My Idea for a More Democratic Electoral System

What I propose is this…

We should have a dual vote general election. In the first round of voting, you vote for who you want to form the government. This will have no effect on who represents you locally.

In the second round of voting, you vote for MPs to represent your constituencies.

In both rounds you indicate your first and second preference. If the winning party (of the first round governmental vote and of each individual second round constituency vote) doesn’t get at least, say, 60% of the vote, they have to form a coalition. Who they align with is decided by second preferences. This will reduce the likelihood that your chosen party will align with a party you are strongly opposed to.

The dual vote system does allow for the possibility that the distribution of first round (governmental) votes does not tally with the distribution of second round (constituency) votes. I would say, however, that they are unlikely to be significantly different, and the risk that they are not is worth it for the cause of greater democracy. (And would I be right in thinking a similar situation tends to occur in the USA, with opposing parties representing each of the chambers of Congress?)

General elections would, by my system, inevitably be a more lengthy and costly affair, but this could be compensated for by constitutionally increasing the length of service of a government and MPs. This, I would say, is okay, as the ruling party/parties have a greater mandate to rule under this more representative and democratic system.

Defeating Cid!

Non-gamers/Final Fantasy fans… turn away! Or not, if you are in the mood for being baffled by gaming, more specifically role playing gaming, jargon.

Everyone else… I invite you to share in my exaltation! Pertaining to thus…

I have just defeated Cid Raines! Really quickly! And quite easily!

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This is the second time I have defeated said boss in the game Final Fantasy XIII. The reason being, that my old PS3 died during the Christmas hols, shortly after I had defeated Cid Raines the first time, and so, upon acquiring a ‘new’ PS3, I have been working at catching up to the point I got to the first time – this being shortly after defeating Cid Raines. During the replay, I have been learning new skills and so forth, taking advise from the nice folk on this forum…

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/928790-final-fantasy-xiii/74811991

… and developing my own strategies, leading up to what first time round I considered to be the hardest boss in the game… so far.

The first time I defeated Cid, it took me maybe… ooh I dunno… 10-15 minutes? And this was after several failed attempts, interspersed with hours of revisiting earlier areas and battles in order to strengthen my party for the Cid fight. This time round… 2 mins 42 seconds! First time! And with no aerosols! (don’t expect to know what this means if you haven’t played FFXIII) The following screen shots are my proof and the paradigm deck I used:

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And for those who are really interested in the nerdy details, here is my strategy:

As I said, no aerosols (where first time round, I used Fortisol & Aegisol before the battle). I started, as I currently do with most medium-hard battles, with Bully. Then once Cid started fighting, I switched to Mystic Tower and worked on getting up that stagger gauge. Switched to Evened Odds when in need of healing, then switched between here & Bully when he was guarding… Back to Mystic Tower… then when staggered, laid on the hurt with Cerberus… and wupped his pointy-shouldered donkey! As it were… in 2m42s!

So there you go.

Finally…

In the PS3 game, Final Fantasy XIII, there is a character called Galenth Dysley, aka Primarch of the continent of Cocoon.

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Why has this only just occurred to me?

I also think his name sounds like that of one of the nerdy kids in Harry Potter.

Just saying.

Little Sci-Fi Niggles

1. Android Senses… I have just finished watching the final episode of the second season of Humans – which I have enjoyed enormously. I love the issues it has tackled and the way it has tackled them. But I have to ask… why is it that a ‘synth’ (one of the human-like androids in said TV show) can be stood a couple of feet away from another synth, and as long as it is quiet and there is a wall between them, the other synth is totally unaware of its presence? In today’s connected world (which Humans is clearly set in a virtually identical version of), surely it would be a standard feature for any kind of hi-tech, human-like android to be permanently ‘connected’ – to wifi, Bluetooth or some fictional version thereof – and thus have total awareness of its surroundings – in particular, the presence of other synths…?

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“My highly advanced senses did not detect that you were behind that broken window!”

2. Sneaking… Related to the above, how is it possible, in any fictional technology-saturated universe, to ‘sneak’? You know, into somewhere important, where there are things worth stealing, like, for example, ooh I dunno, plans for the Death Star. Unless, of course, the ‘sneaker’ has some kind of hi-tech device which counteracts the hi-tech and, one would think, potentially lethal security of said location, thus effectively ‘cloaking’ their presence.

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“Surely the security for the facility that contains the plans for the most advanced super weapon in the universe won’t be that tight?”

(I should note that I am quite a big fan of the Star Wars movies, which non-Wars fans may not have realised I referred to above – but I tend to see said films as a sort of science fiction/fantasy hybrid, wherein nothing can be presumed to be based on real, actual science.)

3. Transparency… On the evidence of uncountable sf movies and TV shows, it would seem that the next revolution in screen technology is transparency. Which, in my opinion, would be just annoying. Excepting, perhaps, reinforced walls/screens in, say, hospitals or prisons, why would you want to see what is behind your screen at the same time as what is on your screen? To me, this is the sort of technological advancement where cleverness supersedes practicality.

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“Yay, I can now see all those wires and stuff!”

That’s it for now. I may think of some more later.

Too Much Poo

There are too many turds. A surfeit of shit. An excess of excreta. I don’t know how it happened or when. Correction: I basically know how it happened, but not how it came about that there was suddenly more of the stuff. And as to the when… recently. Over the last few weeks/months. This has occurred, according to my observational capacity, in the environs of the places of my home and work: those being, respectively, Hagley and Kidderminster (both being towns in the West Midlands, UK, for those who know not of such things). “Why?” is the question of puzzlement. I mean, why now? What has occurred? And do I have any theories regarding such? As to the latter, I posit suggestions thus:

1. It is a protest on the part of dog owners, secretly organised on a dark (dark brown…!) part of the Interweb.

2. It is a protest on the part of dogs, secretly organised on a dark (you know…) part of the Poocherweb.

3. Uh… that’s all I got… 😕

Thus and so.

Doubt

At various points in time and space, on the Internet and elsewhere, I have expressed an adherence to the cause of Doubt.

Radicalism is dangerous. In all its forms. Radicalism arises from certainty.

“I am certain you are wrong, therefore I am certain of my right to destroy you.”

When have temperance and uncertainty caused wars?

If I am unsure of the reasons for engaging in conflict with you, then I am unlikely to engage in conflict with you.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t have beliefs. Better, however, to temper our beliefs with…

“You may be right, but…”

Then again…

… I might be wrong.