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Computer scientists to Clinton campaign: Challenge election results
Additionally, at least three electors have pledged to not vote for Trump and to seek a "reasonable Republican alternative for president through Electoral College," according to a statement Wednesday from a group called the Hamilton Electors, which represents them.
By Dan Merica, CNN

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being urged by a number of top computer scientists to call for a recount of vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

The computer scientists believe they have found evidence that vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and presented their findings to top Clinton aides on a call last Thursday.

The scientists, among them J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, told the Clinton campaign they believe there is a questionable trend of Clinton performing worse in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners, according to the source.

The group informed John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, and Marc Elias, the campaign’s general counsel, that Clinton received 7% fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic voting machines, which the group said could have been hacked.

Their group told Podesta and Elias that while they had not found any evidence of hacking, the pattern needs to be looked at by an independent review.

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On election day I am 1000% not cynical about the democratic process. I just cast my vote for the first woman president of the United States of America and I’m crying from joy. Today I remember all the women across the world who fought and still fight for suffrage. This morning I honored the American women who were jailed and institutionalized and brutalized, force-fed, humiliated in every imaginable way yet STILL THEY FOUGHT.  With my paper ballot and a felt-tipped marker in hand I voted. Now I proudly sport that tiny sticker with the American flag that says simply: “I voted.” I voted. 


And countless others. THANK YOU!

German political vocabulary by lass-uns-studieren

I am back again with a new vocabulary list. Now that America has just had an election and several European countries (Germany and Austria included) will be having elections of their own, here’s some political vocabulary! The photo is of the Swiss Parliament building in Bern, Switzerland @useless-switzerlandfacts

I’m tagging @hexaneandheels (I believe you were taking a German course?), @iwillbeapolyglot and @wonderful-language-sounds!

Ballot - Die Abstimmung(en)

Ballot paper -  Der Stimmzettel

Ballot box -  Die Wahlurne

Bill -  Der Gesetzentwurf(würfe)

Bipartisan - Zwei Parteien vertretend

Campaign - Der Wahlkampf

Chancellor - Der/Die Kanzler/in

Coalition - Die Koalition

Constitution - Die Verfassung

Coup d'etat - Der Staatsstreich/Putsch

Democracy - Die Demokratie(-n)

Dictatorship - Die Diktatur

Dissolution - Die Auflösung

Election - Die Wahl

Electorate - Die Wähler

Government - Die Regierung

Incumbent - Der/Die Amtsinhaber/in

Landslide victory - Der Erdrutschsieg

Law - Das Recht

Monarchy - Die Monarchie/ Das Königtum

Nominee - Der Kandidat

Lobby -  Die Interessenvertretung

Lobbying - Der Lobbyarbeit

Opposition -  Die Gegenseite

Parliament - Das Parlament

Policy - Die Politik

Political asylum - Das politisches Asyl

Political party - Die politische Partei

Politician - Der/Die Politiker/in

Politics - Die Politik

Poll - Die Umfrage

Polling station - Das Wahllokal

President - Der/Die Präsident/in

Prime minister - Der/Die Premierminister/in

Regime - Das Regime

Republic - Die Republik

To run for election - kandidieren

Senate - Der Senat

Spin doctor - Der Spindoktor

Voter Turnout - Die Wahlbeteiligung

Vote - Die Stimme

I know I may sound like a Luddite for saying so, but most election security experts are with me on this: paper ballots are the best available technology for casting votes. We use two main kinds of paper systems in different parts of the U.S. Either voters fill out a ballot paper that gets scanned into a computer for counting (optical scan voting), or they vote on a computer that counts the vote and prints a record on a piece of paper (called a voter-verifiable paper audit trail). Either way, the paper creates a record of the vote that can’t be later modified by any bugs, misconfiguration, or malicious software that might have infected the machines.

Theresa May is to confirm today that the UK will be withdrawing from the EU single market.

This was not part of the EU referendum. There was nowhere on the ballot paper to leave the Single Market. This is sheer arrogance and a betrayal to those who voted to Remain.

Bring on indyref 2.


