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World of Warcraft Character Becomes Campaign Issue

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the by-my-axe! dept.

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Dr. Gamera writes "Maine state senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays World of Warcraft. The opposing party in Maine has issued a press release attacking her for her Level 85 Orc Assassination Rogue. From the article: 'In an unusual press release issued Thursday, the Maine GOP attacked Lachowicz for a “bizarre double life” in which she’s a devotee of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft. In the game, she’s “Santiaga,” an "orc assassination rogue" with green skin, fangs, a Mohawk and pointy ears.' Her incumbent, much to his credit, rejects the attack as 'mudslinging politics.'"

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381 comments

I bet.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554109)

I bet she just gained a shit ton of voters in the 18-30 range.

Re:I bet.. (5, Funny)

2.7182 (819680) | about 2 years ago | (#41554145)

I'd rather vote for an orc assassination rogue than a democrat or republican.

Re:I bet.. (5, Funny)

flyingsquid (813711) | about 2 years ago | (#41554237)

It doesn't matter whether you vote for the Horde or the Alliance. It's not a real choice because ultimately both of them are owned by the moneyed interests of the guild banks and the vendors, and will do anything for a few gold pieces and some high-level items. Until we break free of this two-faction system there will never be any change in Azeroth.

Re:I bet.. (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 years ago | (#41554257)

See, this is why you should join Tech Savvy At Risk Youth (TSARY) guild.

We work for nobody.

Well, except for the dragons.

Re:I bet.. (5, Funny)

Narcocide (102829) | about 2 years ago | (#41554259)

STFU, Panda coward!

Re:I bet.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554357)

This is by far the truly Epic'est comment and replies i have had the chance to laugh and reflect on in a long time. Here is a thought, maybe the pandas can be the green party? They should talk to their Emissary's leaders and convince them that should go back to being neutral, and possibly usher in a new age of prosperity for those willing to farm hard enough and get the motes needed to win.

Re:I bet.. (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#41554313)

Well, I for one am voting for a third party Panda Bear.

Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554315)

Funniest post I have read in months.

Re:I bet.. (1)

naroom (1560139) | about 2 years ago | (#41554433)

And I now have coffee on my keyboard. Well played.

Re:I bet.. (5, Insightful)

drkim (1559875) | about 2 years ago | (#41554579)

Her comeback to this should be, "I KNOW the difference between fantasy and reality. Apparently, my opponent does not."

Re:I bet.. (1, Insightful)

ZiakII (829432) | about 2 years ago | (#41554905)

god damn it Slashdot why is there no way to undo mods... posting to revert incorrect moderation change

Re:I bet.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554201)

Fuck her. Now if she was playing LotRO, well, that would change everything.

Captcha: critic

Re:I bet.. (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 years ago | (#41554917)

Probably a lot easier to find a good pug group now too.

Not surprising (1, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 years ago | (#41554119)

Gaming still isn't mainstream outside of the "sub 35" group in turn this makes them into a loner, even within geek circles(and don't deny it) MMO's still hold that, same with MP games that old stereotype still holds sway with some people. It'll take another few decades before that opinion changes, though it's ugly politics at it's finest and the GOP candidate should be called on it.

Re:Not surprising (2, Informative)

zaibazu (976612) | about 2 years ago | (#41554167)

Actually over the years WoW went from the go-to MMORPG to a cause of massive eye rolling in geek circles.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554791)

I thought that was Evercrack?

Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554175)

From TFS, "Her incumbent, much to his credit, rejects the attack as 'mudslinging politics.'"

Re:Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (3, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 2 years ago | (#41554273)

It doesn't really matter that it was "technically" the party's SuperPAC that did it; they did it on his behalf and he should be held responsible. Maybe the party would learn to back off a little (although overturning Citizens United is required to fix the problem completely).

Re:Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554661)

I have to imagine that any republican need every voter they can manage outside the 35-70 range. I'd bet he knows that griping about someone playing a video game in their spare time isn't going to help.

Re:Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (5, Insightful)

Intropy (2009018) | about 2 years ago | (#41554701)

Absolutely right. And let me just add that anyone who disagrees is a Nazi.

-- Paid for by the mrchaotica fan club.

Re:Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#41554733)

If negative ads didn't work, you wouldn't see them. Parties use them because people see them and are influenced as a result. They work.

