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Divided and Conquered

Posted by on Mar 8, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Divided and Conquered

Attached is a free PDF of my pamphlet, “Divided and Conquered.” If you prefer other formats, it is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback, and will soon be available as an audiobook on Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. Divided and Conquered shows how our election system, mostly as an unintended consequence, divides us and Congress, leading to gridlock (the people agree on more things than their representatives in Congress). Politicians are incentivized to stir up divisions to get re-elected, not to solve problems. There are...

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The Supreme Court just punted on Gerrymandering – Now what?

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in Featured | 0 comments

The Supreme Court just punted on Gerrymandering – Now what?

If you don’t like the hyper-partisan and gridlocked U.S. government, I’ve got your villain – Gerrymandering. No matter what substantive issue you want government to deal with, Gerrymandering must be fixed first to unlock the gridlock. Gerrymandering is a problem that has been festering for centuries, but now a voracious, antibiotic-resistant strain has emerged. Here’s the scoop: The word “Gerrymander” comes from Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry signing a bill in 1812 that redrew the districts in the Boston area in the shape of a...

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Adopt Ranked Choice Voting in California

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Election Reform, Featured | 0 comments

Adopt Ranked Choice Voting in California

No matter what issue you want the government to address, we need to fix the system first to be responsive to the people, not special interests and lobbyists. Here is a first step. In 2016, Trump won the early primaries with about 35% of the vote because the anti-Trump vote was split between a large field of candidates. We are in danger of the same thing happening to the Democrats in 2020, with a candidate most Democrats don’t want. See: Commondreams There is a voting system that will prevent this. Any state can adopt it – it’s used in other...

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“Zucked,” by Roger McNamee

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Book Reviews, Manipulation | 0 comments

“Zucked,” by Roger McNamee

Although somewhat repetitive, and with Roger tooting his own horn, this is a fascinating story of the rise of Facebook and the unintended consequences of its business model. As Roger points out, the business model is providing a free service supported by ads, rather than a subscription model (used by other internet companies as well). The ads are lucrative because Facebook tracks everything you do, and figures out which ads would appeal to you, providing customized targeting not possible in broadcast TV. The Facebook Newsfeed started in 2005....

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S.O.S. for the U.S.

Posted by on Oct 6, 2018 in Featured | 1 comment

S.O.S. for the U.S.

            Politics is partisan and gridlocked because of the system. There are grassroots efforts having success at fixing it. They need your help. Republicans and Democrats have been in gridlock, fighting each other for decades, using problems as talking points rather than something to be fixed. 3rd party presidential candidate Ross Perot railed against the $4 trillion deficit in 1992. It’s now $20 trillion. While they fight each other, the deficit is out of control, the heartland is out of work, income inequality has soared, education has...

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You’re the boss –Fix the U.S. Government!

Posted by on May 26, 2018 in Election Reform | 0 comments

You’re the boss –Fix the U.S. Government!

Truman was wrong – his “The buck stop here” sign doesn’t belong on the President’s desk, it belongs with the people. You say the system is rigged, and your subordinates (the President & Congress) aren’t following your orders? Well, do a re-org. If you think your vote doesn’t count, that isn’t where real power lies. Until campaign finance is reformed with a new Supreme Court or Constitutional amendment, money rules. People should pool their money to change government. This is not hard. There are many groups fighting the fight, slogging it...

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A Nation at Risk

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Book Reviews, Featured | 0 comments

A Nation at Risk

National Commission on Excellence in Education (1983). This seminal study is still relevant today.  It summarized the sad state of U.S. education saying: “Our Nation is at risk. Our once unchallenged preeminence in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation is being overtaken by competitors throughout the world. . . . [T]he educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people. What was unimaginable a generation ago has...

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MANIPULATION MATRIX

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Featured, Manipulation | 0 comments

MANIPULATION MATRIX

We are living the Matrix. We are manipulated at a most basic level – the reality we perceive. In the movie, computers are electronically connected into people’s spinal cords to feed fake nerve signals with an alternative reality to the brain. We aren’t quite cyborgs with electronics embedded in our brains, but the way we are always looking at our smartphones and responding to notifications, we are similarly manipulated. The Russia investigation is the tip of the propaganda iceberg – home grown special interests with lots of money give each of...

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Coming Soon

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Campaign Finance, Election Reform, Manipulation | Comments Off on Coming Soon

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Too big to fail, too big to exist

Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Featured, Finance Reform | 0 comments

Too big to fail, too big to exist

The Internet is robust because if one computer fails, communications get re-routed. It is a distributed system. The same model could be applied to our banking system. The antitrust laws should have a “too big” provision – no one should be allowed to accumulate the power to bring down our whole economic system by their bad decisions. Although there are efficiencies to size, we now see that they come with increased risk. Just as high return stocks come with high risk. America needs a more conservative portfolio with its banks....

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