Daily Archives: December 31, 2016


Two Simple Suggestions for George Soros

Naked Capitalism has the article Two Simple Suggestions for George Soros.

Soros is not my least favorite billionaire — he does not, to my knowlege, own a super-yacht (Financial Times, “Superyachts magnify billionaires’ worst traits”) — and he’s funded the Institute for New Economic Thinking, which is certainly a worthier cause than, say, the economics department of Florida State University. So today is my day to be nice! Rather than go through Soros’s essay in detail, I’m going to make two very very simple suggestions:

1. Soros Should Simply Stop Funding Democrats
2. Soros Should Simply Stop Funding Neoliberal Projects

I would certainly agree that Soros is not my least favorite billionaire. In fact I have read some of his writings, and I like them. This article quotes some that I had not read that are also reasonably likeable.

Conclusion

I think philanthropy even on the Nineteenth Century Robber Baron model — Carnegie Libraries, the Frick Museum, or genuine scholarship[1] — would be preferable to continuing to fund Democrats, or neoliberal projects generally. Soros should consider those alternatives. Short neoliberalism[2].

I agree with the idea of not funding the Democratic Party anymore. There are other suggestions and insights in the article that I like alot.


US Govt Data Shows “Russia” Used Outdated Ukrainian PHP Malware 1

Wordfence has the the oddly title article US Govt Data Shows Russia Used Outdated Ukrainian PHP Malware.

I say oddly titled because their conclusion is the opposite of the title. Upon rereading the title, I see that there is sarcasm in it that I did not notice at first.

The IP addresses that DHS provided may have been used for an attack by a state actor like Russia. But they don’t appear to provide any association with Russia. They are probably used by a wide range of other malicious actors, especially the 15% of IP addresses that are Tor exit nodes.

The malware sample is old, widely used and appears to be Ukrainian. It has no apparent relationship with Russian intelligence and it would be an indicator of compromise for any website.

Our “intelligence” agencies or the political hacks that oversee them may not be aware of how many computer security experts there are in the world who can analyze this data that they released. They probably figure that most people will take them at their word and believe their claim that this data proves Russia is behind it all. In fact the data shows that they have no reason to believe the Russians did it, other than the fact that they want us to believe that the Russians did it.