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You really should check out this article on ArsTechnica (I found it via Slashdot) on how voting machines can be easily hacked.

Excerpt: Our national election infrastructure is now largely an information technology infrastructure, so the problem of keeping our elections free of vote fraud is now an information security problem. If you've been keeping track of the news in the past few years, with its weekly litany of high-profile breeches in public- and private-sector networks, then you know how well we're (not) doing on the infosec front.

Over the course of almost eight years of reporting for Ars Technica, I've followed the merging of the areas of election security and information security, a merging that was accelerated much too rapidly in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. In all this time, I've yet to find a good way to convey to the non-technical public how well and truly screwed up we presently are, six years after the Florida recount. So now it's time to hit the panic button: In this article, I'm going to show you how to steal an election.
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The following is from To Vima, one of the major Greek newspapers, by Yiannis Pretenderis:

"There is no other government in history that wasted so fast, so aimlessly, and so pointlessly the capital of unlimited sympathy that unexpectedly fell into is hands...The damage caused by the Bush government to U.S. interestes was not achieved by Al Qaeda or Bin Laden.  Trapped in Afghanistan and Iraq, hostage of a "war on terror" that it declared, a preferred target of international terrorism, which, (as specialists maintain) does not show signs of reduction or yielding, the scenario of post 9/11 American is that of a deafening failure.  Obviously, for every George Bush there is a Philip Roth and for every Donald Rumsfeld there is a Bill Gates.  There is always an America of inspiration, generosity, rights, and freedoms.  And unfortunately, it is this America that is done most of the injustice by its government.  If we do not fell American, it is minor damage.  I am afraid that soon more Americans will not feel citizens of their own country."

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Jun. 27th, 2006 10:08 pm
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The United States is one of only four countries (out of 168) to not have any national form of paid leave for new moms. This petition supports a bill, titled The Balancing Act, which includes paid leave for all new parents. It’s time for our policies and programs to catch up with our modern economy. These days most families need two working parents to stay afloat. In fact, nearly three-quarters of moms are in the labor force. Paid family leave is just plain common-sense policy. Tell Congress: Pass paid family leave for all new parents.
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Considering both my senators declined to vote on the extension of the Patriot Act, I haven't been all that thrilled to be New Mexican in the body politic recently. But Heather Wilson at least is doing her job! Republican Congresswoman Breaks Ranks, Calls for Investigation into Domestic Spying. Go Ms. Wilson!

ION, I have an iPod! My husband, who may be the best husband ever, surprised me with a black iPod Nano yesterday! This is particularly stunning as he has been vehemently against drinking the Apple Kool-Aid for YEARS. It's name is Orpheus (Greek->music->black/Hades) and I love it.

His boss is a bigtime Applehead, and seeing it yesterday before R gave it to me, said "You just insured an excellent performance review for yourself."
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Below is the Congressional Research Services’ legal analysis of the section of the Patriot act I posted about yesterday, and the latest text of the bill if anyone is interested. They seem to think it is a little strange as well. I didn't include any of the hyperlinks, but if someone wants them, let me know.
I think it's worth contacting your congressman about, as Congress seems overwhelmingly in favor of any and all Patriot Act enacting. Just because there are parts in here that aren't constitutional or aren't legally well-defined doesn't mean your congressman won't vote in favor of this.

The Secret Service provisions of the Conference bill closely resemble S. 1967 and were added to the bill during conference. They have several intriguing aspects including two proposals whose constitutional footings may be somewhat uncertain. (emphasis mine - zone)

Title VI )
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Instead of the cute Bill Murray movie ("Don't drive angry!"), seems like for Groundhog Day this year we get to live in 1960s USSR over again.  Or possibly 1930s Germany.

With the Patriot Act renewal we now get a uniformed federal police force.  The summary:  "A permanent police force, to be known as the 'United States Secret Service Uniformed Division,'" empowered to "make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence" ... "or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony."

More on your new Sekrit Police )

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From my e-mail:

I'm teaching Hamlet, and today we worked with Hamlet's soliloquy about Fortinbrass' attack upon --- in the Norwegian's captain's words -- the "little patch of ground/That hath in it no profit but the name./To pay five ducats, five, I would not farm it...."

Hamlet's ironic words about Fortinbrass and his war hit the mark:

....Examples gross as earth exhort me.
Witness this army of such mass and charge,
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit, with divine ambition puffed,
Makes mouths at the invisible event,
Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death, and danger dare,
Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honor's at the stake....

I'm not sure I would call Dubya "delicate and tender" but he is a prince "Whose spirit [is] with divine ambition puffed."

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