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I am glad the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act went nowhere. The Affordable Care Act has its flaws, but it makes it possible for a lot of people to get health insurance who could not do so otherwise. The Republicans seem to be so focused on choice that they do not care that they would be destroying the individual insurance market so that people would not be forced to buy insurance. Oh, and they wanted to kick a bunch of people off Medicaid because they don't like poor people I guess. Fortunately, the Republicans could not agree on how to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, so it lives on.
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Utilitarianism is a philosophy that says we should do what maximizes pleasure and minimizes suffering. This might sound reasonable at first until one thinks through all the implications. David Pearce is a utilitarian who has thought through the consequences and reached some astounding conclusions. In 2009, he wrote an article titled Reprogramming Predators. He points out (rightly) that predators cause their prey to suffer a lot. He makes some gratuitous comparisons to Nazis and serial killers. I find the comparisons rather inapt. The Nazis killed for ideological reasons. Serial killers kill for fun. Predators kill to survive. He ends by discussing whether we should kill off all the predators or try to reprogram them not to kill for food. Do you want to protect animals? Fine, but don't try to create some fantasy world in the process. Here is the essay:…
I am frankteller I created an account on this site in November 2010. I created the account for reasons that were frankly selfish. I think a lot of you know exactly what I am talking about. If you do, please do not say anything publicly. The account was fairly popular. I had more than 90,000 pageviews and more than 100 watchers. I had a daily deviation on the submission titled "tolerance", which I have re-uploaded here along with several other submissions from that page. There were I think 24 submissions in all. Some of them were essays that no longer reflect my views. Some were current events pieces that could be considered dated. Feel free to ask me about any of the essays I published on here. It is not the essays I am worried about. Most of the people I know in real life are already familiar with my political views in greater detail than I have posted here.

Some of my content was more problematic. I don't want to go into too much detail here. Note me if you are interested.

I was watching over 4000 users. I had over 8000 favorites. Some of the users I watched were people I probably should not have associated with, and some of my favorites were items I am ashamed to admit to liking.

Something happened in June 2016 that led me to suspect that all of this was about to come out. Again, I don't want to go into too much detail. I decided to deactivate frankteller I did not expect to come back. It was five months after I deactivated that I finally decided to come back for a fresh start. DeviantArt wipes your account clean a month after you deactivate, and you cannot restore the account. I knew this at this time. I was too scared to come back.

I no longer know who those watchers were. I will be reaching out to those of my old watchers whom I can identify. If you think you know some users who were watching me, direct them here.
I support the judge's ruling. In short, a federal judge in New York ruled that the portion of Donald Trump's order relating to the deportation of refugees violates due process. It does not sound like the ruling addressed the 90 day ban on residents of seven countries entering the United States. This order is blatantly discriminatory on grounds of national origin and appears to be targeted at Muslims, though non-Muslim residents of these countries are also banned from entering the United States.…
The Electoral College is about to select, for United States President, Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote by more than two million votes. This is not the first time this has happened. Just 16 years ago, George Walker Bush was elected President despite losing the popular vote. It has happened three other times, all in the 19th century. The electoral college is a holdover from the 18th century. The Founding Fathers empowered state legislatures to choose both United States Senators and members of the Electoral College.

In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment established popular election for United States Senators. However, the Senate remains undemocratic insofar as there are two Senators per state regardless of population. This will not change any time soon because it is the one provision of the United States Constitution permanently shielded from amendment, so the Constitution would have to be repealed to change the structure of the Senate.

The Electoral College consists of one member per member of Congress, except that Washington, DC, which is not a state and thus has no Congressional representation, has three votes. This is also undemocratic, because it weights the electoral college in favor of states with a smaller population. California has nearly 40 million residents and 55 electoral votes. That comes out to more than 700,000 residents per electoral vote. Wyoming, with just under 600,000 residents, has three electoral votes. That comes out to fewer than 200,000 residents per electoral vote. Furthermore, because most states have adopted a winner take all approach, Presidential candidates do not campaign in states that are not expected to be close, and voters in these states have little chance of affecting the overall outcome. It is time to do away with the electoral college. Unfortunately, this will be very difficult because it takes 2/3 of each house of Congress and 3/4 of the states to amend the constitution, unless a constitutional convention is called, which would substitute for the Congressional vote. One reform strategy is to tie the Electoral College to the popular vote on a state by state basis. However, because Republicans have seen the electoral college as to their partisan advantage, this is not happening in enough states to actually affect the outcome of an election.