Video the Vote.
"Starting this election... people like you and I... will document problems as they occur. We'll play them online, spread word through blogs and partner websites, doing our part to make sure the full story of our elections is told." via Rushkoff
posted by gsb
on Nov 1, 2006 -
Election Consultants "provides unparalleled results by focusing on the outcome rather than the process. Using state-of the-art technology, we overcome the challenges of competition and ensure election results for our clients."
(To make it even more evil, it's Flash-based) A food-for-thought satire or something more? When A reporter called the site's 800 number,
the person who answered "said that he had been contacted by representatives of about 30 political campaigns to date." (I'm thinking sting operation to catch dishonest idiot politicians. Whad'ya think?)
posted by wendell
on Oct 29, 2006 -
A manual for electoral apocalypse
in America. Quite a bit's been written both on MeFi
and other places about how bad Diebold machines are. Rolling Stone wrote an article about election fraud in 2004 that was discussed here
on MeFi. Tonight, Ars posted a very
thorough, very clear article about how we are completely screwed if we do not enact expensive, fundamental changes in how we handle elections in America. It's too late to do anything about the elections in a couple weeks, but perhaps steps can be taken to fix things before 2008...
posted by sparkletone
on Oct 25, 2006 -
Impossible Is Nothing.
Yale student applies for job on Wall Street, includes video
detailing his physical prowess and philosophy of success. Hilarity ensues: "He single-handedly decreased trading volumes over the last two hours of the day because everyone was laughing too hard." Perhaps not surprisingly, there are some problems
with his story.
posted by Gamblor
on Oct 10, 2006 -
Mexico City post-election protests,
which began on July 30th at the instigation of López Obrador, former mayor and alleged "loser" of the July 2 federal election, now cover a
12-kilometer (7.5 - mile) stretch of Paseo de la Reforma
one of the main arteries of one of the world's largest cities. Some see it as a party
, others see it as
In any case, a crisis of legitimacy is at hand, as all eyes await the announcement, due by Sept. 6 from "Trife"
the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, which will either decide the winner, or annul the result and call for new elections.
With partisans of Obrador already claiming that the results of the recent partial recount
suggest systematic fraud
, it's unlikely that a smooth resolution is going to come any time soon.
posted by dinsdale
on Aug 23, 2006 -
Dr. Stephen Lanka claims that H5N1 doesn't exist.
. Or disease-causing viruses in general
. "In humans, in the blood or in other bodily fluids, in an animal or in a plant there never have been seen or demonstrated structures which you could characterize as bird flu viruses or flu viruses or any other supposedly disease-causing virus. The causes of those diseases which are being maintained to be caused by a virus, also those in animals, which can arise quickly and in individuals either one after the other or several at the same time, are known since a long time back. However much you stretch things in biology, there is simply no place for viruses as the causative agents of diseases. Only if I ignore the findings of Dr Hamer’s New Medicine, according to which shock events are the cause of many diseases, and the findings of chemistry on the effects of poisonings and deficiencies, and then if I ignore the findings of physics about the effects of radiation, then there is a place for imaginings such as disease-causing viruses."
posted by Sticherbeast
on Jul 24, 2006 -
prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.
posted by EarBucket
on Jun 1, 2006 -
While making a required filing to the state ethics commission, Ohio Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell finds Diebold shares in his stock portfolio that he now claims to have bought "accidentally." Yes, that
Diebold -- the e-voting company whose chairman promised to "deliver the vote
" to George Bush. And yes, that
Blackwell, whose state helped deliver the White House
to the GOP. Blackwell insists that the humble amount of Diebold stock was in one of those "blind trust
" type of arrangements that worked out so rewardingly for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. [newsfilter via RawStory.]
