posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 01:24 PM
Originally posted by nenothtu
reply to post by VitriolAndAngst
All of that is so, but Google is one of the interfaces between the policy makers and the policy followers, and as such has a role to play in the
formation and especially the dissemination of public opinion. I wouldn't imagine that they are actively hacking results, but rather are reporting
hacked results as fact.
The fact that the results were released that early does lead me to wonder as to the degree of collusion, however. It does seem that someone at Google
should be able to count to 12, such that they would understand that 10 comes before 11, and results from the 11th could in no logical way be released
on the 10th.
Compounding the suspicion based on the premature release is the subsequent pulling of those results, indicating that it had to be a mistake of some
sort, whether intentional fraud or accidentally released test, and that by itself tends to weed out the "it's just a running report of an ongoing
>> Just because it says "google" on it doesn't mean there was any high level decisions in the process. Google "NEWS" is just a pet project and
for the most part, just aggregating other existing news sources. Election coverage might be one or two low-level employees, who build scripts for the
feeds, and if they BOTHER with them, it's with layout and bug checking. That means ALL the elections and county votes are managed by one over-worked
Google is merely a source for searching -- it is nowhere near a media company.
>> Likely there is NO connection to any rigged data source other than the normal election results listed by the county or state. The task of the web
developer is most likely in connecting to these sources and to tweak things because every State or County with it's own elections website is probably
doing things slightly differently. So if they got this wrong, or someone on the County's website changed things -- or the server just crashed -- you
could see FUBAR results like the ones we are discussing.
>> However, if the data is coming from a private company running electronic voting machines -- that might raise more questions, because they have
staff dedicated to this and run the same applications (for millions of dollars) in hundreds of locations. There RSS feed would be consistent and
likely accurate -- at least to what THEIR databases are saying. These private voting companies wouldn't have any purpose if they DIDN"T Rig
elections, since some University could have been tasked to create a public domain touch-screen voting app for peanuts.
Heck, I could program a touch-screen app that you just put your custom fields and database link to -- as could a million other multimedia and other
developers for a thousandth of what Diebold and the rest got these contracts for -- however, we aren't multi-millionaires who can be counted on to
keep our mouths shut.
>> I'll be the first one to cry foul on rigged elections -- and I have. But in this case, it just looks like a small bug in an RSS feed scraper for
an overworked web developer. I cannot see any diabolical power involved nor opportunity for real propaganda since this is web-based, and anyone
looking at these results would see the CORRECT ones in an hour or two or from another source.