Month: April 2013

Pie in the Sky


 237,957 Eligible voters
44,260 Not bothered
22,856 Excluded (5% rule)
~ 67,116 Not represented

Howto eat cream pancakes with silver spoons:

  • 30% No representation
  • 30% Lame ducks
  • 40%  50/50 coalition of empty promises
The president was elected by 36% of legible voters

“In the case of a word like democracy, not only is there no agreed definition, but the attempt to make one is resisted from all sides.” ~ George Orwell

Voter turnout
Paradox of voting
Illusion of …
Illusion of control

Doctoring Statistics
How to Lie with Statistics

Aristotle on money and politics


“Money exists not by nature but by law.” (Nicomachean Ethics [1133b 1)

“For tyranny is a kind of monarchy which has in view the interest of the monarch only; oligarchy has in view the interest of the wealthy; democracy, of the needy: none of them the common good of all.” (Politics Book III VII)

In 2350 years we have managed to come up with “free markets” and “public opinion”, neither of which are free or public. Good luck on the 27th, ~ we are going to need it. As ~

“… elections in many ways resemble an oligopolistic market situation in which voters simply indicate their preference for a particular set of party leaders, while the power of decision-making is with the party-based élite.” © Dr.H.D.Baldvinsdóttir 1999

Down The Memory Hole (2008)

The Privatizing of Public Opinion

Numbered_VoicesThe Ministry of Public Enlightenment is pleased to deliver us all the way into (and out-of) the voting booth. – but why? – Come and join the feast of Fools!

“Today’s pollsters have become our secular priests, and politicians and journalists flock to them for guidance.

Susan Herbst has offered a timely and sophisticated analysis of the history and meaning of public opinion. Herbst’s central argument is that the method for measuring public sentiment profoundly shapes the expression and meaning of public opinion. Herbst convincingly challenges the prevailing treatment of polls as simply a neutral measuring mechanism for producing a clear, objective rendering of the mass public’s attitudes. Instead, she argues that public opinion is a constructed category and a mechanism that politicians and others use to control or domesticate the mass public.”

“Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.” ~ Tim Berners-Lee

Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped … Politics.
The Privatizing of Public Opinion
Manufacturing Consent

The Asset Striping of the Credit Unions

List of cognitive biases
100 Systematic Thinking Errors (mp3)

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