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About Frank Moraes

Frank MoraesFrank Moraes is a freelance writer and editor with broad interests. He is educated as a scientist with a PhD in Atmospheric Physics. He has worked in climate science, remote sensing, and throughout the computer industry. And he has taught physics.

He doesn’t like to talk about his day job because he’s afraid his employer will learn that he’s secretly a Marxist and plotting to take over the means of production. But he will reveal this: he is the editor of a large tech website. His life is everything that he ever wanted, and he now spends a lot of time wondering why he aimed so low.

Moraes’ pet projects are an unproduced video series called “The Post Postmodern Comedy Hour” and a collection of theatrical essays. In his spare time, he memorizes speeches from plays because despite suffering from agoraphobia, he is a great actor alone in his room.

Oh, he’s also really opinionated about books, film, theater, music, pens, politics, and just about everything else. Not that there is much else.

Email: Frank [at] franklycurious.com.

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2 comments

  1. Philip Blumel

    Frank, a quick correction to a 2012 post: Jill Stein DOES support term limits, at least as of 2015. See http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jill_Stein_Government_Reform.htm Like me, she believes that term limits are a necessary but not sufficient prerequisite for change. Since 1970, House incumbents have won about 94 percent of the time. In a seniority system, where newbies are far from the levers of power, change is not really possible under these conditions. Scheduled rotation is vital when incumbents on average raise $1.6 million and challengers raise $258k. Term limits are an institutional leg up for citizens versus corporate interests. Thanks.

    1. Frank Moraes

      Why are you commenting here?!

      Thanks for the correction.

      I recently wrote a comment (or something) talking about how it is all those incumbents win, and it isn’t bad. Representatives solve problems for their constituents and that makes their constituents really loyal. This is why Representatives have it so much easier than Senators (and it isn’t gerrymandering, because that’s given to start with).

      I have two problems with term limits. First, it is based on the idea that anyone can be a politician and that in one of our most important jobs, it is best to have people who are still learning the job. And this just makes them more dependent upon lobbyists and others who can “educate” them on the issues of the day. Second, it is anti-democratic. I have confidence in democracy. We need to educate the people, not stop them from making choices.

      If you comment again, can you move this to the article you are referring to. I see all. And the newest comments are listed on the right of each page. You can link back to this page. Pretty much all html is allowed in comments.

      Thanks!

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