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Comment Re:When you define anything as "cheating"... (Score 1) 705

"and suddenly there's this whole cultural framework that swings into action, expectations and semi-elaborated rituals."

Evolution isn't just about biology -- it's about culture, too. If there are 'taboos' it's because they serve a purpose. If there are 'semi-elaborate' rituals, then it is likewise because they serve a purpose.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 2) 113

"you have to realize that such a thing will never happen because the sentiment that "voting should not be easy" has been historically equivalent to "voting should only be done by white male landowners.""

Oh I realize it. I question if it will "never" happen but have no illusions about how incredibly unlikely it is.

If we did a decent job educating our population about our nations founding we would have a better understanding of the dangers of democracy. We have a democratic republic not to give people the vote and power but to prevent the government from abusing the powers granted to it by the people. Our founders were nearly as frighted about a tyranny of the people as they were of monarchy. The Senate was originally seated by state legislatures and *NOT* popular vote to off-set the publicly elected House members (the 17th amendment changed that) to help prevent such tyranny.

Our system was designed to move SLOW on purpose -- not just because of huge distances and travel time of the 18th century.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 3, Insightful) 113

'Don't forget the 2nd question, "are you white?"'

Cute -- and people usually go there. You might make the argument that my suggestion for props might be a "literacy" test and perhaps you are right. Again, if you can't read the documentation on props how can you cast an informed vote? With regards to your representative -- you just need to recognize a name. There's no difference NOW going in other than if you can't recognize the name on the screen/ballot NOW, how would someone illiterate cast a vote? And any other jim-crow crap doesn't really apply to my suggestion.

How is asking who your Representative currently is targeting anyone's race? Or even education level? The only group it targets are those who aren't interested enough to be familiar with what their representatives are doing or what props they are voting for/against. I think this is a general 'good'.

Seriously? How can you expect democracy to work when people randomly "check boxes"? The only people who should vote are those that care enough to be familiar with what their government is doing. Otherwise, just roll dice.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 2) 113

I don't trust most voters. I believe them to be blissfully ignorant.

If I could "make @&^% happen" I would force a simple test for people wishing to cast a ballot.

Something like: "Who is your current city assemblyman?". Even make it multiple choice. If you can't answer, you cant vote for your districts assemblyman. Same for all other offices state and federal. *

Also, don't include a list of what each "Prop" is pro or con. Just a question: "Which is Prop 205?" -- and you select from a multiple choice (the actual text of the prop) -- if you get it right, you get to vote yes/no on it.

Voting should not be easy. It should be hard. Get rid of "mail in voting" for all except those who are really out of the country or home/hospital bound. It'll weed out those who really don't give a crap. I believe it would have the added effect of limiting influence of "money" on campaigns since only those who have really taken the time to learn who their representatives are and/or local propositions are will be likely to cast a ballot.

* allow for some exceptions -- say for "new to district" folks.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 5, Insightful) 113

"a lot of these are tweeted by interns" ... "no reason to jump on someone for saying the wrong thing on a slow news day"

I disagree. Shouldn't a politician also be judged by the quality of people they appoint and how they respond to inept and irresponsible actions by them?

Comment Re:Alternative to Clinton? (Score 1) 676

" a Trump presidency becomes a much more likely and scarier scenario."

In what universe? That aint going to happen. Trump is only a blip right now because he's talking about a subject no other politician on either side is touching -- and it's one that resonates very strong with America -- both "R" and "D". Even a broken clock is right twice a day -- and Trump's broken clock is stuck on "immigration".

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 4, Insightful) 676

That's not true. Legions will support her because she has a "D" after her name. Seriously, a hen could be running and get 30% of the vote if it had a "D" after it's name. Same is true for the republicans and an "R" after there name.

The problem is we are voting for PARTY above the PERSON. Biggest flipping mistake a human can make in selecting leaders.

Comment Re:This is outrageous (Score 1) 274

" this victimless crime "

Lets be honest. This is *NOT* a victimless crime. If someone releases countless copies of some song or movie then it devalues the original media just like copies of $100 bills devalue currency. Yes, there are many many examples of those wouldn't pay for a DVD or CD if they couldn't get it for free -- but it's not universal.

I know my purchasing habits have changed -- and so have my rental habits with the availability of media the way it is.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?