Blog experimentationPosted: February 26, 2013
Experiment Spin-off — Petitioning the White House
My term-limit petition experiment is not going well. In spite of clear public unhappiness with United States Congress, the number of people who has signed my — admittedly experimental — petition, requesting that the White House take a stand on term limits, is two (2, 1+1, duo — as in very very few.)
So perhaps the American population does not care? Or perhaps there are too many silly petitions flying around, including many more or less silly petitions about term-limits on the White House petition page, on MoveOn.org, and on numerous fringe web-sites, some of them containing weird sentiment expressed with terms like — and I am not making this up — tyranny, fiat money, conspiracy, socialism, and communism? Or perhaps the issue is that signing a White House petition requires registration? I don’t know.
Interestingly, none of the other term-limit petitions appear to go as far as I do in my six year limitation, which surprises me a lot, since, considering the amount of damage one individual member of the United States Congress can do in a six year period, it is difficult for me to see how anyone could think that allowing United States Congress persons 12 year of service can be OK. In my book, the best way to stop a squatter from destroying your home is to move them out as quickly as possible.
Anyway, regardless of the reason, the experiment is clearly floundering, but I am still intrigued by term limits, and increasingly I am getting interested in what other common-sense (bi-partisan) petitions are possible, such as a petition demanding that the White house take a position on what I call transcendence — politicians getting elected to an office and not serving their term out, but, rather, jumping — or attempting to jump — to another position (President Barack Obama’s political career is, I think, a text-book example of this, and United States Congressman Paul Davis Ryan is another example.)
So, in view of the limited sign-up, my continued interest, and the long-term nature of these experimental petitions, I have done what any good Internet aficionado does when he or she finds anything remotely interesting and becomes convinced that the rest of the world ought to be interest, too: I have created a new — and likewise experimental — blog (if that is the proper term,) focused on common sense petitions and have moved our term limit petition to this blog. We will see what happens next. You can follow the petitions here, and, hopefully, soon you can follow them on Twitter as well.
On a related note, I should probably note that I know quite well that — however silly it is — only the United States Congress can regulate itself, but my thinking is that at least the President of the United States have a big bull-horn, so something might happen.
So, go here to join the common sense movement and petition the White House on issues that just make plain sense.
Crowdfunding experimentation — The one million dollar challenge
In line with the experimental petition blog, I have created another experimental blog, partly inspired by Craig Rowin’s recent, elaborate “Please Give Me One Million Dollars” hoax, wherein Mr. Rowin, quite unabashedly asked that some millionaire — any millionaire, in fact — give him a million dollars.
Where Mr. Rowin went wrong, I think, was in asking for a millionaire (or billionaire — he was not picky) to give him a million dollars. Although I don’t know this for a fact, I suspect that getting one millionaire or billionaire to give you one million dollars is harder than getting one million people to give you one dollar each — particularly in these days, when $1 can be transferred simply by pushing a button (my experience, in fact, is that the richer people are, the less they will give away, but that is another issue.)
So, here we go…. I have kicked off the $1 by 1,000,000 challenge, asking one million people to give me one dollar. You can — and should, I think! — participate by following this link to the challenge’s blog. On the blog you can also follow the progress of the experiment.
So, tell your friends to pony up a dollar at the $1 by 1,000,000 challenge blog