Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Did Russia really “meddle” with our elections? (Maybe nobody really wanted to know: Excerpts from Jill Stein Letter)

Who really “meddled” in our 2016 elections? Or did anyone? Does anyone really want to know?

Memorably, Senator McConnell stated on Fox News that Russia had committed an act of war by meddling in our elections, yet now, over a year later, Stein points out that “The source code for voting software has never before been examined for evidence of tampering or errors that would compromise an election!”

Incredibly, while some Senators were beating the war drums over supposed meddling in our elections, neither the states involved nor the CIA, FBI and NSA, nor the courts and the White House ever insisted that the code of the red-flag machines be examined. In fact, the states intentionally prevented this from happening, using various legal and stonewalling techniques.

Stein’s legal team is still fighting for an accurate, secure and just voting system that is “free from interference by any intruders, whether foreign or domestic.”  Certain governments don’t seem interested in helping the effort.

Now this: Excerpts from a recent Jill Stein letter

At long last, Stein’s team may get to examine the secret voting machine “source code” that controls the actual counting and the tallying of the votes. Maybe.

During the recount, Stein’s team had claimed the right to examine this software under a new, unique Wisconsin law that should have allowed her computer voting experts to check for evidence of human error, intentional interference or tampering by anyone - whether foreign powers, criminal networks, domestic partisans, or corporations that control the voting software. Not surprisingly, the vendors of the voting software used by Wisconsin, Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. and Election Systems & Software, Inc., have opposed Stein’s request and have sought “an unfair confidentiality agreement that would prevent us from communicating with the public about our findings - even if we agreed not to disclose anything proprietary.”

The WEC has been reviewing Stein’s request and the vendors’ response and they expect a final decision “very soon.”

If not granted access to the crucial source code software, and the ability to share our findings with the public, the team will challenge their decision in court.  

“The 2016 election was remarkable for evidence of hacking into multiple voter registration systems, private voting software companies, and local election officials’ computers. That makes it all the more surprising that no one has checked to see whether the hacking extended to the voting software used during the election.
Stay tuned for an update from Wisconsin soon.”

In Pennsylvania
Stein had sought a Federal Court order for a statewide recount, including an examination of voting machine software. The court denied that access in December 2016. That decision derailed the Pennsylvania recount effort, but Stein’s team has challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s complicated recount procedure. The suit also calls for a forensic examination of voting equipment in order to verify the accuracy of the vote. Since Pennsylvania voting equipment is mostly paperless, there is no other option to verify the vote. The case and its appeals are a long way from over, so Greens must keep an eye on this issue.

Activists resisting Pennsylvania’s regressive laws
In addition to the lawsuit, Pennsylvania has grassroots action on election integrity and voting justice. Supporters are working to prevent Pennsylvania from enacting restrictive Voter ID laws, and other disenfranchisement schemes like the wrongful purging of legitimate voters through programs like Interstate Crosscheck. Stein noted a “stunning” legal victory against gerrymandering in a case led by the PA League of Women Voters.

“It’s clear that the struggle for election integrity and voting justice won’t be easy or quick,” Stein wrote, “but it is critical for building a real democracy that our future depends on.”

“Thank you for leading the charge, and for making all of this possible with your initial recount support!”

“It’s in our hands,”

She concludes:

“PS. If you have questions about the recount effort or ongoing election integrity litigation, please take a look at our Recount 2016 frequently asked questions. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please send it to us and we’ll do our best to answer it.”

#Russianmeddling #JillStein #votingmachines  #SenatorMitchMcConnell  

Friday, December 8, 2017

Will the beast devour the lovely Tulsi?

Or will she grab the old dragon and rip its balls off? 

Tulsi Gabbard and her collaborators are on the cusp of self-discovery.  

Did corporate donors corrupt Jill Stein?

Still with Jill
And the Green Party.

Jill Stein’s 2016 campaign  was on he level folks. 

Including donations from  a large corporation.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Is Jill Stein a corporate shill?


Does Jill Stein really represent big corporations rather than the general population? Is she a corporate plant as implied by Daily Kos and others?

Well no, that would be quite a stretch:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Green Party should not be fooled by Gabbard's latest announcement


Are the Green Party and other progressives making an impact? 

You bet! But don't be fooled: Some Democrat leaders are now trying to prove the party is progressive ... again. It would be a mistake for progressives to go for the bait.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Excerpt from a possible novel: Suicidal tendencies of a nation

An ounce of prevention ...

