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Village of Ridgewood Facebook Self-righteous Vitriol and Bigotry Reach New Heights

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Ridgewood NJ, periodically the Facebook self-righteous crowd ( the same group of people who voted to eliminate the school budget vote in a town that brags about a tradition of excellence) )decides to bash the Blog.  “Ooooh,” they cry, in righteous indignation, “people on the Blog are so mean.”  “Posters on the Blog are anonymous so their opinions are worthless.:”  “Blog posters are bullies.”  And an all-time favorite – “I never read the Blog.”

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Ridgewood Councilman Jeff Voigt provided inaccurate information about one of his Facebook accounts in response to a public records request

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Ridgewood NJ, once again is treated to a litany of issues revolving around councilman Voigt’s social media presence . is reporting that “Ridgewood Councilman Jeff Voigt provided inaccurate information about one of his Facebook accounts in response to a public records request by”

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Reader says , ” those who hesitate to post on FB are the ones who fear that the BOE would go after their kids”

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just as some people hesitate to post on Facebook because of “various reasons,” on the flip side some people post planted information on FB even if they don’t believe it. If you work for an organization, for example, you might hate every person who supervises you, but still you would post praise in order to keep your job.

In the case of this BOE mess, I think those who hesitate to post on FB are the ones who fear that the BOE would go after their kids in some way if negative postings came from the parents. And if you think this is a stretch, you are wrong, it has happened many times.

So the BLOG is the one place where everyone can be honest. I am betting that HASA president or whatever she is might be posting completely different opinions here on The BLOG.


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Ridgewood Schools Strike Back at Residents


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Ridgewood NJ, once again we are reminded why so many parents and residents passively and some would say blindly support the Ridgewood Board of Education.  Despite the many missteps , declining rankings, fighting,bullying, drug dealing ,bigots and ballooning budget the BOE continues to hold on to significant support by Village residents .

The ugly reality once again is fear by residents of retribution by the BOE,school administrators , teachers and coaches on their childern and the implosion of property values tied to school performance .Not suprisingly  recent criticism of the Boards move to use taxpayer money to launch a lawsuit to extend trustee terms with no tangible benefit to students and taxpayers has been primarily spearheaded residents who no longer have children in Ridgewood public schools or never had children in Ridgewood Schools. 

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Reader says the Ridgewood Blog Has “Anonymous” and “POMPANYMOUS” Posts


Hahahaha, the “pompous anonymous” poster wants everyone else’s anonymity revealed. Maybe old Halaby can coin a phrase for such a person….POMPANYMOUS. Guess what, you can’t know who all the anonymous posters are, even though we have pretty much figured out who YOU are. hahaha

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Clinton campaign part of DNC hack


By Ben Kamisar – 07/29/16 05:15 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton’s campaign had its computer network hacked as part of the cyberattack on Democratic organizations, Reuters reported Friday.

A federal law enforcement official told the New York Times that the hack appears to have come from Russia.

“An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack,” Clinton press secretary Nick Merrill said in a statement. “Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.”

The news comes hours after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)confirmed it was hacked as well.

The DCCC called its intrusion “similar” to the attack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which led to Wikileaks publishing tens of thousands of internal emails.

The trove’s release led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz earlier this week.

The Department of Justice is investigating the cyberattacks, Reuters reported. Those with knowledge of the investigation told the news service that involvement was a sign the White House believed the attacks were state-sponsored.

Reuters reported Thursday that the FBI had opened an investigation into a digital intrusion at the DCCC.


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The Revenge Of The Lost Boys


Western societies are producing more and more Lost Boys, the fail-to-launch young men who carry dangerous social grudges.

What’s going on with young American men? Another mass shooting has led to another round of social and political recriminations. A young man—a “loner” and “adrift,” as usual—seizes a vile cause and attacks innocent people. Amidst the wreckage, we look for reasons that already fit our preconceptions about violence, and we blame racism, guns, unemployment, drugs, a bad family, or whatever else helps us to make sense of the tragedy.

