On Election Day 2008, ’09 & ’10, ES&S op-scans blocked the (Democratic) vote in Cuyahoga County, Ohio! (2 items)

The scanners are “defective,” finds the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC). One in ten would “miss some votes,” freeze up “inexplicably,” etc. Although ES&S “tried to fix the problems earlier this year… the upgrade actually created more problems.”

“Defective”? Not really. Those scanners have been performing as intended by ES&S—an outfit started up and managed by right-wing Republicans, whose goods are always pooping out, or screwing up, in Democratic areas, like Cuyahoga County. That their goods thus deliver for the party means there’s really nothing wrong with them per se.

What’s “defective,” rather, is the US voting system overall—and the vision of all those (the EAC included) who refuse to see what’s happening right before their eyes.

MCM

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U.S. government investigation finds Cuyahoga County’s election machines are flawed
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 6:28 PM Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011, 1:29 AM
Laura Johnston, The Plain Dealer By Laura Johnston, The Plain Dealer
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/12/us_government_investigation_fi.html

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10 percent of Cuyahoga County’s voting machines fail pre-election tests
Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 4:00 AM Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 7:41 AM
Joan Mazzolini, The Plain Dealer By Joan Mazzolini, The Plain Dealer
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/04/some_cuyahoga_countys_voting_m.html

As he signs NDAA (whenever that is), Obama will issue a signing statement

Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With NDAA Detention Rules
RYAN J. REILLY DECEMBER 21, 2011, 4:02 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed speculation Wednesday that President Barack Obama would issue a signing statement when he makes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and its controversial detention provisions law.

“We made really substantial progress in moving from something that was really unacceptable to the administration to something with which we still have problems,” Holder said in response to a question from the Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez. “But I think through these procedures, with these regulations we will be crafting, we can minimize the problems that will actually affect us in an operational way.”

Holder said the language of the NDAA had been moved in a “substantial way” from some of the original language which led the president to issue a veto threat.

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Clear Channel’s “compromise” in San Francisco is great PR, but lousy for progressive talk

From Kim Kaufman:

While this seems like good news, it’s actually really awful. To put Thom Hartmann on at 10 pm is pretty much like taking him off the air and same with Stephanie in the evening, who has a very peppy morning show. The listenership from 7pm to midnight is miniscule compared to 7-9am where Glenn Beck now is. It’s a very good p.r. effort from CC but bad for progressive radio listeners.

Kim

in response to: Clear Channel will keep progressive talkers on the air in San Francisco—along with Glenn Beck!

Serious doubts re: that report of 14,000 US deaths from Fukushima…

Researchers Trumpet Another Flawed Fukushima Death Study
By Michael Moyer | December 20, 2011

In June I wrote about a claim that babies in the U.S. were dying as a direct result of Fukushima radiation. A close look at the accusation revealed that the data used by the authors to make the argument showed no such thing. “That data is publicly available,” I wrote, “and a check reveals that the authors’ statistical claims are critically flawed—if not deliberate mistruths.” The authors appeared to start from a conclusion—babies are dying because of Fukushima radiation—and work backwards, torturing the data to fit their claims.

Now the authors have published a revised study (PDF) in the International Journal of Health Services. A press release published to herald the article warns, “14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Fallout.” This is an alarming accusation. Let’s see how the authors defend it.

First, the authors assert: “In the United States, Fukushima fallout arrived just six days after the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdowns.” They provide no evidence for this assertion, no citation to back up their facts. The authors then note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitored radioactivity in milk, water and air in the weeks and months following the disaster. Ah, here must be the data, the careful reader hopes. Alas, “the number of samples for which the EPA was able to detect measurable concentrations of radioactivity is relatively few,” the authors write. They then conclude, with evident disappointment, that “clearly, the 2011 EPA reports cannot be used with confidence for any comprehensive assessment of temporal trends and spatial patterns of U.S. environmental radiation levels originating in Japan.” In other words, the EPA didn’t find evidence for the plume that our entire argument depends on, so “clearly” we can’t trust the agency’s data.

