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from 2003 (21 Oct): Federal papers (US) 3rd house by sortition?

Posted by kleroterion on Monday, 21 December 2009

From: Carson [mailto:l.carson@econ.usyd.edu.au]
“I believe it was either Madison or Jefferson who proposed a third house of congress…
to be appointed by Lottery to oversee the other two.”      Read the rest of this entry »


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from 2003 15 Sept “Universities to pick students by lottery”

Posted by kleroterion on Sunday, 20 December 2009

Jon Fuller, director of admissions at Queen Mary College, University of London, explaining why he selects students with the help of a lottery.  

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Japanese brewer unveils lottery for ‘Space Beer’

Posted by kleroterion on Thursday, 18 December 2008

Japanese brewer Sapporo in association with Okayama University biologists, have invented Space Beer created with barley plants grown inside the International Space Station.
Although not currently scheduled for sale to the public, 30 lucky couples picked by random lottery are set to sample the beer in January, 2009. Until then we’ll stay tuned to see if the space grown beer microbes yield any gamma ray-like super powers.
from: http://dvice.com/archives/2008/12/cosmic_booze_ja.php

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9/11 families (excluded by lottery) protest Guantanamo trials in letter

Posted by kleroterion on Thursday, 18 December 2008

NEW YORK – Two dozen Sept. 11 family members signed a letter Wednesday opposing the military trials of five men charged with orchestrating the terrorist attacks, and some suggested their opinions cost them a spot attending the proceedings. While the family members who attended this week’s proceedings at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba expressed support for the tribunals, “we also feel obliged to make clear that many of us do not believe these military commissions to be fair, in accordance with American values, or capable of achieving the justice that 9/11 family members and all Americans deserve,” read the letter, released by the American Civil Liberties Union. […]
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednedsay that five family members were chosen through a random selection computer program to attend the proceedings from a pool of 113 people. Their selection was “based on what came through the computer,” not their opinions, he said. Each family member was allowed to bring someone, he said.


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Lottery for Tickets for Obama’s Inauguration

Posted by kleroterion on Thursday, 18 December 2008

Monday, Dec 1, 2008 @10:25am EST

The deadline has come and gone to put your name in to Schumer’s statewide lottery for tickets to President-Elect Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. The random selection process was devised by Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office.
Schumer says they received so many requests for tickets that holding a lottery was the only way to keep the selection process fair. Schumer’s office is giving out 350 tickets to the inauguration on January 20th.

Other Congressmen and women are holding lotteries as well. Congressman-elect Chris Lee is accepting ticket requests by phone or email. Congressman-elect Eric Massa is taking requests at (585) 425-4013.

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Bhuddist Abbot chosen by lottery:

Posted by kleroterion on Wednesday, 18 June 2008

China tries to be nice to Tibetans – allows a lottery

Abbots to be chosen by drawing names from a traditional golden urn

China revives a Buddhist tradition in Tibet

BUDDHIST HISTORY is being embraced by communist China in a move which is likely to enhance its control of Tibet. A remarkable 18th-century method of choosing senior religious figures within Tibetan society has recently been reintroduced on a larger scale by the Chinese authorities as a way of appointing influential religious leaders in Tibet.

Until now, Tibetan monks have chosen most of their religious leaders (abbots, etc) by combing the land for children who are believed to be reincarnations of previous incumbents. Now the Chinese government has said that all reincarnates have to have state approval and that senior ones have to be appointed through a system that was used back in Manchu limes. The system for senior appointments sees names of reincarnated candidates placed in a 2011-year-old golden urn from which the winning “ticket” (an ivory stick with an individual’s details written on it) is drawn. The Chinese government plans to use a golden urn to help choose all Tibet’s most senior religious leaders. However, there are two golden urns. One is kept in Lhasa in Tibet and the other is in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

The tradition of using a golden urn as an ostensibly divinatory device was introduced by the Manchu dynasty Chinese emperor Qianlong in 1793. However, in many cases, the system wasn’t divinatory at all, because the monks often saw to it that the name of the particular child they had selected appeared on all the ivory sticks in the urn. Despite this, the appearance of central Chinese power was enhanced by the fact that it was the imperial government’s representative who presided over the drawing of the “ticket” out of the urn.

By once again becoming involved in the selection of ostensibly reincarnated religious leaders in Tibet, China’s otherwise totally atheist government is massively expanding the scale on which it engages with a religious system of inheritance-through-reincarnation that goes back even further than the original golden urn ceremony. The tradition began in 1283 when a top Tibetan religious leader died leaving a will stating that, despite death, he would continue as their leader through reincarnation. The leader also left detailed instructions as to where exactly his reincarnated self could be found.

Report by David Keys in BBC History Magazine p9 February 2008

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Hello Kleroterians!

Posted by kleroterion on Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Welcome to the Kleroterion Forum. The aim is to keep a rolling discussion going on our strange and wonderful idea—that randomisation is our friend. As a democratic mechanism for sharing scarce goods, deciding who should judge, selecting officials, a lottery can, in the right circumstances, be a rational and just way of settling the issue.

On this Forum we could keep ourselves informed of any new uses for lottery-deciding (and newly discovered old uses too!). Articles from newspapers and academic journals on this topic are popping up regularly. They could be posted onto this forum. Of course many of these articles will be from within our own group.

Once items are posted, they joy of this blog-Forum is that we can add comment. To start with I propose that we keep this posting-power private—only group members can write in. But this should also be our window to the outside world, to sell the idea to a wider audience. We could also hope to pick up more folk interested enough to join us.

I will act as moderator for this Forum on my own, but perhaps I should try to acquire a small team later on.

So how about it? How do we get going, get the blogging (as I believe it is called) underway?

For the moment I leave that to be announced. For now I invite comments on the viability of this Forum, its name, purpose or indeed anything else. (No prizes for guessing I’m a novice in this field, so mea culpa!)


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