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Leon Smith
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This is absolutely hilarious video,  for a cause that's well worth supporting:

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postgresql-simple-0.4.2 for Haskell is now available!   You can read about some of the changes in the last year on my blog.

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The very first animated video on Approval Voting, from The Center for Election Science!

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The Center for Election Science's has launched a fundraising campaign to produce a video on Approval Voting and enter it into the MacArthur Foundaton's Looking@Democracy's contest.    We are off to a strong start,  but still need plenty more money to get this project off the ground.   Let's help get out the word about how we can help make democracy work better!

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Ancient Iranian ice factories go back to the seventeenth century B.C., and these were used as recently as 50 years ago. They take advantage of places where the temperature drops to freezing at night even though it may get hot in the day.  This is part of an elegant collection of low-power technologies which includes the qanat underground irrigation system and the windcatchers used to cool buildings.   Check out this great set of photos:

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/01/ancient-ice-houses-of-iran.html

(posted by +John Baez)
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Since my last post on this subject on Jul 30,  the OWS Politics and Electoral Reform Working Group has continued to study alternative election methods including an exit poll using alternate methods such as Approval, Score, and IRV in November and plans to conduct these exit polls on much larger scales in the future.    Here a supporter of the Manhattan Libertarian Party interviews TJ Frawley on these efforts and was left with a very positive impression.

Also, the Center for Election Science interviewed both TJ Frawley and Kenneth Arrow (of Arrow's Impossibility Theorem fame) this year:

http://www.electology.org/interview-with-tj-frawls
http://www.electology.org/interview-with-dr-kenneth-arrow

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"I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.  [...]  Somehow, we need to get beyond the “I’m right so I’m right to nuke you” ethics that dominates our time. That begins with one word: Shame.

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Please participate and share!

I'm leaving it intentionally short, because I know there will always be people who will ask for it to include their favorite candidate. I wanted to have the major parties, and major minor parties, as well as a few independent/moderate people.

Thanks

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Dr. Arrow turns out not to be a fan of our vote-for-one Plurality Voting. No surprises there!

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The electoral reform group of Occupy Wall Street completed an exciting voting experiment. They used a convenience sample among their own members using Score, Approval, Plurality, and IRV. Plurality was the only method that elected a major party within their experiment. Check out the details!
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