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Let's Change the Rule.

I believe we should #ChangeTheRule when it comes to presidential elections. The Committee for Presidential Debates (CPD) determines who gets represented in the main presidential debates each election. Its members are chosen by insiders in the Democratic and Republican parties, however, and the thresholds for earning representation are so absurdly high that only Republicans and Democrats can qualify.

The CPD needs to change its rules and reform its policies to allow third-party candidates and independents into the debate, and to make it easier for them to qualify. At this time, there is a duopoly comprising the Democratic and Republican Parties, despite how the majority of Americans are dissatisfied with both parties and how most Americans would support and vote for an independent candidate if available. Popular support for these two political party giants are at an all-time low and third parties are on the rise. Now is the time to change this.

If you're a Libertarian, or a Green, or a Socialist, or Communist, or Constitutionalist, or Populist, or even an Independent (like me), this should be important to you. If you're a Republican or Democrat who's dissatisfied with his or her party, but fear that voting for any other party would be wasting your vote, this is for you. If you hate having to choose between the lesser of two evils, this initiative is what you need. If you want to have the opportunity to vote for the candidate you want, and not just the one your party preordains, then help me Change the Rule.

The CPD's rules are outdated and unduly favor Democrat and Republican political candidates. Let's change that.


Tags: #ChangeTheRule , #CPD , #PresidentialElections , #Elections , #Politics , #UnitedStates , #Change , #SpreadTheWord  
One simple change will bring real competition to our presidential politics. Let's change the rule now
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Thanks! This is a topic that will take some time to develop. I agree that there needs to be change but am not sure how it could be done. I need to do some research before we jump into this topic.
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A succinct article about being dick when you're just trying to be rational. God knows I am one of the biggest dicks of them all.

Very insightful advice and something I definitely recommend everyone read.
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Aye; rationalism is a tool to finding meaning, purpose, satisfaction and joy, but it does not invariably lead there.
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An excellent interview between +George Stephanopoulos and +Bernie Sanders. George asks some tough questions and Bernie answers them without hesitation. I recommend this for anyone interested in learning more about Sen. Sanders' political positions and interests as a president.
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Another outstanding speech by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Cut down to be short and concise, though his full diatribe is worth the listen.
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The famous Bayeux Tapestry, brought to life!

More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry

History of the Bayeux Tapestry: http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/

Potion Pictures: http://potionpictures.co.uk/
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Same-sex marriage is now de facto legal nationwide. States can no longer ban same-sex marriage.

I would have preferred for marriage to be removed in favor of "civil unions" being the only legal terminology, along with a deincentivization of marriage or civil unions, but I seriously doubt that will happen anytime soon (or ever?). At least homosexuals are given the equal rights of marriage as their heterosexual peers. This is better than nothing by far; semantic disputes are secondary to the civil rights of those affected.

In any case, this is definitely a great victory for civil rights. I would be proud of my country, but this is long overdue. But at least now it's done. Hopefully now, we can focus on the other exigent issues currently happening right now, such as ISIS moving into Kuwait and the passing of TPP.
In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable.
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+Ana Calderon The bible also forbids women from presuming to instruct a man; if you're going to live by your hateful book, please live by all of it and shut your fucking mouth. 
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Here's an interesting commentary on the Seinfeld's recent condemnation of political correctness on college campuses. I'm inclined to agree with Jerry Seinfeld's sentiments, though I don't believe political correctness is entirely to blame. That is, like usual, an oversimplification of a far more complex problem. Anyway, the issue is mainly with excessive and zealous political correctness, the sort of thought policing that silences any and all commentary, comedy, or criticisms which could even be interpreted as sexist, racist, bigoted, or otherwise. Unfortunately, however, this has grown to represent political correctness these days, so much so that the Wikipedia article on it even opens with calling political correctness a pejorative.

For those of you interested in more commentary, here are some other articles discussing the matter and coming to different conclusions. I recommend all of them, since they do a good job of summarizing a number of positions people have about this incident (and political correctness in general):

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/10/opinions/obeidallah-jerry-seinfeld/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/10/living/seinfeld-comedy-colleges-feat/index.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-berteaux/jerry-seinfeld-politcally-correct-college-student_b_7540878.html

http://www.sltrib.com/home/2611427-155/sean-p-means-whats-the-deal?fullpage=1

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2015/06/12/Tony-Norman-PC-campuses-shouldn-t-muffle-comedy/stories/201506120202

And, for the sake of "fairness", here are two articles I don't recommend. They are, in my opinion, horrible excuses for journalism and egregious displays of character assassination, fallacious rhetoric, and deliberate misrepresentation. I might as well share them anyway, if only for the sake of completion:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/09/politically-correct-jerry-seinfeld-comedy-marginalised-voices