Re:Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (1)

readin (838620) | about 2 years ago | (#41554751)

Aren't there strict rules against candidates coordinating with SuperPACs? I thought the reason the SuperPACs could raise so much money was because they are considered independent speech spending. If that's the case then you can't hold the candidate responsible.

Of course the cynic in my has to wonder if the candidate and the SuperPAC coordinated in secret so that the candidate could get the best of both worlds. The damage of the attack is done, but the incumbent gets to look all righteous for rejecting the attack. And because of the rules against coordination the attacked person can't even make the case that the should put a stop to it.

If the laws were followed very strictly, I would think the incumbent could theoretically be breaking the law by rejecting the attacks.

Re:Stupid gamers can't even read TFS (4, Informative)

SydShamino (547793) | about 2 years ago | (#41554845)

See the Colbert Show episodes where he hands control over his super PAC to John Stewart for just what is "legal".

Re:Not surprising (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554195)

Gaming still isn't mainstream outside of the "sub 35" group

I'd say that number is at least 45 now, and gets bigger with each passing year.

Re:Not surprising (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554269)

I fully agree with this statement. I am 41 myself, and my peers/friends in the same age range (+10 yrs) all grew up playing video games from the dawn of their creation; Pong, Atari 2600, Vic20s, Ti99s, etc.., and continue to do so today.

Re:Not surprising (-1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#41554857)

I am 41 myself, and my peers/friends in the same age range (+10 yrs) all grew up playing video games from the dawn of their creation; Pong, Atari 2600, Vic20s, Ti99s, etc.., and continue to do so today.

Well, they have these new video games out called XBOXes and PS3s. Maybe you should look into them. I know the joystick looks intimidating, what with there being more than one button, but I'm confident that you and your friends will get the hang of it.

Re:Not surprising (2)

bbelt16ag (744938) | about 2 years ago | (#41554283)

considering everyone of them play the birds game.. they are gamers!

Re:Not surprising (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554487)

Agreed.

However, explaining what a MUD is to a young kid is a mistake I only made once. Now I just pretend that MMORPGs just evolved straight from single-celled organisms.

Re:Not surprising (4, Funny)

foniksonik (573572) | about 2 years ago | (#41554549)

West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

Re:Not surprising (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554757)

You wait too long and night comes.

You are eaten by a Grue.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554829)

Move along, Grandad! I can't use those things together!

Re:Not surprising (4, Funny)

Minupla (62455) | about 2 years ago | (#41554823)

> open mailbox
OK.
> mail absentee ballot
OK.
> wait
Nothing changes.

The future is dark.
You are eaten by a guru.

Re:Not surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554773)

So true. I'm 48 and have played in top 100 U.S. progression guilds since soon after launch until just six month ago.
No friggin way I would tell anyone at work, and I work with all programmers.and other analysts.

Re:Not surprising (4, Insightful)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 years ago | (#41554949)

Nevertheless when you read some of her posts it does look like she has a serious maturity issue. Anyone who resorts to calling the opposing party "teabaggers" probably isnt going to be non-partisan, and probably isnt senate material.

I mean, not a huge fan of this kind of politics, but her maturity and partisanship certainly are relevant.

Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554127)

Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care - Government & Stealth Malware

In Response To Slashdot Article: Former Pentagon Analyst: China Has Backdoors To 80% of Telecoms 87

How many rootkits does the US[2] use officially or unofficially?

How much of the free but proprietary software in the US spies on you?

Which software would that be?

Visit any of the top freeware sites in the US, count the number of thousands or millions of downloads of free but proprietary software, much of it works, again on a proprietary Operating System, with files stored or in transit.

How many free but proprietary programs have you downloaded and scanned entire hard drives, flash drives, and other media? Do you realize you are giving these types of proprietary programs complete access to all of your computer's files on the basis of faith alone?

If you are an atheist, the comparison is that you believe in code you cannot see to detect and contain malware on the basis of faith! So you do believe in something invisible to you, don't you?

I'm now going to touch on a subject most anti-malware, commercial or free, developers will DELETE on most of their forums or mailing lists:

APT malware infecting and remaining in BIOS, on PCI and AGP devices, in firmware, your router (many routers are forced to place backdoors in their firmware for their government) your NIC, and many other devices.

