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Thursday, March 31, 2005

10 PHDs Agree: There were voting anomalies in favor of Bush. Democracy may have been called off..

When they do the most under reported or censored stories of 2004, one of the top contenders would have to be statistical anomalies in the 2004 presidential election. And today, a number of PH D level statisticians have released a report showing that the numbers don't add up. If you're not aware of this, exit polling is pretty accurate. In Germany, where they use paper ballots, the exit polling gets the final vote count right, like, 99.9 percent of the time. Republican officials, who want to eliminate exit polling here, used contrasting exit polls/actual vote count numbers to help lobby for new elections in the Ukraine--thus proving that they refuse to recognize the principles behind both chutzpah and irony. Here's a snippet of the report from the Free Press article:

"The consortium that conducted the presidential exit polls, Edison/Mitofsky, issued a report in January suggesting that the discrepancy between election results and exit polls occurred because Bush voters were more reticent than Kerry voters in response to pollsters.

"The authors of this scientific study of the National Election Data Archive Project, consider that scenario highly unlikely, based on extensive analysis of the election data presented in their report “Final Study of the 2004 Presidential Election Poll Discrepancies”. They conclude, /“The required pattern of exit poll participation by Kerry and Bush voters to satisfy the exit poll data defies empirical experience and common sense under any assumed scenario.”/

An executive summary of the report by Josh Mitteldorf of Temple University has been released today and is available at: http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/Exit_Polls_summary.pdf. The full 25 page scientific report will be released tomorrow. This group's preliminary study on the exit poll discrepancies was not refuted by any PhD statistician in America, and we expect our final study to be similarly received in the academic community
. "

Amidst the data, many extremely unlikely anomalies exist, invariably in President Bush’s favor. For one, a state-by-state analysis of the discrepancy between exit polls and official election results shows highly improbable skewing of the election results biased towards the president.

We have had election fraud in this country before. November's wildly inaccurate presidential exit polls should warrant concern of the highest order by every American citizen.

Now, the folks at black box voting, who I quoted a few weeks ago, don't have the best reputation in town. But take a look at the folks who signed on to this study. And of course, as has been stated before, if this is true, everything else really doesn't matter. The Democrats can move to the commie left or the abortion bombing clinic right...they will lose. I don't know if you can yet call that fascism, but you certainly can't call it democracy. Here are the wacky, out of the mainstream contributors:


*Contributors and Supporters of the Report include:*
*Josh Mitteldorf*, PhD - Temple University Statistics Department
*Steven F. Freeman*, PhD - Center for Organizational Dynamics, University of Pennsylvania
*Brian Joiner*, PhD - Prof. of Statistics (ret) University of Wisconsin
*Frank Stenger*, PhD - Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah
*Richard G. Sheehan*, PhD -Professor, Department of Finance, University of Notre Dame
*Paul F. Velleman*, PhD - Associate Prof., Department of Statistical Sciences, Cornell University
*Victoria Lovegren*, PhD - Department of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University
*Campbell** B. Read*, PhD - Prof. Emeritus, Department of Statistical Science, Southern Methodist University
*Jonathan Simon*, J.D., National Ballot Integrity Project
*Ron Paul Baiman, *PhD* *– Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Two Big Thumbs Up for Kaena the Prophecy

My friend El Jefe ("He Shall Rue the Day...") over at Gravity Lens thought this film was eye candy without a story.

I disagree. I thought it was a gorgeous looking film with a fairly compelling story. In fact, as I started watching it I wondered why I had never seen it even in Pittsburgh's Indy film theaters. After I finished watching it, I could make a guess. It was produced by French people and featured a doltish fundamentalist lead character who was leading his people to doom. All of this set on a tree of bio tech wreckage, where our female hero disdains hierarchy and gives power to the masses. El Jefe said he saw this coming. Okay. Perhaps El "drowned in Ayn Rand's musky aroma" Jefe didn't like the commie Up With Computer Generated People message at the end. His loss

Breaking News: Pacifica Announces its Purple Strategy

Oh my God. I'm going to actually break some national news, or at least news you won't see in other media outlets. This is a first for the paper I think. I hope it's not the last.

Here goes: Pacifica announces its Purple Strategy. From their website and the letter I received in the mail, go check out the Pittsburgh Progressive section. Short version: They're trying to raise a million dollars in order to affect the 2006 elections in swing areas around the country. I suppose they figure if people can hear a progressive message perhaps they'll vote that way.

Out here in Swissvale, I don't get the radio station that carries Amy, nor does my seldom used public channel carry Democracy Now, and of course Adelphia doesn't carry Link (which shows Democracy Now five days a week) or the BET on Jazz channel, which makes me want to rip out my hair as well. So, here's to expansion.

