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Submission + - ES&S to buy Diebold, Blackbox Voting to sue (

Gottesser writes: Long time elections rights activist, Bev Harris (She had an HBO special a while back where she hired Hari Hursti to hack an optical scan voting machine.) just sent this out... "Diebold/Premier Election Systems is being purchased by Election Systems & Software (ES&S). According to a Black Box Voting source within the companies, there will be a conference call among key people at the companies within the next couple hours. An ES&S/Diebold-Premier acquisition would consolidate most U.S. voting under one privately held manufacturer. And it's not just the concealed vote-counting; these companies now also produce polling place check-in software (electronic pollbooks), voter registration software and vote-by-mail authentication software." Our voting system is heading toward a server centric model with our vote being delivered to us by computers under lock and key far away from public oversight. Here's ES&S's press release Wikipedia's got something on the ongoing string of ES&S controversies as well:

Submission + - Japan's New First Lady Abducted by Aliens 1

The Narrative Fallacy writes: "The Independent reports that Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama, is a lifestyle guru, a macrobiotics enthusiast, an author of cookery books, a retired actress, and says she has traveled to the planet Venus abducted by aliens. Hatoyama made her claim in a book entitled "Very Strange Things I've Encountered" when she said she was abducted by aliens while she slept one night 20 years ago. "While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus," Hatoyama explains. "It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green." The new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is a multi-millionaire and the fourth generation of his family to rise to the top of the Japanese political world. His appearance is unconventional by rigid Japanese standards: his hair is unruly and he rejects the navy uniform of the political world in favor of suits of brown and moss green. "It is this refusal to bow to convention, as well as his tendency to drop conversation-stopping remarks — like his call, during the election campaign, for a "politics full of love" — that long ago led other Japanese politicians to dismiss him as an uchujin, an alien," writes the Independent. Though not, presumably, the one who took Miyuki to Venus."

Submission + - Bailout Hearing - Terminator, Megatron, and Cylon (

oz writes: "The Terminator, Megatron, and Cylon petition congress for a bailout. Times are tough, even in the industry of obliterating mankind. One man, Barney Frank, could be the last hope for us all. Will they get their bailout? Watch and see!"

The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.