Dead Man Driving

Dead man driving

There will always be dead people registered to vote just as there will always be dead people licensed to drive. No matter how hard you try to keep the voter rolls up to date, you are doomed to fail. Even if you removed every dead person from the voter rolls by close of business today, there will be another 4,000 corpses on the rolls by close of business tomorrow night. Just do the Math(s):

The population of the USA in 2014 was 318.9 million
Around 80 million were under 20 years old leaving about 238 million adults. Total reported deaths in 2014 were 2.6 million of which about 50,000 were under voting age.

In any given year around 2.5 million of 238 million American adults will die (that’s about 1%).

There are an estimated 150 million registered voters in the USA of which roughly 1% (1.5 million) will probably die in any given year. That’s around 125,000 every month or more than 4000 every single day.

That is why there will always be dead people registered to vote, another 4000 each and every day in fact. You can do a similar analysis for people who move from one electorate to another. There will always be a shed load of people who are eligible to vote in more than one electorate. This is not corruption, it is not incompetence it is a simple fact and a fact of no more significance than the fact that lots of dead people hold valid drivers licenses. They don’t drive because they are dead and they don’t vote for the same reason.

Detection of votes cast on behalf of dead persons, or of votes cast more than once by the same person are easily detected.

I have researched the the subject here in Australia and the incidence of voter fraud by impersonation is virtually zero. When I vote, my name is crossed off a list, if someone else tries to vote in my name (or has already usurped my vote) the fraud is detected more or less immediately. Routine post election analysis  confirms that election fraud by voter impersonation is virtually zero.

The real agenda here is the desire by some to introduce Voter ID in order to restrict the number of legitimate voters from exercising their rights as citizens. Voter ID will not stop voter fraud  because there hardly any voter fraud  to stop. Voter ID is a solution to a none existent problem. In any case, voter impersonation is probably the least effective and most inefficient strategy for swinging an election. Just imagine trying to organize several million voter impersonations; it is just not credible and every body knows it.

However; if you like false correlations and bullshit reasoning, you should keep an eye out for all those dead people driving and causing accidents out there.

Stats Source: National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 65 No. 4
Some sources say up to 200 million registered voters in 2016

President Queenie?

Observing Trump over the last year or so, I couldn’t help but think I had seen him before somewhere but the recollection stubbornly refused to materialize.

My first thought was Mussolini, Trump struts like Mussolini and pouts like Mussolini but the resemblance is only superficial. Then it came to me, Trump is the reincarnation of Queenie as played by the brilliant Miranda Richardson in “The Black Adder”.

Richardson’s “Queenie” is a peevish, pouting, petulant child with absolute power over life and death. A portrayal of comic genius but with undertones of terror.

  • What if Queenie came to life?
  • What if Queenie occupied the White House?
  • What if Queenie held the nuclear codes?

Oh Deary me!

Kompromat

One of Trump’s recent brushes with scandal reminds me of a story I heard years ago about President Sukarno of Indonesia when the KGB ran a “kompromat” sting against him back in the Nikita Khrushchev era.

KGB agents of the USSR were experts at the art of “kompromat” or sexual attack. Targets were researched thoroughly in order to learn their sexual preferences. The first contact with an object appeared to be incidental, but it was all over with blackmail when it was explained to the victim that he had no way out other than to cooperate with Soviet intelligence.

Indonesian President Ahmed Sukarno appeared to be an ideal target because he was known for his sexual passion. The KGB sent a group of young girls to him during his visit to Moscow. The girls got acquainted with Sukarno on a plane disguised as air hostesses, then he invited them to his hotel room in Moscow and arranged a grand orgy.

The orgy was secretly filmed and Sukarno was later invited to view the result. The KGB were expecting him to get really frightened and agree to cooperate with them at once.

Sukarno had other ideas, he asked for copies to take back to Indonesia to be shown in movie theatres. Sukarno told the flabbergasted KGB agents that the people of Indonesia would be very proud of him, if they could see him doing the nasty with Russian girls.

Putin is famously ex KGB.

Pussy

This page is dedicated to Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy.

Susan Herbert studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford. After working for English National Opera and the Theatre Royal in London, she specialized in limited-edition prints of theatrical animals and exhibited frequently. She died in September 2014.

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Cancer

This popped up on my Facebook timeline this morning courtesy of Facebook’s software which likes to remind you of past posts. This was my first post after being diagnosed with cancer and immediately after my first session of chemotherapy. Needless to say, I’m still here and more or less intact after the “Slash burn and poison” treatment. The treatment is brutal but it works and Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence.

QUOTE

As I was saying before being so rudely interrupted …

I was watching Australia’s right wing Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, on TV this morning when it suddenly struck me that I had no need to rush to the toilet and throw up, nor did I feel any particular urge to kick the TV over, smash the screen or even change to a less provocative channel.

This highly unusual passivity in the presence of right wing provocation led to an incipient panic attack followed by some deep self questioning. Had I suddenly shifted to the dark side ? Had I lost my long held liberal (small ‘l’) principles ? Had I come out of some deeply sublimated conservative closet and become a Liberal party (large ‘L’) supporter.

Before concluding that I had completely lost my marbles along with any claims to rational thought, I recalled that in concert with chemotherapy treatment you get anti-nausea drugs at no extra charge. The intravenous anti-nausea medication has the unexpected side effect of enabling one to view right wing political bullshit with calmness and serenity while still seeing it for the intellectually bankrupt crap that it is.

So there you are ! Despite the presence of a cocktail of canny chemicals seeking and destroying a few out of control cells, my critical thinking skills seem to be more or less intact. Excepting, that is… Each time I see a camper van I seem to develop an overwhelming desire to study Latin and chemistry. “Illegitimi non carborundum” as we say in the crack game.

Belatedly, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and are having a good 2015. I did and I am.

UNQUOTE

That’s what I thought about cancer while going through it, some of what I wrote was pure bravado of course because it is in the nature of we males to hide our fear. It is in the nature of women too; in the many hospital waiting rooms I shared with other cancer patients, I never heard a single complaint nor did I see anyone feeling sorry for themselves.

Do I have advice for other cancer patients? No! But a word to those whose friends or relations are cancer patients, treat them as you always treated them because they haven’t changed. They may be a little thinner, sport a more extreme hairstyle perhaps but they are still what they always were. Cancer does not define them.

Cheers!