• Yeah -- the judicial power, which is controlled by the Congress, which makes the rules. The part about "equity" is, well "quaint."
  • comment on a post Clarence Thomas Joins Constitution In Exile Movement over 8 years ago
    ....And look at what it says, really (I am no lawyer, but I can read), there is nothing in there that gives any court the jurisdiction to interpret the Constitution. Clearly, the Constitution is to be interpreted by the Congress itself, and not by any of the judges that it appoints.
  • Presumably there has always been simple vote fraud ("vote early, and often"). There are various ways of dealing with that. A few years ago, a super-elaborate method called "simple voting" was invented by some scientists that was intended to prevent this (I don't know if it would work). It's like trying to prevent kids from stealing Tootsie Rolls at a candy store -- you tailor enforcment to the situation at hand.

    As far as the concentration of knowledge resources and the advent of the Media Matrix is concerned, I actually think abolishing copyrights and severely limiting patents would do the trick. Also, every person should have a right to at least 6 hours of free time.

    And, of course, let's get rid of cyber-voting. Computers can steal votes 1,000,000,000 times faster than people can.

    For the mother of all solutions, see my Rhode Island Utopia Project:
    http://riup.blogspot.com/
  • comment on a post Oxytocin, linguistic development and autism over 8 years ago
    When people say a person has "autism," they are saying that the person has a severe developmental condition. This has also been called "pervasive developmental disorder" -- somewhat inaccurately, I think. People with less severe developmental conditions are often said to have "Asperger's syndrome." Although the more severe forms of these conditions certainly look "pervasive," the less severe forms do not conform to the meaning associated with this adjective. Basically, they often have amazing abilities to do things that neurotypical folks cannot, while they lack, or are deficient in, various normal abilities. And, they tend not to understand social relationships.

    My own theory is that people who have this condition are much like people who have suffered a stroke, except that the missing capacity has not disappeared, but instead, has been reassigned to an ability that normal folks do not possess. And I think this neurological atypicality makes it difficult for those who have it to unzip an enormous, genetically based social protocol "file." Whether or not the apparent increase in this population is due to the very strange fact that we have unwittingly unleashed mountains of mercury (not to mention depleted uranium) in our environment is still a question.

    I am rather averse to the business of trying out all kinds of oddball treatments on folk who have developmental conditions.

    As it happens, I have a developmental condition myself, and I do research in linguistics.
  • I spent as much energy at repentantnadervoter dot com promoting Bev Harris and her blackboxvoting dot org site, as I did promoting Kerry (and Aaron Soto let me do that). But Mr. Markos, Esq. over at dailykass dot com would have none of that. He hated Bev Harris and her anti-cyber-voting movement, and thought that the idea that it had any effect on the lost election was all just paranoid idiocy. And so did a lame-ass majority of his posters. So when I became distraught at their lack of concern about the fact that 30% of the "votes" went up in cyber-smoke, and 100% were sold down the river like slaves to some monstrous master central-tabulator "Mother Computer" they gleefully "moderated me" out of existence on that site. Some brave folks there did stick up for me, though.

    Here is something from today's page at -- http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

    "5-27-05: Optical scan system hacked (3 ways) - BBV Exclusive
    Tallahassee, FL: "Are we having fun yet?"

    This is the message that appeared in the window of a county optical scan machine, startling Leon County Information Systems Officer Thomas James. Visibly shaken, he immediately turned the machine off.

    Diebold's opti-scan (paper ballot) voting system uses a curious memory card design, offering penetration by a lone programmer such that standard canvassing procedures cannot detect election manipulation."


    The article goes on to say --

    "New regs: Counting paper ballots forbidden"

    "Most states prohibit elections officials from checking on optical scan tallies by examining the paper ballots. In Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed declared such spontaneous checkups to be "unauthorized recounts" and prohibited them altogether. New Florida regulations will forbid counting paper ballots, even in recounts, except in highly unusual circumstances. Without paper ballot hand-counts, the hacks demonstrated below show that optical-scan elections can be destroyed in seconds."


    So these "optical-scan" methods can be just as subversive. In fact, in the 2004 "election," it was the scanned paper ballots that were hacked the most -- by far!!! (And we know nothing about what the "touchscreen" machines did.)

    I demand my right to a cyber-free ballot. Being forced to use a cyber-mediated ballot is the worse than having no ballot at all, since it allows the voting machine administrators to use my ballot to elect THEIR candidate. The BEST Machine is NO Machine.

    THE BEST MACHINE IS NO MACHINE.
    DEMAND CYBER-FREE VOTING.

    The universe has it's own peculiar rules. Oil and water just do not mix. Well, machines and votes do not mix either.

