November 2004 Wayback

Virginia in the news again

Some 13 year old boy in Virginia Beach somehow managed to get a stripper to come to an abandonded house and tried to force her to dance for him at gunpoint. Here are the Fark comments for this story.

Turn Your Back on Bush

Link here. Seems that the administration has done a good job of stopping protests, weeding out people with signs or t-shirts from rallys and staff appearances. Is this the only way that Americans can actually voice their displeasure to our President?

How to Steal Wi-Fi

Slate story

Liquid Freedom

This article has a very good idea of starting an Iraqi National Oil fund like the Alaskan Oil Fund that pays out part of oil profits to each citizen. The author, Lynny Glenn, states that by establishing this fund, the United States would stand in stark contrast to Hussein’s regime’s practice of hoarding oil profits. Starting the fund would squelch any talk of the US trying to steal Iraqi oil, and would provide each of Iraq’s citizens with a steady income worth hundreds of dollars a year in a country where the average annual income is $1500. It would also establish the legitimacy of the Iraqi government.

I think this idea is great and should be talked about. Tell as many people that you know and help get this idea off the ground.

More election fraud news

First thing in this morning and what do I see? House Dems Seek Election Inquiry 
Wired also has a nice running collection on Machine Politics

E-voting gains a foothold at polling places in the U.S. and abroad, despite fears that the technology is flawed and votes easily manipulated. Is the voting booth still sacred? Does your vote still count?

Surprise at lack of media attention to possible electronic ballot machine fraud

From Salon:

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor of communications at New York University, and author, most recently, of “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order.”
First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It’s a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove’s strategy to get Bush elected.

But given Bush’s low popularity ratings and the enormous number of new voters — who skewed Democratic — there is no way in the world that Bush got 8 million more votes this time. I think it had a lot to do with the electronic voting machines. Those machines are completely untrustworthy, and that’s why the Republicans use them. Then there’s the fact that the immediate claim of Ohio was not contested by the news media — when Andrew Card came out and claimed the state, not only were the votes in Ohio not counted, they weren’t even all cast.

I would have to hear a much stronger argument for the authenticity, or I should say the veracity, of this popular vote for Bush before I’m willing to believe it. If someone can prove to me that it happened, that Bush somehow pulled 8 million magic votes out of a hat, OK, I’ll accept it. I’m an independent, not a Democrat, and I’m not living in denial.

And that’s not even talking about Florida, which is about as Democratic a state as Guatemala used to be. The news media is obliged to make the Republicans account for all these votes, and account for the way they were counted. Simply to embrace this result as definitive is irrational. But there is every reason to question it … I find it beyond belief that the press in this formerly democratic country would not have made the integrity of the electoral system a front page, top-of-the-line story for the last three years. I worked and worked and worked to get that story into the media, and no one touched it until your guy did.

I actually got invited to a Kerry fundraiser so I could talk to him about it. I raised the issue directly with him and with Teresa. Teresa was really indignant and really concerned, but Kerry just looked down at me — he’s about 9 feet tall — and I could tell it just didn’t register. It set off all his conspiracy-theory alarms and he just wasn’t listening.

Talk to anyone from a real democracy — from Canada or any European country or India. They are staggered to discover that 80 percent of our touch-screen electronic voting machines have no paper trail and are manufactured by companies owned by Bush Republicans. But there is very little sense of outrage here. Americans for a host of reasons have become alienated from the spirit of the Bill of Rights and that should not be tolerated.

And there’s more. How to rig an election.
Optical scan questions in Florida
BlackBoxVoting has been disclosing the insecurities of the electronic voting machines for well over 6 months now, and their opinion is that fraud occured, the scope of which is simply not known.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence — red flags, exit polls — but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

I’ll add more to this after I get home.

