Brexit, The Referendum, & the Balancing Act

As parliament goes ever closer to a Brexit vote (now that the Supreme court has said it has to have a vote and that the PM can’t unilaterally act – much to the anger of those claiming they wanted to return power to Parliament and away from an unelected entity making laws.. go figure) there is an increasing debate over which way MP’s should vote.

Before the referendum, a majority of MP’s were opposed to Brexit, and since the referendum, many seem to be leaning towards voting for it.
Why?

Let’s break this down a bit. Continue reading…

 

Assange Painted into Corner with Manning Boasting

In the political landscape, Julian Assange is one of the current hot-button topics. His actions in the last 6 months have placed him front-and-center in the current furore over the election of Donald Trump, centering on his release of the Podesta emails.

Now, I won’t say the Podesta emails were a storm in a teacup () because that’s beside the point, which is that Assange has deliberately invoked a controversy to personally profit by it, as part of a larger campaign by Assange to avoid dealing with his Swedish sexual assault allegations. To fan the flames of that some more, WikiLeaks released this tweet.

There are two issues here that are conflated and done so in a despite to perhaps mislead people. Yes, there indeed is WAS a movement to get Chelsea [formerly Bradley] Manning clemency and Manning is reportedly on Obama’s shortlist for clemency/pardons prior to leaving office. (note, as I was finishing this, Manning’s sentence was commuted, and Manning will be released on May 17th) Continue reading…

 

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.

Continue reading…

 

[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…