Pierce's Law must be enshrined!


Krauthammer proves its importance:
We've learned a new truth in the past several weeks:

In the future, everything will be hacked!

In the future, everything will be stolen! This helps establish the importance of Pierce's Law, which was adumbrated on October 14:
Pierce's Law: Information doesn't become a bombshell just because you stole it.
This week, we added a corollary: Just because something has been leaked, that doesn't mean it's significant.

Just because something has been hacked, that doesn't mean it's important! The fact it's stolen doesn't mean that it's worth discussing at all.

But alas! Within the minds of the mainstream press, the fact that something has been stolen makes it deeply alluring. We've learned this fact in various ways at the Washington Post this week.

Let's start with this appalling piece by the Post's Dan Zak. It's the giant featured piece on page one of today's Style section. It comes to us straight from the sewer, or from a place next door.

Zak is exploring the stolen emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The Russians stole them, then gave them to Zak. He searched on the key term, "a**holes."

Beneath a giant photograph of the target, Zak starts by quoting emails Podesta sent to his wife. Not seeming to see how awful this is, he's soon selling us this:
ZAK (10/21/16): What happens if you measure a Washington insider not by his résumé but by his inbox? His correspondence reveals what everyone already knows but is shocked to see confirmed: In private, most of us can be pretty bitchy.

“An everyday American pompous law professor,” Podesta wrote about Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig.

“Maybe we can rent the Queen Mary for the next 18 months and fill it with [Hillary’s] brothers and assorted crazy hangers on,” he wrote in May 2015.


“F--- these a--holes,” progressive think tanker Neera Tanden wrote July 31 in an email that appears to be about doubters of Hillary’s health.

“Needy Latinos” was the subject line of an August email from Podesta regarding former Clinton cabinet officials Federico Peña and Bill Richardson.

“What an a--hole,” Podesta wrote about the dentist who killed Cecil the lion.
Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay! To the tiny small brains at the Washington Post, dirty words are fun!

(For a companion item, check this pitiful low-IQ piddle, also from this morning's Post. Thanks to a massive layout, this pitiful piddle dominates the Post's hard-copy op-ed page. This pointless piddle was assembled by Molly Roberts, who graduated from Harvard in June. The Post has her doing this.)

Back to that stolen material! As he presents the two "a**holes" he found, Zak mutters about the important stuff in the leaks—Clinton's "speeches to Wall Street, a campaigner’s disparaging comments about religion, and insinuations that the campaign was getting debate questions in advance."

In this way, Zak pretends that bombshells were found within that stolen material.

Let's start with those speeches to Wall Street. In the dozen excerpts which were first released, only one struck us as strange. That was the excerpt where Clinton seemed to be endorsing "open borders." As part of a secret paid speech!

That comment struck us as peculiar. But uh-oh! Warning! Buzzkill alert! During Wednesday's debate, Clinton said this about that, addressing a worried Chris Wallace:

"Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy. You know, we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined. And I do want us to have an electric grid, an energy system that crosses borders."

We went back and read the rest of the sentence, and sure enough! She was talking about energy, although these excerpts were edited in a way which disappeared larger context.

(“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”)

Do people talk about "open borders" in the context of energy transmission? We have no idea. In this tweet, retweeted by Krugman, Dave Weigel vouches for Clinton, though only in a brief way. Last night, though, we saw Halperin and Heilemann citing this "open borders" remark from the debate as one of Clinton's slippery evasions, full stop.

There was no sign that the boys had bothered to "go back and read the rest of the sentence." But then, what else is new? We're discussing the intellectual practices of a very childish guild.

The guild loves things which are stolen! The love the excitement of the theft, the corresponding illusion of bombshell.

They also love the fruit of FOIA requests. And they love an unexpected release of material, no matter how obscure the material may be. This too conveys the impression of importance, as we learned this week when the Washington Post tried to handle an unexpected release from the FBI of something resembling information.

