Friday, April 29, 2016

US Presidents by time in retirement

Retirement being defined as time after having been President, while not being President, till death.

All the following are in order of how long they lived after being president except those marked with a *
† = still alive

Presidents who live in office*
Obama †

Presidents who died in office*
Roosevelt (Franklin)

Didn't live a full term (4 years) after he retired

Lived between 1 and 2 full terms
Johnson (Lyndon)
Bush (George W.) †

Lived between 3 and 4 full terms
Roosevelt (Theodore)

Lived between 4 and 5 full terms
Clinton (Bill) †

Lived between 5 and 6 full terms
Adams (John Quincy)

Lived between 6 and 7 full terms
Van Buren
Bush (George H.) †

Lived between 7 and 8 full terms
Adams (John)

Lived between 8 and 9 full terms

Lived between 9 and 10 full terms
Carter †

Lived between 10 and 11 full terms

every time a new president is sworn in (or wins re-election) all living presidents are moved down to the next group
(IE January 20th, or 21st if the 20th is a Sunday)

Monday, April 25, 2016

How to fix the USA

I told someone, recently, that if I had $10,000,000,000,000 that I could fix Canada.

See, many of Canada's problems are structural. Even our "worst of the worst" is not so bad; the Bloc Quebecois, after winning the official opposition in 1993, decided NOT to screw up Parliament. They easily could have. The structure of our parliament would have allowed them to ruin the way things work if they had chosen to do so. But. The people who filled those seats, the things plugged in to that structure, were, in this case, "good". Good in that they decided to not disrupt Parliament.

When dealing with structural problems, you can fairly easily find ways to fix things.

The US problems are not structural. The structure of the US itself is not broken. What is broken is the filling. The people in those seats. In particular, since 1994, under the guidance of Newt Gingrich, the Republican Party has taken an active decision to purposefully use that structure to obstruct the system. This is something that is done frequently in other countries on various issues, but in the US, it seems to be damaging the country as a whole.

On a state level, these problems are not as severe. The parties are willing to work with one another, and the parties are willing to do what works. Utah, a state full of Republicans, gives free houses to homeless people. California, a state dominated by Democrats, has been purposefully structured to give Republicans a say in the budget and tax increases. Federally, however, the entire system is designed on purpose to make change difficult, and changing that, would only make things worse.

So, at the time, my answer to the question was "I can't fix the USA"


I can.

The Electoral College is equal to the number of House Representatives and Senators

Remove "equal to the number of" and replace it with "the members of", and

The Electoral College is the members of House Representatives and Senators

In particular, the newly elected congress.

This means if you want a Democratic President you need to vote for a Democratic Congressman.

This would not work in the individual states as changing the structure in a state is easier, and making it easier to change the Federal structure would cause the system to change too radically.

Given that the new Congress needs to elect the new President, they will officially do the election early in January. Given that the new President already won the primaries, and we know who it will be by who wins a majority in Congress, we can still have the Presidential inauguration in late January.

This could mean a Presidential Election every 2 years. I'd also consider changing Congressional elections to take place every year, but for now, the simple answer is

Fixing the USA:
Electoral College = Congress

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Okay here's the idea

You walk down the street
And then
You bring a camera
For youtube

you go up to a person
you yell


and then you smash your fist into their face as hard as you can

And then you yell

And then you run away
super fast
really super fast


Then you upload it to youtube

And profits!

We should be different countries

The basic argument is that Canada and Western Canada need to be two countries.

This would mean that the 3 Territories, as well as the 4 western Provinces, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, should become a country that is separate from Canada.

While there is a good argument that Quebec should be separate from Canada (one I may delve into a bit later) the argument right now is that my country (Canada) should not include 4 provinces with which it shares little in the way of culture and economy.

Anyway, I'm posting this for a simple reason. Someone said BC does not belong in the same country as the Prairies. My answer is simple: I really don't care. Once you guys (IE Western Canada) leave my (IE Canada)'s country, you guys can do whatever you want.

Should Quebec become it's own country (maybe it should) the same would apply, and similar for if the Atlantic were to become it's own country (that's more controversial)

If the Atlantic becomes it's own country, it's really none of my business Newfoundland leaves that country and becomes it's own. It's none of my business if the maritimes unite. it's none of my business if part, any, or all of the new country joins the USA. I'm in Ontario, I am not a citizen of this hypothetical new nation.

