@MicahZoltu: "TL;DR: I'm against the bashing of @OhGodAGirl on the grounds that she spoke at conferences put on by people who you personally disagree with, and I think that kind of excommunication/censorship is not a good path for Ethereum (or the world) to follow."
I give you a lot of respect for this comment. We should not accept this type of treatment of anyone trying to contribute to Ethereum.
This isn't a governance issue it is a scaling issue.
I bet that if there were enough people to build and track a near unanimous consensus for anything like this, someone would find a way to make something at least close to this, work. Building enough consensus is the only hard part. Everything after that is easy.
The 276 USD fee was mined in China as far as i can see. It raises questions. Why wasn't the big fee mined in South Africa, where i initiated the transaction, reading that nodes in SA saw the transaction first. It was mined quickly. I'd guess in less than 20 seconds. Could it be a faster computer in China? I don't know. It's kind of de'moral'izing.
Miners order transactions by bid price, every miner has access to every transaction in the mempool (each node has its own mempool), the order is just different between nodes. There is nothing nefarious happening, it is how the network is designed.