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Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix 2016

Max Verstappen Wins Spanish Grand Prix

The Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix of 2016 not only brought us a new winner this year, but also a first time winner, and youngest ever winner in F1. Max Verstappen claimed victory in his first outing in the Red Bull senior team, benefiting from the Mercedes duo tangling at turn 4 on the opening lap of the race.

Polesitter, Lewis Hamilton got off the line well initially, but then got wheel spin through 3rd/4th gears allowing team mate Nico Rosberg to clean drive around the outside of the Briton at turn 1. As the German came out of turn 3, his car went into energy harvesting mode due to not being in the correct engine mode at the start, which allowed Hamilton to make a run up the inside. Rosberg realized very late that Hamilton was making a move up the inside and aggressively cut across the Briton forcing him onto the grass causing Hamilton to lose control and hit Rosberg, both drivers ending up in the gravel and out of the race.

With both Mercedes out of the race; that suddenly got my attention as I realized that there would be a new winner. After the safety car had returned to the pits after clearing up the debris from the Mercedes crash, it was Daniel Ricciardo, Verstappen and junior Red Bull driver, Carlos Sainz in the three podium positions. However, Sainz quickly fell backwards as the much faster Ferrari’s moved past the Spaniard.

Now, we get to how Verstappen claimed victory, on lap 29 Red Bull pitted Ricciardo for his third set of tires, to which Ferrari reacted, pitting Vettel while Verstappen and Raikkonen continued on for half dozen more laps, moving both drivers onto a two stop strategy, while Ricciardo and Vettel were committed to a three stop strategy. It was clear in the final third that 2 stops was the fastest route to the chequered flag.

The two leading drivers that stopped twice, finished 1 and 2, while the two drivers that pitted 3 times finished 3 and 4. Ricciardo who dropped behind Vettel in the final round of stops was challenging the German for 3rd before being forced to make a 4th stop due to a puncture. However, Ricciardo had a substantial lead over 5th place driver Valteri Bottas and retained 4th despite the 65th lap puncture.

Toro Rosso driver, Carlos Sainz finished in a very solid sixth place behind the Williams of Bottas while Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Danill Kvyat round out the top 10 finishers. It’s good to see Button and McLaren in the points, even if it’s lowly points, hopefully McLaren can build on this performance in Monaco with both cars finishing in the top 10. Fernando Alonso stopped on track with a power unit failure scuppering any chance of a double points finish for the Woking based team.

Overall, I would say this is the best race of the season so far; with the Mercedes out of the picture, it made the whole race much more exciting not knowing who would win the race. It was a strategic win, if all four leading drivers were on the same two stop strategy, any one of Verstappen, Raikkonen, Ricciardo or Vettel would have claimed the top step, but on this day, it was Verstappen that took a historic win.


Sanders “Twitterforce” trends #DropOutHillary with 400k+ Tweets!

Bernie Sanders For President

After Bernie Sanders “shock win” in the Indiana primary and Donald Trump effectively clinching the presidential nomination for the Republicans after Ted Cruz and John Kasich drop out of the race. The Internet has started a new trend #DropOutHillary on social media and has kept it trending for more than 24 hours, despite Twitter’s attempts to slow down the movement by dropping the hashtag from trends.

Twitter showed it’s true colors yesterday, at one point, the autocomplete for #DropOutHillary disappeared while #DropOutBernie, #DropOutKasich and the much lesser used #DropOutClinton were still populated. Late yesterday evening, #DropOutHillary was trending outside the top 10 despite having 60% more tweets than the #1 trend and today it has disappeared from the top 20 trends despite 11,000 tweets containing the #DropOutHillary hashtag between 8am and 9am, that’s 183.33 tweets a minute, 3 tweets a second.

First of all, I’d like to address the idiots that have labeled the #DropOutHillary movement sexist. We are using the hashtag to expose her proven past transgressions, there is nothing sexist about that. The majority of progressives/Bernie supporters would like a female president, but we don’t want Hillary to be the first female president, it’s about policy and trustworthiness, not whether she has a vagina or not!

