Bipartisan Group Calls on Congress to Hold Vendors Accountable
WASHINGTON - Today, election security advocates from across the political spectrum called on the U.S. Senate Rules and House Administration Committees to hold the nation’s largest voting system vendors to account in a hearing on election security.
The groups sent a letter signed by Public Citizen, FreedomWorks, the National Election Defense Coalition, the NAACP, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the League of Women Voters, Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and several others, and calls on the U.S. Senate Rules and U.S. House Administration Committees to bring major national voting system vendors to Capitol Hill for hearings to answer for their continued practice of selling insecure voting systems to states and localities.
Both The New York Times Magazine and McClatchy Co. have extensively reported on the questionable practices and sales conduct of voting systems vendors. Questions abound about new machines with Windows operating systems that expire before November 2020, voting machines that connect to the internet and non-disclosure of the vendors’ owners and major investors.
In February 2018, the Times Magazine reported that one of the largest voting system vendors, ES&S, pre-installed remote-access software on its voting machine systems. The company then denied the software’s existence in press reports. Remote access software which operates over the internet allows for backdoor entry by hackers into voting systems. Later, the company responded to a letter of inquiry from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and reversed itself, admitting that it did install remote-access software on some of its voting machines, but did not detail how many.
The letter notes that the last hearing the Senate held to which the vendors were invited, only one of the largest vendors agreed to testify. The letter closes by urging the Committees to “require participation by the voting system vendors” to ensure that a hearing can be held.
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Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic has a disturbing but realistic take on the destruction of the Amazon jungle and the political climate that is pushing for more destruction.
Here is an excerpt:
The Amazon rainforest does, in some sense, belong to Brazilians and the indigenous people who live there. But as a store of carbon, it is fundamental to the survival of every person. If destroyed or degraded, the
Amazon, as a system, is simply beyond humanity’s ability to get back: Even if people were to replant half a continent’s worth of trees, the diversity of creatures across Amazonia, once lost, will not be replenished for roughly 10 million years. And that is 33 times longer than Homo sapiens, as a species, has existed. Read More at The Atlantic
Time is running out to get your early bird tickets!
Don't forget to purchase your tickets for our Annual Gala, “Toast to the Coast”, on Saturday, September 7th from 5-8:30 pm, at Saunders Park in Trinidad. This elegant outdoor event will feature a fully catered dinner, open bar, live music, fabulous auction items, and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful setting and native garden that is part of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust’s property holdings. Proceeds from the event will support our work to protect and provide access to Trinidad’s Coast from Little River to Big Lagoon.
Tickets: $75/person, $65 early bird discount through August 16. Tickets available at Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata and on our website HERE.
Access Humboldt will
televise full coverage of the California Coastal Commission meetings
August 7, 8 & 9, 2019 to be held at the Eureka Public Marina
Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way in Eureka, CA. Meeting on
Wednesday August 7 begins at
11:00am, while Thursday and Friday
meetings on August 8 & 9 will begin at 09:00am.
There are multiple local
items on the agenda on Wednesday 8/7, including the Caltrans safety
corridor project. The Trinidad Rancheria hotel project item will be
heard on Thursday 8/8.
SCHEDULE for August 2nd 6-9 pm, 2019 Trinidad Art Nights!
Forbes and Associates * 343 Main St.
"Paintings by Jeff Stanley," Acrylic and Open Acrylic on Canvas.
Headies Pizza and Pour * 359 Main St.
Susan Mayclin Stephenson, Trinidad Artist and Author; Oil on Canvas, Prints and Notecards.
Moonstone Crossing * 529 Trinity St.
Oil paintings by Rick Tolley.
Ned Simmons Gallery * 380 Janis Court (Trinidad Coastal Land Trust)
Presents a Plein Air show including work from artists Paul Rickard, Antoinette Magyar, John Crater, Rick Tolley, Connie Butler, Andrew Daniels, Stock Schlueter, Dolores Terry, John Jameton, Jody Bryan, Richard Stockwell, Steve Porter, and Bjorn Lundeen. Coastal Country Music will be provided by the Tide Pool High Divers.
Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals * 361 Main St.
Photography by Don Adams Jr. depicting life in this picturesque harbor town and surrounding areas.
Saunders Park * (start of Patricks Point Drive)
Fire Dancing by ‘Circus of the Elements.’ Show start time is 8:45.
Saunders Plaza * (Parking Lot Area near Murphy’s Market)
Music by The Striped Pig String Band. Facepainting by “G’s Facepainting.”
Music sponsored by Merchants of Saunder’s Plaza. Also enjoy a game of Corn Hole.
Seascape Restaurant and Pier * 1 Bay St.
Local Landscape Artist TBA.
The Lighthouse Grill * 355 Main St.
Paintings by Antoinette "Toni" Magyar. Acrylic on Canvas.
Trinidad Art Gallery * 490 Trinity St.
Featuring blown glass artist Matthew Gagliardi and photographer Jim Lowry. Music by singer/songwriter Margaret Kellerman. A wine pour will benefit Northcoast Environmental Center.
Trinidad Eatery and Gallery * 607 Parker Road.
Fine Art Photography by Rick Gustafson. Music by Dessert First.
Trinidad Elementary School* 300 Trinity Street
Skate Ramps provided by Humboldt Skatepark Collective. ‘Boffer Ring,’ Styrofoam Swordplay and Role Play.
Trinidad Museum* 400 Janis Court (next to library)
Featuring the newly refreshed mycology exhibit in the Natural History Room along with the 50th Year Commemoration of Lady Bird Johnson Grove and the ‘Schools and Scholars’ exhibit. Harp music performed by Howdy Emmerson.
Trinidad Trading Company * 460 Main St.
Local art and music TBA.
From the office of The California Attorney General
SACRAMENTO — On the heels of a status hearing in the southern district of New York, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement welcoming Texas to the coalition of now 15 attorneys general suing to block the proposed merger of telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint:
"This is welcome news having Texas as a partner in our fight to protect consumers and competition,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our coalition of 15 attorneys general will do everything it can to ensure telecom prices are fair and competitive. In California, our concerns with the merger have been about the harms posed by shrinking market competition. Choice is not real if competition isn’t meaningful, and a marketplace with fewer active competitors drives up prices and thwarts innovation.”
The coalition led by Attorney General Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James filed the lawsuit on June 11, 2019. The companies – two of only four national wireless telecom providers – offer wireless phone services to over 13 million California consumers. The lawsuit challenges the acquisition of Sprint by T-Mobile because it would lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers, particularly low-income subscribers of the companies’ services. Today’s status conference in the southern district of New York was held to address trial schedule, discovery disputes, and other logistical questions.
In addition to California, New York and Texas, the coalition challenging the merger includes Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin.