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Comment Re:Maybe NOW we can have Nestle chocolate back (Score 1) 320

I remember some chocolate bar from when I was a kid, it was called '100 Grand' or something. It was a bar of chocolate with honey-flavoured rice crisps in it. One day, it just vanished.

I also remember when the changed the tomato sauce used in Alphaghettis, and then it sucked.

Comment Re:The electoral college is not needed (Score 1) 472

Slavery, the vast majority of white men, let alone women and non-white people, not being able to vote, the VP being the runner-up of the Presidential election, and so on, were also 'deliberately put' in the Constitution.

Also 'deliberately put' into the Constitution? An amendment process. The fact that the EC was put into the Constitution in the 1700s to address 1700s issues was recognized, *by the writers and signatories to the Constitution,* to mean nothing to future Americans, so they gave said future Americans the ability to change things.

The Constitution, like any political document or act, was an example of compromise, horse-trading, unwritten understandings, and so on. Hell, the 'Bill of Rights' isn't in the 'original Constituion,' deliberately.

Also, the original Constitution was written with the understanding that political parties wouldn't form, and that representatives should vote each individual issue by their conscience and their constituents. The framers would be horrified by the idea of a party system, flabbergasted by the idea of a two-party system, and absolutely appalled by the idea of the 'straight party ticket' voting option.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 178

The problem is when you have tons and tons of real time transactions that have to be kept in a very precise order. How do you easily and reliably determine which event happened first if the numerical timestamp isn't sequential?

You use a unique, sequential value independent from timestamp, I'd hope.

Comment Re:The question is this (Score 1) 472

And in a popular vote scheme, Democrats *would* have campaigned and advertised there, because they might have gotten even one vote. Under the EC, Democrats knew they'd get zero percent of Wyoming's electoral power. Under a popular vote, they'd have gotten some.

Comment Re:It is a balance (Score 1) 472

Other checks and balances the Founding Fathers thought were good ideas:

3/5ths compromise
Only about 6 percent of the population gets to vote
Vice President is the runner up in the Presidential Election
Slavery is AOK as long as there's a balance between Free and Slave states
things like the Alien and Sedition act are a great idea

Best goddamn idea the Founding Fathers had:
building a system into the constitution to allow for amendments. Because, hey, they were well aware that they weren't going to get everything right.

A couple of hundred years of American history doesn't merely suggest, but *proves* that the Constitution requires almost constant tweaking and improvement.

Comment Re:The point of Uber/Lyft (Score 2) 130

You miss the point of taxis (and other transportation-for-hire services). The point being you don't have to have your phone charged and w/ you. Let's say you're talking a walk and decide to visit a friend, something for which you need not have your phone w/ you. So you hail a taxi, get taken to her place, get dropped, pay, and don't think about it, once the driver ends the ride. As an added advantage, you don't have to haggle, and can decide whether to tip or not.

Comment Re:So... (Score 0) 1321

No one said the elections are based on 'after the election was called by all the major news outlets'. Nice strawman though

You did. You said, and I quote: "over nine hours after the election was called by all the major news outlets." Who cares when the election was called by all the major news outlets?

So in your country there is no speculation or projection about who won until every single vote is counted? No one looks at the data available to see who is, within a truly negligibly small probability of error, the winner, and then that person begins the planning for assuming power? Sounds very inefficient and rather authoritarian actually.

Well, it doesn't take that long to count votes, if you do it properly. We generally have projections that night, sure, but who the hell cares? Lets say Fox is projecting the R will win, and CNN is projecting the D. Should both concede? What about MSNBC? Who the hell cares?

I find it interesting that you think 'actually counting the votes in a democracy and using those to determine a winner' is 'authoritarian.' Yes, I suppose it is, in that in a democracy (which America isn't) or even a representational republic (which America technically is) the 'authority' rests in the 'people' as expressed by 'votes.' So yes, counting the 'votes' of the 'people' is kinda authoritarian. Better than CNN, Fox, MSNBC literally making up a winner, changing their minds multiple times during the course of the evening, and people like you thinking that there's some nefarious reason why a candidate would say 'well, the votes aren't in yet, but gosh darnit, I'm giving up.'

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

For eight months? After publically claiming that your opponent should not only not contest losing by almost the exact same number of votes, but should, indeed, waive their right to the legally mandated recount?

Let me restate this: Franken did not contest the vote. The recount was automatically triggered per state law. Coleman publically stated that Franken should somehow prevent said recount from happening, then spent months and months contesting the results of said recount.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

I'm glad that, I personally, live in a country where elections are based on counting ballots, not 'after the election was called by all the major news outlets.'

Also, 9 hours isn't an unreasonable delay. 8 months, like the Coleman vs Franken Senate race, was a fine example of what you're describing, though.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

Remember the Minnesota senator race between incumbent Norm Coleman (R) and upstart Al Fraken (D)?

At first, Coleman won by 215 votes. Literally, a handful of votes. This triggered an automatic recount.

Coleman was all over the news, calling for Franken to concede immediately, waive his right to the legally mandated recount, not to drag it out, not to be a sore loser, to let Coleman get on 'with the business of governing,' that sort of thing.

Then, the recount came back. Franken was now declared the winner by 225 votes. Again, literally, a handful of votes. Did Coleman graciously concede, not drag it out, decide to not be a sore loser, and let Franken get on with the business of governing? Nope. He vowed to contest the results to the highest courts in the land, did just that, and dragged the affair out until the next July.

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