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Comment Re:Consistency Alert (Score 1) 1428

Like all things political, there were compromises -- but those was necessary to create the United States of America.

Had the Federalists and the Anti-federalists not compromised, today Americans would probably be sipping tea and eating finger foods at 4PM while boorishly tapping away on our iPhones and ignoring each other (and 'Trump' would be best known as a designated suit of cards in whist rather than as an international menace).

Comment Re:Alexander Hamilton (Score 1) 1428

Interestingly changing the Senate so that states don't all have equal power is the only feature of the Constitution that can't be amended via the ordinary amendment process (which requires only ¾ states to agree). EVERY state would have to agree with such a change for it to happen. Although, the Senate could just be eliminated or made powerless (such as removing all of its responsibilities and duties and making it only a ceremonial entity) via the ordinary amendment process.

Comment Re:Alexander Hamilton (Score 4, Interesting) 1428

but defecting electors could set a precedent that might come back and bite us later.

Sort of like some Democrats are now probably regretting Reid saying just a couple weeks before the election that Senate Democrats should exercise the nuclear option (get rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees) if Republicans interfered with confirming Clinton's (oops...) SCOTUS nominees. I, however, look forward to Reid speaking out in favor of Republicans when they exercise the nuclear option to prevent Democrats from interfering with Trump's SCOTUS nominees (unless, of course, he happens to be a hypocritical scumbag).

Comment Consistency Alert (Score 5, Insightful) 1428

On the one hand, Lessig relies (correctly) on the fact that the Constitution places no restrictions on how electors vote and that it was expected that they would be citizens exercising judgement.

On the other hand, he disagrees with a very fundamental feature of the Constitution -- that states, by the fact they are states, have power beyond just the mass of their population. This is directly evidenced in the Constitution as it defines how the Electoral College and Senate work. The Founders felt so strongly that each state have an equal vote in the Senate independent of the population of the state that the ONLY thing that can't be amended in the Constitution with approval of ¾ of the states (NO state can lose equal suffrage in the Senate without approval of that state).

It seems quite odd to rely on the Constitution for one argument and then completely dismiss one of its most fundamental concepts that protected the less populous states from being run roughshod over at the Federal level by the more populous states. One might go so far as to label such a viewpoint as hypocritical.

Comment Re:Regardless of the girl's wishes (Score 1) 386

I don't see why if it is legal to have a voluntary abortion during the 26th week (for example), it should not also be legal for a mother and her doctor to humanely terminate the life of a baby born prematurely prior to that as long as it's done before the end of the 26th week of gestation. Any other view seems illogical to me.

Comment Re:Understandable, but foolish (Score 2) 386

Presumably by then, the immune system will be better understood and she would be given the treatment (such as vaccines whatever replaces them and/or returning the immune system to its "just born" state boosted with a starter of [fake] mom's immune system and/or) necessary to protect her before exposing her to the unfamiliar pathogens.

Comment Re:pointless (Score 2) 386

Why would they care about how useful their technology when applied to someone frozen with 300 year old technology? They will care if its useful when applied to someone frozen with what is then relatively current technology.

If they really want to go into the revival of dead bodies preserved with old technologies, they would go back at least as far as Egyptian mummies and revive them (if, nothing else, for the humor value of watching someone from that era "awake" in a futuristic world - it would make a great YouTube video).

Comment Re:PLEASE...make a sports car again!! (Score 2) 247

It would also need a powerful speaker so it sounds like a sports car. Perhaps you could pick from what vehicle you want your car to sound like. Maybe on Monday you feel like a LaFerrari while on Thursday 918 Spyder seems right. Might as well toss in Atlas 5 or a Falcon 9 (with explosion option) in the mix as well.

Comment Re:Missing from instruction manual (Score 2) 96

For adults, that's certainly true for consumer washer machines because adults exceed the load capacity.

In high capacity consumer washing machines, however, you can wash most babies under about one year old.

Just remember to look up the weight capacity of the washing machine and weigh the baby every couple months to make sure you're not exceeding the machine's capacity. Be careful because if you exceed the washing machine's capacity you will void the warranty on both the washing machine and the baby.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 122

The summary makes it clear that it only determined a correlation between Facebook usage and longer life, not a causal relationship. One doesn't need a control group to reach that conclusion reliably. For example, I can reach a reliable conclusion that Male humans are, on the average, taller than Female humans just by looking at a representative population.

(Of course, the reason may be that people who are unhealthy just don't have the energy to use Facebook or are spending their time on medical sites instead of engaging on Facebook).

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