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If you thought Nevada had it bad... Well, actually, Nevada's problem was worse. They destroyed actual registrations rather than mocking up fake ones. But you just know that for every scheme like this that's being caught and dealt with, there are three more that won't be discovered until long after the election is over and uncontestable. Do people REALLY still trust this "democracy" crap?

Lupin III would have made this work.

This is something our society has needed for a long time. But I guarantee you that people will be abusing the technology in no time. And just wait until the child murders start. "I was playing [controversial game of the season... let's say Grand Theft Auto for now - you know the press won't touch the story if it's a Sesame Street game] and I was just at the hardest part when my brother turned the TV off and I lost the game. So I killed him." Now, are they going to blame the game or the TV-B-Gone? Tough call.

I caught the end of the suckball game last night. The Red Sox won and will be forcing a seventh game in the Suckball World's Boring Series, the first team in suckball post-season history to do so. Consequently, if they win tonight, they'll be the first team to win a post-season series after being down 3-0 in suckball history. But that's not a result... that's just some random trivia that nobody but announcers and suckball fans cares about. I include it to make a point the succinct statement of which is left as an exercise for the reader.


Oct. 20th, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
This is something our society has needed for a long time.

No it isn't. Not only is that device illegal as all hell, it's incredibly RUDE to do that.
Oct. 20th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
Yes, I know. But so many public TVs are annoying that I really wish I could turn them off. Like I said, I know people are going to abuse it, and there's going to be a specific law banning it and imposing penalties on its use in no time. But just like we all wish we had a device with which to banish the slow driver in front of us to some limbo where deadlines don't exist and nobody's in a hurry to get anywhere, it would be so satisfying to turn off that annoying TV and get away with it even if it bothers other people... and like the inventors said, they tried it in a number of places where nobody was paying attention to the screen and never got a complaint about it. (Maybe they're glossing over some details.) Using it in a sports bar would be pretty dumb. But I just don't go to that kind of place.
Oct. 20th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
Funny, the only public television I've ever really had a problem with are the ones in a particular Mr Gatti's pizza restaurant in Taylor, Texas, where there are three or four different TVs scattered throughout the dining area, and either you're sitting right under a mounted set and the volume is disturbing, or you want to HEAR the volume of the projection set at the far end of the room and it's not audible.
Oct. 20th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Do people REALLY still trust this "democracy" crap?
We don't have a democracy. We've never had a democracy. If I recall right, it can be stretched to be a "democratic republic," but that wasn't your point anyway.
People are corrupt. It happens. When stuff happens, people get caught, and closer guard is kept. Yes, it doesn't work. Yes, people are going to find new ways to be more corrupt... but that's the price we're paying for the freedom that we've got. :P Do you have a better solution?
Oct. 20th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
*proudly* Nope! But this is the sort of thing I point out when people get in my face about voting.

Actually, if we used "one person, one vote" voting, I think the impact of this sort of thing would be minimized. The net effect of cheating would be the aggregate sum of the extra votes cast by the cheaters. In a population of millions, that's probably not much. In the plurality system we use, a small amount of cheating can swing a large proportion (an entire state) in a small pool of electoral votes. This sort of thing is serious in our current system.
Oct. 20th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
*ahem* yeah, so anyways, Yeah, Lupin WOULD have made that work. I need to get my hands on the better-animated movies of his. The series wasn't bad, just sucky animation.

Speaking of sucky. My one roommate is a huge succball fan rooting for the Cardinals (we're near St. Louis) and was quite dissapointed over the Sox succball victory over them. :P

The fact that that voter guy was paid in cocaine further demonstrates the lack of intelligence there. You'd think he could come up with better names than that. :P
Oct. 20th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
Xellos is my original icon, from before I had the Mint one. I only added that one a few months ago or so, shortly before I bumped into your post about (I believe) bipolar disorder. I've enjoyed seeing the many faces of Ed as well. What was it... Edward Wong Hao Pepelu Tivrusky the Fourth? I can never remembed the whole thing. Easier than Johann Gambleputty de von Ausfern Spenden-schlitter Crasscrenbon Fried-digger Dangle-dongle-dungle Barstein von Knacker-thrasher Applebanger Horowitz Ticolensic Grander-knotty Spelltinkle Grandlische Grumblemeyer Speltwasser Kurstliche Himble-eisen Bandwagen Gutenabend Bitte Ein Nuremberg Bratwurst Gespurt Mitz Weimacher Luber Hundsfut Gumberaber Schonedanker Kalbsfleische Mittleaucher von Haubtkoft of Urm, anyway. I can never remember that name. No idea why.

I have personal grudges against baseball in addition to the fact that I find it generally boring and hate when it pre-empts shows I want to watch. But I won't go into those. At least I understand the general rules of baseball, while its partner pitch-hit-and-run sport, cricket, eludes me to this day. I think it's meant to be the sport that everyone BUT Americans can enjoy. At least in most sports, everyone contributes about an equal part to the game. If a team has a good enough pitcher and the opposing team doesn't have good enough batters, the rest of the defense may never end up doing anything. And players on base are more or less helpless to watch as batters step up and strike out or foul. They can't always try to make a heroic play as the clock ticks down and their team is just a bit behind. Not that I really like sports like basketball or hockey either. And I like playing badminton, but I have no intention of watching it on TV.

Names are hard to come up with, especially outside Japanese. Japanese names are pretty easy. And for a cocaine addict, probably even harder... I maintain the position, controversial it may be, that one must be of exceedingly low intelligence to use a substance like that enough to become addicted to it in the first place. I'm aware that there are exceptions and see little reason to let that sway me.
Oct. 20th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
I agree completely on the cocaine thing. I like what Robin Williams said (even though he did it himself), "Yeah, a drug that makes me paranoid and impotent! Gimme more of that!" :D

I don't much care for baseball either. I also find it immensly boring. Closest thing to sports I like watching is mAybe some skateboarding stuff or lumberjack or strongman stuff. Other than that I enjoy watching people play video games. Now, watching OTHER PEOPLE watch football, that can be interesting.

Well, I WAS going to double check the name on my DVD, but my roomie's computer DVD player suddenly doesn't want to read the disc and he's occupying the TV with succball right now. Go figure. :/

But yeah, it's something like that. I wanted to do some of my other favorite anime characters like Kiyone, but most of them are girls and too girly for my user icon tastes. Ed I can get away with cause she's just a kid and she's often mistaken for a boy. :) I still need to get a small enough face shot of her when she's brooding over her chessboard at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody. ^_^


Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")


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