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Voting machine manual instructed election officials to use weak passwords.
A vendor manual for voting machines used in about ten states shows the vendor instructed customers to use trivial, easy to crack passwords and to re-use the passwords when changing log-in credentials.
governmentIncompetence  informationSecurity  digitalDemocracy 
7 days ago by joeybaker
State Rep’s Outline For Killing Non-Believers In Holy War Is Referred To FBI
A Washington state lawmaker who moonlights as a wannabe theocrat has stumbled into FBI scrutiny over a how-to guide he...
religion  governmentIncompetence  cultureWars 
10 days ago by joeybaker
EU Parliament votes overwhelmingly in favour of arms embargo on Saudi Arabia
Vote in favor of ban on ‘the export, sale, update and maintenance of any form of security equipment to Saudi Arabia, which can be or is used for repression.’
mesopotamia  governmentIncompetence  win 
18 days ago by joeybaker
I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming
Opinion: The fact that voter information is left on devices, unencrypted, that are then sold on the open market is malpractice.
securityNegligence  governmentIncompetence 
18 days ago by joeybaker
Asbestos Imports Surge as Trump White House Moves to Keep Deadly Carcinogen Legal
Asbestos imports to the U.S. soared by nearly 2,000 percent between July and August, according to federal import data analyzed by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Environmental Working Group.
governmentIncompetence 
19 days ago by joeybaker
Black Voters in Georgia Say Something Funny Is Going on With Their Voting Machines
After voters alerted the NAACP of irregularities with voting machines across Georgia, including vote-switching and touch screen malfunctions, the organization has filed complaints with the State Board of Elections for possible voter suppression tactics.
voterSupression  casteingTheLowerClass  digitalDemocracy  governmentIncompetence 
19 days ago by joeybaker
Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable developments. Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
governmentIncompetence  informationSecurity 
22 days ago by joeybaker
Mitch McConnell Calls for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Cuts After Passing Tax Cuts, Massive Defense Spending
After instituting a $1.5 trillion tax cut, the Senate majority leader said Tuesday that the only way to lower the record-high federal deficit would be to cut entitlement programs.
governmentIncompetence  governmentMalfeasance  casteingTheMiddleClass  casteingTheLowerClass  kleptocracy 
28 days ago by joeybaker
35 States Tell the FCC to Get Off Its Ass and Do Something About Spoofed Robocalls
A bipartisan coalition of 35 attorneys general signed a formal request today for the Federal Communications Commission to do something about all the damn spoofing robocalls that have driven us all to basically stop answering our phones ever.
governmentIncompetence 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says Kavanaugh's performance during hearings was disqualifying
While once supportive of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, John Paul Stevens is no longer a fan.
The retired Supreme Court justice said on Thursday that he thought Kavanaugh “had the qualifications,” but has changed his mind, The Palm Beach Post reported. Stevens, speaking at a small event in Florida, said that Kavanaugh’s conduct during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings was disqualifying.
Stevens was a Supreme Court justice between 1975 and 2010, the third-longest time on the bench in history. Despite being a lifelong Republican, Stevens has sometimes agreed with more liberal-minded justices. Shortly after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, Stevens penned an op-ed arguing for the repeal of the Second Amendment.
Stevens on Thursday noted that his change of heart wasn’t based on political preference; Palm Beach Post reporter Lulu Ramadan says he even praised Kavanaugh’s judicial record in a book he once wrote. But “his performance in the hearings changed my mind,” he said. Kavanaugh told th
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  governmentIncompetence 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
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