What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
If you haven’t seen the Utah Lt. Governor’s latest propaganda piece for the electronic voting machines, watch the commercial here.
Tomorrow is a great day. It is a day that we, as America citizens, can make our voice heard. But what happens when technology, manipulation, and corruption quells that voice?
HBO aired a documentary last week called “Hacking Democracy”, exposing the egregious inefficiencies of these machines. The 1 hour 20 minute video can (and should!) be watched here.
Of course Diebold threw a temper tantrum when they discovered HBO would be showing this film. The Good Morning Silicon Valley blog reports:
With November elections nearly upon us, Diebold Election Systems has finally decided to develop a paper trail — of press releases. Earlier this week, the much maligned voting machine manufacturer (see “AccuVote — that’s an oxymoron, right?“) released a letter to HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht that claimed “Hacking Democracy,” a documentary about electronic voting that the cable channel aired last night, is riddled with inaccuracies. “Truth and accurate reporting are the biggest casualties of the film,” Diebold Election System President David Byrd wrote. The errors and misrepresentations are “so egregious that HBO should pull the documentary.”
Well, it seems that truth and accuracy were also the biggest casualties of Diebold’s press release, because according to HBO, not only had Diebold officials not seen “Hacking Democracy” before they penned it, they mistook it for another film about electronic voting called “VoterGate.” “You assert in your letter that the documentary contains ‘significant factual errors’; however, based on several of the purported examples you have cited, you do not appear to have viewed the film which will premiere on HBO on Nov. 2,” HBO attorney Peter Rienecker wrote in a letter to Deibold. “HBO stands by the accuracy and fairness of the documentary. Of course, if after viewing the film on the HBO service (Thursday night) you continue to have concerns, we would be happy to discuss them with you at that time.” Nice going, Diebold.
It is our duty, responsibility, and wonderful opportunity to vote and make our voice heard in the affairs of our government. But I’m highly, highly skeptical of these machines, the companies that manufacture them, the secrecy involved in their affairs, the potentially destructive source code, and just about every other aspect these electronic machines introduce. Yes, I voted with an absentee ballot this election so as not to have to use such a machine. But even my absentee ballot will be counted with another machine! Who is counting our votes?
Josef Stalin once said “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.” Truer words were never spoken. Please vote tomorrow, but do so with your eyes open, questioning if your vote will be counted, and how we can assure in the future that corruption and fraud stay out of our election process.