Election day

November 12, 2004

Liquid Freedom

This article has a very good idea of starting an Iraqi National Oil fund like the Alaskan Oil Fund that pays out part of oil profits to each citizen. The author, Lynny Glenn, states that by establishing this fund, the United States would stand in stark contrast to Hussein’s regime’s practice of hoarding oil profits. Starting the fund would squelch any talk of the US trying to steal Iraqi oil, and would provide each of Iraq’s citizens with a steady income worth hundreds of dollars a year in a country where the average annual income is $1500. It would also establish the legitimacy of the Iraqi government.

I think this idea is great and should be talked about. Tell as many people that you know and help get this idea off the ground.

Posted by Michael at 10:29 AM
Comments (0)

November 06, 2004

Nader pushing for recount in New Hampshire

Anyone who thinks that there is nothing wrong with the Chief Executive of Diebold being on record saying that he would deliver the Ohio vote to Bush should look at what’s happening now. Reports are in all over the country of irregularities and problems with the vote. Now Nader is pushing for a recount in New Hampshire to audit the paper trail. Why? It’s not as if the change is going to be so great that Nader could win the state. Republicans will be less likely to stonewall this seeming as how Kerry already won the state and that’s not likely to change. The reason is that if there is any significant differences in the numbers it will highlight the serious problem with our voting machines and call into question the results of the entire country.

Posted by Michael at 11:53 AM
Comments (0)

More election fraud news

First thing in this morning and what do I see? House Dems Seek Election Inquiry 
Wired also has a nice running collection on Machine Politics

E-voting gains a foothold at polling places in the U.S. and abroad, despite fears that the technology is flawed and votes easily manipulated. Is the voting booth still sacred? Does your vote still count?

Posted by Michael at 10:52 AM
Comments (0)

November 04, 2004

Surprise at lack of media attention to possible electronic ballot machine fraud

From Salon:

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor of communications at New York University, and author, most recently, of “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order.”
First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It’s a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove’s strategy to get Bush elected.

But given Bush’s low popularity ratings and the enormous number of new voters — who skewed Democratic — there is no way in the world that Bush got 8 million more votes this time. I think it had a lot to do with the electronic voting machines. Those machines are completely untrustworthy, and that’s why the Republicans use them. Then there’s the fact that the immediate claim of Ohio was not contested by the news media — when Andrew Card came out and claimed the state, not only were the votes in Ohio not counted, they weren’t even all cast.

I would have to hear a much stronger argument for the authenticity, or I should say the veracity, of this popular vote for Bush before I’m willing to believe it. If someone can prove to me that it happened, that Bush somehow pulled 8 million magic votes out of a hat, OK, I’ll accept it. I’m an independent, not a Democrat, and I’m not living in denial.

And that’s not even talking about Florida, which is about as Democratic a state as Guatemala used to be. The news media is obliged to make the Republicans account for all these votes, and account for the way they were counted. Simply to embrace this result as definitive is irrational. But there is every reason to question it … I find it beyond belief that the press in this formerly democratic country would not have made the integrity of the electoral system a front page, top-of-the-line story for the last three years. I worked and worked and worked to get that story into the media, and no one touched it until your guy did.

I actually got invited to a Kerry fundraiser so I could talk to him about it. I raised the issue directly with him and with Teresa. Teresa was really indignant and really concerned, but Kerry just looked down at me — he’s about 9 feet tall — and I could tell it just didn’t register. It set off all his conspiracy-theory alarms and he just wasn’t listening.

Talk to anyone from a real democracy — from Canada or any European country or India. They are staggered to discover that 80 percent of our touch-screen electronic voting machines have no paper trail and are manufactured by companies owned by Bush Republicans. But there is very little sense of outrage here. Americans for a host of reasons have become alienated from the spirit of the Bill of Rights and that should not be tolerated.

And there’s more. How to rig an election.
Optical scan questions in Florida
BlackBoxVoting has been disclosing the insecurities of the electronic voting machines for well over 6 months now, and their opinion is that fraud occured, the scope of which is simply not known.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence — red flags, exit polls — but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

I’ll add more to this after I get home.

