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People really don’t understand how audits work, and the media likes it that way

If you were reading my blog back around the election you know I’m a big fan of audits. They keep things honest. Auditing internal systems and looking for fraud and getting companies through 3rd party and government audits was a big part of my old career.

So like most of you I was really interested in seeing how this Arizona audit shook out. Leading up to it the democrats fought this audit every step of the way, in court, logistically, and by just being noncompliant pains in the asses (as companies which have nothing to hide often do!) My favorite part was when the democrats were freaking out about how the auditors weren’t certified by the governing body which doesn’t provide certifications to do this process there’s no certifications for. Good times.

When I googled the results on Friday, there were literally hundreds of news articles all sharing the same exact message. “Biden won. Cope losers. The audit was a sham put on by grifters, but simultaneously its recount proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that Biden totally won. If you ever thought there was any fraud in the election you are a stupid gullible idiot who believes conspiracy theories, and now shut up forever. Also it cost 6 million whole dollars and for the first time ever democrats care about fiscal responsibility. Orange Man Bad. etc.”

As I scrolled through dozens of these, I realized that none of them actually said what was in the audit report. Nor were there any links to the actual audit report. As a guy who used to write audit reports I’d rather read the actual document than take some journalism major’s take on it.

https://www.azsenaterepublicans.com/cyber-ninjas-report

And sure enough, as usual, the narrative was designed for maximum spin.

It turns out the audit findings are a lot more complicated that portrayed by the narrative. Shocker. Basically the headlines are all coming off of the executive summary, section 2. And note, they’re only taking the very first part, and then quit reporting as soon as they get to “based on our other findings, however” –

https://c692f527-da75-4c86-b5d1-8b3d5d4d5b43.filesusr.com/ugd/2f3470_a91b5cd3655445b498f9acc63db35afd.pdf

To break this down, the first part, the recount/canvass matches what was there before, and the only differences are statistically insignificant. News media goes Yay! Biden won by even more votes! Cope! Cope! Cope!

Except, the second part they aren’t talking about is… are those votes all actual legal votes? And the answer is possibly not (why possibly? I’ll get to that). Then see all those bullet points of problems, weirdness, and fuckery. Which comes down to there being about five times as many questionable votes as Biden’s margin of victory (for the state, in this one county).

This is where it gets sticky. Here is the breakdown of the findings.

https://c692f527-da75-4c86-b5d1-8b3d5d4d5b43.filesusr.com/ugd/2f3470_d36cb5eaca56435d84171b4fe7ee6919.pdf

Section 4 is the tally results. That’s what the media is talking about. Section 5 is the problems. That’s what they are studiously avoiding talking about.

They are divided into 13 types of problems, ranging from critical to inconsequential. Statistically, it’s the first few that are the big ones, and each of those gets their own breakdown in 5.3 and 5.4. Go read through those.

On some of these types you’ll be thinking, why didn’t the auditors take these problematic ballots and track them back even further to see if the signatures match the actual human being who supposedly cast the vote? Sorry. I believe the democrats blocked them from doing that in court. (which is totally not suspicious at all from people who have absolutely nothing to hide!)

Auditors go through the available data looking for problems. They can only take it as far as they are allowed by the system they are working in. In this kind of case, to go beyond these steps would require the law to step in. Will that happen? Beats me. I don’t know jack about Arizona politics.

Auditors aren’t cops (usually, unless you’re getting audited by certain government agencies, but you get my drift). They simply investigate and then provide a report to the body which makes actual decisions based upon their recommendations.

The rest of the report is about the systems and controls, and how they should be improved. This part is really telling. Basically the Arizona election system is easily manipulated trash, with crap controls, and if any private company I ever worked at got caught with this many holes in it, they’d fire all the accountants and half the managers.

Now, for the idiot brigade that is crowing about how this proves whatever they want it to prove about the election and how everybody else should shut up forever, here’s some stuff that’s not in this report to think about.

This was the audit of one county, in one of the questionable states. Back in the aftermath of the election, I found Arizona to be the least interesting of those questionable states. Other counties had way more fuckery afoot. Atlanta and Detroit were way crazier than Phoenix on election night. No audits there.

And even in Arizona, this is one county. I don’t know the area that well so I’m just going off of what friends of mine who live there say, but Maricopa is usually the red county. Pima (2nd biggest) is the blue county. And they still found 5x the margin of victory in questionable votes in the red county. I’m sure next door was totally clean.

So basically, of the handful of problematic places, we took a sample of one of the least problematic ones, and still found a bunch of problems… ergo, the narrative is that everything everywhere is fine, and you are stupid if you question it.

The media is just as smart and honest about how audits work as they are about how to ride horses.

Both sides are claiming victory based on what the report says. Only one side owns the media and big tech, so that’s going to be the prevailing narrative (and interestingly enough, that narrative was determined before the final report was given). What it says is what it actually says. So I’d recommend reading it for yourself to draw your own conclusions, rather than letting some pundit decide for you.

