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Getting the joke: transparency

It’s fun to be fooled with a really good April Fool joke, although it’s not quite as fun to admit that one has been really suckered in by one of those jokes. Well, I must admit that for a while there, WorldNetDaily had me going, thinking that their article, ‘The Obama code’: Hidden messages in birth document? was serious. I guess it’s my own confirmation bias, being willing to attribute any bad thing to Joseph Farah and WorldNetDaily, that temporarily blinded me to one of the funniest things I have ever seen in this whole birther business.

WND has inspired me to do my own experimentation with Barack Obama’s long form to see what is really there, once one starts to think outside the box, and I found some things much more bizarre than the “smiley face” in Dr. Onaka’s signature.

From now on this is a serious story. As readers here know, I spent most of my career with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology, and while I am not myself an image processing expert (my PhD is in Rocket Science1), I know folks who are and, they were willing to share with me some of the almost magical software they use at the JPL to find and clarify images taken by our spacecraft.

This first image is a pretty simple transform of the positive image using first-order difference equations:

Fig. 1

In this next image, we see the application of a combination of Fourier and Laplace transforms to provide greater detail. I circled what appears to be a foot!

Fig 2 (click for isolated background image)

That said, a rather technical and tedious process that our lay audience wouldn’t understand reveals the underlying secret of the birth certificate that probably more than anything else crystallizes the source of doubt in the long form.

Fig 3. (click for more information)

The image file from the White House also contains an encrypted message in binary that says: “100, 99, 98, 97, … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 May 22, 2011 end.”


1At this point, the reader should figure out that everything about this is a joke.

44 Responses to Getting the joke: transparency

  1. avatar
    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    This is nothing but pure 100% Alinsky tactics at it’s finest. Voght developed ‘TheRepository’ and is a document reproduction technologies expert. He knows what he is talking about and has recognized like all other computer graphic individuals that the document Obama released is a absolute forgery created to decieve the American public by a usurper.

  2. avatar
    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Excuse the spelling. It’s Vogt.

  3. avatar
    richCares May 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    RIO, you haven’t told us why State of Hawai produces forgeries, come on, one more try.

  4. avatar
    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    richCares: RIO, you haven’t told us why State of Hawai produces forgeries, come on, one more try.

    Why? To help protect Obama in order to keep him in office. He is not eligible.

  5. avatar
    Suranis May 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: all other computer graphic individuals

    Well maybe computer graphic individuals might believe this shit, but proacticly no computer graphic professionals do.

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    richCares May 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    “Why? To help protect Obama in order to keep him in office. He is not eligible.”
    My, have we got such a powerful president, thank god for that! You should be afraid, very afraid. Your next destination may be FEMA Camp 1287 (commonly refered to as the “nut house”)
    .
    do you even comprehend how silly your views are?

  7. avatar
    Joey May 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    You’d think that in the four plus years since Barack Hussein Obama II first announced his candidacy, with all their scientific evidence, the birthers would have been able to convince one prosecuting attorney to convene a grand jury investigation into whether the President is truly eligible or not.; but no.
    You’d think that since the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, there would have been at least one congressional hearing held to look into the President’s status as a natural born citizen; but no.
    Sarah Palin: Birthers are “annoying” and “distracting:”
    http://www.adn.com/2011/02/18/1710257/palin-headlines-obama-birthers.html

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    Suranis May 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: He knows what he is talking about and has recognized like all other computer graphic individuals

    Computer graphic individuals? Maybe them, but as you well know practically no computer graphic professionals have said this is a forgery.

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    Suranis May 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Why? To help protect Obama in order to keep him in office. He is not eligible.

    Your saying that everyone in Hawai’i across 2 administrations, Republican and Democratic, are all in on it. Plus all the reporters at the press conference who viewed the original document are also in on it, including a reporter from world net daily.

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    richCares May 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    “…including a reporter from world net daily”
    why of course, RIO is from BirfirStan (just off the southern coastline of Nevada), they can easily be scammed. BirfirStan is where they shout “scam me, I got money”, that place. They love being played for suckers. (most BirfirStanies are gay)

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    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Suranis: Your saying that everyone in Hawai’i across 2 administrations, Republican and Democratic, are all in on it. Plus all the reporters at the press conference who viewed the original document are also in on it, including a reporter from world net daily.

    Were the reporters document experts?

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    Greg May 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Why? To help protect Obama in order to keep him in office. He is not eligible.