Posted by Michael at 06:02 PM
Comments (0)

November 02, 2004

Election day

I read this quote from troutfishing on MeFi

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, I hope, to see a push for putting the Ten Commandments in every school and government building, banning all abortions, reducing birth control ed. to a “just say no” mantra, targetting gays with hate speech and discriminatory legislation, pissing on the poor, exploiting the National Guard, levelling a few more Mideast nations, running up the national debt a few more trillion…… ( just for a start ) appointing Supreme Court justice who feel that all law flow from the Bible ( specifically the Old Testament )……..all go down in crashing ruins with a resounding rout of GW Bush, with a Kerry victory.

That pretty much says it for me.

November 2004 archive

[this is an archive post from our old database. Any links pointing back to daHIFI.net are probably broken.]

November 12, 2004

Liquid Freedom

This article has a very good idea of starting an Iraqi National Oil fund like the Alaskan Oil Fund that pays out part of oil profits to each citizen. The author, Lynny Glenn, states that by establishing this fund, the United States would stand in stark contrast to Hussein’s regime’s practice of hoarding oil profits. Starting the fund would squelch any talk of the US trying to steal Iraqi oil, and would provide each of Iraq’s citizens with a steady income worth hundreds of dollars a year in a country where the average annual income is $1500. It would also establish the legitimacy of the Iraqi government.

I think this idea is great and should be talked about. Tell as many people that you know and help get this idea off the ground.

Posted by Michael at 10:29 AM
Comments (0)

November 06, 2004

Nader pushing for recount in New Hampshire

Anyone who thinks that there is nothing wrong with the Chief Executive of Diebold being on record saying that he would deliver the Ohio vote to Bush should look at what’s happening now. Reports are in all over the country of irregularities and problems with the vote. Now Nader is pushing for a recount in New Hampshire to audit the paper trail. Why? It’s not as if the change is going to be so great that Nader could win the state. Republicans will be less likely to stonewall this seeming as how Kerry already won the state and that’s not likely to change. The reason is that if there is any significant differences in the numbers it will highlight the serious problem with our voting machines and call into question the results of the entire country.

Posted by Michael at 11:53 AM
Comments (0)

More election fraud news

First thing in this morning and what do I see? House Dems Seek Election Inquiry 
Wired also has a nice running collection on Machine Politics

E-voting gains a foothold at polling places in the U.S. and abroad, despite fears that the technology is flawed and votes easily manipulated. Is the voting booth still sacred? Does your vote still count?

Posted by Michael at 10:52 AM
Comments (0)

November 04, 2004

Surprise at lack of media attention to possible electronic ballot machine fraud

From Salon:

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor of communications at New York University, and author, most recently, of “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order.”
First of all, this election was definitely rigged. I have no doubt about it. It’s a statistical impossibility that Bush got 8 million more votes than he got last time. In 2000, he got 15 million votes from right-wing Christians, and there are approximately 19 million of them in the country. They were eager to get the other 4 million. That was pretty much Karl Rove’s strategy to get Bush elected.

But given Bush’s low popularity ratings and the enormous number of new voters — who skewed Democratic — there is no way in the world that Bush got 8 million more votes this time. I think it had a lot to do with the electronic voting machines. Those machines are completely untrustworthy, and that’s why the Republicans use them. Then there’s the fact that the immediate claim of Ohio was not contested by the news media — when Andrew Card came out and claimed the state, not only were the votes in Ohio not counted, they weren’t even all cast.

I would have to hear a much stronger argument for the authenticity, or I should say the veracity, of this popular vote for Bush before I’m willing to believe it. If someone can prove to me that it happened, that Bush somehow pulled 8 million magic votes out of a hat, OK, I’ll accept it. I’m an independent, not a Democrat, and I’m not living in denial.

And that’s not even talking about Florida, which is about as Democratic a state as Guatemala used to be. The news media is obliged to make the Republicans account for all these votes, and account for the way they were counted. Simply to embrace this result as definitive is irrational. But there is every reason to question it … I find it beyond belief that the press in this formerly democratic country would not have made the integrity of the electoral system a front page, top-of-the-line story for the last three years. I worked and worked and worked to get that story into the media, and no one touched it until your guy did.