WriterDojo episode 6: genre

This week Steve and I talk about the concept of “genre”, what it actually is, what it is actually for, and why most of of the “genre rules” that get crammed down aspiring authors’ throats are nonsense. As usual our goal is to teach you how to work the system in order to Get Paid!

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WriterDojo Episode 5 – The Discipline of Idea Management

WriterDojo Episode 5 is out. This week Steve and I talk about how to get, develop, organize, and use ideas for your fiction. Ideas are everywhere. (and I forgot last week to post that Episode 4, Outlining vs. Discovery Writing was out, and it’s a good one) This episode I also tell the story for the first time of where the idea for Wendell T. Manatee came from.

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This Week in Politics – It’s all Bullshit and we’re Fucked

Normally I’d put my angry political takes on Facebook, and the blog is for business or posts that are longer and more well thought out, but I’m currently banned, so here we go. Rant time.

First, keep in mind all of our current political bullshit is because the Biden Administration really wants you to forget that they just caused the biggest military fuckup in American history. There are still Americans trapped in Afghanistan because we ABANDONED them there. (something that would normally be inconceivable). Our friends are dead, or soon will be. America has never looked weaker. We have never looked like a worse ally. Nobody is going to be foolish enough to trust us again, all because of how badly this administration sucks.

Note. I don’t even say how badly Joe Biden sucks, because he’s clearly a meat puppet they trot out to babble what he’s told, and then mute and rush off stage before he shits his pants.

There were hundreds of individual events/images during the Afghanistan fuck up, any of which would have dominated a month-long super outraged 24/7 news cycle if a republican had been in charge. They impeached Trump for a phone call and bitched about shirtless buffalo hat guy for months but images of people literally falling off of airplanes vanish from the news in the blink of an eye. Our evil news media and big tech is doing everything in its power to get America to focus on anything other than the fact Biden made our country look like weak, pathetic, inept, cowardly, losers.

Leave no man behind was our thing. Abandoning people should be fucking unconscionable. It is against the fundamental moral basis of who we are, but not to these fuckers. But they certainly can’t let the public focus on that.

So the first sleight of hand trotted out was, of course, abortion. Because when you are in the running for worst president in American history, and the news is trying super hard not to tell you the names and stories of the Americans we left to die horribly or be used as hostages by the motherfucking Taliban, and all your usual useful idiot cheer leaders are keeping their heads down because even they can’t defend a screw up that bad, what hot button issue do you trot out to energize your idiot base?

Abortion. Obviously. It’s a classic! Quick everybody, let’s all rehash the same tired stupid arguments we’ve been having for the last 50 years. Because we’ve not come to terms with that ghastly and gigantic stack of dead babies over several generations, clearly we need to fight about that right now instead of the giant embarrassing fuck up which should have resulted in a whole bunch of politicians, government employees, and military officers being hung from lamp posts.

So then the entire news media and internet turned into a great big abortion thing again for a few days, where we were treated to cartoons drawn by naïve melodramatic dipshits about how Texans are the same as the Taliban (and I’m sure most Texans would say if it means you fucking liberals will quit moving there, sure, we’re the Taliban, pack your shit and move back to California, progs).  Of course, as intended, this familiar topic roused the Useful Idiot Brigade from their hiding places, and they reliably dusted off their Handmaid’s Tale cosplay so they could rush back onto social media to scream at their friends and family like usual.

But oh no! After several days of big tech jamming clumsy memes and pro-choice slogans down America’s throats, polling shows the public aren’t sufficiently distracted from the fact we don’t actually have a president! Quick! Quit talking about how bodily autonomy is sacred and switch to how bodily autonomy is evil, because we’re flipping the dial back to vaccine mandates!

But wait… We’ve already covered all that bullshit ad nauseum all year. Everybody has made up their mind. Nobody trusts the authorities they’re supposed to trust because the experts keep getting caught lying their asses off, or being wrong, and no experts ever gets held accountable. So how are we going to reignite this crisis which has pretty much ceased being a crisis in most of the country (don’t believe me on that? Get out of your arbitrarily locked down blue city and check out all the videos of maskless college students having fun at football games like normal human beings again. The Jump Around video brought a tear to my eye. Watching people have basic happiness will bring joy to your shriveled little hearts)

So how do we put more new fresh crisis into our old tired crisis, sufficient that people will quit paying attention to the fact we don’t have a functioning government?

I know! Let’s have this unpopular, incompetent, corrupt executive branch go for an insane power grab! They can’t even guard an airport from a bunch of goat rapists, but by golly, they’re going to swagger back to America, say fuck you Separation of Powers, fuck your Three Branches of Government, tear off a big chunk of the Constitution and wipe their ass with it on TV, all in the name of “the greater good”. That’s sure to be a hit!

For those of you who slept through School House Rock, that’s not how any of this shit is supposed to work. However, the executive being able to just give itself crazy new powers on the fly is the inevitable end of the road that we’ve been on for quite some time. I’ve been bitching about this consistently my entire adult life, whether the hot new power grab came from Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and now this fucking turnip, each time the team sports cheer leaders would be happy their guy was grabbing more unchecked authority for the executive branch, while the team on the outs cried about it… but then promptly did the same thing once they got back in.

