Right-wing bloggers are obsessing over some alleged(accused but not proven or convicted) Twitter photo sent byRep. Anthony Weiner(D). As of today there is zero proof that Rep. Weiner sent the photo. None, nada proof. Weiner and his office think his account may have been hacked. It is also possible that nothing was ever sent from the Congressman’s account. All we have is some screen shots from, who else, a wing-nut who has been following Weiner, Breitbart’s #TwitterHoax – How It Went Down (updated w/ smoking gun)
UPDATE – Had to copy this Smoking Gun to the top of the diary, tweeted TWO WEEKS ago by the amazingly prescient @usapatriot76, who, incredibly, seems to have been the only witness on the scene when the underpants photo was (allegedly) tweeted.
[ ]…UPDATE: Colby Hall at Mediaite beat me to it, and has much more on the hapless @patriotusa76.
Who who is this Twitter user that appeared to luck out and sent the only unique RT of Weiner’s image? The Twitter profile claims that he is an individual named Dan Wolfe, and his bio reads: “Conservative Reagan Republican. No Obamacare, socialism, sharia. Proud of the USA & Proud to be an American with NO apologies. No elitists need apply.”
Its not an exaggeration to say that Wolfe is somewhat obsessed with Weiner; a simple search reveals that, since April, he has mentioned Rep. Weiner 287 times via twitter. Also, skeptics might see that Wolfe and his Twitter clique have been building a narrative about Rep. Weiner’s followers for months, perhaps best evidenced by this tweet to an underage high school girl, who requested a follow from Weiner and got it
The young lady, who seems to also become a victim of the Rights perverse little prank, says there have never been any inappropriate messages between her and the Congressman. I do not have a Twitter account, but just a few minutes of research shows that Twitter has been hacked and people have posted hacking exploits on the net. Fox News had this report from last year, Twitter Hack Activates Pop-Ups, Sends Some to Porn Sites
Hackers exploited a security flaw on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter, retweeting malicious code, activating pop-ups, and even exposing users to an unwanted sight: hard-core pornography.
Tech Crunch is popular tech site and they ran this story in 2009, The Anatomy Of The Twitter Attack
This post isn’t about the confidential information taken from Twitter. It’s about exactly how Hacker Croll was able to get such deep access to Twitter in the first place.
It’s clear that Twitter was completely unaware of how deeply they were affected as a company – when Williams said that most of the information wasn’t company related he believed it. It wasn’t until later that he realized just how much and what kind of information was taken. It included things like financial projections and executive meeting notes that contained highly confidential information.
We’ve already said a lot about all of this and the related “server password = password” story that was discovered by another individual last week.
I don’t recommend going to read this story, but this is how one older exploit could be done, Learn How To Hack Any Twitter Account Using A Web Based Exploit. This one may also work to some degree though it is said not to work as well as when it was first tried, How to Force Anyone to Follow You on Twitter. Again, I strongly advise against trying any of these or other exploits one might find on the web. hacking exploits such as these are Federal crimes. Andrew Brietbart’s Big Government seems to be twittergate smear central. Now that Rep. Weiner has made multiple denials and suggested he might have been hacked you can always rely on wing-nut sycophant Dan Riehl to do some ass covering if, you know, all the bull he and his comrades have been making up, blows up in their face – as in Rep. Weiner needs to get authorities involved as soon as possible because this is all a potential threat to the nation’s security. Obviously Dan is not familiar with the previous hacks on Twitter and could not be bothered to use that little search box on his browser.
Andrew Brietbart’s status as the Right’s Fraudster-in-Chief is a result of what is becoming an encyclopedia of modern right-wing hoaxs that make Nixon’s Watergate burglaries look like dilettantes. Breitbart was at the center of the fake ACORN scandal, the phony Planned Parenthood videos from Lila Rose, the Shirley Sherrod smears, his sites regularly featured birther conspiracies, Breitbart was part of the gang of right-wing Republicans who created the campaign to smear Department of Education staffer Kevin Jennings and also claimed some White House conspiracy in a dust-up between a couple of participants at one of those crazy health care reform town hall meetings. This is the guy we’re all supposed to believe in what appears to be a manufactured scandal over an apparently doctored picture and without a shred of proof that Congressman Weiner was involved.
How the mighty have fallen. Don’t Blame America’s Debt Crisis on Social Security and Medicare (Especially on Memorial Day)
Amid all the nonsense and gobbledegook that has been written about banking industry and about the economic slump during the last four years of the global financial crisis, New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson has stood out both for the clarity of her analysis, and for her willingness to go after the guilty parties in the political and especially the banking system, naming names and calling it as she sees it.
So it was kind of disappointing–even shocking–to read her latest article reporting on a new “study” by Peterson Institute for International Economics Senior Fellow Joseph Gagnon, warning about the nation’s growing debt crisis.
The Peterson Institute, founded by Wall Street tycoon Peter Peterson, has long been gunning for the Social Security and Medicare systems, which he, and the rest of the Wall Street gang, see as unfairly competing with Wall Street for the assets of the public, and as destructive of the “free market.”
Peterson’s basic schtick is that the two critical support systems for the elderly and infirm are going to bankrupt the country as they pay out benefits that exceed what retirees paid into the system, and that the solution is to cut back on those benefits, increase the taxes collected, or better, to privatize both systems.
Peterson was once CEO of Lehman Brothers – he of the crazy derivatives and CDOs(Collateralized Debt Obligations) all these wild bets that were never backed by enough collateral to payoff, should something like the housing bubble happen. Peterson is one of the hundreds of Andrew Breitbarts of Wall St who screwed the United States of America out of trillions of dollars of wealth. Now he wants all us serfs to knell before the great all knowing Overlord and follow his prescription for saving Medicare and Social Security. Peterson, the typical head in bubble narcissist, learned nothing from the Great Recession.
After all, the country has been piling up this debt for several decades, and especially over the last decade, but during all this time, Social Security and Medicare have been paying out their benefits from current dedicated payroll taxes and by drawing on the trust funds that had built up because of the years that more was being collected than paid out in benefits.
Get the point? Nobody, including Gagnon, Morgenson or the Social Security and Medicare-hating members of Congress like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), will acknowledge the fact that not one dime of the huge US deficit has been caused by a benefit check paid by Social Security or Medicare.
We should be talking about rising revenue, creating jobs and shoring up Medicare and Social Security, not handing our thin safety net over to the pigs at the trough.