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Comment: Re:Nope, they anticipated this (Score 1) 441

by LinuxLuver (#46060005) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
True then and true now. Most democracies (almost 90% today) avoid this problem by using proportional voting systems that deliver diverse, multi-party legislatures where no one party controls everything. So they must work together....and if one party refuses to play ball, then usually someone else will. It's not perfect, but it's massively better than how the US does things. (In a system using proportional representation (dependong on how it is set up), voters vote for a party (list PR with candidates on ranked lists), or a person who represents a party (STV - Single transferable Vote) - or both - (Mixed-Member Proportional with local and list candidates) and seats are allocated to parties based on their share of the total vote. Ten percent of the vote gets a party 10% of the seats. Votes actually count! They elect people that voters actually want. No matter where you live..... It's so much better. It's insane the US is incapable of revising it's failed political institutions. Most Americans have no idea how their own country actually works.

Comment: Re:One and the same (Score 1) 441

by LinuxLuver (#46059877) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
Presidents tend to be selectively amoral egotists......or they never get to be President in the first place. Why else would someone sacrifice almost their entire lives to the pursuit of such a thing? The US system is badly set up. At almost every level the US Constitution encourages, allows or requires corruption. It's a system designed to fail under load....and with over 300 million people in 50's definitely overloaded.

Comment: Criminal Governments (Score 1) 441

by LinuxLuver (#46059773) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
The main reason I don't trust any government in any country to provide a just outcome in whistle blowers cases is that the governments typically show no regard for the law themselves. Over and over we have seen governments break their own laws in spying and data acquisition and use....and when they are caught they just make it legal anyway and no one is ever prosecuted. The whistle blowers are talking to the people. The governments are deaf to news of their own crimes. It's up to each of us to see to it that criminal governments are at least held to account through the ballot box. if you don't......well.....Germany found out how that turns out back in the late 1930s. Sooner or later you get a leader who doesn't even make excuses for his crimes.

Comment: China doesn't like the GOP either (Score 1) 634

by LinuxLuver (#45145605) Attached to: China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'
China is governed by people who see themselves as deeply rational. The modern Republican Party, to them, is deeply irrational and exemplifies the reasons for avoiding democracy and hindering religion. I can't disagree with them on this. . China and Russia signed a treaty back in 2000 for much the same purpose: to give the world an alternative to American domination.

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines." -- Bertrand Russell