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>> Vice President Joe Biden said on Meet the Press "there's some real doubt" whether Ahmadinejad won.
There was real doubt about the U.S. election in 2000 that caused George W. Bush to become President as well.
1 year, 8 months ago on Kerry: Iran has an ‘elected’ government | The Cable
@AmyCruze @DomCobb The thing is, today's Libya doesn't really have a government. It has a bunch of militia groups that are loosely affiliated with a "National Council" that in reality has very little control over them. Under Gaddafi, there was a government, but we (the U.S. and NATO) saw to it that it was destroyed. Sad.
1 year, 11 months ago on Foreign election officials amazed by trust-based U.S. voting system | The Cable
@Kopernick When I first started voting, back in the 1970s, I was very surprised that ID was not required to vote. Here in NYC, you sign your name next to a copy of the signature you used when you registered to vote, and the poll workers are supposed to compare the signatures. But I have never seen them really looking closely at them. I guess if the signatures were completely different, the person might be challenged, but I don't think it would require great skill for an imposter to create a signature similar enough to the openly-displayed comparison target to pass muster.
I don't think examining the "neurological and biological underpinnings of religious belief" is a useful approach; that very phrasing indicates a reductionist approach to the subject that will do more harm than good. But yes, we need to understand better where our potential enemies are "coming from", what their real motivations are. Maybe then we can avoid exacerbating conflicts to the point that they devolve into warfare.
2 years, 2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/06/tk?page=0,1
@calinb7 @Lady I too hope that society (which is to say, people) will embrace the non-aggression principle. It ought to be taught as being the basis of all moral and legal rules. But the fact is, we do need some kind of government, because there are people out there who do commit acts of aggression, otherwise known as crimes, and without some organized means of dealing with them, society would collapse, or be taken over by them. So we will never have a "stateless society" that works. A minimal state is the best compromise. We need a government that is strong enough to protect our rights, but not strong enough to take them away. Is that actually possible? A good question.
2 years, 5 months ago on Memories of Freedom