Hello Folks,

Did you watch the GOP debate yesterday (October 9, 2007) on CNBC? I missed it as I was working but it is going to be shown again (at least in the area I live) at the following times on CNBC:

  • Friday, October 12th, 2007 @ 9:00pm EST
  • Saturday, October 13, 2007 @ 12:00am EST

In the hopes of finding a synopsis of what happened, I went to CNBC.com to see if there were any highlights about the debate. The main story appeared here:


But last night there was another prominent link to an online poll entitled:

CNBC.com Poll: Who Won The GOP Debate?

Last night, I saw that the results of the debate clearly put Ron Paul at the top of the heap by a HUGE margin … something like 75 percent. The other clones were not even a close second. I went to that link again around 10pm EST, and this is what I saw:

CNBC “loses” the page that shows the results of the poll

This is not the first time I have seen the results of an online post magically disappear. I bet you if just about any other candidate was at the top of the online poll, the results would not vanish with a 404 error code.

I have seen Mainstream media (MSM – i.e. like CNN, CNBC, Fox News etc) dump on these online polls before, where Ron Paul was the clear winner by a large margin. They keep citing that Ron Paul has some “lunatic fringe” script kiddies writing code or robots that keep hammering the polls automatically to keep his numbers up.

Do I think it is true? Maybe. Let me ask you a question. Do the other candidates not have Internet savvy supporters that can do the same thing? I can’t imagine that Ron Paul can claim exclusivity on Internet support.

The other thought I would like to leave you with is this:

It is a fairly trivial thing to do for online polls to track the IP addresses of all those folks coming in to a website, tracking their clicks to register their favourite candidate. This way, if the same IP address tries to vote again, it would not be allowed as there is a record of it on the website. This would severely limit the amount of robots that can keep clicking the same form and submitting it. Can it be circumvented? In addition to the IP address tracking, the online polls could use CAPTCHAS. A common type of CAPTCHA requires that the user type the letters of a distorted image, sometimes with the addition of an obscured sequence of letters or digits that appears on the screen that look like so:

A modern CAPTCHA

Using CAPTCHAs requires that a human look at the above and type in the text they see, in this case “following” and “finding”. The words in the image above would change each time the online poll page was loaded in a browser, in order to vote in the poll, just once (if they use IP address tracking). A human can read this whereas a computer cannot. There is PLENTY of free software that could provide this service to online polls to severely limit the automation capabilities of these robot scripts.

So, do they do this?

If they do, then the results of the polls would be accurate for the demographic sample of users that access the site – there are thousands of them. If they don’t, why bother putting up any form of poll at all? Put another way, if they think that Ron Paul’s supports have “rigged” the results of these polls, why don’t they take proactive steps to reduce the ability to spam the online polls? Isn’t it the media’s job to take steps to ensure that the news – including online polls – they report is accurate? Why not indeed? Perhaps they would be disturbed if Ron Paul still came out ahead, knowing the online poll WAS CREDIBLE.

This begs the question. If the MSM is so biased against him and censors him at every opportunity they can get, why are they doing this?

Ron Paul is a serious threat to the Establishment, should he move into a position of power. The Establishment is a serious threat to the American people. There is unimaginable amount of fleecing going on by the government via direct taxation (administered by the IRS), and the insidious indirect tax called inflation (administered by the Federal Reserve) to support massive inefficient government bureaucracy, the military industrial complex, and Wall Street. It is staggering. The numbers are beyond comprehension. The Establishment is not going to let it go without a fight. You can bet on it. However, the MSM must be seen as credible. If Ron Paul shines a spotlight on the Establishment and begins to dismantle these unconstitutional government departments that have sprung up over the last 75 years or so, people might start asking questions as simple as, “Why wasn’t I informed about this? Where was the media all this time? Why weren’t they doing their jobs?”

Make no mistake folks. If Ron Paul gets into power, he would set an unprecedented example throughout the nations of the world. Isn’t that what he has always said? We don’t promote Democracy at the point of a gun, but rather by setting an example? Think about the ripple factor here. I am Canadian. Do you not think that if he was to eliminate the Federal Reserve (the central bank) and the IRS (the income tax collection agency) thus create personal economic freedom, other taxpayers/voters in other so-called “democratic” countries would sit up and take note?

I would. I would be wondering why we needed the Bank of Canada (our central bank) and the CRA (our income tax collection agency). I would then be asking our politicians hard questions why we can’t do “what the United States did. They are doing well.” So would the constituents in England, France, and ANY other nation that had this central bank/tax collection agency scam.

Think about it.

Please, please donate all that you can to his campaign. America will never see another opportunity again with this kind of quality candidate. I wish Canada had a well known politician with half of his integrity.