Non-Science: “What you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

Non-Science Nonsense is bad enough. But even worse is what we all thing is true that is not.  Five examples from just the FBI and our common understanding, as articulated in The Intercept: Five Disturbing Things You Didn’t Know About Forensic “Science” <read>

When it comes to voting, the public, election officials, and legislators believe many false facts, including:

  • Secure/safe Internet voting – no such thing yet proven, and unlikely at least for years
  • Military Level Encrypton
    • There is no such official definition
    • The military has been unable to protect its networks and secrets
    • Encryption is not a panacia
  • Email/fax voting is not Internet voting
    • Email uses the Internet
    • Email is hacked all the time, and is available to the NSA, Google, ATT etc.
    • Fax uses the equivalent or the actual Internet
  • Internet banking is safe – banks lose billions each year to Internet fraud
  • Voting is the same as banking – Voting is harder to secure that banking
  • Connecticut’s Post-Election Audits have proven our scanners are always accurate
    • The audits have been conducted in a manner that would not recognize errors
    • Our scanner results have been inaccurate, audits have discovered errors
    • Fraud has been shown to be possible with our scanners at any time
  • Time to stop auditing since the scanners have been proven accurate
    • Audits of Taxes, Business, and Government will always be necessary

We can be sure there are many more that we all believe, or most of us believe.

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