Democracy Now! on Diebold Security Flaws
More detail about Bruce Funk's Utah odyssey can be found here. Note that the Diebold TSX model for which he discovered massive problems is the same one proposed for Winnebago County. Scary.
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In 2004, they assailed Maryland's decision to buy Diebold touch-screen machines and asked a court to stop the state from using them. Shamos testified that with a few additional steps, the machines could be used without problem, and the court agreed.
Now, Shamos wonders. He is confident in his testimony and believes most security holes can be plugged. But he wonders whether Diebold cares enough about security and the sanctity of elections.
"There's a broader philosophical question that's been worrying me more and more lately," Shamos said. "What are these companies really doing? They don't seem to have embraced the seriousness with which people in this country take their elections. It's been kind of an adversarial thing where companies want to make profits, and they just haven't spent enough time and energy designing secure systems."
Note: The article neglects to point out that Maryland's House of Delegates voted 137-0 to suspend electronic voting and go back to paper ballots.
Garbage chokes the city of 4.5 million people. Trash collection is erratic or nonexistent, depending on which part of the city you live in. Insurgents use heaps of garbage to hide roadside bombs. More than 300 garbage collectors have been killed in Baghdad in the past six months, city officials say. Insurgents target them because they work for the government.
"Once we hoped to plant gardens in the medians and on street corners; now we throw our garbage there," said a Sunni woman who lives in the affluent western Jihad district. (The Chronicle agreed not to identify the woman and other Iraqis interviewed for this story because they feared for their safety.)
Garbage clogs sewage pipes, causing raw sewage to overflow into the streets and fill the air with the stench of decay. In the Shiite slums of Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad, residents live in dwellings made of bits of corrugated metal, chunks of concrete and rusted oil canisters. Snowy white egrets skim the surface of putrid, greenish-black pools of sewage in the streets.
More on the terrible living conditions in Iraq can be found here.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
RES. 308, 05-06
CALLING FOR WITHDRAWAL OF U. S. TROOPS FROM IRAQ
The United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003 was predicated on finding and eliminating weapons of mass destruction possessed by the government of Iraq. No such weapons were found, but the ensuing three-year occupation has incurred many costs.
The human costs include the lives of more than 2,300 U. S. soldiers and more than 37,000 Iraqi civilians. At least another 17,000 U. S. soldiers have been injured, and civilian injuries are difficult to estimate.
The financial costs include more than $247 billion that the United States has spent on the occupation, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates. That translates to more than $4 billion paid by Wisconsin taxpayers and nearly $153 million by City of Madison taxpayers. On Thursday, March 16, 2006, the U. S. Senate voted to raise the national debt limit for the fourth time in five years. The occupation of Iraq is a major reason for the continued raising of the debt limit and the record budget deficits recently sustained by the U. S. government.
The cost to United States’ stature in the international community – and the accompanying levels of safety and security that U. S. citizens around the world may rely on – has also been great due to the occupation of Iraq. The United States’ continued involvement in Iraq risks putting even more Americans in danger and further damage to its ability to earn respect and cooperation around the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors hereby calls for the withdrawal of the United States from Iraq in an effort to stop mounting military and civilian deaths, re-direct U. S. efforts to end terrorism worldwide, and reduce animosity toward the United States in the Middle East and around the world.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to President George W. Bush and all members of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation.
Adopted by the Dane County Board of Supervisors May 4, 2006.
Yeah, let's go ahead and destroy our history and then we can moan about it for years like we do the Athearn Hotel.
Think about it and we are so worried about a little angel statue, while this slips through the crack.
Secretary Rice's approach to international affairs is consistent with at least some Catholic tradition--the tradition of the Crusades most obviously.
Below is the text of the Boston College faculty protest letter.
Condoleezza Rice Does Not Deserve a Boston College Honorary Degree
We, the undersigned members of the faculty at Boston College, strongly disagree with the decision of the university's leadership to grant Condoleezza Rice an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and to invite her to address the 2006 commencement. On the levels of both moral principle and practical moral judgment, Secretary Rice's approach to international affairs is in fundamental conflict with Boston College's commitment to the values of the Catholic and Jesuit traditions and is inconsistent with the humanistic values that inspire the university's work.
As a matter of moral principle, Rice maintains that U.S. foreign policy should be based on U.S. national interest and not on what she calls the interests of an "illusory international community." This stands in disturbing contrast with the Catholic and humanistic conviction that all people are linked together in a single human family and that all nations in our interdependent world have a duty to protect "the common good of the entire human family."
On the level of practical judgment, Rice has helped develop and implement the strategic policies that have guided the United States in the tragic war in Iraq. Pope John Paul II and the United States Catholic bishops opposed initiating this war on ethical grounds. We also believe the policies that have shaped the war's ongoing conduct cannot be justified in light of the moral values of the Catholic tradition or the norms of international law.
For these reasons, we object to Boston College honoring Condoleezza Rice at its 2006 commencement. Doing so contradicts the university's Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic identity.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Governor Doyle use his veto power on future deployments of the Wisconsin Guard that threaten our state security; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Governor Doyle exercise his State Constitutional authority to bring the Wisconsin Guard home now; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation, Senators Kohl and Feingold, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and President George W. Bush.