YOUR PERSONAL CHUCK PENNACCHIO NEWSWIRE NEWS

Two big happenings in Chuck Pennacchio news: One, they just did a big profile of him in the Philadelphia Inquirer (have to register so no direct link). And two, if you go over to his site, you will be directed to Dean's old lobbying effort (different from his current DNC chairmanship probably), where you can ask them to fund the Pennacchio campaign. I might note that there was a recent poll showing the race between Santorum and Casey tightening. That means that the base of each will have to come out strong. I know the crazed fundie base that wants to protect you in the womb, lock the feeding tube on you while you're in a state where you can barely distinguish colors, and will probably uphold a draft where you will kill other poor people in a valiant effort to keep oil industry profits high are going full gear for Santorum. Fine. That's expected. As a small d democrat, the party establishment is telling me I'm supposed to vote for a guy who is already in the middle of these issues, working for an accommodation of sorts with The Crazy Party.

No thanks, I'll take Pennacchio. I know its crazy: but did you ever think of rewarding your base as opposed to selling them out?


Around the Internets: Blogs are Coming and Going from Pittsburgh's Most Notable Blogs

Both the writers of Madgeworld and Forward Retreat have left the building, so to speak. They have hit the road and have headed or will head to New York and San Francisco respectively. Starjewel left for Silicon Valley about a year ago and the guy who writes Moby Lives, the best book blog out there, needs permalinks though, left the city years ago for New York and is now a big time publisher, of left leaning tracts I might add. These are pretty talented people. What does it say that they've hit the road?

Anyway, I gotta go to my bench. I'm adding several leftie bloggers and one science blog called Signal Plus Noise. See the results stage left...new additions in red at www.threeriversonline.com.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Where I respond vigorously at the TR Bitchfest site or: "You f___in' cowardly anonymous bitch..."

March 19th

Oh look. I see that someone has responded to my last message at the Tribune Review bitchfest site. I've been urging them to think about unionization.

Date Posted: 10:28:58 03/19/05 Sat
Author: Salesman
Subject: Re: another tribbie quits?
In reply to: Philip Shropshire 's message, "Re: another tribbie quits?" on 07:47:13 03/17/05 Thu

Shropshire, you fool.

The reason the PG is facing those conditions is because of the union. I'd rather have a job with lower wages than to sink the whole ship in some idiotic revolution.

Why are you so concerned about starting a union at the Trib? Do you get a cut of the money or a commission for spreading this economic disaster plan?

Unions pull companies into bankruptcy and gov't unions fleece the the taxpayers.

Take your sales pitch elsewhere.

You know, it's one thing to write propaganda, it's another thing entirely to believe in it. Unions are meant to protect workers against the excesses of management, period. You can be as enlightened as the machinists or as evil as the teamsters, your call. Anyway, I decided to vigorously respond to his incendiary retort. Or: Never pick a fight with a guy who buys his ink by the pixel...


Date Posted: 12:51:46 03/19/05 Sat
Author: Philip Shropshire
Subject: Re: another tribbie quits?

Ahhhh the Internets. Where anonymous cowards get to call you names...

For the record, I get no cut. But if someone wants me to contact the guild or the Communications Workers of America for them, you know where to email me. Let's talk...I'm not going to lose my job at the Trib if I help organize you guys...

I just read your complaints and frustrations and I offer you a solution. You can quit, complain on a message board, or organize. Those are your options as far as I can see. Please choose the option that makes the most sense.

As far as your low wages go, that's what the people at the Pittsburgh Courier told me, while they were threatening me personally I might add. Years later, after Rod Doss fucked them over anyway, they could see the wisdom of what I was trying to do. Furthermore, its been my experience that management and not labor causes a company's decline. Or at least that's what I see at Worldcom and Enron. Of course, it might be that journalism is a field where you can make money, just not as much money as stock holders demand. Again, we need some new models...

You might want to take a look at this Laurie Garrett piece..

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/14/151255

My fave quote:

"In a blistering memo to her colleagues at the paper, she ripped Newsday's parent company - the Tribune Company - for putting profit over quality journalism. In the memo announcing that she is going to work full time at the Council on Foreign Relations, she wrote that "All across America news organizations have been devoured by massive corporations - and allegiance to stockholders, the drive for higher share prices, and push for larger dividend returns trumps everything that the grunts in the newsrooms consider their missions." She went on to write, "This is terrible for democracy. I have been in 47 states of the USA since 9/11, and I can attest to the horrible impact the deterioration of journalism has had on the national psyche. I have found America a place of great and confused fearfulness."

She continues: "It would be easy to descend into despair, not only about the state of journalism, but the future of American democracy. But giving up is not an option. There is too much at stake."


Philip Shropshire


PS: I'll be downtown Tuesday. We can meet and you can call me a fool to my face you fuckin' cowardly anonymous bitch...Be warned: I'll probably call you some more names as well. Don't worry, there's a chance that I'm a diminutive lil' fella....

Publisher's Precautionary Note: I don't drink. I don't smoke and I don't do drugs. I don't own a firearm. I don't think I'll be drunk in any bathrooms where I will then commit "suicide". Just a note....

PHIL'S ONLINE MP3 AND VIDEO MUSIC EMPORIUM (With working links this time!)

