Monthly Archives: June 2011

Cute WikiLeaks Video

The important and imperfect WikiLeaks knows how to do video:

It’s called What Does it Cost to Change the World?.

Spotted via From Nader and Gravel to Assange: There Are Some Parodies Money Can’t Buy.

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Microsoft Seeks Patent for Skype-Bugging Application

I got interviewed for this article on Microsoft seeks patent for spy tech for Skype
‘Legal Intercept’ would allow it to silently record VoIP communications
, and said a few things.

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Your Welfare State In Action

Read all about it at The Washington Monthly, 20,000 Leagues Under the State.

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Damn Lies

Could it really be true that 99% of statistics are made up? Maybe so.

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Miami-Dade Election Results

Gimenez squeaked through.

There are 1,221,592 registered voters in Miami-Dade County. Only 199,862 — 16.36% — voted today. Numbers like that make believers in a small-R republican form of government shake their heads.

Gimenez won by 4,375 votes, about 51% of the votes cast. A clear win but no landslide.

Look at it another way, that’s about 0.358 % — about one third of a percent — of the registered voters in the County.

Numbers like that make political activists think their work has meaning.

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Nobody’s Voting?

Turnout was so low at my local precinct here in Coral Gables, that when I went to vote around 4pm and put my ballot in the drum, it fell straight to the bottom and hit with a resounding hollow CLUNK.

“Not much turnout today?” I asked the poll worker.

“Hardly anyone,” she replied.

I live in prime Gimenez territory, since this is part of the district he represented on the Commission. Slightly worrying that. Maybe they all voted early — I hear it was busy at the library on Saturday.

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