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Photo by J. Harrington
What is a surprise, at least to me, is the number of folks seriously considering voting for a presidential candidate (he who should not be named) who claims about global warming that:
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."Of course, those folks are being aided and abetted by debate moderators and officials who don't believe in fact checking (C'mon, this is America, where we're all entitled to our own facts.) Playing fast and loose with the facts seems to be something that too many candidates major in. All of this has me fed up enough that this morning I figured out how to best deal with it.
Minnesota has a "no excuses" early voting system. Many pundits are concerned about low turnout at this and other elections. Here's my idea, that I offer to the public gratuitously under a Creative Commons license in hopes that it will improve life for 99% of us:
- Make no excuse early voting available nationwide
- Instead of an "I voted" sticker, give voters a chip card, like a rewards card for grocers.
- Require all broadcast networks and cable channels etc. to add chip reading capability.
- Once you've voted and have your card, you insert it into a card reader attached to your tv or radio to black out all political advertising on whatever airwaves you're watching or listening to. (Being forced to deal with great quantities of today's political ads must violate the 8th amendment's provisions against cruel and unusual punishment. Military tribunals probably prohibit it at Guantanamo.)
By Randall Mann
This is what he dreams of:a map of burned land,a mound of dirtin the early century’s winter.
A map of burned land?A country is razedin the early century’s winter.And God descends.
A country is raisedbecause of industry.And God descends,messengers rush inside
because of industry,in spite of diplomats.Messengers rush insideto haunt the darkened aisles.
In spite of diplomats,the witnesses know wellto haunt the darkened aisles,experimentally—
the witnesses know wellthat ushers dressed in blackexperimentallylurk by the cushioned seats.
That ushers dress in blackshould tell you something:lurking by the cushioned seats,the saved and the terrible.
I should tell you something:this is what he dreams of,the saved and the terrible—a mound of dirt.
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