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Now NC, FL and NV are light blue again.

I am not going to let this get to me. I will look one more time tonight, and that's IT!

Famous last words..

U.S. Govt. Hackers Ready to Hit Back If Russia Tries to Disrupt Election

...American officials have long said publicly that Russia, China and other nations have probed and left hidden malware on parts of U.S critical infrastructure, "preparing the battlefield," in military parlance, for cyber attacks that could turn out the lights or turn off the internet across major cities.

It's been widely assumed that the U.S. has done the same thing to its adversaries. The documents reviewed by NBC News — along with remarks by a senior U.S. intelligence official — confirm that, in the case of Russia.

U.S. officials continue to express concern that Russia will use its cyber capabilities to try to disrupt next week's presidential election. U.S. intelligence officials do not expect Russia to attack critical infrastructure — which many believe would be an act of war — but they do anticipate so-called cyber mischief, including the possible release of fake documents and the proliferation of bogus social media accounts designed to spread misinformation.

On Friday the hacker known as "Guccifer 2.0" — which U.S. officials say is a front for Russian intelligence — tweeted a threat to monitor the U.S. elections "from inside the system."


Video at link. The upside is that maybe, just maybe, this will lead to a "less hackable" system of voting. Paper ballots would be wonderful...

Donald Trump Calls Madea

Now if somebody dies I have something to wear to the funeral...

On sale at Amazon, with shipping I paid $18.88! This is my second time getting this dress. The first time I ordered from Lindy Bop and they had an inventory glitch and I didn't get it. Hopefully that won't happen here! I doubt it since it says "Fulfilled by Amazon" which means, I believe, that they have it in their warehouse.

Loves me some Lindy Bop! Especially when it's a steal!

NC is light blue again.

This is nerve wracking!

Pat Benatar - We Belong

I bought this desk about 6 months ago and I HATE it!

It's the first thing I see in the morning when I open my eyes and my first instinct is to say "Yuck."

And I don't need something this big since my iMac gave up the ghost. I have a laptop now, but I still want a corner desk. I couldn't find on in solid wood that I liked or could afford, then I saw this:

It's got stellar reviews and I can stain it - which I will do in either mahogany or dark cherry. And to replace the cheap-ass cube storage thingie that I've got sitting next to it:

Also finished in mahogany or dark cherry. And I'm thinking I'll do something interesting with the back (the part that shows) - like a bronze faux finish, or red lacquer, although I hesitate at the red. The only place I have red accents is in the bedroom and that could change. It would be easy to change out the art and the bedding if I decide I don't like red anymore, not so easy to change the bookcase. We shall see; it won't be until next year anyway...

All three from

I really, REALLY like this desk chair.

And now my ancient bankers chair is looking very shabby.

Isn't this dress gorgeous?

I haven't worn an evening gown in 30+ years, but there was a time I'd eat ramen for a month to buy this dress...

Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?

This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign. They found something they weren’t expecting.

...In late July, one of these scientists—who asked to be referred to as Tea Leaves, a pseudonym that would protect his relationship with the networks and banks that employ him to sift their data—found what looked like malware emanating from Russia. The destination domain had Trump in its name, which of course attracted Tea Leaves’ attention. But his discovery of the data was pure happenstance—a surprising needle in a large haystack of DNS lookups on his screen. “I have an outlier here that connects to Russia in a strange way,” he wrote in his notes. He couldn’t quite figure it out at first. But what he saw was a bank in Moscow that kept irregularly pinging a server registered to the Trump Organization on Fifth Avenue.


The researchers quickly dismissed their initial fear that the logs represented a malware attack. The communication wasn’t the work of bots. The irregular pattern of server lookups actually resembled the pattern of human conversation—conversations that began during office hours in New York and continued during office hours in Moscow. It dawned on the researchers that this wasn’t an attack, but a sustained relationship between a server registered to the Trump organization and two servers registered to an entity called Alfa Bank.

The researchers had initially stumbled in their diagnosis because of the odd configuration of Trump’s server. “I’ve never seen a server set up like that,” says Christopher Davis, who runs the cybersecurity firm HYAS InfoSec Inc, and won a FBI Director Award for Excellence for his work tracking down the authors one of the world’s nastiest botnet attacks. “It looked weird and it didn’t pass the sniff test.” The server was first registered to Trump’s business in 2009, and was set up to run consumer marketing campaigns. It had a history of sending mass emails on behalf of Trump-branded properties and products. Researchers were ultimately convinced that the server indeed belonged to Trump. (Click here to see the server’s registration record.) But now this capacious server handled a strangely small load of traffic, such a small load that it would be hard for a company to justify the expense and trouble it would take to maintain it. “I get more mail in a day than the server handled,” Davis says.

I'm sure it's nothing.

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