We Are Headed for Another Questionable Election

A number of states are violating the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and are taking people off the election rolls within 90 days of the election and engaging in other actions that will limit the right to vote and have your vote counted.  The story is in the NY times, you can read it here:

States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal – NYTimes.com

In addition to the problems posed by dropping voters off the rolls, there is the problem of having your vote counted if you are allowed to vote.

Scanning voter registrations courtesy NYT

That’s a Pretty Big Glitch

This editorial piece in the times discusses a problem with the Diebold electronic voting machines.  It has become well-known and well-documented that the electronic voting machines can be easily hacked.  If you have questions about that, go to Bev Harris’ website, Black Box Voting for  more information.

The Ohio Secretary of State is suing Diebold over the problems that Ohio has experienced with the vote-counting machines.  Diebold started by denying that their machines were the problem, but they have now come around to agreeing that the electronic cards can hold votes and not upload the held votes.

The bottom line on this whole mess is that we need to work for a paper trail that can be counted and recounted to verify the totals that voting machines create.  It’s too late for the November 2008 election.  Maybe we will get election protection from the next Congress.  We need it.

Earth Aboil – washingtonpost.com

Earth Aboil – washingtonpost.com

Carbon emissions in 2007 were much higher than expected.  The article from the Washington Post extrapolates that emissions and increase of emissions in this range would lead to an 11 degree increase in the planet’s temperature by the end of this century.  We have every reason to expect that carbon emissions will not continue to increase at the rate of 2007, but the question is when are we are going to make the necessary changes?  Every day, every week, every month and year we wait increases the impact and cost of dealing with the problem.

Scientists:  1 in 4 mammals faces extinction

This article from AP goes into the impact that homo industrialus is having on the planet. 1 in 4 mammals faces extinction and 1 in 2 is in decline.  Folks, this is not good news for human beings.  We are mammals, we are a thread in the weave of life.  When we tear the fabric of life, many threads are destroyed.

I don’t know what we can do that is sufficient to fix this problem, but the solution begins when we acknowledge the problem and its gravity.

Time for change folks.

AP Investigation: Ike environmental toll apparent – Yahoo! News

AP Investigation: Ike environmental toll apparent – Yahoo! News

34 people known to have died withHurrican Ike.  This article reports 9 million gallons of crude oil known to have spilled so far.

Conservative commentators have spread the story that Katrina caused no oil spill.  This article says Katrina spilled 12 million gallons.

Don’t let them kid you, global warming has made much of the Gulf Coast a death zone.  The insurance companies will spot this and raise their rates or refuse to insure in this death zone.  

There is a certain irony in the fact that global warming is creating monster hurricanes that are destroying oil industry infrastructure, but the important question is when are we going to understand the totality of the situation and work hard to create an energy system that does not cause great destruction.  Any day now will work for me.