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Conservatives Try To Blame Super Bowl Blackout On Green Energy

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Oh, give me a break Drudge…

Alan Colmes’ Liberaland

Never mind that energy-efficient lighting had nothing to do with it.

The Drudge Report snarkily linked to an Energy Department article published Saturday that praised New Orleans for being at the “Energy Efficient Forefront” and noted that the Superdome “features more than 26,000 LED lights” that conserve energy. However, others quickly pointed out that those are exterior lights, not the lights that went dark inside the dome.

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Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control

It appears that the “other side” will stop at nothing to win this election for Romney.

Salon

It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.

Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.

“We believe these man-in-the-middle attacks are potentially possible on a wide variety of electronic voting machines,” said Roger Johnston, leader of the assessment team “We think we can do similar things on pretty much every electronic voting machine.”

The Argonne Lab, run by the Department of Energy, has the mission of conducting scientific research to meet national needs. The Diebold Accuvote voting system used in the study was loaned to the lab’s scientists by VelvetRevolution.us, of which the Brad Blog is a co-founder. Velvet Revolution received the machine from a former Diebold contractor

Previous lab demonstrations of e-voting system hacks, such as Princeton’s demonstration of a viral cyber attack on a Diebold touch-screen system — as I wrote for Salon back in 2006 — relied on cyber attacks to change the results of elections. Such attacks, according to the team at Argonne, require more coding skills and knowledge of the voting system software than is needed for the attack on the Diebold system.

Indeed, the Argonne team’s attack required no modification, reprogramming, or even knowledge, of the voting machine’s proprietary source code. It was carried out by inserting a piece of inexpensive “alien electronics” into the machine.

The Argonne team’s demonstration of the attack on a Diebold Accuvote machine is seen in a short new video shared exclusively with the Brad Blog [posted below]. The team successfully demonstrated a similar attack on a touch-screen system made by Sequoia Voting Systems in 2009.

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How Does Obama Keep America Safe? By Doing The Job Bush Couldn’t Be Bothered With

Addicting Info

Rachel Maddow had a blockbuster exclusive [Monday] night as she reported on the ongoing efforts of the Department of Energy’s (you know, that department that the GOP wants to get rid of) efforts to secure loose nuclear material all over the world. Her specific report was on all of the highly enriched Uranium in Mexico being transported to the United States in secret for disposal. That means that except for a literal handful of material that is accounted for, there is no weapons grade (or potentially weapons grade) HE Uranium left south of the border.

While we’ve been quietly gathering this material since the Clinton administration, it was only when Obama took office that those efforts received the attention they deserved, particularly in light of the “war on terror.” Remember, the Bush administration dragged us into two wars on the claims that terrorists were out to get us and it might just be with nuclear weapons. Yet, no particular emphasis was made on securing nuclear material that, at the very least, could be made into a dirty bomb. Quite the opposite, the Bush administration outed Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose entire job was to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. Why? Political retaliation.

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