Come Heller high water …
- The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week about a proposed referendum to do away with redistricting, also called gerrymandering. If you’re not familiar with the term, gerrymandering is a game politicians play whereby they redraw voting boundary lines to favor their side. Gerrymandering is why a map of your voting district probably looks like a squiggly, nonsensical piece of modern art and a primary reason why Michigan – traditionally a blue state – on paper is one of the reddest states in the nation, based on who’s in office. Republicans control the state House, the state Senate and Michigan’s House Congressional delegation. By some estimates, Democrats would hold three more seats in the House without gerrymandering. But, alas, that isn’t likely to change for generations, blue wave or no blue wave, thanks in part to redistricting. Hand it to Republicans, they did a bang-up job. I’d hate to play a game of Risk with them. They’d redraw the map of the world so their opponents were all isolated in Alaska and could only attack them through Kamchatka. If you’re a Risk player, that’s a hysterically funny joke. If you’re not, well, trust me, gerrymandering is a bad, bad thing for democracy, no matter whose side it favors. (When they’ve done it, Democrats have been equally as wrong, in my view.) As defenders of democracy, the Michigan Supreme Court, one would think, should rule in favor of allowing a referendum to fix Michigan’s gerrymandered system. But, of course, they won’t. There are five Republicans on the court and only two Democrats.
- What would be so wrong with an election map based on counties? Simple. Easy. Done.
- Swear to god, if my iPhone asks me ONE more time if I want to buy more space in “the cloud,” I’m going to feed it through a grinder. What other product essentially stops working and forces you to do something (in this case, press no) before you can continue using it? I don’t want my photos in the cloud, dammit. I don’t even know where this cloud is or what it does. For all I know, it could get stormy up there and rain photos of my kids all over the place. I don’t want that. I just want my damned cell phone to stop interrogating me.
- Don’t mind me. All tech devices are irritating me these days, and I don’t know why. My Kindle froze the other day and I pitched it off a wall, which probably didn’t help for next time. I’m switching back to paper books, newspapers and magazines anyway. They smell better and I’ve never once had one freeze on me.
- I think analog things like books, papers, magazines, radio, TV, record albums and such need a marketing makeover to make them popular again. They ought to rebrand as “reliable tech.”
- One more reason to hate Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg defended allowing Holocaust deniers to post misinformation on the platform because “I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong. … It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly.” Say whaaaat?
- “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” – most often attributed to Abraham Lincoln.