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just saw Hillary and Chelsea on Late Late Show

Don't know if it's a re-run or not, but James Corden just had Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on the Late Late Show. It was hilarious.

Damn, we were robbed!
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Wed Feb 5, 2020, 02:29 AM (0 replies)

superbowl on CTV and C-band FTA

If you have a C-band satellite dish and receiver, you can watch the superbowl on the Canadian satellite feed:

107.3W 4020 30000 V

It's probably on Ku band also but mine's screwed up.
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Sun Feb 2, 2020, 09:07 PM (2 replies)

GOP trying to eliminate trans people

Whose body? The GOP wants total control.

South Dakota May Criminalize Lifesaving Healthcare for Trans Youth in Latest Attack on LGBTQ Rights

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It’s the third bill targeting trans youth introduced in South Dakota this year alone and one of more than 25 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced around the country. We speak with Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, and the award-winning director Yance Ford, who became the first openly transgender director nominated for an Academy Award for his film “Strong Island” in 2018. “It never ceases to amaze me how determined people are to erase trans people — even when they’re children,” Ford says.

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AMY GOODMAN: And I want to get to that, the other legislation. But first, Chase Strangio, in 2016, you wrote a piece on the ACLU’s blog titled “If I Were a Student in South Dakota, Chances Are I Would Not Survive into Adulthood.” You talked about suicidality. Can you give us the figures on trans youth taking their own lives?

CHASE STRANGIO: Yeah, no, it’s staggering. And I wrote that piece in 2016 because South Dakota was in the exact same position, considering a bill to bar trans young people from accessing the restroom consistent with who they are. And we’re talking about a community that has documented rates of suicidality that are close to 50%. And those documented rates are directly tied to discrimination that people face in every aspect of life. And when you have government officials with the most power in the state telling young people that they either don’t exist or that they shouldn’t, we know that that exacerbates the rates of suicide.

And what we do also know is that when young people are given access to the very medication that is being criminalized by this bill, those suicide rates drop to being comparable to nontransgender peers. And so, we have lawmakers equipped with information about how young people can either live or die, and they are choosing, quite clearly, the path of increasing the likelihood that our communities suffer serious harm, including early death. And, you know, I think about myself as a young person, and I struggled so much, but I didn’t have lawmakers telling me that my care should be criminalized. Now we’re in a context where that’s what lawmakers are saying to the youth who are watching. And we know that they are hurting because of it.

[ Emphasis added. More transcript, with video, at link above. ]

Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Thu Jan 30, 2020, 04:23 AM (5 replies)

no it is not possible

I am not talking about the type of verification you may have learned about in CS. None of the examples you give are election systems.

With paper ballots (physical tokens):

* Paper ballots allow the voter to verify that the ballot represents the voter's vote.

* The general public can verify that the voter cast a ballot, without having to know the vote.

* The general public can verify that the paper ballots are not tampered with while waiting to be counted.

* The general public can observe and verify the count of the ballots.

In electronic voting (abstractions, not physical tokens):

- The voter cannot verify that the internal state of the device represents the voter's vote. (This is true no matter how many pre-election or post-election tests are performed on the device).

- The general public cannot observe or verify that the voter cast a ballot. (The electorate has a critical, prime responsibility to observe and verify this).

- The general public cannot observe or verify the (abstract, invisible, electronic) ballots are true to the forms (state) they were in when cast.

- The general public cannot observe or verify the (invisible, electronic) count of the (abstract, invisible, electronic) ballots.

Elections are far more important than the check-out line at the grocery store, bank or Amazon. Verification is needed by the individual voter, by the rest of the electorate, and by the general public while still maintaining a secret ballot. Physical tokens that human beings can perceive are required.
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:09 PM (0 replies)

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon makes it simple enough for GOPers


Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Fri Dec 13, 2019, 06:14 AM (7 replies)

Puppet Trump wanted his own puppet in Ukraine

Putin's puppet, Donald Trump, wanted to be like his daddy Vladdy. He pounced on the new president of Ukraine in the hope of having his own puppet, partially to impress and please Putin, but also to show that he's a powerful dictator, too.

The investigation of the Bidens and 2016 was not as important as having the head of a foreign state announce an investigation. The announcement could be pointed to by Trump over and over for as long as there was no conclusion from the sham investigation. With no actual investigation or conclusions, it would provide fodder for unending right-wing conspiracy theories and incitement.

If Ukraine's President Zelensky had done this one favor for Trump, the next favor would be easier to secure and Trump would have his very own puppet. Trump would no longer be the odd man out in the ring of dictators he so admires.

The whistleblower blew up the wannabe dictator's "perfect" plan. Trump got caught. Is it any wonder he rages about the whistleblower?
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:36 AM (12 replies)


Link to 1st thread, with streams:
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Tue Nov 19, 2019, 10:55 AM (145 replies)

Axios: public hearings schedule, Tue, Wed, Thur


Tuesday AM: Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams

[details at link]

Tuesday PM: Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison

[details at link]

Wednesday AM: Gordon Sondland

[details at link]

Wednesday PM: Laura Cooper and David Hale

[details at link]

Thursday: Fiona Hill

[details at link]
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:25 AM (8 replies)

Republicans keep demanding a whistleblower. Schiff should give them one.

We owe it to Republicans to replace Chairman Schiff's gavel with a whistle.
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Fri Nov 15, 2019, 09:28 PM (7 replies)

Devin Nunes is bravely defending Trump. That's bad news for the president

Devin Nunes is bravely defending Trump. That's bad news for the president

by Richard Wolffe

The ex-dairy farmer isn’t exactly the cream of the cream: his bizarre claims on the president’s behalf have backfired

If you were on trial on national television, facing the possible loss of your job and the probable loss of what remains of your reputation, you might not place your fate in the hands of Devin Nunes.

Nunes is a one-time dairy farmer who now milks the bursting udders of an entire herd of conspiracy-minded cows.

Mad cow disease had the rare power to leap across species through an unusually mysterious vector known as a prion. Mad Devin disease appears similarly devastating to the human brain through an unusually mysterious vector known as Vladimir Putin.

The California congressman – who somehow qualified as the most senior Republican on the House intelligence committee – opened his defense of Donald Trump with a long moo about Moscow and the Democrats’ interest in the Mueller investigation.

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Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Thu Nov 14, 2019, 04:31 PM (13 replies)
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