Where are the commercial or free anti-malware organizations and individual's products which hash and compare in the cloud and scan for malware for these vectors? If you post on mailing lists or forums of most anti-malware organizations about this threat, one of the following actions will apply: your post will be deleted and/or moved to a hard to find or 'deleted/junk posts' forum section, someone or a team of individuals will mock you in various forms 'tin foil hat', 'conspiracy nut', and my favorite, 'where is the proof of these infections?' One only needs to search Google for these threats and they will open your malware world view to a much larger arena of malware on devices not scanned/supported by the scanners from these freeware sites. This point assumed you're using the proprietary Microsoft Windows OS. Now, let's move on to Linux.

The rootkit scanners for Linux are few and poor. If you're lucky, you'll know how to use chkrootkit (but you can use strings and other tools for analysis) and show the strings of binaries on your installation, but the results are dependent on your capability of deciphering the output and performing further analysis with various tools or in an environment such as Remnux Linux. None of these free scanners scan the earlier mentioned areas of your PC, either! Nor do they detect many of the hundreds of trojans and rootkits easily available on popular websites and the dark/deep web.

Compromised defenders of Linux will look down their nose at you (unless they are into reverse engineering malware/bad binaries, Google for this and Linux and begin a valuable education!) and respond with a similar tone, if they don't call you a noob or point to verifying/downloading packages in a signed repo/original/secure source or checking hashes, they will jump to conspiracy type labels, ignore you, lock and/or shuffle the thread, or otherwise lead you astray from learning how to examine bad binaries. The world of Linux is funny in this way, and I've been a part of it for many years. The majority of Linux users, like the Windows users, will go out of their way to lead you and say anything other than pointing you to information readily available on detailed binary file analysis.

Don't let them get you down, the information is plenty and out there, some from some well known publishers of Linux/Unix books. Search, learn, and share the information on detecting and picking through bad binaries. But this still will not touch the void of the APT malware described above which will survive any wipe of r/w media. I'm convinced, on both *nix and Windows, these pieces of APT malware are government in origin. Maybe not from the US, but most of the 'curious' malware I've come across in poisoned binaries, were written by someone with a good knowledge in English, some, I found, functioned similar to the now well known Flame malware. From my experience, either many forum/mailing list mods and malware developers/defenders are 'on the take', compromised themselves, and/or working for a government entity.

Search enough, and you'll arrive at some lone individuals who cry out their system is compromised and nothing in their attempts can shake it of some 'strange infection'. These posts receive the same behavior as I said above, but often they are lone posts which receive no answer at all, AT ALL! While other posts are quickly and kindly replied to and the 'strange infection' posts are left to age and end up in a lost pile of old threads.

If you're persistent, the usual challenge is to, "prove it or STFU" and if the thread is not attacked or locked/shuffled and you're lucky to reference some actual data, they will usually attack or ridicule you and further drive the discussion away from actual proof of APT infections.

The market is ripe for an ambitious company or individual to begin demanding companies and organizations who release firmware and design hardware to release signed and hashed packages and pour this information into the cloud, so everyone's BIOS is checked, all firmware on routers, NICs, and other devices are checked, and malware identified and knowledge reported and shared openly.

But even this will do nothing to stop backdoored firmware (often on commercial routers and other networked devices of real importance for government use - which again opens the possibility of hackers discovering these backdoors) people continue to use instead of refusing to buy hardware with proprietary firmware/software.

Many people will say, "the only safe computer is the one disconnected from any network, wireless, wired, LAN, internet, intranet" but I have seen and you can search yourself for and read about satellite, RF, temperature, TEMPEST (is it illegal in your part of the world to SHIELD your system against some of these APT attacks, especially TEMPEST? And no, it's not simply a CRT issue), power line and many other attacks which can and do strike computers which have no active network connection, some which have never had any network connection. Some individuals have complained they receive APT attacks throughout their disconnected systems and they are ridiculed and labeled as a nutter. The information exists, some people have gone so far as to scream from the rooftops online about it, but they are nutters who must have some serious problems and this technology with our systems could not be possible.

I believe most modern computer hardware is more powerful than many of us imagine, and a lot of these systems swept from above via satellite and other attacks. Some exploits take advantage of packet radio and some of your proprietary hardware. Some exploits piggyback and unless you really know what you're doing, and even then... you won't notice it.