We are truly sick of being called sexist because we are opposed to Hillary becoming commander and chief. We are not Bernie Bros, infact half of us progressives are women. We believe there’s a better way forward than more establishment politics. Hillary’s supporters usual sexist argument is getting old!

I would also like to point out that the #DropOutHillary movement was a direct response to Hillary supporters (paid or otherwise) trying to trend #DropOutBernie. The Bernie supporters are mighty on social media; turning it into a massive win for Bernie Sanders and the progressive movement of 2016.

The bottom line is people are pissed off with the way this election has been rigged through closed elections, voter suppression and the blatant mainstream media bias towards Hillary Clinton. For Example, on Tuesday night, while Bernie Sanders was giving his victory speech, CNN decided to show a split screen of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s empty stages, ignoring the Bernie Sanders speech completely.

Not to mention the reporting of super delegates in election totals which misleads their viewers into believing that Hillary has an insurmountable lead. This is not true, super delegates don’t vote until the democratic convention and Clinton is only 302 pledged delegates ahead with over 900 still up for grabs.

Clarification: I understand that Bernie cannot take overall victory by reaching 2383 delegates, but he can stop Hilary from reaching that total and *maybe* even overhaul her lead if he can win the remaining states by a big enough margin. Again, I know it’s unlikely that he can gain enough delegates, but Bernie will go into the democratic convention and see what happens, super delegates may bow to public pressure and change their support from Hillary to Bernie. If the democratic party go with Hillary and she loses to Trump because the #BernieOrBust‘ers follow through with their threat and stay home on election day, then they have no-one else to blame, the signs are there that “we, the people” are not happy.

Moving onto closed elections, some with party affiliation registration as much as six months in advance has taken millions of *possibly* votes away from Bernie Sanders due to the base of his supporters being independents and unable to vote in closed elections. Unfortunately the democratic party is extremely undemocratic, excluding voters based on no party affiliation is about as undemocratic as you can get.

In a true democracy there would be no party affiliation needed, just a general registration to vote, then turn up at the polling place and vote for your choice of presidential candidate whether on team blue, team red or team independent. In the 21st century, it’s time for the two party system to fade into history.

Then the biggest issue for many is that Hillary takes money from corporate interests that she would be in charge of regulating as president. The likes of Goldman Sachs don’t pay her hundreds of thousands of dollars just for a speech, they want something in return. This is not unique to Hillary, Washington is hopelessly corrupt and broken and this is why progressives and Bernie want to get money out of politics.

There are repeated calls for Hillary to release the Goldman Sachs speeches transcripts, which she has steadfastly refused to do, saying “I’ll release them when everyone else does”, which is a non argument now as only Sanders and Trump remain and neither of them have given Wall Street speeches. We don’t need to see the transcripts; her refusal is all we need to know, she wouldn’t hide innocuous speeches.

Next, we have the way Hillary has used the DNC and state democratic parties to fund her campaign, circumventing campaign financing rules, allowing her rich donors to indirectly donate over $214,000 to her campaign using the DNC and states, in what is effectively a money laundering operation. Hillary’s campaign has taken over 99% of the available funds which were earmarked for democratic state elections, which must call into question DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz impartiality.

Oops, I called another woman out on her record and impartiality, I must be sexist!

Now we move onto the biggie, Hillary Clinton is under federal investigation over her private Email server which contained Email’s which have retroactively been marked “classified” by the government from the time she was secretary of state. She also deleted upto 30,000 Emails which she claimed were personal, which the FBI have now recovered from her server, but has not released its findings to my knowledge.

There is a real chance that she might be indicted either before the convention, but more likely after the convention which will throw the whole democratic party into chaos and more than likely gift the presidency to Donald Trump, which frankly scares the shit out of me, everyone to the escape pods.

I could go on and on about all the scandals Hillary Clinton has been linked to; but I will stop and say this; where there is smoke, there is fire, there are far too many scandals to simply dismiss. So Vote Bernie Sanders and keep up the #DropOutHillary Twitterstorm, maybe convince some people to vote for Bernie.

