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Google+ Unblocked In China; President Obama's Page Flooded With Comments

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  • Widespread interest (Score:5, Informative)

    by sdw (6809) <sdwNO@SPAMlig.net> on Sunday February 26, 2012 @01:44PM (#39165437) Homepage

    Interesting how much of the world is interested in our politics.
    Several years ago, I was walking around Porvoo, Finland, taking pictures. I talked to a few teenagers doing skateboard tricks. In their perfect English, they were very curious how we could have elected Bush II twice. It's all they wanted to talk about.

  • Not surprised. (Score:5, Informative)

    by pushing-robot (1037830) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @01:51PM (#39165507)

    I seem to recall plenty of people milling about when the Berlin wall came down. When you give people access to something formerly restricted, plenty of people will show up just to say they were there.

    The Internet will be an interesting place on the day the "Great Firewall" finally gets shut down for good.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @02:29PM (#39165827)

    On the other hand, few Europeans can place and name all 50 American states as well as their capitals, yet they somehow feel Americans should be able to do this for Europe. They don't realise that the pride they take in keeping track of what happens in Germany when they live in Spain is just like an American reading news about the state next over.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @02:32PM (#39165849)

    Hi, UK here.

    We had a third party, the Liberal Democrats.

    It all kind of went downhill when they did the exact opposite of the thing that they explicitly said that would do. [telegraph.co.uk] They pretty much do everything our highly unpopular Conservative Party tells them to. In doing so, they forfeit the tiny bit of credibility that fell to them mostly by default, after our previous highly unpopular Labour government departed.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @03:21PM (#39166167)

    In Finnish election system, when electing president, we have second round where we have the only two most voted candidates from first round.

    This year top 2 candidates got 37% and 19% of votes on the first round. On the second round they got 63% and 37%.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 26, 2012 @03:27PM (#39166207)

    G+ has ~54mil daily users. Nothing to sneeze at, but still small compared to FB's 400+mil daily users.

  • by drawfour (791912) on Sunday February 26, 2012 @03:34PM (#39166261)
    It's called a run-off election. In most countries that have multiple parties, unless one candidate already got an absolute majority, there is a second election between the top two candidates, so that someone has to win by an absolute majority.

    It could easily be extended to more rounds, where the least popular candidate is eliminated in each voting round until there is an absolute majority for one candidate, but it's usually simpler to just take the top 2 winners and have one more election between them.

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