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Comment Re:All the fun users (Score 2) 233

That still kills the mood for participating. If you have to fret that your account can be removed even if you posted in good faith because someone overzealous may consider it out of bounds, you may decide it's not worth wasting time. And then all that's left is whack-a-moled trolls and timid or self-censoring posters. Hardly a recipe for something interesting.

Comment Re:So (Score 1) 1429

"You might charge that this is undemocratic. It is. It was intended to be. The founders did not create a direct democracy for a good reason. It would have prevented the United States from emerging as a stable union. They created a republican form of government based on representation and a federal system based on sovereign states. Because of that, a candidate who ignores or insults the “flyover” states is likely to be writing memoirs instead of governing." from Geopolitical Futures

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

I saw different news articles on Facebook yesterday about Trump's Thanksgiving message (which I thought was fair and well done). The vast majority of comments even on news from sources who are somewhat neutral (Business Insider), were along the lines of Trump being an idiot, a con man, is going to be impeached etc. If FB were representative of the electorate you'd expect half and half, but obviously most people there think the same. No wonder they were surprised by the outcome.

Comment Re:Best unintentionally funny headline I've ever r (Score 3, Insightful) 470

Here's an excellent explanation why the system was set up to have an electoral college: https://geopoliticalfutures.co...

"The United States is a geopolitical invention. The 13 original colonies were very different from each other. As the nation expanded westward, even more exotic states became part of the union. Constantly alienating smaller states through indifference could undermine the national interest. The Senate and the electoral college both stop that from happening, or at least limit it. Any state can matter in any election.

You might charge that this is undemocratic. It is. It was intended to be. The founders did not create a direct democracy for a good reason. It would have prevented the United States from emerging as a stable union. They created a republican form of government based on representation and a federal system based on sovereign states. Because of that, a candidate who ignores or insults the “flyover” states is likely to be writing memoirs instead of governing."

Comment Re:"US President Barack Obama" (Score 1) 436

The President is right! We should not allow misinformation to spread. FB algorithms should check each post for truthfulness and hide the unacceptable ones, and issue a warning to the poster. Three strikes and your account is blocked, or you are placed on a watchlist. Same goes for email, people spread misinformation via email, and gmail, yahoo and other providers should use similar algorithms. In fact they should all use the *same* algorithm, provided by a department in the government, let's call it Ministry of Truth, and they should be required by law to do so.

Actually three strikes is probably too many.

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