Re: Are two parties enough?

[continued from previous post] This has led to crippled representation of the districts that have elected a minority party candidate. The party that controls the legislature can (and has), through manipulating the committee system, silence the voices of millions of Americans. This not democracy at its best.

Thankfully, our judicial branch has, so far, repelled any major politicalization, but not without a struggle. We have our voting system partially to blame for the situation we find ourselves in. The antiquated "up or down" method of picking one candidate has been shown, historically, to lead to a two-party system. At present, you can only pick one candidate, so people are hesitant to "throw away" their vote on a third-party. Other nations with more modern voting systems, allowing voters to rank candidates in order of preference, have a tendency to have more political parties, more choice, more debate, more public engagement, more comprise, and more results. [continued in next post]

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

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Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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