[Update: May, 6 2016, 13:01] I have decided to add some cold hard figures from Real Clear Politics showing the difference between Clinton Vs Trump and Sanders Vs Trump in an average of national polls.

Trump Vs ClintonTrump Vs Clinton, Average Of National Polls, 5/6/2016

Trump Vs SandersTrump Vs Sanders, Average Of National Polls, 5/6/2016


Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix 2016

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg extended his world drivers championship lead over team mate Lewis Hamilton by another seven points taking his seventh consecutive victory at the Russian Grand Prix.

When it comes to Rosberg, there really is nothing to write, he got off the line first, reached turn 2 first and took the chequered flag first, there’s the whole race story for Rosberg. Hamilton had some luck with the first quarter lap carnage to jump from 10th to fifth place by turn 4 and later used his superior car to move past Massa, Raikkonen and Bottas to eventually close to within 8 seconds of team mate Rosberg before having to cool his pace due to a water pressure issue, sending the conspiracy nuts into a frenzy.

The start itself was pretty frenetic with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel making a good start to be challenging for firth place into turn 2; but Daniil Kvyat straight up drove into the back of Vettel, pushing him into Ricciardo causing a chain reaction with multiple contacts to the left of the incident. Kvyat was not done, he drove into the back of Vettel a second time in turn 3, pitching the German into the barrier and out of the race.

The race was far from a classic, other than the first 3 corners on lap one, the race was fairly unremarkable, we expect Hamilton is a class leading car to rise to the front, we see it race after race when a Mercedes start further back than the first few rows. But standout performances were Fernando Alonso in a McLaren taking the chequered flag in sixth place, Kevin Magnussen in the Renault claiming seventh place from 17th on the grid and another points finish for Romain Grosjean and HAAS taking 8th place.

I am really struggling to get into F1 this season because we know that a Mercedes 1-2 is likely 8/10 times, don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of action in the midfield, but knowing that a Mercedes driver will be world champion and the Mercedes team will be constructors champion before a wheel is turned in anger, makes the whole season mute in my view, I want to see 3, 4 or 5 way battles for the titles.

With Ferrari’s reliability issues and bad luck, the slight hope of the Prancing Horse mounting a serious challenge has dwindled to almost nothing, I watch the race on the DVR because I don’t have the incentive to get up at 7am to watch it live and then I only pay half attention as I am working on something on my laptop as I watch the race. I feel that Formula 1 has become a very sad reflection of it’s former self.


Common Sense Rules For Transgender Bathroom Usage…

So I was watching Tech Talk featuring JayzTwoCents and Barnacules on Youtube and Jay and Jerry (Barnacules) were talking about the whole furor over transgender people using the bathroom of the sex they identify with. I was all ready to get mad with Jay’s view on men should go into the men’s bathroom and women in the woman’s bathroom, but I listened to his view and he made some valid points.

First of all, neither Jay nor Jerry is suggesting that we should have laws enforcing rules one way or the other, instead it should come down to individual businesses choosing to take gender consideration away and have unisex bathrooms or choose the traditional separate male and female bathrooms.

The bathroom issue comes down to personal views, same as religion; these views should remain personal and not be politicized by making those personal views city/state law. In some cases, Oxford, Alabama has actually criminalized using a bathroom not of the gender on your birth certificate, meaning a trans-person could be fined upto $500 or even jailed for six months for using the “wrong” bathroom.

We have to remember that businesses do not have to provide a bathroom at all, it’s a courtesy, not a right. Local or federal government regulating public bathrooms that do not belong to them is crazy! How do they plan to enforce these bathroom laws, will they have a “dick checker” at the bathroom door?

It does amuse me that the same people that oppose big government when it comes to gun control are the same people that support these ludicrous bathroom bills. Of all the issues America faces in 2016, these petty bureaucrats are worried about what bathroom a person goes into to relieve themselves.

