Why We Need Range Voting and Not Ranked Voting

Since I first heard of Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV), I’ve been a proponent of alternative voting systems. We’ve all seen first hand this election how having one and only one vote can mean the choice between the Giant Douche and the Turd Sandwich. To fix this problem with our current electoral process many different voting schemes have been proposed, the most popular and recognized of which is IRV, which recently passed in the state of Maine (and will be used in all of their elections, minus the president).

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The No-Fly List is an Abomination

(…)nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; (…)
– The Fifth Amendment

One of the main components of justice is holding people accountable for their actions. But what happens when somebody is falsely accused? That is why we have due process of law. So nobody can be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without just cause. Without due process of law, the State could find you Guilty for whatever crime for whatever reason, even if you were just doing things ‘they’ didn’t like.

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No, I Am Not Going to Learn 56 Genders

Facebook recently updated its gender settings on profiles, allowing users to pick between 56 different genders that range from Agender, Pangender, Two-Spirit, other, and a whole a variety of other options that I cannot tell the difference between. Now, I have absolutely no problem with someone choosing to identify with one of these 56 concoctions. If you want to be a Pangender, go for it. If you aren’t quite Pangender, and you’re more of a gender fluid person, awesome. You’re a Cisgender male, previously Cisgender man? Fine by me. My issue arises when someone expects me to know the difference between all of them.

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The Lazy’s Guide to Improving Your Privacy

You know the feeling. You’re reading an article about the NSA or talking privacy with a good friend. That guilty feeling that you haven’t done all the awesome security things that you know how to do but just, well, haven’t exactly gotten around to. Or perhaps deep down you don’t really enough about your privacy and whether the big government and big business giants have your data.

Here are a few, simple, easy, ways to make yourself more secure and private on the internet.

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