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/06/11/awesome-jerry-seinfeld-doubles-down-slams-political-correctness-n2010881

Damn, those were difficult to read. Ironically enough, they're at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

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Jerry Seinfeld made some news the other day by telling ESPN Radio 's Colin Cowherd that college campuses are no fun for a stand-up comedian these days. "A lot of people tell me, 'Don't go near colleges, they are so P.C.,'" Seinfeld said on the sports talk show, before launching into a story about his teenage daughter giving him a hard time and lamenting how young people "just want to use these words: 'that's racist,' 'that's sexist,' 'that's pr...
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most comedians that hit the colleges are young and its those on the Comedy Central ... older are the bar scene and some might go to schools ....PS its way they should be mean to the guys though .... women
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"The Ballad of Billy John" by Trevor Moore

Hold on, let me get my soapbox...

Jokes aside, this song really highlights a major problem on the Internet. People often prefer to troll and spout profanities rather than provide thoughtful input. Rather than fostering creativity, they stifle it. Instead of complimenting or criticizing with sincerity, they deride and demean with flippancy. When accused of this sort of gross disrespect, they dismiss it as "just having fun", or proceed to intensify their pejorative pissantism.

Even worse, this toxic culture of online abuse is so prevalent that anyone who takes a stance is branded a killjoy and solemn spoilsport, an overly sober sourpuss who dares to defy the foolocratic collective. If you aren't constantly and consistently verbally abusing others, or if you you don't condone it and idly stand by as it occurs, you're taking the Internet "too seriously". No matter where you go, this sort of toxicity finds its way in. Even worse, nobody tries to stop it. Those who do eventually give up. The cynicism sets in, their indignation quiets down, and they join in the jocularity, an embittered resignation being all that's left. Billy John is not the first, nor will he be the last.

There is a time and place for facetious buffoonery, whether it be trolling or flaming or farcical misbehavior. It's something I've done before and will do again. Unfortunately, however, for many people the time is "anytime" and the place is "anywhere". There is no distinction between dialectic and droll, so both activities suffer as a result.

Relating back to this video, I admire this song. Comedy and parody are often used as forms of social commentary. Regardless of whether Trevor Moore intended it to be the latter, its poignant criticisms are clear for all to see, both in visage and in message.

A funny song, but the humor is bittersweet. Thank you for writing and singing this masterpiece, Trevor.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) just passed the U.S. Senate by 65-33. Notable politicians like Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the latter of whom opposed the agreement from the outset, voted "No". Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY), meanwhile, voted "Aye (Yes)".Unfortunately, it has passed, and in doing so it will further undermine efforts at establishing a better world. This partnership will give corporate conglomerates absurd powers, including private corporations being able to sue governments for future losses and an Environment chapter which "turns out to be a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism", as Julian Assange stated. Its Intellectual Property (IP) chapter moreover infringes upon your digital rights in nearly every aspect, limiting your online behaviors and forcing newer, harsher, and more aggressive copyright laws.

Next stop, the House of Representatives and then, the President's desk.

You can read more about it here:

Environmental Chapter: https://wikileaks.org/tpp-enviro/pressrelease.html
Intellectual Property (IP) Chapter: https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp
Official Site: https://ustr.gov/tpp

Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/05/14/406675625/a-trade-deal-read-in-secret-by-only-few-or-maybe-none

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-the-dispute-settlement-language-in-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/02/25/ec7705a2-bd1e-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

https://www.citizen.org/TPP
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Its Atlantic equivalent is very unpopular on my side of the ocean. "Outraged" is the mood.
In spite of all pools indicating vast majorities strictly opposing TTIP, negotiations continue. We need to fix this "representational" inadequacy.

#TTIP  
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I wonder what the message of this satirical song could be. Maybe the final "verses" could elucidate on this:

The problem is maybe not the big act "Cut the balls", but you make small changes and all of a sudden, balls are no longer there. Those in power look down and say "Oh, where are my balls?" and suddenly their voices get higher and so on and so on and so on. I stand by my joke. The structure of the joke is that this so called progressive intelectual [sic] , in order to score his small narcicistic point, oh, I dusted the balls, totally ignores the suffering there and that's the whole point of the joke. So cut the balls, we need to cut the balls!

