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Techno-coup: Mission Accomplished – Putin/Trump: Is it “Game Over”?

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Techno-coup: Mission Accomplished – Putin/Trump: Is it “Game Over”?

Those of us worried about World War III need to look behind us.

It’s already happened, and we just lost, all in less than 100 days.

While Trump was playing the old New York street shell game of distraction, the unseen troops have completed their mission behind our backs.

The GOP set up the ground game with gerrymandering, Fox trained the masses with misinformation propaganda, and the corporations did their part by compromising the vote counting machines and the monopoly media, while Putin laid out the plan to the Trump family and friends, and his cyber-troops formed the rear guard.

The list of cabinet holders and members of Congress with connections to Putin’s scheme is ever growing. It’s hard to keep track, but the FBI and CIA are still trying. The FBI and the CIA are doubtless uncovering mounds of evidence of collusion, hacking, payoffs and corruption, but to what end? Does it even matter? When the mountain of evidence is so high that it could topple the government, …..then what?

So far the list includes the President and most of his cabinet, and a growing list of names in the Congress and Senate. If charges were to be brought and proven the convictions could include the president and vice president, on through the chain of succession to likely include the speaker of the house, along with most if not all of the cabinet, who now working like termites on the furniture of the American dream.

This Congress won’t hold serious hearings on the evidence, there are no lawyers in the Justice Department left to file court actions, hundreds of other judicial vacancies may never be filled, and the deck is now stacked against any appeal to the Supreme Court.

And there’s more than enough money sources to keep the corruption game going, as one by one the rules, in the form of regulations, are going to the highest bidder. The bricks in the foundation of Democracy that have been sold off one by one until that foundation is crumbling. It will take decades to restore that foundation and to repair the damage to education, environment, public services and protections, vote integrity, the judicial, health and welfare, infrastructure, and the economy, public lands, and so much more that is already gone.

The goalposts are now on wheels and the rules are gone, while all the umpires and referees have been sent home.

It’s already game-over. Not for Putin and Trump, but for us: we were the pawns and we didn’t even see it. The dumb guy really did know how to play chess after all – Check and mate. Nothing accomplished in the first 100 days? Guess again. There’s been some “winning”, all right, but the voters both are the losers.

Is there any hope of getting it back? Perhaps, but only with a very strong and continued effort, with social media and people in the streets and in the legislator’s faces, and even to the advertisers supporting corporate media. They drove the truck into the crowd and now we need to rebuild the barriers.

They made America broken and it will take a lot of glue and patience to put it back together again and to find ways to make it never happen again, but it’s going to taste like putting butter on burnt toast.

General Information/Voter Suppression

Is Your Name On The CrossCheck List?

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(Courtesy Al Jazeera)

The total Crosscheck list contains 6,951,484 voters from 28 states. These two lists obtained by Al Jazeera America represent 1,703,958 voters.

Use the search link below to search through Crosscheck lists from Georgia and Virginia. If your name appears on this list, you are a potential “double voter”. Voting twice is a felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison. Guilty or not, voters whose names appear on these lists could be purged from voter rolls. If you try to vote you could be handed a Provisional Ballot, which WILL NOT BE COUNTED unless you ACTIVELY CHALLENGE the suspension of your registration.

This is the first time these lists have been made public since the Crosscheck program began in 2005. Al Jazeera America obtained these lists through open records requests.

Look up your name in the Crosscheck list for Georgia and Virginia


General Information/Voter Suppression

Provisional Ballot Process in Florida

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What else do I have to do if I vote a provisional ballot?

You will be provided a written notice of your rights as a provisional ballot voter. (Section 101.048, F.S.) You have the right to present further evidence of your eligibility if you want up to 2 days after the election. Depending on the reason why you voted a provisional ballot, there may no further need in order for your provisional ballot to count:

If the reason you voted a provisional ballot is solely because you did not provide an acceptable photo and signature identification at the polls, you do not need to provide any further evidence of your eligibility in order for your ballot to count. The local canvassing board will simply compare your signature on the provisional ballot certificate with the signature on your voter registration record. If the signatures match, your provisional ballot will be counted.

If you vote a provisional ballot for other reasons (for example, your eligibility is challenged by another person, you are in the wrong precinct when you vote, you do not appear on the precinct register, etc.), you have the opportunity to bring in evidence to your respective supervisor of elections no later than 5 p.m., of the second day following the election. (Section 101.048, F.S.) The local canvassing board will examine your provisional ballot certificate, and any and all other information and evidence, if anything is available. The board must count your provisional ballot unless the board determines, based on preponderance of the evidence, that you are not entitled to vote.

How do I find out if my provisional ballot was counted?

You will be given a Notice of Rights which will include instructions on how to find out if your provisional ballot was counted, and if not, the reason(s) why, will be contained in your notice of rights handed to you at the time that you vote a provisional ballot. Information as to whether your provisional ballot was counted or not must be made available no later than 30 days following the election. (Sections 101.048(5)-(6), F.S.)