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Does your vote count?
  • There's several systems in use. In short and from memory:

    Ranked choice voting is good for electing 1 representative per voting group, so would be good for electing a president for example or a senator in a small us state.

    A popular method in parliamentary democracies is the D'Hondt method, which is used for electing multiple representatives per voting group (country, district, whatever). The D'Hondt method still gives a minor advantage to larger parties over smaller ones.

    With the D'Hondt method, you can either vote for the list or for a person on the list. The sum of list + direct votes will determine how many representatives will come from that list.

    List votes will be distributed starting at the top of the list, according to need to meet the threshold. It's basically as you described. Sometimes a celebrity might be dropped somewhere in the middle of the list (or in the very visible last spot) and get elected without benefitting from list votes.

    Being a career politician takes years of work and politicians who got a lot of votes in past elections, will receive better list positions in future elections. So persons at the top of the lists will typically get more direct votes as well.

    The method of vote distribution does not determine how the voting lists are created. The different parties can have different rules on how to create their voting lists, but typically it will be the regional party leadership that creates the lists for their regional elections, based on past performance but also on political chicanery. The regional party leadership will have been typically elected by the regional party membership.

    If I like a party platform but dislike an individual within that party, then I weigh my decision on the chances of that person getting into a position of power if that party was to form the government. If they stand to become a minister, then I won't vote for anyone from that party.

    I personally never vote for lists, always for persons. Even if that person does not get elected, receiving more direct votes will give them more say within their party.

  • Need me some cough syrup
  • And the most damning part of all imo: "the owners and the scientists familiar with the effects of radium carefully avoided any exposure to it themselves. Chemists at the plant used lead screens, tongs, and masks.".

    The plant owners definitely knew that they were killing people, there should have been murder charges imo.

  • Why haven't car manufacturers standardized automatic brake lights when a built in accelerometer detects deceleration?
  • Blinkers should be blinking before you turn the wheel. I once drove as a passenger with a driver who only started blinking after he started his manoeuvres and those 40T trucks were hammering their horns for a good reason. Scary as hell experience, would not recommend.

  • Rally of the antifascist Iron Front in Weimar Germany, 1932
  • Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were murdered in 1919. The Iron Front was founded in 1931. Claiming that all Iron Front members in 1931 and 1932 supported those 1919 murders is nonsensical.

    The claim is a straw man fallacy, a fabrication to paint people who actively oppose their version of totalitarianism in a bad light.

  • The left-wing French coalition hoping to introduce 90% tax on rich
  • Currently this post sits at 5 down votes, so it's not just that some people are unable to learn from the past, it's people who are unwilling to learn from the past.

    If you're presented with evidence that what you want to do, will not work and will have negative consequences and you still want it to go ahead, then I have to ask: Why?

    Why insist on doing something again which has failed in the past and which will undoubtedly fail again in the future? What is this meant to accomplish?

  • New York bridge gets stuck open after getting too hot
  • Simplified: Energy is stored as heat in matter (the jostling of atoms and molecules) and there are many more water molecules under the bridge than there are molecules/atoms in the bridge. So both the water and the metal heat up during the day and cool down at night, but since there is much more water, the water has a much more stable temperature. In short: Larger volumes of atoms have larger heat capacities.

    If the water under the bridge was stagnant and a shallow puddle, then it's temperature would vary much more throughout the day as well, but it would still warm up less than metal or soil, since a body of water loses some of it's heat through evaporation.

    This is also why coastal climate is a thing: the huge mass of water in the ocean makes it so that coastal areas are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

  • The left-wing French coalition hoping to introduce 90% tax on rich
  • Some people are unable to learn from the past. And the last time this happened isn't even that long ago.

    In 2012 then candidate president Hollande did a surprise announcement of a 75% tax on earners of 1m+. And it was such a surprise that even the fiscal expert on his team was surprised.

    Before Hollande was even elected, rich people started responding by changing their domicile to outside France, often also actually (part time) emigrating.

    After getting elected Hollande then tasked his government with implementing such a tax. And that whole lengthy process was a political disaster, ending with the implementation of a heavily watered down temporary tax.

    The chronology:

    After implementation the tax failed to bring in the projected money, because well, people react to what they perceive as overtaxation + the overall economy wasn't doing so great due to this and other policies of Hollande:

    Half an article with a graph of the effect on wages, the rest is behind a paywall:

    In 2017 Hollande was the most unpopular french president in history and he did not run for reelection. Not solely because of this tax, but it certainly didn't help.

    And that was 75%. So a 90% tax on the rich is just incredibly dumb populism.

  • Google Maps tests new pop-up ads that give you an unnecessary detour
  • I'm absolutely certain that it wasn't ads that put a firm like TomTom on a downward slope. This was actually the first time that I've heard someone proclaim that ads are the reason.

