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Trevor Noah's Scheme To Fight Voter Suppression

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      Trevor Noah's Scheme To

      Fight Voter Suppression

      “Every black person in America needs to register as a Republican.”



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      New York Times Editorial 1934

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          They say we shouldn't bandy the term Nazi about. It lessens the evil of what they were what they did and who they targeted as scapegoats for the sins of others.

          They say we shouldn't call out those who display White Supremacy around the world or call out dangerous strands of Nationalism, Racism and hatred.

          They say we should engage in meaningful dialogue and exchange ideas when we know those opposite have no need for the truth as they believe their good is a greater good when in fact it is based pure evil.

          They said the same before the camps, the sewn stars on Jewish clothing, before the numbers were tattooed onto the arms of men women and children.

          They said the same when summer camps for children turned into the recruitment tools for the Nazi Machine.

          They claimed to be superior when they were not, better than others when they were lesser in mind and heart.


          They were not seen as a danger or a threat.

          They were underestimated.


          Read below excerpts from a New York Times Editorial from 1934.

          In the editorial the author asks the question....

          In 1934, A NYT Editorial Asked Jews To Show More Civility Towards Nazis

          https://mavenroundtable.io/theintellectualist/news...


          The world has made these mistakes before.


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          Midterms 2018: Act So That Ignorance Does Not Triumph

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              17 days from the Midterm Elections that will define whether the United States will continue to be subjected to a thoroughly unAmerican Executive Branch that controls the Legislative Branch and is in the Process of Subverting the Judicial Branch. I, and many others, are devoting every minute that we can spare to the elections of anti-Republicans, i.e. Democrats, at every level of government: local, regional, statewide, and national. I find myself recalling these words from John Adams, written in the last months of his life, arising from correspondence with Thomas Jefferson.





              I run into so many uninformed, misinformed and malinformed citizens every day that those words haunt me. The uninformed who simply do not know and do not care to know; the misinformed who think they know but who do not; and the malinformed who have been deliberately misled hold the cards in this card game where the stakes are enormously high.

              So, before I head out for yet another Get Out the Vote Meeting and Canvassing Effort, I recall that despair is not an option. These slightly tongue in cheek words are a comfort and spur to action.

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              “We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do almost anything with nothing.”

              Konstantin Josef Jireček

              Austro-Hungarian Czech historian, politician, diplomat, and cultural slavist. He was the founder of the field ofBalkan Studies) and an internationally recognized expert in Byzantine Studes. He held positions in the governments of several principalities and was a founder of the Czech democratic movement.

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              Opinion | America’s Elections Could Be Hacked. Go Vote Anyway.

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                  The System’s Vulnerabilities Are Real, but Please, DO NOT STAY HOME


                  Americans have learned that Russians have been interfering in our elections for some time; and there have been indictments of of some for conspiracy to sow discord around our elections of 2016 and the midterms. We learned that some voting machines are vulnerable to be hacked, and that some legislators emails have already been hacked. With that in mind, we can't help but wonder if our midterm election will be hacked.

                  Last summer we learned that an 11 year old child hacked into a replica of a state election web and altered the voting totals there in less than ten minutes, and although officials have warned us that Russia is constantly engaged in disrupting the midterm elections, the Trump Administration has done little to protect American votes; so this leaves us wondering how important our votes actually are.

                  The news may seem bleak, but there are some quick fixes that will make sure that our votes are meaningful and simple, and both Democrats and Republicans agree on what they are.

                  One, provide a paper trail for every vote. Hackers work most effectively in the dark, so they love voting machines that produce no paper verification. Currently, five states — Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina — run their elections entirely on paperless touch-screen machines. But all five states are considering a switch back to paper ballots in time for 2020. In this year’s midterms, 19 states and Washington, D.C., will use only paper ballots.

                  Two, audit the vote. The best way to do this is known as a risk-limiting audit, which means comparing the digital tally to a manual count of a randomized sample of paper ballots. This type of audit can identify voting tabulation errors resulting from either malicious attacks or software failures.

                  Three, give states more resources. After dragging its feet for years, Congress in March approved $380 million in grants to states for election security. A little more than a third of the money will be spent on enhancing cybersecurity. A little more than a quarter will go toward buying new voting equipment. The rest will be spent on improving voter-registration systems, running vote audits and communicating better with voters around election time.