But the truth of the matter is that Dylann Roof (at least from what we know) isn’t that different from so many other young, mostly white men over the past 30 years or so who have lashed out against their society in different ways. Although mass killers understandably seize our imaginations and dominate the media, and not all dysfunctional young males are violent and not all of them gain the publicity they crave. Some are terrorists, others are murderers, and some are merely vandals. A few are traitors and deserters.

What they all have in common is their gender (male), their race (most are white), and their youth (almost all under 30 at their peak destructiveness). Beyond this, they seem to share little beyond a stubborn immaturity wedded to a towering narcissism. In almost every case, they dress their anger in the clothes of ideology: white supremacy, jihad,hatred of abortion, or anti-government paranoia. Stuck in perpetual adolescence, they see only their own imagined virtue amidst irredeemable corruption. In a typical sentiment, Roof wrote before his rampage that “someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”

The Lost Boys Arise

This is the battle cry of the narcissist, and we’ve heard it before. Western societies are producing more and more of these Lost Boys, the fail-to-launch young men who carry weighty social grudges. Some of them kill, but others lash out in other, more creative ways: whether it’s Edward Snowden deciding only he could save America from the scourge of surveillance, or Bowe Bergdahl walking away from his post to personally solve the war in Afghanistan, the combination of immaturity and grandiosity among these young males is jaw-dropping in its scale even when it is not expressed through the barrel of a gun.

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United, NYSE Outages Stoke Fears About Vulnerability Of Computer Systems


July 8, 2015 10:06 PM

(CBS) — It’s been a high-tech nightmare in the financial, and airline industries today because of separate glitches.

Trading was halted at the New York Stock Exchange for 3 1/2 hours after what has been described as an “internal problem.” Trading later resumed, with sizeable losses.

This was followed by temporary trouble accessing the Wall Street Journal’s website, and a flood of conspiracy theories on social media about a coordinated hack attack.

But before all this happened, United Airlines grounded flights across the country for nearly two hours, because of what they call a “router issue.”

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports in every one of these incidents, it was computer technology breakdowns, not a hostile set of attacks. But one local expert says more of those are sure to come and we should be ready.

With the outages at the NYSE and United Airlines, some people wonder if this brave but vulnerable new world of computers could be open to a much bigger failure: a major enemy hack attack.

Anonymous issued cryptic tweet on eve of NYSE suspension

New York trading was suspended around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday due to a “technical issue,” the exchange said in a statement posted to Twitter.

The Department of Homeland Security said there was no indication the NYSE had been hacked, according to Bloomberg and CNN. The exchange said the glitch could not be attribute to “a cyber breach.”

“The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach,” it said in another statement. “We chose to suspend trading on NYSE to avoid problems arising from our technical issue. NYSE-listed securities continue to trade unaffected on other market centers.”

The White House said President Obama had been briefed on the issue. Earlier in the day, United Airlines briefly grounded all of its flights due to a systemwide failure.

Anonymous has previously targeted Wall Street and made headlines in 2011 when it threatened to “destroy” the New York Stock Exchange.

The message could also be seen as an allusion to economic unrest in China and Greece, which has contributed to global market turmoil in recent days. U.S. stocks saw modest losses in the early hours of trading Wednesday.

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The really worrying financial crisis is happening in China, not Greece


By Jeremy Warner

12:25PM BST 08 Jul 2015

China looks like it is heading for its version of the 1929 stock market crash

While all Western eyes remain firmly focused on Greece, a potentially much more significant financial crisis is developing on the other side of world. In some quarters, it’s already being called China’s 1929 – the year of the most infamous stock market crash in history and the start of the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression.

In any normal summer, a 30pc fall in the Chinese stock market – a loss of value roughly equivalent to the UK’s entire economic output last year – after an ascent which had seen share prices more than double within the space of a year would have been front page news across the globe.

The dramatic series of government interventions to stem the panic – hitherto unsuccessful, it should be added – would similarly have been up there at the top of the news agenda. Yet the pantomime of the Greek debt talks, together with the tragi-comedy of will they, won’t they leave the euro, has relegated the story to little more than a footnote – even though 940 companies, more than a third, have now suspended trading on China’s two main indices.

