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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

Basically, I am a supporter of using E-democracy to implement an effective large scale direct democracy.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

I do not expect people to read legal jargon. Proposal descriptions would be written in layman’s English and the proposal itself would be simplified. If needed, there can be multiple proposals. For example, the local voting system in a city might contain the following proposals: “Ban Street Trading Near Places of Worship”, “Ban the Sale of Alcohol by Street Vendors”, “Restrict the Area Occupied by Individual Street Traders”, and so on. Each would have a simple one page description detailing the restrictions and the penalties for violations. These would not all be there at once. They would appear as the proposals gained enough support to be added to the queue of measures. If the city council thought that there was a major problem with street trading that had to be dealt with immediately, then by a vote they could move street trading regulation proposals forward in the queue or add proposals of their own if needed. Once the voting was over, law enforcement would have to upload the new laws created by successful proposals.

A similar format would be used for state and national level voting. The main difference would be the amount of signatures needed to get a proposal into the voting queue. Also, only national proposals would address things such as treaties with other nations, mobilization of the military, and other things conventionally carried out by national governments. There proposals would then be carried out by government employees under the direction of the government council.


I can’t see any way that direct voting could be made to work.

I disagree. If you think my concept is unviable, that is fine. But surely you can come up with a better response than “the entire idea of large scale direct democracy is completely impossible.”

I am interested in hearing people opinions on how large scale direct democracy could be implemented.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

Originally posted by beauval:

Measures are put up on the system regularly and all eligible citizens are notified electronically when a measure is proposed. Each measure has a description no longer than one page. Something too complicated to describe in one page must be divided into multiple measures, each to be voted on individually. Measures can involve new laws, the repeal of existing laws, mobilization of the military, and anything else that is conventionally done by the government.

How do you propose to condense a complex piece of economic legislation into bite sized pieces? And do you really want a referendum on absolutely everything? You would have the public voting a dozen times a day on issues which they don’t even begin to understand. They would soon get very, very bored with that. It’s a recipe for catastrophe in about a week. But if it’s the American way, go for it. But I think we Europeans will just stand on the sidelines to watch the train wreck.

That’s the thing. Everything must be presented in an understandable way, otherwise people would simply not vote on it since they don’t understand it. When a petition for a measure is started, the starter must submit a brief description. Once enough people support the petition, it would be put up to a vote. The system would also prevent too many measures form being voted on at once. To give an example of how the system could work, each measure to be voted on is put in a queue. Each measure has a one week period during which it can be voted on and each week a new set of measures is put up, with the number of measures at once never exceeding a preset number. In the case of a national emergency, a measure can be moved forward in the queue with a majority vote of the government, which consists of only the president and his cabinet (which at this point would probably be better off being collectively called “the council” or something along those lines).


Also, if you don’t like my concept of large scale direct democracy, I am interested in hearing other possibilities.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How hard is it to find a good wallpaper?

It doesn’t have to be those exact dimensions. As long as the image is large enough to maintain quality after having its dimensions changed to 1920×1020, you can just resize it in a photo editing program before setting it as your wallpaper.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

Time: the not-so-far future
Place: the USA

In the future, the people of the USA have become extremely unsatisfied with the American government. It has gotten so bad that there are widespread protests all over the country, the government is overwhelmed and cannot calm the people. As a last resort solution, the system is completely overhauled.

Congress is removed entirely. The president remains, as does his cabinet, but all of the cabinet positions are voted on by the people. In addition, the government cannot act without the vote of the people. America embraces direct democracy. The country’s leaders can propose things to the people and the people vote. In addition, anyone who gets enough signatures can have their measure put on the ballot and if it passes, the government must carry it out. Basically, the government exists to carry out the will of the people. This direct democracy is achieved by using modern technology. All voting takes place online through a secure encrypted system in which eligible citizens may log on with their social security numbers to vote on measures and give their support to petitions for proposed measures. Measures are put up on the system regularly and all eligible citizens are notified electronically when a measure is proposed. Each measure has a description no longer than one page. Something too complicated to describe in one page must be divided into multiple measures, each to be voted on individually. Measures can involve new laws, the repeal of existing laws, mobilization of the military, and anything else that is conventionally done by the government.

What do you think would come out of this system? Do you think that direct democracy would improve the country? Do you think that this would be a good way to implement direct democracy? If not, what do you think is the best way?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would you rather know your date of death or how you will die?

Originally posted by Pokerpo:
Originally posted by spookyskeleton:
Originally posted by Pokerpo:

why not both?

Because thats not what I said.

ok fine, how i would die
if i knew the date, i would kill myself on the day i heard the date, thus paradoxing the entire thing.

Or you could survive the suicide attempt. Someone might save you, or you might just fail.

Until the day comes, maybe the universe just will not allow you to die until the proper point in the timeline arrives.


That’s why I would choose knowing when.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would you rather know your date of death or how you will die?

If I know when, do I have a guarantee that I cannot die before then?


If so, then I definitely choose to know when.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Is true that if you are blind your hearing sense get two times stronger/better to compensate for it?

The permanent loss of one sense would heighten you other senses.

A blind person can remember and recognize someone by their voice just as well as most people can remember a face.
A blind person can even recognize someone by feeling the features of their face.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What would happen to you if you put ketchup in your eyes?