                  That money is good, but it’s far from enough. And while the states are spending it in the right ways, Congress could help even more by passing the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill that appeared headed toward passage until it got hung up over the summer.

                  What can voters do? For starters, take advantage of early voting if your state offers it. The sooner votes are in, the more time officials have to detect irregularities. “Every time someone votes early, they’re part of the fight against foreign interference,” said David Becker, who runs the Center for Election Innovation and Research.

                  Most important, don’t stay home because you believe that cyber attacks will rig the results of the election. “It’s true that these systems are vulnerable. It’s also true that you should vote on Election Day,” said Mr. Blaze, the voting-security expert. “The worst outcome would be if people conclude that there’s no point in voting.”

                  So voting remains the best way to make sure that we, as American citizens, get the government that we want to have.


                  To read the entire report :

                  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/opinion/midterm...

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                      Thursday morning on Fox and Friends, Eric Trump lied to all viewers about his families business ties with Russia and Saudi, Arabia during the time his father acted as President of the United States of America.

                      “There’s zero investments in Russia, there’s zero investments in Saudi,” Eric Trump said. “We have absolutely nothing to do with those countries.”

                      In the past, Eric has reported several times, that the family business relied on both Russia and the Saudis. Looks like lying might run in the family!

                      Eric Trump blatantly lied about Russian and Saudi investment in the family business he’s running while his father serves as president.

                      President Donald Trump’s son appeared Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends,” where he insisted the two nations had no business relationship with the Trump Organization.

                      “There’s zero investments in Russia, there’s zero investments in Saudi,” Eric Trump said. “We have absolutely nothing to do with those countries.”

                      In fact, Eric Trump boasted in 2014 of his family’s business ties to Russia, saying they relied on those foreign investments after U.S. banks stopped lending to them.

                      “We don’t rely on American banks,” he told a golf reporter four years ago. “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

                      The Trump Organization also relies heavily on Saudi investment in hotels, office spaces and apartments, and the president once sold a yacht to a Saudi billionaire.

                      “I love the Saudis,” Trump said when announcing his presidential bid at Trump Tower in 2015. “Many are in this building.”.....

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                      Eric Trump claims that the Trump Organization has "zero investments in Russia, there’s zero investments in Saudi, we have absolutely nothing to do with those countries." The Saudi government owns an entire floor of Trump Tower NYC, and that's just off the top of my head. (Bobbie Lewis on Twitter)

                      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/eric-trump-blatan...

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                          "In a shocking discussion that U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro (D – TX) had with Poppy Harlow on CNN today, he claimed that there are reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner may have given U.S. intelligence to the Saudi crown prince Mohammaed bin Salman, which in turn may have led to the alleged murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi."

                          https://hillreporter.com/congressman-kushner-may-h...

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                          Justice Dept. Charges Russian Woman For Interfering In Midterms

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                              'Information warfare:' Feds charge Russian woman with interference in US political system, midterm elections

                              A Russian woman has been charged with trying to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, authorities said. Elena Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg, Russia, is accused of using using social media platforms to create thousands of social media and e-mail accounts that purported to be from Americans, to "amplify divisive social media and political content."Prosecutors claim Khusyaynova is the chief accountant for a Russian entity dubbed Project Lakhta. Elena Khusyaynova works for a company owned by a Putin pal who has already been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

                              A meme allegedly created by a Russian influence campaign involving Elena A. Khusyaynova who was charged Oct. 19, 2018 in federal court with attempted meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.Department of Justice

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                              So it has begun. We were sure they'd try to diminish the Democratic vote and they have. This is the first criminal case of any foreign national being charged for interfering in our 2018 midterm elections, but I hope it won't be the last.

                              The 44 year old Russian Woman is being charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States of America. This operation was evidently meant to cause discord due to putting misinformation and arguments on line about political issues. Some of those were: immigration, gun control, and football's pro athletes protests during the National Anthem.

                              This is said to have been a sophisticated campaign that pushed incendiary political positions using fake personas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One push was calling Special Counsel Mueller a puppet of the establishment, while another posted the need to take to the streets if Mueller was fired.

                              Another spate of comments said people should unseat Senators Baldwin, McCaskill and Warren, and House Minority Leader Pelosi. The goal: dissention.