In any case, it's a well-made song. Regardless of its intentions, it'll get people googling Žižek, which may introduce them into philosophy, and that's fine by me.
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gotcha, well it's the same way with Chomsky, who is basically an old liberal these days. 
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Interesting news story and a tidbit anecdote from across the globe. I, for one, support #Wanksy 's work, but I too am concerned that it may be counterproductive at this point. I find the council spokesperson's response to be absurd, though: I'm pretty certain that regardless of how "offensive" those drawings may be to some families, the potholes they're highlighting could inadvertently end those families' (and future families') lives. Potholes are dangers, and they need to be filled. Now, if only the council would make that a priority.
Potholes aren't typically at the top of any city council's agenda. Giant drawings of phalluses on public roads, however, demand immediate attention.
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First Review (September 10, 2014): Earlier today, I went for my first dental checkup in roughly four years. It was also my first time visiting Element Dental and I must say that it has been my best experience at a dentist appointment I believe I ever had. My dentist was, Dr. Brad Vermeulen over at the Bryan (77802) location. He was pleasant, insightful, patient with my questions and concerns, and polite all around. The assistants were very kind and professional. Everything seemed to be running orderly and efficiently. Despite being late to the appointment, I was still seen within a reasonable amount of time. Moreover, the doctor made sure to clarify his procedures, ensure that I was comfortable and satisfied with the operation, and listened intently to my questions or comments. Overall, I highly recommend the Bryan location. I will be revisiting in about a week for my second appointment and may update this review after it has been complete. Given the outstanding service I received earlier today, however, I suspect my second visit will be just as seamless and, dare I say, enjoyable. Second Review (September 17, 2014): My second appointment was just as great as I expected it to be. The appointment went fine and the visit was very pleasant. I corrected the doctor in the above review, however, since I had the wrong name listed. Overall, I am thoroughly satisfied with my experience and I recommend anyone living in the Bryan / College Station go to the Bryan location of Element Dental, since it has by far provided me with the best dentistry experience I've ever had. Third Review (April 06, 2015): Apparently, there was a complication from my first appointment, in particular a small air bubble in the filling. Dr. Vermeulen took care of it quickly and efficiently, however, so everything went fine. I have no complaints. Mistakes happen and fortunately, it wasn't anything major. The service was great as always, and I am satisfied with my experience.
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reviewed 2 months ago
I began eating Boneheads a few months ago, when it was still a fresh and nowhere near as popular. It was amazing! The food was delicious and their half chicken was literally the best chicken I have ever tasted in my life. It was juicy, tender, and flavorful to the point that it actually converted me from an avid dark meat lover to a white meat fan. I had never enjoyed white meat before, since it was usually dry and tough, but Boneheads cooked it perfectly. The chicken was magical... And I enjoyed every moment of it. Even better, the seasoned fries were delicious and expertly cooked, so much that I actually exchanged all my sides for fries! For me, it was the perfect meal, and best of all, it was pretty cheap for such outstanding quality! Not anymore. Had I reviewed this establishment then, I'd be raving about how amazing it is and giving it a well-deserved 5-star review. Now, though, I am truly sad to report that Boneheads is no longer the great place I remember. After ordering to-go the same half-chicken (sometimes spicier than last time) and seasoned fries meal at least five times, enjoying it every time as my favorite meal of the week—or new favorite, if I had Boneheads earlier—I had taken a hiatus from my new go-to place for healthy, flavorful meals. I didn't want to overdo a good thing, after all. About a month ago, Boneheads was growing in popularity and more people visited the place. Craving the usual, I ordered the half-chicken and seasoned fries, anticipating yet another outstanding meal. Apparently, though, something had changed. Whether there was a different chef or manager or staff, or if the cooks were simply slacking in quality to make up for increased demand, or whatever the case, the meals were no longer anywhere near as enjoyable. Even worse, the chicken was not the spiciness I ordered when I received it, the wait was much longer than usual, and the price had gone up! In fact, I was so disappointed that I vowed to never go back to Boneheads. A few weeks passed and I wanted to give it another try. It was certainly a fluke, right? How else could I explain the fact that the chicken was so dry and tough that even KFC could do better? Or the fries so poorly seasoned and undercooked that Five Guys could outdo them? No, surely it was just an off-day, and was bound to happen. I just finished eating the last meal of Boneheads I'll probably ever eat. Not only was the chicken completely the wrong order (I asked for the spiciest and got a grilled concoction that was less spicy than their "mild"), the sides were wrong; the half-chicken was significantly smaller than usual; the seasoned fries were undercooked and barely seasoned; and the chicken was so dry and tough that I actually had to resort to dipping it in ketchup. I NEVER thought I would have to resort to condiments with Boneheads' excellent chicken. The chicken was excellent no more, however, and it was no longer the Boneheads I grew to love. I'm not sure what happened. Perhaps as the restaurant grew in popularity, they sacrificed quality to meet the demands. Maybe management changed or cooks were replaced and the new employees are less experienced than before. I don't know what changed, but I do know that the 5-star Boneheads food is no longer a thing. The meal I just ate is hardly deserving of even two, but I didn't want to seem too harsh. What happened, Boneheads? You used to be the cheap, delicious restaurant my family enjoyed, but now it only brings a more expensive disappointment every time. I wished I was giving Boneheads the 5-star review I always thought it deserved. Not anymore, though. If you're thinking about going to Boneheads, maybe reconsider, especially if you used to be a fan. You'll probably regret it.
