November 2nd, 2004

reeciebastion

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Okay, so I really don't understand the intricacies of the whole Electoral College thing, though I'm told, by people with more advanced math skills, that it's staggeringly inaccurate, what with not counting actual percentages (which I thought were... uh... the whole point?). Is this like the College of Cardinals? 'Cause as I recall, that didn't work out so well, what with the excommunication and the kneeling in the snow and the deposing and the looting and the massacres, and all.

Also I find the whole chad thing confusing and rather intimidating, in the same way that I find truck-weight punch-card IBMs intimidating, in the sense that OMG what is wrong with a big circle, and a little "X"? It's really hard to disqualify or misinterpret a vote made with a number 2 pencil. (I think I like ours better. The only local ballot controversy we had our last election was the recount of New West because it's full of students and hippies and no one could believe it came out Conservative.)

I'm not watching CNN anymore. I swore off it for a reason four years ago and now it's giving me a headache. o.O

Eehee. But! CBC editorial cartoons re: the U.S. election. *snickers madly*
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reeciebastion

So... December, apparently? *sigh*

I think I get the math, now.

...

...that's still stupid. Actually, moreso. o.O

And I'm sorry, but... a purely popular vote is "too reckless"?! In some sense more reckless than democracy in general?

Oooooh. In the sense that you might LOSE if you actually counted all the votes. Especially with the record voter turnout, apparently. And I guess it would seem "reckless" if you had a sneaking suspicion that ALL THE PEOPLE WITH BRAINS IN YOUR COUNTRY would probably like to see you stripped naked, tarred, feathered, and driven up Main Street U.S.A. by a herd of rabid bulls. o.O
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reeciebastion

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One more question... 545 electoral votes in total, right? So... 270 to win. Leaving 275.

*BOGGLE*

WHAT? o.O

So not only is the great democracy's leadership not determined by a popular vote, it's not even determined by a majority of the votes of the big stupid filter apparatus?

Why isn't it 273 to win? *so very, very confused because it DOESN'T MAKE ANY GODSDAMNED SENSE*

Don't mind me. I'm from a country where we actually COUNT ALL OUR VOTES. >.<


EDIT: *recounts* ...huh. 538, you say? I don't know. That's what it *says*, but it still seems like an arbitrary number. o.O

FURTHER EDIT: *throws up hands* Nope, forget it, I've read it, and re-read it, and read it elsewhere, and counted, and recounted, and it's *still* stupid. Ye gods. It's a part of a purportedly democratic system that serves to systematically disregard a portion of the popular vote. It's completely idiotic and it makes me gleefully amused about the recent by-election that tossed out the Conservative riding govt (that won in June with 43%) and voted in the NDP at 53%, after getting only, like, 2% in June. That's right. PERCENT. :P

*can't wait 'til spring*
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reeciebastion

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...I've done the math, again.

I think I'm going to crawl under a flag and cry.

A Canadian flag, obviously.

Or possibly go to sleep. Can't deal with this any more tonight.

And I have no chocolate. *curls up and dies*
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