In fact, the FBI's (irregular) release was extremely murky. It featured a paraphrase written by an unnamed FBI employee—a paraphrase of something (allegedly) said by another unnamed employee.

On Day One, there was no way to interview either employee concerning what had allegedly been said. Meanwhile, a provocative phrase, "quid pro quo," was floating around in quotation marks within the paraphrase of the unnamed employee's remarks, though it wasn't clear who had actually used that term, or if it had ever been said.

In this, the reign of Comey the God, releases from the FBI tend to quite imprecise. In part because this release was so unclear, it was also extremely exciting. The imprecision meant that scribes could imagine the matter as they pleased. At the Post, this meant that a young reporter, atop the front page, imagined that the State Department had "pressured" the FBI regarding a "quid pro quo." Or that two persons had said that it did!

Matt Zapotosky's news reporting was a remarkable mess. In the course of 24 hours, he produced two news report and a taped interview, in the course of which he said everything which could possibly have been said.

First, he reported that someone had said that the FBI had been pressured. In a second news report, he quoted the FBI agent in question saying he hadn't been pressured. Meanwhile, on videotape, Zapotosky was shown saying, in his own voice, that the FBI had been pressured. Kathleen Parker then picked the version she liked and broadcast it to the world.

She had liked the most scandalous version. Ignoring the warning in Pierce's Law, she had spotted a bombshell.

This morning, Charles Krauthammer leaves this bullshit for dead. The passage shown below appears in the Washington Post, written by an experienced scribe who's strongly anti-Clinton.

In an attempt to support the team, Krauthammer is willing to use the term "sensational" to describe the FBI's "disclosure." But as he does, he helps us see that this murky "disclosure" was always a big pile of crap:
KRAUTHAMMER (10/21/16): The most sensational disclosure was the proposed deal between the State Department and the FBI in which the FBI would declassify a Clinton email and State would give the FBI more slots in overseas stations. What made it sensational was the rare appearance in an official account of the phrase “quid pro quo,” which is the currently agreed-upon dividing line between acceptable and unacceptable corruption.

This is nonetheless an odd choice for most egregious offense. First, it occurred several layers removed from the campaign and from Clinton. It involved a career State Department official (he occupied the same position under Condoleezza Rice) covering not just for Clinton but for his own department.

Second, it’s not clear which side originally offered the bargain. Third, nothing tangible was supposed to exchange hands. There was no proposed personal enrichment—a Rolex in return for your soul—which tends to be our standard for punishable misconduct.

And finally, it never actually happened. The FBI turned down the declassification request.
As a team player and a Clinton hater, Krauthammer assumes many facts not in evidence. He even agrees to pretend that the "disclosure" was "sensational."

Then, he lists the reason why it actually wasn't sensational—the reasons, why, truth being told, this "disclosure" was nothing at all.

Pierce's Law warned about that. Pierce's Law warned against assuming that such "disclosures" were sensational bombshells.

But alas! In this case, the disclosure was offered to the small tiny minds of the guild. Zapotosky, Parker and Krauthammer rushed to execute their guild's scandal-based dimwitted culture.

Zak was handed stolen fare; quickly, he searched on "a**hole." Zapotosky wrote every possible version of the FBI's murky non-story. Parker picked and chose the version she liked. Krauthammer used the word "sensational" even as he listed the reasons why it actually wasn't.

Halperin and Heilemann didn't seem to have gone back to read the rest of the sentence.

Meanwhile, Roberts is fresh out of Harvard. It's amazing how quickly these kids today can adapt to pathetic new cultures!


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  2. I'm glad you included communications unearthed by FOIA (read Judicial Watch). Now it appears even the Divine Revelations of Wikileaks need to be Snoped.

