Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Democracy Rant

The statement “Politicians too often base their decisions on what will please the voters, not on what is best for the country” is a logical fallacy often presented by those disagreeing with the opinions of the majority of voters. It is used to insinuate that following the will of the masses is somehow more harmful […]

Friday, January 4th, 2008
The Iowa Caucus: Surprises, Controversies.

In case you’ve been living under a rock or have at least been avoidant of the American cable news channels, you know full well that the Iowa caucuses chimed in last night, beginning the process of selection for their party’s presidential candidates. The results (source): Democratic: Obama – 37.6%, Edwards – 29.7%, Clinton – 29.5%, […]

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
One Click Democracy By Phone

The site was blogged recently at Boing Boing: CommitteeCaller: phone an entire Congressional committee with one click. I’m already making notes to check out the open source PBX system, Asterix PBX mentioned in the post. Beyond my general hacker’s interest in the technology, the application is very interesting. How long will something like this […]

Thursday, December 6th, 2007
Vote for Mister Splashy Pants

Greenpeace is holding a whale naming vote. Go ahead and pick your favorite name. “Suzuki” after David Suzuki is ok but Mister Splashy Pants is the best by far.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
U.S. Government Redefines Privacy

A senior intelligence official, Donald Kerr, the US Principal Deputy Director of Intelligence wants to redefine what privacy is. Now, this is not really a huge shocker considering the ongoing wiretapping controversy, but this is definitely going a bit further. The idea that we should accept the government spying on us and trust them to […]