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posted by takyon on Saturday September 19 2020, @12:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the september-surprise dept.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. She was 87.

"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice."

Architect of the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation's highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Monday September 21 2020, @09:20PM (4 children)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Monday September 21 2020, @09:20PM (#1054633)

    The data says otherwise.
    The EC chose this. The people wanted the opposite outcome. Historical gerrymandering ensured that their voice was ignorable.

    No, the data doesn't say otherwise at all. Trump **narrowly** lost the popular vote, and handily won the EC vote, because that's how the system was set up. We've had 233 years now to fix this, and it hasn't been done, so obviously it isn't considered to be enough of a problem to bother fixing via a Constitutional Amendment. Contrast this with alcohol consumption, which apparently *was* considered SO important an issue that alcohol was banned via Constitutional Amendment. If there were enough popular support for fixing the Electoral College system, it would have been fixed by now.

    Anyway, no, the people did *not* want the opposite outcome. Yes, *some* people did, in fact a very small majority of voters, but that's not enough. 46% of American voters chose Trump (compared to 48% who chose Hillary). Neither one of them had a majority, so don't give me that "most Americans wanted..." crap, because 48% is NOT a majority.

    My point stands. The American people chose this, through numerous actions and non-actions. If a large majority of Americans wanted something different, it would be done somehow. We're getting what we have because this is what we either want or tolerate, and it is what we deserve. If we deserved better, we would be fighting for something better, but we're not.

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday September 22 2020, @09:53AM (3 children)

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Tuesday September 22 2020, @09:53AM (#1054890) Homepage
    God, you're full of shit.

    When evaluating whether the people *chose* this, an *active verb*, you count the number of people who chose this, which was thirty-something percent of the eligible voters. Sixty-something percent of the voters *did not chose this*.

    That's alas just how facts work; maybe try being in the right next time if you care about winning arguments.
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    • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Tuesday September 22 2020, @07:31PM (2 children)

      by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday September 22 2020, @07:31PM (#1055102)

      I *am* in the right, and you're full of shit. According to the official stats, 46% of voters chose Trump, not "thirty-something". Where the hell did you get that number? Are you counting people who didn't vote or something? Sorry, but those people don't count. In a democracy, you have to actually vote to be counted. If you don't vote, that's implicit consent.

      • (Score: 1, Troll) by FatPhil on Wednesday September 23 2020, @03:09PM (1 child)

        by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Wednesday September 23 2020, @03:09PM (#1055562) Homepage
        Nope, you're an idiot with terrible reading comprehension. Reread for comprehension this time, and then apologise when (or should I say "if", as you're not showing much activity in your noggin presently, and I shouldn't get my hopes up) you've worked out your idiotic mistake.
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        • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Friday September 25 2020, @07:20AM

          by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Friday September 25 2020, @07:20AM (#1056582) Homepage
          Lack of attempt to reread for understanding detected, signalled oh-so-clearly by the downmod.

          Or maybe you did attempt to reread, but just couldn't extract the meaning for the words. In which case I could award you a point for trying, but then deduct two for the depth of your fail.
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