Back to the Windows users, a lot of them will dismiss any strange activity to, "that's just Windows!" and ignore it or format again and again only to see the same APT infected activity continue. Using older versions of sysinternals, I've observed very bizarre behavior on a few non networked systems, a mysterious chat program running which doesn't exist on the system, all communication methods monitored (bluetooth, your hard/software modems, and more), disk mirroring software running[1], scans running on different but specific file types, command line versions of popular Windows freeware installed on the system rather than the use of the graphical component, and more.

[1] In one anonymous post on pastebin, claiming to be from an intel org, it blasted the group Anonymous, with a bunch of threats and information, including that their systems are all mirrored in some remote location anyway.

[2] Or other government, US used in this case due to the article source and speculation vs. China. This is not to defend China, which is one messed up hell hole on several levels and we all need to push for human rights and freedom for China's people. For other, freer countries, however, the concentration camps exist but you wouldn't notice them, they originate from media, mostly your TV, and you don't even know it. As George Carlin railed about "Our Owners", "nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care".

[3] http://www.stallman.org/ [stallman.org]

Try this yourself on a wide variety of internet forums and mailing lists, push for malware scanners to scan more than files, but firmware/BIOS. See what happens, I can guarantee it won't be pleasant, especially with APT cases.

So scan away, or blissfully ignore it, but we need more people like RMS[3] in the world. Such individuals tend to be eccentric but their words ring true and clear about electronics and freedom.

I believe we're mostly pwned, whether we would like to admit it or not, blind and pwned, yet fiercely holding to misinformation, often due to lack of self discovery and education, and "nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care".

##

Schneier has covered it before: power line fluctuations (differences on the wire in keys pressed).

There's thermal attacks against cpus and temp, also:

ENF (google it)

A treat (ENF Collector in Java):

sourceforge dot net fwdslash projects fwdslash nfienfcollector

No single antimalware scanner exists which offers the ability to scan (mostly proprietary) firmware on AGP/PCI devices (sound cards, graphics cards, usb novelty devices excluding thumb drives), BIOS/CMOS.

If you boot into ultimate boot cd you can use an archane text interface to dump BIOS/CMOS and examine/checksum.

The real attacks which survive disk formats and wipes target your PCI devices and any firmware which may be altered/overwritten with something special. It is not enough to scan your hard drive(s) and thumb drives, the real dangers with teeth infect your hardware devices.

When is the last time you:

Audited your sound card for malware?
Audited your graphics card for malware?
Audited your network card for malware?

Google for:

* AGP and PCI rootkit(s)
* Network card rootkit(s)
* BIOS/CMOS rootkit(s)

Our modern PC hardware is capable of much more than many can imagine.

Do you:

* Know your router's firmware may easily be replaced on a hacker's whim?
* Shield all cables against leakage and attacks
* Still use an old CRT monitor and beg for TEMPEST attacks?
* Use TEMPEST resistant fonts in all of your applications including your OS?
* Know whether or not your wired keyboard has keypresses encrypted as they pass to your PC from the keyboard?
* Use your PC on the grid and expose yourself to possible keypress attacks?
* Know your network card is VERY exploitable when plugged into the net and attacked by a hard core blackhat or any vicious geek with the know how?
* Search out informative papers on these subjects and educate your friends and family about these attacks?
* Contact antimalware companies and urge them to protect against many or all these attacks?

Do you trust your neighbors? Are they all really stupid when it comes to computing or is there a geek or two without a conscience looking to exploit these areas?

The overlooked threat are the potential civilian rogues stationed around you, especially in large apartment blocks who feed on unsecured wifi to do their dirty work.

With the recent news of Russian spies, whether or not this news was real or a psyop, educate yourself on the present threats which all antimalware scanners fail to protect against and remove any smug mask you may wear, be it Linux or OpenBSD, or the proprietary Windows and Mac OS you feel are properly secured and not vulnerable to any outside attacks because you either don't need an antivirus scanner (all are inept to serious attacks) or use one or several (many being proprietary mystery machines sending data to and from your machine for many reasons, one is to share your information with a group or set database to help aid in threats), the threats often come in mysterious ways.

Maybe the ancients had it right: stone tablets and their own unique language(s) rooted in symbolism.