Laws? We don’t need no stinking laws. Just make a “rule”. Why even have congress? And the dementia puppet’s speech writer even handily stuck in a line about getting those pesky governors our of the way! Because why do we even have states?

The ultimate goal of course is to just have a cadre of elite “experts” from the Corpo-Uni-Party run every aspect of our lives for “the greater good”, without any of that pesky stuff like freedom or agency getting in the way. And some of you are like, oh Correia, that’s so wacky and far-fetched! Uh huh. And twenty years ago the idea of needing government permission to work or go to church would have sounded insane, but here we are.

Anyways, now we’ve got a hot new crisis of insane government over-reach for people to focus on, rather than the last crisis (also caused by the same government!) which is currently causing America to slide into global irrelevance as toothless consumer state so that Communist China can eat our fucking lunch (and continue paying Hunter Biden a quarter million dollars per shitty wannabe art-house painting for some baffling and inexplicable reasons that couldn’t possibly have anything to do with who his dad is).

But, but Correia, the inevitable statist bootlicker will cry, this really is for THE GREATER GOOD. Bullshit. I don’t give a fuck if the administration issued a mandatory order that all Americans have to buy Larry Correia novels or face a $10,000 fine, that would be really great for me personally! However, that’s not within the scope of their fucking power, and all Americans should reflexively tell them to fuck off. Especially the people who think they have something to gain.

I didn’t write this post to rehash the debate over abortion or vaccines or whatever tomorrow’s new crisis will be if this one doesn’t poll good enough. I wrote this post because all of this shit is a byproduct of the people letting our government become too big, powerful, and invasive. And when that wasn’t bad enough, the leviathan became one with the megacorps who control all information. And all you have to do to get a pass from those pesky laws and rules they hound the rest of us with is be part of the leviathan! Because what could possibly go wrong there?

And then some of you will ask, but Correia, what’s your solution? Lol. What solution? Shit’s probably going to get weirder. My solution? Buy ammo and food storage. Make friends with your neighbors and be useful to your community. Don’t live anywhere run by democrats.  

Best case scenario is the opposition party finds its spine and actually fights for something. That might stall the doomsday clock a bit. Realistically? They’ll screw it up. Or win (depending on how “fortified” the mid-term election is) and squander it as usual. Note however, I’m not saying the two parties are morally equivalent. That’s for cowards. Republicans suck, but the DNC as currently constituted is pure Satanic evil incarnate.

As our elected leaders continue to suck and fail, I expect to see a lot more civil disobedience happen. This isn’t a shocker. The left has already made it very clear that the rules don’t apply to them. The left burns, loots, murders, whatever. It all gets a pass. The right gets slightly uppity and it’s a world ending crisis that requires the full might of the federal government to come crashing down on their heads and 24/7 news coverage for months and special commissions and anybody who tangentially agrees with those uppity types needs to be driven from society for their extremist ways.

Progs like to blather on about the “social contract” but that’s a one-way street. We owe them everything. They don’t owe us shit. A black republican gets called “boy” and gets eggs thrown at him by a lady in an actual fucking gorilla mask and there’s crickets while a black liberal sees a garage tie and there’s an emergency FBI special investigation into the racist hatemongery of NASCAR. There’s one right wing protest and it’s an insurrection that requires 35,000 troops and endless fucking pearl clutching freak outs, but a Bernie Bro shoots republican congressmen at a baseball game and it’s like it never happened. A republican senator gets beaten and bones broken and the late-night hosts crack jokes about it. It’s why you can’t have a job and your kids suffer with miserable masks and all this abnormal anxiety causing bullshit that might emotionally scar them for life, but Barack Obama can have a birthday bash with 500 of his closest friends.

This lop-sided shit can’t last. The government doesn’t have a monopoly on force. Force got delegated to it by the people because the people trusted the government to use that force fairly. That’s the real “social contract”, and when it breaks bad things happen.

And for the fools cheering this madness on, we have this system for a reason. We have laws for a reason. We create laws the way we do for a reason. The founding fathers weren’t stupid. They were smarter than you idiots. Quit trying to gut or destroy every protection they put in place. That shit is there to protect you. But these stupid motherfuckers are not going to quit pushing until a critical mass of Americans just says fuck it and go full on Rwandan machete party.

I have lots of new stuff on Audible This Month

Monster Hunter Bloodlines is now available on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Monster-Hunter-Bloodlines-Audiobook/B09D1DH6NX

Target Rich Environment Vol 2 is now available on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Target-Rich-Environment-Volume-2-Audiobook/1705296947

Lost Planet Homicide is now available for pre-order on Audible:  https://www.audible.com/pd/Lost-Planet-Homicide-Audiobook/B098FGWLHJ (If you’re on the Plus plan it will be FREE)

and Episode 4 of the WriterDojo is now available wherever you stream your podcasts. (This week: Outlining vs Discovery Writing- Round 1)