Inserting all the vitamins and minerals in a tomato directly into your eyes will definitely give you super enhanced vision.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What are situations where the villain wins??

Most things with villain protagonists.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If time were frozen for 24 hours what would you do?

Originally posted by spookyskeleton:
Originally posted by abraaz:

If time was frozen the cameras would too…
Steal millions from banks, live a happy life.

That is stupid. People would notice you are somehow rich and money is missing

Doesn’t matter. With time frozen there would be no security footage, fingerprints, or witnesses. No evidence at all.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Got chased around by two kids shooting fireworks at me

Originally posted by niceman555:
Originally posted by fma1:

I’m no lawyer, but I have a good feeling that shooting fireworks at people is considered assault.

Nice edit figgot

Oh no, you called me a figgot.

I am so hurt and offended! That is such a terrible insult! How dare you call people figgots. It is highly degrading to figs when you use such hurtful words!

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Thin privilege is not getting judged for your unhealthy habits that you choose to have

Originally posted by niceman555:
Originally posted by fma1:

It’s not that thin people hate fat people. It’s that healthy people are naturally seen as more attractive. It’s just a matter of evolution, you wouldn’t want to mate with an unhealthy person because they would not be able to raise your offspring as well.

Survival of the fittest.

Also cause their fat choad wouldn’t be able to fit in the woman’s vagina.

I’m not singling out fat people. I am referring to any person who would be considered to be in poor health.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Got chased around by two kids shooting fireworks at me

I’m no lawyer, but I have a good feeling that shooting fireworks at people is considered assault.

Just report them.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Thin privilege is not getting judged for your unhealthy habits that you choose to have

It’s not that thin people hate fat people. It’s that healthy people are naturally seen as more attractive. It’s just a matter of evolution, you wouldn’t want to mate with an unhealthy person because they would not be able to raise your offspring as well.

Survival of the fittest.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Imam Signed Me Up At Arabic Letters Course

Just tell him that you don’t want to do it.

You know, talk to him like a normal person. Unless you’re incapable of acting like a normal person.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Do you think the internet should be lawless and we should have free speech?

Free speech, yes. Lawless, no.

If the internet were lawless, there would be no laws against using hacking to get people’s personal information from the internet.


As it is now, the internet is probably the best place in the world to exercise free speech.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Iraq Round Three

“We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.”

Barack Obama, in response to the James Foley video.


I think that nicely sums it up. NATO moved in and started doing airstrikes a few weeks ago, but I think that they’re going to step up their efforts. By the end of this ISIL will cease to exist.


Originally posted by teh_hobo:

I honestly say FUCK IT. We have no reason to be there anymore. The man behind 9/11 is dead. Let the countries of the middle east kill settle it or kill each other. We spent too much time and resources on people who don’t want our help.

I agree with that, but recent events change the situation a bit. When you capture an American journalist, brutally execute him, then put a video of it online, almost as if to say, “Come at us, western infidels,”… well that’s how you piss off the United States. And now a pissed off United States is going to erase ISIL from existence.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / MY dad manages to find and install every single virus know in existence on his PC

Does he not have an antivirus program?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Whats your favorite planet also pluto does not count because it is not really a planet and uranus is a stupid not funny joke and humans wont go to mars

Originally posted by spookyskeleton:
Originally posted by SpearDudezor:

Oh yeah? Well Pluto probably doesn’t want to be a planet anyway!! And what sort of a loser do you have to be to think humans won’t go to Mars

Wishful thinking because when humans get on mars it will be ruined.

How can you ruin an uninhabitable wasteland? By building enclosed habitable colonies on it?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Official Anti-Psychiatry Thread

Question for the OP:

Do you dislike the current state of psychiatry and psychology, or are you against the field of study as a whole?

You are right that in its current state, it is flawed. We don’t know enough about how the human brain really works to be able to detect and treat mental disorders. Not only that, but because of our limited knowledge, our definitions of those disorders may themselves be flawed.

However, the human brain is a valuable topic of study. Eventually, we will develop a full understanding of the human brain. This will cause changes in society, but you cannot stop science. The knowledge will be found eventually.
 
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Topic: Off-topic / Official Anti-Psychiatry Thread

Originally posted by SpearDudezor:
Originally posted by fma1:

You really hate psychology, don’t you?

I said psychiatry
lrn2read

Yeah but I remember in some other thread you said you didn’t like either one. They both deal with similar topics of study.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Official Anti-Psychiatry Thread

You really hate psychology, don’t you?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The meaning of life

From a scientific point of view, the meaning of life… is to create new life.

All life in existence has a way to create new life. Generating new life is the ultimate purpose of all existing life.

Discuss life.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Explain to me why WWE is fake

Originally posted by spookyskeleton:
Originally posted by Yourmum12:

WWE is more dangerous than UFC? Are you 6 years old or just fucking stupid?

UFC is extremely regulated and controlled. WWE is more stunt heavy. Are you underage judging by your username? Either way, muted.

Technically, if everyone is following the script and doing everything right, no one in WWE will get hurt. WWE “wrestlers” get injured when something goes wrong, when mistakes happen.
In the UFC, the risk of getting hurt just comes standard with the fact that it is a fighting competition.

Both are dangerous, just in different ways.