#

I'm more concerned about new rootkits which target PCI devices, such as the graphics card and the optical drives, also, BIOS. Where are the malware scanners which scan PCI devices and BIOS for mismatches? All firmware, BIOS and on PCI devices should be checksummed and saved to match with others in the cloud, and archived when the computer is first used, backing up signed firmware.

When do you recall seeing signed router firmware upgrades with any type of checksum to check against? Same for PCI devices and optical drives and BIOS.

Some have begun with BIOS security:

http://www.biosbits.org/ [biosbits.org]

Some BIOS has write protection in its configuration, a lot of newer computers don't.

#

"Disconnect your PC from the internet and don't add anything you didn't create yourself. It worked for the NOC list machine in Mission Impossible"

The room/structure was likely heavily shielded, whereas most civvies don't shield their house and computer rooms. There is more than meets the eye to modern hardware.

Google:

subversion hack:
tagmeme(dot)com/subhack/

network card rootkits and trojans
pci rootkits
packet radio
xmit "fm fingerprinting" software
"specific emitter identification"
forums(dot)qrz(dot)com

how many malware scanners scan bios/cmos and pci/agp cards for malware? zero, even the rootkit scanners. have you checksummed/dumped your bios/cmos and firmware for all your pci/agp devices and usb devices, esp vanity usb devices in and outside the realm of common usb devices (thumbdrives, external hdds, printers),

Unless your computer room is shielded properly, the computers may still be attacked and used, I've personally inspected computers with no network connection running mysterious code in the background which task manager for windows and the eqiv for *nix does not find, and this didn't find it all.

Inspect your windows boot partition in *nix with hexdump and look for proxy packages mentioned along with command line burning programs and other oddities. Computers are more vulnerable than most would expect.

You can bet all of the malware scanners today, unless they are developed by some lone indy coder in a remote country, employ whitelisting of certain malware and none of them scan HARDWARE devices apart from the common usb devices.

Your network cards, sound cards, cd/dvd drives, graphics cards, all are capable of carrying malware to survive disk formatting/wiping.

Boot from a Linux live cd and use hexdump to examine your windows (and *nix) boot sectors to potentially discover interesting modifications by an unknown party.

#
eof

Re:Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554785)

try MyCleanPC

Ooo! (1)

tylikcat (1578365) | about 2 years ago | (#41554137)

...in the steam tunnels, worshipping Satan and listening to death metal, right?

Re:Ooo! (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 years ago | (#41554415)

I had a fair amount of fun in the steam tunnels armed with a wicker sword and carpet 'armor'. Heavy metal was involved. Satan never showed.

Re:Ooo! (1)

tylikcat (1578365) | about 2 years ago | (#41554607)

I've spent time in steam tunnels, but it hasn't overlapped much with the time I've spent doing swordplay, either armored or not. There have been examples of metal in many instances. But clearly we had our invocations wrong from the get-go.

Whenever I run across those Chick tracts, I figure we was robbed.

(Actually, as part of a bid to get me to assist with a class during a semester I otherwise wouldn't have had any teaching load, I was recently given direction on our to get in to our local steam tunnels, and which ones had cameras. And our youngest grad student has never had any such experiences... but I digress.)

Re:Ooo! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554809)

Steam tunnels are for turning homework into buildings you can't get to in the middle of the night, or at least that is what I told the administration (also works for master keys...). Although much to my horror, I realized that was the only thing I used the steam tunnels for my sophomore and junior year, and it wasn't until my senior year when I learned how to get profs to just accept the work the next afternoon instead that I rediscovered they had more creative uses. But I still remember having to go through the steam tunnels at 5 in the morning after a double all nighter, starting to see things and minor visual hallucinations from sleep loss ... I'm pretty sure if someone freaked out down there and killed someone, it would have been because of homework, not D&D.

Re:Ooo! (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 2 years ago | (#41554861)

Camera's and FLIR would have changed my youth, much to the worse. The steam tunnels run for miles and access most of the buildings 'boiler rooms' (though they obviously didn't contain boilers, all being heated by the campus power plant waste heat). We weren't supposed to be there, which was one of the big appeals. Access was as easy as knowing which manhole cover to pull up (close the manhole after your in, someone can get hurt).

I suppose we would have just gone more ninja. Compromising the camera feeds would be a worthwhile mission. It would take more then one access. Install networked DVRs in hidden locations etc.

