Breaking the 2-Party Two-step (2016 edition)

The following is from the book No Safe Harbor, and is an updated version of the piece that was published here four years ago, and originally here  on election day 2010. For 2016 it features an extended addendum that will also be included in the second edition of the book.

The first Tuesday in November is election day. It is a day when people all over the country go out, and exercise democracy. In some countries, the very act of voting is seen as a triumph, something worthwhile to be attained. The US sees it as so important, that several countries have been invaded in the past century for the purposes of restoring democracy, yet the US does not have a functioning democracy itself, instead there is a pseudo-democracy, where only two parties are allowed to participate, much like in the most restrictive countries; China, Algeria, North Korea. Continue reading…

 

3nd Presidential Debate Liveblog 2016

Welcome to the liveblog by the US Pirate Party covering the 2nd Presidential Debate. Covering the debate and giving feedback, and facts from the Pirate Perspective is

  • Former US party chairman Andrew Norton (K`Tetch)
  • Massachusetts State leader, and US party Vice-chair James O’Keefe (jokeefe)

The Liveblog will open 30 minutes before the debate starts.


 

Can You Write-in For Bernie or Pence?

write-in-votes1It’s something people talk about but don’t often end up acting on, or for that matter knowing about.

When it comes to this election though, the idea of ‘write-in candidates’ has become more pronounced, particularly with supporters for Bernie Sanders who don’t want to vote Clinton, let alone Trump. The same is becoming true on the other side of the ticket, with at least two members of Congress (New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman) are saying they’re going to write in Pence because they can’t vote Trump. Or maybe you’re a Green supporter and your state doesn’t have Stein on the Ballot. Either way, this piece is for you.

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[LIVE] 2nd Presidential Debate Liveblog 2016

Welcome to the liveblog by the US Pirate Party covering the 2nd Presidential Debate. Covering the debate and giving feedback, and facts from the Pirate Perspective is

  • Former US party chairman Andrew Norton
  • Massachusetts State leader, and US party Vice-chair James O’Keefe
  • Morgan Pevonka-Thompson

The Liveblog will open 30 minutes before the debate starts. Continue reading…

 

7 Reasons Why Trump’s Tax Returns Matter

Donald Trump is rich, really Rich, and we know that because he says so. He’s a business genius, with an unrecognized talent for business, and we know that because, yet again, he says so.

Now, we have no reason to doubt that, except for one little thing, every time he’s asked to back those claims up, he refuses (oh yeah, and he’s a lying bastard who has a similar feeling of self achievement as Kim Jong Il had). He feels he has something to hide. Why is that? Well, we know for a start that he’s not actually as rich as he claims he is. In a 2007 deposition (caused by him getting upset and filing a SLAPP suit against a writer who said he wasn’t as rich as he claimed to be) Trump admitted that his worth is mostly tied up in his ‘Brand’ — that is his name and his perceived value in licensing. It wasn’t in his assets, it’s not anything he owns, or has earned, it’s just a random number he himself has decided he’s worth.

In effect, it’s a completely made up number. Continue reading…

 

Dragon Con, Wifi, and the Marriott Jamming Myth

wifi-logoOver the last 3 years or so there’s been a lot of rumors going around about the host hotels at Dragon Con blocking signals, sometimes cellphone, sometimes Wi-Fi.  The important thing to understand is that these rumors are not true, and have never been true, but are based on misunderstandings and interpretations of news reports that had people making assumptions. Continue reading…