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Since shortly after the event it was clear what happened to MH370 despite months and millions of a “search” that was nothing but deception. The true purpose is not yet clear, but if you want to know what happened to that plane, read what I wrote about it in real time four years ago–nothing has changed. Click here: Cracking the Code on Malaysia Air flight 370.
Not the first time the Journal fawns over a totalitarian dictatorship: “Authoritarianism Is China’s Edge in AI”
Time and time again, I have seen The Wall Street Journal explain that the reason Russia and China are so together and are such a big threat to us is that they have the luxury of being totalitarian dictatorships that can get ‘er done without the fussy inconvenience of individual liberty or consensual government. Well, the Journal is at it again, but this time they are behind the times…the CIA’s InQTel venture capital firm is ALL OVER AI! (Who’s the authoritarian dictatorship now, huh?)
Here’s the article from yesterday’s Journal that triggered me…the title in the print edition was merely, Authoritarianism Is China’s Edge in AI–but they really spoonfeed it to you right up top on-line which included an in-your-face subtitle:
Senators Reject ‘New Wave’ Unverifiable Voting Systems
February 24, 2018 Contact: Garland Favorito
Senators Reject ‘New Wave’ Unverifiable Voting Systems
ATLANTA GA – The Georgia Senate took its first major steps to move toward voter-marked paper ballots on Thursday. The Ethics Committee voted to abandon both unverifiable electronic voting and “new wave” technology that counts votes in computer-generated barcodes rather than human-readable marks. In a landmark decision during a Senate Bill SB403 hearing, the committee voted unanimously to require any future ballot marking devices used in Georgia to produce voter verifiable and readable marks that are tabulated for results.
Some ballot marking devices employ a touchscreen to create bar coded selections
of voter choices that are interpreted internally by a scanner and accumulated when the votes are cast. The unverifiable bar code technology, promoted by certain vendors and the office of the Secretary of State, enables a “new wave” of hacking possibilities and significant potential for undetectable errors.
At the hearing, Senator Michael Williams proposed a VoterGa recommended language change requiring scanners to tabulate only human readable and voter verifiable marks from any ballot marking devices that may be employed in the future. The committee passed his amendment unanimously.
SB403 sponsored by Senator Bruce Thompson, requires the Secretary of State to begin the process to replace Georgia’s unverifiable voting equipment. The bill also passed the committee unanimously on Thursday after being amended.
Lobbyists for at least one voting system vendor have claimed that language requiring verifiable ballot marks would eliminate them from the future bid process. However, two of the state’s long time election integrity advocates, John Fortuin and Garland Favorito testified they believe the motive behind such a claim is just to sell Georgia much more expensive equipment. They contend all vendors who demonstrated systems in a House Science and Technology hearing last year can also offer Georgia cost effective, verifiable voting systems that they have already installed successfully in other states.
Some vendor lobbyists may continue their push to sell unverifiable voting systems since Georgia election law is complicated, somewhat redundant and prone to loopholes. House bill HB848 that is similar to SB403 but does not have the same voter protections, is expected to receive a hearing in the Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
Yet another school shooting gets instantly politicized and while the left and the right argue the same talking points, many are wondering what really happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and why. We analyze some of the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s statements, including his desire for the power to detain people over social media posts…involuntarily. We also play former CIA and FBI agent Philip Mudd’s fake crying, tangental rant as well as one of his classic’s “I’m a proud s-holer!”
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From Garland Favarito
There will be a Senate Ethics Committee Meeting on Thursday February 22, 2018 at 3:00pm in Room 307 CLOB to hear SB403.
There will also be a House Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 2:00pm in Room 406 CLOB apparently to hear HB848 however the bill number has not been published. If HB848 is not being heard we will meet at Room 406 and then lobby the Senators concerning SB403 in advance of Thursday’s meeting.
No legislation is needed to replace our current unverifiable voting system with optical scan equipment. Local and national election integrity advocates have decided to oppose these bills unless some of the changes that we have recommended weeks ago are incorporated. The bills have nearly identical language that was expected to be good because they required the secretary to begin process to replace our current unverifiable voting equipment. However, both bills require the current Secretary of State to immediately initiate a bid process without gathering county requirements, cyber security recommendations or public input. They require a fixed bid statewide contract for a single vendor without evaluating advantages and disadvantages of decentralized equipment and processes. Theyy also require the current Secretary of State to negotiate terms of the contract before he leaves office at the end of the year. The new Secretary of State, who takes office in January, is then left to implement the voting machines although the new Secretary of State had nothing to do with the negotiations and selection of the equipment. In addition, the bills dropped the language in HB680 to properly define a ballot so the under the new bills the Secretary of State can acquire ballot marking devices that produce unverifiable bar codes which are scanned and tabulated instead of the votes that the voter marked. For these reasons and many more we OPPOSE these bills at this time and need to escalate our lobbying efforts. Please try to attend these sessions if possible.