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“Our country is one country pretending to be another.”

I just finished watching Hacking Democracy, a 2007 documentary about how voting machines, specifically those made by Diebold, are rigged. Over the five years since it was made, I have seen video clips from the film online, on YouTube, and on other websites, but I’d never watched the whole thing. It is well worth it, even though the information has permeated the internet. It is now common knowledge for anyone online and paying attention that voting machines are - or at least can easily be - rigged. And therefore it follows that the elections are a just show.

In the film we see footage from the 2004 election between Bush and Kerry that brings back memories for me of living through that election - not here in America, but abroad. Eight years ago, I was living in Taiwan, working in an office that was in a parallel, upside universe to the one that I’m accustomed to. All the standard equipment and furnishings were there: Fluorescent lights, cubicles populated by workers typing away on desktop PCs running Windows — only everything was in Chinese.

Did I mention I neither read nor speak Chinese?

Luckily, the internet worked just the same. From my lonely cubicle, which was in back corner of the office and somewhat hidden behind a higher than normal dividing wall, I had some measure of privacy. I had constructed something of a sanctuary for myself in that otherwise hellish place, with an orange batik sarong that I had picked up in Thailand hanging on the wall, a houseplant on the file cabinet next to me, and a small goldfish swimming back and forth in a tiny jar on my desk. It was a gift from a colleague. But most important of all, I had unscrewed the fluorescent light above my desk, and instead used an incandescent lamp to light my workspace - an arrangement I have always made whenever and wherever I have had to spend my days in a cubicle. Fluorescent lights are hell on my eyes, and give me brain-splitting headaches by the end of the day.

I fear I am rambling, but this was the perch from which I watched the election of 2004. At the time, I was running Bull Not Bull!, the website that immediately preceded the Daily Paul. You might think of it as DP 1.0; the proto-DP.

From my hiding place at the back of the office, I was well informed on American news and politics (which is to say I spent much of the day surfing the web). With my website, I was a muckracker. I hated George Bush with a passion. Just one look at him and I knew instinctively that he was an idiot. A liar. A crook. A thief. An arrogant son-of-a-bitch. And a war monger.

People have told me recently that they can’t stand looking at Obama on the TV. They cannot stand to hear his voice; that when he comes on, they have to change the channel. I have remedied that particular problem by canceling my cable, but that is exactly how I felt towards W. So I understand the urge to to vote for ‘the other guy.’

In 2004, I wanted Bush to lose. And from my perch on the other side of the world, in a time zone 12 hours opposite that of Eastern Standard, I cast my absentee ballot for what I perceived to be the lesser of two evils: John Kerry. (Forgive them, for they know not what they do.)

I wanted Kerry to win for no other reason than to dislodge George Bush, to put an end the wars and killing and the misery in Iraq and Afghanistan and just come home.

And while all this was going down, I was reading about the work that Bev Harris, the subject of this film Hacking Democracy, was doing at blackboxvoting.org to expose the fraud of the vote rigging and the voting machines, especially in Ohio.

* * *

So I’m watching old Horse Face Kerry concede the race to GWB in the documentary - just 12 hours after he vowed to fight the battle in the courts, and all these memories come flooding back. I remember being livid when I read the news, back in Taiwan. Kerry had said he was going to fight the decision in the courts! He was going to expose the fraudulent voting system for all to see. He was going to set the country right again, after its derailment in the disaster of 2000.

What a fool I was. To put so much faith not just in a politician, but in a system that was corrupted long before the 2000 election. Maybe I’m still naive, but things seems to have taken a more sinister turn in 2000, and it seems we’re only speeding up on the highway to hell. Watching this only drove that point home further.

Because while it is possible to understand it intellectually, that the elections are just one big show, it is another thing altogether to feel it viscerally - to feel the knife go in, probe the various internal organs, before it finally makes purchase with the heart.

Near the end of the movie, Bev’s team definitively proves with a small, experimental “election” that votes can be flipped by programming only the memory card. A ballot is printed with the question, “Can the votes on this Diebold system be hacked, using only the memory card?”

Much of the movie is an exploration of just how such a thing is possible. The team discovers that on all the Diebold memory cards, there is an executable file - a program - that specifically allows for manipulation. And they’ve learned how to hack it. By their demonstrations, it seems easy enough that even I could do it.

So they hold their mock election. The votes are cast: 2 yes, 6 no.

We watch as they fill out the ballots and feed them through the optical scanning device. And then we watch, as they close the election and print the results. And the results reveal the truth on the printed slip: 7 votes yes, one vote no, a result completely opposite of the ballots cast. Their experiment worked, and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt what they have been claiming.