I understand people fearing that men could enter a woman’s bathroom and attack them, but most of that belief is based on political and media scaremongering, just like the Trump campaign on Muslims and terrorism. The reality is that it could happen anyway, even with these discriminatory laws and there is next to no evidence that transgender people, pre or post-op have committed crimes in a bathroom.

The question is; should we be forcing transgender persons who have fully transitioned into the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate? The photo below is of Michael Hughes, a transgender man from Houston, TX in a woman’s bathroom. This will be the result of these bathroom laws that will make him use the ladies facilities instead of the men’s, which I guess would make women feel uncomfortable?

Transgender Man In Woman's Bathroom

This just highlights the absurdity of these bathroom laws, politicians pass bills according to their personal beliefs without thinking about the real world consequences of their, let’s call it what it is, bigotry.

For trans women, it’s worse, fully transitioned women being forced into the men’s room are likely to be attacked and beaten, despite being a female in every way apart from her birth certificate saying male.

Society is changing and passing laws to try to slow that change will not work. Regardless of the laws, most transgender persons will use the bathroom of the gender they identify with and the majority of people will be oblivious to their transgender status. These laws are designed to be discriminatory against those who are different, just like the civil rights era where non-whites were excluded from everyday activities.

Let’s be brutally honest here, these laws are driven by religion, which itself is a form of control, follow God’s rules or you will be punished. We’re supposed to have separation of church and state; which in 2016 couldn’t be further from the truth, laws and even presidential campaigns are driven by religious beliefs. Businesses can somehow be religious entities and force it’s employee’s to follow it’s doctrine.

I have lost count of how many times presidential candidate Ted Cruz has used God and religion in his policy speeches. Religion has no place in politics full stop, end of story. Any politician using their PERSONAL BELIEFS to create legislation should be immediately removed from their position.

Of course, that won’t happen, GUNS & BIBLES, two words to sum up America at this time. Hopefully in the future that will change as younger progressives gain power and change the position of the USA.


Thumbs Up For Target, Thumbs Down For #BoycottTarget’ers

First of all, I congratulate Target for publicly supporting inclusivity, not exclusion and standing up against the increasingly discriminative laws against the LGBT community under the guise of religious liberty.

I know that it has been an unwritten policy of Target and many other mainstream stores for some time, it’s not like there are people actively monitoring who uses the bathrooms in their stores. I would say that overall, this will benefit Target as a business, progressives are becoming more and more common, especially in the younger generation and those people will shop at Target even if they didn’t before.

The conservative argument against transgender people using a public restroom of the gender they identify with is that it allows for predators, rapists and pedophiles to enter a female bathroom and attack woman and girls, it’s the typical “protect the children” defense. Bottom line is if these predators wanted to commit such a crime in a bathroom, they’d commit the crime regardless of these discriminative laws.

The people that support the #BoycottTarget movement and these “bathroom” laws are the same people that refuse to allow same sex couples the same rights, privileges and protections as they enjoy as man and wife, i.e the “marriage should be between one man and one woman” religious right brigade.

The simple fact is that most of us have been in a public bathroom with a transgender person and never even realized. There is this idea that trans people are instantly identifiable, basically a man wearing a dress; which is far from the truth, most trans people are indistinguishable from non-trans people.

As for the idea of trans people attacking women in bathrooms, there are zero cases of that happening, what’s more likely to happen is a trans-woman being forced to use the male bathroom by some regressive business owner and then brutally beaten by the even more regressive idiots in the bathroom.

The reaction to Target’s inclusivity is truly disgusting, many people suggesting harm to transgender people, and you call trans people mentally ill, you need to take cold hard look at yourself in the mirror.

The more I read from these mostly conservative Christians, the more I despise them and Christianity. I am not saying that all Christians are backward thinking fools, but it seems the majority of them with a social media account are. When I hear expressions that being transsexual (or LGBT in general) is a mental disorder that can be fixed, the more I want to start my own country where religion is banned!