Lately, I've been addicted to Broadcast. They're a part of that Birmingham Trip-Hop scene that I really can't get enough of. They have some vids on the Internet. Here's a list of what I think is the best music on the net. This is an ongoing list.

Best Online Music Sites

Adrian Belew (prog rock)

He has the right attitude. All of his personal vids are available for download. My fave is the duet with David Bowie. Pretty Pink Rose.

www.adrianbelew.net/download.htm



And You Will Know Us By Our Trail of Dead (alt rock)

Actually, I don't like all of their tunes, but I think "Relative Ways" and "Early Morning Stoner" are some of the best rock vids I've seen over the last 10 years. I also like what I 've heard of their new album.
www.trailofdead.com/media/



Broadcast (alt trip hoppy acidy jazzie)

I can't get enough of this band
. If you're a fan of Portishead or Esthero, then you'll probably like Broadcast. I also highly recommend City in Progress, Come Let's Go, and the World Backwards, when you buy them legally at your fave online music downloader, or from Emule, which would be wrong, probably....

www.broadcast.uk.net/index8.html



Patricia Barber (out jazz singer)

She has one vid online and it'a a good one. I first saw this on BEt on Jazz. Catch her great screaming at the end of the tune...
www.patriciabarber.com/av/index.html



Buckyball records (jazz rock)

The only place on line that I've seen actual real life jazz rock music. Buckyball seems to be made up of the remnants of the great Brit fusion band Brand X, most notably sinewy Jaco-like bassist Percy Jones and flashy guitarist John Goodsall.

audio here
www.buckyballmusic.com/music/index.html




vids here
www.buckyballmusic.com/video/index.html




Cat Power (alt rock)

I've always liked Cat Power. I think her best vids are:

He War
Nude as the News

www.matadorrecords.com/cat_power/music.html



You can also find two of her better protest tunes over at

www.protest-records.com/mp3/index.html



Click on Volume 1. And try "Rockets" and "Maybe Not"



Stanley Clarke (jazz rock living legend)
I'm still checking these out..

www.stanleyclarke.com/aud-vid_pg.htm



Helium (alt rock)
I just caught this at Matador. I give it a B.
www.matadorrecords.com/helium/music.html



Kaki King (jazzy acoustic guitar virtuoso)

Looks like they're putting all of her first album out there for free at her first label. You can't download it. But you could tape and then record it as an Mp3, if you had the proper equipment and hated America I guess..


www.velourmusic.com/2003/site.html



You have to scroll around.


She moved up to the big label Sony of course and she now has a video, which you can actually see on vh1 megahits between the mostly garbage that they play... (I'm never going to purchase anything from the Killers. Not gonna happen.)

www.kakiking.com/



You can get her new vid plus live performances at the above URL.



Kudu (acid jazz)

I was sniffing around Kaki's old label and I ran into this incredibly acid jazzy band called Kudu. Nice stuff. I'm an acid jazz junkie. I don't do the drugs but I sure love the drug music. Bitches Brew forever....Neo soul at its finest. I don't think I'll be hearing this on WAMO anytime soon.

www.velourmusic.com/2003/site.html



Read her profile here:

www.arielpublicity.com/kudu/press_2001.html



www.velourmusic.com/2003/site.html





Christian McBride (jazz bassist)

There's just one cover of a Weather Report tune on the Internet. I think this is it...
Boogie Woogie waltz


http://christianmcbride.com/multi.html

Brad Melhdau (jazz piano)

The return of Bill Evans, just a wondrous supple sound. He's scary tech wise too, but he doesn't show it off all the time...

www.bradmehldau.com/mehldau/media/index.html



Sonic Youth (alt tuned alt rock gods)

All of their vids are online, plus all kinds of live cuts. I have yet to try this out..

www.sonicyouth.com/archives/vidselect/index.html

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Big Fat Warning That A Draft is Coming

And here's a big fat warning sign that they're gearing up for the draft. Looks like they'll be coming for our overly well compensated doctors first. I guess that makes me feel better about those nonchalant residents I couldn't get to register to vote in Oakland last summer...

There are already signs that the Selective Service System (SSS), as it is known, is gearing up for business. By Mar. 31, the SSS boards in every state must certify to Washington that they are ready to induct the first young men within 75 days.

”They're putting in place the mechanisms to actually do a draft,” said Dustin Langley, a spokesman for the Troops Out Now Coalition representing more than 400 labor, community and human rights groups.

”In the past the SSS has basically been a mailbox. They haven't even prosecuted people for not registering,” he said. ”In their latest Performance Plan, they talk about increasing efficiency, but it is more than that. The report goes way beyond basic housekeeping.”

”They need two sets of boots at home for every one on the ground overseas. If you do the math, it's clear that they can't maintain the current level of the Iraq occupation -- let alone send troops anywhere else -- without a draft. It's impossible.”