What I am saying is that Ontario and the west should exist in different countries from one another. If each of those 4 provinces also want to be in different countries, so be it. It does not change Ontario and the west being separate from one another.

Friday, April 22, 2016

this story won me a t-shirt

Actually, here is the TRUE story of why I could not attend.

See it all started a few weeks ago back in west North York, a part of Toronto, where I live. I was born in Toronto, but raised out on the east coast of Canada. I've spent most of my days online, usually on forums, and mostly, gaming related forums. Chatting with pals, maxing my scores, relaxing, all cool; shooting some bad guys outside of school. Then a couple of guys, they were both named mike, starting making trouble on the forums I like; I got in one little fight and the mods got scared and said "You're moving with your baggage and getting out of my hair"

I cried for a while and poured a scotch on the rocks, then found a forum related to EU by Paradox, if anything I could say this forums was rare, but I thought, nae forget it, lets set up camp over there. I pulled up to the forum in 2009 and made an brand new account that was mine. I thought it was a bit odd, considering how the past few day's events could be easily turned into a rhyme and set to some well known music, but decided that this was just a coincidence, and moved on. 

There is, of course, quite a gap between 2009 and the current year. That however is not my fault. No really, it's just how fast time goes. I can't make it go faster. Reality is not like a Paradox game where you can add another chevron and suddenly the entire world is moving to the beat of a new drummer. Drums, however, ironically, are a key part of the reason. You see, I never learned how to play an instrument. Well, not well anyway. I did take guitar, and piano as a kid. I just sucked at them. I decided however to take up drums. Mostly because I thought you just banged things at random. Speaking of banging things at random, remind me to tell you about Ben, my slick friend. Sadly, Ben passed away last month from toomuchsexitus. See, Ben was somebody who would always have a bro's back. He was a bro's bro. He was the kind of guy that you wanted to have around cause he knew were to find all the girls. Sadly, he would also steal all the girls and leave none for anybody else. Well, unless their names were Bertha or Matilda. See, Bertha and Matilda were very nice, great personalities, but in the looks department... Well, they did not look very well at all, they looked very very bad, mostly because they were both blind and it's hard to look at things when your eyes don't work. They were both smokin hot though. Matilda was the one who showed me how to read braille, which is a key part of why I could not attend. 

You see, braille is that language that blind people read, with all the bumps and whatanot. The varying number of bumps mean different things. This was key to our revelation that the bumps spread out in the parking lot spelled out words. It took us days to drive the entire lot, at night, when it was empty, to figure it all out. The message we did get, however, was outright shocking. Or no wait. That was when we crashed into the electric pole cause I wasn't paying attention to where I was driving. Aw I miss the days when I used to drive. For some reason they wouldn't let me renew my licence. I thought these people were supposed to be PROFESSIONAL. One little love tap of the drive center on my way in and they are all like "waaa you shattered all our glass and drove into our lobby waaa no we are not going to renew your licence" I swear these people have no idea what the hell they are doing. Government workers. Am I right?? Speaking of government, did you know I ran for election? Twice? No really I did.,_2003,_2006 see, Nick J Boragina. That's me. Nothing to do with the story, I just like to brag.

This is when things started to get interesting. You see, I was at the downtown office filling out my birth certificate application. I had to call my mother cause the questions they ask are crazy! She told me all the various answers. When then. All of a sudden. Out of nowhere. 

The pen stopped working. 

I shook it, you know, and even tried that putting it to your tongue trick. Nothing. I asked them to borrow one, but they only bad those bank pens that are tied to the desk. I wanted to sit down, however. I decided the quickest way to solve this was to go to the local corner store and get some cheap pen and finish the damn thing. I told them I'd be right back and they were cool with it, saying I could take the application. This, of course, made me suspicious. I mean, what kind of government worker is cool with doing something logical and reasonable? No kind. This is when I started to see the truth behind it all. They secretly were not cool with it! So I slammed down the papers on the desk and declared that I was done with these shenanigans! I'm here, and thus, I HAD to be born. No more of this sillyness. Then I marched out of there.

