RUBBERNECKIAN Q & A

[The Neck leapfrogs to the podium, gesticulating wildly with a silent tongue. He suddenly focuses in on the power of speech}

"Fellow denizens of the Fringe, I ask of you - which is funnier: A or B?

January 31, 2006 in Rubberneckian Propaganda | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

THIS SPEAKS TO ME

Asshole

[Rubberneck stares hard at the image, pulling forth the contents of the conversation at hand with honed precision:]

"This message is for weatherman Glenn 'Hurricane' Schwartz. Thought you could get away with it, dincha? I figgered out that it's YOU that's behind the terrerist plot to destroy Trent Lott's front porch. I'm using the powers vested in me to place you under arrest...yer an enemy of Amerruca...hello? Hello!?!"

October 18, 2005 in Rubberneckian Propaganda | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2 THINGS I THINK YOU WILL APPRECIATE

The Doctor

Any of you sick sunsabitches who refuses to bow before Dr. Thompson and beg his forgiveness for our abject weaknesses as a society - you will be dealt with in the most severe fashion possible as allowed by the laws of physics. And I quote:

"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world, a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you. Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us; they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them."

...and for dessert.

November 24, 2004 in Rubberneckian Propaganda | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

FEAR & LOATHING VOL. 4562

UC Berkeley Research Team Sounds 'Smoke Alarm' for Florida E-Vote Count

BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the University of California's Berkeley Quantitative Methods Research Team released a statistical study - the sole method available to monitor the accuracy of e-voting - reporting irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000-260,000 or more excess votes to President George W. Bush in Florida in the 2004 presidential election.

The study shows an unexplained discrepancy between votes for President Bush in counties where electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods - what the team says can be deemed a "smoke alarm." Discrepancies this large or larger rarely arise by chance - the probability is less than 0.1 percent.

The research team formally disclosed results of the study at a press conference today at the UC Berkeley Survey Research Center, where they called on Florida voting officials to investigate. The three counties where the voting anomalies were most prevalent were also the most heavily Democratic: Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade, respectively.

Statistical patterns in counties that did not have e-touch voting machines predict a 13,000 vote decrease in President Bush's support in Broward County; machines tallied an increase of 59,000 votes - a net gain of 72,000 for the incumbent. President Bush should have gained only 17,000 votes in Palm Beach County, but instead gained 7,000 - a difference of 40,000 votes. He should have gained only 29,000 votes in Miami-Dade County but saw a gain of 44,000 - a difference of 15,000 votes.

"For the sake of all future elections involving electronic voting - someone must investigate and explain the statistical anomalies in Florida," says Professor Michael Hout. "We're calling on voting officials in Florida to take action."

The research team is comprised of doctoral students and faculty in the UC Berkeley sociology department, and led by Sociology Professor Michael Hout, a nationally-known expert on statistical methods and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the UC Berkeley Survey Research Center. For its research, the team used multiple-regression analysis, a statistical method widely used in the social and physical sciences to distinguish the individual effects of many variables on quantitative outcomes like vote totals. This multiple-regression analysis takes into account of the following variables by county:

  • number of voters
  • median income
  • Hispanic/Latino population
  • change in voter turnout between 2000 and 2004
  • support for Senator Dole in the 1996 election
  • support for President Bush in the 2000 election.
  • use of electronic voting or paper ballots

"No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained," said Hout. "The study shows, that a county's use of electronic voting resulted in a disproportionate increase in votes for President Bush. There is just a trivial probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference is zero - less than once in a thousand chances."

The data used in this study came from public sources including CNN.com, the 2000 US Census, and the Verified Voting Foundation. For a copy of the working paper, raw data and other information used in the study can be found at:

SOURCE UC Berkeley Web Site:
http://ucdata.berkeley.edu

November 22, 2004 in Rubberneckian Propaganda | Permalink | Comments (2)