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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Asimov – The Relativity of Wrong

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Naturally, the theories we now have might be considered wrong in the simplistic sense of my English Lit correspondent, but in a much truer and subtler sense, they need only be considered incomplete.

Source: Asimov – The Relativity of Wrong

Petition to Audit the 2016 Presidential Election

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The FBI determined some months ago that hacking, originating from Russia, was having an influence on our electoral process. These hackers interfered with our presidential election through attempted and successful penetration of email and voter registration databases, among other systems. This created fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the safety of our electoral processes.

244,258 people have signed already. Please consider signing.

Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here

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Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, campaigned hard on her behalf, and believed she was the right choice on Election Day. But Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel.

Source: Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here – NYTimes.com

Petition to repeal or rewrite the 12th amendment to abolish the electoral college and replace it with a win by the popular vote

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The 12th Amendment is a vestige of history and has run its course.

Source: To repeal or rewrite the 12th amendment to abolish the electoral college and replace it with a win by the popular vote | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

I can’t think of a good reason for anyone to win the popular vote but lose the presidency.

Iowa City Press-Citizen on Public Measure C

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On the heels of its skewed coverage of Public Measure C, the Iowa City Press-Citizen comes out with an editorial board’s endorsement of the unprecedentedly suppressive status quo.

Source: Our View: Iowa City Press-Citizen predictably fails the voters

Related: Educate yourself on Measure C, Measure C deserves your support

Don’t forget to vote!

Ballotpedia

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Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics

Source: Iowa Supreme Court – Ballotpedia

This is a useful reference for the upcoming election. They seem to have info about most sections of the ballot.

“Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton

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Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump.

Source: “Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton

Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign

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Hillary Clinton highlights her plans to combat global warming. Donald J. Trump dismisses the science as a hoax.

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A Gallup poll in March found that 65 percent of Americans believed that climate change was caused by human activity, an increase of 10 points from a year earlier. The poll found that 38 percent of Republicans believed the same thing, an increase of four points from a year earlier. The poll also found that 76 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 accepted that human activity is behind climate change.

Source: Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign – The New York Times

Broadband internet as a public utility – Jason T. Lewis for Supervisor

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Broadband Internet connectivity is expensive and in Johnson county there is little to no competition and just a couple companies hold a virtual monopoly on access. Compared to other areas our size, the options and speeds are no competitive. Broadband Internet access drives economic growth. It’s time for Johnson County to lead. We need to partner with our community stakeholders and find a solution that will give everyone in Johnson County access to free or low-cost broadband Internet access.

Source: Broadband internet as a public utility – Jason T. Lewis for Supervisor

Trump tomato tosser has no regrets

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“I’d like to live in a country where Donald Trump can’t go anywhere without worrying about being pelted by produce,” he said.

Source: Trump tomato tosser has no regrets