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Posted 10/3/16 , edited 10/3/16
Over the weekend both major party candidates for the US election have become victims in forms of doxxing.

Hillary Clinton had a staffer whose e-mail was hacked, and audio of Clinton saying describing Bernie Sanders supporters as, among other things, 'basement dwellers'.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-supporters-audio-leak-228997

"Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement," she said. "They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future."


Donal Trump had part of his 1995 tax returns mailed to The New York Times, revealing a $916,000,000 loss that 'could mean Trump hasn't had to pay taxes for 15 years'.

Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show.



Digging up dirt is nothing in politics. Neither are personal and character attacks. But now hackers and other leakers of information can dig through and spread personal information on an entirely different scale. Is this a signal of a new age in politics, where nothing on electronic record is ever private? Should all digital information be assumed as public record? Or are we becoming so saturated by personal scandals that none of it really matters unless you already oppose the candidate?
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i think you are right about "scandal fatigue". the internet age has made a traceable record of so much of daily life and likewise has made it so easy to distribute said info that you could spend all your free time looking at celebrity scandals. i need time to watch anime tho

anyway, are we to be surprised that Clinton is condescending or that Trump (or any uber-rich dude for that matter) weasels his way out of paying taxes? we all knew all that before...it's just become corroborated...none of us (probably) are running for political office, but i am sure there are plenty of scandals to dig up on any one of us or any random citizen...who could stand up to perfect scrutiny of everything we ever did or said? even the best of us and the most well meaning, fired up self-improvers have got skeletons somewhere.

anyway, saints dont get into politics or business. you dont succeed there from being humble, kind, trustworthy and true. this is why i like Jill Stein and also why she has zero chance of even beating a dork like Gary Johnson. i'm voting Stein anyway because she's a fraggle. i like fraggles.

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Posted 10/3/16 , edited 10/3/16

GooseMcDucks wrote:

Are you saying secret or private info should be public??...


No, but I do think that politicians in particular should treat any statement made as if it could be made part of public record. There's just too much incentive for anyone with enough time, know-how, and motivation to dig this kind of stuff up.
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Posted 10/3/16
This would have been scandalous if you listed one party's dirt
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Assange is due to release more Clinton stuff tomorrow.
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