Post-election (United States) proposal

Earlier this year (2020) the Supreme Court determined that the States can require electors for president and vice president (their “members” of the Electoral College) to vote for the candidates chosen by vote of the people. In other words, when the electoral voters (the silliest sounding term I’ve made up) cast their votes at the State Capitols, if any are not what the most people voted for, those votes are void from the beginning and the “faithless” offender can be then pitched out and replaced for wasting everyone’s time.

At this point, I would think a State could do it “by operation of law”: when the final vote count for president and vice president is issued, the votes sent to Congress are determined automatically and sworn out on the day the Electoral College meets. (The Constitution requires this happen on the same day throughout the country, so they can’t be issued early.)

That process may get held up at the Supreme Court, so I suggest a neater way of doing this: random draw of the voters of the State after the vote totals are known. If a State has N votes in the Electoral College, then the unified electoral roll of the entire State would be used as if it were drawing for jurors. N registered voters would be selected by random process and a County or State official sent out to meet them and request they come to the State Capitol on that day. Since this is after the results are known, if someone had a conscience against voting for either winning candidate, they could decline. (They would not have to say why.)

The law would provide their regular pay or instruction (if a student) or life would be totally unaffected by this, and no one could retaliate against them for performing their duty. Probably this means the District Attorney (or equivalent) would be the best one to meet them and tell them all of this. Also, if they did have to report retaliation or such, the DA would know them and be unable to not remember them. Any possibly removable problem would be honestly addressed by assistance, appeals to the duty (if the problem was some other person), or punishment in court for interference with the election (if someone like their boss tried to be nasty about it).

The persons would have a proper escort to the capital city, meet there, get short instruction (this should be published for all to read ahead of time so no one feels like they are only able to do what someone tells them), and then the process is performed. Everyone goes to lunch and then returns to their lives.

FEMA subversiveness

In the United States, emergency management/civil protection (what used to be called civil defense) is coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA (read as “FEE-mah”). The justly respected Florida COVID Action site recently linked to a page of FEMA’s on how to prepare for hurricanes (which Florida is the constant target of) with COVID-19 in mind. Looking closer…

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P O L I T I C S, and 3 independent discoverys

I live in the United States. This post is completely political. I do not use insulting language, mention any person, or encourage crime. (Some people may be trying to avoid this for emotional health.)

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Same name, same ideas

If you live in the United States, or are familiar with United States policy disputes, you are probably aware that the FCC is collecting comments on their Internet regulatory policy known as “network neutrality”.

Unsurprizingly, people are accusing other people of astroturfing by making fake comments on the proposed changes. I checked to see if my name was so (mis)used and found that there was someone of the same name – and same views – living on the other side of the country!

Annoyance at co-“workers”

First note: I am not giving out any identifiable information. There are enough trolls out there I don’t want to feed them.

Second note: This is exactly what the title suggests, a rant about some people who I work with/around. If you don’t want to read it, I will understand if you skip this.

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538ing in the United States

Many people in the United States political interest scene are well aware of the 538 website. Originally independent, then part of the New York Times, it is now owned by ESPN, of cable TV bundle infamy.

The new version of the site has an animated background for political Presidential candidates showing what campaigns are about. You can see an example here (Republican) and here (blue).

Let’s take a look at the animated icons, from LTR:

  • First, and most notoriously, kissing babys, a stupid trick that is still practiced by some persons. I suspect that within living memory it will become so ill advised that people will think you are a child molester if you try it.

  • Next, a (Republican) elephant blowing its trunk. Unfortunately this looks pornographic.

  • A campaign button. Oddly the colors for the two parties are the same as the colors of the country. White is not used by either party because it’s just too hard.

  • Getting photographed. Bonus points if you get photographed by a camera so old that it has a one shot flashbulb and get that photograph circulated without anyone accusing you of being too old to run, or a poser.

  • Flag waving. Every country (I think) has this.

  • Campaign buses. These candidates used to travel around and appear at events. Oddly they avoid the usual stigma of being a bus. Everyone has these, except completely excluded third party types that are never going to win.

  • Money. Money in politics is like poverty in policy: it will always be there.

  • The destination itself, metaphorically: The Executive Mansion, alias the White House.

  • Hand shaking. This could be cutting deals with donors and high level supporters, or just room working.

  • Holding up campaign signs. This gets tiring after a while so people let their signs down. Oddly enough the importantistic lawn sign isn’t shown here, probably because you can’t animate it, except by having someone steal it. Full disclosure: I knew someone who claimed he would steal election signs, but then actually did so, contrary to my expectation.