Poll: most people who voted in 2016 want to abolish the Electoral College

Given that Hillary Clinton is currently beating Donald Trump by more than 2 million votes nationally, and that she’s the second Democratic candidate in recent memory to win the popular vote while losing the presidency, it’s hardly surprising that efforts to abolish the Electoral College have seen a jolt of energy since the election. Outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a constitutional amendment to elect the president by popular vote, and the National Popular Vote Compact — a state-based attempt to abolish the Electoral College by allocating electoral votes to the popular vote winner — has gained momentum.

A recent poll by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data science and polling firm formed by veterans of the 2012 Obama campaign, suggests that an overwhelming majority of Americans who voted in the 2016 election want a change.

Civis posed the question to respondents this way: “Every four years, the US president is selected by the Electoral College, which awards votes depending on the number of states a candidate wins in the general election that year and the size of those states, not the total number of votes a candidate receives from voters across the country. In last week’s election, more people voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton than Republican Donald Trump, but Trump won the election because he was awarded more votes by the Electoral College.”

“Which of the following comes closest to your view: We should select presidents based on whichever candidate gets the most votes; or We should select presidents based on votes awarded by the Electoral College.”

The result was that a strong majority — 62 percent — picked the popular vote option.

The survey was conducted with a sample of 1,084 registered voters who reported voting in the 2016 election. The survey was conducted online on November 15 and 16, and responses were weighted to reflect the election result and Civis’s best guess of what the 2016 electorate’s demographic composition was. The margin of error is +/- 2.9 points.

Civis is a partisan firm, but it’s widely respected and its polling is regarded as high-quality. And the results match with earlier polling by Gallup, which found that 63 percent of adults in 2013 wanted to get rid of the Electoral College, and that a majority of Americans have wanted to abolish it every time they asked the question, going back to 1967.

Fascinatingly, Gallup found very little variation in support for a popular vote between Democrats, Republicans, and independents in 2013; back in 2000 and 2001, in the wake of Al Gore’s popular vote win and Electoral College loss, the breakdown was more partisan. Civis’s results suggest that opinions on the Electoral College have already repolarized. While 87.5 percent of Clinton voters they asked support changing to a popular vote system, only 32.5 percent of Trump voters do.

Getting rid of the Electoral College is a heavy lift, politically. Even if done through an interstate compact, where states commit to allocate their electoral votes to the popular vote winner (provided enough other states do the same to swing the election), supporters would need to enlist big swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, many of which have Republican governors and legislatures who’d likely block such an effort. But mass popular support for the change suggests a push isn’t totally hopeless. Indeed, it suggests that those states could join the compact and help abolish the Electoral College through passing ballot initiatives.

Why not Duolingo, and what to use instead. • /r/gaeilge
Given all the praise that Duolingo has received recently, I want to write out why I think it is, *at best* a supplement, and what to use instead...

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Given all the praise that Duolingo has received recently, I want to write out why I think it is, at best a supplement, and what to use instead if you truly want to learn Irish. I’ll focus on my problems with Duolingo in general, and focus on the Irish course later on. I’m not going to focus on Duolingo’s highly inflated numbers, either. Those are notoriously bad and there’s nowhere near 2.3 million people actively studying Irish on it.

So, let’s begin.

A more recent example was the praise given to Ryan Adams’ version of Taylor Swift’s album 1989. Many critics gushed, claiming it brought meaning to an otherwise superficial pop record. The fact that Swift is one of the most powerful musicians in the world, or that this record sold 1.2 million copies in its first week of release in the US alone, isn’t even the point; it is that she wrote the songs. She didn’t need a man to legitimise them as ‘art’.
—  Ali Barter (It’s About Fucking Time We Gave Female Musicians The Credit They Deserve)

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Glamour and Danger

BTS Jin and Reader Mafia AU

hello guys! So this is based off of a dream i had recently and i couldn’t get it out of my head. i was thinking about making it into a series if you guys liked it. so let me know if you want to read more.

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Originally posted by jinesthetic

“Kim Seokjin, the international businessman, is going home today with an extra 2.5 million dollars in his pocket. Of course, to him 2.5 million is just pocket change to a man like him…” The news anchor on the television droned on and on as you stood in line at the small coffee shop. The line slowly moved forward as everyone around you seemed to be in the same zombie like state as they waited for their caffeine fix.

As you reached the counter, you couldn’t be anymore happier. You ordered you favorite drink and paid as you step aside to wait for it to be made.

“But could we discuss the legality of the deal made? I don’t see how a deal this big is legal.” You looked up the television screen hanging on the wall. There was two news anchors on the screen with a picture of a very handsome man in suit place in the middle. “The government should step in. Mr. Kim Seokjin walked away with an 2.5 million dollars for a deal that - experts are saying - should have only gotten him 500,000 thousands at most.”

“Well, Seokjin is obviously really smart. He played the seller very well. That’s not a crime,” the other anchored argued.

“White mocha latte for Y/N!”

You are snapped back into reality as you walked up to the bar to grab your drink. You gave your thanks to the barista. You glanced down at your phone to check the time,  noticing that your were five minutes behind schedule. You groaned inwardly as you rushed out of the door.

