would this work, do you think?

Instead of campaign finance reform (yeah, like that’ll really happen), re-write how campaigns are actually run. De-fang the horrible wholesale politics (broadcast/scattershot attack ads) and force an emphasis on retail (personal, issues-oriented, face-to-face):

If I ran the zoo, campaign ads would have a minimum length and maximum frequency and would be aired by the broadcasters as a condition of their license to use the public airwaves. Out with the 15 second attack every hour, and in with the 15 minute presentation of ideas, of things you’ll do, not what you say the other guy did. [From Ezra Klein: Political Science Abstract of the Day: Smear Me Edition]

The reason candidates need so much money (incumbent Senators need to raise something $15k/week for their whole 6 year term) is to fund these nasty ads. By making them longer, I think it removes the cheap shot potential, and by making the broadcasters run a specific amount of campaign advertising as part of their license, we remove that barrier to entry for more candidates, ie someone besides lawyers and industralists.


are we really the smartest species?

Look how much fun these guys are having? Is it any wonder they look like they’re smiling?

quote of the day

Friday Random 10 + 1

Into You Like a Train / The Psychedelic Furs / Talk Talk Talk
Recoil / Magazine / Real Life
Waitin’ For A Superman / The Flaming Lips / The Soft Bulletin
Part Past Part Fiction / The Chills / Submarine Bells
The Mess We’re In / PJ Harvey / Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Lipstick Vogue / Elvis Costello / The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (Disc 2)
In The Lap Of The Gods . . . Revisited / Queen / Sheer Heart Attack
Ain’t That Nothin’ (Single Version) / Television / Adventure
Life In Prison / The Byrds / Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Sleep Angel / Jerry Harrison : Casual Gods / Walk on Water
Episode Of Blonde / Elvis Costello / When I Was Cruel
What’s on your playlist?

noted in passing

do you want a free Nokia N95? Do you travel a lot?

To celebrating, we’re giving away one FREE Nokia N95 to our best Fonero around the world. This is how it works: Starting today, you have until December 15, 2007, to connect to as many different FON Spots worldwide. Obviously, connecting to your own FON Spot doesn’t count! You’re all welcome to compete for the prize, those who share and connect for free and those who buy FON Passes. [From FON]