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Jury Duty

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I served on a jury last week.  My name had come up before, but the trial was cancelled, so this was my first time seeing the judicial system in action.  I started out somewhat excited, but discovered that it was more stressful than I had anticipated.  I don’t often hold someone else’s fate in my hand, particularly outside of my immediate family.

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Written by eswald

3 Dec 2013 at 8:35 pm

Posted in Politics

City Elections

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Today’s elections were purely local. Mayor, council members, and two taxation propositions. Naturally, each of the candidates had an opinion on each of the taxes, even though neither was particularly oppressive.

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Written by eswald

5 Nov 2013 at 8:50 pm

Posted in Politics

Little Things that Matter

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I’ve been noticing some parallels between a few movements that I support.  Each is a small change with some significant ramifications, creating significant benefit to the vast majority of people.  However, those ramifications are not obvious, the benefits fly in the face of tradition, and the costs are borne primarily by those with the greatest power to enact the change.

I once lived in a state where individual citizens, with enough support, could propose legislative ballots for the statewide elections.  For the federal government, the closest we come is the ability for a super-majority of states to support a constitutional amendment.

Then again, these are exactly the kinds of movements that can be proven at the local level, growing bigger with each generation.  If I ever, through some miracle, become rich and/or outgoing enough to gain the ear of my local officials, will I still be focused on these same issues?

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Written by eswald

22 Oct 2013 at 8:56 pm

Posted in Cycling, Politics

Making Guns Boring

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After mentioning the possibility of a gun training course as a normal part of growing up, I have begun to consider some of the extra potential in that approach.  Could we make such a course so excruciatingly boring that participants don’t want to see a gun again for the rest of their lives?  Alternatively, could we use it as a platform to teach other subjects?

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Written by eswald

9 Apr 2013 at 9:13 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Politics

Supporting Artists

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My daughter was recently given a set of videos with deceptive packaging.  At first glance, the pictures and titles are easily mistaken for some fairly famous works, but closer inspection reveals that they’re all significantly different.  There doesn’t seem to be anything illegal about them, particularly given that they’re all based on ancient stories, but the collection as a whole feels fishy.  Immoral, even.

This has made me once again reconsider my beliefs on copyright and related intellectual property laws.  Less recently, I considered articles from Jonathan Coulton and New Music Strategies; the former also has links to even more insightful articles.  Unfortunately, I failed to come to a strong conclusion.

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Written by eswald

19 Mar 2013 at 7:03 pm

Discrimination of the Future

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My spouse has been looking at the feminist community again.  Like the vegan community, it’s one we don’t delve into much, because certain members are far too quick to jump on those who aren’t perfect.  You have to say and do all the right things.

Granted, feminism has done some wonderful things for our country.  Particularly the first wave, who removed political, educational, and cultural barriers that many women today never even think about.  Marriage today isn’t a horrifying prospect, even if the workplace still discriminates far too much against those who have taken time off to care for children.  And, to a lesser extent, against women in general, partly out of concern that they will take more time off.

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Written by eswald

5 Mar 2013 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Politics

Gunning for Safety

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A few of my co-workers have been mildly obsessed with recent gun control bills. One of them, noticing my lack of participation, asked whether I pay attention to the news.
“No,” I replied.
I was then asked, “Do you care?”
My response: “No. Bicycle safety makes a much bigger difference in my life.”
“Gun control can make a difference to your life.”
“It might sometime maybe make a difference. Cars kill more people than guns do.”

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Written by eswald

26 Feb 2013 at 9:20 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Politics