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The Hospital – important book that might have been posted before

This is video

Brian Alexander — The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town

many themes – capitalism, monopolies, poverty, destruction of communities, jobs, manufacturing, etc.


Is it just me, or has the AZ ‘recount’ taken a few turns to the absurd?

A contractor hired by the Arizona Senate is reviewing Maricopa County’s 2020 election data from an undisclosed location in Montana, with no oversight from state or county officials.

Ben Cotton, founder of tech firm CyFIR, a Senate subcontractor, made copies of the county’s election server and other election data and then drove the copies to a “secure lab” in Montana, according to Senate liaison Ken Bennett. The Senate was given county voters’ private information, but Bennett said he doesn’t know if Cotton has copies of that in Montana.

It appears that the “secure lab” might be a home owned by Cotton in the northern Montana wilderness. Bennett said he didn’t know, and Cotton and Cyber Ninjas, the Senate’s main contractors, refuse to answer questions.

The fact that the county’s election data is out of state isn’t necessarily risky in itself, but if Cotton has copies of the underlying software in the county’s vote-counting machines or voter data and hasn’t officially agreed to terms that would keep it secure, that’s where the risk comes in, said Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan computer science and engineering professor who specializes in election security.


p.s. I don’t trust anyone with the last name Cotton.