If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.

― David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!

#quote #elections

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

Election politics is very much a type of marketing, and politicians are starting to use personalized marketing’s capability to discriminate as a way to track voting patterns and better “sell” a candidate or policy position.

Psychological manipulation—based both on personal information and control of the underlying systems—will get better and better. Even worse, it will become so good that we won’t know we’re being manipulated.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/surveillance-based-manipulation-how-facebook-or-google-could-tilt-elections/

#elections #politics #psychology #surveillance #manipulation #facebook #google #tilt

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

To all folks out there in Diaspora who are interested in what the hell is going on in #Armenia. It may help to imagine situation to some extent. This #movie have been made by #documentary director #Ara-Shirinian. It’s long, there are 6 parts in it, not a high quality footage, but it has English #subtitles, that’s why I share it.
It tells a #story about #epic #fail to #change the #system by #peaceful #revolution, without #force. Authorities used #army against #demonstrants which is against #constitution. It happened back in #2008, but I believe nothing really changed since then. #Authorities even gained more strength these days and are able to show that we have more #free-speech and everything is okay. So this movie is called #Change. As we got to know later from #wikileaks West did not support the change here. It was ok to trade #democracy for the authorities they can better manipulate. Nobody needs really independent authorities here.

part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CPy311xwSg

part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKJlwmw3lYY

part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf9W8FhqMOk

part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOm_3uOnmPM

part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTAN_ZVZP9k

part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkpuubUbx3M

I know another very interesting movie, but I cannot find a version with subtitles. #politics #Armenia #political-prisoners #prisoners #freedom #democracy #elections #history #army #protest #Yerevan #fraud #falsifications #force

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

The final report from the international election mission, also due in April, is expected to make uncomfortable reading for the president. Nonetheless, this is a less troubled start than the early days of Sargsyan’s first term. On 1 March 2008, ten people were killed and scores injured during protests over alleged electoral fraud. Robert Kocharian, the outgoing president and Sargsyan’s old friend, declared a three-week state of emergency, and the parliament passed a law curbing public meetings.
http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/last-of-the-mohicans/76656.aspx #armenia #barevolution #elections #fraud #protest #march1 #2008 #2013 #armvote13

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

Immediately, it transpired that #Raffi was hovering up the votes. This caused some surprise with the local participants. Indeed, it became somewhat embarrassing in that virtually every vote was for Raffi. Every odd time, a vote came out for the incumbent, there was a slight laugh from some of the locals. On and on, it continued with Raffi getting virtually all of the votes.

Dermot Ahern
http://news.am/eng/news/143903.html #bavevolution #elections #fraud #armenia

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iOInWTzI7w

#armvote13

English from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iOInWTzI7w#t=5m30s

#armenia #karabagh #elections #fraud #democracy #armenian-genocide #freedom #law #constitution #armenian #raffi-hovhannisian

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)