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The food here is good and the service is adequate. I have no complaints, but I have yet to experience anything very praiseworthy either.
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After going to Poppa Rollo's Pizza for the first time just a couple days ago, I was definitely impressed. The service was amazing and the decor was thoroughly enjoyable. The food was good, but then again I haven't gotten to try much from there, so I may update this review after I go another time. Now, to address each aspect of the restaurant: The food was good, but it was not all that great. I had the Special Salad with the anchovies. It was tasty, but very salty (as was expected from a salad consisting primarily of anchovies and olives). My brother and friend both enjoyed the pizza they ordered quite thoroughly, though, so this may give you some insight as to the quality of the food. Once I try more food from here, I will update my review accordingly. The decor was very good, bordering on excellent. The place was quite busy, but the tables were nice and cozy and the general noise level was surprisingly low. I particularly enjoyed the old movies and shows that were playing on the big screen. In the waiting room, Flash Gordon was playing, absurdly fake graphics and melodrama included, and The Three Stooges were on in the actual eating area. Moreover, there is a number of arcade games in the playroom/kid's area. Overall, the environment in the place was pleasant and comfortable. My only complaint is that the smoking section (which included the kid's section) smelled like a giant ashtray, which can be quite unpleasant for those unaccustomed to the smell of cigarette smoke. The service was by far the best feature of the restaurant. Despite the wait time (around 15 minutes), the quality of service was excellent to say the least. Each time our drinks were low, we had them refilled or replaced immediately. In fact, the waitress brought out a small pitcher for our friend filled with the drink he ordered. She was very nice and made sure we were satisfied with our meals. Additionally, one of the other employees helped us take a picture and even joked with us while we ate. Overall, the service was superb and in this aspect I have no complaints. If you are interested in genuine Italian food at a great restaurant, I recommend Poppa Rollo's Pizza.
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Lupe Tortilla has some of the most delicious steak fajita and corn tortillas I have ever eaten. Unlike most of the fajita meat I've tasted before, the meat at Lupe Tortilla isn't covered in pepper nor is it heavily spiced to the point that the seasonings become overpowering. All the food is excellent, especially the chips and beans. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone searching for authentic Mexican food at a reasonable price.
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The people here are always nice and the food is delicious as well as nutritious.
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I have been to a couple Cheddar's before, but this is by far the best one. The food is amazing and delicious, the service is superb, the decor is pleasant, and the prices are low. Every single time I have gone here, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Each waiter/waitress has been kind, attentive, and cooperative. If the order was wrong, they would make sure it was fixed. If my drink was low, they would bring me a filled replacement. If I would like more queso, but it would cost me a bit extra, the waiter will do everything he can in his power to cut the price down as much as possible. Once, when I was brought by two separate waiters the same side order (the place was very busy at the time), the second waiter gave us the food anyway and told us it was on the house. How awesome is that? Overall, this is one of the best places at which to eat in Waco. I do have some complaints, however, and although they are minor, I believe they are worth acknowledging. First is the fact that this establishment is almost always packed. Due to this, the wait time can range anywhere from under five minutes to closer to thirty, oftentimes falling somewhere between the two extremes. The noise level in the establishment is quite high and more often than not the place is crowded with bustling servers and customers going every which way. Once you get seated, I personally find it easy to tolerate what quickly becomes the equivalent of background white noise; however, some of the people with whom I ate are not so able to do so. Having said that, I suggest you steer clear of this Cheddar's if you hate loud and busy places. One very redeeming quality of this restaurant (and the franchise as a whole) is the fact that the service and decor gives one the impression that he or she is eating at a high-end diner. However, the absence of any dress code, the relaxed and amiable attitude of the servers, and the surprisingly low prices all complement this restaurant, well earning the name of being considered a "casual café." To top it all off, the food is beyond excellent and even when the order was a bit off, I nonetheless enjoyed my savory meal. If you don't mind a bit of a wait, a full house, and a somewhat noisy environment, this is definitely the best place to go. And after you eat (or before you do), if you're interested in some entertainment, the Starplex Cinema 16 is just around the corner!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago