Another con: here’s where your tax dollars for defense are really going

By William Hartung, The Nation, October 2017 Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already …

Disenfranchised due to poverty

The Guardian, 4 Oct 2017 “The county told me I lost my right to vote and I don’t get my vote back until I pay all my fines and costs and get off probation and all that” Randi Lynn Williams assumes she will never be able to afford to vote again. The 38-year-old resident of Dothan, Alabama, lost her right to …

To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source Software

By R. JAMES WOOLSEY and BRIAN J. FOX, New York Times, AUG. 3, 2017 CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times  Although Russian hackers are reported to have tried to disrupt the November election with attacks on the voting systems of 39 states, the consensus of the intelligence community is that they were probably unsuccessful in their efforts to delete and alter voter data. But another …