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Comment: Re:Shame this happened (Score 1) 130

by dryeo (#46787537) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

safe, cheap, and environmentally benign herbicide Round-Up

It should be noted that it is only Glyphosate that has been tested to be safe and benign (breaks down fast), not Round-Up which includes various untested surfactants (especially bad for skin though generally low LD50 levels) and such. Not only that, if you look at the price of Round-up in comparison to some other herbicides such as 2-4-D it's arguable about the cheap part.

Comment: Re:Revolt? (Score 1) 794

by dryeo (#46777005) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

The United Provinces (Netherlands) was sorta democratic after breaking away from Spain. San Marino separated from the Roman Empire and became a constitutional republic in 301, it didn't seem to be a violent separation though.
But yes, generally nations seem to get stuck with dictators after wars of independence, even the ones that start out democratic. America had an advantage as being composed of Englishman (sorta) they considered having a voice in government to be a right and proper and Washington wasn't power hungry.
The point remains that America had more of a successful war of independence then a successful revolution though depending on semantics it can be considered a revolt, especially at the beginning when really they wanted home rule. I'm not aware of any really successful violent revolutions though the glorious revolution was borderline violent and neutered the power of the monarchy putting Parliament supreme and for the time Parliament was democratic.

Comment: Re:Revolt? (Score 1) 794

by dryeo (#46776347) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

The American Revolution was really a war of secession, it didn't even attempt to take the war to London, overthrow Parliament or get rid of the King. Just get rid of the influence of London and create an independent country with its own government.
There has been quite a few successful wars of secession though many have ended up as authoritarian dictatorships, some such as India and Ireland have became democracies.

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 1) 415

by dryeo (#46763359) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

They'd be pretty stupid to out right vote for complex taxes (or against simple taxes). The law will likely never get to the floor to be voted on or it will combined with something else and what politician is going to vote for the "Torture Kittens Act" even if includes a better tax code.

Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 1) 341

by dryeo (#46753107) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Many lifestyles available 200 years ago are no longer available. Around here the people had it pretty easy, work like hell for a couple of weeks catching salmon and preserving them and there was their years supply of food. Hard to do that anymore. Those same people have it pretty shitty now after generations of being sexually abused and worse by the local religious people trying to assimilate them.

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 1) 99

Yes the whole thing was a mess but the Conservatives, who ran on a platform of transparency, did introduce a bill designed to fuck the opposition and pushed it through. That's the problem with this government, it takes a lot of screaming before they listen, generally they sneak the worst shit in using omnibus bills so people have too many options about what to scream about. So far it seems only the Supreme Court has really been able to reign them in. I wish we still had our minority governments as majorities just have too much power no matter who is in power.
About the only good thing about the American system is the lack of party discipline and Canada would be better if MPs could vote what their constituencies wanted instead of the party head..

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 1) 99

I'd like a citation for that. Just spent half an hour looking and can't find anything for the Canadian Federal Liberal Party though it wouldn't surprise me too much as they were quite corrupt. I do know that I never had a problem voting in a federal election until the last election when the early voting place was 30 miles away in the wrong direction instead of the normal place, a problem for me as being self-employed I have a harder time taking Tuesday afternoon off. Not to mention the severe shortage of choices on the ballot.
I also know that the Conservatives are trying to remove the right to vote from my wife and son. My wife has never had a problem voting before but since she doesn't drive it appears that her ID is no longer good enough and it's going to take years for her updated ID to be issued by the federal government.
I'll say one thing about the Conservatives, they make the Liberals not seem quite as bad, perhaps they need to do more in the way of giving Senate seats to media people to get their message out, then again by threatening to bring in American media companies if they don't toe the line perhaps they'll keep the independent media dependent.

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 1) 99

Ideally the Constitutional Monarch should have just slightly more power. Currently in Canada the Governor General does whatever the PM tells him to do, right or wrong. This has resulted in Harper proroguing Parliament when the shit was about to hit the fan a couple of times including once when he's government was going to lose a vote of confidence the next day, then he went on about how it wasn't democratic if the opposition parties ganged up on him and formed a coalition government like the UK and Australia currently have. A government consists of which ever part[y][ies] can pass a budget and if none can then Parliament is dissolved and there are elections. The voters get pissed off if this happens too often.

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 1) 99

The Conservatives got training from the American Republican Party. They have been caught cheating, there is lots of other evidence of other cheating and now they're changing the rules so that our formally excellent system is no more. Elections Canada isn't even going to be allowed to tell people where to vote, little well investigate polling irregularities, campaign irregularities and so on.
While Canada's electoral system was very good, our Parliamentary system not so much as if a party gets a majority they have up to a 5 (usually closer to 4) year dictatorship and that is the current problem. Last time the Conservatives were in power they were reduced to 3 seats when the people judged them. That is good when a government fucks up badly, they lose badly. Now this government is changing the rules in an attempt to prevent our electoral system from working.

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 1) 99

Considering one of Harpers (and Reforms) original platforms was Senate reform, he sure has taken advantage of the status quo. I like the idea of the Senate, just not the implementation. One quick improvement would be letting the Provinces appoint Senators however they want, elected, appointed or whatever. Meanwhile Harper won't even appoint the one that Alberta voted for.

Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 2) 99

I've often thought about a similar idea here in Canada, except it being the Senate (appointed in Canada) that is made up of random people. Elected part of government still proposes laws and budgets but the Senate can shoot them down or force changes.
Problem is a lot of people just can't afford to take a few years away from home and work and they'd still be vulnerable to bribery such as the promise of a good easy job after their term was finished.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.