2020

A turning point for Dan Forest?

Not every politician was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but Dan Forest was. And for most of his life, his wealth was inconsequential. He kept to himself and did relatively little damage. Even as lieutenant governor, his impact on anything important has been negligible, though teachers might say it's been negative.

But now that Mr. Forest is pressing himself forward to be North Carolina's next governor, his ideas and beliefs matter, as does his character. I don't know him at all. I just know what he says through publicity and on social media. Here's my impression:

Hacker-In-Chief? A look at Beto's misspent youth

Burning down the frontier of the Internet:

The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known for inventing the word “hacktivism” to describe human-rights-driven security work.

Members of the group have protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O’Rourke as one of their own.

My first takeaway after reading this is that Beto is leaps and bounds more (technically) intelligent than the rest of the pack of Dem candidates. Just being able to access those message boards and forums back in the 1980's took skills most people didn't (and still don't) have, much less being able to write code to break security protocols. While Beto doesn't appear to have been involved in some of the darker operations, he was not above breaking the law to get what he wanted:

A Message from Wayne Goodwin, NCDP Chair

Note: I posted the message, below, on Facebook and Twitter a few days ago, primarily for members of the NCDP State Executive Committee and active Dems statewide, and am now providing it here as a personal courtesy to fellow BlueNC members, some of whom were very kind to encourage me to seek the post of NCDP chairman two years ago.

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My fellow NC Democrats:

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