                              Officials have stated that their main concern is to raise public awareness of the fake on line campaigns as they head into the voting booths.

                              Read the entire report:

                              https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-departmen...

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                              Brody Allen Has Died After Fight With Brain Cancer, Dad Says

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                                  This sweetheart was taken away too soon, but the community served him and his family well. They came out and provided an early Christmas and showered the young man with gifts and love. It is wonderful what a community can do when it comes to our children.

                                  https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-coun...

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                                  Midterms: Democrats Seem Set To Equal Or Exceed Republicans In Turnout

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                                      Lining up for early voting in Raleigh, N.C., in 2016. Midterm elections generally attract fewer voters than those in presidential years, so small shifts in who shows up can have a big effect. Gerry Broome/Associated Press

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                                      Looks to me like the midterms will show that the resistance is paying off, at least with suburban white voters. Perhaps suppression tactics in those states that work to disenfranchise voters of color can explain why resistance has not been as successful with minorities; and I also wonder if the resistance against Trump didn't do enough to show how strongly Trump's Administration is harmful to minority populations.

                                      Right now, the polls are showing enthusiasm from democratic voters of all ages, and even in those states that have made it difficult to vote, people on the Left are lining up in large numbers in order to cast their votes. Older voters look to be dominating the midterm numbers as they have in the past, but Democrats might show up in a really rare phenomenon - that of a higher turnout than Republicans. If what looks to be a Democratic surge continues, it could mean the difference between a fairly close contest for control of the House or gains of forty plus seats.

                                      Let us hope for a sweeping victory!

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                                      A wide range of evidence indicates that Democratic voters are poised to vote in numbers unseen in a midterm election in at least a decade.

                                      Democrats have largely erased the turnout deficit that hobbled them during the Obama presidency, according to results from more than 50 New York Times Upshot/Siena College polls of the most competitive House battleground districts.

                                      Democrats may even be poised to post higher turnout than Republicans, a rarity, in many relatively white suburban districts on Nov. 6.

                                      But it’s not clear if this blue turnout surge will extend much further, particularly among young and nonwhite voters. Whether Democrats turn out broadly could make the difference between a fairly close fight for control of the House and sweeping Democratic gains of 40 or more seats.

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                                      Turnout is always important, but it varies more in lower-turnout elections, like a midterm, meaning that even modest shifts in enthusiasm can transform the electorate. It is a particularly challenging question this year, in part because the turnout in recent midterm elections has been so low and so [the] Republican [lead.]

                                      Across our polls, 58 percent of white registered voters say they’re “almost certain” to vote, compared with 50 percent of black registered voters and 43 percent of Hispanic voters. These figures are somewhat lower than in other surveys, in part because the Times/Siena surveys make a considerable effort to reach lower-turnout voters who respond to polls in low numbers.

                                      Young voters represent a larger share of voters than they would with a 2014 turnout, but they still lag a presidential electorate; just 38 percent of registered voters who are 18 to 34 years say they’re almost certain to vote, compared with 62 percent of those over age 65.

                                      Most important, 16 percent of registered voters who are 18 to 34 tell us they’re not very likely to vote or not at all likely to vote, a rare choice among the generally politically engaged people who agree to take telephone surveys. This compares with just 4 percent of those over age 65.

                                      It is entirely possible that these generational and racial turnout gaps will narrow over the election’s final weeks, as the campaigns work to mobilize irregular voters. There may also be individual races or states, like Georgia, where black voters turn out in large numbers. But there is no historical precedent for those gaps to close to the extent they do in a presidential election, at least not nationwide. Similarly, Democrats have not enjoyed a particularly strong turnout among young and nonwhite voters in most of the special and general elections since Donald J. Trump won the presidency.

                                      Yet Democrats have still managed to fare extremely well in Trump-era special and general elections, in no small part because of a surge in well-educated voters. That’s what the Times/Siena polling shows as well.

                                      Over all, college-educated Americans represent 47 percent of likely voters in the districts we’ve polled, well above their 38 percent share of registered voters. And white voters without a degree — the president’s base — slip to 41 percent of the likely electorate, down from their 45 percent share of registered voters.

                                      If Democrats can lure additional young and nonwhite voters off the sidelines and out of the undecided column, the party could be poised to break through in many of the districts where they’ve struggled the most to this point.

                                      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/upshot/midterms... (edited)

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