  3. Meanwhile, did Russia hack the DNC (and, presumably, Podesta)? There's no evidence before it: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/441266/hillary-clinton-democratic-emails-hacked-russia

    Hillary Clinton in last night’s presidential debate tried to avoid talking about the substance of the damaging WikiLeaks disclosures of DNC and Clinton campaign officials by claiming 17 U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia was responsible for this. After Clinton made this claim, she scolded Trump for challenging U.S. intelligence professionals who have taken an oath to help defend this country.

    What Clinton said was false and misleading. First of all, only two intelligence entities – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – have weighed in on this issue, not 17 intelligence agencies. And what they said was ambiguous about Russian involvement. An unclassified October 7, 2016 joint DNI-DHS statement on this issue said the hacks

    ". . . are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europa and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."

    Saying we think the hacks “are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts” is far short of saying we have evidence that Russia has been responsible for the hacks. Maybe high-level officials would have authorized them if Russian hackers were responsible, but the DNI and DHS statement did NOT say there was evidence Russia was responsible.

    My problem with the DNI/DHS unclassified statement is that it appeared to be another effort by the Obama administration to politicize U.S. intelligence. Make no mistake, U.S. intelligence agencies issued this unprecedented unclassified statement a month before a presidential election that was so useful to one party because the Clinton campaign asked for it. The Obama administration was happy to comply.

    1. anon 1:34 - I can't really weigh in on whether Russia was responsible for the hacking, not having any independent knowledge. Even if one accepts your adoption of the National Review's spin, you are distorting things by saying there "is no evidence." If these intelligence agencies say the hacking was consistent with what the Russians have done elsewhere, that is "some" evidence, at a minimum (again accepting that there is any validity to what the NR says, which is open to skepticism given the constant crap they put out). There is no doubt that the material has been disclosed as the result of illegal hacking of private email. I would think anyone should hesitate to base a position or conclusion upon this illegally hacked material, until we all have the opportunity to read everyone else's private emails.
      The idea that there are "damaging" revelations in what has been exposed is essentially cynical propaganda. The deceit here is bigly.

    2. What sources informed you that CIA, FBI, ONI, MI, NSA, NRO, USAIC, and the rest of the alphabet soup did NOT look into the hacking? Just asking.

    3. 1:34, notwithstanding your quoting of the dubious National Review blog entry, yes there is evidence that Russia was behind the cyber attacks. The blog entry claims only two agencies have weighed on this but this is not accurate. Two agencies made a joint unclassified statement but that in no way indicates they were the only two agencies investigating and making assessments. The blog entry also mischaracterizes what the statement says by cherry picking quotes. The joint statement, in contrast to what the blog entry reports, makes clear it's assessment in the first sentence:

      "The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails"

      The blog entry also whines that the real scandal is how officials have no understanding of the need for internet security. This is also directly contradicted in the joint statement, saying DHS has convened "experts across all levels of government to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks".

  4. The Corner?


  5. Another law: any Hillary Clinton "scandal" is a complete fabrication, either by the Dartmouth grad, bow-tied GOP "oppos" or the ass-kissing excuses for journalists.

  6. The fact that we have had, god knows, 50 or more Hillary Clinton "scandals" is compelling evidence that not a single one of them will stand up to examination. 50 cases of smoke publicized by Judicial Watch or a similar organization, or a New York Times or Washington Post young reporter does not mean there is actually any fire behind even a single one of them. Indeed, the zeal to find them proves they don't exist.

  7. Clinton "scandals" only have to be believed by some number of usually low info voters. Once projected into the media stream, the "scandals" can float merrily along, finding tidal pools, lakes, ponds and be carried along aqueducts into the ears, eyes and hearts of voters.
    After Election Day the "scandals" can rest along the banks enjoying the feel of the mud and slime there until pushed back into the stream as necessary.

    1. Yes, well there is some truth to what you say about "low info voters," but I wonder how many of the "millennials" who hate Hillary, or are at least suspect of her motives, consider themselves to be "low info voters."

  8. If crap like this is the best the Russians can do, our real secrets are safe.

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