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Politics

Legislative Service

Our political system is broken in many different ways. One possible fix is legislative service, where members of the public are randomly chosen and then asked to decide if a bill should become law. This public service function would replace the upper chamber - the Senate in the United States or the House of Lords in the United Kingdom. Legislative Service is similar to jury duty and would substantially reduce the impact of special interests and lobbyists on the lawmaking process.

Fake News

You’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts, to roughly quote Daniel Moynihan. But what happens when everyone has their own facts, their own social media filter bubble and their own 24-hour news network? It’s a difficult problem to solve. After falling for some fake news on Facebook and about a year of procrastination one answer might be to uninstall social media from your phone. And the 24-hour news problem? Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

Donald Trump

Trump is unfit for office and is at best a tragic misstep for America. At the very least sign some impeachment petitions. Here are some tips for other ways to #Resist (from a 28-day resistance marathon). Consider supporting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as well, this would have kept both Trump and Bush 43 out of office. Oh, and boycott Scott Adams too.

UK Politics

Brexit is the United Kingdom’s answer to Donald Trump. If Douglas Adams was still alive he might have written something like this. There might be hope - support is growing for a Bredo. Failing that maybe the solution to both Brexit and Trump is to become State #51.

Going further back read about Scotland staying in, the Alternative Vote, and the fate of the Bishops.

US Politics

If term limits are a good idea, what about party limits? If party limits does work then what about forcing us to have more parties?

We should embrace open immigration in some form. There should be reasonable restrictions on firearms. Math is more important than everyone learning to code. Is this why Americans don’t have passports?

All Politics Is Local

After three rounds of trying to provide reasonable feedback to the National Park Service’s plan to curtail dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area it would be nice to report that a huge community uprising influenced the rulemaking process. Instead, a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that the National Park Service was never listening in the first place.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks appears to hate trees.

Historical voting guides: 2016 (San Francisco and California plus combined June election edition), 2014 (San Francisco and California), and 2012 (San Francisco and California).

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