She'd have my vote! (4, Insightful)

bl968 (190792) | about 2 years ago | (#41554143)

They say that like it's a bad thing?

Blind Slaves, most of you... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554157)

Memorable quotes for
Looker (1981)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082677/quotes [imdb.com]

"John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? Fifteen years sitting in prison is punishment. But 15 years sitting in front of a television set is entertainment. And the average American now spends more than one and a half years of his life just watching television commercials. Fifty minutes, every day of his life, watching commercials. Now, that's power."

##

"The United States has it's own propaganda, but it's very effective because people don't realize that it's propaganda. And it's subtle, but it's actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it's funded in a different way. With the Nazis it was funded by the government, but in the United States, it's funded by corporations and corporations they only want things to happen that will make people want to buy stuff. So whatever that is, then that is considered okay and good, but that doesn't necessarily mean it really serves people's thinking - it can stupify and make not very good things happen."
- Crispin Glover: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000417/bio [imdb.com]

##

"It's only logical to assume that conspiracies are everywhere, because that's what people do. They conspire. If you can't get the message, get the man." - Mel Gibson (from an interview)

##

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." - William Casey, CIA Director

##

"The real reason for the official secrecy, in most instances, is not to keep the opposition (the CIA's euphemistic term for the enemy) from knowing what is going on; the enemy usually does know. The basic reason for governmental secrecy is to keep you, the American public, from knowing - for you, too, are considered the opposition, or enemy - so that you cannot interfere. When the public does not know what the government or the CIA is doing, it cannot voice its approval or disapproval of their actions. In fact, they can even lie to your about what they are doing or have done, and you will not know it. As for the second advantage, despite frequent suggestion that the CIA is a rogue elephant, the truth is that the agency functions at the direction of and in response to the office of the president. All of its major clandestine operations are carried out with the direct approval of or on direct orders from the White House. The CIA is a secret tool of the president - every president. And every president since Truman has lied to the American people in order to protect the agency. When lies have failed, it has been the duty of the CIA to take the blame for the president, thus protecting him. This is known in the business as "plausible denial." The CIA, functioning as a secret instrument of the U.S. government and the presidency, has long misused and abused history and continues to do so."
- Victor Marchetti, Propaganda and Disinformation: How the CIA Manufactures History

##

George Carlin:

"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

You know what they want? Obedient workers people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they're coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club.

This country is finished."

##

We now return you Americans to your media: Corporate, Government sponsored and controlled (rigged) elections..

Most of you are all so asleep it's time you woke up!

The Sword of a Thousand Truths (4, Funny)

Steve1952 (651150) | about 2 years ago | (#41554163)

...But the sword was considered to be too powerful for anyone to possess, so it was removed from the game and stored on a one gig flash drive. But it was foretold that one day players who could wield the sword might reveal themselves...

I'm sorry, but.... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554173)

Someone with an empty socket in her belt does not deserve our sympathy.

Re:I'm sorry, but.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554447)

Someone with an empty socket in her belt does not deserve our sympathy.

What, she isn't black enough for you?

Armory link (5, Insightful)

goodmanj (234846) | about 2 years ago | (#41554177)

You're all going to do it anyway, so I'll save you the trouble. Here's her character:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/garrosh/Santiaga/simple [battle.net]

My question is, how the hell can we trust her to work hard for the citizens of Maine when she can't even find the time to pug a few heroic dungeons? Her gear is terrible! Does she even know where the justice point vendor is?

Seriously though, it looks like she played heavily up until a few years ago. I guess she's spent more time lately on real-life issues. Like running for Senate.

Re:Armory link (4, Funny)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#41554223)

And level 85 was so 1 week and 2 days ago.

Re:Armory link (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 years ago | (#41554267)

Hey, she has a life. Besides, random heroic dungeons are so lame. They always drop you before the loot at the end.

Re:Armory link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554401)

Maybe she's one of those elite PVPers that switches gear out when the log so people can't spy on them and find out what they are rolling with.

Re:Armory link (1)

Nocturnal Deviant (974688) | about 2 years ago | (#41554449)

without any arena xp....not even step into it...yeah.......

Re:Armory link (2)

Intropy (2009018) | about 2 years ago | (#41554711)

How can we trust our government to any rogue who places such a high priority on stamina?

