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Comment Re:The problem with democracy (Score 2) 259

What the Brexit guys were saying was that we'd not be sending £350 million a week over the Channel and letting the EU bureacrats decide how it got spent.

This too was a lie. The rebate is deducted before the money is sent.

Whilst this lie was incidental, lying politicians should face criminal charges and jail time. Blair's lie about 45min WMD may be responsible for ISIS.

Comment Spooks and the Home Office (Score 1) 59

It's hard to tell why exactly this has happened under successive governments, particularly as this one clawed back some of the totalitarianism of the last one.

We know that Theresa May's is advised by Stasi spook, Charles Farr, as well as his fiance. Farr wrote this legislation about 8 years ago. This is his 5th attempt to get it passed.

I also know that MI5 are strongly anti-privacy, through somebody who did contract work for them.

Comment Better government (Score 1) 171

Plenty of countries use, or have used, these alternatives to plurality voting. There is little evidence that they lead to better government. In fact, there is little evidence that better reflection of the will of the people leads to better government.

There's no evidence that it doesn't.

I'd be willing to bet that plurality countries have higher corruption scores compared with any other electoral system. It's pretty obvious that when only 2 parties can win, they will have both have tinkered with the system to benefit themselves, leaving one which benefits both.

You also get a more divided country, which makes people less open-minded. Democracy suffers again.

Rather than a senator representing the people of California, it would be better to have one senator representing all the nerds, another representing all the construction workers, and yet another representing all the medicare recipients, etc.

Size of the ballot paper would be huge and would be asking too much of voters too.

Comment Re:Government should enforce more standards (Score 1) 401

If that were the case, it would be called a "low barrier to entry market".

You mean like how football is called "pass and run ball"?

But it is called a "free market" because its participants are "free" to engage in economic transactions as they choose. You don't get to redefine that.

I get to think through the logical conclusions of the primary criterion and laugh at those who don't. You cannot have a free market if there is a high barrier to entry.

Comment Direct vs liquid democracy. And blockchains. (Score 1) 490

Firstly, online voting isn't trustworthy. If it didn't use blockchain technology, it's extremely prone to hacking. No blockchain-based system has been built yet. It would have to be open source and verified by experts. Even then, vulnerabilities are discovered in code all the time.

What you're talking about is either direct democracy or liquid democracy. The former exists and works extremely well in Switzerland. Contrary to myth, the Swiss system is a mix of representative and direct. Govts make ~95% of laws. The electorate can overrule them within a couple of months. The other ~5% are made by the judiciary (I believe) by interpreting citizen-initiated referendums.

Basically, the Swiss are in control of their govt rather than the other way around. They have a mature electorate -- obviously the US and frankly most countries would pass some horrific laws under direct democracy. It would need to be introduced gradually.

Liquid democracy is where you can vote for any issue you want. If you choose not to, your delegate ie representative will vote on your behalf. It's never been tried and may leave govts with too much power.

Comment There was more than that wrong with the films (Score 1) 175

Yours is the most accurate critique. Jackson attempted a completely different way of telling the story and it failed utterly. How was the audience supposed to perceive the films? I mean, how could we have found them anything but boring?

Perhaps the biggest failing of the films was not making us care. Most of the dwarves were rubbish and this is possibly due to Jackson's energy being elsewhere. But every director should know that you cannot make an audience care about more than 3-4 characters. That's basically Gandalf, Thorin and Bilbo... and we already liked Gandalf.

Now Bilbo didn't like Thorin and that's a problem if you're telling the story from his perspective. If the rest of the film had been good enough, Jackson would have got away with it. The book I recall shows the other dwarves paying immense respect to Thorin and that's another way Jackson could have got us to care.

Jackson should have learned by now that every time you deviate significantly from the script, you alienate your core audience. The female elf love plot wasn't the worst thing in the films by any means but didn't fit in with Bilbo's story.

LotR spent a good portion of time showing us beautiful vistas of the world. The Hobbit looked like it was filmed in the world's smallest studio with extremely dodgy lighting. This made the dwarves and the goblins look ridiculous.

I truly wonder how much of this could be fixed by a fan edit. Obviously you can't change it to Bilbo's perspective but you can remove anything that doesn't make the audience care. Use some filter or even blurring on the overlit scenes. Make the barrel and Goblintown escapes look less stupid.

Much of the third film was excellent -- if you like battles.

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