Monthly Archives: February 2020

New Hampshire primary proves we need ranked-choice voting for president

Ranked-choice voting tells us not just who everyone’s first choice is, but who everyone could agree on. https://www.concordmonitor.com/We-need-ranked-choice-voting-32890873

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Amazon is opening a supermarket with no cashiers. Is Whole Foods next?

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/2/25/21151289/new-amazon-go-grocery-store-supermarket-cashiers-whole-foods-seattle

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RIP Larry Tesler, the Inventor of Copy-Paste

Tesler, who worked at Apple for decades, invented copy-paste functionality while at Xerox PARC and is responsible for a major deal that helped turn ARM into a dominant force in computers. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7jdgw/larry-tesler-the-inventor-of-copy-paste-was-more-influential-than-you-realize

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The Dumbest Business Idea Ever. The Myth of Maximizing Shareholder Value

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Accomplishments of the “Democratic Establishment”

Women's suffrage
  • Civil Rights Act -
  • Voting Rights Act -
  • Women’s Right to Vote -
  • Equal Pay Act -
  • Clean Air Act -
  • Minimum wage -
  • 40-hour work week -
  • Overtime -
  • Unemployment Insurance -
  • Putting people on the Moon -
  • Inventing the Internet
  • First black president
  • First female major-party candidate
  • Saving the country from a GOP-caused depression (twice)
  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Food Safety
  • New Deal
  • Great Society
  • Peace Corps,
  • Vista,
  • Job Corps
  • Motor Voter
  • Consumer Protection
  • FDIC
  • Banking and Wall Street Regulations
  • SEC
  • Federal Reserve System
  • Anti-trust Legislation
  • Head Start
  • School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Veterans’ Benefits
  • GI Bill
  • UN
  • NATO
  • Marshall Plan
  • Vehicles Safety Requirements, Reduced Emissions, and Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE)
  • TVA
  • PBS, NPR

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Why Term Limits are Bad

Term limits are a corporate scam to give corporations even more political power than they already have. Term limits just guarantee that elected officials will be perpetual amateurs, while corporations can hire career professional lobbyists who will run circles around … Continue reading

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What is Socialism?

Building the Panama Canal – Winning WW II – Building the Interstate Highway System – Inventing the Internet – Putting people on the Moon – Public transportation Fire departments Police departments Public libraries Every branch of the US military Roads … Continue reading

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Vote by Mail Advantages

  • No standing in line -
  • No taking time off work -
  • No transportation problems -
  • We have a 500 hour window to vote instead of a 12 hour window -
  • Reduces or eliminates weather problems -
  • Ballots are transported not by volunteers or temps, but by federal employees trained in security -- postal workers
  • Ballot transportation security is protected by federal law
  • There are never any large numbers of ballots in one place (e.g. ballot boxes) except in the secure counting facility, so ballots can't "go missing."
  • No armed racist "poll watchers" at polling places
  • No worries about police looking for people with outstanding warrants
  • No worries about false messaging about polling places or election days
  • Bomb threats can't shut down voting
  • Epidemics such as coronavirus can't be used as a pretext to shut down elections
  • Recountable, by hand if necessary
  • No election-day credential challenges
  • Visit the website to see if your ballot was counted, if it wasn't, you can re-vote - or sign up for email notifications
  • If you didn't get a ballot, same story, 3 weeks to correct the problem
  • No crappy voting machines in poor or POC precincts
  • No misaligned paper in machines - no machines!
  • If you vote early, the campaigns stop calling you and sending you junk mail
  • People talk about the civic nostalgia of gathering at a physical polling place, but that's pretty much a white privilege thing (cf. intimidation and taking time off work)
  • No "illegal immigrants" voting -- this isn't a problem anyway, but it calls the bluff of people who say it is.
  • Machines that print out a paper ballot can be hacked to print something different than what they actually record. That's not the same as a paper ballot.
  • It stymies polling and forces the media to wait until the election is over to get the results. Which is what elections are for.
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