I actually got invited to a Kerry fundraiser so I could talk to him about it. I raised the issue directly with him and with Teresa. Teresa was really indignant and really concerned, but Kerry just looked down at me — he’s about 9 feet tall — and I could tell it just didn’t register. It set off all his conspiracy-theory alarms and he just wasn’t listening.

Talk to anyone from a real democracy — from Canada or any European country or India. They are staggered to discover that 80 percent of our touch-screen electronic voting machines have no paper trail and are manufactured by companies owned by Bush Republicans. But there is very little sense of outrage here. Americans for a host of reasons have become alienated from the spirit of the Bill of Rights and that should not be tolerated.

And there’s more. How to rig an election.
Optical scan questions in Florida
BlackBoxVoting has been disclosing the insecurities of the electronic voting machines for well over 6 months now, and their opinion is that fraud occured, the scope of which is simply not known.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence — red flags, exit polls — but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

I’ll add more to this after I get home.

Posted by Michael at 06:02 PM
Comments (0)

November 02, 2004

Election day

I read this quote from troutfishing on MeFi

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, I hope, to see a push for putting the Ten Commandments in every school and government building, banning all abortions, reducing birth control ed. to a “just say no” mantra, targetting gays with hate speech and discriminatory legislation, pissing on the poor, exploiting the National Guard, levelling a few more Mideast nations, running up the national debt a few more trillion…… ( just for a start ) appointing Supreme Court justice who feel that all law flow from the Bible ( specifically the Old Testament )……..all go down in crashing ruins with a resounding rout of GW Bush, with a Kerry victory.

That pretty much says it for me.Posted by Michael at 06:46 PM
Comments (0)

November 01, 2004

Last minute thoughts

Seems that for the last 70 years, the last Redskins home game before the election has predicted the winner of the presidental race. I can only hope that this synchronicity holds firm this time.

Here’s a scary article about the draft that I came across today. If it is to be believed, Bush and Co. are not merely trying to make Iraq a bastion of Freedom, but apparently want to take over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan and Somalia as well.

Again, if the Bush II administration has been this bad in their first four years just think how bad they could be in the next four.

“To my knowledge, in the time I have served as secretary of defense, the idea of reinstating the draft has never been debated, endorsed, discussed, theorized, pondered or even whispered by anyone in the Bush administration.” – Donald Rumsfeld

Never even pondered, eh? Like I believe that.

Posted by Michael at 12:07 AM
Comments (0)

Online radio

For your Friday music goodness I’m posting links to various online music sites I’ve come across over the years. Hope you enjoy!

Betalounge – is a SanFran electro lounge that’s been laying the beats down since `96. They don’t broadcast as much as they used to, but their archives have more music than you could ever listen to. This site requires free registration to listen to but it is worth the trouble. Most sets last between 3-5 hours.

Bassdrive Jungle music is a subset of drum and bass techno, I call it electronic heavy metal. It is the sickest, heaviest, bass pounding destructive force of man ever devised. Make sure you’ve got a good subwoofer for this one.

Just Concerts Ahoy to our northern brothers. CBC Radio Canada has an extensive archive of live concerts and studio sessions of some of the best bands out there today. From Franz Ferdinand to Fila Brazillia to TV on the Radio to other artist that you’ve never heard of but should have, this has everything. Do yourself a favor, pick a band at random and enjoy the rest of your day.

XFM Take a trip across the ocean and hear what radio sounds like in London on a Friday night. It really puts American radio to shame. Not only can they say what they want, but they have been known to broadcast some of the most slammin club beats mixed by some of the best dj’s in the world.

Last.FM Touted as the last radio station you’ll ever need. Sign up, start random radio and the system does the rest. They play a random song, you either let it play, skip the song, or ban it altogether. The system remembers what you like and builds a profile of your musical tastes, comparing it to others that like the same music. Over time it will start to give you exactly what you need: great new music that you’ve never heard and classic tracks you already love. It’s quite ingenious really, and I love it.

