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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The CPD's rules are outdated and unduly favor Democrat and Republican political candidates.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 pleasant surprise, and an innocuous joke.

+snipars, you would probably love this.
 
PRESS +YouTube's 'Add music' button on any video to get a 🎶 🎹 🎤 surprise! http://tnw.co/1EBWVg5

#AprilFools
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Are you going to take the #CelibacyChallenge ? It's the only logical course of action if you want to save lives as a homosexual. Only gay people can get HIV/AIDS after all, right?

Or, just sign this petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-food-and-drug-administration-fda-stop-discriminating-and-screen-male-blood-donors-equally

[Courtesy of +GLAAD]
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Thanks for the #birthday doodle, Google. It was a pleasant surprise which brightened an otherwise dull and depressing day.
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Thnx David, glad to have you as a new friend ... I like the way you think. :-)
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Glenn Beck no longer supports the Republican Party. He's still as insane and unhinged as ever, but even he realizes there are some deep-seeded problems with the party. Unfortunately, Ted Cruz is still his pick for the 2016 Presidential Elections, so it's not like his views have changed. He still believes their lies even if he doesn't align with them.

Having said that, I recommend anyone interested in a good laugh watch the video in the link. Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck trade insults and shittalk each other, and Beck confirms he's going to hell in a good car. They're pathetic, crazy fucks, but I still chuckled at their stupidity.
 
Bill O’Reilly pressed Glenn Beck on his announcement that he’s leaving the Republican Party. #FoxNews
Political commentator disenchanted with the GOP
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Something strange has occurred. For some reason, I can't add the +Dalai Lama to my circles. Is anyone else receiving an error that you cannot circle him?

Or have I been blocked by the Dalai Lama himself?
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Hm, alright. Well, I really appreciate your help, +Kamal Tailor. Thanks!
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I highly recommend watching the video, or at least reading the article. It truly is a great speech, though I wonder whether she wrote it herself. If she did, I'd truly be astounded.

You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogBuz4dU5Ew

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This little Education Mover-Shaker is getting an early start!!  Love her delivery ... impassioned, sincere & firm, yet respectful.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/30/1374359/-Florida-fourth-grader-gives-amazing-speech-to-school-board-audience-erupts-in-a-standing-ovation?detail=email
Bravo, Sydney! Sydney Smoot appeared at a Florida school board meeting to voice her concerns about standardized testing that she believes unfairly judges students. She took her turn at the podium ...
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From how Lanning describes the problem, it doesn't sound like a flaw in capitalism per se, though capitalism is certainly flawed, so much as it is a flaw in how the gaming industry is conducting itself. That is more of an issue of consumerism with respect to capitalism and company ideology, since the gaming industry (and many media industries) have sought to appeal to a wider audience in recent years. As a result, more money is spent on advertising in order to ensure the widest number of people are informed about the game's release, and more time is spent developing the game to appeal to the widest variety of people within a particular genre. This so-called simplification for "the lowest-common denominator" can detract from the quality of a game, not just its appeal to niche demographics.

The problem Lanning recognizes is the fact that games are now being produced for the purposes of increasing profits, expanding profit margins, and guaranteeing net financial growth of the company. This is often accomplished through less restrictive game development, a diversification and simplification of game mechanics, and expanded marketing and advertising tactics to ensure a growth in consumer purchases, even at the expense of consumer satisfaction. Although this primarily occurs within capitalist economic systems, the issue here has more to do with consumerist culture and the shifting priorities of many companies within the gaming industry—namely, a shift from game development for the primary purpose of creating a work of art or entertainment product which satisfies a particular demographic, to a primary goal of developing products which sell and increase overall sales, regardless of its impact on product quality or integrity (and thus consumer satisfaction). The issue here, in particular, is therefore the change among many game developers and producers of focusing more on profits and less on their products. This for-profit viewpoint is common in capitalism, and founds the basis of capitalist economics, but it is not a necessary component of a company operating within a capitalist system.

In other words, I think Lanning is misidentifying the source of the problem as inherent to the economic system within which it occurs, when in reality it is the result of an ideological shift among many game developers and producers. I can sympathize with Lanning's frustrations with capitalism, however, since capitalism as an economic system is heavily based on profits. As a result, it's unfortunately expected for most companies to resort to profits as a primary focus, since this is essential to optimal operation within a capitalist economy. In this respect, and only this respect, do I concur with Lanning that "capitalism is killing games". This statement by itself, however, oversimplifies the issue, hence my criticism.