Damn government thinking they are better than everyone else. Anyway, I was mad. I called up some friends of mine, and went to pick them up. We drove around a bit while I blew off some steam. The 4 of us had a great chat though, made me feel a lot better. I decided to give them hugs. When suddenly, out of nowhere, a giant truck appeared and slammed RIGHT into the car! The driver must have ran for it cause when I looked there was nobody in the truck at all! Nor were there anyone else in any of other the trucks in the parking lot. Suspicious, am I right? We got out of the car and decided to find the manager of this place so I could complain. I found an open door, after I pried it open with a crowbar. We walked into the building. Oddly quiet it was. We decided to explore. We went high and low looking for anything to use as evidence against these madmen and their trucks. Nothing. Suddenly! The power went out. We all screamed! Well I screamed. The blind girls didn't even notice. So Ben and I asked them to help guide us back out and they were happy to oblige. The two of them lead us right back to the exit without a single problem.

Wow, I thought, these girls have super powers! Ben and I decided we needed to make love to them, to you know, steal their super-powers. We waited for a bus and went back to Ben's place. See, this is where things got interesting, cause, the bus fare was $2.60 and I put a $10 in the slot for all of us, but the driver was like "nooooo" and wanted another quarter and dime and nickel. I told him he wasnt getting his grubby paws on my change, and told this totalitarian NAZI where he could go and how he could get there. I marched off the bus. Ben suggested taking a stroll though beautiful downtown Toronto. I told him that the only parts of downtown I knew were the ugly parts, and that I wasn't even sure if Toronto had any beautiful areas. He just laughed for some reason and said I was funny. This, of course, made me suspicious.

Over the next few hours I secretly plotted with the girls to ditch Ben when he least expected it. It took careful planning, and I had meticulous notes. The plan would unfold as follows. First, Ben would go to the washroom. Then, we'd walk away. We put the plan into action and it worked. Now it was just me with the two lovely ladies. The three of us decided to head on off to the airport because on the road there, all the nice restaurants had set up shop. We decided to stop by at Lone Star, a high class place serving the best in tex-mex food and other crap. We hopped on a bus, and I put another $10 in the slot. This time the driver didn't say anything. he he he, sucker. We managed to get there about an hour later.

After lunch, we went to the airport proper so that we could see Bertha off on her trip to Paris. While we were waiting I happened to notice her reading a sign. The sign was in that crazy bumpy-blind-person-language. I decided to read it too, having learned it from the girls out of an attempt to impress them to get into their pants. The sign said that the blind could ask for special assistance in getting though security. "SCORE" I thought "I can finally go to that Paradox whatchamacallit". I promptly pushed Matilda over the railing while snatching her sunglasses and cane. 

I decided, however, one was not enough, to I stole Bertha's cane and went off running. I ran up a flight of stairs, down another, though an escalator, around the parking. Whew. I lost em. Running away from helpless blind people is hard. Anyway, I happened to see a small musicband packing, or perhaps, un packing their things. These geniuses had left all their equipment unattended. I decided now was my chance. I whipped out the canes I'd borrowed and started to play the drums. Somehow, the musicians noticed me and gave chase. I was running away when security stopped me. I showed them not just one of my canes but BOTH of them. They said it was suspicious. How can it be suspicious if I have TWO canes? That's like, super unsuspicious. 

Anyway, to make a long story short, I couldn't attend because those jerks threw me in jail for some reason. My hearing is next Thursday.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to create a US convention

Each state sends the following number delegates to the convention

6 delegates for each Senator the state has in the Senate
The winner of these delegates is based on the proportion of votes won within the state by each candidate (pool)

2 delegates for each Representative the state has in the House
The winner of these delegates is based on the proportion of votes won within the state by each candidate (pool)

1 delegate for each Representative the state has in the House
The winner of these delegates is the winner of the popular vote, first-past-the-post, in each congressional district

All delegates based on state-wide voting are pooled into a single pool prior to distribution to candidates.

California has 53 house members, and 2 Senators. As such, it would send a grand total of 171 delegates. Of these 53 are based on First Past The Post methods (FPTP) in each district. This is the minimum baseline.

