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    Trump just told people to cast two votes. In case one somehow doesn't get counted, or something.

    OK. Don't have a link get because I just saw it live. Just heard the President of the United States say, twice, quite clearly, that the American people should go ahead and send in their ballot. Then go to the polls and try to vote. If they don't let you then your vote was counted. If they...
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    Here's an idea: "yelp" for cops.

    What do you think of an app that lets people review their interactions with police officers? Assume the obvious issues are worked out in a good faith effort to allow the system to perform the function it was designed for. We have a problem the system is not solving. I have seen it more than...
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    Just a heads up...

    I think this is the appropriate place. I just wanted to give my fellow forum members a heads up. I work as a union stagehand, doing convention audiovisual. Shows are cancelling all over the country. This is billions of dollars of economic activity evaporating. So I would expect economic...
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    This Is How We Got Where We Are

    Our current divide is not an accident. It is the result of a strategy spearheaded by Newt Gingrich to seize power after the Republican Party lost a bunch of seats after the Nixon impeachment and couldn't seem to get them back. It involved the use of cognitive linguistic techniques cynically...
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    Borderlands 2 anyone?

    I've been playing the hell out of the Borderlands games and was wondering if anybody here plays. Anybody want to get together and kill some ****? (PS3 BTW)
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    Here's an interesting "What would you do" question.

    Let's say one day you stumble upon the most beautiful amazing thing. Doesn't really matter what it is. Just whether it can be shared. It IS a shareable thing. EVERYBODY would love to share it. There's plenty for everybody to have for free. You invested nothing in it. What would you do? Run...
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    homo sapiens 2.0?

    I have a personal theory. It began as a thought experiment among friends, based on an idea I had in regards to the stark divide in this country. Why half the country thinks the other half is crazy. I believe that the human species has split into two "sub species". I believe this split...
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    PS3 noob

    I'll bite in the new area! Got my first PS3 for Hannukah! Don't usually play consoles because they kill my carpal tunnel, but I got the Move stuff and it rocks. There are only so many Move titles, though. So two things: What are the "must play" PS3 games? (I generally play action...
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    What the Hell Happened Circa 1980?

    I would like to know what happened around 1980 that so radically changed the economic trajectories of the various quintiles. SOMETHING (or things) certainly did. Our entire economy changed in a fundamental way. Not just wages and incomes. I know its not a single factor, but the shift is...
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    Faster *****cat is....faster

    I'll put this here, as I think this is a philosophical point. I've noticed here over the past year many instances of what I call "The Fallacy of the Faster *****cat". This was a mistake I made when I was much younger that led to unpleasantness more than once. Simply put, some people are born...
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    Anybody going to Burning Man?

    This will be our second time, and since the first was ruined by a thievin' bastard, we're hoping this year will be better. 'Specially since we made 'em allow e-bikes! (That'll teach 'em to screw up my burn with their silly rules!) Anybody else going this year?
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    Snarky political slang

    Does anybody here know if there is a name being used for that annoying "snide term for everything" behavior we're seeing so much of lately? Things like: "Libtards" "Tax cheat Tim" You know what I'm talking about. Is it some kind of mnemonic trigger thing? A neologism is one thing, coining a...
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    What's your favorite impossible synchronicity?

    Apparently, I recieved my 100th "like" for my 420th post. Pretty sweet score(imho) on Turtledude no less. I love crap like that. Synchronicities. Those over the top coincidences that happen from time to time that are just not realistic. Makes me feel like the universe still loves me!:2wave...
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    Washington's Farewell Speech: Since He Asked...

    I recently read an abridged version of Washington's farewell speech, which dealt with only his views on political parties. I intended to look up the full address ( which was never a speech but was distributed to newspapers), but didn't get around to it until today. And seein' how relevant it is...
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    First Lexicon Entry: the verb "to Gribble"

    Words have become so loaded from their use in the "framing" of "messages" that simply using the words themselves often results in a total cognitive shutdown by the hearer. This actually reinforces their beliefs, regardless of the content of the argument containing the loaded words. Therefore...
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    Air Security

    I have always felt the proper response to the 9/11 hijackings seemed pretty simple. Armor and lock the cabin door so the cockpit can't be taken. Add a layer or two of Kevlar fabric to the flotation seats, turning them into quite effective knife shields that should provide some protection from...
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    Real Heroes

    I think those people working to put the genie back in bottle in Japan should be honored for their bravery. No soldier has ever faced possible death more bravely. And radiation is a terrible way to die. We should know who these people are, so we can let them know we appreciate the risks they are...
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    Well, it was nice while it lasted...

    In the 1930's, the people got the government to steal a middle class from the rich, in the early 21st century, the rich got the government to give it back. Or did it...? Did Bernie Sanders' speech inflame an already annoyed base into actually doing something? Can the PR boys spin everybody...
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    A Unified Theory for the Reunification of America

    .....or at least an interesting tool for examining issues that are just too hot to touch, but REALLY need to be! Hi, My name is Tom. I'm sitting here completely mentally exhausted, cautiously optimistic, and mildly annoyed. Annoyed because something that could actually, realistically make a...
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    I apologize in advance for any confusion...

    Hello everyone, My name is Tom Jumper. I live in San Diego CA with my wife of 10 years, two cats and one dog. My political ideology is of my own design and contains elements of both sides and others I've found here and there that provide more satisfactory answers than the right or left offer. I...
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