U.S. Election System: Worst In Developed World.

By Jerry Alatalo

“When the people is master of the vote it becomes master of the government.”

– ARISTOTLE (384-322 B.C.) Greek philosopher

ocean44Alphabet Risk exposure… Every student of accounting comes to learn about risk exposures and ways to eliminate them. Risk exposures represent defects in accounting systems which, if left uncorrected, allow criminals in organizations to steal money, products from inventories, critical information and all forms of valuable assets. Therefore, eliminating risk exposures is one of the important tasks and challenges for persons designing accounting systems, whether for a mom-and-pop business, medium to large, complex corporations, or public entities such as schools, public safety agencies, Defense Departments, etc. of all sizes.

Every student of accounting familiar with the term risk exposure and its meaning will, when considering electronic voting machines, optical scanners and automated tabulators of vote counts, immediately recognize the risks of such system “tools” for stealing votes. Simply put, it is impossible to guarantee that voter preferences in elections where electronic means become used are accurately recorded, 100% verifiable, and/or reliable. It doesn’t matter when talking about glaring defects in America’s voting system whether one “voted” for Clinton, Johnson, Stein or Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election – this matter is important for people of every political ideology without exception; the point is that risk exposures exist in the current election system because there is no way of knowing if election theft occurred or not.

Those risk exposures can and must be eliminated. Accountants at the world’s largest corporations and public institutions have designed systems which handle massively complex and numerous transactions, involving billions of dollars, while successfully eliminating virtually all possible risk exposures. Certainly a much stronger election system, where the voting “transaction” process carries far fewer variables – consisting of much less complexity – should offer no serious obstacles to those tasked with designing a theft-proof satisfactory reform.

Hand-counted paper ballots, using the old-fashioned selection of preferred candidates using pen or pencil and simple filling in of the box, provides the best alternative moving forward for obvious reasons, including that close, contested races become easily decided through recount. Electronic voting makes recounts nearly, if not absolutely, impossible; because the program language built into electronic machines are “proprietary” – the intellectual property of the corporations and their owners which manufacture them – no government officials responsible for managing elections can check to make certain no theft occurred.

Public elections officials tasked with running a clean vote have no control over that portion of the voting process using technology which is privately owned and secret. Continuing to allow private companies and their owners – potentially vulnerable to bribes and other forms of voluntary or coercive corruption – to control the most critical aspects of the voting process only invites high levels of persistent suspicion, doubt, apathy and non-voting among the people at best – or high levels of election theft at worst.

Making voting easier by designating election day a national holiday, perhaps on a Sunday as opposed to workday Tuesday, is another reasonable and simple-to-establish reform worthy of serious consideration. Such a simple but profound change would result in an easier process for citizens and a far larger voter turnout.

Professor Mark Crispin Miller has written extensively on the U.S. election system and its very real risk exposures, including as author of books focused solely on this most important of all democratic processes. He offers simple, fundamental, yet powerful reforms which – once enacted – hold genuine promise for greatly improving the fairness, accuracy and trustworthiness of elections in the United States of America.

(Thank you to Mark Crispin Miller at YouTube)

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The Origin Of Conspiracy Theory.

by Jerry Alatalo

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Alphabet Professor of Media Studies at NYU Mark Crispin Miller gave a very interesting talk in the past days at the Left Forum in New York City. He describes how the Central Intelligence Agency in 1967 sent a memo to all of its station chiefs worldwide to use propaganda and media connections to discredit anyone disputing the findings of the Warren Commission on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as a “conspiracy theorist”. This was in response to a number of published books which questioned the “lone gunman theory” and became bestsellers. Before 1967, published media reports rarely used the term “conspiracy theorist”, but after that CIA memo Miller argues the derogatory term has become used to shut down credibility of left critiques or discussions of government misbehavior/crimes.

Professor Miller wonders why the left isn’t talking about 9/11, when there is “copious evidence that the official 9/11 story is preposterous.” He wonders “why aren’t we all talking about this, why aren’t the American people talking about this,  and why hasn’t another (9/11) commission been convened?” He shares a woman’s review of a film he appeared in where she discounts his contribution because he is a “9/11 truther”, although the film had nothing to do with the events of September 11, 2001.

Before 2007 and publication of Mr. Miller’s book “Fooled Again” where he makes the case that the 2004 presidential election victory by Bush/Cheney was stolen, Mark Crispin Miller was a regular on TV and radio talk shows. After the book came out, he says that he was effectively blacked out, and the phone became silent from those who invited him for discussions on-air. A friend helped him prepare advertisements for the book on the local National Public Radio affiliate, only to be told “We’re not going to advertise just any book. We wouldn’t publish Mein Kampf“. Miller was “stunned”, especially since the book was taken by a mainstream publisher, and he associated with the publicist of Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

The official truth is the truth, everything else is conspiracy theory

Professor Miller describes use of the conspiracy theorist meme as “the most effective propaganda campaign in American history – maybe even the history of the world”.  Unfortunately, the campaign has resulted in a “profound change in the worldview of the American people”, disrupting a centuries-old American tradition of natural, healthy suspicion of actions taken by powerful government officials, the executive branch,  and wealthy elites. The term conspiracy theorist has become weaponized as means to silence dissent, even though time and time again through history intentional provocations (false flags) were used to initiate wars of aggression.

He shares an exchange between American psychiatrist G.M. Gilbert and Nazi leader Hermann Goring at Nuremburg Prison after Goring was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity:

Gilbert: “In a democracy, the people have some say through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare war”.

Goring: “Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders – that’s easy. All you have to do is tell them that they’re being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country”.

British Prime Minister David Cameron compared conspiracy theorists to ISIS at last year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting. French leader Francois Holland compared conspiracy theorists to the Nazis. Mr. Miller believes some people on the left aren’t really leftist, and pointed out that the founder of the influential democratic politics website Daily Kos was trained at the CIA, and refused to allow any editorial posts suggesting election fraud during the 2004 presidential election. The Nation and Progressive magazines have attacked those questioning the official 9/11 Commission Report, while the Nation, Mother Jones and Salon dismissed the analysis in Mark Crispin Miller’s book “Fooled Again”.

Lance deHaven-Smith invented a term for use instead of conspiracy theory: SCAD – State Crime Against Democracy.

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“Fooled Again” (2007) by Mark Crispin Miller:

http://www.amazon.com/Fooled-Again-Real-Electoral-Reform

“Conspiracy Theory in America” (2014) by Lance deHaven-Smith:

http://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-Theory-America-Discovering

(Thank you to johnmiglietta at YouTube)