September 10th, 2004

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As I have started this planning for next year, I got into an interesting discussion with a friend who travelled all over Latin America in the 50's-70's.

He says to bring a gun.

I have a love/hate affair with guns. I think hunting weapons, like breech loading shot guns and bolt action rifles are all anyone needs, and that having guns for self defense is just asking for trouble.

He said that guns are needed to scare off "banditos". I would think the "banditos" are armed too, and this would just esculate things. Plus, won't you be arrested if you are a forgeigner caught with guns? All it would take is one search at a border and I would be sepending time ina prison south of the border, and not for being drunk.

On the other hand, there are some very dangerous areas like Lima or Guatemala City. We can navigate around the rough areas we know about, but we can't know about them all.

I'm leaning against firearms, but I would be interested in hearing the opinions of others.
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Every state seems to be fighting Nader on the ballot. This is a short sighted anti-democracy stance.

In stead we should have a form of runoff election. It wouldn't be a true run off election, as people would not want to go back and vote again. While I hate the analogy, as it sounds like selling votes, but sort of an auction.

If one canidate got over 50% of the vote, (s)he wins. If none can do that you go into a psuedo run-off.

Rather than voting for one canidate you would rate them. You favorite getting a 1. Next favorite geting a 2. And on down.

The first run off round, you would remove the half canidates that got the least votes, rounding down (so is there where three, just the lowest ranking one would be removed).

Let's say you are a Nader fan so your ballot would look like:

  1. Nader
  2. Kerry
  3. Bush

If Nader was removed from the first runoff, the Kerry would get the persons vote. And you just whittle the canidates down till one remains.

This would mean you could vote you conscience and not feel you were throwing your vote away, and The second place person couldn't blame an indepent for stealing their election.

Plus this voting system is scalable, so you could manage something more than a two party system.

And as long as Diebold systems aren't doing the math, the results should be accurate.

And most importantly, I wouldn't have to listen to news reports every morning about legal battles over whether Nader can run or not.

A win-win situation.
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What do you want to be when you grow up?

I have never know what I want to "be". I always just "am". Do I want to be an astronaut, or do I just want to travel in space? Do I want to be a race car driveor do I want to race cars?

I've never thought what I do for hobbies defines who I am, but rather how I enteract with others.

When I grow up, I want to be a nice guy.