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Where the media really went wrong is in the early primary season. They hyped results that ensured that good candidates didn't make it through to later rounds.

So, the dysfunctional candidates we have running for president are a direct result of media failure. They behaved like internet trolls instead of balancing their coverage for the good of the country.

Our presidential candidate selection process is so bad that it would be hard for a reasonable candidate to be selected. A waste of time and money.

Needs to be revamped. A couple suggestions.

Preferential balloting. That should be required for all federal elections where there are more than two choices. Actually all public elections.

Nationwide voting on primary candidates at regular intervals via the internet. There is no way that a few people in Iowa and New Hampshire should have as much influence as they do. Say weekly internet straw polls, and monthly polls that eliminate a candidate until there is only one left.

There have to be experts out there that could design a better system for the internet age. comment by usgoosht on Wolff: The media versus Donald Trump Oct 25, 2016 01:08 AM [GMT]
Ha ha ha.

If the people of the US hired a headhunter firm to select candidates for CEO (president) of the US, it is doubtful that Hillary Clinton would even make the first cut. comment by usgoosht on Review: 'Michael Moore In Trumpland' Makes The Case For President Hillary Clinton Oct 25, 2016 12:11 AM [GMT]
Ms Clinton will happily welcome them to the US. She has a member of the cult of Islam in her inner circle, and will make her responsible for importing them.

Soon, the US can experience terrorist threats and attacks every week. Oh, joy!

The cult of Islam is a curse upon Muslims, and a crime against humanity. The world would be a better place without it. comment by usgoosht on Europeans must get ready for jihadis fleeing Mosul, says EU security expert Oct 18, 2016 10:58 PM [GMT]
The enemy is the cult of Islam. It can't co-exist with Western values. Muslims are just victims of the cult. We should be doing everything in our power to rescue them from the misfortune of their birth.

Look at what is happening to Mr Badawi in Saudi Arabia. That is the true cult of Islam. If Mohammed lived today, he would be classified as a terrorist. A prophet? Really?

It's our duty as compassionate human beings to put a wooden stake through the heart of the cult of Islam.

A good start would be banning mosques. comment by usgoosht on Macron outlines vision of French Islam, drops more ambition hints Oct 18, 2016 10:42 PM [GMT]
It was so simple. Mr Trump just had to keep on story, and against a candidate as weak as Ms Clinton, he would have carried the day.

Is he a good presidential candidate? No. But the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Ms Clinton is a vote to keep on the losing track the US is on. So, not a good candidate, but better than Ms Clinton.

People will say that the US is doing great. Well, if I borrowed 10 trillion dollars, I could throw a hell of a party, too. There are just too many things slowly falling apart. Mr Trump won't fix those, for many reasons. But, at least he'll bring them into stark focus, so people become aware of them.

It's weird. In this election Ms Clinton is the conservative who will stick to the hallowed past. And Mr Trump is the person who wants to shake things up. Party role reversal. comment by usgoosht on 'Stop whining': Obama hits back at Trump over election rigging claims video Oct 18, 2016 10:32 PM [GMT]
Mr Obama is right. Whining isn't going to do anything. I suspect that Mr Trump is complaining because of the tremendous bias in the media. It looks like rigging because the major news organizations are blatantly supporting Ms Clinton.

She played the sexual charges card very well. I suspect she has had it since the primaries, but withheld it until the last moment. Channeling her inner Richard Nixon. I notice that there is no investigation of its provenance. As a substantial issue, well, we survived 8 years of a sexual predator in the White House under Mr Clinton, and Mr Kennedy was a roaming lothario, and is looked upon positively.

Mr Trump needs to learn how politics are played by the likes of Mr Obama and Ms Clinton. Put a social media campaign together, 'Do the dirt on Hillary', and promise to pay for the best stories.

And Ms Clinton is beginning to have trouble keeping all the balls in the air, as well. People are starting to notice that her promises to different groups in order to win their votes, are in conflict. The sexual charges card was a good distraction from that.

Remember, no one ever failed to get elected by underestimating the intelligence of the American voter. comment by usgoosht on 'Stop whining': Obama hits back at Trump over election rigging claims video Oct 18, 2016 10:27 PM [GMT]
Mr Trump seems to have forgotten that the best defense is a good offense. It's not like Ms Clinton doesn't have lots of targets exposed. comment by usgoosht on Donald Trump blasts 'SNL' for 'hit job' Oct 16, 2016 7:10 PM [GMT]
It implies that institutions of higher learning have become indoctrination factories. Right?

One needn't visit any US institutions of higher learning to discover this. It's merely necessary to peruse the student newspapers to see the bias blatantly promulgated.

I suspect it is down to the retirement of an older, more balanced generation of professors at these institutions. comment by usgoosht on How will educational status affect the US election result? Oct 16, 2016 7:06 PM [GMT]
It's like that old joke about the soldiers at checkpoints who caught infiltrators by how they pronounced a word.

The infiltrator practiced and practiced, until he could pronounce the word perfectly. Unfortunately, when he got to the checkpoint, the guard asked him to pronounce a different word.

Hmmmm. comment by usgoosht on Outside the Box: Dont let your emotions over this election influence your investment decisions Oct 16, 2016 6:47 PM [GMT]
Any data from before the turn of the century is suspect as a predictor for the present. The US and world have changed too much to place much stock in such data.

Outsourcing to the third world.
The rise of China, and the shrinking share of the world economy residing in developed nations.
Legalized front running in the markets.
Huge amounts of money sloshing around the world.
The web / internet.
Surging sovereign debt in developed nations.
Slow growth.
Unprecedented and ineffective central bank policy / floundering.

It really is a new normal. Sure, the same physical laws apply, but the fake 'laws' that the faith based economists think rule the economy have been discredited. The central bank governors are like deer in the headlights.

There's no shame in not understanding the economy. It's the most complex system known to human beings, and because it is volitional, it *changes* over time.

The shame is in claiming enough understanding of the economy to control it, despite ample evidence to the contrary. Trumpeting competence while exhibiting lack of same. comment by usgoosht on Outside the Box: Dont let your emotions over this election influence your investment decisions Oct 16, 2016 6:43 PM [GMT]

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