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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 10/31/14 at 05:57 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

is ominous?
Without prejudice, the statement can be read simply as
"we're curious why you choose not to vote"
It does not necessarily imply negative consequences -- it is not a threat.

Posted on 11/01/14 at 01:55 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections
Posted on 11/02/14 at 09:47 am in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

The margin of error of elections has been cited as 4%
(sorry; I saw it a while ago so I don't have a citation).
That is, if you repeated an election a day later, there's enough variability in the process so the results could differ by as much as 4%.
In other words: a difference of less than 4% is functionally a tie.
So "a couple of percent of non-citizens in the US vote(ing) in each election would be within the margin or error of the process -- so not meaningful....

Posted on 11/02/14 at 06:43 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

Note that Al Jazeera America is not the same as the original news source in (I believe) the Emirates. It's correspondents and sources are American, and while it may point out ways in which we do not live up to our ideals, it is definitely not anti American.

On the assumption that you have not actually -read- Al Jazeera American, here's another link:
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Posted on 11/02/14 at 09:37 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

reading things into people's statements that aren't there.

Posted on 10/28/14 at 05:41 pm in response to In (weak) defense of political ads

is whether the volume of political advertising is correlated with the understanding of the candidates' political positions and their relationship to reality.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 02:46 pm in response to About those MNsure weighted rate increases

the people who received double digit rate hikes a year ago? Two years ago?
And the people (most likely more of them) who will be able to buy better policies for less money?
What you are proving is that there are always losers in life; the trick is to enable more people to win and fewer people to lose.
See today's data (real numbers) in the NYT.
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Posted on 10/27/14 at 06:23 pm in response to Britt Robson's NBA preview: Eastern Conference

What will make or break them is the LeBron/Love interaction.
Ideally, Love will be both the third best player and the top scorer.
If LeBron has satisfied his individual goals and is willing (as I suspect) to be a decoy, Love can be unstoppable. No one will double team him as long as LeBron is on the floor; if LeBron even thinks about penetrating the defense will sag as bit. This will open up Love for a kick out from LeBron, and we know that Love can score in this situation....

Posted on 10/27/14 at 12:27 pm in response to How other democracies balance limiting political ads and free speech

Let's hope that the court membership changes, and eventually so does the political philosophy behind Citizens United.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 08:46 pm in response to How other democracies balance limiting political ads and free speech

"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. [...] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent."
Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Of course, we haven't been British for a few centuries.
ADI was not in a democracy as...