Monday, February 27, 2006
Voting issues roundup
Here is a small grab bag of news stories and information that should give you a good grasp on the current state of things. Our last presidental election was decided with about 30 percent of our national vote being cast and counted on non-voter-verified electronic voting machines. Given the kinds of problems I've linked below, and the inherently untrustworthy nature of the technology itself, we really have no idea who we elected in 2004. Clearly I'm not at all pleased with the result, but that's not my primary issue. The lack of trust is the biggie for me. Good or bad, we need to know absolutely that our leaders are duly elected indeed. Without this, it is very difficult to continue to have a strong faith in our system as a whole.
And on to the news:
Watchdog Group Questions Fla. 2004 Vote
Alaska Now Refuses Release of 2004 Election Data Citing Security Concerns!
Elections Officials fear '06 Season of the Glitch
How Electronic Voting Impacts the Trustworthiness of Our Elections
This article details the fundemental differences between votes cast with electrons and those cast with ordinary means, such as paper ballots marked with pens and how those differences impact trust and thus democracy as a whole. Recommended for anyone that does not understand the very basic trust issues.
Dealing with Voting Machine Ignorance, One media person at a time
This is an advocacy how-to article. Blog posts, such as this one and the ones linked above are valuable in that we are getting the word out. That's good, but we need to pack a bit more punch with our traditional media sources if the issue of electronic trust is to see greater acceptance and consideration. (and yes, we do need this!) Challenging posh voting machine success stories is one very effective way to do this that I used with some solid success in '04. Nothing has really changed, but the year, so go get 'em people!
Trust me, they are going to read that..."
Monday, February 06, 2006
Offset your home heating costs with junk mail!
I'm thinking subscribe to every free trade magazine, catalog and get ones name onto the very best junk mail lists and save a bundle on your home heating next year. Of course, the mail guy is not going to be happy, but maybe cut him in for half the savings as a nice annual delivery bonus!
If you are one of the lucky people with a fireplace or real wood stove, this idea is for you. Finally, all those crazy ads end up doing some real solid good --bundled up that is!