It is a great victory for Truth, but one woman on the team begins sobbing. It hits her all at once: Prior to this display, it was all just theory, just possibility. Now, there are no more outs - nowhere to hide. The truth in all its plain-faced glory is revealed, and what else can one do but cry?

“To quote a friend,” she says, “Our country is one country pretending to be another.”

And that’s what it is. And most of us here know it. And in spite of that, somehow, we have to carry on.

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Election Faud 2012-The Gov't Choosing For It's People-Bev Harris

Alex had a good interview with Bev Harris the other day...

Election Faud 2012- The Gov't Choosing For It's People-Bev Harris - YouTube


Talks with writer, activist, and founder of Black Box Voting Inc., Bev Harris, about voting fraud and fixed elections. Harris is the author of Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century.



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Diebolt will eliminate about 500 jobs in N. America, next month.

Unfortunately, the job cuts will come after the election rigging is completed. At least they are axing plans for a $100M HQ building that would have been nicknamed (by me) "The Ministry of Truth."

Diebold ditching plan for new $100M headquarters
Business First by Evan Weese, Web coordinator
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:06am ED

Good post. Thanks for all

Good post. Thanks for all your hard work.

Until we move back to a paper ballot, that is then stored and

guarded like the gold in Fort Knox is SUPPOSED to be (but actually isn't), and we have verifiable counts, done under the watchful eye of members of all interested parties - we will never have fail elections again.

But that would be a little more expensive - and we "can't afford it". We can afford $2 billion per day for illegal wars, but we can't afford a few million for a fair election.

The Diebold voting machine was the greates invention for the fascists ever.

So Spot on, JetGuy!

So Spot on, JetGuy!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

This may not be much and

I'm unsure how it works in other states, yet here in Mississippi, ALL absentee votes must be witnessed and notarized. In theory, it ceases to be a ballot and therefore becomes a legal document.
How does this change things as far as a count or papertrail...idk....but it was the one thing that caught my attention in the entire process

Just goes to show how "they" always have the upper hand.

With the rise of the internet it becomes more difficult to rely on media spin to get the preferred candidates elected. Thankfully for the PTB the same technology that gives us the internet also makes it easier than ever to sway those elections and guarantee there supremacy.

This was one of the first online documentaries

I watched during my awaking. It is one of the many reasons my awaking became a rude one.

So much of what is going on is not just hard to beleive, it comes with the caveat that all this stuff takes place right here in America. This stuff happening right under our noses makes the reality of our situation so difficut to come to grips with.

I forgive you for your "Kerry" - lol!

I fell for it too. I have ALWAYS voted "Libertarian" but made an exception that year to vote AGAINST Bush as hard as I could.
The part of that election that haunts me is "Don't tase me, bro!" It was everywhere - everyone laughing about the kid. It was "phrase of the year" - and yet if you run that video back 3 minutes prior to "don't tase me bro" it is not funny, not funny at all. That entire room of people just sat there, and laughed. And the story gets more disgusting....

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Excellent post Michael

Yes, those "killing" diebold machines came into being for one purpose and one purpose only.....to kill.

These machines put people into power who kill our voice, kill our freedoms, kill our economy, kill our infrastructure, kill our monetery system, kill millions of people around the globe.

They are indeed "killing machines"

What else would we expect from these murdering devils!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

How programmable are they? Counter hackers?

I suspect I already know the answer... but would love to hear from people who know the programming details.

What are the prospects that the 3rd party candidate votes 1)have not and 2) cannot be modified?

For example: Are the chip storage capabilities on the hackable machines large enough, and the hacking programs small enough to be capable of modifying more than 2 candidates simultaneously?

How long does it take to hack the machines? Do they have to be opened to insert the program or can it be done over wires? or wireless?

Should I hold out any hope at all that 3rd party candidates have been overlooked by the vote hackers and it is too late to screw with their votes?

Do we have any counter hackers who can write and inset programs that can overide the hacking programs to give an accurate count?

http://riseforliberty.com/ For May 17 Money Bomb!

You would have to have access

You would have to have access to the code..... I worked as a poll deputy in the past..... It's amazing how incompetent some (most) of the poll workers are.... 80 year old die hard two party people who can't even send a fax leave alone have a clue to the code. The way it works no one but the few who have access to the code would know anything. No one has access to the code so how will they ever be caught? When the polls close the poll boss connects a phone line to one special machine that has the totals for all the other and punches a few buttons on the machine and it sends the totals to the county elections office who in turn sends the numbers to state. Paper ballots are on hand (fed into the machine by the voter) and the machines gives a total (and a print out is made) so there should be a way for this to be audited. We would need to have people at ever polling place in the country ready to tally up the numbers!

Certify The Vote

"Paper ballots are on hand (fed into the machine by the voter) and the machines gives a total (and a print out is made) so there should be a way for this to be audited."

