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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 9, 2012, 04:37 PM

21. Confirmational bias is something a person can

at least attempt to control on his or her own. As much as possible,
your want to be objective and neutral on what the facts are.

But if the "facts" (vote totals) don't square with or conform to all of the
other evidence or known circumstances, what are you supposed
to do? Automatically assume you're imagining things?

I can come up with a whole slew of reasons to second guess the
effectiveness of the effort put forth by Democrats in the recall
election, but that's a separate question from asking, "how were
the votes actually counted," and "how can we know that those
tabulations were reliable and accurate?"

http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2007/2585

E-voting machines have already been extensively studied and condemned by a wide range of expert committees, commissions and colleges, including the General Accountability Office, the Carter-Baker Commission, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, Stanford University and others. Rigging of a recount in Cleveland has resulted in two felony convictions. The failures of e-voting machines have been the subject of numerous documentary films, including the aptly titled HBO special "Hacking Democracy."


That's an old (2007) post from FreePress.org. What's happened in the interim hasn't
done anything to dispel the doubts or answer the questions, but it has shown that
committees, colleges and commissions -- when pitted against governments and party
mandarins and the party bureaucrats that serve those mandarins -- have just a liiiittle
less clout.

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