From [arstechnica.com: ArsTechnica]
What if I told you that it would take only one person—one highly motivated, but only moderately skilled bad apple, with either authorized or unauthorized access to the right company’s internal computer network—to steal a statewide election? You might think I was crazy, or alarmist, or just talking about something that’s only a remote, highly theoretical possibility…In this article, I’m going to show you how to steal an election.
This makes me want to cry. This is a very detailed article that will make you wonder in the elections in a couple of weeks if the winner really is the winner. Here’s the most disturbing part:
###Diebold AccuVote TS specs
||118 MHz Hitachi SH3
||16MB RAM, 32MB on-board Flash, 128K EPROM, Removable Flash PCMCIA card
||Keyboard, modem (PCMCIA), IrDA, headphone jack
||Custom Diebold firmware
||**Windows CE 3.0**
||Custom Diebold system software
||Touchscreen, thermal roll printer (for printing a zero tape and final vote tallies)|
God help us all. We’ll run an election on the world’s most insecure operating system. Yikes! What were they thinking. At least if they chose Linux, they’d be able to inspect the code that’s going into the machines. Now, we’re trusting [[M$]] with the future of our country.
From [CNET News.com](http://news.com.com/:) “In News.com survey of which 2006 campaign sites followed standards most closely, Libertarians topped the charts.”
Would you expect anything else?
From [CNN.com](http://www.cnn.com/?eref=rss_topstories:) “An international police liaison officer was killed and four soldiers were wounded late Sunday morning after their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad, a U.S. military statement released on Monday by Multi-National Corps-Iraq said.”
I have a nephew there. If he gets killed in all this nonsense, I’ll never forgive this administration. Historically, the US has been basically isolationist, and gotten involved in foreign countries only when ours was in jeopardy. What happened that made us project ourselves out into the rest of the world?
Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that he may run for president in 2008, despite previous assertions that he would complete his current six-year senatorial term, which ends in 2011.
‘I would say I am still at the point where I have not made a decision to pursue higher office, but it is true that I have thought about it over the last several months,’ the 45-year-old Democratic senator from Illinois told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
Yes, PLEASE! I’ve been wanting the chance to vote for this guy for a couple of years now.
The next Democratic nominee should either be Barack Obama or should have the stature that would come from defeating Barack Obama,” David Brooks, a conservative op-ed columnist for The New York Times, wrote in his Thursday column, entitled, “Run, Barack, Run.
See? Even the conservatives are sick of lame candidates coming out of the Democratic party nomination process.
Barak ’08. Sounds good to me.
Take a look at [this graph](http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh26-4/images/register5.gif.) The risk of mortality on 2 drinks per day is about the same as for zero per day for all causes, but is quite a bit lower for heart attacks.
From Xark! "OK, now I’m only going to explain this once: You start with Tim Berners Lee and the W3C and you wind up with PornTube, LaLa, ytmnd and that "Numa Numa" guy. And it’s all done with computers, coffee, business plans and Douglas Coupland novels. Don’t understand it? Well why do you think they call it "code," dumbass? "
Got that? No? Take a look at the picture for a full description. The important thing to remember is that porn is at the center of it all.
From [CNN.com](http://www.cnn.com/?eref=rss_topstories:) “Half of all Americans believe most members of Congress are corrupt — a figure that has risen 12 points since the start of the year — and more than a third think their own representative is crooked, according to a new poll released Thursday by CNN.”
And the other half just thinks they are incompetent, but whose counting.
From [CNET News.com](http://news.com.com/:) “Blog: President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy which claims the U.S. has a right to deny access to space to anyone ‘hostile…”
It’s kinda like the Monroe doctrine for space, only, it’s the MORON doctrine!
From [MacCentral](http://www.macworld.com/:) “Less than 24 hours after the launch of Internet Explorer 7, security researchers have found a flaw in the new browser.”
[[M$]] should be embarrassed. But, on the other hand, isn’t this just [SNAFU](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNAFU?)
From [Rolling Stone](http://bellicose-bumpkin.blogspot.com:)
These past six years were more than just the most shameful, corrupt and incompetent period in the history of the American legislative branch. These were the years when the U.S. parliament became a historical punch line, a political obscenity on par with the court of Nero or Caligula — a stable of thieves and perverts who committed crimes rolling out of bed in the morning and did their very best to turn the mighty American empire into a debt-laden, despotic backwater, a Burkina Faso with cable.
I couldn’t agree more. It’s downright embarrassing. I have some friends in other countries around the globe, and they at least know that the people of the United States are **NOT** the incompetent boobs that our government makes us appear to the rest of the world. But, when I met these folks, they all had the same impression: the citizens in the US are a bunch of arrogant, overbearing, idiots that think that the world exists to serve them.
Well, we’re not, in spite of what the current batch of corrupt pedophilic bums would have the world think.
The truth is, the average US citizen is a caring, empathetic person that wants to help his fellow citizens of this planet called Earth. Just look at how the ***private*** citizens of the US react when there’s a disaster of some kind somewhere else in the world.
I’m sick of these bums being the face of our country to the rest of the world. It’s time to ***DRIP***!!!!
Please remember that in the election in a couple of weeks! We need a new party in charge!