This is the foundation of the vote certification process. Call you county clerk and recorder and ask to participate. You will get something to eat and a couple days of hands-on education. It changed my attitude that I knew it all.

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Anti-virus virus?

I like your final question, but I fear that approach is fraught with legal difficulties. I worked for large computer companies and at one I and a few coworkers had the idea of creating a virus that plugged the holes it used to spread, thus a force for good.

Legal got wind of our idea and shut it down; if our "benevolent virus" had any bugs in it and caused someone harm, we would be liable, and exactly as liable as a malicious virus-writer: we infiltrated someone else's property and modified it without their permission.

Still, I like the direction of your idea, even if there are implementation issues.

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Very Similar

Not long after coming to realize the ugly truth about the nation I love, I told my bewildered sister in a mournful tone, "This is not the country we think it is."

Sometime later she had her 'aha' moment, after I sent her a copy of "The Revolution: A Manifesto". She remembered that conversation and told me that she now could understand the great emotion with which I said those words.

This only means one thing,,,,,

That the C4L movement has to lead in getting the voting process changed to paper ballots with members of all parties over-seeing the count.

Is this something Rand Paul could propose in a bill?

This is a very similar story

This is a very similar story to mine currently, only connecting my current circumstances with 2004, in which I voted for Kerry believing much of the same. I am actually living in central China now, watching this cartoon election through CCTV and the internet, mostly through aljazeera, knowing it means absolutely nothing. It's probably much worse now than what they were able to document in the film. Just in case anyone here is jobless though, there is plenty of work here on this side of the planet.

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Hello central China!

Wow. It is just incredible - really. The internet.

I know the feeling of watching a 'cartoon election.' When I was out of the country, it still mattered - it just doesn't matter as much .

What are you doing there on the other side of the planet?

He's the man.

It really is incredible! I've

It really is incredible! I've been teaching ESL classes to children. It's the first time I've worked abroad, and I'm really enjoying it so far. This is my sixth time traveling to this side of the world, (mostly to India, Nepal and South East Asia). Working here makes it a lot easier for me to afford travel expenses, and it's a lot of fun. The cultural experiences make it all worth the time spent working, even while watching the election coverage.

Mike - re: your signature quote

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

What does that mean to you? It's not a trick question and I haven't done any reseach on when and why that quote was used. However, in my view holding two opposing ideas and being unable to determine which one is valid (i.e. which is true or false) is what used to create such mind cramps in my brain.

I don't think it's good for people to hold two opposing ideas. I like to be able to see both sides of the coin so to speak, but actually holding on to 2 opposing ideas seems like a paralyzing predicament. :O

Do I get to say

I told you so now?

Vote Nobody!

History repeats itself.

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”- Joseph Stalin

As I posted elsewhere - the election really is like the Super Bowl.
So much money. So much hype. Everyone picks a favorite. The winners chear and the losers weep. And nothing changes in real life.

But the Super Bowl is meant for us to falsely spend our aggression on. The election is meant for us to falsely spend our hope, and to think that anything we do makes a difference.

Joseph Stalin 2012-style.

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The Diebold VOTING MACHINES decide everything.”

Yes. It is the USSR

pretending to be the USA.


Thank you for posting this. People pay attention to your posts and this is a very important obe

Nystrom, good to see you

Nystrom, good to see you rounding the bend to reality.

Here's a 2008 bulletin that stood in front of people willing to research and believe their senses: Ron Paul won the party nomination.

Ron would have been president had this country's government not been usurped since Lincoln's day at latest but whose mutiny, from key locations locally in knowing that their corruption would materialize a federation, likely happened before 1767.

The US constitution is a framework of collectivism, a thing central. Of course a document is inanimate. So, animate things central, politicians, were needed before the constitution and needed to create the it, of course. The positions of those people, politicians, were centers. Centers in what? In their societies. Their existence meant attention from society's members. That relationship is many to one, again the centrality perspective. Their nature invited, lent it self to, people wanting to be in communication with them to do for them. This relationship placed society members who didn't put their attention to politicians in disadvantage, in positions of nonprimary actors, or reactors, in their own lives.

Through time, those centralities, the politicians, wore on the individual, relegating his mind to begin considering himself secondary to politicians and, eventually, live secondary to politicians, as if politicians are better than him and, worse, as if he receives his ability to think and to act from them.

Additionally, government is cover for the guys who control government and is cover for those guys' creations: corporations; central banks (worldwide); military to enforce what politicians and busy(ness) men (read: business men) do; and an education system to accomplish at least two tasks: to pluck people who, because of the system, become molded mentally to social regiment to do the banksters' bidding and to inculcate insipid mental activity at the least and automation at best.

"Allow me control of a nation's money and I care not who writes its laws." Who said that? Because, as Ron Paul says: Money is half of every transaction. What's the other half? See?? Eventually, the other half becomes a -- slave.