Community activists note that youth of color are already being deployed at higher rates than whites. Minority groups make up 35 percent of the military, and black servicemen and women alone make up 20 percent of the total. That far outstrips the percentage of African Americans in society, where the figure is about 12 percent.

By the way, it's evil to participate in this war. Just say no to any forced enlistment. Jail would be a more honorable choice. Uh oh, my bosses at CNN and our big advertisers (we have none for the record) and the Tribune Review editors don't like my Big Angry Talk...who cares? It's the Internets, where there is actually a Free Press, and a very good online site called the Free Press. Go figure.

You Know the Difference Between Me and Eason Jordan?

You know the difference between me and Eason Jordan? I think journalists were targeted by US forces. It's a pretty certain thing that Al Jazeera was. The difference? I can say that and still keep working. We're an evil occupying army, doing evil things for oil. Over 100000 dead in Iraq so far. Of course, we'd shoot a few writers. Big deal. And if you wanted to know how weak and ineffectual corporate press writers are, they can't even write about these problems at their own bought off, right leaning media outlets without getting fired. You would think reporters getting gunned down would interest other reporters. Please reread this as to how their self-censored survival instinct works. And yeah the Evil Republicans are probably capable of cheating on elections, too. Shocker.

First, I gave you that Paul Sorvino line from Goodfellas. Now, here's another one taken from Annie Hall as to why people need the Internet: "Because we needed the eggs."


GregGreg Palast on Privatization Efforts of Iraq Oil. Or: How We Plan to Steal Their Oil Legal-like

Greg Palast on how the War for Oil Goes. (Note: Scaife backs the Heritage Foundation):

Ariel Cohen, of the neo-conservative Heritage Foundation, told Newsnight that an opportunity had been missed to privatise Iraq's oil fields.

He advocated the plan as a means to help the US defeat Opec, and said America should have gone ahead with what he called a "no-brainer" decision.

Mr Carroll hit back, telling Newsnight, "I would agree with that statement. To privatize would be a no-brainer. It would only be thought about by someone with no brain."

New plans, obtained from the State Department by Newsnight and Harper's Magazine under the US Freedom of Information Act, called for creation of a state-owned oil company favoured by the US oil industry. It was completed in January 2004 under the guidance of Amy Jaffe of the James Baker Institute in Texas.

Formerly US Secretary of State, Baker is now an attorney representing Exxon-Mobil and the Saudi Arabian government.

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Please check out more of the cool erotic art of Jeffrey Scott.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

My One Man Jihad to Implant Unionization Meme At Tribune Review Bitch Site continues..

I've been putting up more pro union propaganda at that Tribune Review gossip site. I guess they would just rather complain. Sigh.

Date Posted: 14:29:50 03/15/05 Tue
Author: Philip Shropshire
Subject: Re: another tribbie quits?
In reply to: Legal Eagle 's message, "Re: another tribbie quits?" on 03:05:15 03/14/05 Mon

"First, I don't work at the PG and I never said starting the union would be easy. It's really hard. But I think its worth it. Otherwise, you have no rights, as you've noticed. That's why people form unions by the way. They meet real life and desperately would like a better deal. In fact, I did start a union at the Pittsburgh Courier and I was promptly fired a week later. I didn't get a lot of help from the Reagan era NLRB by the way. On the other hand, people who had threatened to beat me up at the time and who didn't support us thanked me for my efforts years later...I'm actually quite proud of that...

I think organizing a union is a hard thing worth doing. You're just going to quit and get frustrated anyway. You might as well try to make your horrifically bad workplace better for the next guy.

And of course, if you did file an overtime complaint with the appropriate federal or state body, wouldn't it make sense to do it as part of a unionized effort? That way you wouldn't be the lone malcontent with a target on his or her back...just throwing it out there folks....

Philip Shropshire
www.threeriversonline.com

>Someone brought up an interesting point. It always
>makes me laugh when PG people suggest on this board
>that the easiest way to do harm to the Trib is to
>start a union. There's nothing easy abhout that, but
>filing a complaint about the Trib's blatant abuse of
>overtime laws WOULD be easy."

PHIL'S ONLINE MP3 AND VIDEO MUSIC EMPORIUM

If I had to give you a top three list, I would try out Broadcast's Papercuts, Christian McBride's cover of an old weather report tune, and Cat Power's two vids and two protest mp3s...

The rest are as follows.