Monday, November 20, 2017

An opinion: Dedicated to my Green Party Friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidColumbiaGreens/

Guess  what the House Armed Services Committee just admitted (But their solution will blow you away even more.).

An Admission of Neglect?

Mac Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee cited complaints that “over 60 percent of the Navy's F-18s cannot fly,” that they have a shortfall of over 100 aircraft, and that “we have become one of the smallest, oldest-equipped, and least ready forces … in the Air Force’s history.”

If true, what an admission of neglect, considering the military’s budget over the last decade. Some 47 percent of our discretionary budget goes to military spending and we outspend the next six or seven nations combined, including Russia and China and others. What did they do with all that money if they were not maintaining our equipment? 
I would ask Thornberry, “With the enormous budget for military, why have you failed to keep this equipment in running condition?”  And if the aircraft are in that bad of shape, why is the military keeping them in the first place? (What does one do with thousands of useless aircraft?)
But wait! Are these decrepit F-18’s really Thornberry’s concern? 

Thornberry’s Proposal

To fix the problem, Thornberry wants to “ramp up production to 56 F-35As per year to address strike fighter capability and capacity shortfalls” and …
Hold on.The problem was that F-18’s that can’t fly. So you are going to fix them, right? Wrong. Thornberry quickly changes the topic to buying new equipment/ But are those F-18’s  emblematic of the inherent wastefulness of our military? 
When Thornberry comes to Congress he is like a kid in a candy store. But wait, those “candies” cost $$ millions and billions of dollars each!  Thornberry wants “an additional $1.3 billion to procure four additional F-35Bs and six additional F-35Cs.” He also wants an additional $739 million for 10 additional F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to support supposed “shortfalls in Navy strike-fighter inventories.”
Meanwhile, questions linger: How is the military is going to responsibly dispose of those supposedly decrepit F-18’s? What is the lifespan of a new aircraft? How will this affect our carbon imprint? How safe is all this hardware really making us anyway? And at what price to humanity and to the biosphere? 
How many babies could be placed in incubators, or how many homeless people could be housed, for the cost of a single fighter jet? Will these weapons contribute to global warming and the destruction of the environment? But more to the point, do we really even need them? The following link compares the number of aircraft owned by various nations: http://www.businessinsider.com/military-aircraft-strength-of-every-country-2015-1 )
As of 2015, Business Insider reported, “It can be difficult to grasp the scope of US air superiority compared to everyone else.” As BI reported, “The US boasts approximately 13,000 military aircraft. Comparatively, China and Russia, the world's next-largest aerial powers, only have a total of 2,000 to 3,000 military aircraft each.”

Flawed Thinking (or so it seems to me)

Of course, numbers do not tell the entire story: If 60 percent of our equipment is non-functional, what is the point of having it? Is our military strength being fluffed up by the military to appear more ominous than it really is?

Military commanders must deal with effectiveness or lack thereof, of their various tools, some of which are military hardware. And to be effective they must use the right tools for the right job.  But tools we have never tried may be the most effective of all: Communications, empathy, education, insight, compasion, negotiations, the ability to see through the supposed enemy’s eyes, and the elimination of financial incentives for war. 
These tools, when combined with a reasonably strong  military presence, can be far more effective than all the things we commonly think of as necessary, such as bombs, fighter jets, ships and standing armies. The softer defenses are often the most effective: Foreign diplomacy, foreign policy, negotiation, and (not to be underestimated), the ability to keep business interests and defense needs in different boxes. If the objective is a safer world, greater military might may not always be the best way to “get there,” because let’s face it, if the military-might exists, the temptation to use it also exists. If it is thought that a military solution might be simple and lucrative for preferred contractors, the temptation to start wars is great. Take Russia: Right now, in my opinion, Russia does not want a war with the USA, if for no other reason than that they may be far outgunned. Although they may have their problems, I don’t think they are suicidal at this time. 
On the other hand, if the military equipment is more equal, the prospect of getting the hell knocked out of us may cause us to think twice before starting yet another war, especially when more effective, more efficient and more humane methods exist to protect our borders. 
 There is a need for caution when it comes to relying overly much on weaponry as our first line of defense: Especially given the destructive power that we and our perceived enemies are capable of unleashing. If we listen too much to the Thornberries of the world, the next chapter of world history may read, “Suicidal Tendencies of a Nation.”  You know, that thing about an ounce of prevention. 

#war #peace #HASC $weaponry #americanpolitics #nationaldefense

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