Re: Motivation to Cheat - 1,000 years old

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jun 01 2005 - 09:47:02 CDT

Hello David and Jim:

The original article quantified the cost in dollars
per vote that it would take to cheat on an election.
I still want to see the same thing on the benefits.

Jim's scenarior for a low risk method of benefitting
from a corrupt election is clever and reasonable but
complicated. I'd like to see something a lot simpler
that can be presented clearly to Joe Average and have
it expressed in dollars per vote the same way that the
costs of cheating on an election.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

--- "David Webber (XML)" <> wrote:
> Warwick the King-Maker showed us that the
> need to wield power is a basic human instinct.
> In the case of the DRE systems, a small
> inner sanctum inside certain vendor companies
> I'm sure is controlling this all, and when the
> truth finally comes out we are going to find
> that the actual means used
> is incredably simple and basic - not
> sophisticated at all. While everyone is
> looking for the obtuse.
> One thing that immediately struck me in
> my first encounter with a DRE system - was
> that the key card is an obvious entry point.
> Since anyone can easily carry one of these
> in or out of a polling station a "special"
> card could be inserted into a DRE that then
> triggers some latent code. This would be
> completely undetectable before and
> after polling in pre- or post- certification
> testing.
> Any number of similar simple tricks could
> be used to rig and election using current
> DRE technology - its obviously so wide
> open with no meaningful audit possible.
> Anyway - back to motivation - a political
> fervour or persuasion is more than enough,
> look at folks like Hitler, or Stalin, to see
> that lessor lights love to glow in their
> preferred leaders success, or advancing
> "the cause", over the hated infidels.
> Bolster that with the ability to make
> quick cash - as in owning stock in the
> company - and the inner sanctum is
> complete.
> This will only likely come out when
> the DRE bubble bursts and the stock
> crashes into pennies, assuming that
> there are not a series of unfortunate
> auto accidents in the meantime....
> To be continued!
> DW
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