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Robin Baneth
Do we?
By : Robin Baneth - Monday May 2, 2005
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Do we really expect to read the paper tomorrow, a month from now, a year from now and expect no bad news out of Iraq? Apparently, several thousand Iraqis have made it a career choice to kill anything and anybody in the way of what they perceive to be justice. If we are going to pull out with our tail between our legs, shouldn’t we do it sooner rather than later? Do we really think we are helping things over there? What are we waiting for? Hell no. We are buying time to uninstall as (...)
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The January 7th Problem (News Article with Commentary)
By : Robin Baneth - Monday January 10, 2005
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January 7th print and other media were quite subdued in regards to the historical significance of the electors challenge on January 6th, 2005. As this was the third time in U.S. history that such an electors challenge has ever taken place, I thought it would be interesting to see what happened after the second, over thirty five years ago. I went to the local library and printed a copy of the front page of our local paper dated Tuesday, January 7th, 1969. Low and behold on the front page was (...)
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Senator Aces
By : Robin Baneth - Wednesday January 5, 2005
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Senators: Which of you senators will stand up and defend this Ohio Electoral Vote Count tomorrow? If you are experiencing hesitancy, just imagine if the situation were reversed and you needed to sign and swear that this election was remarkable in its uneventfulness. Would you? Could you? Please share your evidence that we all can take confidence in what did not happen in the Buckeye State? You must have something that refutes the video-taped repression, exit polling aberrations, Warren (...)
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Wheel of Voter Resolution 2005
By : Robin Baneth - Friday December 31, 2004
Four Wheel Of Voter WOV Challenges (still open!): Alas, we are ending 2004 with all four Wheel of Voter Challenges unsolved. The $1,000, $2,000, $500, and $100 prizes remain unclaimed, respectively. Let’s review how to win because on face value these challenges are not quite as hard as climbing Everest, solving perpetual motion, or curing the common cold: 1) Justify non-paper trail voting is better than paper-trail voting (ok, not so easy). _ A bit rhetorical. 2) Nerd heaven: (...)
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A Republican in Boston
By : Robin Baneth - Thursday December 30, 2004
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RE: Group holds fast to Kerry cause with Beacon Hill vigil By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff (December 29, 2004) http://www.boston.com/news/... by Robin Baneth Yesterday, a member of the Boston Coalition Against Election Fraud — petitioning outside John Kerry’s home — tried to persuade a passerby to send a post card to Kerry urging the senator not to certify the electoral college results. The pedestrian replied that he was perfectly happy with the election results, being a (...)
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Sour Red Grapes: Contest 2004
By : Robin Baneth - Wednesday December 29, 2004
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In a recent article regarding the Ohio re-count effort called "Election Lawsuits Not Constructive ," we hit upon that quirky expression employing that resonating image of sour grapes: "A substantial number of the complaints and lawsuits appear to be frivolous, serving no good purpose. Often, they sound like sour grapes complaints voiced by those who simply can’t cope with the fact that their candidates lost the election." Yikes. Could this be true? Are we insane anti-fascists (...)
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Internet Vote Fraud: Means, Motive, and Opportunity
By : Robin Baneth - Tuesday December 28, 2004
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"Triad Governmental Systems, Inc. services voting tabulators via modem" is absolutely breathtaking to us in the Information Technology field. Triad non-chalantly used this modem method to reset machines in preparation for the Ohio recount. No doubt that this is a practical short-cut: Makes sense; it saves gas, time. In fact, this is the same mechanism that I — a computer consultant — use to support 200 computers spread out across North Carolina. It is now public record that (...)
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Wheel of VOTER Challenge IV: $.1K
By : Robin Baneth - Thursday December 23, 2004
New Wheel of VOTER "Challange" IV: $.1K, Last of 2004? NEW $100 "CHALLANGE" (Bush spelling) Due to the popularity (Ohio fax number created below!) of the last three Wheel of VOTER Challenges 2004 — in which paper-trail voting is unanimously preferred, indisputable machine hackability, and absence of any Democrat Diebold IT personnel — we at WVC headquarters now offer the following $100 opportunity for our easiest challenge yet: We will send a $100 cashier’s check to (...)
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Clear Box Voting System 1.0
By : Robin Baneth - Wednesday December 22, 2004
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As we all grow weary of the U.S. elections fiascoes over the last four years, courtesy of Ohio and Florida partisan Secretaries of States, I unveil your 2004 Christmas present. It is the brand new Clear Box Voting System, nice and boring (may need some egg nog): 1) Everyone gets a Voter ID number. Your social security card or your drivers license is your Voter ID card. Ok, so you already have your Voter ID card ... let’s vote. 2) It’s Election Day. You walk into a school (...)
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Wheel of VOTER Challenge III: $.5K
By : Robin Baneth - Tuesday December 21, 2004
NEW $500 CHALLENGE Due to the popularity of the last two Wheel of VOTER Challenges 2004 — in which it was paper-trail voting emerged to have an unrivaled mandate and undetectable machine hackability became shockingly indisputable — we at WVC headquarters now offer the following $500 opportunity for an equally tantalizing issue: We will send a $500 cashier’s check to the first Diebold or Tri Ad elections systems information technology employee who provides proof they: a) (...)
