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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-12-05 05:16
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Goodreads First Reads: Kalimpura by Jay Lake

Is This Grade School a 'Cult'? (And Do Parents Care?)The Atlantic on Waldorf schools. [info]the_child has attended one since she was three and a half. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Crystals... made of timePhysicists: "Ignore the infinities and try this." Universe: "Not likely."

Teen bank robber from Nebraska brags about crime on YouTube videoThe self-described ‘Chick bank robber’ flashed her stolen loot on video – now she faces time behind bars. Welcome to crime in the age of social media. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Senate Republicans Block Ratification Of U.N. Treaty On Rights For The Disabled, Citing Impact On Home-Schoolers — Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best.

Congressman’s Restaurant Refused To Serve Muslim Couple — More class from Sarah Palin's "real Americans".

I think an awful lot of what passes for political discourse in this country these days works off that principle: There's money in making stupid people mad. — Votes, too. Hence the perennial GOP electoral strategy of generating angry white men. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

FoxNews.com Columnist Attacks Bob Costas For Correctly Drawing Connection Between Guns And Murder — From the "la-la-la-la, I can't hear you" school of the obvious about the relationship between guns and violence. Why is the Second Amendment's guarantees of freely available instruments of murder so absolutely sacred to conservatives while the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom gets constantly shredded by the very same people? Compensating much?

Anonymous, Karl Rove and 2012 Election Fix? — Did Karl Rove's hack get hacked? A question I myself have asked. It would explain a lot about the last-minute expectations of the Romney campaign.

GOP’s McCain, Graham, Collins used same language as Rice to describe Benghazi attackBoth Rice and the Senators used the term “mob” to describe those who perpetrated the attack on our consulate and CIA station in Libya. None of them referred to terrorists, or Al Qaeda. Yet the Senators are now faulting Rice for not referring to Al Qaeda when the Senators themselves did not refer to Al Qaeda. More of that justly famed principled intellectual consistency from the American Right, I see.

In Search of a Gatekeeper. It eludes Welch that one of the long-term failings of the conservative movement has been its tendency to condemn former allies that it no longer found useful. As a political movement, it has been increasingly interested in heresy-hunting and not all that interested in persuasion in recent years. Perhaps that is in the nature of any political movement, but it has afflicted the conservative movement very much in the last two decades. Each purge simply makes the conservative movement and the Republican Party increasingly rigid, unimaginative, and oblivious to the world around it.

Republicans not handling election results well49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore. Yep, those finely honed minds on the American right.

?otD: Did I miss ruby Tuesday?

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-12-05 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: Re: the Rove/Anonymous article
Much as I rejoiced at the outcome of our elections in November, really, it makes me queasy to think of *anyone* being able to influence elections like this. Just because I liked the outcome this time doesn't mean I would next time. There are lots of brilliant hackers out there who don't care where the money comes from as long as it goes to them.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-12-05 16:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd been hearing various rumors about what happened in Ohio, plus since 2000 I've been monitoring/following allegations of election machine tampering. No real data collection, just reading and thinking.

I think the account is entirely credible. Knowing what I do about how election results are tabulated in Oregon (albeit, older knowledge), I don't trust non-paper ballots. Period. Hacking vote-by-mail is harder to do, and I'm suspicious about potential internet voting (plus there's issues of equity and access).

Edited at 2012-12-05 04:14 pm (UTC)
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houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddha
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2012-12-05 18:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ACORN doesn't exist anymore.

Dissolve the map, and the territory no longer exists? That only works for corporations.

It's said elsewhere that that was an artifact of the poll, which specified "ACORN" instead of something more generic, such as 'Obama operatives'. Personally I'm glad to see acorn-people-under-their-new-name, as well as Anonymous, to balance the GOP operatives who probably stole 2000 (and 2004).
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2012-12-06 02:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's said elsewhere that that was an artifact of the poll, which specified "ACORN" instead of something more generic,

Public Policy Polling is famous (infamous is more like it) for mixing goofy and strangely biased questions into serious polls. This is probably a less-obvious one. It's still a "gotcha" question if you're paying attention. So what does it say, besides that almost half of polled Republicans thought the election was stolen?

Well, it says those Republicans don't know much about their opposition. It's kind of like if Democrats blamed Lee Atwater for fixing the 2004 election. Or maybe the Tooth Fairy.

And it says those Republicans don't care who they blame when they argue the election was stolen. Some of them have to know that ACORN doesn't exist in the same large, government-supported form it did before the 2009 scandal.

Edited at 2012-12-06 02:37 am (UTC)
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2012-12-05 20:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If true, the hackers should have mounted obvious proof, like electing Mickey Mouse, or whatever that Libertarian guy's name is.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2012-12-05 21:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The nature of Waldorf education is that all Waldorf Schools are very locally controlled. Some are far more deeply invested in anthroposophy and far more tightly linked to the Anthroposophical Society.

My nephew went to a Waldorf school for a number of years, and my sister-in-law was the board treasurer. In the end, it wasn't the anthroposophy that was the problem, it was basic politics and a majority of the board burying its head in the sand over business problems.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-12-05 21:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah. Kind of like non-denominational churches or something.

Ours is pretty mainstream and (insofar as I know) financially stable and well-run.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2012-12-05 21:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This one definitely had an AS old-boys-network running the board, but the school itself wasn't particularly AS.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-12-05 21:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My opinions of AS are probably self-evident given my nigh relentless empiricism, but my opinions on the outcome of Waldorf education as measured by the various PWS high school students I've interacted with over the years are very high. It's an interesting example of good results from ambiguous premises.
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2012-12-06 00:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I read the 'Anonymous, Karl Rove and 2012 Election Fix?' claims when they came out, and there are a lot of problematic bits. The worst of it's specifically at the point with the Anonymous quotation. Those bits about 'digital tunnels' and a 'targeted password protected firewall' are just incoherent, as if someone was playing network-engineering madlibs -- and the bit that follows about Orca doesn't make much sense, either. Everything published elsewhere about Orca suggests it was just a (badly flubbed) campaign-management tool.

Anyone who doesn't believe me, attempt to briefly paraphrase what specifically it is claimed that Anonymous did in this case, as a matter of mechanism (i.e., action, proximate causation, effect). You cannot. There's a lot of vague and confused implication with no details about what and why and how.

Separately from that, author Craig Unger's allegations about skullduggery in Ohio in the 2004 election are interesting and, were I an Ohio constitutent or judge, I'd be curious about what Secretary of State Jon Husted and co. are up to, but that's a different matter.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-12-06 00:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wish all criminals would do that.
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-12-06 05:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
KSR's "Science in the City" trilogy includes an interesting fore-runner of this debate about stealing and counter-stealing elections.
My take is that the in-built ability to screw the result exists in many of these electronic voting systems and is controlled by GOP-supporting companies (the companies' names are public records though nothing much else is). THere is, however, a limit to how much they can influence the vote without it becoming absolutely obvious what's going on. Given how close the last few elections have been and how much feedback there is in the polling, and given the state of the US economy (which historically favoured the opponent instead of the incumbent) that Romney and the GOP really figured there was no way they could lose in places like Ohio. THe fact that the vote for Obama was then too heavy for even their, say, 3% bias ability to overcome was what took them by surprise. Not that they thought they had the popular vote actually in the bag, but that they idn't believe that Obama could take the over 53% of the vote in the swing states that was needed to overwhelm their ability to steal the election.
Like much else about US politics, your balloting is utterly broken. That's not even looking at the gerrymandering that you've pointed to before, with the House being utterly unrepresentative of the population, the voter-suppression laws enacted by various GOP governors and state secretaries etc. etc.
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