You worked as a secretary at a business office, meaning that you mostly took phone calls and filed paper. Your work was tedious and boring. It didn’t help that your bosses were grumpy old men. But the pay was good enough to afford a nice apartment, so you stuck with the boring 9 to 5.

“Hey there beautiful!”

You looked up to see a dimple smile causing you to smile right back. “Hi Namjoon,” You answered as you hurriedly placed the files in the cabinet. “Did you need my help with anything?” you asked as you walked up to him.

“I just came by to say hello to the prettiest girl in the office,” his hands into the pockets of his suit.

You cheeks warmed a bit, but you knew he meant nothing by his comment. “Well, I’m sure you have some work to do,” you responded as you bit the inside of your cheek. “We wouldn’t want you to get fired for flirting” you joked.

Namjoon chuckled as he patted your head. “Yeah, I should head into the office. Have you heard the rumors?” You shook your head. “The CEO has gotten an offer.”

“He’s selling the company?” you asked with a gasp. “Oh no. What does that mean about our jobs?: you pouted worriedly.

“Don’t worry Y/N. You are the most capable worker here. Without you, the whole company would fall apart.” Namjoon smirked at you. “They would never get rid of you. My job, however, might be in question.”

“Don’t say that!” you scolded. “Ah, I can’t survive the office without you by my side.”

Namjoon sighed. “Let’s hope for the best then. Hey, some of us are getting drinks after work. You should come along.” He glanced at his watch. “Oh, I’m almost late for the meeting. We’re meeting at that new dance club in downtown at 7. Be there, okay?” He gave you a wave before talking off towards his office.

You stumbled out of the cab at around 7:30. You handed the driver some cash before continuing to the door of the club. Namjoon had promised that your name would be on the list so that you didn’t have to wait in line, you only hoped that was true. The line was headed down the block.

As you reached the bouncer, he immediately held his hands out to stop you.

“Where do you think you are going, kitten?” He crossed his arms as he glared down at you. You shrunk against his gaze and managed to choke out that your name was on the list. “And what would your name be, kitten?”

“V. Stop intimidating the girl.” A voice came from behind you. You turned around to see an angelically handsome man behind you. He had a piercing glare in his eyes that made you want the ground to swallow you up, but you notice the glare wasn’t on you.

“Sorry boss,” V had immediately straighten out his posture and his arms were on the side.

The man looked down at you and his glare immediately soften. You breath caught in your voice as he grabs you hand and pulls it to his mouth for a kiss. His face looked vaguely familiar. “Sorry about that, Princess.” He said with a coy smirk. “Some people have to learn better manners.” He placed his hand on the lower side of you back as he led you inside the club.

V hands twitched to stop you, but immediately froze as he was subjected to the mysterious man’s glare once again.

The man guided you straight to the bar. “What would you like to drink, Princess?” he asked. The bartender immediately came to serve you.

“Um…” You hesitated slightly. The whole ordeal feeling a bit odd to you. “I’ll just have a coke.” You decided it was probably best to remain sober around the mysterious man.

He raised his eyebrow at you but made no comment as he ordered his own drink. The bartender brought the drink over to you and you nervously sipped at it. “Thank you um…”

“Oh, excuse me. Where are my manners?” He chuckled. “I’m Jin.”

“Thank you, Jin.” You reiterated. “I should probably find my friends though.” You looked around to make the point as you slid off the stool. “It was nice meeting you, Jin.”

“Sure thing, Princess. Save a dance for me later though,” he smirked at you once again.

“If you can find me in this crowd,” you joked with a chuckle.

His eyes darkened slightly as he stared down at you. “No worries, I’ll find you.”

You shook off the strange feeling of that encounter as you began searching for Namjoon. You finally spot him at the VIP section as he waves you over. You smile as you are greeted with hugs, noticing that they all started drinking already.

“I hope you didn’t have trouble getting in,” Namjoon commented as he pushed a shot towards you. He had a smirk on his face, challenging you.

“Not really, some dude name Jin got me in.”

Your answer caused him to stiffen. Your eyebrows raised at his reaction. He took the shot out of you hands and downed it himself.

“Whoa, what’s up with you?” you asked.

“Nothing’s up,” Namjoon lied through gritted teeth. “Just stay away from that Jin guy. He’s bad news.”

“Okay,” you agreed easily, which confused Namjoon. You shrugged. “He just sent out these vibes, you know. He looked kind of familiar though.” You sighed. “Anyways, how did you get us VIP anyways?” you asked, changing the topic.

“I have connections.” Namjoon answered vaguely. He chuckled it off as a joke. “Drink up. It’s all free.”

You lost sight of Namjoon about an hour ago. You walked around the club, trying to find him before you left home. As you searched, you ended up in a dark hallway. Namjoon’s voice could be heard from the back end, so you continued to walk forward.

“All I’m saying, Jin, is to leave her alone. She’s better than all of this.” Namjoon said. You paused in you step to listen in. Why was Namjoon speaking with Jin.