posted by digaman
on Apr 4, 2006 -
The Secret Agent
- whilst talk has gone on for many a year
about things like 'bubbles' and 'bursting' on the topic of real estate, never before has it been seriously considered that regular offer-withholding, mortgage-falsifying, and price-gouging to the tune of £50,000 by real estate agents might be affecting the housing market altogether. I challenge metafilter to make the links, and see who's first on that merry conspiracy theory bandwagon. And why is it that people who work with selling or developing buildings are just, well, evil
posted by jrengreen
on Mar 22, 2006 -
America is ranked 16th
in the world in Broadband speed. Wanna know why? Verizon won’t tell you, but Bruce Kushnick will. His latest book, $200 Billion Dollar Broadband Scandal
, is a powerful critique
that outlines a truly massive
case of fraud. The Bell Companies (Verizon, SBC, Qwest, and BellSouth) used trickery and deceit
to swindle the U.S. out of a promised 45mbps internet connection. They collected
billions of dollars in regulatory fees, and now they are attempting to commoditize
the Internet. Kushnick's book uses stunning
detail to expose this treachery with accuracy and thoroughness
posted by sswiller
on Feb 1, 2006 -
Massive fraud, theft, corruption in Iraq rebuilding ...Iraqi money gambled away in the Philippines...spent on a swimming pool that was never used...US$700,000 in cash in an unlocked footlocker...millions to companies that never submitted required competitive bids or that were paid for unfinished work...paid US$14,000 on four separate occasions for the same job...US$1.3 million wasted on overpriced or duplicate construction or equipment not delivered..."needlessly disbursed more than US$1.8 million" of the estimated US$2.3 million spent for renovating the library...
from new auditor reports from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
posted by Kickstart70
on Jan 30, 2006 -
Mainstream Media to American Democracy: Drop Dead!
Brad Friedman ask alarming questions about the complete lack of attention which has been paid to the GAO report on electronic voting technology
(PDF link) released more than a month ago, which confirms what security experts have been saying for years: these systems are vulnerable to multiple independent attacks targeting system and network vulnerabilities, access controls, hardware controls, and overall management practices. If you're short of time, at least read Rep. Waxman's fact sheet
Ultimately, there is no real security on these machines; the report shows that overturning election results would not be at all difficult for even a single moderately skilled attacker. And now Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are wondering if American Democracy has died an electronic death
in the wake of massive discrepancies between final pre-election opinion polls and the results of several citizen initiatives designed to reform Ohio's electoral processes.
posted by dinsdale
on Nov 16, 2005 -
Seen something like this on one of your credit or debit cards recently? 09/25 DIGITAL AGE 888-529-98 CYPRUS, SE $24.99
Join the crowd
. You might remember something from earlier in the summer, when CardSystems Solutions
reported a security breach that had gone on for months. Or maybe you remember a bit of more recent news
, when "a California judge ruled Friday that Visa USA Inc. and MasterCard International Inc. don't have to send individual warnings to thousands of consumers whose personal account information was stolen during a high-tech heist uncovered earlier this year."
My family was hit on three different cards from three different banks in less than a week. Doesn't seem to matter if you ever used the card online or not
. Any guesses where "Digital Age" is getting all these valid credit and debit card numbers? Anyone? So, please, check your statements and be prepared to cancel your card immediately if you've been hit, too. Nothing good will come of these criminals being able to make additional charges against your accounts, using different shell companies to hide themselves, continuing to do this sort of thing for years
posted by RKB
on Oct 13, 2005 -
"A shocking discovery
has been made deep within the text of Moby Dick
. The great codes researcher Michael Drosnin
, who pioneered the art of predicting assassinations using Equidistant Letter Sequences
, is himself encoded in a famous book. And directly across his name appears the text 'Him to have been killed'! Yes, folks, using the method that Drosnin himself uses, and the text that he himself chose as a challenge to his critics
, we find that Drosnin himself will be murdered in a grotesque manner."
posted by brundlefly
on Jun 20, 2005 -
Kirk von Ackermann mysteriously dissappears
on October 9, 2003. He was working for a contracting company in iraq and had called for assistance after getting a flat tire. When help arrived, he was gone without a trace leaving behind a laptop, his satellite phone and a briefcase with $40,000 destined for Iraqi subcontractors in the back seat of his truck.
