posted on Apr, 8 2006 @ 03:53 PM
Made a nice long post in reply, and a gremlin ate it
So, starting over...
My opinion on the Diebold voting machines hasn't really changed. It's a new technology and is bound to have a few bugs. Since I tend toward being
rather distrustful of new unproven technologies (color TV, computers, ball point pens, etc...) I think there should be some sort of paper backup for
it, so any discrepensies can be backtracked.
Yes, governmental responce or lack thereof, on the Gulf Coast will be a hot button issue, that almost a certainty. Both local and state officials are
going to have to answer some hard questions, as they should. In an aside, I still feel it is up to the individual to prepare for such an emergency as
best they can, because assuming the government will be there is...as we all saw...dangerous. No matter how well prepared, a government agency
requires time to ramp up a response. A disaster on the scale of Katrina, and Ruth, it is just not possible for a government to respond with any sort
of immediacy. But more could have been done, and various officials should answer for it. In November, they will.
Terrorism is, in my humble opinion, an act of a new sort of war. It's not one nation against another, it's pitting a seemingly global organisation
against a group of nation-states. It's criminal, alright, but not in the sense that bank robbery is criminal. I realize that this is probably
striking many as mere semantics but it is my opinion.