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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

News

In Mexico: an election or an imposition?

Following a hotly contested and seemingly fraudulent round of elections, a new president will soon take power in Mexico, representing the party that oppressed the Mexican people for more than 70 years. As the opposition to presumptive President Enrique Peña Nieto grows stronger, an enthusiastic student protest movement takes to the streets. But will they be able to save Mexico?

V.21 No.28 |

News

The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money

The Daily Word

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.

Top Syrian defense ministers, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, were killed in Damascus by a suicide bomber.

Shrinking Greenland ice sheet birthed a Manhattan-sized iceberg.

Track the extent of countrywide drought conditions.

City cracks down on illegal dog breeding.

Investigation of the Little Bear Fire initiated.

Santa Fe is the "best food town."

Senate Republicans heart secret donors.

"Outsized level of influence": an infographic.

The end of Penn State football is a possibility.

Should we be required to vote?

Sorry, but the Olympic mascots creep me out.

Just embrace the suck.

Ugh, I need some good news.

Life in an undersea space station.

V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

politics

Gary Johnson: Coming to a ballot near you

When voters hit the polls countrywide, they’ll see at least three options for president. One of them is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. As the Libertarian candidate, he’s pitching himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

“I'm going to be the only candidate that doesn't want to bomb Iran. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to get out Afghanistan now—and the wars. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I'm going to be the only candidate that wants to bring about marriage equality, believing that it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right.”

I got a chance to speak with him about what it means to be a third-party candidate for president in a country that’s increasingly frustrated with its leaders. Read up on his positions regarding the drug war, the Tea Party and minimal government.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, marched in Santa Fe's Pride parade on June 23. He says LGBTQ couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to get married.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Righter Than Right, Lefter Than Left

Ex-guv is ready to throw down with the donkeys and elephants

Gary Johnson changed his party affiliation and became the Libertarian presidential candidate in May. He needs to poll at 15 percent to get into the televised debates between ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama. The Libertarian candidate for president spoke with the Alibi about how his new party is working out, his opinion of Gov. Susana Martinez and what minimal government really means.
V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011

Guest Editorial

Kaaa-ching

Holding back the tide of big money in New Mexico politics

Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court seem hell-bent on dismantling campaign finance laws designed to prevent the wholesale buy-off of the American democratic process. The judges’ efforts are based on an eccentric interpretation of the First Amendment that could only be concocted by a bunch of insulated eggheads who are completely out of touch with political reality.
V.20 No.12 |

News

What's your voting story?

Tell the county clerk, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, about your ballot-casting experience. Why? She wants to be ready for 2012.

(Speaking of 2012, did you hear that ex-Gov. Gary Johnson, Republican supporter of legal pot and gay marriage, is going to announce a run for president in April?)

Toulouse Oliver will be taking calls live on government TV, channel 16, this evening. Phone the clerk between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. That number is 768-2100.

Or fill out an online survey here.

V.20 No.4 |

news

The Daily Word 01.27.11: FBI is pervy, women and $$$, PNM execs make millions

The Daily Word

State Supreme Court tells Gov. Martinez to quit blocking eco rules. (Read about the regulation halting here.)

PNM wants to raise prices 25 percent. Its executives make millions.

3-year-old dies in Albuquerque. Police say he was beaten by his mom and her boyfriend. The boy's father says he tried to get custody for months.

Body found in a freezer in a Carlsbad-area home.

Hundreds of YouTube viewers want to ask the president about marijuana.

TV star from Albuquerque talks about being gay.

Would-be victim helps would-be mugger.

Sexy times at the FBI.

The Army lost a little bit of nerve agent in Salt Lake City, forcing the lockdown of a military weapons testing ground.

Bush and co. violated election law, report says.

O author revealed.

The Packer from Pittsburgh.

Facebook founder's Facebook page hacked.

The diversion memo that tricked Hitler.

Women are better with money than men, says WSJ article.

V.20 No.3 | 1/20/2011
Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Madame Chairman

When closing the gender divide, an elected woman’s work is never done

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V.19 No.33 |

Video Games

Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Pac-Man

At the 2010 Usenix Security Symposium, hackers from Princeton and University of Michigan demonstrated how they replaced the software on a Sequoia AVC Edge voting machine with - wait for it, wait for it - Pac-Man! By itself, that's not totally amazing considering the machine's role in some pretty suspect election results, but the kicker is they proved it could be done without breaking the "tamper-evident" seals on the device, because the "software can be replaced ... simply by removing screws and opening the case." Now if election boards would just stop using the things.

V.17 No.11 |
Math is hard

In the Shadow of the Sequoia

or how I learned to love the black box

Sequoia Voting Systems is one of Diebold's competitors -- except that Diebold is now named Premier Election Solutions because nobody wants to walk into a voting booth and see the word "Diebold."

One of the areas in which they compete, is selling mysterious devices. We're not sure what these devices do, or how they do it, but we use them to count votes.

The other way they compete, is having their lawyers use variations on the Streisand effect to see who can draw the most attention to their shadiness. In a brilliant move that will leave Premier's PR team green with envy, Sequoia has pulled into the lead: they sent a threatening letter to Princeton CS professor Ed Felten and the state of New Jersey. The issue? New Jersey election officials had some problems with Sequoia machines on Super Tuesday, so they were planning to send a Sequoia voting machine to Felten for an independent audit. It's hard to program a computer to count button presses, but maybe a computer science professor can figure out the subtleties that eluded Sequoia.

The threat to New Jersey: "it violates their established Sequoia licensing Agreement for use of the voting system. Sequoia has also retained counsel to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis." Apparently the machines were licensed to New Jersey rather than sold, and checking to see if they work, isn't one of the allowed uses.

The threat to Felten: Sequoia will "take appropriate steps to protect against any publication of Sequoia software, its behavior, reports regarding same." If he does get ahold of one of the machines and sees something wrong with it, he better not talk about it.

The result? New Jersey backed down. The machines will not be inspected. Take that, all you paranoid malcontents who complain about government trampling our [intellectual property] rights!

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