Re: Bev Harris Trashed OVC at theHouston ElectionHearing

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Jul 03 2005 - 00:15:36 CDT

Jim,

>
> (Bellesiles got so desperate that he made up a "gun nuts now want to kill
> me" story to rally the academic community behind "academic free speech"
> principles. What a twitchcase. We didn't want his ass SHOT, we wanted
> him debunked. I think he'd have preferred a bullet...)
>
More fun stuff .. but has absolutely nothing to do with the thread under
discussion.

> Now what this tells me TODAY is that, if you're a non-academic, the
> "scientific community" will always treat you with disdain even if you are
> OBVIOUSLY and CLEARLY correct.
>
I just can't take this comment seriously. There is a certain amount of
academic snobbery out there, but plenty of academics understand that the
world is not run by academics, and that non-academics have plenty of good
ideas.

I have co-authored quite a few articles with academics -- voting
modernization topics but also on several other topics long before I ever got
involved in voting issues. My experience doesn't match your claims. Why is
that?

> So...explain to me again how, if a voting system is managed inside the
> university system and I'm not IN the university system, and neither is Bev
> Harris, if we find something really stinky buried in the university's
> voting system, we'll be taken seriously?
>
Fail to see the problem. If we get funding, the software will be open
source -- freely available for anyone to tryout and comment. Nobody gets a
free pass -- academic or not.

Alan D.

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