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Anonymous joins the legions of anti-Semites


ADL warns Jewish groups of ‘digital terrorism’
By Elise Viebeck – 04/06/15 11:30 AM EDT

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is warning Jewish institutions and individuals to prepare for a potential hacking campaign mounted by an affiliate of Anonymous.

The ADL said a pro-Palestinian hacking collective known as AnonGhost is threatening an “electronic Holocaust” against Jews on Tuesday, including hacks targeting individuals’ cellphones. The effort was scheduled to coincide with the celebration of Passover.

“In the past three years, anti-Israel hackers participating in this campaign have targeted Israeli sites with limited success, but they are now widening their attacks to target individual Israelis with threatening anti-Semitic rhetoric,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in a statement released Saturday.

“Israel and Jewish communities worldwide should be on alert, as digital terrorism takes many forms and hackers are getting more sophisticated,” Foxman said.

The campaign — dubbed #OpIsrael on Twitter — is intended to “erase” Israel from cyberspace, according to its organizers. Anonymous and its affiliates have a history of targeting Jewish institutions over Israel’s activities in the Palestinian conflict.

Online hostilities against Israel previously spiked during a 50-day battle with Palestinians that left more than 1,500 civilians dead. Security expert Isaac Ben-Israel of Tel Aviv University said cyberattacks against Israel jumped from 100,000 to more than one million per day during the conflict.

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Sony Gets a New Threat– “Anonymous” Says Hackers Aren’t Korean, Release Film Or More Hacks Coming


Sony Gets a New Threat– “Anonymous” Says Hackers Aren’t Korean, Release Film Or More Hacks Coming

by Roger Friedman – December 21, 2014 12:09 am

I Dear Mr. Michael Lynton (CEO of Sony Entertainment),
We shall first-off begin this message with an expression of sympathy as you have failed to release “The Interview” as you believe that hackers shall carry out a new operation to cause malicious damage within your organisation.
I would like to inform you that we all know the hacks didn’t come from North Korea (we think everybody knows about this already).
What we would like to say is that by not releasing “The Interview”, you are denying us the privilege of the Freedom Of Information Act (1966).
Unfortunately, due to your organisation panicking at first sight of trouble, we find this very cowardly of both yourself and your organisation (Sony Entertainment).
We know that Mr. Paulo Coelho has offered Sony Entertainment a sum of $100,000 for the rights of the movie; where he shall then be able to upload the movie onto BitTorrent.
Obviously, you shall not be responding to his generous offer – so please respond to ours with a public conference, we wish to offer you a deal…
Release “The Interview” as planned, or we shall carry out as many hacks as we are capable of to both Sony Entertainment, and yourself.
Obviously, this document was only created by a group of 25 – 30 Anons, but there are more of us on the internet than you can possibly imagine.

We are Anonymous,
We are Legion,
We do not forgive,
We do not forget,
Expect us.

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New Jersey woman sues fellow soccer mom for ‘tarnishing’ family’s reputation


New Jersey woman sues fellow soccer mom for ‘tarnishing’ family’s reputation
By Ben Rohrbach
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A former Tiffany & Co. executive is suing a fellow New Jersey youth soccer mom for accusing her husband of “bullying,” “fixing tryouts” and “engaging in misconduct relating to sportsmanship” while coaching their 10-year-old children in Ridgewood, N.J., according to a lawsuit obtained by the New York Post.

Siobhan Winograd, who worked for Tiffany’s until her son’s birth in 2004, reportedly filed a lawsuit in New York’s Manhattan Supreme Court, accusing anonymous defendants “Ridgewood Soccer Mom” and “John Doe” of “tarnishing” her family’s reputation and inciting “public contempt” within the small community.

Winograd’s husband, Michael, is a lawyer who has served as both a coach and administrator for their son’s Maroons Soccer Club travel team, accoriding to The Bergen Record. The lawsuit claims harassment from the anonymous woman began in 2011 and reached a boiling in a January 2014 email from “” to Michael Winograd’s employer.

“The situation stems from the ego (of Michael Winograd) and his belief that his needs trump the needs of the club,” the email read, according to the reports. The email also reportedly cited accusations of financial improprieties levied against the soccer club by Siobhan Winograd last year.–tarnishing–family-s-reputation-133719752.html