[linux-elitists] Handheld computer - as free as can be
Wed May 14 21:16:12 PDT 2003
Nick Moffitt <email@example.com> looked into the void, and said:
> begin Shawn McMahon quotation:
> > Yes, when anybody responds to your or another liberal's little
> > political jabs, you always wish the other side wouldn't discuss
> > politics. There's no need to point it out, Nick, we know.
> No really, this ISN'T crackmonkey. Your ABSURD LIBERAL MYTH
> trolls are just OFF-TOPIC here.
Yes, this is exactly why I unsubbed from the crackmonkey list and
subscribed to linux-elitists instead. The myriad lies of the Bush
administration are well-documented, and yet there's this incredible
denial permeating our culture. I get sick of hearing both sides of the
argument, especially after enduring infinite repeated loops of it.
I don't mind a bit of political discourse on a list supposedly devoted
to Free Software, but when the same old flamewars flood my inbox over
and over again, I wonder whether I'd be happier just signing off.
To bring the topic back to linux-elitism (if not all the way to a free
handheld computer) I'd like to interject that the central issue in the
Florida poll situation is that the private company hired by the state
of Florida to purge Blacks and Democrats from voter rolls used secret,
proprietary technology to do so. When journalists try to ask them any
questions about it, they can beg off because it's a "trade secret."
Regardless of your views about the currently reigning administration,
cheerleading for crooked pollsters using secret proprietary software
to determine who should and should not vote in a state is completely
antithetical to the spirit of Free Software.
Conservatives and Liberals, Democrats and Republicans, even Greens and
Libertarians should be outraged at what happened in Florida. If you
are an honest person with beliefs that you hold dear, you should want
your candidate to win in a fair fight -- not a dirty one.
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