Re:Armory link (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554925)

WoW is for third rate losers anyway. No one cares but a bunch of neckbeards.

In my experiance... (5, Interesting)

Kaenneth (82978) | about 2 years ago | (#41554179)

People who roleplay 'evil' characters are much nicer than those who play 'good' characters...

Those who play 'good' (particularly Paladins) tend to think they are always right, while 'evil' (Necromancer players for example) are more open minded and accepting.

YMMV

Re:In my experiance... (4, Insightful)

Mike Buddha (10734) | about 2 years ago | (#41554287)

In my experience it hasn't been nearly as cut and dried as this. There are jerks of every ilk.

Re:In my experiance... (5, Informative)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 2 years ago | (#41554387)

>> There are jerks of every ilk.

Don't get me started on the people who play as ilk.

Re:In my experiance... (1)

brit74 (831798) | about 2 years ago | (#41554463)

Ahhh, a trap! We know you're just trying to sucker us into trusting you, necromancer.

Re:In my experiance... (2)

Lehk228 (705449) | about 2 years ago | (#41554741)

i have had the same experiance vis-a-vis christians and satanists

Re:In my experiance... (1)

cloudmaster (10662) | about 2 years ago | (#41554817)

Damn it, where's the "Like" button on Slashdot? I guess I need to post more often so I'll go back to getting mod points.

Re:In my experiance... (1)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | about 2 years ago | (#41554935)

That's not Christians. That's people claiming to be Christians while stabbing you in the back with some personal political agenda.

Orcs in this world are not "evil" (1)

Benfea (1365845) | about 2 years ago | (#41554895)

I'm going to assume that you are making assumptions based on other fantasy novels and games, but in the World of Warcraft, orcs are not inherently evil. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, just like any other mortal race on Azeroth. [TONGUEINCHEEK]Gnomes on the other hand, clearly are evil in the World of Warcraft universe.[/TONGUEINCHEEK]

OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554185)

Plenty of people I know with Facebook accounts could be accused of having a "bizarre double life" - nothing they post relates to their real life at all.

And thus... (1)

neminem (561346) | about 2 years ago | (#41554197)

alienating all her Alliance followers. "Death to the Horde" and all, right? ;)

Re:And thus... (3, Funny)

Mike Buddha (10734) | about 2 years ago | (#41554293)

I'd never vote for someone in the Horde. I hope her opponent is Alliance, otherwise I'll have to write in, yet again.

Re:And thus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554717)

I'd never vote for someone in the Horde. I hope her opponent is Alliance, otherwise I'll have to write in, yet again.

I'm going to write in Varian Wrynn as well.

Re:And thus... (1)

Bremic (2703997) | about 2 years ago | (#41554355)

At least she could be a politician who understands truly what it is like to have the wrong person in charge.

I mean, who the hell can still support Garrosh Hellscream?

Rubbish.... (1)

Dr. Donuts (232269) | about 2 years ago | (#41554203)

Screenshot or it didn't happen.

From a foreigner's point of view (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554211)

republicans look like the poop hole of the USA. Get rid of those retarded war/fear/bible mongers so you can become as respectable as any other nation again in the future. (for any respectability was lost in irak/afghanistan and soon Iran).

Re:From a foreigner's point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554351)

That would be nice except the dems are the retarded MPAA/tyrannical/Orwellian party.

Clan GOP (1)

Empiric (675968) | about 2 years ago | (#41554213)

I think the GOP just envious that the skill tree of their double life is recognized to be comparatively sparse. As I recall, it was basically like this...

Level 1: Oversized Lawn Mowing

Level 2: Summon Underpaid Lawn Mowing Minion

Level 3: Summon Cardboard Golems With -5 Intelligence and +5 Gold Detection For Dinner Party Disparaging Underpaid Lawn Mowing Minions

I pretty sure at that point they hit their level cap.

Playing WoW is one thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554215)

but when you say stuff like "I'm lazy!" and "You know me, I'm lazy!" ...yeah, you really inspire confidence.

Re:Playing WoW is one thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554297)

well she would fit right in the do nothing senate

It could be worse... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554243)

... she could be a panda.

Good thing she didn't have a Panda Warlock (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 years ago | (#41554251)

"I am not a witch!"

