Loosely Speaking

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

As long as it's "First Past the Post" elections...

The math means there will always be only two top parties. The way for a third party to have a viable chance is by that party becoming so strong that it unseats the weaker of the two currently at the top. We didn't quite achieve that this time, but the Sanders phenomenon has demonstrated that we... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 30, 2016


As a formal resident in Washington State, where there is no income tax, my financial considerations are simpler than here in Colorado where I have actually lived for several years now. Simpler and less demanding. There is a part of me that always seeks my personal advantage, and this part has argued... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Politics is essentially an 'evil' game.

Whether we like it or not, good folk that we are, politics is and has always been a game: a dirty, rough, mean, evil game. There have always been the players who love the game, who embrace its inherent ugliness because they must play with the tools and rules of the game, or because they like those... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

How to actually communicate with someone you think is dead wrong

http://qz.com/778767/to-tell-someone-theyre-wrong-first-tell-them-how-theyre-right/?utm_source=qzfb The headline glibly calls this a trick, but that doesn't do it justice. This is a rational, effective way to communicate with people who are making decisions without true or sufficient information.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

further thoughts on sitting out the Anthem

Such a fuss! A football player sits out the Anthem, exercising his First Amendment right to express his opinion, and Many People, ironically reactionary to anyone asserting their legal and Constitutional rights, start screaming as if he is eating their babies. He is attacked over the fact that he is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bad Sportsmanship

So, we have this US football star, Colin something, who refused and refuses to stand up during the national anthem. He is protesting particularly the shooting by police of unarmed black men and boys which has become such a dominant and repetitive story in the news of late. Then we have the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yay, money!

Money is a battery for storing the energies produced by human work. Or a transformer, changing human work into stuff. It is the potter trading pottery for the farmer's grain, equalizing difference in need and quantity-value. Money can be very useful stuff. Accumulation of lots of money allows for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Splintered Parties and the Math of Voting

FormerStudentIntern brought up an interesting point in his comment to the previous post, suggesting that the two major Parties might splinter, hereafter. I'm not sure what splintering would look like. Would the Tea Partyists go make their own party, now they have invaded and pretty much destroyed... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Today on Facebook...

So much is said about voter turn-out and voter preparedness and voter ignorance... And not just voters. I wrote this about that: In the US, it has always been the right of all citizens to vote. (Except, it hasn't always been all citizens, or certain members of our society were not considered... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


I am torn between my determined faith in the essential goodness and common sense of most people, and my other certainty that there are a whole lot more stupid people out there than I can fathom. Greyhound racing is being banned in Australia, People save mongooses (mongeese?) from dying of thirst,... Sign in to see full entry.

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