The US constitution, a thing borne from chaos and destruction, served its purposed: attention to centrality, the government (but, really, its members and employees because "government" is a conception, nothing tangible, nothing that can act). So, government was established from bottom-to-top, operating at three levels: local, regional and in whole. The levels were instruments to centralize. Government creation is the small snowball pushed from atop the hill down hill. Today has been a long time coming.

The bad guys, the central banksters behind the scenes always until everyone is on lock down, had to come over to a spacious land sparse in people who were so foreign to them and they to the natives to shut down the natives (who just happened to be Indians) and open shop to elevate the empire from part of a hemisphere to all of a hemisphere and then worldwide which is where currency comes into play. (Guess what that currency is, rather, will be?) To meld and merge required no more warring among people in close proximity because materializing concepts, or putting concepts into practice, would have been difficult or impossible.

The explorers from long ago did their job. They found a new place to expand the empire. Why do you think England's King warned explorers that the world was flat? To stop the empire from expanding. (An aside: Interesting England's name changed to Britain, isn't it?) Common history is wrong.

Life is easy to understand. Wait not for a collection of words to display life's anatomy therefore its condition or to display life's condition therefore its anatomy. Waiting for such a collection is a waste of time because life's nature, individualistic and, broadly, in constant change, means life can return to its origin, freedom. To await that collection is to be behind the curve.

A change in society, a mass of individuals, requires working together, a process whose truncation, whose term, can be conspiracy.

con- [with; against]
spire [to breathe]
-acy or -y [condition of].

(Let the word parts together describe the word's parts, just as you would allow characters of any other kind to show you their formations and meanings.)

School sucks. Educate yourself.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

"It is another thing altogether to feel it viscerally..."

"Because while it is possible to understand it intellectually, that the elections are just one big show, it is another thing altogether to feel it viscerally - to feel the knife go in, probe the various internal organs, before it finally makes purchase with the heart." Great description.

Thank you, Michael. You are a wonderful writer - and truth teller. I appreciate the tao of you.

I am astonished when people on here who've been through the last two Ron Paul candidacies attack others about their voting choices - as if their votes will really be reported this time.

I come do DP to hear from people who Don't Pretend

Dr. Ron and Carol, Wayne and Rand and all don't pretend. WYSIWYG people. And so many others like Woods, Block, Rockwell, Murphy... We all have our own lists for different reasons.

Of course, there are many thousands who've posted on DP.

An honest opinion deserves respect for it's honesty at least.

Hypocrisy, not so much.

The Imprisoner's Dilemma | Daniel D'Amico

Government isn't a necessary evil, it is necessarily evil.

Free includes debt-free!

Everyone has their red-pill

Everyone has their red-pill moment in a different way. [Very few of us are born with the red pill in their body, but I guess such people are very few & far between. I have yet to meet one personally.]

My personal red-pill moment was not instantaneous, rather gradual. Seeing Obama win Nobel Peace prize, learning more details on his AIPAC associations & hearing him speak about justification of exorbitant credit card fees by banks (same banks bailed out taxpayer money)...those were all succession of events for me to realize what the hell is going on. Yes, I'm embarrassed to admit having voted for Obama. That's similar to how you admit your Kerry vote. It was exactly identical reasoning as you. I knew all too much about McCain's ultra-Zionist background & hated everything about him.

After having taken the red-pill, it's great to be on your website. And who knows, perhaps could be an honor to meet you in person in the future.

[Only unfortunate thing I must mention & unrelated to your topic: Got down-voted twice on this forum today, both for same reason of stating I'll be writing in Ron Paul's name. This is in California where Ron Paul is certified to have write-in votes counted & reported. I still cannot believe I would be down-voted on this forum for saying I intend to vote for Ron Paul. Anyhow, I'm only assuming this is a short-term distraction on these boards until general election. After Nov. 6, hoping this board returns back to normalcy to discuss strictly liberty/constitution related topics...without having to argue about whether voting for Gary Johnson or writing in Ron Paul's name are superior options. Anyway, enough rambling.]

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

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I'm marrying one!

My red-pill moment happened this summer. Amazingly, during this troubling time I was building a relationship that has turned into an engagement. She is such a wonderful person; she surrounds herself with good people, and she wants me around her.

She has been thinking liberty thoughts all her life. She had trouble with the word "awakening" when I first mentioned it to her (after having read it here), because she never went through it. But she came to understand what I went through, and am still going through (the rabbit hole is quite deep, but this site helps provide a great map -- Michael Nystrom, thank you so much for helping to bring this community together).

She's not omniscient, none of us are -- but I can tell you that I have met someone who was born with a red pill in her body. And I love her.

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