Adrian Belew (prog rock)


He has the right attitude. All of his personal vids are available for download. My fave is the duet with David Bowie. Pretty Pink Rose.

http://www.adrianbelew.net/download.htm

And You Will Know Us By Our Trail of Dead (alt rock)

Actually, I don't like all of their tunes, but I think "Relative Ways" and "Early Morning Stoner" are some of the best rock vids I've seen over the last 10 years. I also like what I 've heard of their new album.

http://www.trailofdead.com/media/

Broadcast (alt trip hoppy acidy jazzie)

I can't get enough of this band
. If you're a fan of Portishead or Esthero, then you'll probably like Broadcast. I also highly recommend City in Progress, Come Let's Go, and the World Backwards, when you buy them legally at your fave online music downloader, or from Emule, which would be wrong, probably....

http://www.broadcast.uk.net/index8.html

Patricia Barber (out jazz singer)

She has one vid online and it'a a good one. I first saw this on BEt on Jazz. Catch her great screaming at the end of the tune...
http://www.patriciabarber.com/av/index.html

Buckyball records (jazz rock)

The only place on line that I've seen actual real life jazz rock music. Buckyball seems to be made up of the remnants of the great Brit fusion band Brand X, most notably sinewy Jaco-like bassist Percy Jones and flashy guitarist John Goodsall.

audio here
http://www.buckyballmusic.com/music/index.html


vids here
http://www.buckyballmusic.com/video/index.html


Cat Power (alt rock)

I've always liked Cat Power. I think her best vids are:

He War
Nude as the News

http://www.matadorrecords.com/cat_power/music.html

You can also find two of her better protest tunes over at
http://www.protest-records.com/mp3/index.html

Click on Volume 1. And try "Rockets" and "Maybe Not"



Stanley Clarke (jazz rock living legend)
I'm still checking these out..

http://www.stanleyclarke.com/aud-vid_pg.htm

Helium (alt rock)
I just caught this at Matador. I give it a B.
http://www.matadorrecords.com/helium/music.html

Kaki King (jazzy acoustic guitar virtuoso)

Looks like they're putting all of her first album out there for free at her first label. You can't download it. But you could tape and then record it as an Mp3, if you had the proper equipment and hated America I guess..


http://www.velourmusic.com/2003/site.html

You have to scroll around.


She moved up to the big label Sony of course and she now has a video, which you can actually see on vh1 megahits between the mostly garbage that they play... (I'm never going to purchase anything from the Killers. Not gonna happen.)

http://www.kakiking.com/

You can get her new vid plus live performances at the above URL.



Kudu (acid jazz)

I was sniffing around Kaki's old label and I ran into this incredibly acid jazzy band called Kudu. Nice stuff. I'm an acid jazz junkie. I don't do the drugs but I sure love the drug music. Bitches Brew forever....Neo soul at its finest. I don't think I'll be hearing this on WAMO anytime soon.

http://www.velourmusic.com/2003/site.html

Read her profile here:

ttp://www.arielpublicity.com/kudu/press_2001.html

http://www.velourmusic.com/2003/site.html



Christian McBride (jazz bassist)

There's just one cover of a Weather Report tune on the Internet. I think this is it...
Boogie Woogie waltz
http://christianmcbride.com/multi.html

Brad Melhdau (jazz piano)

The return of Bill Evans, just a wondrous supple sound. He's scary tech wise too, but he doesn't show it off all the time...

http://www.bradmehldau.com/mehldau/media/index.html

Sonic Youth (alt tuned alt rock gods)

All of their vids are online, plus all kinds of live cuts. I have yet to try this out..

http://www.sonicyouth.com/archives/vidselect/index.html

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Shocking News from Bev Harris: Easily Hacked Machines Could Have Affected up to 40 Million Votes...

March 15

Speaking of the failures of the corporate press, I wish they would do just a tad more investigating on our faulty voting machines. I mean, I like the work that Bill Moushey is doing at the Innocence Project and Dennis Roddy is one of the finest reporters/writers in the country but determining whether we have a functional democracy, well, that's more important than whatever it is they're putting they're time into. Consider that an Indy Press value judgement. Greg Palast shouldn't have to do all the hard lifting.

(Aside: Notice I didn't mention the Tribune Review? I figure why bother. Plus, I clearly think management is on the other side. Lately, I've been having just a ton a fun at their decisively mean-spirited media gossip site, where I suggest that organizing a union might solve their problems. Or as I wrote:

"Date Posted: 13:45:37 03/14/05 Mon
Author:
Philip Shropshire
Subject: Re: New Policy
In reply to: The Moderator 's message,
"New Policy" on 23:29:07 03/12/05 Sat

Don't look at me. I just wanted you guys to get a union. That's why the PG staffers make more money, I would think. With a union, you get rights and implied and/or explicit just cause termination rights. Without union, you got jack. We'll treat you any way you
(sic, should have said "we") want and you'll like it or you'll quit or we'll fire you. On the other hand, that is a reflection of the Scaife worldview. What? You thought that creating third world conditions in the US didn't apply to you...? Next, you'll think you won't get drafted..."

I haven't gotten a response yet from those anonymous tough guys...ah well. Aside over.)

Luckily, we have the Internets. By the way, the value of the net is kinda like the value of the mafia that was explained by the mafia don in Goodfellas: "People come to us who can't take their problems to the police." Likewise, people go to the net to get information they can't get from corporate media sources. Let me offer this news item from Black Box Voting's Bev Harris (an admittedly controversial figure on the left who's been accused of pumping her book sales more than solving this problem of democratic malfunction, but she's done some eye-opening work, that I'm not getting from the PG or gawd help us local television news stations...)...