Then again, Lanning obviously recognizes that the problem is the risk-averse behaviors of investors, and not so much the capitalism of it all. Perhaps he is right that this is an issue inherent in capitalism, since capitalism is an economic system wherein profits are the fundamental drive for business. Maybe he's right in some degree, though I think it's a bit too simple to simply write it off as solely capitalist in nature. Company ideology plays a crucial role and even in a capitalist system, it largely depends on how a company wishes to operate that determines their effect on society.

It's nonetheless an interesting read, and one which I recommend.
Lorne Lanning laments current state of gaming industry.
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"Universe" can be both a proper and common noun, so I would argue that even if multiple universes, or a universe outside our observable universe, did not exist; there should still be a distinction between "universe" (common noun) and "Universe" (proper noun).

A good read, nonetheless.
The Universe is different from the universe in commentator Marcelo Gleiser's eyes. It's not about grammar. It's about cosmology, about what we know versus what we are able to imagine.
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Now THIS is a site I'd like to see get more attention. #Bias has become a plague on society and the news sources upon which so many rely effectively take this as a principle in their reporting. It's strange how the mere leaning of a new source could drastically alter what they say in their reports and the implications thereof.

When people speak of media bias, it's no joke. What most don't understand is that just about everyone is affected by it, including you.

The site seems to still be in development, though, and just recently launched, so it may be a bit buggy right now. I'm already experiencing some myself. Also, no Google+ support (yet).
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Here is a compelling counterargument against the #ChangeTheRule campaign, since they believe it doesn't do enough to change the system. They make some good points, and they're right, but it's difficult to implement a wider policy when doing so would bloat the debates into a clusterfuck of conflicting opinions. It already gets rowdy enough with two candidates, even more so if there were three. But 5+? That sounds like a debate moderator's personal hell.

Thanks goes to +Foūndātionɪsts.ōrg for sharing this.

I recommend this to anyone thinking along similar lines, especially +michael halas, since you expressed interest in the #ChangeTheRule campaign.
by Andy Craig, originally sourced from Independent Political Report. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former CIA & NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden, former Sens. Bob Kerrey and Joe Lieberman, former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal are all among the 50 high-profile signatories of Change the Rule’s open letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates. They …
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You are right +David Greene​, about a multi-way presidential debate being complicated. However it would be worth it I believe. Mostly we need to keep the corporations out of the election and somehow get everyone to work together for the same common goals.
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A great article summarizing a number of differing opinions on this issue.

According to Buddhist doctrines, perhaps, though some may argue that reincarnation is an antiquated aspect of modern Buddhism and should therefore be abandoned. According to our current scientific understanding of how cognition works, however, he has a higher chance of going to Hell (i.e., none).

I suspect, however, that the Dalai Lama will choose to reincarnate, thereby continuing his legacy and work in the world. I'm not sure if he should, since the Dalai Lama is such a powerful symbol of peace and tolerance that it would be sad to see it go. The 15th Dalai Lama is a man whom I greatly respect, after all, even though I do not acknowledge his divinity.

I don't know. As a matter of eliminating superstitions and unscientific beliefs, I'm inclined to say that he should not. As a symbol of world peace and the matter of the furtherance of toleration and philosophy in a world which desperately needs it, however, I hope that he does, but only if the 16th reincarnation is as great a man as he, or even greater.

The Dalai Lama is one of the only religious traditions I admire, tentatively support, and tend to condone, since the role does such great good in the world, and how powerful it is as a symbol. I would rather this "delusion", as some might call it, continue and die last of all, and only after the goals of the Dalai Lama are fulfilled. This is a benevolent delusion, and I can respect the man even if I do not acknowledge his divinity.

The PRC has no say in this, though. This is a religious matter, however politicized it may have become. The Dalai Lama is the Dalai Lama regardless of whether the PRC acknowledges his sovereignty.

It'll be a sad day when he dies. It is one of the few deaths of notable individuals I will truly mourn.
 
The big question for Tibetan Buddhism: Will the Dalai Lama​ reincarnate? http://bbc.in/1IsX4kx
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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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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
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