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  1. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 8 days ago

    The Electoral College made sense in a time without instant communication, without broadcast communication, without rapid transportation. Instead of trying to get all of the information to all of the people, each area entrusts a proxy representative to assemble and make a decision. The extra 2-per-state bonus bought the buy-in of the agrarian colonies. But that was then; this is now, with nationwide air travel taking the candidate everywhere, instantaneous communication bringing speeches and debates live to everyone everywhere, and reporting of results being added up in real time within hours. OTOH of course the current system wouldn’t be voted out; the people who are getting those bonuses, which have gotten even more significant in proportion as the population imbalance has grown between big states and small states (18:1 in 1770 vs 66:1 in 2010), will never vote those bonuses to give up those bonuses.

  2. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 8 days ago

    Not “big states dictating to little states”, but “choosing what MORE PEOPLE WANT and giving everyone a MORE EQUAL VOTE”. As a New Yorker by birth (now in NJ), my vote was always worth only 25% or 30% as much as a voter in Wyoming. Why should they get so much more power? You are afraid of “big states” ruling you, but that would be EQUAL votes per person; I am upset that other people have power over me because they get a MASSIVE BONUS.

  3. DutchUncle commented on Calvin and Hobbes 9 days ago

    Well, we have cordless phones, and there are two downstairs and two upstairs. But yes, nowadays the teenage babysitter would have her own cellphone rather than use the house phone. Rather than the age of the comic, it shows the amazing rapidity of change in the real world.

  4. DutchUncle commented on Calvin and Hobbes 9 days ago

    I’ve always been impressed with the creative naming on laws. One recent one about “Privacy” basically said that you have none; another about “hearing protection” was about allowing the sale of silencers for guns; two or three about “internet access” which pretty much restrict local access to a monopoly, or prohibit a town from offering free wifi.

  5. DutchUncle commented on Frazz 16 days ago

    Since they’re obviously not Jewish, they don’t know about matza brei. MMMMMmmmmmm.

  6. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 20 days ago

    Yeah, and then there are the people who spend their time making and responding to comments on comics pages . . .

  7. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 23 days ago

    Trump didn’t sucker anyone. They were just voting AGAINST the other side, because they’ve been told over and over and over that the other side was bad. I heard one woman at lunch work talk about how terrible Donald was for cheating on his wives, and dumping one after another for new models . . . but better him than a Washington insider.

  8. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 23 days ago

    No, there are rules against him hiring his children. They can, however, be “national security advisors” on a volunteer (unpaid) basis. Just like traditional royalty.

  9. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 24 days ago

    Someone I know something about, from having lived in NYC during his heyday of hiring illegal workers, welshing on debts, cheating his business partners, cheating on his wives, and generally being an obnoxious human being. I also happen to disagree with his stated political opinions, but that’s almost secondary to having no respect for him as a person.

  10. DutchUncle commented on Calvin and Hobbes 28 days ago

    Yes, and we can experiment with a brand new variety of agony. “What fresh hell can this be?” Someone is always going to be dissatisfied; and since Trump lost the popular vote, obviously he was right – the system is rigged.