“Are you sure that it’s not because you don’t want competition?” Jin’s voice sneered back. He chuckled darkly. “I’ve seen how you been looking at her all evening.”

“She’s like a little sister to me. I just want to keep her safe.”

“I could give he the best protection in the world. Namjoon, you know my lifestyle.” Jin argued.

“You’ll also put a target on the back of her head,” Namjoon growled. “Seriously, any other girl but her.”

“Namjoon. You seem to forget who you are talking to,” Jin sighed. “You aren’t in any position to give me orders. In fact, I own you. So if I choose to pursue her, I will. You won’t say anything more about it.”

You hear Namjoon groan in pain, causing you to call out to him. “Namjoon?” You continued to walk down the hall, finding Namjoon leaning on the wall as he clutched his stomach. You gasped as you rushed forward to comfort him. “Oh my gosh. Are you okay?”

Namjoon groaned again as he waved off your worries. “I’m fine. I’m fine.”

You narrowed your eyes as you looked over at Jin. He had V and another man standing beside him. “Did you do this?” you questioned Jin as you glared at him.

“Princess,” Jin began with a playful smile. “I never laid a hand on him,” he denied.

“I don’t believe you,” you spit out.

“But it’s the truth Princess,” he continued. “In fact, why don’t we have that dance you owe me?” he asked as he reached his arm out to grab your hand.

You yanked your body away from him. “I’m not going anywhere with you.”

“It’s just one dance, Princess.” He smiled at you innocently. “If you dance with me, no more harm will come to your friend here.”

“So you did hurt him?”

“No, Princess. But I can guarantee that whatever happen to him won’t happen again.” He held his hand out to you.

You hesitated as you stared at his hand. Slowly, you placed you hand in his. Jin smile widened as he led you back down the hall. “This way, Princess.”

“Who are you exactly?” you asked once you reached the dance floor. His hands were on your waist as you hands were wrapped around his neck.

“Someone who gets exactly what he wants,” he answered vaguely. His tone was solemn as he stared down at you. “And right now, I want you.”

“And what if I don’t want you?” You questioned back. You pulled your body away from as the song came to an end.

“Princess,” he sighed. He ran a hand through his head with slight frustration. “Then I’ll have a hell of a time trying to convince you otherwise.”

You practically ran out of the club after that.

“International wealthy businessmen Kim Seokjin is under investigation for his latest 2.5 million dollar deal. An insider source claims to have evidence that Kim Seokjin frequently uses extortion in his deals. If this is true, that means their is a possibility that none of the money he has made over the years is legal.”

You looked up at the television screen as you waited for the barista to make your drink. Your jaw dropped and your eyes widen. The screen had the same anchor from yesterday, but the picture besides her was Jin - the same Jin from the club the night before.

“This isn’t the first time an investigation has been started for Kim Seokjin. There has been numerous allegations over the years that Kim Seokjin has connections to the BTS mafia. None of the allegations has ever been proven, it is mostly speculation.”

“Y/N’s white mocha latte is at the bar!”

Your eyes snapped over to the barista standing by the bar. You walked over to grab you drink, surprised to see a small paper bag with a blueberry muffin inside. You eyebrows furrowed in confusion. “Um, excuse me?” You called the barista over. “I didn’t order this.”

“A guy came and ordered it for you,” she explained. Before you could question her again, she was off to help another customer.

You picked up the paper bag, noticing the note scribbled on the side.

Have a nice day. Don’t miss me too much.

Description: Queer Bosnian Muslim refugee stands in front of the many rows of walls in multiple city subway stations covered in activism, equality, and #LoveTrumpsHate messages. 2.6 million more people voted for HRC, but our faux democracy dictates that land mass (states) will overrule the will of the people. Not in our city! 📸 by @anitadolcevita
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‘Kill a Worker, Go to Jail’ | The Tyee
The tenacious fight to make, and enforce, a worker safety law with teeth. Latest in a series.

Although no Westray management figures were ever successfully prosecuted, the surviving miners (117 not killed in the blast) were awarded severance pay for 12 weeks, which came to $1.2 million. Individual cheques to the miners ranged from $6,626 to $12,367. The severance pay was only awarded six years after the mine explosion and only because of concerted public pressure. A $30-million lawsuit was launched against the Province of Nova Scotia by families of the dead miners, but Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court threw it out, ruling that the province was protected from lawsuits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Workers and their unions, in a drive spearheaded by the USW, had to lobby hard for another six years before C-45, the Westray Act, a flawed but important first step toward holding businesses and managers to account when they recklessly endangered workers, was passed in 2003, coming into force in 2004. […]

A law with bite, timidly enforced

Writing in 2013, a decade after the Westray Act was passed, Steelworkers legal counsel Robert Champagne was not impressed by what had been accomplished to that date in enforcing the law. In a document prepared for his union, Champagne wrote:

“Amendments passed in 2004 to the Criminal Code of Canada to make it easier to impose criminal liability on corporations for serious workplace injuries and fatalities are being woefully underutilized. There have been only three successful prosecutions under the Westray amendments to date. Sentences issued in these prosecutions have been paltry. Serious workplace injuries and fatalities continue to occur at alarming rates.” […]


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