Bev explains to us how easily hackable these machines are over at her site.

Now, I'm printing this in its entirety. It's that important. Nothing today on NPR, CBS, gawdawful local television news, even the "liberal" PG (They remind me of the print version of the Democratic Party in that they don't really fight for anything, at least not when it comes to raising taxes or bond issues to keep Lazarus afloat or the Pirates in town...) will be as important.

TUESDAY MAR. 8, 2005: Investigation Update (Submitted to members of the House Judiciary Committee on Mar. 4 and Mar. 8.)

In mid-February, Black Box Voting, together with computer experts and videographers, under the supervision of appropriate officials, proved that a real Diebold system can be hacked.

This was not theoretical or a "potential" vulnerability. Votes were hacked on a real system in a real location using the actual setup used on Election Day, Nov. 2, 2004.

In October, Black Box Voting published an article on this Web site about remote access into the Diebold system. After examining the Diebold software and related internal e-mails, local security professionals were able to demonstrate a hack into a simulated system.

In February, we were allowed to try various hacking techniques into a real election system. To our surprise, the method used in our October simulation did not work.

However, another method did work. The hack that did work was unsophisticated enough that many high school students would be able to achieve it. This hack altered the election by 100,000 votes, leaving no trace at all in the central tabulator program. It did not appear in any audit log. The hack could have been executed in the November 2004 election by just one person.

This hack stunned the officials who were observing the test. It calls into question the results of as many as 40 million votes in 30 states. We are awaiting the response of the House Judiciary Committee to this new development for their investigation.

In another real-world example, Black Box Voting obtained the actual files used in the Nov. 2 election in a specific county. In this situation, the local officials did not know how to run their Diebold system, so a Diebold tech ran the election in that county. Election officials remembered the Diebold tech's first name, but not his last name.

The Diebold tech had gone home after the election, and no one in the county was able to access their own voting system, leading to some consternation because they could not provide our public records request.

Because local officials could not access their logs, we were given permission to sit down and copy files. (We have since found that this is not an isolated problem -- many local officials are painfully unfamiliar with their own voting systems.)

Local officials did not know their password, so Bev Harris asked if they would like her to hack the password. They said "yes" (!)

Later, to our even greater surprise, Bev Harris found that the password set by the Diebold tech on this real election file, used in the Nov. 2004 election was ... drum roll please ... the diabolically clever password: "diebold." (This took only two tries to guess.)

The significance of these two reports is this: By hacking into the central tabulator so easily, we showed that Diebold has not told the truth about the security of its system. Indeed, the software being used in BOTH examples is still extremely vulnerable, with little or no effort made to correct its security flaws.

We have offered to meet with public officials at several different levels to provide more documentation on these problems.

By the way, my colleague Doc Menlo has organized all of these sites over at American Samizdat. Here's his listings: 20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA : The Brad Blog : Ohio Election Fraud : Rotten in Denmark : Blackboxvoting.org : Help America Recount : Votergate : Verifiedvoting.org : Voteprotect.org : Blackboxvoting.com : Instant Runoff Voting : Black Box Notes : Diebold Variations

Week of March 6th thru March 12th

Friday, March 11, 2005

AROUND THE INTERNETS: GOP Plots against Voting Rights Act, art of Kate Nice, and Sin City Trailer Scary Good

I just can't get enough of Brendan Mccarthy.

March 11, 2005

AROUND THE INTERNETS

Girlydyke jumps on the Pennacchio bandwagon. She's surprised that all Democrats aren't the same. Here's an old saying from the black movement: "Not every brother is a brother."
By the way, the most important story that isn't being told by the corporate media is the possible election fraud of 2004.

Or as one writer phrased it in one of those appropriately named Free Press stories: Nothing else matters if this is true. You no longer live in a democracy. And in a related story: Republicans work to get the Voting Rights Act killed. By the way, this is why I'm not impressed with the Lynn Swann run...How many Jews joined the Nazi Party?

And recently from Three River Tech Review:

This is from Katie Nice, of Spumco (Ren and Stimpy) fame. (Site down due to heavy traffic. Sigh.)

I got this from a blog I'll be stealing from looking at. It's called "Drawn" I usually don't permalink a site until I get to know it better but in this case...
And oh look: I just stepped into the Internets and found this public archive of art. Amazing those Internets.

You can't really stop Robot Wisdom, you can only contain him. Kneel before his almighty powers of linkage: (Kneel before Zod!)

Detailed history of political blogs and the Gannon affair
Pakistani terrorists target Indian programming outsourcers
Evidence that the Iraqi resistance has no head
Voting Glitch Haunts Statistician

OBL dotting I's and T's Before Nuclear Attack?

Corporate Watch UK
I like this quote: "The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses." - Utah Phillips
Hitler's Bomb

It says Do Not Press and I know I shouldn't touch that red button, but, oh well...
Look, I don't know if you can judge a book by its cover, but judging from the trailer, Sin City may be the greatest film ever made...

