearings. But why? What would be the point of that maneuver? It would be so easy for Trump to just maintain the status quo on legalization (kinda keep his back turned and let the movement develop state-by-state like Obama) in the name of states rights. Why go out of your way to force congress to take the lead?

    Can you use your highly developed sense of future time orientation to predict how this will play out? And any suggestions as to why Trump is acting so weird on this?

    Beets...mmm

    May 3, 2017 at EST am

    • I’ve said long ago that the Trump administration would be anti-drug, because Trump personally hates drugs because his brother was an addict, and Trump himself never even drinks alcohol.

    • Sessions has a bee in his bonnet over all “drugs”, including weed. Trump is, I think, wise enough to leave things to the states. Sessions will be distracted. He’ll have plenty else to keep him busy.

      gda

      May 3, 2017 at EST am

  8. All she has to do is cry and get her way. She can’t be fired. How can Miller and Bannon compete with that?

    Dave

    May 3, 2017 at EST am

    • How can Miller and Bannon compete with that?

      Miller and Sessions aren’t in trouble with Ivanka despite their having similar positions to Bannon. Bannon probably picked a fight he couldn’t win against Kushner for personal, not policy, reasons. If it were actually policy Miller and Sessions would not be moving ahead with their immigration policies because they would also be fighting against Ivanka.

      I like Bannon working on broad strategy and policy, but he isn’t competent implementing details (like the botched travel ban) nor at social networking with the Trump family like Miller and Sessions are.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 3, 2017 at EST pm

      • No one could have implemented that travel ban. The resistance was in full effect, a resistance Ivanka is apparently a part of. This was at a time when everyone thought Trump was about to be impeached over the Logan act. It doesn’t bother me that Bannon is in there making a stink. No one stands up to Trump when he needs to be stood up to, except maybe Ivanka by way of crying. Trump needs to be challenged. Ivanka being in the White House is absurd. She also takes away the challenge.

        Dave

        May 4, 2017 at EST am

      • No one could have implemented that travel ban.

        The first draft that Bannon had a hand in wasn’t well written. Sessions version (which is working its way through the courts) was better because Sessions knows how to get details right.

        Bannon is a good overall strategist, and kept on board for that reason, but he doesn’t have enough government experience to implement policy.

        The resistance was in full effect, a resistance Ivanka is apparently a part of.

        The obstacle has been the courts. If Trump replaces Kennedy with a Conservative the Supreme Court should eventually rule in his favor. But Ivanka had nothing to do with obstructing this. If she was an obstacle Trump wouldn’t have proposed it in the first place and stuck to litigating it through the court system.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        May 4, 2017 at EST pm

  9. What’s the psychology of Ivanka, besides uber-privileged hot blonde chick? I think Trump tried to hook her up with Tom Brady and other alpha WASPs, but she declined and went with Kushner. A reaction to her father’s cheating? A reaction against her brothers? A person’s spouse is a reflection of who the person believes they are inside.

    fakeemail

    May 4, 2017 at EST pm

    • You might find this article interesting (from 2007, before there were political axes to grind):

      http://www.marieclaire.com/career-advice/tips/a105/ivanka-trump/

      Richard

      May 4, 2017 at EST pm

    • About as much as the brand of bread you buy is a reflection of who you believe you are inside.

      My Two Cents

      May 4, 2017 at EST pm

    • Tom Brady and other alpha WASPs,

      Brady isn’t a WASP, dummy.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      May 4, 2017 at EST pm

      • Ok, he’s a WASC, dummy.

        fakeemail

        May 4, 2017 at EST pm

      • Who cares about the C or P in this age?

        Brady isn’t a WASP.

        The Bush family and David Souter are WASPs, but they aren’t alpha.

        White trash like yourself keep commenting about WASPs without any knowledge that WASPs are liberal and upper crust, not middle class.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        May 5, 2017 at EST am


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