Prison for him, not the public

September 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/09/the-ghoulish-post-politics-career-of-tony-blair

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Efficiency makes the system more fragile because efficient systems are usually efficient under normal conditions and not so efficient under abnormal stresses. Systems should have redundancies built in them.

September 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

Ask yourself why two lungs, kidneys, eyes, ears, hands, feet. A system operating at 90% efficiency blows up if 10% more demand is placed on it. Lower “efficiencies” make sense for some systems. Because there are ‘long term’ and ‘short term’ efficiences.

An argument for doing away with the electoral college… ‘swing states’

September 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

don’t exist if there is no ‘electoral’ college.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article175759241.html

Prison for him, not the public

September 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/09/the-ghoulish-post-politics-career-of-tony-blair

a single experiment will prove me wrong….

September 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

Einstein “no amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment will prove me wrong.”

I’d say that Trump proves that the US Constitutional electoral college is ‘wrong’ for selecting a president; the way the US Senate operates proves it is wrong for the manner of electing Senators; the way the House operates proves that districting [as allowed to be done by the courts] is wrong; and election fundng, which are bribe fests allowed by the courts, is wrong. And I’m sure I’ve missed something.

United States governments have nothing to offer the world as a model… where’s the NED on this?

September 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

Just recently, the city of Baltimore — without any public discussion, without going to the city council, without alerting the public at large — entered into a contract with a company to do persistent aerial surveillance. Police flew loops over parts of Baltimore with wide angle, high-definition cameras, capturing everything that was going on: every person walking down the sidewalk, every car driving down the street. They could press rewind at anytime and have a historical record of people moving around in public spaces.

“What Do You Say To People Who Think They Have Nothing to Hide?”

the national endowment for democracy, isn’t ‘for democracy’ it is for empire.

http://www.ned.org/

Here’s an example of it’s ‘leadership’…. a fucking corporate lobbyist

The Honorable Vin Weber (CO-VICE CHAIRMAN)

Vin Weber is a Partner at Mercury. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the Federal government. Vin has successfully advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to mergers & acquisitions, crisis management, and strategic communications

Vin served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican Leadership.

Vin is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the Administration and on Capitol Hill, and has counseled numerous Presidential campaigns. In 2004, Vin was the Bush-Cheney ’04 Plains States Regional Chairman. He has been featured in numerous national publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, National Journal, and the New Republic. Vin is a sought-after political and policy analyst, appearing frequently on major television outlets, including NBC’s Nightly News, News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, ABC’s This Week, the CBS Early Show, Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC. Washingtonian magazine named Vin No. Five in their list of Washington’s 50 top lobbyists.

Mr. Weber is former Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization designed to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. He serves on the Board of The Council on Foreign Relations and co-chaired a major independent task force on U.S. Policy Toward Reform in the Arab World with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Vin is a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee, and he also serves on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. He is a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, where he is co-director of the Policy Forum. In addition, Vin is a board member of several private sector and non-profit organizations, including ITT Educational Services, The Lenox Group, and the Aspen Institute where he served on the Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group.

Prior to opening Clark & Weinstock’s Washington office in 1994, Vin was president and co-director with Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Bill Bennett – of Empower America, a public policy advocacy group. Before his Congressional service, he was campaign manager and chief Minnesota aide to Sen. Rudy Boschwitz (1978-1980), and the co-publisher of The Murray County Herald (1976-1978).

Here’s 110 good reasons to boycott the NFL….

September 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

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