Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving of Thanks Day

Toby running through the fall woods a couple of weeks ago.

It was 59 degrees yesterday... inside the house.  But that's what you get in an old 1929 house, without insulation, during a cold snap.  Flannel lined jeans and sweatshirts, in case your wondering.

I've managed to land a "survival job" as Greg calls it.  Telephone Tech-Support in a company called ACS.  ACS does tech-support and customer service work for various companies, and is a worldwide company with some 80,000 employees.  They're doing an expansion in Tualatin and the huge amount of hiring they are doing even made the news a few weeks back.

Monday, November 15, 2010

None of the Above

In many political elections we often here about the wish to choose None-of-the-Above.

While surfing I came across a blog post with a poll; Which candidate would you vote for: Randy Leonard or Naked Woman? Amongst the comments to the blog post was this: "Heck, I'd pick a randomly chosen fully clothed woman in that race." This got me to thinking. . .

None-of-the-Above has always seemed a futile and impractical idea, but what about "Randomly-Chosen-Citizen" as an alternative candidate to every election race?

Lately it seems we are quite often faced in the polling booth with the dilemma of choosing the lesser of two evils. Many of us also wish for some choice other than career politicians. We have the nagging thought that anybody who actually wants to be in an elected office is probably not a great choice to direct the future of our country. Sometimes 'anybody but these goons' might actually be a reasonable and logical vote to cast.

How would "Randomly-Chosen-Citizen" work? It would appear on the ballot as just that. If it wins the election, a person randomly selected from the voter registration roles is sworn into office (with their acceptance of course). The randomness could be guaranteed with the voter registration number being chosen by the throw of dice. Two die yield 2 through 12, 11 possible outcomes, making a base-11 numerical digit. Eight or nine throws of the die creates a number large enough to cover the population. Why dice? Dice have proven their randomness by the test of time (throughout the ages). They can be thoroughly examined (measured, x-ray'd) for correctness. Specify the throw standards, say the same rules as casino craps, and use an impartial thrower, say... a six year old kid, and the randomness and impartiality are guaranteed.

There's the typical lament that sending the naive to DC is a bad idea because they don't understand and can't handle the wheeling and dealings of the DC political game (insert any word you'd like for 'game'), but isn't someone who is not part of this corrupt game what we're all currently yearning for?