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Was Louie Gohmert the Repuke who was a car thief before he got elected? Someone needs to cram a sock in his mouth! If VA can make a major swing towards honest government, TX (and FL) sure can follow. It’s long overdue! T and R to the usual suspects!! LD: did you get my card?


For polarbear:

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

Barbara Simons believes there is only one safe voting technology.

She wrote more articles, wrote a book, badgered policy makers, made “a pain of myself.” Though a liberal who had first examined voting systems under the Clinton administration, she did battle with the League of Women Voters (of which she is a member), the ACLU, and other progressive organizations that had endorsed paperless voting, largely on the grounds that electronic systems offered greater access to voters with disabilities.

Simons was called a Luddite. At times, she was treated as just short of raving. At a League of Women Voters convention, she took a turn at the microphone to challenge the league’s president. The moderator tried to yank the mic from her hand.

Simons is not grappling for mics anymore. In late July, at the annual Def Con hacker conference, in Las Vegas, she addressed an event called the Voting Village—a staged attack on voting machines. “I lose sleep over this. I hope you will too,” she told the hackers who had packed into a windowless conference room at Caesars Palace.

By Verified Voting’s count, 13 states, including populous ones such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, still have paperless voting. Given the thin majorities in Congress, that leaves more than enough machines to allow hackers tremendous power to influence American politics. And all 50 states use computerized scanners for vote counting—few of them with sufficient postelection auditing to detect manipulation. Mandatory audits, in the form of hand counts of randomized samplings of ballots, are essential to protect against invisible vote theft, Simons believes. In an unaudited system, malicious code could easily go unnoticed. “It’s not rocket science,” she said. “Any halfway-decent programmer could do it.”

Barbara Simons is one of the original figures in a movement of perhaps three dozen people who have been fighting for paper ballots for nearly two decades. None are yet accustomed to being taken seriously. When Verified Voting first started working in Virginia, it was seen as “kind of out there,” admits Edgardo Cortés, the commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Elections. Now “they’re on the top of the list of who we call.”


Thank you, mags. I also get smirks and sneers when I continue to fight for transparent voting, so this literally made my eyes well up. One day, perhaps, eh?

From the article: “What needs changing is a system that took root after 2000, when the presidential election hinged on the infamous chads left behind by Florida voters.”

Another “shock doctrine” move from TPTB. Many of them knew very well that they could get into these machines, imo. This is a yuuuuge problem that we seem, in response, to be plugging our ears and singing lalalalalalla.


It sounds like some progress has been made. Hard-fought and much-welcomed progress.


Oh joy


Joe Biden thinks it’s critical that Donald Trump not get a second term — and though it’s early, he doesn’t yet see anyone else who could stop that from happening.

So, he’s been telling people privately, that might mean he’ll just have to run himself.

After beginning the year both teasing a 2020 bid and ruling one out — sometimes on the same day — Biden in recent months has shifted unmistakably in favor of running, say multiple people who’ve been in touch with the former vice president and his team.

Many Democrats are wary about pegging the future of the party with Biden, who will be 77 by 2020, the oldest potential candidate in the field other than Bernie Sanders. Though a clutch player in both Obama campaigns, he has proved to be bad at running for president himself, and would likely be facing a raucous and crowded primary full of candidates determined not to step aside and repeat the Hillary Clinton coronation.

While some big money Democrats have been wary about pegging the future of the party with a former two-term vice president, some former Clinton donors have reached out with interest, as have former Obama donors.

“If someone emerges that the former VP believes can beat [Trump], I think he is at peace with that,” said one Biden-friendly donor. “On the other hand, if that person doesn’t exist or doesn’t run, you can expect Joe Biden to take a very serious look.”

Barely a mile away, the Obama Foundation was holding its inaugural summit, where Biden had been in talks to make an appearance.

Instead, he headed to Chicago City Hall, taking up an invitation for coffee from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama chief of staff who’s renewed his role as a behind-the-scenes strategist for what the Democratic Party should do next.


Man, could he accept an invitation for coffee from anyone worse?

Frack-off progressives Emanuel?


What’s in it for Rahm Emanuel? (in exchange for being a behind the scenes “strategist”)

He doesn’t strike me as the sort who does anything out of the kindness of his heart.


Rahm has his fingers in many dirty pots and he would like to extend his power. Privatization, militarization, “trade” agreements, you name it.


Yes, it could be as general as that of course.

The usual suspects, lust for power, money and influence.

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