A lot of interesting elections are happening all over Europe (as well as other interesting things)..
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- May's eyesore of the month is pretty amusing.
- I think it would be horribly cruel to teach a French learning the english language that "The appellation of me is $name" is valid English - while it's, strictly speaking, true, appellation is a twenty-dollar word in English. At the same time, a lot of people use a lot of cognates (and other crutches, like writing Russian in Roman characters before one masters Cyrillic) when learning a new language - maybe deeper immersion in language learning isn't best for everyone..
- I've also been wondering, given my dissatisfaction with "first past the post" elections for legislative bodies, what it would be like to use that system for a mostly-rump upper house (that could, say, only block bills, not introduce them) and use party representation for the lower house. An upper house of this sort would have a bit more power than the House of Lords in Britain, but substantially less power than the Senate of the United States.
- I also wonder what a "care-ocracy" would look like, where representation is partly proportional to number of people voting... My intuition tells me that would be a bad arrangement though..
- A handful of interesting things from Israel