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Comment: Re:Dissappointed (Score 1) 286

by aybiss (#47480593) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

When the pendulum swings the other way you probably have a great deal of tolerance for supposed electoral mandates.

You may be correct, but I've yet to see it happen. Tony Abbot's mantra of "we have a mandate" is almost as scary as the "we don't comment on operational matters" one. They both seek to treat the entire electorate, including a proportion of their own voters I'll bet, like they are completely stupid. You can vote Liberal but still think it's inappropriate for someone else to control who you can and can't marry. Tony Abbot would stand up and say he has a mandate on that too - in fact I'm surprised he hasn't.

The moral certitude you indulge has you reaching for some thread that would grant immunity to your agenda despite election results.

I don't think I was indulging or attempting to push any agenda and if I was it certainly wasn't to depose the democratically elected government of my country, merely to point out the sheer numerical weight AGAINST the idea of having a clear mandate on any one topic without having had a specific referendum on that topic.

As someone already pointed out, they voted Liberal to get rid of Labour (an action I find irresponsible but anyway...). That means at least one person didn't vote for repealing the carbon tax, but voted Liberal. Does that mean that they now have "mandate-1"? No, it just reinforces the fact that they don't have a mandate on anything.

Comment: Re:The market is rigged already (Score 2) 76

by aybiss (#47480119) Attached to: The Hacking of NASDAQ

The thing is that this is so wrong and simply not how things work. Nobody would trade on a market where the first person to bid or offer is the not first person to trade. In your example, as soon as someone said 'will pay $500', they would be given the bike that was available at $400. And they would pay $400, not $500.

The other thing is, even if this did occur, the person wanting to pay $500 for a bike has gotten what they want. This is called liquidity and it's valuable in its own right. If they didn't want to pay $500 for a bike then they shouldn't go to a market place and say that they did. But they did, because they didn't want the $500 as it won't help them travel to the shops (by itself).

Comment: Re:Dissappointed (Score 5, Insightful) 286

by aybiss (#47480057) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Do you happen to work at the Australia Institute?

I'm so sick of being told that because one party has a majority at one election they have 'a mandate' to follow through on every horrible plan they conceive.

1 - Not everybody voted for them.
2 - They aren't the only party sitting in parliament.
3 - Even if you DID vote for them AND live in one of their electorates you are still entitled to disagree with them on any issue you choose.

Let's not even go down the path of trying to separate the rhetoric of 'power poverty' from all the other contributing factors in power prices.

Did you get your $550 yet? Didn't think so.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre