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Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

This was an interesting and fair exploration of the issue. Thanks for writing it. I'm sorry the swamp-dwellers above rose out of the muck to bleat their tiresome refrain.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 10/26/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “On Friday, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Told Everyone to Ignore Rumors That Originated with the Sheriff’s Office. What Gives?

John Trololo. What an apt name!

One need not be in law enforcement to have opinions about law enforcement. Suggesting otherwise is literally authoritarian, antidemocratic. (I don't expect anything better of a "John Trololo", but it needs to be said.) It is literally our job as citizens to inform our elected officials how to do their jobs.

Further: I do not criticize the sheriff for closing the offices, for closing the street, or for reopening it when he did. I do criticize the sheriff for his performance of chastisement that it was irresponsible to alert the public: at best naive and ignorant of the way social media works in the 21st century (and as an officer of the law, he must have a better handle on how the public lives and communicates to be effective!), at worst he's, well, doing exactly what you're doing: trolling.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 08/26/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “On Friday, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Told Everyone to Ignore Rumors That Originated with the Sheriff’s Office. What Gives?

Look, John, it's at best naive of the sheriff to act to close the county offices downtown and also to expect that word would not reach the public as to why. For him to chide folk for overreacting after the fact suggests that he was just looking for such an opportunity.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 08/26/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Why I’m against Hillary Clinton

Support a progressive candidate in the primary, and the Democratic candidate in the general. Duverger's Law seems to be an accurate observation. Not voting or spoiling is an immature response to a seriously dysfunctional political system. Voting is not adequate, but it's better to both vote and agitate for change.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 05/06/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “A summer of mayhem courtesy of the N.C. Legislature

Brandon: More Democrats voted against fracking than in favor, so, all things being equal, replacing one Republican with a Democrat does give you better than even odds that fracking doesn't pass. Call it 50%. Two seats gives you 75%. Three gives you 87.5%, and so on.

I have no love for the anodyne corporate NC Democratic party, but I recognize which party is closer to my interests.

So what do you do? Three things:

* Agitate without the system for a change in voting systems. You *cannot* have a successful third party without this. Voting third party without it may make you feel morally pure, but it's a fantasy. Witness Bush v. Gore, 2000. Nader asserted there was any difference between those candidates, but there are a few hundred thousand dead Iraqis who may beg to differ, or would have, were they alive to do so.

* Support the most liberal electable Democrat in the primaries.

* Vote for the Democratic slate in the general.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 07/20/2012 at 11:18 AM

Re: “A summer of mayhem courtesy of the N.C. Legislature

Brandon: Until we get instant runoff or another preferential voting system, voting for the party which better, if imperfectly, represents your interests is the most effective action you can take within the system. I agree that it is not sufficient, we should also work without the system to change it, but not voting, or voting for a third party winds up helping the party that opposes your interests more strongly. That's just the way the math works out in a winner-take-all voting system.

I'm sorry that you're not enthusiastic about voting, but part of being a responsible adult is accepting that the least bad outcome is the best you're going to get, and acting accordingly. Look, hate on the Democrats all you want, there's plenty of criticism to go around, but if there'd been just *one* more Democrat in the assembly instead of the Republicans this go round, there's a better than even chance fracking would remain illegal.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 07/20/2012 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The agenda behind the sea level rise bill: from the Carolina coast to the Kochs

Bill, it may surprise you to learn that the earth was demonstrated to be round by scientists thousands of years ago. Eratosthenes was clever enough to estimate its size within 10% in 240 BCE. Your claim regarding the "flat earth" consensus in the Middle Ages is wrong. You should have tried to make your case with the geocentric model of the universe, but even that wouldn't work since it was papal decrees enforcing it, not the consensus view of the scientists of the age.

The rest of your comment is similarly factually challenged.

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Posted by Donald Ball on 06/20/2012 at 10:33 PM

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