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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Diebold acquisition (Jan 2003): Another reason to audit the activities of Diebold. "Diebold has further strengthened its position within the electronic voting industry with the strategic acquisition of Data Information Management Systems (DIMS), one of the largest voter registration companies in the United States.Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., DIMS has provided voter registration solutions and customer support for more than 22 years in a variety of jurisdictions..
DIMS’ voter registration systems support election data for more than 55 percent of the registered voters in the state of California, among others. DIMS offers product solutions for both county and statewide voter registration requirements. Thomas W. Swidarski, vice president of Strategic Development & Global Marketing for Diebold [said] “The addition of DIMS will further streamline and enhance Diebold’s proven capabilities of providing a total voting solution that integrates everything from voter registration and voter outreach, to poll worker training, the casting of ballots and tabulation of results on election day,”..
DIMS has also developed a revolutionary electronic poll book solution that can electronically provide voter registration data at individual voting locations. This electronic poll book is designed to contain data on all voters within the entire jurisdiction, and to eliminate the need for and expenses associated with the printed voter registration book. The poll book also electronically stores voter history information that can be uploaded to the voter registration system immediately following the election, eliminating the cost and long hours required to manually input voter history information. 2:52:48 PM
Brahmimi: War was useless:
"The US-led invasion brought terrorism to Iraq and caused more problems than it solved, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said in an interview published on Monday by the Austrian daily Salzburger Nachrichten. He also said he believed that Iraq could become a normal country that but the interim government faced a challenge in proving that it was not “a puppet of the Americans, which is difficult to do when there are 150,000 foreign soldiers in the country.” Brahimi, who was visiting Austria at the invitation of Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said “the war in Iraq was useless, it caused more problems than it solved, and it brought in terrorism.”
He said he believed that attacks on the US-led forces were carried out by Al Qaeda terrorists with the support of foreign fighters as well as by people loyal to the ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein." 2:42:48 PM
GOP lawmaker's 'suppress the Detroit vote' remark
: "[Michigan] State Rep. John Pappageorge, R-Troy was quoted in July 16 editions of the Detroit Free Press as saying, "If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to have a tough time in this election." ..
Blacks comprise 83 percent of Detroit's population, and the city routinely elects Democratic candidates by substantial margins. .. Pappageorge said he had not read the remark attributed to him but did not deny making it. [He] acknowledged using "a bad choice of words" but said his remark shouldn't be construed as racist. "In the context that we were talking about, I said we've got to get the vote up in Oakland (County) and the vote down in Detroit. You get it down with a good message. I don't know how we got them from there to `racist.' ... if I have given offense in any way to my colleagues in Detroit or anywhere, I apologize."" 2:35:08 PM
Virtual Research Associates (VRA)
: The VRA reporter is used by humanitarian agencies to record incidents and other information regarding the security of their field workers. It integrates information from wire services with direct reporting, and has a GIS function. An interface with Groove and other non-web-based tools is being explored. The company's other tools
track international news of many types
, with one product that "providies early warnings about potential international “hot spots”". The natural language processing comes from ongoing research project at Harvard's school of international relations. 10:27:26 AM