"But you play a warlock"

"Well, yes, it was either that or get bogged down playing healers all the time"

get a live (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554265)

get a live... it's just a game

Re:get a live (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554303)

life is live

This might lead to her losing a lot of votes (5, Insightful)

VAElynx (2001046) | about 2 years ago | (#41554285)

from voters playing Alliance characters.
That said, I love the fact that her "secret life" involves a computer game while that of a lot o republicans involve fucking men in public bathrooms.

Re:This might lead to her losing a lot of votes (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about 2 years ago | (#41554719)

That said, I love the fact that her "secret life" involves a computer game while that of a lot o republicans involve fucking men in public bathrooms

You're what the republicans refer to as 'the minority vote'.

Re:This might lead to her losing a lot of votes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554745)

I'm an Alliance player and I'd vote for her. I really don't like the Horde at all, but having a politician that plays WoW makes them seem approachable even if they are green and I'd love to gank them >:D

https://www.mainegop.com/ (3, Funny)

bogidu (300637) | about 2 years ago | (#41554325)

503 - Service Unavailable . . . . HA!

Bah, but have you checked her gear and specs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554335)

How could anyone who can't min/max possbily run government.

Vote Colleen Lachowicz! (2)

Cl1mh4224rd (265427) | about 2 years ago | (#41554361)

For the Horde!

Rogues... (2)

theurge14 (820596) | about 2 years ago | (#41554377)

Well I was going to vote for Sen. Tom Martin but then I got sapped.

I then waited 8 seconds without trinketing but then the polling booth was obscured.

I gave up and ran.

Whats the difference? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554421)

A back stabbing, soul less, unfeeling killer or a politician? Tell me what the difference is.

All kidding aside she shouldnt be allowed to hold a seat in office. Who in the hell wants some dorky, brain dead gamer running anything? Worse yet, she doesnt just play video games but she plays that warcraft. She is over the age of 9, she should be mature enough to have stopped playing little baby games and actually done something with her life.

Could be much worse (2, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#41554427)

She could be a Farmville player. That disqualifies you to run even a fry cooker.

Re:Could be much worse (1)

jeffasselin (566598) | about 2 years ago | (#41554557)

Now you can be both! Re: the new Halfhill area in Pandaria.

I expect when Colleen Lachowicz wins over this... (2)

tlambert (566799) | about 2 years ago | (#41554437)

...they will complain that she ganked the election.

Meh.... (1)

meglon (1001833) | about 2 years ago | (#41554475)

As long as she's not a dorf, it's all good.

Good thing (1)

7-Vodka (195504) | about 2 years ago | (#41554479)

Good thing her assassin wasn't a level 19 Twink [wowwiki.com] .

Lord knows what they would have made of that.

God hates Twinks. Twinks burn in hell!

Or
She couldn't even reach the level cap?

What about the debate last night? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554483)

Come on, really? This is the kind of shit that gets greenlighted instead of a post and discussion about last night's debate?

What the fuck, Slashdot?

Re:What about the debate last night? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41554639)

Here's the 'debate' in a nutshell:

Romney lied, and Obama died...

Or the one word review? Boring...

And actually Obama is playing the real World of Warcraft. And he's very well equipped! If you get my drift.

Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554497)

You guys are really missing the Troll double-entendre that would allow me to mod something Troll and have it be a compliment.

orc vs septic tanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554519)

may the stinkiest win!

Optimization (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554585)

One does not get to be a level 85 anything without some understanding of optimization.
I say it counts in her favor.

WoW needs some mature old choices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554677)

Like a "Tauren Rogue" that Blizz canceled long time ago.

I had a Dwarf Rogue and it was funny, but can you think of anything more awesome than a sneaking cow? :D

Senators should be savvy enough to play a PC game (2)

Seriman (775126) | about 2 years ago | (#41554727)

Maybe if more Senators were playing games and actually using computers instead of hiding from them, we could get some common sense opposition to some of the more absurd tech related legislation.

As long as her running mate isn't... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41554789)

...Leeerrrrrooooyyyyyyyy Jennnnnnnnnkiiinnnnsss!, everything will be fine.

Level 85? (3, Informative)

SuperMog2002 (702837) | about 2 years ago | (#41554833)

She's a devotee of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft

She's still level 85. She's clearly not that devoted.

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