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Raging Pencils by Mike "NPR" Stanfill

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National Fascist Radio presents "Crony Talk".

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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.- Pablo Picasso

alson 652 c incredible head shower headWhat's the big hairy deal about secret ballots? Why on Thor's green Earth should people feel so insecure about their choices of candidate?

When John Edwards was still in the race I actively supported him, but when he decided to pull out I switched to Obama. That's just how it works, there's no shame in it. So now, in November, you don't have to ask me who I voted for. Egg my house, insult my cooking, annoy my ex-wife (please) I don''t care.

All this secrecy does is allow those with access to the votes plenty of time and occasion and reason to alter them. As Joseph Stalin said "It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes."

That's why I say make the votes public. In fact, give everyone a printed receipt of their vote and then make the entire result available on-line the next day, by precinct. We certainly have the technological capability to do this. That way if something fishy occurs we can gather together by neighborhood and see where things went wrong.

But first, let's contract with Apple to design the next generation of voting tools. If there's anyone who can make it simple and intuitive and hack-proof it's Steve Job's boys.


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