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Category: Democracy

Why I won't vote, and why I will give more to charity
Sep 27, 2008, 11:43a - Democracy
I'm not going to vote in this upcoming election. I am not registered to vote, and I don't plan on registering. This may come as hearsay, and who am I to avoid the controversial, so on with the explanation.

I don't like either of the candidates. They both feel like fake people to me, almost people without minds of their ... more »

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Stop Bugging Me
Jan 20, 2007, 11:20a - Democracy
Taking a brief break from the philosophical and moving on to the practical, here's a list of websites you can use to get people to stop bugging you:
  1. Reduce physical junk mail with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service. Takes effect within 3 months and last 5 years.
  2. Reduce credit card offers with the credit agencies' opt-out tool. Takes ...
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My Votes for the Nov 2006 Election
Nov 6, 2006, 12:42p - Democracy
Here's how I'm planning to vote in tomorrow's election, replete with rationale. If you think I'm voting the wrong way, let me know! I've only spent a couple hours reviewing everything, and some of this stuff is pretty tricky.

I'm supportive of the secret ballot, but I also think that people should discuss these issues more; that's my intent of ... more »

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BuyBlue.org - Tracking Political Contributions and Practices of Corporations
Dec 5, 2005, 12:44a - Democracy
Saw an ad for this on the BART, so I looked it up:

www.buyblue.org

This site tracks the political contributions and corporate pratices of a whole slew of companies.

For example, you can see that Costco gave 99% of its donations to the Democrats, and has 4 positive articles submitted about their worker practices.

While Walmart gives 78% ... more »

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Agreeing to Agree
Jul 5, 2005, 10:35p - Democracy
So many things can go wrong when leading a group; by far the most difficult to deal with is disagreement. Getting a group of people to agree on a course of action must be the most straining yet important thing that any of us can do. Group disagreement permeates all walks of life, from the local Little League team deciding ... more »

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Spending Buckets for Democracy
Jun 1, 2005, 10:43p - Democracy
About a month ago, Dave and I had an idea about how to improve democracy, and I finally got off my lazy butt to write it down. Here goes:

The problem: Even after electing a politician to public office, she may take actions that you disagree with, especially if she's influenced by special interests and other lobbying groups.

One solution: ... more »

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