They work because the voters are low-information, uninformed and proud of it in spite of the real-world consequences. Let’s go over 3 ballot initiatives.
Every year, the LA tax-payers pay $100,000,000 in interest to commercial banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America because the city hasn’t chartered its own bank.
It could do this, as in literally save $100,000,000 and then give out small business loans and make about $75,000,000 on top of that. This administrative slight of hand comes at Zero cost and creates $175,000,000 a year. …
OCPI is a standard for public charging stations for electric cars. The idea is that someone goes up, operates the charging device much like a gas pump, charges their vehicle, and drives away.
So how do I pay for something, at say, an API level? That’s easy!
First you get an authorization header assigned to you. Now you create a 64-byte UUID that you pass to a credentials URL. …
After my fifth day of wandering the vast unforgiving island in search of the mythical tribe, I am about to forfeit the journey when a mysterious native suddenly emerges from the underbrush. He identifies himself as the tribe chieftain and extends his hand in friendship.
As I am escorted back to the secluded village, I’m promised to be introduced to a prized member of the community.
A crowd forms in front of me and the chieftain after we arrive at the village square. The chieftain calls out to the crowd, “Bolga, please step forth!”
A tall man of about 30 emerges from the crowd. With long flowing hair, he wears makeup, jewelry, lipstick, and a blue dress with clouds on it. As he steps forward, I can’t help but notice this man is also wearing brightly colored high heeled shoes with a floral motif. …