Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Opus 2017-251: DEFCON: About Those Voting Machines...

I was on the road Monday but by the time I went to bed two people have told me that DEFCON made the news.  It seems it only took a casual group of hackers 90 minutes to compromise some voting machines.  I pause to look for a news article about it....

No headline at the Washington Times.  Same with the Telegraph and Fox News.  Let me check Drudge....  Nothing.  So I will Google it, and there I find stories that seem to have made no lasting stir.  I will check out the one on USA Today since that is written at the middle school level where I used to teach.

This is not the first time DEFCON has approached this topic.  I have attended sessions in the past where the concern was expressed.  Contrary to the article this was not caused by the “Russia” obsession of the MSM.  It has been a worry for hackers for years.  In the past the sessions focused on similar machines being used in elections at universities.  Hackers, not wanting to go to jail, steered clear of actual machines you might see at the polling station.
“This is the first time such an open and large-scale hacking of voting machines has been attempted, because until October of 2015 such efforts were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. An exemption by the Librarian of Congress now allows good faith efforts meant to find vulnerabilities, leading conference organizers to launch the event.”
Until very recently it was illegal to investigate the weaknesses of the system.  On one side that makes sense.  It is also illegal to shoot people but keep in mind that most gun violence takes place in venues where guns are banned.  Criminals are criminals because they ignore the law.

So DEFCON has your back.  Voter fraud is possible, which means it is common.  Somehow I don’t think the DNC or the Hillary camp have been saying, “We can’t do that because it isn’t nice.”

Most hackers that I heard were in favor of paper ballots.

homo unius libri


  1. From the very beginning, I've felt that the ENTIRE REASON we're moving to computerized voting is so the machines CAN be hacked.

    1. Out of the mouths of babes and West Virginians....

      Grace and peace.


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