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Give me direct democracy or give me window-dressing

The NL Open Government Initiative does not mean what it says.

By: Jon Parsons

Reading the press release accompanying the recent announcement of the NL Provincial Government’s “Open Government Initiative,” one tends to get the impression that this is a radical shift in policy toward direct decision-making by the people.

Redesigning the introduction to minguo

Fred recently made some pertinent comments regarding the content of the front page:
http://en.minguo.info/blogs/fredgohlke/the_round_table#comment-1259

The very top of the front page links to the following article, which is indeed very un-inspiring:
http://en.minguo.info/node/27

Integrity in politics

I was reading Fred newest article which I strongly recommend:
http://en.minguo.info/book/fredgohlke/can_we_get_out_of_the_corrupt_poli...

One simple quote highlights one of the most fundamental flaws in our current society.

The politicians so selected are the least principled of our citizens, but are the only choices available to the American people in our "free" elections.

Les Misérables - "On My Own"

Video: https://youtu.be/VjfmP7h3gBw
Description: Lea Salonga as Éponine performing "On My Own" for the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, 8th October 1995.

I'm just here to set the ideal.

There is majority rule or minority rule. Democracy means majority rule has highest say.

http://en.minguo.info/blogs/poramics/global_direct_democracy_quick_guide

The stipulations I list in the article linked above seem difficult to accomplish, but are very important to know.

I Dreamed a Dream

Video: https://youtu.be/amskEwjpNrI
Description: Ruthie Henshall as Fantine performing "I Dreamed a Dream" for the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, 8th October 1995.
Music : Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics : Herbert Kretzmer
Libretto by Alain Boublil based on the novel by Victor Hugo

Observations from Steve Wright

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Wright
If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the guy who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."

His mind sees things differently than most of us do. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.

3 - Half the people you know are below average.

4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Global Direct Democracy Quick Guide

1. The universe is collectively owned by all humans. Decision making must be determined by majority rule. Global direct democracy has the highest say.

2. Regional sovereignty should be respected, but global direct democracy still has highest say. For example, if the people of Africa democratically voted to take over the rest of the planet, the rest of the planet has the right to vote against that and enforce global democratic will.

3. Global direct democracy can grant temporary regional sovereignty so countries can run their own internal affairs.

The Round Table

Can we have a Round Table for Democracy?

The display, when I enter the site, would be something like this:

                                 King
                               Augustin
                           _______________
                          /               \
                         /                 \
                        /                   \
   Sir William Rickards/                     \
                      /                       \Sir Jameson Quinn (3
                     /                         \

Users' Personal Books

I like a lot what Fred has done with his own personal book:
http://en.minguo.info/fred_gohlke
I would like to extend the concept to all trusted users.

I will make incremental changes so that each regular member can have its own personal book.
The personal books are single-author: each member can have its own.
The personal books are not dated: they can be updated by their author at any time to represent the best that it has to offer.
The personal books are not the place for discussion. Use blog entries for that.

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