I wonder how many of the 635,000 people (at the time of writing) who signed the American Family Association #BoycottTarget petition actually shop at Target and how many just jumped on the bandwagon? I don’t often shop at Target, but I did today because of their inclusivity policy. Oh, the petition itself is sexist, it talks about men entering woman’s bathrooms; but it doesn’t mention anything about women going into the men’s room. Transgender works both ways, a female can feel/become male.

Final Note: you know the biggest irony, the #BoycottTarget proponents claim that the liberal / Marxist / communist / socialist media is forcing their agenda on them… Yet, they protest to try to get Target to change their policy and bend to their will, how is that any fucking different? Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses because her religious beliefs doesn’t allow it, despite it being a function of her job, that is forcing her will on others, but the religious right all agree with that, fucking hypocrites the lot of you!


Is it possible to say “America is a democracy” with a straight face?

Earlier this week, the New York primary took place and it was a disaster with hundreds of thousands of people unable to vote due to being purged from the electoral roll or missing the registration deadline, six months before the election for voters changing affiliation or six weeks prior for new voters.

New York is a closed primary, which means that people that missed the deadline to register or simply choose to be an independent are unable to vote on their choice of preferred presidential candidate. I fail to understand why being able to vote is so restrictive, it’s almost like the BOE don’t want people to vote.

In my view, all elections should be open (and fair) with the option to register party affiliation on the day of the election, not 6 weeks to 6 months prior to the election like in New York, then we have the over 100,000 people who were removed from the electoral roll for various, frankly dubious reasons.

I am a Bernie Sanders supporter and feel that he was screwed by the disenfranchisement and purging of voters. I’m not saying that Bernie would have beaten Hillary in New York, but I believe it would have been much closer as a large number of purged voters were from Bernie’s home borough of Brooklyn, NY.

It’s not just New York, Maricopa County in Arizona closed 140 polling locations, leaving just 60. That’s one polling place for roughly every 20,000 people, which created a five hour wait time to vote for many voters. Many voters were given provisional ballots because they were mis-registered as independents despite being lifelong democrats. A provisional ballot often means that their vote will not be counted.

And it’s going to happen again, Rhode Island will close 2/3 of their available polling places to save money. The state will open just 144 locations of the 419 that are available. It gets worse, Robert Kando who is supposed to oversee these elections will be on unpaid suspension, this all sounds very dubious indeed.

To the title of this article, it’s hard to take the US presidential primary seriously given the many different types of elections in different states with varying registration deadlines. This is an election to choose a presidential candidate for each party, we need a standardized system, preferably open elections with same day registration, meaning every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot for their preferred candidate.


Cenk On A Plane, A Customer Relations Disaster

Although the title is about Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks American Airlines experience at Los Angeles International Airport. This article is also about the disturbing lack of customer service skills in the US in general, either deliberate or through incompetence. I have experienced dozens of incidents where customer service was severely deficient, which sadly seems to be the norm, not the exception.

First of all, I am not condoning cursing or getting in people’s faces to force a resolution, in my view, that often achieves nothing. The front line staff often get to face the backlash of decisions made by people that never have to deal with the real world consequences of their actions. I have worked in customer service (tech supt) and know what it’s like to have to deal with angry customers, the first thing you do is apologize for the situation. In this case the supervisors at American Airlines, LAX failed spectacularly in defusing the situation, their disdain for angry, frustrated customers further escalated the situation needlessly.

Airlines expect you to be at the airport upto 2 hours before the flight, yet think nothing of delaying flights for four hours with no reason given. Saying a plane is being brought from the hanger to the terminal in 20 minutes, that plane fails to arrive, people get understandably agitated, they have paid $400+ for the flight, you expect it to be on time baring mechanical or safety issues, passenger safety first and all.

There were so many options available to American Airlines, moving passengers to other flights, offering refunds or just being nice and understand that their customers are frustrated. Usually if people are taking internal flights, they need to be somewhere at a certain time for business meetings for example. The whole idea that they can delay you or even not allow you to board without financial repercussions is absolutely crazy. “We f**ked up your trip and we’re keeping your money”, disgraceful customer service.

