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Comment: The "US is not a democracy" guys are half right. (Score 1) 812

by aristotle-dude (#46777029) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
But they are not right for the reasons they state. If you were to compare the US government against even Canada with it's appointed senate, it is easier to topple a Canadian federal government by the will of the people outside of the normal election cycle without any violence.

How is this possible? First for all Canada's head of the government is the Prime minister which is the leader of the party with the most seats in the legislature instead of being a separate elected "president". What this means is that a government can be toppled early if they have the most seats but no majority in the house and the other parties decide to gang up and vote down the budget or some other "confidence" motion. This will trigger an early election.

Citizens in a riding (district for you americans) can also organize a recall referendum to force a "by-election" in that one riding/district where the sitting member has to contest for his/her seat in a special election. If the ruling party were to be forced to fight too many by-elections and lost too many seats to the opposition parties, a general election could be triggered early by a non-confidence vote.

Unfortunately, since the leader of the cabinet and the leaders in the house are separate people in the US system and because losing the majority in a house does not trigger an election, the people really have no way to topple a government they disagree with without a violent uprising.

You cannot force a reset of the house or senate through a lost vote on the budget in the US whereas in countries like Canada, if the government loses a key vote, it is considered as having lost the confidence of the people and a new election has to be called.

Comment: Re:Since when (Score 1) 812

by aristotle-dude (#46776963) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Ding Ding Ding! Pure Democracy leads to a Tyranny of the Masses... left unrestricted you end up with chaos. A Constitutional Republic (as our founders intended) puts up some fences to Democracy that work to ensure individual liberty above the collective mass idocy.

Ding, ding goes the bell but there is a dim bulb above your head. You already have the Tyranny of the masses in the US in the form of direct votes on levies and other binding referendums. I am not talking about direct democracy but rather parliamentary democracy. The US House of representatives might not be called a parliament and you might have a separate executive branch that is elected but you still share many concepts and procedures from the westminster model of parliaments including a speaker of the house, rules for presenting a bill, rules for debate, committees and a throne speech but in your case, it is called the State of the Union address.

I hate to break it to you but your country is not as special as you make it out to be.

Comment: Re:Since when (Score 1) 812

by aristotle-dude (#46776953) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Oh crying out loud, not this shit again? No wonder your country is so messed up. You are confusing structure with whether your representatives are elected democratically or not.

You are confusing Democracy with Representation, illustrated by you not seeing that 'partial democracy' is a contradiction in terms. Democracy isn't voting for things or electing leaders. Democracy is implementing policies reflective of the population's requirements. Representation and voting for representatives are just pragmatic routines. I would argue that in a real democracy you vote for policies and the people in office should be instantly recalled when they deviate from agreed policy. Representatives should be interchangeable, and 'leaders' shouldn't even exist in a democratic government. Electing leaders is not democracy

You have a funny set of definitions there pal. Sorry but your country is already messed up enough as it is with your idea of direct democracy. Voting for or against a levy to fund a school is idiotic. A working democracy requires one to vote in a representative. The same process occurs in both parliamentary democracies and your country. I hate to break it to you but your country is not special in that regard.

Electing leaders is democracy if you are given distinct choices in candidates with differing philosophies. There are republics around the world that have elections where you only have the choice of one candidate per seat and they are all from the same ruling party. Are you suggesting that the US is a one party system?

Comment: Re:Structure vs Outcome (Score 1) 812

by aristotle-dude (#46764841) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

The US structurally still remains a republic (not a democracy).

However - when people are too ignorant to cast an educated vote, the result can mirror one found with a structural oligarchy - but to imply then that the US is somehow thus structurally transformed to an oligarchy is wrong headed.

A consequence of truly free society is that you are free to give up your freedom to someone else - either explicitly or through complacency.

You can't fix stupid.

You are right you cannot fix stupid. Republic is the structure stupid. Democracy is the method of how representatives are chosen. See:

Look at that list. It shows various types of republics with differing levels or democracy or the complete lack there of.

Comment: Re:Since when (Score 4, Informative) 812

by aristotle-dude (#46764835) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

The US of A has NEVER been a Democracy, Our founding fathers knew that a Democracy was not the way to do proper government and framed what we are today called a Constitutional Republic. What we have now is a twisted mess of a government that is controlled by the money not the people that it was intended to be controlled by.

Oh crying out loud, not this shit again? No wonder your country is so messed up. You are confusing structure with whether your representatives are elected democratically or not. China is a constitutional Republic as are a bunch of other republics around the world. You are confusing the structure of a government with how it is elected. There are various types of forms of government such as Republics, Parliamentary Systems and Parliamentary Republics. Some are partially democratic, completely democratic or undemocratic.


Finland is an example of a Parliamentary republic because it has an elected President as head of state and a unicameral parliament with a Prime Minister. Canada is an example of a Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy where the Queen is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the leader of the winning party of parliamentary elections.

Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 1) 204

by aristotle-dude (#46753951) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

I and 5 others deleted Mozilla and moved to Chrome. It felt weird after all these years to not have Firefox but we voted with our feet. It's not even a gay thing, it's a "we are sick of bullies and hypocrites" thing.

But what about the LGBT employees there? The CEO was just one of the employees (and now he's gone) so the only people you're hurting are the other Mozilla employees, why are you so against them?

Their sexual orientation is relevant how? It justifies their intolerance how?

Comment: Re:Russia (Score 1) 313

by aristotle-dude (#46748131) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

We can say anything about their government, but we can't say that they are not really ambitious.

Bullying a smaller neighbor into handing over their territory isn't exactly ambitious by historical standards, par-for-the-course more like.

Do you mean like Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas?

Comment: Re:New McCarthyism (Score 1) 447

by aristotle-dude (#46734719) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Because, of course, the alleged Conservatives never ever raise a voice in ire about somebody being liberal, or donating to liberal causes, of being a card-carrying member of the ACLU.

Sorry dude, but your own bed is a mess.

I dare you to watch this video and then come back here and explain yourself.

Would you care to explain why this person's personal taxes, tweets and Facebook posts were the business of the IRS when they applied for non-profit status of a government watchdog group? Would you care to explain why their business was suddenly audited on numerous occasions after filing for that status for a separate entity they were founding? Would you care to explain why OSHA showed up and fined her company 20k despite a finding of nothing wrong after filing for non-profit status of a separate entity? Would you care to explain why the FBI had her and members of her non-profit organization investigated for possible terrorist activity?

No wrong doing was found and no motive for going after her was offered by the government and yet they still randomly fined here business 20k and continually harassed her and her family.

Comment: Will you now believe that fascism is left-wing? (Score 0, Troll) 447

by aristotle-dude (#46734531) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem
How many examples will be required before you believe that fascism has always been a left or centre-left wing ideology? The control of the means of production the tendency for social/political control usually go hand in hand. The National Socialist Worker Party started out as a far left organization and moved to centre-left only to garner support from some industrialists. The same thing happened with the leftist Labour party under Tony Blair. They moved to the centre to make themselves electable enough to garner a majority government. Under his regime, the surveillance state apparatus was increased significantly and my CCTV cameras were installed throughout the UK. The left has NEVER been concerned about protecting individual civil rights. They have only ever been concerned with collective rights of groups and what they like to call "protected classes" within society.

The radicals on the left are continuing their efforts to silence all free speech political action of the opposition. They have no interest in individual freedoms but only their agenda. If you are not with them, they will scream at you and call you a bigot, a homophobe or whatever false accusations they can to silence you. They speak of "tolerance" but what they really want is your silence and they have no tolerance of their own for differing view points.

They went after Eich for a simple 1000 dollar political donation and now they are trying to oust Condoleezza Rice? Why aren't these people trying to attack her not being called racists and misogynists and bigots? Are black people only protected if they are Democrats?

Enough is enough. The people who say that they stand for freedom must stand up for freedom regardless of which party you have voted for in the past. It is your duty to stand up against the bullies. It is your duty to stand up against the fascists.

Here is an important video about how the IRS and various other organizations including OSHA and the FBI are being used to harass americans over their political beliefs. This woman was interrogated by the IRS over her twitter posts and Facebook activity? What kind of fascism is that? How is that relevant to the IRS?

Comment: Re:Ah, antimatter (Score 0) 393

by aristotle-dude (#46680999) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?

God hid it.

God is made of it.

Okay, that's the god excuses out of the way... now on with the physics!

Which is more scientific because ... look, strings! I mean, alternate universes! I mean ... squirrel!

Just because you're personally too stupid to understand the proposed explanation doesn't make it a matter of Faith.

Right, you go ahead and continue "believing" the shape of the universe of the week story and that abiogenesis happened from a bunch of random proteins riding on a bunch of rock crystals being pushed around by water currents which somehow became complex DNA and then some something happened and we ended up with with a cell with nuclear DNA surrounded by a cell membrane and those cells somehow survived without a mitochondria to regulate cell metabolism and by some random events those cells swallowed a bacteria and this did not kill the cell and it somehow was turned into a mitochondria which would in turn split with the nuclear DNA to form new cells. Yup, all of those random events just happened somehow over millions of years if you believe their story. Their story is full of "something something" all over the place.

Comment: Re:My take as a 9 year LGBT Mozilla contributor (Score 1) 1746

by aristotle-dude (#46680949) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
Apparently you don't understand the difference between legality and moral legitimacy. Once could say that main players in the meltdown of the mortgage market got away virtually scot-free and yet many of us would say that they lost moral legitimacy in our eyes.

You say FUCK the inventor of Javascript and you have the nerve to talk about hate? You are the hater.

Alan Turing did not invent computers but he did make considerable contributions to the development of computers. I have no problem with individual gay people. I have a problem with hateful people like you regardless of your sexuality. Simply disagreeing with you does not equate to hating you. Your happiness is in your hands. All that it requires is for you to chose to be happy. Stop blaming others for your misery.

How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?