Each state also sends the number delegates to the convention based on the share of the vote the party received in the state in the last presidential election.
This number is equal to the number of delegates each state is assigned, based on the above section
This is then multiplied by the share of the popular vote from the last election that the party received, rounded up to the nearest whole number.
All of these delegates are added to the pool for proportional distribution.

California's minimum baseline is 171. In the 2012 election, the Democrats took 60.238% of the vote. 60.238% of 171 is 103.01, which gets rounded to 104. As such, in the final tally, Democrats would send 275 delegates from California to the convention; of these 53 are elected based on FPTP, and the remaining 222 are elected based on proportional vote distribution.

California's minimum baseline is 171. In the 2012 election, the Republicans took 37.12% of the vote. 37.12% of 171 is 63.5, which gets rounded to 64. As such, in the final tally, Democrats would send 275 delegates from California to the convention; of these 53 are elected based on FPTP, and the remaining 182 are elected based on proportional vote distribution.

Wyoming's minimum baseline is 15. In the 2012 election, the Republicans took 68.64% of the vote. 68.64% of 15 is 10.3, which gets rounded to 11. As such, in the final tally, Republicans would send 26 delegates from Wyoming to the convention; of these 1 is elected based on FPTP, and the remaining 25 are elected based on proportional vote distribution.

(Normally, the share of vote will be between 75% and 20% for each state. As such, each state can be expected to send at least 20% more delegates above the baseline)

Organized Territories and Federal Districts also send delegates.

Each "large territory" receives 16 delegates
A "large territory" is one that has at least 50% of the population of the least populace state
A "large territory" may be either an organized territory or a federal district.

Each "small territory" receives 8 delegates
A "small territory" is any organized territory or federal district that is not a "large territory"

"small territories" and "large territories" are also known as "territories" for the purposes of this document.

The least populace state is Wyoming, at near 500,000 people. Both D.C. and Puerto Rico have over 250,000 people, and are considered "large territories"

Each territory will also receive a number of delegates equal to the following:
The number of delegates equal to the state that has the most similar, but not smaller, population has, for each representative in the house.
This is a minimum of 3, and may be much larger.
All of these delegates are added to a pool
The winner of these delegates is based on the proportion of votes won within the territory by each candidate

Puerto Rico, at the last official census, was recorded as having 3.72 million persons. The nearest state to it, in population, but with a greater population (not a smaller population) is Oklahoma. Oklahoma had 5 Representatives. It's baseline sends 15 delegates to the convention based on these 5 delegates. As such, Puerto Rico is assigned 15 additional delegates based on this method. As such, the territory would send a total of 31 delegates. This is compared to Oklahoma which only sends 27. However, Oklahoma may gain more delegates due to the popular vote in the last presidential election.

All of the above delegates are pledged to the candidate who won their selection to the convention.
They must vote for that candidate on the first ballot.

All of the below delegates are unpledged and free to vote any way on any ballot.

Each state and territory sends the following unpledged delegates to the convention

All party members who are
Federal Senators
Federal Representatives
(There will never be more than 535 of these, and will likely be around 200-300 of these)

As well the following party members are are also sent to the convention as unpledged delegates
All current Presidents and Vice Presidents
All former Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates nominated by the convention
All former Federal House or Senate Whips, Leaders, or Speakers
All current and former Party Chairpersons

These may also be known as "Superdelegates"

This should result in a convention containing between 2,000 and 4,000 delegates, averaging closer to 2500 when the party is fully out of office (holds neither congressional house, nor the presidency) to 3500 when the party is fully in office

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Twin Premiers

Canada now has 5 sets of twin premiers.

First are the giants. McNeill at 6'4" and Pallister at 6'8"

Next is Ball and Wall, both won by massive unmatched majorities as well.

Next is Wynne and MacLauchlan, both members of the LGBT community.

Next is Notley and Clark, not only Western premiers of resource rich provinces, but both female.

And last is the Francophones, Gallant and Couillard.

You are sleeping

this video
17:30 into this video.

It turns out that those nights, where you "can't get to sleep all night" and yet, somehow, manage to find some energy the next day....

yea, turns out you were sleeping.