    If your business is to sell maps + navigation devices for money and then the times change and now nearly everyone already owns a smartphone with built in gps + some car manufacturers provide sat nav as a default + another company is giving access to a map away for free, well then your business is in trouble.

    I've never even heard of ads in TomTom or Garmin, since I stopped using a dedicated sat nav once I had a smartphone, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was one of the things they tried to stay afloat after smartphones became ubiquitous.

  • TIL the term Redneck likely originated from the sunburned red neck of those working in fields.
  • "but also provided psychological protection by shading the face from close scrutiny. "

    To me it feels like this was made up by some spoiled twat, who couldn't stand that people that they thought were socially inferior, wouldn't show the expected obeisance by removing their hat in front of their "betters".

  • Judge orders surprise release of Epstein transcripts
  • Thanks for the name. I skimmed through it and tbh, I'm not seeing why no additional context/doubt could be provided. They might have internal guidelines to not do so, but the charter itself does not seem to stop journalists from providing additional context outside of official statements/reports. It seems to me that this sentence was a choice by the editor/journalist.

    I just searched for some keywords, "fact" landed me on the paragraph that seemed most applicable: "duly accurate and impartial news, current affairs and factual programming". The other paragraphs I found, that could have been applicable, were about being impartial when UK politics were involved.

  • What did your parents refrigerate? Mine refrigerated bread.
  • Sausages outside a refrigerator are pretty normal in most of Europe I think. In butcher shops most sausage types are stored in boxes or on hooks at room temperature. I hang my dry sausages on a hook at home. Once you start cutting them up and then not eat them all at once, most are best stored cooled though.

    Cheese should be stored in a cool + dark + ventilated spot imo, like a cellar or a non heated room in pre global warming France ;). But if you don't have such a spot, then most cheese should really be put in a refrigerator imo. It would really surprise me if this was a taboo in France.

  • Zelenskyy: If Trump Has Plan to End the Ukraine War 'He Should Tell Us Today'
  • USA aid is very important to Ukraine, but even without it they would continue fighting. Ukraine has been without USA material aid for months already in the past, when the republican party was blocking it. And as it turned out, Ukraine sustained higher casualties and had less offensive power than with USA aid, but they were never close to folding.

    Ukrainians + their supporting neighbours are very motivated to not be occupied by Russia, so they're not going to just give up if Putin's stooges come to power in the USA.

  • Judge orders surprise release of Epstein transcripts
  • According to the official investigation Epstein did commit suicide so that's what the journalist should report, but that doesn't mean that the journalist can't add something like "in suspicious circumstances" to make clear that the circumstances of Epstein's death were well, very suspicious.

  • Cursed wretched marketing
  • I'm red green colorblind as well. I just see the background as white or a very light shade of grey. Someone else has made a post with a yellow can and in that one I see the background as yellow (which is basically the same as green to me, I have very little r in my rgb), especially the right side of the can.

  • Why Do India and China Keep Fighting Over This Desolate Terrain? Long-running battles in the Himalayas may foretell a more dangerous conflict.
  • No, they're calling the BJP a fascist party. With Hindu fascism, Muslims are the out group who are at the same time strong and weak & Hindu's are the chosen people. There's even a Hindu paramilitary militia. There's several parallels between the early Nazi party and the present day BJP.

  • Belgium remains champion for highest tax burden despite small drop

    Nowhere is the tax burden as high as in Belgium, and singles especially bear the brunt: someone on an average wage has to give up 52.7%.

    Belgium remains champion for highest tax burden despite small drop

    Nothing new.

    This is also unchanged: "while countries like Sweden and Denmark also have quite high taxes, they manage to offer better services in terms of health care, higher pensions and free child care, among others."


    Why do we keep building in flood areas?

    Oud nieuws, maar nog niet gepost denk ik. De Pano reportage is zeker het bekijken waard, best wel grappig, en tegelijk ook triestig.



    Don't forget what disastrous consequences the measles can have (dutch article) ‘Vergeet niet wat voor desastreuze gevolgen mazelen kunnen hebben’: mazelen-onderzoeker Elke Wollants waarschuwt voor de ziekte

    Limburgse leerlingen laten zich steeds minder vaccineren tegen mazelen, zo tonen cijfers van de CLB’s. ‘Officiële data voor Vlaanderen zien er nog goed uit, maar we horen inderdaad dat meer mensen mazelenvaccins weigeren. Dat is dramatisch’, zegt onderzoeker Elke Wollants (Rega Instituut/KU Leuven).

    ‘Vergeet niet wat voor desastreuze gevolgen mazelen kunnen hebben’: mazelen-onderzoeker Elke Wollants waarschuwt voor de ziekte

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