    Two other good sites --
    http://www.countpaperballots.com/
    http://www.velvetrevolution.us/

    You can do something about it. You can save the nation. All you have to do is start to run for one of the itty-bitty little town offices that manage things like the local housing authority, the local schools, etc. THAT IS WHERE THEY PLAN TO SET UP THE CYBER-VOTING MACHINES. Make your platform dirt-simple: No housing authority site, no local school, should be allowed to serve as a host for the CYBER-VOTING MACHINES THAT ARE KILLING US AND OUR CHILDREN. (And take zero guff from the pseudo-astute flocks of lawyers, political science professors, and other pedantic hacks who will assault you with their weird arguments.) JUST THINK HOW IT WILL LOOK WHEN WE HAVE SOMEONE RUNNING ON THE CYBER-FREE TICKET IN EVERY LITTLE TOWN.

    Actually, a lot more could be do as well. What about BACKHACKING??? In their hearts, everybody knows that the Republicans hacked the 2004 election. So how could it possibly be wrong for Democratic programmers to backhack? After all, I recently read (and more-or-less believed that there are 500,000 programmers who are out of work because of out-sourcing. Why don't they just start up websites? It would get serious attention. Maybe somebody would thereupon feel a need to address that issue.
  • comment on a post If Democrats only had a spine over 8 years ago
    Our present "government" was merely installed by billionaires who depended on cyber-vote hacking. So why not just demand hand marked, hand counted paper ballots? Otherwise, the next president will be Bigfoot. (But I predict he'll fool the cyber-creeps who hack him in.)
  • on a comment on Open thread over 8 years ago
    A week ago, I thought the Koran desecration story was more likely than not that it was either made up or just a blown-up isolated instance. By now, it bears the countenance of the many other corrupt tacit policies that have been perpetrated by the neos. There is still some reasonable motivation, though, to keep up the line that it's a false artifact or blown-up anomaly, if holding that decrepit line will in fact keep more people from getting killed.
  • comment on a post Yikes! Newest Poll says 57% want filibuster dropped! over 8 years ago
    The filibuster has been going on for well over 200 years. What does some stupid poll of the moment have anything to do with that? I say. if the neocons push through a load of judges by changing these fundamental rules, then let's just take away the court's privilege of deciding issues of constitutionality. Why should a bunch of old farts decide how we have to live? What B.S!
  • comment on a post Newsweek DID NOT RETRACT over 8 years ago
    People do horrible things every day, but the U.S. Government seldom gets the blame. Only a tiny fraction of one percent of the ordinary people would do anyting this horrifying. Or if they did it, it would be just another idiotic blunder by some fool. Now the government gets dragged in? And Newsweek? These people must have completely lost their grip. Who is going to keep reading the magazine if they try to "take it back." This is a real world -- you don't get to just "take things back," unless you are an idiot. This is not Newsweek's fault. It is the government's fault for not getting it under control.

    They never get anything under control, yet they manage to make everything illegal. Not good. Not good.
  • comment on a post Democracy just died in Massachusetts over 8 years ago
  • comment on a post Democracy just died in Massachusetts over 8 years ago
    You folks really would have to live in Massachusetts to understand any of this.

    Despite any nonsense you may hear in this thread, Kennedy and Kerry are in radical disconnect form the damn so-called Massachusetts "Democratic Party."

    The whacked-out lawyers who infest the general party apparatus here are professional fascists who put Rove and the other bumbling Republican fascists to shame. This is really what this is all about. It sucks big-time. Who the hell am I gonna vote for now?
  • comment on a post Democracy just died in Massachusetts over 8 years ago
    You folks really would have to live in Massachusetts to understand any of this. Despite any nonsense you may hear in this thread, Kennedy and Kerry are in radical disconnect form the damn so-called Massachusetts "Democratic Party." The whacked-out lawyers who infest the general party apparatus here are professional fascists who put Rove and the other bumbling Republican fascists to shame. This is really what this is all about. It sucks big-time. Who the hell am I gonna vote for now?
  • on a comment on Social Security Language over 8 years ago
    If you look real close at the economy, you'll know there's gonna be nothin to git!!! BIG QUESTION: IF IT'S REALLY "THEIR MONEY," WHY NOT LET THEM INVENT IN GOLD??? (For that matter, why not just stop forcing them to pay in anything, and just let them "invest" in their own really private accounts?)
  • If you were a Democratic voter in MA, you would not view this Stalinization as a minor irritation!
  • comment on a post Democracy just died in Massachusetts over 8 years ago
    I really do not see why Kerry is necessarily behind this Stalinization of the party. There is, after all, that huge throng of political arch-vandals who pose as "Democrats" in the state legislature. I don't even think there is much he would be likely to gain by it.

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