I do like that Cenk live streamed the whole thing to Facebook and later uploaded to YouTube. I really do like the way social media and connected devices hold these companies accountable in real-time. Gone are the days where businesses can provide terrible customer service without any financial and marketing repercussions. This is why it’s often better to Tweet @company than call customer service, I have done this many times and got my issue revolved within hours instead of being given excuses over the phone.

I truly hope that American Airlines lose business over the live streamed treatment of customers, I would only fly American Airlines as a last resort. Oh, yes, the official reason for Cenk being booted from the flight, he was filming the whole debacle. American Airlines claim that its policy to not allow recording of their locations and staff, so why did no-one make the number of people recording aware of this policy?


Suspended!!!

I have had a few days to calm down so hopefully expressing my views will make more sense than it would have three days ago. On Tuesday I get a call from the assistant principle at our son’s school notifying me that he has gotten himself suspended for violent conduct and that I need to come pick him up. This is not the first incident of violent / anti-social behavior or even his first suspension and it was 100% unprovoked, hence why I took a few days to calm down and try to make sense of the situation.

And, to be honest, even after 3 days of reflection and discussion, I find myself still angry, disappointed and embarrassed as we have not raised him to act like this. This behavior either comes from school or from the Internet, Youtube etc. Clearly we need to do a better job of monitoring his Internet usage, not that he will be getting any non-school related Internet usage for an indefinite period of time.

This is our son’s third suspension, his second out of school suspension in 2 1/2 years, all for violent / anti social reasons. To say that the wife and I are disappointed is an understatement, but we need to find out what is happening in his head; our son is autistic, but it’s too easy to blame that diagnosis, we think it’s more than that. Dare I say some of it is genetic, his biological father, who our son has never known has all the same traits that our son has exhibited in recent years, it’s too much of a coincidence to ignore.

This incident happened during recess when our son was playing basketball with some other boys and because our son couldn’t not get the ball from the other kid, he hit the other kid with a closed fist and then yelled “takedown”. Our son claims it was an accident and it was an open hand, but five other kids who witnessed the incident said it was a fist. Our son claims they all hate him and they are all lying to get him in trouble. I don’t like to admit it, but our son is a proven liar, always redirecting blame on others.

Our son even called my wife and I liars when we were talking to his teachers and assistant principle about a pattern of behavior we have observed in and out of school. We are going to have to seek professional help, maybe a visit to his psychologist. Our son is about to turn 12 and will be in seventh grade after the summer. This sort of behavior is going to him in serious trouble should it continue in the future.

I understand that people may think we are being harsh on him calling him a liar, but he has been caught in bold face lies, lying about things when he was caught red handed. We recently allowed him to play computer games again, resetting his computer ban as his poor grades were reset to zero after the change of semester. He knows he has a set time limit of 2 hours, but he sneaks back into his room and continues playing, then tells me he was about to turn it off when I bust him after more than 11 hours of usage.

Then a few days later, on a school night, I catch him watching TV in his room after I told him to turn it off. He tried to turn off the TV like he was was not watching it as I entered his room. Honestly it seems like he doesn’t understand or doesn’t care that there are consequences to his actions. Unlike computer games, you can’t just reset and start over, as things stand, we are back to a complete computer/TV ban.

All my wife and I want is to get a passing grade in school instead of being in the D and F group each week, for him to do as we ask at home, which isn’t much, we don’t ask him to do chores. But he continues to be defiant at home and school then cries like a baby when we hand down punishments for his actions. No matter how many times he gets busted, his behavior never changes leaving us baffled and frustrated.

UPDATE [Apr, 6 2016, 12:04]: SIGH! my son went and got an in school suspension for fighting at recess, I’m not going to go into detail, but I feel we are heading down a dangerous path. I have asked the school if they could keep my son inside away from the other kids to avoid this sort of issue in future.


The Democratic Primary Process, What The Actual F**k?

