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Fixing Elections

We’ve got a big problem in the U.S. – an election system that is broken and increasingly can’t be trusted. There has likely always been issues with voting machines, ballots, and the uninformed polling workers, but it’s all compounded with the idiotic move to electronic voting machines. Last night I read Ben McConnell’s blog post […]

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North Dakota’s Congressmen are not Technology Friendly

News.com published the Technology Voter Guide 2006 yesterday, and I must say that it’s very well done. In it, CNET looked at 16 Senate votes and 20 House votes to create a ranking of the tech-friendliness of each incumbent. With North Dakota’s Senators Byran Dorgan and Gaylord “Kent” Conrad and Representative Earl Pomeroy, the state […]

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Creativity at the Pentagon

Well, I don’t think anyone can accuse the people working hard in the Pentagon of lacking creativity. Via Drudge, a recent New Scientist article gives details about some unique weapons the U.S. military considered developing. One chemical weapon would attract swarms of angry wasps or rats to enemy positions to make them unlivable and another […]

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Et tu, Slashdot?

I must have missed it, but at some point Slashdot became the Democratic Underground. The absolute hate, bile, and the conspiracy theories found on this discussion thread really make me sad. Some of these people have some real issues, and I hope they are able to come to grips with them. I hope those on […]

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High Turnout in Grand Forks Yesterday

According to the Grand Forks Herald, voter turnout was historically high yesterday. The county commissioner estimates that more than 25,000 people voted in Grand Forks county. For a reference, the U.S. Census data for Grand Forks County lists a 2003 population of just under 65,000 people. I wasn’t able to find data sliced by precinct […]

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Do You Think Kerry Has A Plan For Losing Too?

Thankfully, the election is over except for the formalities. As of this post, Kerry has yet to concede, and is still holding out hope for Ohio. I find it hard to blame him for not conceding quickly after what happened in the 2000 election. However, there is statistically no way for John Kerry to win […]

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Breath In, Breath Out. Breath In, Breath out…

Throughout this excruciatingly long presidental election (it seems like it’s been going since 2000), I’ve been a frequent reader of blogs and other internet news sources. While reading my favorite blogs, I’ve often had to tell myself to keep my eye on the big picture and to not let the immediate reactions of someone else […]

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Election Market Wackiness

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that someone is trying to panic the market at Tradesports. Take a look at this: About ten minutes later, President Bush was back up to 40. I don’t know whether to believe that this is a genuine collapse in support for the President, or if someone is trying […]

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Election Day 2004

I recently got back from doing my civic duty by walking the five blocks to my local polling place and voting. I finished up about 9:00 am, and the voting stations were busy, but there was no waiting line. Here in Grand Forks we use a simple paper ballot where we fill in the bubbles. […]

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Root Causes of the Arab Hate for the United States

Blogger Steven Den Beste, whose articles are some of my all time favorite online reading, recently posted some thoughts about a speech he has archived on his site by one Professor Harari of Israel. The talk, titled A View from the Eye of the Storm, gives some very deep insights into the problems occuring in […]