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Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 462

It's not illegal to own. That said, I don't think I would walk into a casino with this loaded on my iPhone. If casinos suspect you of cheating, or even counting, they will use any pretext to hassle you or even prosecute you as aggressively as possible. Just being in possession of this on a casino floor is a bad idea.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 1088

What you're describing though is a failure of individuals, not of the ability to disseminate information. The electoral college doesn't do anything to solve this problem.

Why? Because most people have a lot more information about elected officials on the national level than they do locally. I couldn't tell you who the mayor of my city is, much less what his or her politics are, but I know who every congressional rep is for my state. And I've at least heard of most senators and know their political leanings. It's just a matter of information being available.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 1088

No, that's not the idea of the electoral college. Here's the idea:

Back in the day when this was conceived, rural farmer Jim Q. Hatfield in southern Georgia didn't know who many of the candidates were, especially those from, say, Boston. But he did know who two of Georgia's electors were, John Smith and Frank McCoy, because they lived nearby. He liked John Smith, but didn't trust that McCoy fellow, who was a dirty cur and a northern sympathizer. So Jim Hatfield would cast his vote for John Smith with the knowledge that John Smith would then vote for a presidential candidate that represented his interests.

The electoral college has nothing to do with populated areas v. rural areas. It's an outdated system based on the premise that most people don't have enough information about candidates on the national level. This has clearly run its course.

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