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I miss you

Rolling Stones:

Games people play

Remember this? Joe South:

The letter

The Box Tops:

Ginia Bellafante should have been fired or reassigned to work for the fashion section. Instead, I’ll bet she was high-fived by her yuppie colleagues for writing this fashionably snide article

Paper ballots

For some reason, people never seem to want to pay attention to the fact that maybe our votes don’t matter:

The Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT) at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois has managed to hack a Diebold Accuvote touch-screen voting machine in what I describe at my exclusive today at Salon as perhaps “one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.”

As noted by the computer scientists and security experts at Argonne’s VAT, largely all that’s needed to accomplish this hack is about $26 and an 8th grade science education.

“This is a national security issue,” VAT team leader Roger Johnston told me, echoing what I’ve been reporting other computer scientists and security experts telling me for years. “It should really be handled by the Department of Homeland Security.”

Johnston should know. While the VAT folks have been dabbling in the security (or lack thereof) of e-voting systems in their spare time of late, most of the work they do is related to issues like nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation.

What makes this hack so troubling — and different from those which have come before it — is that it doesn’t require any actual changes to, or even knowledge of, the voting system software or its memory card programming. It’s not a cyberattack. It’s a “Man-in-the-middle” attack where a tiny, $10.50 piece of electronics is inserted into the system between the voter and the main circuit board of the voting system allowing for complete control over the touch-screen system and the entire voting process along with it.

Add an optional $15 radio frequency remote control device, and votes can be changed, without the knowledge of the voter, from up to half a mile away…

Take back Boston this weekend

Info here.

Via email:

A group of 50 activists deposited the trash from a vacant Bank of America foreclosure on the doorstep of Bank of America Massachusetts President Robert Gallery at 95 Beacon St on 9/21. They also served Gallery and the Bank with a 9 day “notice to quit” warning them to stop their harmful practices, or there will be a much larger demonstration on 9/30.

Police brutality

Lawrence O’Donnell:

And Lawrence? It’s not just black people who get brutalized by cops.


Why should we have to listen to bigoted crap like this from our highly-paid sports stars? You’d think a black athlete would know better.


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Keith Olbermann

On the Wall Street news blackout:

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