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Bill Clinton Bashes Benjamin Netanyahu: He’s Not The Guy For Peace

Bill Clinton Bashes Benjamin Netanyahu: He's Not The Guy For Peace

On Sunday, Bill and Hillary Clinton were Iowa attending the final Tom Harkin Steak Fry event, and Bill was repeatedly pinned down in conversation by folks in attendance. During one ...

Tech at Night: Why ISPs should be wary of Tor

Tech at Night

The Onion Router, more commonly known as just Tor, is a cryptographic network of computers that seeks to provide anonymity to its users. Users connect to a Tor “entry node,” and tell it what Internet sites they want to access. That request is then passed through a series of encrypted links, bouncing around unpredictably, until it finds an “exit node,” and then that server (likely nowhere near the user) then makes the request, and the results are sent back through the network.

While Tor users are not as anonymous as they’d like, criminals use it to great effect, and that’s why Comcast would be reasonable to watch Tor use carefully.

Now, it turns out that the rumors were a lie that Comcast was targeting Tor users. Tor server owners, if they were pumping insane amounts of data, particularly Child Pornography, it wouldn’t surprise me if Comcast were shutting down. But ordinary Tor users? Nah.

Note that though. Tor, with its anonymity and encryption, is a favorite service of child pornographers and drug dealers. In fact these criminals use sites that are hosted within the Tor network, so called ‘hidden services’, to run entire rings of these activities. Silk Road was the most famous of those before the feds nabbed its owner and collected his ill-gotten Bitcoin gains. Others exist that don’t get the headlines.

Note that the original hidden Service software, Tor2web, was written by the late Aaron Swartz, who killed himself after being indicted for his own criminal activity online, and facing a hefty prison term when convicted.

So Tor nodes are carrying a lot of illegal activity, and if a user is running a Tor node on the Comcast network, then that user is using the Comcast network to facilitate criminal activity. If that user is also making lots of connections and burning a lot of bandwidth, then we’re faced with a situation similar to when Comcast targeted people running illegal Bittorrent seed farms to commit mass copyright infringement.

Abusing the network to break the law, making every other Comcast user’s Internet access worse in order to commit crimes, is not something Comcast should ever have to tolerate.

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Clinton Is As Clinton Does

Jim Geraghty reports that Hillary Clinton has returned to Iowa. Once every four years she whips out a Michelin Atlas and finds it. She visits it with only slightly greater frequency than with which Senator Landrieu makes it back home to Mom and Dad in Louisiana. This year Senator Tom Harkin invited her back as a personal guest. He was holding his 37th and Last* | Read More »

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, New York) still profanely covering up for her male colleague’s sexism.

What message does Senator Kirsten Gillibrand think that this is sending to people? “Don’t rock the boat?”

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Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christians. Will the United States speak up?

The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at | Read More »

Natural law and the War on Wives

Human progress can be portrayed as a long, difficult, but highly successful war against nature, which retaliates with some very spectacular counter-attacks to remind us of our technological limits.  Whenever I hear the state of nature romanticized, I find myself thinking that the “natural” life of man involves surviving a highly risky birthing process – ideally without killing our mothers on the way out – | Read More »

The Vine

Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. One of the best | Read More »

Career State Department staffer accuses Hillary Clinton’s staff of sanitizing Benghazi records.

This comes perilously close to being ‘too bad to be true’ territory.

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Mid-September Polls Are Not The Last Word On Senate Races

The perennial question about election polls is back again, if ever it left: how far can we trust them? Should we disregard all other evidence but what the current polling of individual Senate races tells us – which is, at this writing, that if the election was held today, Republicans would gain 6 seats in the Senate to hold a narrow 51-48 majority? As usual, | Read More »

The National Republican Senatorial Committee Loves the Senate Conservatives Fund (Or At Least Its Money)

Remember how the National Republican Senatorial Committee wanted everyone to know just how terrible the Senate Conservatives Fund is? Remember how NRSC consultants took to op-ed pages, pushed reporters, and tweeted about the lavish and extravagant expenses of SCF? Remember how when a candidate got endorsed by SCF, everyone knew immediately NRSC would support the opposite candidate out of spite? (See e.g. Ben Sasse v. | Read More »








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