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Comment Copseye (Score 3, Interesting) 163

As predicted by Larry Niven in 1972 short story, Cloak of Anarchy.

Someone at police headquarters had expected that. Twice the usual number of copseyes floated overhead, waiting. Gold dots against blue, basketball-sized, twelve feet up. Each a television eye and a sonic stunner, each a hookup to police headquarters, they were there to enforce the law of the Park...
Within King's Free Park was an orderly approximation of anarchy. People were searched at the entrances. There were no weapons inside. The copseyes, floating overhead and out of reach were the next best thing to no law at all.

Comment Re:After watching (Score 1) 357

But gerrymandering has been around for a long time,

True, but reports say the number of swing voters used to be much higher.

When Trump started talking about rigged elections, I thought he might address this gerrymandering, which both parties have been doing for a long time. It is very damaging to American democracy, removing so many voters from having any chance at influencing the outcome.

Comment Re:After watching (Score 1) 357

and now see a lot of them switching sides when the leak exposes a person on 'their side'..

Really? How many? How do you know it is not just the noisy small minority?

Yes, I'm talking about you, dear reader who picks a 'team,' whether R or D. YOU are what is wrong with America. .

This seems to be a particular problem with America today. Not a generation ago, and not other developed countries. What has changed to become so partisan?
I could blame the system where Americans register with a particular party.
Or the optional voting, which makes candidates stir up their base with fear instead of competing for the middle ground.
Or the first-past-the-post system, which favours the two incumbent parties.

But none of those things are new, and the US was not so polarised in the past. What has changed?

Comment Obviously Yes (Score 1) 357

Emails of a personal nature, not relevant to public work should be ignored of course.

Matters of a private sexual nature included. Unless perhaps the emails are invoice from an escort service while the married politician is actively campaigning on "family values".

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