Measure of Immature Democracy?
Longest ruling non-royal national leaders
Article 79 Electoral term
“The President’s term of office begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July four years later. The presidential election shall be held in June or July of the year in which a term of office ends. The President shall not serve for more than three electoral terms.”
Greed is King
Luxury home and a grown area, in a barren country, will bee destroyed for blocks of flats facing heavy traffic.
Is it coincidence, that, the Offshore Class appears to come together in this Investment Opportunity?
I’m sure councillors, come elections, want to be reelected, not remembered, because they are so “Green”.
Vonarland (Land of Hope)
The results are in for Happy-Town:
- 41% No representation necessary
In a country where people are automatically registered to vote – and do not lose this right for any reason – this takes some explaining.
Show Some Respect!
Tools of the trade (tradesmen & who pays them?):
The “Propaganda model” and it’s components: Agenda Setting, Predetermine, Select, Shape, Control and Restrict by: Selection of Topics, Distribution of Concerns, Emphasis, Framing of Issues, Filtering of Information and Bounding of Debate.
The iron law of oligarchy
Is Democracy an “Impossibility”?
The “iron law of oligarchy” states that all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop oligarchic tendencies, thus making true democracy practically and theoretically impossible, especially in large groups and complex organizations.
The iron law of oligarchy
Serfs send a memorial to the Emperor
Should MPs respect the will of voters in a referendum?
73% of MP’s say No(thing)
Promise is not a promise, lie is not a lie. (is)
82% want a referendum on continued EU talk (is)
From Republic to SIGDEV
Having finished Les Misérables in 2012,
The National Theater is now showing Camelot
Waiting for Godot
Some are waiting for the grandest election promise in the known universe?
Dreamers say: The Issuing Power Should Be Taken From The Banks And Restored To The People!
The story passed through Frankfurt, London and New-York. But there have been no fake Nobel prices (from the Swedish central bank) relating to the endless possibilities
When will Godot ….?
Pie in the Sky
Howto eat cream pancakes with silver spoons:
- 30% No representation
- 30% Lame ducks
- 40% 50/50 coalition of empty promises
“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
Paradox of voting
Illusion of …
Illusion of control
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
The Privatizing of Public Opinion
The 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
The Asset Striping of the Credit Unions
List of cognitive biases
100 Systematic Thinking Errors (mp3)
The clowns, freaks, acrobats, jugglers, strongman, magicians, spinners, and liars are coming to save us, from their latest rescue (which got us into the record books), thank you very much!
Measuring “scientifically” what views we have – if any – is now vitally important. What we think between elections, even in a national referendum is of no concern.
The Superpollsters: How They Measure and Manipulate Public Opinion
20 Questions A Journalist Should Ask About Poll Results
Requiem for a Dinosaur
|The Referendum – October 20, 2012||Yes||No|
|Do you wish the Constitution Council’s proposals to form the basis of a new draft Constitution?||66,3%||33,7%|
|In the new Constitution, do you want natural resources that are not privately owned to be declared national property?||82,9%||17,1%|
|Would you like to see provisions in the new Constitution on an established (national) church in Iceland?||57,1%||42,9%|
|Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution authorising the election of particular individuals to the Althingi more than is the case at present?||78,4%||21,6%|
|Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution giving equal weight to votes cast in all parts of the country?||66,5%||33,5%|
|Would you like to see a provision in the new Constitution stating that a certain proportion of the electorate is able to demand that issues are put to a referendum?||73,3%||26,7%|
Final figures (is)
You’re always, a day, a way!
“So there is a battle going on. The battle of Iceland. A battle between the old castle, now out of power, but full of money, and the people in the square, the people who have some power for the time being, but are deadly afraid it won’t last more than this coming winter. To safeguard themselves they want to write a new set of rules before the Gonna Fail Game starts again. This is why the referendum on Saturday is quite important.”
Presidential Elections (is)
Voter turnout (gives 89% ?)