    But why would they create a forgery? They could have created an original, couldn’t they? In fact, they handed a physical copy of the certificate to Obama’s lawyer. No layers, or sharpening was involved at that point.

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    richCares May 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    “Were the reporters document experts?”
    didn’t need document experts, the State of Hawaii verified the copies throughout a strict chain of preperation and certified them, so no need for documernt forensics, numbskull!

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    nbc May 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Were the reporters document experts?

    As much as the self declared ‘experts’ the ‘birthers’ wave around. And they got to though the certificates, feel the raised seal… Instead these fools rely on scans and layers, concepts which they barely seem to understand.

    Oh the follies.

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    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    richCares: “Were the reporters document experts?”didn’t need document experts, the State of Hawaii verified the copies throughout a strict chain of preperation and certified them, so no need for documernt forensics, numbskull!

    And Nixon said he wasn’t involved in the Watergate coverup!!. We all know how that turned out. This is corruption at its finest within the Hawaii Dept Of Health. No wonder Neal Palafox didn’t take the head job.

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    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    nbc: As much as the self declared experts’ the birthers’ wave around. And they got to though the certificates, feel the raised seal… Instead these fools rely on scans and layers, concepts which they barely seem to understand.Oh the follies.

    Documents can be manipulated to deceive. Do you deny this?

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    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Greg: But why would they create a forgery? They could have created an original, couldn’t they? In fact, they handed a physical copy of the certificate to Obama’s lawyer. No layers, or sharpening was involved at that point.

    Again, documents can be manipulated. Birth Certificates are forged all the time for creating identities for illegals. Obama’s document is fraudulent.

    http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc0604/article_582.shtml
    Last year, in the largest such case in INS history, four midwives in Brownsville and San Benito, Texas pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent Texas birth certificates for 1,500 children actually born in Mexico. Making $800 to $1,200 for each birth certificate they falsified

  18. avatar
    Bob May 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    There are means by which to remove Obama from office that are both democratic and consistent with American values and traditions. The concept seems completely FOREIGN to Birthers.

  19. avatar
    euphgeek May 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    RIO, I saw this post on Free Republic that may explain this for you:

    So we should all run around and insist everyone calls it out as a fraud?

    Someone in Hawaii DOH handed over SOMETHING to 0bama’s lawyer. If they are already in on it’ that SOMETHING was what he has presented as his long form COLB.

    It is like accusing the President of counterfeiting money with collusion from the Treasury. You MIGHT be able to prove that there was a conspiracy with Treasury – but I don’t see how you could convince me you could prove the bills printed were “forgeries”.

    If the Tresury prints the bills they are genuine.

    If the Hawaii DOH prints the COLB it is genuine.

    And even if what Hawaii DOH handed over wasn’t what he is saying it is – are you saying they wouldn’t make a convince fraud of a video of his lawyer picking it up directly from Hawaii DOH? I mean if everyone is already in on it already?

    Can you paint me a scenario where this comes out roses, or where asking “Where is the Birth Certificate?” was ever going to be the path to getting this guy out of the Presidency?

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    Thrifty May 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Documents can be manipulated to deceive. Do you deny this?

    But why would the former governor of Hawaii help create a forged birth certificate and cover for Obama while campaigning for McCain? I would think that anyone campaigning for McCain would jump at the opportunity to singlehandedly torpedo his opponent’s career.

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    Expelliarmus May 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Suranis: Your saying that everyone in Hawai’i across 2 administrations, Republican and Democratic, are all in on it. Plus all the reporters at the press conference who viewed the original document are also in on it, including a reporter from world net daily.

    Were the reporters document experts?

    I don’t know. Was Michael Dobbs there? He seems to have impeccable credentials when it comes to verifying birth certificates of Republican candidates.

  22. avatar
    richCares May 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    some are even more deluded than the RAPTURISTS, Rapture never came, The Birther fraud concept will never take hold, Obama will be elected to a second term as Birthers beat their heads against the wall and continuel being scammed for paypal pushes.. It has really become a mental illness.

  23. avatar
    J. Edward Tremlett May 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Excuse the spelling. It’s Vogt.

    Any relation to Funker?

    Now there was a tragic hero.

  24. avatar
    Obsolete May 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    RIO, as I stated before, there are MILLIONS of people with enough Photoshop/Illustrator skills to know that the fraud claims are BS.
    Millions can scan a document with OCR settings, and open it in Illustrator and see layers like the LFBC. All the birthers will ever find are cranks who are NOT graphic professionals to make claims of fraud.

