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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 08:10:24 PM
Andrew- when you register to vote, you kinda do.  It's usually Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, (catch-all) independent... but the crux is that if you register, say, as a Democrat you can't vote in the Republican primaries and vice versa.  I don't know if registering independent stonewalls you out of elections that you could vote in if you were registered to one of the two major parties.  I'm currently a registered Democrat in my state and I'm debating changing that to Independent after this election, but I don't know if that will lock me out of stuff.  

It's a nonsensical and convoluted system that would make any foreigner go "WTF?!?!?!"

Aside: A buddy of mine said that this presidential election's gone beyond "lesser of two evils" and is now a question of self-preservation for minority groups that would potentially be affected by Trump's presidency.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2016, 07:19:27 PM
Arvis- Yes, arranged marriages were the cultural norm back in my parents' day, but I don't think my mom ever expected to get married off and then immediately shoved off to England after.  A land so foreign, so unfamiliar, it could have been another planet... and the only person she knew was this "stranger" she married.  That has to be psychologically difficult for anyone.  I sure as hell couldn't handle that.  My mom's was a unique case since the average arranged marriage in India typically didn't take you that far away from home. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 07:15:35 PM
Andrew- the majority of people in the US are apathetic about politics as well and often just blindly vote for whatever party's candidate they've already sworn fealty to.  The going joke is that the candidate could be a chimpanzee and people would still vote for it if it was aligned to their preferred party. 

Hathen- that's a good point.  Instead of having just one spoiler as in aforementioned examples, we have two spoilers now in Johnson and Stein. 

I linked to this ranty article about third-party viability earlier and there are addendums to it: a link to the Green Party's response to it and the writer's rebuttal to that.  http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/07/19/24362128/dan-savage-on-jill-stein-just-no
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 03:30:27 PM
I know all too well that the reality is picking the lesser of two evils.  I'm also aware that the whole "wasted vote" argument for third-party is strong, as is the "a vote for a third party is the same as a vote for one of the evils."  The 2000 election often comes up because Gore won the popular vote but W. Bush won the Electoral College vote and Nader became "that guy" (a convenient scapegoat who cost the arguably better candidate, Gore, the election.). That being said, Gore's choice for VP, Joe Lieberman, was awful.

And are voting machines at polling booths still all different in different states, or are the finally universal?  Like, in NJ, they're push-button machines, but other states still had punch cards.  Makes no difference to me since I get mail-in ballots for everything, but it could make a difference still in how votes are tallied.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 01:35:13 PM
And the internal conflict is real in that, yes, the sensible choice for me is to vote Clinton but I feel like I'm compromising my principles and caving into the fear-mongering by voting for the choice "they" want me to make rather than the choice "I" want me to make.  It's like, heads I win- tails you lose.  Like I said, I don't want to support Clinton simply because Trump is a a demagogue asshole and I want him to lose.  I want to support Clinton because I like her and want her to win.  Do I think Clinton is a better alternative to Trump?  Oh absolutely, but simply being "best of the worst" doesn't cut it for me.

I just don't like being manipulated, strong-armed, and jerked around and the system is totally doing that.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2016, 01:06:15 PM
Early congrats to Andrew, and I like the attitude of "plan the marriage more than the wedding."  I've seen too many couples expertly plan the wedding but fail to plan the marriage. 

Anyway, here's my "how did my parents do that?" snippet.  My parents' marriage was arranged and I don't even know if my mom even interacted with my dad before the wedding, since he was studying in England.  And then right after the wedding, my mom (who had never left her hometown in India) had to pack her bags and fly off to England to live with her new husband.  How the hell they did that, plus live in Holland, have a kid, then fly off to the US, and make it... I mean, I'd have no problem uprooting to another state to make a life for myself, but uprooting to a foreign country I'm unfamiliar with kinda frightens me. 
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 26, 2016, 12:08:51 PM
The ice bit in Titan AE was killer and the ending made me chuckle. My favorite scene was the
intelligent guard
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 12:05:07 PM
So the leak about Sanders from the DNC hack was apparently given to Wikileak by Russia in order to influence the election and have Trump win so that he can back out of NATO giving more power to Russia?
This election is like some kind of Illuminati movie.

How about this for illuminutty or illuminaughty- I was looking through candidates' websites to revisit their platforms on issues and Clinton's was the only one that outlined something about autism.  Considering I work in special ed, my first thought was, "Damn, are the thought police getting into my head to sway my vote toward Clinton to simply avoid a Trump who mocks brown people and people with disabilities?"  And it was Ted Cruz, of all people, telling people, "Vote your conscience."

  I don't want to be swayed be fear-mongering.  Like in Sportsball, I don't want to support the Tigers because the Lions are assholes.  I want to root for the Tigers because I like the Tigers.  But it is difficult.  I don't want the next coming of Idi Amin (Trump) to be my president, but I don't much like the alternative either.  Still stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea and I want to support the boat or the plane.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 26, 2016, 07:12:36 AM
Wh do you rather have as your doctor? Jill Stein or Ben Carson? 
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 25, 2016, 05:20:01 PM
Regarding Nader and Perot- very true.  Nader's why Single Transferrable Vote would be a great idea.   

I've said it many times that I'm all in favor of third, even fourth or fifth parties.  But this article, though it comes off more as an angry rant, does raise some good points about building viable alternate parties from the grassroots level: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/07/19/24362128/dan-savage-on-jill-stein-just-no

From the article:
If you're interested in building a third party, a viable third party, you donít start with president. You don't start by running someone for fucking president.

Where are the Green Party candidates for city councils? For county councils? For state legislatures? For state assessor? For state insurance commissioner? For governor? For fucking dogcatcher? I would be SO willing to vote for Green Party candidates who are starting at the bottom, grassroots, bottom up, building a third party, a viable third party.

11  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 25, 2016, 05:08:45 PM
About 500 pages into Words of Radiance and keeping Guardians Inc.: The Cypher as my "palate cleanser" book. 

The former is... epic and the latter is a fun read, though there were a few little things that made me suspend my disbelief (like talking about "recess" during a high school day.  I can understand some high schools have a common "lunch 'n learn" free period mid-day, but recess?) 
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 25, 2016, 04:40:23 PM
...and we're back to that democracy discussion we had back on page 85 or 86.  

I learned my American history about the 1912 election where the republican votes were split between party nominee William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt, who formed his own Bull Moose Party, electing democrat Woodrow Wilson into office. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 25, 2016, 09:51:18 AM
Hopefully this time will be the charm, Dagg.  Yeesh, can't catch a break. 

You know, in looking at all the crap that's been dumped on me in my life lately and several others, it's like... our lives are already shattered and we're trying to pick up the pieces and as we're picking up the pieces something else gets destroyed leaving more pieces to pick up and it's like Sisyphus endlessly pushing a rock up a hill.  Like, throw us a bone here, ya know? 
14  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 25, 2016, 09:21:11 AM
Our Pokemon GO feature is up on the front page:

15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 24, 2016, 04:03:46 PM
Christmas in July is a big thing in many places because when you think Christmas you think winter/cold and psychologically it helps people beat the heat of July. 

Anyway, no haps beyond what I already posted.  Although one of the new folks I made during my Saturday ride was telling me that his daughter (who I'm guessing is in her teens or 20s given that he looks like in his mid 40s) is a closet fan of the band Hatebreed.  That totally met my seal of approval, because I'd rather hear that young people are listening to hardcore music themed around standing up for yourself, being strong in the face of adversity, etc. and not the vapid "sex 'n beer" pop music that always clogs up the airwaves in any given era. 
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