Flexfuel vehicles, the difference between running efficiently on ethanol and not is just a software hack
the terms aren't mutually exclusive, an oligarchy of plutocrats if you will...
But I don't think it will work, I think direct democracy requires an informed electorate, and I personally don't want to become informed enough on every issue. For example, I don't want to research regulations on crab fishing, or many other topics. Not worth the effort required to make good decisions.
But the people who were directly effected by crab fishing regulations would vote on crab fishing regulations and you wouldn't be put on in any way regardless of which way they vote. I see a system in which people only vote on the laws that matter to their life, it would certainly be more effective than a career politician making decisions about things they themselves have no interest or understanding of.
Except the constitution didn't really stop tyrants from grabbing power. If you believe the Princeton studies the US is an oligarchy run entirely at the whims of plutocrats. The constitution was ratified so that the aristocrat class could give the federal government enough power to collect funds and pay back war debts to France. It was written by a bunch of rich white men in secret without any input from the public, to pretend they had the best interests of the common man at heart is laughable, I mean they argued over whether slaves were people for fucks sake.
Also, let us not discount the low tech ways in which the voting system is rigged. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, and endless pools of advertising money psychologically manipulating people to change their votes. There is no perfect government, but given how awful what we have is I for one would be willing to risk something new.
Your roommates steal all the phone chargers so you have to charge your phone at work.
Just make biodiesel from these crazy life forms that sequester carbon from the CO2 air using energy from the sun, I think they call them "plants". Or Audi could buy out the patent and make cars that just run off of vegetable oil. This seems like a really convoluted way to get diesel when you can just take hempseed oil and add methanol.
He's not going to get a building named after him ever...
Provided you make a warning against doing just that it's okay. During alcohol prohibition breweries used to sell malt extract with a warning that went something like "don't add water and yeast and leave in a dark room for 3 weeks, it will make alcohol and that's illegal!"
Here in Milwaukee it already takes a couple of hours to get a cab at 2am, that is, unless you call uber
I've lived here in Milwaukee on and off for the last decade or so, and I can tell you right now this is the right decision for our town. Milwaukee is a city whose economy is entirely based on alcohol, that being said we have had awful cab service for as long as I've lived here. All summer long drunks flood the street for this festival and that festival, and every weekend the wait for a cab is frequently over an hour, sometimes it takes 20 or 30 minutes just to get on the phone with a dispatcher. Seeing as how the underfunded and overpriced bus system stops running an hour before bar close what we end up with is a plague of drunk drivers. Our cab companies have failed to provide us with the proper service we need (presumably because of the cost of keeping up an unused fleet in the winter months) , Uber gave the city an alternative and we made sure nothing would impede the solution to our problems.
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