our voting system

It seems to me that the current system of voting in the US is broken, or if not broken, it is at least undesirable. No one should ever win an election with less than 50% of the vote. There are many alternative voting systems out there, such as the instant runoff or the Borda count would give significantly more accurate results in terms of representing the actual preferenences of voters.

Unfortunately, vote reform is unlikely to happen any time soon because it would probably benefit democrats more than republicans, since alternative voting systems would allow people to vote for a 3rd party candidate, but still have a preference between the other two candidates if their first choice candidate does not win. Since voters who tend to vote for Green party candidates are often likely to choose a democrat over a republican, a different voting system would give democrats an advantage in close elections.

See this article for more information on alternative voting systems.

HGC Posters

The posters for the Harvard-Yale Football Concert have come back from the printers. They look fantastic, so I'm going to make sure they are put up all over the house.

Come to our concert! We are singing some very good music, including a premier of a piece commissioned for the Harvard Glee Club, composed by a Minnesotan named Carol Barnett. It is set to the text of a sermon given by John Donn in the 17th century. Barnett expresses the meaning of the text very skillfully in the many musical textures of the piece. I think you will like it.

Finangling

What am I still doing awake at this hour? I really need to go to sleep. Too bad that problem with the MD5 module kept me up this long...

Iraq

Regime change is a fancy of the U.S. government. At this time democracy is not a possibility in Iraq. Any coalition government set up in the aftermath of a war on Iraq will fail due to internal power struggles, and Iraq will have another tyrant for a leader. What Iraq needs is a dictator, just not Sadam Hussein.

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