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Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Lesser of Two Weevils

Sarasota, Florida

It's that season again and one is tempted to get out of the pool, stop lifting weights and write a political blog.


Probably my time would be more profitably spent snapping.pictures of pelicans on the beach....They've gerrymandered my voting district way out of town, adopted strict picture ID rules and shortened the early voting places and days dramatically. That should cut down on the riff-raff vote. There are two pages of nearly incomprehensible constitutional amendments on the ballot which should slow things to a crawl on election day...it's all shaping up to be what we used to call a cluster-something-or-other....


I read recently that Mr. Romney locked a significant portion of his wealth into a "blind trust" for his wife in 2009 and gave it to a hedge fund that bought control of Delco for 67 cents a share.


Since Delco was the only source of steering wheels and columns for American Cars the subsequent threat to shut down all American auto production at the height of the crisis of the great recession was extremely effective.


Delco stock went to about $25 a share. The Bailout was very profitable for Romney's hedge fund. Perhaps this is why he has refused to release his 2009 tax return. His $115 million profit at the government trough might raise some eyebrows...


25,000 Delco employees lost their jobs when 27 of the 28 Delco plants in the US where closed and sent to China.


Delco reincorporated on the Isle of Wright or one of the other English Island tax havens that offers complete banking secrecy. All this is perfectly legal and demonstrates the real character of Mr. Floppy. You get the leadership you deserve I suppose...


There was a movement in satarted in 1977 by the Raelians called geniocracy. The term geniocracy comes from the word Genius and proposes a system that is designed to select for intelligence and compassion as the primary factors for governance. While having a democratic electoral apparatus, it differs from traditional liberal democracy by instead suggesting that candidates for office and the body electorate should meet a certain minimal criterion of problem-solving or creative intelligence. The thresholds proposed by the Raëlians are 50% above the mean for an electoral candidate and 10% above the mean for an elector.


So the Raelians requirement of 10% above the mean for electors would be an IQ of about 110 and  50% above for candidates would be maybe an IQ of 120 or so. While that would be an improvement over the current situation where any genetic miscreant can vote or hold office, it falls very short of my own suggested combination IQ and education requirement.The Raelians are also in favor of topless rights for women and have established embassies around the world for space aliens. They believe that humans were "seeded" on Earth by these aliens (who are due to return shortly). 


Time to quit writing and get back to the pool....


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