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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Voter Fraud in Ohio

Inspired by Michael Cavlan, candidate for U.S. Senate, who improvised a version of this last week at "Karaoke with the Candidates", co-hosted by Minneapolis mayor candidate Farheen Hakeem. Sung to the tune of "Four Dead in Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young:

Tabulators and Bush is coming
We’re shouting here on our own
This autumn I hear the drumming
Voter fraud in Ohio

Gotta get down to it
Hackers are counting us out
Stood in this line long ago
What if you knew where the
Paper ballots were put?
How can you sleep when you know?

Voter fraud in Ohio
Stolen democracy in Ohio

Thanks also to Sheryl Zettner and John Munter for heightening my awareness of this issue. Dedicated to the victims who inspired the original song, who were exercising their right to free speech 35 years ago in opposition to the Vietnam War.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Precautionary Principle

My understanding of the Precautionary Principle is that we must assume that new chemicals and biotechnologies are guilty until proven innocent.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

May Day Parade and Green Expo

Had a great time again this year at the May Day Parade. Corey has some pictures over on his blog. I got a kick out of the mock shoppers, stilt-walkers, and larger-than-life puppets. This year’s parade also had a solemn procession of banners listing the Iraqi war dead that stretched sadly on and on.

My friend Phil and I also attended the Green Expo that morning. I especially liked the free organic food samples. I also learned that you can sign up for classes in pre-industrial skills like blacksmithing and plowing with oxen. Heaven forbid we would need such skills, but if present trends continue, I can’t see how we won’t.

They also had a battery and pedal-powered car, but the guy said it was high-maintenance and not very practical. Looks cool, though.


FTW has some interesting articles concerning my former employer GMAC and parent company GM. These developments have got to be a straining factor in sustaining their ambitious goals of approximately 20% annual growth.