Lawsuits filed agains US Government

[From Salon] Four Britons who were held at Guantanamo are suing Donald Rumsfeld and other US military leaders for torture that they recieved while being held there. The men are suing for about $11 million each.

I’ll just keep my mouth shut here, but this next one is very interesting.

Here is a PDF file of a recently filed lawsuit brought against most of the entire Bush administration; it starts off by claiming that controlled demolitions brought down the world trade center, that it was a missle attack that damaged the Pentagon, not an airliner, that Bush et al had ample warnings about the attacks and that flight 77 was shot down. That’s just for starters. The lawsuit continues to accuse the media, the Bush II administration and the Enterprise (war companies profiting from the War on Terror) of conducting an exercise in propaganda with the “official story”. It accuses the entire Bush family and administration of conspiring to actively bring about 9/11 as a new Pearl Harbor in order to promote this Enterprise, getting a blank check from the American people to promote a war of American aggression.

The lawsuit goes on, saying that the 9/11 commission makes the Warren commission look like a bastion of truth-seeking, brings up Operation Northwoods as supporting evidence.
The lawsuit calls for a trial by jury.

I tried to Google some more information but only came up with the orginal Metafilter post and this here. Has anyone heard anything about this from the mainstream?

Home computer users dumb to spyware

As the owner of a computer repair shop I immediatley let out a big ‘duh’ after reading this article. Those of you out there that are unbelievers, download AdAware and Spybot and see how many things have infected your computer. And if you’re not using antivirus you should just unplug your computer right and turn in your operator’s license right now

We use these on almost every computer that comes into our store. Spyware is the number one problem that we see. Thank god for it; it keeps us in business. After you’re done, make sure you download Mozilla Firefox and make sure you never see spyware again

GOP threatens Rock the Vote

From the site:

Last week GOP Chairman Ed Gillespie sent an extraordinary letter to the group Rock the Vote requesting that it “cease and desist” from promoting its campaign warning young voters that the government may reinstate the draft. Gillespie threatened to take legal action and said the group’s non-profit status could be in jeopardy.

[edited 2004-10-26 14:12:05]

Apparently the RTV people have some new commercial out for their Vote or Die campaign that states that if you don’t vote there will be a draft. Here’s a link to the Metafilter post on it.

It’s Saturday, work is slow and I’m bored.

I have no idea what the hell has been going on here at the store lately but it’s been dead. No computers to fix and the occasional phone call once an hour or so and I’m losing my mind.
I stumbled upon the pseudodictionary today while searching for words that end in -phile. (ex. oe·no·phile NOUN: 1. One who appreciates and enjoys wine. 2. A collector of wine.) It’s mostly slang and made up words but it’s rather large and has been the running ground of my bored imagination for the past few hours. May it help you kill some time as well.

See also the Word Spy for serious new words, and the Acronym Finder in case you need to know the meaning of ROFLMAOCTD or IMHO or NASA.

Links

I figured I would post a few of my favorite bookmarks to whet your appetite a bit. They are pretty popular sites but as I am writing this page mostly for people who aren’t very familiar with the internet. Sorta like my own ‘how-to’ guide.

Wired This one is a technology news site. I check this one first thing in the morning. You must check out thier magazine also. Incredible. A mix of Popular Science and Time for the digital generation.

Salon Straight news…aww who am I kidding, they lean so far left it’s obvious after spending 2 minutes there. I go here for my daily anti Bush commentary. Seriously though they are not that bad. I actually like this site not just because of it’s critical political features but the other general news that you find lower down the page. Yes, they do have an annoying ad that you have to watch to get to the goods every day, but I think it’s a small price to pay to look at their site.

Nerve Literate smut, you ask? Think porn that’s not so dirty. Intellectual erotica? Definatley not what you would think of when someone says the words internet porn. Think more like Real Sex on HBO. Everything from photos to interviews to news to fiction. Plenty of free stuff, but the pictures require a pass.