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Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

I really hope a lot of people read this and become more informed. Your post is the most important piece of information that people need to know to understand the archaic system we live in. I call it archaic not in a bad way, but in the way that you describe - it is based on very very different and old circumstances.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

> You left out the main reason the electoral college works the way it does: the small states insisted on it. They wouldn't agree to the constitution unless they were given outsized power relative to their populations. It was a devil's bargain from the very start: build an undemocratic system into the constitution, or the small states would walk away and there wouldn't be any constitution. Everything else is just rationalizations that people have added to cover that fact.


Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

> Whether or not "people in the modern age" identify or not with their state, it is their state that issues them any of the following: driver's license, state id card, CHL/FOID/etc, and I think also hunting & fishing licenses. So you implicitly are a citizen of [insert name of state] whether or not you consciously acknowledge it.

Pointing out the current state of affairs has no bearing on whether or not the archaic system should change (or not change). Certainly you are a citizen of a state (I've been the citizen of a few). The point is that the electoral college was designed for circumstances and needs that no longer exist in the modern age.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081


God fuck's sake, why does everyone think we don't? There are many forms. A perfectly direct democracy is when you vote directly on legislation yourself. Voting on representatives to do that for you does not mean you're no lo longer a democracy.

Our American ancestors have been touting the greatness of democracy over non-democracy for hundreds of years. At best, you might win on a semantic argument but that just means another semantic argument exists.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

> But really it is there for a REASON. You are a citizen of your state first, and then a citizen of the United States.

The reason it is there is because in the 1700s there was no internet or telegraphs. The electors had to travel to the nation's capital to vote for a president which took a long time. It is not because "you are a citizen of your state before the U.S.".

Comment Re:For a constitutional lawyer... (Score 1) 546

First the government said it was just to catch a terrorist. They've since admitted there are 14 phones they would like access to.

Once the software exists (it doesn't now) to allow this, then there is no going back and all phones are vulnerable.

Yes this is somewhat speculative, but there exists prior evidence - Blackberry - in which the exact scenario happened.

Comment Re:Not a tech company (Score 1) 460

Uber is not a 'tech' company any more than pizzahut is for having an app.

Uber comes from Silicon Valley, its culture and its employees there are interbred with other large tech companies. No, the drivers aren't, but in its soul I'd say they are a tech company.

because idiots like techies think its 'great' for some unknown reason.

As an American techie, I can explain. I've lived in 3 major US cities. Getting taxis are the worst fucking experience in the world here. Let me clarify, it's not always that way. In fact, I'd say 90% of the time it's not. But then again, 90% of my dealings with Comcast are fine too, but I think they're awful in customer service and the majority of society agrees. Uber (and Lyft, which I think is also awesome), has provided an amazing service that solved so many of the problems of using taxis.

Some of those unknown reasons you were asking for from an idiot techie: The map which shows you where all drivers are (I can even switch to Lyft to see if the competition has better availability in the time frame or better surge pricing when that happens). The fact that you can request one and they come to you within minutes, unlike Taxis where you never fucking know when or even if they will come. The ability to rate drivers. The fact that they're cheaper. The fact that they're WAY better drivers than most of the immigrants who are taxi drivers in the US who learned to drive in a different country (no disparagement to immigrants meant, but driving in Ethiopia isn't the same). I've gotten out of a taxi in NYC with my heart pounding because I was so scared of the way he was driving. The fact that they're safer, because unlike anonymous taxis who can rob you or rape you, Uber is tracked (and you can even broadcast a message to your friends when you start your ride). Many times they'll provide water and gum for you. The fact that if you leave something in the car, you have the ability to use the app to inform the driver/system and have them return it to you, unlike not knowing what taxi you were just in (happened to my friend who left a cell phone once, we gave him a nice tip for his trouble; I and many other people I know have left something in a taxi, never to see it again - one time we got a cell phone charge for $100 for calls to Kenya a month later).

Have I missed any reason why they're so much better?

And remember, you don't have to use Uber. If you hate them, you can always call a taxi.

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