November 01, 2004

Politics

Mirror for www.electoral-vote.com

Just wanted to get this out there for anyone who is trying to access this great website, www.electoral-vote.com. It shows a map of current electoral college votes, based on averaging a whole bunch of polls every day. Recently it's been overloaded and not very available, but there are several mirrors set up, and here they are:

www.electoral-vote3.com
www.electoral-vote4.com
www.electoral-vote5.com
www.electoral-vote6.com
etc.

I don't know how many there really are, but you can try adding a different number to the end of the address.

Randy

Posted by randy at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

October 07, 2003

Politics

Black Box Voting

The folks at blackboxvoting.com have made their excellent book available for free download at their site. If you haven't heard of them, they did an extensive study on the electronic voting machines and came to some very scary conclusions. They show in detail how easy it is to 'edit' the votes, then edit the log that shows you edited the votes. There is no paper trail, no way of auditing or doing a re-count. The entire system was designed so poorly in terms of security and traceability that it is truly depressing.

They will be tracking live trouble reports during the California recall election, starting at 6pm pacific time, at the BBV Report site. It should be interesting to see what problems crop up, and what impact they have.

Posted by randy at 05:28 PM

October 02, 2003

Politics

Leaky reporters

This CIA leak story is getting a lot of press. Is it me, or does it seem that everyone is ignoring Robert Novak, the one who actually published the name to the world? I know about the freedom of the press, but given that there is a law explicitly forbidding revealing names of agents, why is no one getting angry at Novak? And why does it take a huge investigation to try to find the "leak" when they could just ask the reporter where he got the information? Given the wide powers of the patriot act when it comes to national security - holding people for over a year with no outside contact, no lawyer, and no trial, why is it so hard to force Novak to reveal his source?

Posted by randy at 08:55 AM

September 18, 2003

Politics

Americanism

Over the past year, I've seen so many American flags, I'm kinda getting tired of them. What bugs me is that during the mis-guided Iraq war, people blindly go out and plaster flags everywhere and declare they are "Proud" to be American. For me, during that war especially, I was not proud to be an American. I certainly feel fortunate, appreciative, and I feel a responsibility, but I'm not particularly proud. I'm ashamed at the way Bush has behaved, and many judge us based on Bush's actions.

It wasn't even my choice to be American, let alone something I had to fight for, or struggle to accomplish. I just got lucky.

I take pride in things I have personally accomplished. I am proud to have graduated from college, to have such a great marriage, to have landed a good job in a bad economy, and I'm proud of the way I've lived my life.

I desperately want to have a president that will make me proud to have voted for him, and proud to have been given the trappings of being an American without taking them for granted.

Posted by randy at 11:04 AM

March 28, 2003

Politics

War Woes

I can't believe we are actually at war, that it has gone this far. It's as if we as a nation are trying to call 911, and GW bush is the 911 operator, and for some inexplicable reason he's not picking up the phone. Does he know it's ringing and doesn't want to pick it up, or is he really that stupid that he doesn't even realize we are calling for help? I think we will be looking back on this moment, and everyone will agree that huge mistakes were made, but right now nobody in power seems to see it.

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you are semi-concious, but your muscles are asleep, so you can't move, you can't talk, and you are desparately trying to run away from something? That's how I feel about this war. Nobody is listening to us.

Posted by rgamage at 09:17 AM