Abe and Durant quotes...


I've started to subscribe to the Quotes of the Day feed (feed here). Today are two great ones:

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion."
- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), (attributed)

This is a neat quote. I've never been religious. Most of that comes from being raised by a reformed catholic (mother) and a refugee of the Church of Christ (father). The closest I've ever come to religion that felt "right" was hindu; yoga, karma and the vedas seem so much more "right" and sacred (e.g., the vedas are memorized by young brahmans and there is next to no variation in the text across the large cultural and linguistic differences in India). If Abe said this, I'd be that much more proud of him.

"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say."
- Will Durant (1885 - 1981)

Ha! Another great quote... close to buddhism and yoga's teaching that your instincts should not be to react, but to consider it all with great weight.

NYT: "Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail"


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/26/magazine/26BLOGS.html?ex=1253851200&pagewanted=print&position=

And as a seasoned reporter myself -- after two whole conventions -- I can safely say that you get about as many insights into the hearts and souls of the candidates on the campaign trail as you would watching a plastic fern grow. The ever-increasing scrutiny of candidates because of cable and the Internet has only made more evident how impregnable and unfathomable our political machinery has become. Political reporters hanging around drinking and smoking at the conventions said that the bus had changed a lot since 1972. You spend all day watching nothing, fake deli-counter photo ops with six camera crews, and you get yelled at if you walk into the camera shot -- that is, if you dare to go near the guy you're covering.

The news media helped create the modern campaign, and now they seem to be stuck in it. The bloggers, by contrast, adapted quickly. By the time the Republican convention rolled around in August, they had figured something out, staying far, far away from that zoo down at Madison Square Garden. They had begun to work the way news people do at manufactured news events, by sticking together, sharing information, repeating one another's best lines. They were learning their limitations, and at the same time they were digging around and critiquing and fact-checking and raising money. They still liked posting dirty jokes and goofy Photoshopped pictures of politicians, but they had hope, and more than a few new ideas, and they were determined to make themselves heard.

Terrorist Watch List Metadata Standard...


From a fellow SIMS student, Sarai (Whom I have yet to meet!):

Terrorist Watchlist Person Data Exchange Standard:


<Name>Cat Stevens</Name>
<Alias>Yusaf Islam</Alias>

"Election Guides for Geeks"


Link: http://news.com.com/E-voting critics report new flaws/2100-1028_3-5378199.html

(Note the quick reference guides are licensed under a generous Creative Commons Attribution license... feel free to remix, repurpose, reporpoise or whatever tickles you pink.)

Work that I'm doing with the EFF, VVF and AFU just got a plug by Declan of C|Net:

Also on Wednesday, the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation released a kind of election guide for geeks. Complete with photographs of the most popular models of e-voting machines, it lists their known flaws and problems that people have had with them in the past.

"The more people know about the voting machines they'll be using, the better prepared they'll be on election day." EFF staff attorney Matt Zimmerman said in a statement.

The EFF also released a bit on them:

EFF Releases Voting Machine Quick Reference Guides

San Francisco, CA - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation released the results of research conducted jointly with the Verified Voting Foundation and American Families United into the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular models of e-voting machines. Organized into one-page quick reference guides, this research gives users critical information about widely deployed machines such as the Diebold Accuvote TS and the ESS iVotronic. In the guides, EFF takes users through a step-by-step process for using each model properly, and lists problems people have had with the machines in past elections. The voting machine quick reference guides represent one of the nation's first Consumer Reports-style analyses of several different types of e-voting machines.

"It's extremely important that people vote, despite any concerns that they have about new voting machines," said EFF Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman. "The more people know about the voting machines they'll be using, the better prepared they'll be on election day." It's estimated that one-third of the country will be using e-voting machines in the upcoming Presidential Election.

NYT: "Kerry as the Boss: Always More Questions"

elections, news

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/26/politics/campaign/26boss1.html?ex=1253851200&en=7fdd53480a09704c&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

Mr. Kerry is a meticulous, deliberative decision maker, always demanding more information, calling around for advice, reading another document - acting, in short, as if he were still the Massachusetts prosecutor boning up for a case. He stayed up late Sunday night with aides at his home in Beacon Hill, rewriting - and rearguing - major passages of his latest Iraq speech, a ritual that aides say occurs even with routine remarks.

Great. This is the kind of insight into Kerry I think more people need to hear... now start talking about the freakin' budget defecit and health care! Iraq is important but it's not everything!

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