“So 4 of the most famous character in the video game industry in one screen battle in each other , of course the only game that can make this happen is Super Smash Bros.”

-Masahiro Sakurai
Trump remains winner of Wisconsin after recount

President-elect Donald Trump remains the winner of Wisconsin in the Nov. 8 presidential election after a state recount pushed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission certified Trump as the winner Monday, following the conclusion of the recount.

The announcement marks the end of the only recount Stein has been able to initiate. She had been hoping to organize recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan but failed in both states.

On Friday, Michigan’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling blocking a recount there.

In Pennsylvania, a federal judge blocked a request by Stein to hold a recount of paper ballots in parts of the state and a full examination of electronic voting machines. That ruling cut off the number of avenues Stein still has available to hold a recount in Pennsylvania. At the beginning of December, Stein withdrew a bid for a statewide recount after the state required a $1 million bond to start the recount there. She had also joined an effort to trigger a precinct-by-precinct recount but dropped that move as well.

It’s unclear what Stein will do next in her recount efforts. Her lead lawyer in Pennsylvania did not respond to a request for comment. On Tuesday, she and top aides plan to hold a conference call outlining the campaign’s next steps in the state. In a statement Monday, she gave no indication that she would move forward in Pennsylvania or what her options are at this point.

“Pennsylvania’s election system is stacked against voters,” Stein said in a statement. “Both the technology by which voters cast ballots, as well as the byzantine and burdensome laws determining recounts in the state, are a national disgrace.”

Stein has repeatedly said her aim to initiate recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is to eliminate any lingering doubt about the election results. All three states are ones in which Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton.


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fuckstudy’s 71/100 days of productivity

Questioning my faith in humanity as I catch up on q&a. A welcome surprise postcard, snapshots from last summer and a mug of tea as I plan the month ahead!  

update: gg australia. Hope everyone picked up their democracydogs yesterday, frickin’ dealt with that monster of a ballot paper and buckled in for the political*#^!)% ahead! 

People should have to vote in person on paper ballots, after showing ID, and then get their thumbs dyed blue. You know, like they do elsewhere in the world where standards are higher.
—  Glenn Reynolds

A/N - I was halfway through this when I remembered that Jin is 5 years older than Jungkook and 3 years older than Jimin and Tae, but I was already in too deep. I needed them all to be the same age for it to work. Sorry about that.

Jimin had always enjoyed being part of the yearbook staff. It had always been fun. Except today. Today was torture. 

Jimin dropped his head to the stack of papers in front of him and groaned, loud enough to drown out the sound of his friends chatting. It was the 21st century, why on earth were they still using a paper ballot to do senior superlatives? Wouldn’t it have been a million times easier for everyone to vote on-line? And how on earth did he and his friends get roped into spending a Saturday morning counting them all manually?

“One last category and then we’ll break for lunch, yeah?”

Jungkook and Taehyung immediately agreed to Seokjin’s proposal and Jimin lifted his head, ready to finally take a break after four hours of mind-numbing boredom.

“Most attractive male is next,” Seokjin announced.

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Theresa May has apparently decided for us now that yanking us wholesale out of the single market has a soaring mandate from the electorate so she can just do that because it’s obviously what we all want now.

Fucking objection.

That wasn’t on the ballot paper and it wasn’t presented by the Leave campaign as their endgame for this entire stupid slow-motion car crash so I have to wonder where Theresa May got this idea.

Call me a cynic but I believe her government’s desire to turn the UK into a shameless tax haven for rich corporations might have more to do with her decision on this than any vote from the electorate did.

Oh, and apparently no matter how Parliament votes on the final deal her government is going to yank us right the fuck out on her terms anyway, apparently. 

I’m confused, I thought Parliamentary votes was how our democracy worked? Apparently in Theresa May’s mind that’s only how it works when it suits her and when it doesn’t she feels she can just ignore it and do whatever she wants.

The sad part of all of this is that I can’t even end this by asking if we can please have a general election now because I’m 99% sure that if we did she’d fucking win and be in a stronger position afterwards than she is now.

So we’re fucked, basically. We’re fucked. We’re all fucked.