1. Bush Caught on Film

    jake on 2003.02.27
    at 06:21 pm

    Gotta love politics. Here we have a simplistic web site put up by the House Appropriations Committee that has quotes from Dubyah, and factual things that he's done. Stuff like...

    "Having been here and seeing the care that these troops get is comforting for me and Laura. We are -- should and must provide the best care for anybody who is willing to put their life in harm's way." - Jan, 17 2003

    And the Washington Post points out the fact that...

    Bush's visit came on the same day that the Administration announced it is immediately cutting off access to its health care system approximately 164,000 veterans.

    Caught on Film

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  2. Electronic voting. Easier to cheat than cemeteries?

    jake on 2003.02.27
    at 02:11 pm

    Wow, so two stories popped up today, and though very much related, they don't mention each other (though they both reference the same law suit.)

    Kuro5hin Speaks on a more broad topic of voting machines. There are a lot of dealings going on with voting machines and elected officials. All this money going back and forth can be looked at as a problem. Simply because the machines keep internal information. If there is an error, there is no proof.

    This could easily be used to cheat the system, there is no way of knowing what everyone voted. I agree with the suggestion that a piece of paper should be printed out as a receipt which could be used if there was a problem with the machine.

    Wired also reported a more in depth look at something that was referenced at Kuro5hin.

    Dan Spillane was fired from his position working with VoteHere. He claims that he pointed out many "defects" with the machines they were building, but upper management squelched his statements. And he was fired after he tried to contact a group of organizations and senators with the problem.

    I love technology and having it simplify large tasks like vote counting or paying my bills. But abuse should not be taken lightly. There has been a movement to put electronic voting machines out there. If they screw it up and we still have problems like the last presidential election the trust will be destroyed. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

    Kuro5hin - Voting machines
    Wired - Dan's story

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  3. A man in Santa Fe is detained for chat room convo.

    jake on 2003.02.27
    at 01:43 pm

    So what happens if I knock Bush in this blog?

    I noticed at MetaFilter this morning a man was quiestioned by police after using a university library computer. He supposedly threatened Bush in a chat room while at the library.

    O'Connor recalled saying that Bush is "out of control," but that "I'm allowed to say all that. There is this thing called freedom of speech."

    I have to agree, unless he made an actual threat against the President, he should not be harassed. Brian and I don't agree with many things the President does. That shouldn't mean we can be targeted. This is not a dictatorship. Bush should be more careful, Saddam does stuff like that.

    Personally I think we need to start learning from past mistakes, and not try and act like we own the world.

    American Libraries

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  4. Mr. Rogers has died.

    jake on 2003.02.27
    at 01:36 pm

    Mr. RogersWell before I post some random stuff, I thought it more fitting to start with a sort of tribute. Fred Rogers passed away early this morning. I was a bit confused by the radio this morning. On a local station, they re-ran an interview they had with him a while back. And I came in during the middle of it. so I had no idea it was commemorating his death.

    It's a terrible thing, I imagine my future kids will watch reruns of him when they're young.

    He died of stomach cancer at age 74.


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