Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 22:38 UTC, submitted by brewmastre
Legal "President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. to serve as the nation's solicitor general. The solicitor general is charged with defending the government before the Supreme Court, and files friend-of-the court briefs in cases in which the government believes there is a significant legal issue. The office also determines which cases it would bring to the Supreme Court for review. Verrilli is best known for leading the recording industry's legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site Grokster. That 2003 case ultimately led to Grokster's demise when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the RIAA's verdict." Cough.
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RE[5]: 3rd tier educations
by aesiamun on Thu 27th Jan 2011 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 3rd tier educations"
aesiamun
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2005-06-29

Yeah I focused on one part of 'getting involved' when I should have known you could have meant on all levels. Actually, just getting a clear understanding of politics, understanding that what they say isn't true, and voting are all great ways of getting involved...

I am a strong proponent of our elective system, but I do understand the need for an overhaul. The government won't overhaul it, they exploit it. The only way is if the people demand it, and they won't until they learn. They won't learn because they either do not have the drive or the means (public education is just another outlet for the incumbent gov't) to do it...

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RE[6]: 3rd tier educations
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Jan 2011 21:05 in reply to "RE[5]: 3rd tier educations"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah I focused on one part of 'getting involved' when I should have known you could have meant on all levels. Actually, just getting a clear understanding of politics, understanding that what they say isn't true, and voting are all great ways of getting involved...

I am a strong proponent of our elective system, but I do understand the need for an overhaul. The government won't overhaul it, they exploit it. The only way is if the people demand it, and they won't until they learn. They won't learn because they either do not have the drive or the means (public education is just another outlet for the incumbent gov't) to do it...


When ever I look at the US system it seems to have all the flaws of the old system New Zealand used to have and what the UK current use (FPP) which ends up entrenching the two major parties and the spread of views so wide in each part that no legislation can get passed without the major butchering of it to the point of it being pointless (check out the Reagan tax reforms then over the years it was butchered to the point it has become the most complex tax code in the OECD).

Personally the best thing to happen would be to have MMP in congress, have a prime minister (parliamentary in other words), keep the senate as a check/balance but I'd have senators distributed according to population with each state having a minimum of 2 senators, and have the president nothing more than ceremonial from the point of view that if a government cannot be formed he can dismiss parliament and call for early elections.

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