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The constant eroding of the State's sovereignty and the consolidation of power into the Federal Government's hands make this somewhat more troubling in the future however. Especially as we move towards more pure democratic systems and away from representative republicism. See for instance the National Popular Vote Compact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstat...

A similar compact for approving amendments could be an issue for instance.

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I'm curious as to how making the presidential election decided by popular national vote has an effect of "eroding State's sovereignty"? As I see it, a national election decided by a national vote is the most natural thing in the world. The only effect of arcane (and frankly, absurd) electoral college system is to put disproportionate power in the hand of some of the states at the expense of other states.

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The electoral college (and similarly, the now defunct election of US senators by state legislatures) only seems unnatural in the context of what states have become. They're no longer sovereign states with a central federal government that takes care of a very important but limited set of things. They're now closer to administrative districts in many respects.

edit: I mixed up my EU facts below. The European Parliament is filled by direct election. It's the Council that is elected by the executive branches of member states, and is thus more analogous to the US Senate before switching to direct election. The EU is complicated for my American brain to keep straight! I still might have some of this wrong.

Compare the electoral college to the European Parliamentary elections, which are decided not by all EU citizens but by the Council, or the President of the European Convention, who is elected by the European Parliament.

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They're no longer sovereign states with a central federal government that takes care of a very important but limited set of things. They're now closer to administrative districts in many respects.

In other words, they are states -- as opposed to nations (as per your EU example).

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If you read the amendment process, the states can get together and amend the constitution if pushed too hard by the Feds. It hasn't been done, but it is a valid avenue.

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Which could, theoretically, be revoked quicker than the States could finish. Hence Godel's initial issue.

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The same state legislators that vote on the amendments would have to cut their own throat (not likely).

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Rant all you want, when you change phones and it all just syncs, it's fucking wonderful. If you don't like it, don't use a Google phone.

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What's the alternative? iOS seems just as bad.

I use an Android phone, but I've never entered any Google credentials into it. Can't use the Play Store, but I don't really care about apps that much. At least there's F-droid.

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Talking about security, you can't forget about BlackBerry 10. I love it,it's nice to use and can't see a reason to come back to android (since bb provides an android app compatibility layer too)

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There is always Apple. At least they're not an advertising company.

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You can actually do this on a cyanogen mod phone using DavDroid and e.g. an owncloud server.

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I'm pretty sure the terminology actually comes from Major League Baseball farm teams: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_League_Baseball#Current_s...

I can't recall a gaming magazine that used a grading scale as described.

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"old"?, there are hundreds of ACTIVE numbers stations today: http://priyom.org/

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wow. such blog. much words.

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Please, for the love of doge, put the meme phrases in the correct order.

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So judgement. Much sourpuss. Very nitpick. Wow.

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There's an order? I thought you were supposed to take a shotgun approach.

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such sarcasm. much miss. wow.

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You would like http://suchbloge.com/

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Cigarettes are a nasty filthy habit...

But I find a good cigar or pipe useful for clearing the mind when working on hard problems.

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Red Bulls are a nasty filthy habit...

But I find a good espresso or americano to be useful for helping the mind stay alert.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cigar-smoking/AN01515

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I'm not sure the relevance of the link.. I never said cigars were healthier.. certainly there are risks involved. But there's a huge gulf between a pack a day habit and a couple day a month indulgence.

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They updated it with this comment

> this is a TEST key for local development - NOT an important key

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I love how in the screenshot in the article it says EXPLICITLY:

"This extension displays some optional ads. If you do not wish to support us, you are welcome to disable ads in the settings."

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Why "loved" in the past tense? There are new joke RFCs every year: http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6921.txt

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Most importantly... a commitment to backwards compatibility for some period of substantial time (~year? two?).

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