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Around the Internets: Chuck Pennacchio will be on Air America at 10:30 AM today.

AROUND THE INTERNETS

Senate candidate Chuck Pennacchio (or as I call him Chuck P.) will be on Air America today at around 10:30 am. He'll be interviewed by Chuck D coincidently enough. I thought that Atrios had the best analysis as to why you might want a pro choice candidate running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania.

"The 4 suburban philadelphia counties are critical in PA politics - Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware. In these counties, Gore won 51-46.

Santorum got 565083 votes in these counties. Klink got 419439. Leaving off the small party votes because I'm too lazy, that makes it about a 57-43 race for Santorum in these counties.

Basically these counties have a lot of middle of the road pro-choice voters. And, in an midterm election you're going to be asking them to hold their noses and actually go vote for an anti-choice candidate.

If Casey can't win and inspire large turnout in these counties he really can't win the election. A contested primary would give him the opportunity to figure out how to appeal to these voters.

Every true believing conservative resident of Pennsyltucky will get out and vote for Santorum. Can Casey inspire voters?

Generally, I think the uncontested primary idea is a really bad one for Democrats, though they still cling to it. So, I'm glad that
Pennacchio at least is still in the race, even though the press is trying to pretend he doesn't exist."

I would actually go a little further. If anything, the choice issue is more important now than it was in 2000. There's actually a very good chance that abortion will be outlawed in certain states. We're just a few Supreme Court justices away from that. Furthermore, the agenda of the completely insane religious right, isn't to stop at abortion but contraceptive and stem cell research. Actually, if you listen to them carefully, the Catholic hierarchy has come to the conclusion that health and wealth dampens the need to "find the spirit". That makes sense. You give me someone who's poor, scared and desperate and without the EU's social safety net and I'll give you somebody who needs Christ, or at least needs the welfare money being pushed through American Churches. Or as Saint Bertrand Russell has said: "Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand."

I want someone in the US Senate who won't compromise on these issues in the Senate, especially the choice issue. I don't need another senator who's afflicted with a terminal case of "Joementum", especially when I need someone to strengthen my forty (until they outlaw that of course) or at the very least offer an opposition party "contrast".

Friday, March 04, 2005

Must See from Jon Stewart's Daily Show: Dino Hardboy, The New Journalist

I thought this was a nice send up of the Jeff Gannon scandal.

Philip Shropshire

Not a fan of folk, but if you're against the war you must listen to Willy Mason's ""Oxygen"




I am not a fan of the folk music. When John Belushi destroyed the guitar in Animal House I felt he was talking to me. I don't think Bob Dylan is a good singer. When I saw Richie Havens live I thought he was so so. And so on.

So, when I recommend that you listen to this folk tune by Willy Mason, I don't do so casually.

You can listen to the song here.

Here are the lyrics:

Artist: Willy MasonSong: Oxygen
Lyrics:

I wanna be better than oxygen
So you can breathe when you're drowning and weak in the knees
I wanna speak louder than Ritalin
For all the children who think that they've got a disease

I wanna be cooler than t.v.
For all the kids that are wondering what they are going to be
We can be stronger than bombs
If you're singing along and you know that you really believe
We can be richer than industry
As long as we know that there's things that we don't really need
We can speak louder than ignorance
Cause we speak in silence every time our eyes meet.

On and on, and on, and on it goes
The world it just keeps spinning
Until i'm dizzy, time to breathe
So close my eyes and start again anew.

I wanna see through all the lies of society
To the reality, happiness is at stakeI wanna hold up my head with dignity
Proud of a life where to give means more than to take
I wan't to live beyond the modern mentality
Where paper is all that you're really taught to create
Do you remember the forgotten America?
Justice, equality, freedom to every race?
ust need to get past all the lies and hypocrisy
Make up and hair to the truth behind every face
That look around to all the people you see,
How many of them are happy and free?
I know it sounds like a dreamBut it's the only thing that can get me to sleep at night
I know it's hard to believe
But it's easy to see that something here isn't rightI know the future looks dark
But it's there that the kids of today must carry the light.

On and on, and on, and on it goes
The world it just keeps spinning
Until i'm dizzy, time to breathe
So close my eyes and start again anew.

If i'm afraid to catch a dream
I weave your baskets and i'll float them down the river stream
Each one i weave with words i speak to carry love to your relief.
I wanna be better than oxygen
So you can breathe when you're drowning and weak in the knees

Philip Shropshire

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Writers Wanted. It's sort of commission based. Read more if interested...

I just started a paper called www.threeriversonline.com. I need writers.

I need writers for one of four sections: Pittsburgh Arts, Pittsburgh Tech, Pittsburgh Progressive and possibly the Red Light District.

You will get 25 percent of the ad revenue of your section. For example, if your page generates 4000 a month in revenue, you would receive $1000 a month in payment. You are allowed to sell ads as a writer (up to a point and no I haven't determined that yet), which would give you another 25 percent of revenues.