Rick Manelick, a colleague of his, had told army investigators investigating the appearance that large sums of money were being paid to an army officer in exchange for granting contracts to Ultra Services, the company they both worked for. Two months after the disappearance he was killed in a drive-by shooting a day after telling a SF Chronicle reporter "I'm in fear of my life, you know. It's not Iraqis I'm worried about, either, it's people from my own country." (Found via SojoMail
, see also Topeka DIY
posted by nTeleKy
on Feb 21, 2005 -
Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell was in charge of making sure the election in his state was free and fair. With his recount was still progressing, he revealed
his true colours. You remember towards the beginning of Fahrenheit 9/11, where the objectors to the electoral result needed just one senator to come out and support them? Well, it's that time again.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Jan 5, 2005 -
John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Minority Member of the House Judiciary Committee, accuses
TRIAD Governmental Systems Inc. of pretty transparent recount fraud in Ohio, as well as having a really suspicious-sounding name. Get Your Democracy On.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Dec 23, 2004 -
The Orange Revolution
-- A coup
is taking place right now
in the streets of several Ukrainian cities. Following the "election" of Viktor Yanukovych, an election that everyone
from the Ukrainian man-on-the-street to EU observers
and the US
say was marred by serious and obvious fraud, Ukrainians are turning out by the hundreds of thousands
their support for the opposition candidate, the pro-West reformer Viktor Yushchenko
. Individual cities
, not to mention heads of Ukrainian religious groups
, have even announced that they will refuse to recognize Yanukovych as the Prime Minster.
The problem is, Yanukovych is supported by the Kremlin. Russia's state-run TV stations had been broadcasting propaganda on his behalf, they called the election on his behalf
before the polls were closed, and their increasingly despotic President Putin even congratulated him on his "win", before backtracking slightly
. And now reports are trickling out
--from former American congressmen communicating via Blackberry
, no less--about Russian soldiers
being flown across the border into Ukraine, dressed in Ukrainian militia garb
, and set among
the protestors. Phones have been cut across much of the country, including at the embassies. A semi-covert Russian-backed military push against the pro-democracy protestors is feared. Will this be another peaceful Rose Revolution
, as happened in Georgia one year ago today, or more like Hungary, 1956
? Stay tuned to the Ukrainian bloggers
; this could get messy
posted by Asparagirl
on Nov 23, 2004 -
Who Lost Ohio?
As more evidence comes in disproving voting fraud
in the 2004 Presidential election, perhaps the real lessons for Democrats can be gleaned from this NYT (Reg required, of course) feature on ACT, a Democratic 527. Lavishly funded by George Soros and unions, this high tech organization turned out a record number (2.66 million) of Democratic voters in Ohio, but were out-organized and beaten by a grass-roots Republican effort operating below their radar. [MI]
posted by mojohand
on Nov 21, 2004 -
Yale Law School Dean : "I might have been an unwitting accessory to fraud"
Ian H. Solomon's belated realization : "Could we have been so naive?....by my presence, along with other Democratic lawyers, I lent an air of legitimacy to the voting process....We should have had trained observers - computer scientists, not lawyers! - verifying the integrity of polling data from machine upload through the tabulation of countywide and statewide results. Somehow we neglected the most vulnerable step....I realized that I might have been an unwitting accessory to fraud....The time is now for voters from all states that used electronic voting machines to request an audit of results and a manual recount of ballots if possible."
posted by troutfishing
on Nov 16, 2004 -
If you click on this link, you'll go to an apparent sales site for "FatFoeTM
Eggplant Extract" another 'miracle' weight loss aid. But click on the Order Now!
link and you get a lecture from the FTC on how to avoid getting scammed by diet products that are too good to be true, all part of the US Federal agency's campaign against diet fraud
posted by wendell
on Nov 9, 2004 -