May 15, 2021

Thank God Voting Machines Can't Get Hacked and Other Short Takes

Gas pipelines can get cyber-attacked but luckily voting machines can’t.


In 2018 Senators Warren and Klobuchar wrote letters and expressed dismay over the security of voting machines. Come 2020 and 2021 there’s been radio silence. Meaning they were either liars then or cowards now.  (Ok, aka "politicians".)


Biden and China are tripping over each other to be the first to ruin the USA.


I don’t like Liz Cheney but respect that she’s willing to lose her position out of principle. The lack of her type in GOP is what made Trump possible and even necessary.


CEO Jamie Diamond tells lie at OSU commencement, saying the murder of George Floyd highlighted racial inequities despite zero evidence that the death was racially motivated.


Maricopa County Sheriff Penzone is claiming that the elections department router is used by law enforcement, meaning Canadian company Dominion had access to law enforcement data? 


Article in mainstream press outfit quotes computer science professor J. Alex Halderman, a voting machine expert, on Michigan’s Antrim County error: “it’s plausibly human error, but if a simple screw-up could cause these problems, that sounds like a technical design flaw.”  

Gee, if only there were an alternative to using computers to vote for us… 


And from the Washington Post of all places: “…concerns about the security of electronic voting continue to simmer, including among experts. It does not help, they say, that some machines contain modems and that those machines have sometimes been left connected to the Internet for extended periods.”

Gosh, I wish there was a method other than computers...


St. Catherine of Sienna spent vast quantities of time alone with God in between her activist moments. Died at 33!  And a Doctor of the Church. Odd how some of the holiest female saints died at young ages (St. Therese, St. Catherine, St. Joan of Arc, St. Faustina, St. Bernadette, St. Maria Goretti, etc. - two of them died at the same age of Jesus, at 33.). 


From the memoir I’m reading about the Ohio girl:

"In college, I spent a lot of time driving around the ghost towns of Butler County, Ohio, listening to Mozart and Cole Porter and thinking about how the people who lived in these places really were up against a lot. 

During these trips back home from New York, my parents and I would ride bikes on a path along the Ohio and Erie Canal. This was one of my favorite things in the world to do. A hundred, a hundred and fifty years before, mares and donkeys used to tow canal barges along the path, before the railroad came and changed everything. Imagine that—a whole world, now vanished, right along the canal.

As my parents and I biked along the canal, now overgrown with soft green grass, we saw blue herons, and beavers, and frogs. I thought about the animals, all so beautiful and peculiar, and the boats, and the people, the people whose lives were the canal—the voices lost to us, voices never heard, buried in history.

But why was it always this way with me—when I was in Ohio, I couldn’t wait to get out of it (this is not the place to be, my friends), and now that I was out of it, I wanted to go back? Why was it that whenever you achieved exactly what you wanted, the allure of that thing dissolved in the grasping?"


Kevin Hammer said...

What is the Ohio memoir?
Also, you might be interested: John Quinn Lecture Series will take place Wednesday, June 23, at 6:30pm via Zoom. Hosted by the Tiffin Library and the Heidelberg University English Department, Dr. Garry Leonard of the University of Toronto will explore John Quinn's pivotal role in the publication of T. S. Eliot's poetic masterpiece, The Waste Land.

TS said...

Thanks Kevin for that Zoom info. The memoir is Adrienne Miller’s “In the Land of Men”. She also wrote a novel with the winsome title, “On the Coast of Akron”, set in Ohio obviously.