The UK Green Party has built a version of the kickstarter for elections I proposed last year: they're signing up people who promise to vote Green if enough of their neighbours will do the same.
I'll Vote Green If You Do is an attempt to break the traditional collective action problem for third parties: no one wants to risk "throwing away" their votes for a party that "can't win" -- and the reason the party can't win is that no one can be sure if their neighbours will follow their suit.
I joined the Greens last year, after bitter disappointment with the Labour and Libdem parties' record on progressive issues, like surveillance, school fees, corporate corruption, free speech, and the environment. I want to vote for a genuine left-wing, progressive party, not some Tory-lite party that has a no-go zone wherever their policies might offend the international mega-investor class.
There's lots of people in my constituency of Shoreditch/Hackney who seem to feel the same way. If enough of us feel this way, maybe we can shake the safe seat that Labour's Meg Hillier (architect of the National ID card, who voted for the Digital Economy Act) occupied for so many years.
I'll Vote Green If You Do
Wikitribune (strapline: “Evidence-based journalism”) is a newly launched project from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, conceived of as a crowd-edited, crowd-funded tonic against fake news.
Intelligence officials from the so-called “Five Eyes” network, which includes the United States’ FBI, CIA and National Security Agency, are gathering for an annual intelligence-sharing exchange today in New Zealand. Reuters confirmed the get-together, at which spy agency reps from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will also gather.
When occult historian Mitch Horowitz’s excellent 2009 book Occult America was published, he received a phone call from an admiring fan: Stephen K. Bannon. Over at Salon, Mitch writes about the right wing’s weird connection to New Age mysticism: (Bannon) professed deep interest in the book’s themes, and encouraged me in my next work, “One […]
Yeah, Bluetooth audio is pretty common these days, so why should you care about these earbuds? Look how happy that woman up above looks. She’s got FRESHeBUDS in. Boom. There’s your reason. She’s also at the beach and it appears to be a very nice day.But for the sake of promotion, wireless earbuds are fast becoming the […]
“Gets stuff done,” is a good way to be described by anybody. Especially by coworkers or bosses. Because whether you’re in finance or a children’s librarian, stuff needs to get done. But how do you make sure stuff gets done? You definitely can’t do all the stuff yourself, unless your company/organization/government office consists entirely of you. And […]
Even the most expensive pair of hi-fi headphones can’t match the feeling of bass rumbling through your body at a live show. That’s why music aficionados designed The Basslet, an accessory that reproduces that sensation from your wrist. Does it make your whole body shake with deep subs? Not really, because that would be terrifying, but […]