    RIO, do you have Illustrator and a scanner? I would be willing to guide you through the process over the phone.
    But I think you really, really don’t want to know the truth.

  25. avatar
    Greg May 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Again, documents can be manipulated. Birth Certificates are forged all the time for creating identities for illegals. Obama’s document is fraudulent.

    Birth certificates for illegals aren’t created using Adobe. on Monday, the DOH handed papers to Obama’s attorneys. Why didn’t the state give him fakes then? Why did the White House have to mess with photoshop? So, apparently, in your theory there are two different forms, right? The ones given to the attorneys and then the ones that were Photoshopped (and which are linked to by the state). That adds a layer of complexity – anyone could find the original given to the attorney (and shown to reporters on Wednesday) an notice it doesn’t match the electronic one.

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    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Greg: Birth certificates for illegals aren’t created using Adobe. on Monday, the DOH handed papers to Obama’s attorneys. Why didn’t the state give him fakes then? Why did the White House have to mess with photoshop? So, apparently, in your theory there are two different forms, right? The ones given to the attorneys and then the ones that were Photoshopped (and which are linked to by the state). That adds a layer of complexity – anyone could find the original given to the attorney (and shown to reporters on Wednesday) an notice it doesn’t match the electronic one.

    Ok, get the document to a independent firm to have a attestation done to it for authenticity. It would be a so-called second hand confirmation that the document is legitiment.

  27. avatar
    sactosintolerant May 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Yeah… when the birthers went all-in on a low-res Photoshop forgery, they really made a mistake. If it was a forgery, it was done on actual paper. Of course, 213948% of all birhters probably believe layers prove physical forgery too.

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    euphgeek May 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Ok, get the document to a independent firm to have a attestation done to it for authenticity. It would be a so-called second hand confirmation that the document is legitiment.

    There’s no need. Again, in case you missed it:

    It is like accusing the President of counterfeiting money with collusion from the Treasury. You MIGHT be able to prove that there was a conspiracy with Treasury – but I don’t see how you could convince me you could prove the bills printed were “forgeries”.

    If the Tresury prints the bills they are genuine.

    If the Hawaii DOH prints the COLB it is genuine.

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    richCares May 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    “Yeah… when the birthers went all-in on a low-res Photoshop forgery,”
    kind of wierd, they claim a low res scan is a forged copy without even considering the actual record which was shown to reporters (including wnd). One thing is sure, logic escapes birthers.

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    Retired Intelligence Officer May 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    richCares: “Yeah… when the birthers went all-in on a low-res Photoshop forgery,”kind of wierd, they claim a low res scan is a forged copy without even considering the actual record which was shown to reporters (including wnd). One thing is sure, logic escapes birthers.

    Have a look:

    More evidence uncovered confirming a forgery was made.

    “White Copy” not Made Directly from Certified Copy
    http://butterdezillion.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/white-copy-not-made-directly-from-certified-copy1.pdf

    And also:

    http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/white-copy-not-directly-from-certified-copy/
    White Copy” Not Directly From Certified Copy
    This needs to be in a PDF so you can see the images.

    When Obama made copies of the birth certificate to distribute to the media, the paper he copied from was thin enough to let print from a page behind it show up on the scan. I and another person tested security paper to see if it is thin enough for a scan to pick up print from a page behind it – mine being my daughter’s death certificate and Danae’s being the actual green security paper that the HDOH uses to print certified copies on. Security paper does not allow this “image bleedthrough”.

    What the press was given in their 6-page packet of photocopies was NOT a copy taken directly from the certified birth certificate on security paper. It was a copy taken from a print-out – most likely a printout of the layered, manipulable PDF of the birth certificate.

    IOW, not only was the green copy specifically scanned into a manipulable form, but the white copy is from a print-out which also could have been manipulated. Everything Obama has offered is the result of specific steps taken to allow manipulation.

    So we’ve got a problem with what is missing, since there is no tangible evidence of a birth certificate with a raised seal. (See http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/long-form-forgery-for-dummies/ )

    And we’ve got a problem with what was actually presented, because both the PDF and the white copy were specifically processed to allow manipulation.

  31. avatar
    euphgeek May 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Have a look:

    More evidence uncovered confirming a forgery was made.

    Again:

    It is like accusing the President of counterfeiting money with collusion from the Treasury. You MIGHT be able to prove that there was a conspiracy with Treasury – but I don’t see how you could convince me you could prove the bills printed were “forgeries”.