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Group urging Hitler signatures on recall petitions referred to DA’s office in Milwaukee County

Group referred to DA’s office for encouraging Hitler signatures on petitions
MARY SPICUZZA | Wisconsin State Journal

The state’s election watchdog agency on Wednesday referred a mysterious group named “Mines for Wisconsin” to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for investigation after the organization encouraged opponents of the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker to sign recall petitions as “Adolf Hitler.”

Fliers from the group encouraged people to sign as Hitler and fill out their address as “666 Hell Street (your city).” It’s not clear where or how widely the fliers were circulated. Mines for Wisconsin, which listed a West Vliet Street address in Milwaukee, could not be reached for comment at the phone number listed on the flier.

“It is not illegal to sign ‘Adolf Hitler’ on a petition,” the flier reads. “Hitler was willing to destroy Germany in order to get his ideals in place. This is similar to what the recall people are doing in Wisconsin.”

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“Elections” in America—a criminal conspiracy (MUST-READ interview w/ Victoria Collier)

Election Integrity’s Victoria Collier Speaks Up
By Joan Brunwasser

My guest today is Victoria Collier. Welcome to OpEdNews, Victoria. You’re the daughter and niece of James and Kenneth Collier, authors of the book Votescam: The Stealing of America , a chronicle of their 25-year investigation into how elections are rigged by computerized voting machines. Victoria is the editor of www.votescam.org. I’ve run across a number of your most recent op ed pieces including What To Do When They “Let” Us Win Elections and Why Americans Viciously Protect Their Hub Caps But Not Their Ballots: A Thoughtful Exploration of Modern Democracy. I guess you’re not too happy with the state of our nation these days. Weren’t the most recent elections nationwide a gain for the 99%?

There were some victories, yes. In Ohio, Mississippi, and Arizona, ballot initiatives and recalls were successful in slowing some of the more aggressive metastasizing of the extreme-right agenda; in these cases, union busting and the war against women’s right to choose.

However, many far-right incumbents stayed in office, a fact that got lost in the hoopla over the rare progressive victories.

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ALERT! 14,000 US deaths tied to Fukushima fallout, medical journal reports

Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in theDecember 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns is comparable to the 16,500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was largest among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of 8.37 percent in the preceding 14 weeks.

The IJHS article will be published Tuesday and will be available online as of 11 a.m. EST at http://www.radiation.org.

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Clear Channel will keep progressive talkers on the air in San Francisco—along with Glenn Beck!

Clear Channel Allows Progressives to Stay on Air in San Francisco, but Adds Beck to Line-Up

Green960, redubbed KNEW 960, to become ‘home of misfit, or at least mismatched, toys’, says one insider…

You might call it splitting the baby. Sort of.

Progressive radio will be allowed to remain on our public AM airwaves in San Francisco, though with major schedule shake-ups, the removal of its popular progressive branding and several bizarre additions to the line-up, including far Rightwing extremists such as former Fox “News” phenom Glenn Beck in the place of what had been one of Green960’s most popular morning shows.

The latest move in the strange back-and-forth saga follows on radio giant Clear Channel’s announcement just over two weeks ago, that Green960 — the only AM Progressive Talk Radio station on the dial in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most progressive cities — would be banished from the popular public airwaves and sent to the radio-ghetto of the little-known and even lesser-received HD2 band. Its progressive programming — featuring the likes of popular lefty-ish talkers such as Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Norman Goldman and Mike Malloy — would be replaced (with the exception of Rhodes, who is syndicated by Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio) by yet another so-called “conservative” talk station, featuring extremists such as Beck and other Fox “News” regulars.

The move by the media conglomerate, now owned by leading GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, LLC, was to occur on January 3. The move would have left Rhodes as the only progressive voice on the entire AM dial in San Francisco, as of the first business day of the new Presidential Election year.

But a funny thing happened on the way to 2012 on Bay Area talk radio…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9001