Due to Bernie Sanders running for president this election season, I have taken more notice of the political process and I have to say “what the actual f**k?”. The process is very convoluted and undemocratic and we are talking about the primary for the democrats, not the GOP; what a complete and utter joke.

I’m going to start with the biggest issue, super-delegates, elected officials who can vote for whichever candidate they want regardless of how the people of their state voted. The USA is supposed to be a democracy, how can this be when super-delegates can go against the public vote. Sanders has won 44.7% of the pledged delegates while Clinton has 94.5% of the super-delegates, how is this democracy?

If we take away the super delegates, Clinton’s lead over Sanders is just 239 and with the super-delegates her lead is 694, this is the figure that the likes of CNN, FOX and MSNBC like to use, giving the public a misleading impression of the presidential candidate race. Super-delegates have the option to change their allegiance at the Democratic convention later in the cycle, so should not be counted in poll results!

Next we have the different types of elections, we have caucuses, open primary and closed primary. Let’s start with caucuses, voters pick a side, literally standing on sides of the room, then a representative tried to convince undecided votes to go to their candidates side, the person with the most on their side of the room wins. Basically this is the reverse of how we picked who team captains choose their teams in school.

Next we have open primaries where people can vote for whoever they want without party registration, which is how it should be in a democratic system. Finally we have closed primaries where voters have to register as democrat, republican, green or independent before the day of the day of the election.

There is a clear issue with closed/hybrid primaries like Arizona. In the state there was clear voter suppression, lifelong democrats were suddenly registered as independents, which meant they could vote, but that vote would not be counted. Also in Arizona, Maricopa County only had 60 polling locations compared to over 200 in 2012, creating a five hour wait for some, who due to the computer system showing them as independent meant that they had a wasted journey as their vote counted for nothing.

The Arizona primary was a disaster and frankly the whole result should have been thrown out as tens of thousands of voters didn’t get to cast a valid vote due to either deliberate sabotage or a glitch in the voter database. There is even a petition to the White House demanding the federal government investigate.

The whole process is drawn out and clearly susceptible to corruption, Arizona is not the first state to face accusations of voter suppression. I fail to understand why the whole country doesn’t just go to the polls on the same day and cast their vote for their preferred candidate and the person with the majority of votes overall, not including super-delegates wins the nomination for president for their respective party.


Germany Vs England International Friendly

I have not watched a single England match since their disgraceful exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, including Euro 2016 qualifying, but today I happen to be browsing through the Electronic Program Guide on my cable box and found Germany Vs England and decided to watch it live, albeit not with high hopes.

I had a mixture of feelings during the match, in the first 30 minutes, England were attacking although they lacked the finish in front of goal and were fortunate that the assistant referee incorrectly flagged Mario Gomez’ goal offside. Then in the final 15 minutes of the first half, the Germans came back at England and scored through Toni Kroos’ long range effort in the 43rd minute defeating injured goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was immediately stretchered off the pitch and replaced by Fraser Forster.

The second half started as the first half ended with the Germans on top doubling their lead in the 57th minute through Mario Gomez’ header, leaving Forster rooted to the spot. At this point I am fearing the worse, thinking Germany would go on to Embarrass the English. BUT to my surprise, England mounted a fightback in the last 30 minutes, Harry Kane starting the fightback with a low drive in the 61st minute, then substitute Jamie Vardy’s flick leveled the scores and Eric Dier made it 2 – 3 in the 91st minute.

It could have been 2 – 4 but Dele Alli who had been a play-maker all match long and deserved man of the match, missed a sitter from the middle of the penalty box in the 84th minute to his clear frustration.

So what can we take from this game? England need to work on their defence, I feel that the German goals were kinda soft. I can accept the first goal was due to Jack Butland’s injury. But the second goal was definitely poor defense, Gomez was allowed too much space while Forster stood there ball watching.

The plus side is that England kept fighting and against the odds beat the World Cup winners on their own turf. So from a midfield and attacking point of view, things look promising, but not good enough at this time with a leaky defense, England can’t play with a “we’ll score one more goal than you” attitude.