Replacing the jungle primary, December edition

 photo via Wikimedia Commons by Rich Niewiroski Jr. A few weeks ago, I posted "Replacing the jungle primary", where I outlined a couple of proposals that seemed like plausible replacements for California's current "top-two" primary system. I assigned both proposals jargon-y names, but I only want to highlight one of them: "Majority Approval Filter (MAF)". … Continue reading Replacing the jungle primary, December edition

2017 update

I've neglected this blog for a really long time, but it's not like I haven't been writing publicly.  A few links to my post 2010 writing: medium: robla - a lot of my recent writing, which has skewed political.  Sign of the times, I guess... DailyKos: robla - this has been where I've posted most… Continue reading 2017 update

On Diaspora

There's been a lot of hubbub about Facebook's ongoing tone-deafness regarding privacy. As a result, there has also been a lot of hubbub about the Diaspora project, with both wildly optimistic projections of their success, as well as more skeptical assessments. I'm skeptical about Diaspora specifically, because it reminds me a lot of an effort… Continue reading On Diaspora