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  1. re "foundational document" vs "point of departure" for subsequent ordering of society as time moves on That is indeed exactly the crux of the issue. I recently read, at the urging of one of my lifelong teachers -- and the closest/ deepest / best connector-of-dots reader that I know IRL -- a book I found mostly exasperating, The Age of Entitlement by Christopher Caldwell. Much of it exasperated him too, but he found within it something that he said really helped him further his understanding of the Great Divide we're currently struggling with (and maybe always have, and may
  2. As other pp have already eloquently said, I don't think there is a neat answer that fully fits the analogy... but as a longtime lover of analogies I will take a swing at it... ..."believer that A More Perfect Union is possible." And (just as there is inevitably a degree of projection and cherrypicking as to what constitutes "original") there is inevitably a degree of projection and picking as to what constitutes "more perfect."
  3. re the now-expected ritual of the Concession Speech Right. The expectation, to which we've all become accustomed, is that all but a minuscule handful of ballots will be counted by ~11p on Election Night, and that we'll all stay up and watch the district results come in, until that point where it's arithmetically impossible for the candidate who's behind to catch up (because the remaining dribble of outstanding votes cast is less than the winning candidate's margin), won't happen this year. There will be too many outstanding ballots already-in or coming in by statutory deadlines (i
  4. In our current house: huge L shaped patio that curves around two sides of the house, fireplace in our bedroom, small but sunny and cheerful study with built-in desks and shelves in a funny bumpout space between my daughters' bedrooms. In our prior house: sunroom, really DEEP garage with huge space for husband's tools and junk in the back, second refrigerator. What I've always longed for, and yet more so in the time of COVID: deep covered porch with room for dining table and comfy hangout furniture overlooking a pretty view.
  5. There are a great number of folks in real life and online away from here who ARE grappling with that danger. The article by Barton Gellman cited upthread, which is the cover article of the longtime (and until our recent polarized cleave rather centrist) Atlantic, which as been widely read and discussed since it was published three days ago, is titled "The Election That Could Break America - If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. Who will stop him?" and is centered on the near-certainty that election results will not be known
  6. and, relatedly, the integrity of the state-level election certification processes that feed into the EC itself.
  7. I don't think it's simply semantics -- the essence of "coup" is using the apparatus of the government (most commonly the apparatus of physical force) to seize power in rather than complying with the succession procedure established under Rule of Law. Might makes right, is the essence of "coup." Military / police power isn't the *only* relevant apparatus of power an incumbent has to wield -- there have been many occasions throughout history throughout the world -- not, mercifully, here -- where the sitting ruler has simply canceled elections called for under that nation's established Rule
  8. re state level decisions to change how they allocate EC delegates Right, because although the how-to-allocate decision rests with the states, it has obvious national level ramifications: that is precisely the point. It would be partisan suicide for some states to go proportional allocation unless all the other states also went proportional allocation -- that would be ceding partisan power (by rendering -- forex -- California's red votes to suddenly count towards the 273 post when Texas' blue votes still were vanished under winner-take-all allocation). That is how the NPVIC c
  9. "...and is largely correctable within the current system if enough states were to decide to allocate their EC delegates differently, as is already within their Constitutional power, for example as the NPVIC provides"
  10. re "number of counties" I don't understand this. Counties are units of LAND. What relationship is there between units of LAND and representative efficacy? It's not as if the LAND itself has either representational interests, or representative rights. However dramatic are those maps are with vast tracts of colored-in counties... there's a lot less logic in empty acres "controlling the rest" than real people who happen to live in cities, KWIM? I do understand the argument that "the issues for people vary so much depending on where they live," (though that argument similarl
  11. (For those who don't have an Atlantic subscription and have used up their 3 free monthly articles, here's an interview with its author Barton Gellman that covers the gist, though not the specifics, of the concern)
  12. re original purpose of Electoral College: Right. Federalist Paper 68 lays out the logic of how the EC structure would protect against the popular election of a charismatic but dangerous demagogue by putting an intermediate layer of calmer and wiser folk between the masses and the selection of the President: So the Constitution provides for each state to figure out how it would select EC delegates, and thereafter those EC delegates actually would -- in the original Constitutional design -- have discretion over who was ultimately selected. That is: the original idea was NEITHER
  13. 2/3 of mine use a desk, and it's the more-industrious better-attentive 2/3. The one who does everything in bed is also, go figure, the most distractible and most likely to doze off mid-ZOOM (le sigh). Desks don't have to be big or fancy. But I do think there's something to the psychology of having separate spaces, even if the spaces are only separated by a few feet, for different activities. Also to the professionalism of ZOOM visibility when you're leaning back onto pillows.
  14. It sounds like his exposure was brief; he may very well be OK. The guidance here for folks who know they've been exposed is to hard-quarantine for ~4/5 days from the time of exposure, and then test. So if his contact was last Wed/Thursday, he could do it now. If it were me or my kid, I'd want to test. 14 days is a long time to keep up with true hard-quarantine practice for a person who isn't symptomatic... but without testing there is no way to know if you're transmitting asymptomatically.
  15. Days before the High Holy Days begin, Israel becomes the first nation to beck into national lockdown due to a spike in cases. From BBC (or choose any other major outlet) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-54134869 An ultra-orthodox minister has resigned in protest of the restrictions on communal religious worship.
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