    If the Tresury prints the bills they are genuine.

    If the Hawaii DOH prints the COLB it is genuine.

  32. avatar
    Stanislaw May 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    euphgeek:
    RIO, I saw this post on Free Republic that may explain this for you:

    So we should all run around and insist everyone calls it out as a fraud?

    Someone in Hawaii DOH handed over SOMETHING to 0bama’s lawyer. If they are already in on it’ that SOMETHING was what he has presented as his long form COLB.

    It is like accusing the President of counterfeiting money with collusion from the Treasury. You MIGHT be able to prove that there was a conspiracy with Treasury – but I don’t see how you could convince me you could prove the bills printed were “forgeries”.

    If the Tresury prints the bills they are genuine.

    If the Hawaii DOH prints the COLB it is genuine.

    And even if what Hawaii DOH handed over wasn’t what he is saying it is – are you saying they wouldn’t make a convince fraud of a video of his lawyer picking it up directly from Hawaii DOH? I mean if everyone is already in on it already?

    Can you paint me a scenario where this comes out roses, or where asking “Where is the Birth Certificate?” was ever going to be the path to getting this guy out of the Presidency?

    That post will never convince a birther. The writer of that post used logic, and we all know that logic to a birther is like a toothpick to a tank.

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    euphgeek May 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Stanislaw: That post will never convince a birther. The writer of that post used logic, and we all know that logic to a birther is like a toothpick to a tank.

    But the writer was also a Freeper, so maybe wingnut to wingnut might get through. Of course, RIO is ignoring all my posts.

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    Obsolete May 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    If the U.S. Treasury prints the bills, they are Genuine.
    If the Hawaiian DOH prints the birth certificate, it is Genuine.

    Before proceeding further, RIO must explain to us exactly when he believes the forgery entered the chain.

    (I’m not surprised he ignored my offer to show him how any scanned PDF file will have layers in Illustrator. )

  35. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy May 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: This is nothing but pure 100% Alinsky tactics at it’s finest

    I wouldn’t know.

  36. avatar
    Wile E. May 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: I wouldn’t know.

    Why is it that whenever someone accuses another person of using “Alinsky Tactics”, the accuser always seems to have a much more intimate knowledge of Alinsky than the accused?

  37. avatar
    Majority Will May 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    “pure 100% Alinsky tactics”

    What does that mean?

  38. avatar
    euphgeek May 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Majority Will:
    “pure 100% Alinsky tactics”

    What does that mean?

    It’s wingnut code for “you’re making me look like a fool, please stop.”

  39. avatar
    Majority Will May 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Saul Alinsky, Emer de Vattel, William Ayers: the birther’s golden braid.

  40. avatar
    Dr Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) May 22, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    Majority Will:
    “pure 100% Alinsky tactics”

    What does that mean?

    If you get a 100% Alinsky can you have another one of equal or lesser value for 50% off?

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    sfjeff May 22, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: And Nixon said he wasn’t involved in the Watergate coverup!!. We all know how that turned out. This is corruption at its finest within the Hawaii Dept Of Health. No wonder Neal Palafox didn’t take the head job.</blockquote
    I have seen Birthers use this argument other places.

    Funny how Birthers like to use as an example a Republican President whose lies and corruption were brought to light by journalists with enough integrity to demand that any claim they made be verified by another source.

    But here is where the basic delusions of Birthers come through. Birthers not only think that President Obama is not the President- they are all convinced that he is thoroughly corrupt, despite the similar lack of evidence of any corruption. They cite false evidence of association and ominously talk about Chicago.

    I kind of get where Doc is coming from. There isn't much we can say to the Birthers that will make any difference.

  42. avatar
    sfjeff May 22, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    Majority Will: Saul Alinsky, Emer de Vattel, William Ayers: the birther’s golden braid.

    If it wasn’t for Birthers I would never have ever heard of any of them except for Ayers.

  43. avatar
    Majority Will May 22, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    sfjeff: If it wasn’t for Birthers I would never have ever heard of any of them except for Ayers.

    Almost none of the birthers knew of them either. Blind, cowardly hatred from anonymous smear blogs and millions of copy/pastes and the mindless parroting of fright wing radio ratings whores produced instant legal and historical “experts”.

    Obviously, most of them still have absolutely no idea what they are babbling about.

  44. avatar
    bjphysics May 22, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Retired Intelligence Officer: Excuse the spelling. It’s Vogt.

    You mean nought or zilch or zip or zero, as in: “I got nought.”

    Whatever