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37 Reasons to Ignore Election Fraud and the Ken Starr Rodeo
By : Robin Baneth - Monday December 20, 2004
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Voting, Rodeo, and Football Fans: The U.S. voting system is broken, let’s ignore it. I have outlined the 37 arguments AGAINST re-voting and re-counting (Ohio and Florida in particular) below. And in the spirit of the anti-election reform crowd (in a football parallel), "No, the fans, players, or coaches may not challenge the results." Despite the fact that there are 57,000 reported reasons that our election system — as reported to the Government Accounting Agency — is (...)
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The "I" Word
By : Robin Baneth - Friday December 17, 2004
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You Intellectual You: The new word in town is "intellectual." Those people who were embarrassed to be called "liberal" now have a new word to be scared of, the "I" word, "intellectual." Listen to this response I received regarding my 12/15 article "Our Beautiful Horns" () : "Robin, Dubya won the election, get over it. Your Kafka-esque analogy illustrates your own self-loathing and intellectual dishonesty. Dismissal of the majority rule as being ignorant, selfish, and hypocritical only (...)
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Our Beautiful Horns (Op-Ed)
By : Robin Baneth - Wednesday December 15, 2004
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America: I am about to engage in some tough love here. Please forgive me, but what is wrong with us, America? My friend lives in a blue state content as can be. Shortly after Black Tuesday election 2004, he told me to stop sending him my political opinions and chill out. He threatened to add me to his junk senders list. He said that he would pray for me. A day later, I began the first of now 12 articles regarding the OBVIOUS vote fraud in Ohio and Florida that occurred six weeks ago. (...)
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V-odometer Fraud
By : Robin Baneth - Tuesday December 14, 2004
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by Robin Baneth RE: "What Can You Believe?" by James Rosen (12/12) ( http://www.newsobserver.com/news/q/.... ) In some of last Sunday’s newspapers, you may have read a Washington Bureau article called "What Can You Believe?" In the sub-section "A Level Playing Field," James Rosen, the interviewer, summarizes that (Mr. Baneth) "... has no direct proof of election fraud but suspects it occurred, because the machines are so vulnerable to tamperings and malfunctions." James, there is (...)
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Diebold vs. Porta-Johns
By : Robin Baneth - Monday December 13, 2004
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Open Letter to Mike Jacobsen of Diebold: Two weeks ago I asked John Kerry to pull America out of the water. http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publi... Now I am asking you, Director of Global Communications for Diebold — and the one that I now realize has the real power — to begin to fix America’s reputation that that has been tarnished by Diebold’s poorly designed voting systems, suitable for soiled diapers. America is in the commode. Reach in. Our hand is up and we (...)
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The Catch-22 of Voting (Breaking News Commentary)
By : Robin Baneth - Thursday December 9, 2004
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RE: "Ohio Vote in the 2004 Election" 12/8 Panel Hearing by House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Conyers (MI) America: During yesterday’s hearing in DC, the all-encompassing point was delivered by Jonathan Simon, Political Survey Research Analyst and the person who downloaded the pure exit polling data CNN before it was altered to match end results. This is the same data analyzed by Stephen Freeman that determined that Bush had more of a chance of winning THREE (...)
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Let’s smoke the vote manipulator(s) out of their caves (Essay)
By : Robin Baneth - Wednesday December 8, 2004
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America: Many information technology professionals know in their heart they could design an election system that could be trusted. We all wonder why we have a system this far out of kilter with expectation. What I see is that Americans are just now waking up to the realization that even if the 2004 election was not rigged, it certainly could have been. Three partisan-owned election companies control how your vote is counted. If you think this is ok and we should trust the machines and (...)
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Eating Ballots Forbidden in Canada (Research Article)
By : Robin Baneth - Tuesday December 7, 2004
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This is a summary of Canadian superiority in the elections arena or WHY CANADIANS DO NOT RIOT AFTER ELECTIONS "Technology and the Voting Process" (Elections Canada; June 15, 1998) http://www.elections.ca/loi/vot/... pages 6 and 40-43 *** THE INTEGRITY OF THE CANADIAN VOTING PROCESS "The integrity of the present [voting] system is something to which Canadians attach a HIGH VALUE. But the integrity of [their] electoral system also depends on what Canadians are prepared to accept as a (...)
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Wheel of VOTER Challenge II: 2K
By : Robin Baneth - Tuesday December 7, 2004
NEW $2,000 CHALLENGE Due to the popularity of last week’s Wheel of VOTER Challenge 2004 — in which it was paper-trail voting emerged to have an unrivaled mandate — we at WVC headquarters now offer the following $2,000 opportunity for an equally tantalizing issue: We will send a $2,000 cashier’s check to the first election official, politician, statistician, professor, broadcast journalist, blogger, editor, vote machine manufacturer, programmer, Yalees, MITers, (...)
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The Survey Says: The Machines Winning (News Article)
By : Robin Baneth - Friday December 3, 2004
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php... Early survey numbers from the 2004 National Wheel of VOTER Challenge now stand: Paper-Trail Voting: 98.6% No Paper-Trail Voting: 0.0% Other: 1.4% On December 2nd, 2004, Americans were extended a $1,000 challenge to write an email that justifies "No Paper Trail Voting." Chief Panel Judge, Robin Baneth, Information Technology Consultant based in Raleigh, North Carolina granted an exclusive to trumpet preliminary results (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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