“Russia Didn’t Hack Voting Machines” is Fake News

December 29, 2016 Featured, In The News, Politics / Religion Comments (1) 1154

There is no compelling evidence that Russian hackers interfered with US voting machines to change vote totals in the 2016 election.

Read that sentence again, carefully. It’s true, to the best of my knowledge. There is, however, an important distinction between not having evidence of something and knowing it did not happen, especially when there has been no investigation that might have turned up said evidence.

In recent days, I have seen experts I respect quote, in mocking tones, a YouGov poll that says more than half of Democrats believe Russia tampered with vote totals. There is a valid point here: Many voters misunderstand recent announcements from the CIA and Department of Homeland Security that Russian intelligence agents hacked a number of entities in an effort to swing the election for Trump. Those hacks did not include voting machines, and no government agency (or any other reputable source) has come forward to say the Russians hacked US voting machines.

That said, reporters overstep the truth when they say “Russia did not hack American voting machines.” No one knows whether they did or did not, because no investigation has occurred. Continue Reading

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Get the Olympics Out of Russia (Just Say Nochi)

August 14, 2013 Gay and Lesbian, In The News, Politics / Religion Comments (0) 365

Russia’s persecution of LGBT people is ample reason for the IOC to pull the Olympics out of Sochi, even with only six months to go before the Sochi games. Here’s a response to the bullshit rationalizations for keeping the Olympics in Russia.


IOC says it will punish athletes who make shows of LGBT support:

Dmitry Kiselev speaks about “burying the hearts” of gays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2NlayCtujlU

Russian authorities confirm anti-gay propaganda law will be enforced in Sochi: http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130812/182723811/Russia-Confirms-Anti-Gay-Law-Will-Be-Enforced-at-Olympics.html

RUSA LGBT, Russian LGBT activist group, asks allies to boycott Sochi Olympics: http://rusalgbt.com/

Cost of Sochi Olympics, including those covered by Putin’s wealthy backers: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-russia-sochi-idUSBRE91K04M20130221

Wikipedia’s list of LGBT athletes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_sportspeople

Chris’s Blog: http://www.christopherkeelty.com

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