Another aspect of digital voting is that it can be done more often and on different scales than traditional paper voting ballots. Once a system is in place for individuals to vote on large topics such as the Presidential election, the system can be reused for other processes that were previously too granular to do regularly.
We set up the idea of the Republic due to old constraints on how information traveled which are no longer true today. So one would expect that we update our governmental systems to be more democratic instead of less. Digital ballots help to achieve this reality, that and digital forums where information can be freely shared and discussed.
Your arguments point to you not having a full grasp of the capabilities of cryptography. Using encryption one can caste a vote, be anonymous and yet still be able to verify the vote after the fact, all while having the data public for all to audit.
A paper ballot does not guarantee that your vote was counted or not altered. In fact it seems to me it's quite easy to alter or switch out paper ballots with none the wiser, as there is no audit trail if you expect to also be anonymous with a paper ballot. With a cryptographically signed digital ballot you can verify at any point that your vote was actually counted. And because it is digital, and does not require a physical ballot sheet for recounts, those counts can be audited at any time in history.
The software that runs the polling needs to be open source precisely because of security issues. Without the ability for the public to audit the code there is no way to know if an attack vector was used or possible. Not to mention one could mathematically prove that a software solution is in fact reasonably fair and secure only if it is publicly available. If each vote is cryptographically signed, and the polls were somehow tampered with, it would be readily apparent due to the reproducibility which is not available with a close source black box. Once a vector is found the count could be recalculated, or the votes retaken.
@kemitchell I may have been confused by what your intentions were, by referencing everything fitting in a bag and cooking for people in the street, I think I got sidetracked that the idea was to have the bare minimum to cook anything anywhere. To me, this points to camping equipment.
By kettle pot, I meant something like this:
It fits around the stove, and has a coffee filter plunger.
You can also use a large stainless steel mug with a lid, etc. They also make pot/mugs that fit around canteens that also have a minimal stove for heating up water and cooking meals. This is kind of what I thought you had in mind. My point was, for one person, having a pot that is tall means that you can use it for boiling and steaming while still being portable.
Of course, what I like to cook with at home is entirely different than what I would carry in a backpack. Maybe the emphasis should be on cooking with what you have?
I am really impressed with the electric pressure cookers these days. You can get a decent one for $85 which does just about anything. And in a way it could be much more stealth than pulling out a propane stove. Just find an outdoor outlet at a park...ask any homeless person where they charge their phone and they'll likely know where one is to use. :)
I especially like them because you can make foods shelf stable by cooking in mason jars. This also allows you to cook multiple meals at once.
Anyways, I'd be game for your challenge.
Are you guys using Doctor Bronner's block soap or the liquid one? It sounds like a soap I'd like to try. Any scent you'd recommend?
I use the liquid Castile soap, usually the regular peppermint or the hemp tea tree.
Rosemary essential oil is amazing. I've been looking at purchasing some glass labware so that I can do my own steam distillation, rosemary oil being the first thing I want to make. In the past, I have used alcohol or oil as carriers for rosemary scents, so if you're feeling adventurous you could always make your own rosemary scented soaps by heating the oils that you want to use with rosemary before adding the lye. The type of lye you use determines whether the soap is liquid or solid, purchase KOH (Potassium Hydroxide) for making liquid soap.
@Matt McKegg Mine seems to be intermittent. I think that I've gotten badge notifications on new private messages, but not on the responses.
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