While we don't have a lot of ads up yet--just several at this count--this model, in theory, could make for very well compensated writers. For example, once our readership grows, we would move to biweekly and weekly rates. Do the math.

I'm looking for writers who read. English majors are welcome.

Around the Internets: Robot Wisdom is back, New Counter Prop Art, and New Media Musings


I got these from www.oldamericancentury.org. Reminds me of Micah's work.


If you like that above piece by the late, great and unpronounceable Zdzislaw, you might like these interesting pages of surrealistic art here and here.

My arch foe (He shall rue the day...) at Gravity Lens has some interesting posts. These animation shorts by Doug Chiang truly are impressive. He also alerted me to a site called the Venus Project. They're building the Brave New World here on Earth. They're just not too sure about that constitution yet.


And Robot Wisdom is Back!!! And he's baaaaaader than Eva...! I have some affection for Jorn and hope he conquers his problems.

And some great catches from Jorn already: Iraqi corporate profiteers, CIA drones over Iran, and this profile of Wikipedia over at Wired.
One of the ironies of the Iraqi and Afghan elections: They get more democracy than we do. (Well, not really, but on paper it's not too bad...)
Of course the BTK killer is devoutly religious. Time to reread Bertrand Russell's "Why I'm Not a Christian."

Oh and here's a good point. Reminds me of the stem cell research debate.

How the Churches Have Retarded Progress

You may think that I am going too far when I say that that is still so. I do not think that I am. Take one fact. You will bear with me if I mention it. It is not a pleasant fact, but the churches compel one to mention facts that are not pleasant. Supposing that in this world that we live in today an inexperienced girl is married to a syphilitic man; in that case the Catholic Church says, "This is an indissoluble sacrament. You must endure celibacy or stay together. And if you stay together, you must not use birth control to prevent the birth of syphilitic children." Nobody whose natural sympathies have not been warped by dogma, or whose moral nature was not absolutely dead to all sense of suffering, could maintain that it is right and proper that that state of things should continue.

That is only an example. There are a great many ways in which, at the present moment, the church, by its insistence upon what it chooses to call morality, inflicts upon all sorts of people undeserved and unnecessary suffering. And of course, as we know, it is in its major part an opponent still of progress and improvement in all the ways that diminish suffering in the world, because it has chosen to label as morality a certain narrow set of rules of conduct which have nothing to do with human happiness; and when you say that this or that ought to be done because it would make for human happiness, they think that has nothing to do with the matter at all. "What has human happiness to do with morals? The object of morals is not to make people happy."

Oh, and this rings true:

Fear, the Foundation of Religion

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing -- fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.

And I like Bertrand's approach to the future:

What We Must Do

We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world -- its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it. The whole conception of God is a conception derived from the ancient Oriental despotisms. It is a conception quite unworthy of free men. When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners, and all the rest of it, it seems contemptible and not worthy of self-respecting human beings. We ought to stand up and look the world frankly in the face. We ought to make the best we can of the world, and if it is not so good as we wish, after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in all these ages. A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men. It needs a fearless outlook and a free intelligence. It needs hope for the future, not looking back all the time toward a past that is dead, which we trust will be far surpassed by the future that our intelligence can create.

A-Fuckin' Men.

New space plans from Japan.
China leads the way in alt fuels. Well, someone should.
How to make a podcast.
And on a related note, I'm adding New Media Musings to the blogroll.
News of an incredible treatment drug.
Miss the Sopranos? Here are some impressive Voice stories about the Mob by Tom Robbins (He's gonna get whacked(!)...or have one of those accidental suicides that investigative reporters are so fond of...) here and here.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Pennacchio Has My Endorsement. I wouldn't mind fighting for a Reform Democrat.


You may have seen this guy's ads at all over the usual suspect lefty blogs (Daily Kos, MYDD, Oliver Willis, etc...). I like what I've seen and heard at his site. His run sounds like another professor's grassroots run that I admired from long ago: Paul Wellstone. (I did offer him some advice through an email about not taking short plane rides...seems to be dangerous only for Democratic Senatorial candidates.)

He sounds like a Reform Democrat, or the Daily Kos definition of that phrase. (Would an alliance with Peduto be smart politics...the Reform Democrat slate? Sounds good to me.) I'll support whoever the democrats run against Santorum, but it would be nice if I could support someone who I could actually believe in. I suppose we've seen this debate before with Kerry vs. Dean. We ended up with the safe compromise candidate...did that work? I don't think it did. He didn't even fight for a vote that he was probably robbed of.

I wouldn't mind fighting for a fighter. Check out Chuck's give and take over at his Daily Kos entry. Oh, and as for that one guy who thought Chuck didn't have a chance, keep in mind that's what the Internets are for.

Uh, one word of warning: stay consistent on message, otherwise the attack ads will resemble this. Actually, given the Jeff Gannon GOP message machine these days, you might see it anyway. But don't make it easy.