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11 June 2006

An open message to honest people in a dishonest industry

It occurs to me that things must getting pretty uncomfortable for any vendor or government official who is embroiled in the computerized voting industry. It is becoming very apparent that there is large-scale illegal activity by computerized voting machine companies. These kinds of illegal activities violate the most basic tenets of American Democracy.

These vendors and politicians are playing an end game with no solution to their dilemma in sight.

They can't exactly hand over an olive branch and say, "Y'know what? I tried to destroy this country, but now that the jig is up, do over?"

How can we help those who truly mean no harm? I imagine it is difficult for them to speak up.

How could anyone feel safe enough to step forward, given the recent civil rights assault on Stephen Heller by Diebold?

Stephen Heller is a brave, American whistle-blower, who did his civic and moral duty for his fellow citizens. He called attention to illegal activity by his employer, Diebold. Diebold is a major player in US elections, and as such has its own civic responsibility to be open with the voters of America, the "consumers" they serve.

Stephen Heller has been rewarded for his efforts with an onerous lawsuit and criminal charges.

How can we help those honest citizens, like Stephen Heller, who are stuck in a corrupt system.

IMO- give amnesty to people who are opposed to what is going on, but are too afraid to speak up. That won't protect them from the companies (or the government), but it will protect them from us.

Here's how to get started:

Let the s#@& roll UP-HILL as it deserves to!!!

The best way to serve this principle is to allow a policy of "PASS THE BUCK". Pass the buck means to pass the buck of blame to a superior, who in turn will pass it to his or her superior.

This will eventually get the buck of blame to the desk of none other than George Walker Bush.

In characteristically un-Trumanesque fashion, W will look for someone to pass it on to. But there won't be anyone.\clipart{help-2}


At 1:53 AM, Blogger Dr. Gravity Love said...

Whoops! This is a crosspost from Black Box Voting,

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we allowed to start this again?

The real Dr G writes: They can't exactly hand over an olive branch and say, "Y'know what? I tried to destroy this country, but now that the jig is up, do over?"

Why is the jig up? Who said they are going fail? I think we may be further into the abyss than this comment suggests! I suspect they intend fully to steal the midterms under the rationale of security. I suspect 2008 will be cancelled.


At 12:28 PM, Blogger Dr. Gravity Love said...

Hi ydba!

"I suspect they intend fully to steal the midterms under the rationale of security. I suspect 2008 will be cancelled." -ydba

Maybe so, but it doesn't have to be that way...



At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Along those lines...

this would be funny if it weren't true!

I like the memepolice site!


At 1:33 AM, Anonymous Kim said...

Looks like RFK Jr is going to sue about the cheating. I hope it happens, and something comes of it --- in time for the election.
I'd like to see Diebold and ESS etc run out of business. Maybe run out of town on a rail -- tarred and feathered....

Hi ydba!

At 6:08 AM, Blogger ydba said...

Hi Kim.

This computerized voting stuff is a terror. Nut 'GinRich stands up frequently an makes a big deal about the phenomenal accuracy of electronic records -- making jokes about how only the obsessed or the bored bother to save their receipts from electronic banking transactions anymore. That makes me me doubly sure to save my receipts, especially if Nut has decided for some reason that we no longer need to.

The fact is, we don't know about validity of computerized vote totals. There are plenty of ways which we could easily know more, but those ways are blocked at every pass. That in itself is very suspicious. We have turned one of the most important functions in democracy over to that invisible, lurking class of people who control everything now -- the "tech people", the "programmers", the invisible people in the back room who are paid by...who?

My take on it is that Repubs are concentrating on the less obvious and less recognized fact that elections, as I stated in my previous post, are really just ceremonial rituals anyway. The real decisions about election outcomes -- the ones that are legally binding -- are administrative and arbitrary. Since the Repubs know they are about to loose control of the lie and loose their popular electoral support, I suspect they have studied the process of elections quite thoroughly. They know that election outcomes are administrative decisions, so they are simply concentrating on having their own people in charge of those decisions. It is a short step from here to simply render the election ritual "quaint", like those outdated torture rules.

Good to see you Kim!


At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

There is a thing called a "hybrid" voting machine. It is a touch-screen that you enter your choices on, which then prints out a paper ballot with your choices marked. You check the paper ballot and if it is what you intended, you put it in the box for ballots. Those ballots are then counted by an optical scanner; a mechanical, non-programmable entity. Thus, we have the best of both worlds: an easy screen, a clear print-out, a checked print-out, a mechanical count that cannot be programmed to cheat, and a clear paper trail for ALL votes.
That is the system we should all be voting on. It's even cheaper than the stupid cheat-machines.

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