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Really looking forward to this.


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I suppose the problem is they've actively rejected every attempt at outreach by the Democratic party. I lived in white rural communities, the argument wasn't "Boy, I don't think this school program puts the correct emphasis on practical skills," it was a lot closer to "Those people are just gonna raise my taxes and give it to blacks, steal my guns, and promote abortion." People are saying that their rational arguments were ignored, and it's not true, rational arguments weren't presented.


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I mean, he literally said the words "Latino citizens," I don't see how a person can then claim he's talking about non-citizens without the most deliberate of misinterpretation.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
thejeff wrote:
]Are you actually saying it's impossible to write an asexual character, even if the character is open and explicit about it?

I don't think it can be done well. You're going to almost have to break show don't tell.

I think it's even harder in young adult fiction. If someone says "i don't like girls and i never will" that's a really odd thing to work into a conversation, its something the character doesn't know yet, may be mistaken as characterization that the character is still immature or gay.

The main character in the Deed of Paksennarion series is asexual. It was remarkably easy to portray the character as such.


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I'm always conflicted when somebody whose life's work was to harm others passes away. I will only say that I hope that if there is an afterlife, it's a much friendlier one than the one which he imagined for me.


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While I am not a vet, I have personally seen an e-spill happen with a civilian. There was no congressional investigation, nor were any civil or criminal penalties arranged for. They had to take the infosec computer course again.


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It's important to realize that Clinton was not in the Military. There are laws that apply to them, that do not apply to civilians. Considering the FBI report showing systemic lack of following email protocols, because of the over-classification (seriously, a NYT article) and the fact that it was required to bypass in order to do their jobs effectively, you can guarantee that every State Dept. administration since the advent of email has absolutely done this.


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Redneckdevil wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Redneckdevil wrote:

I'm a bit biased because I remember the clintons in office 20 years ago. Scandals after scandals, govt finally getting tired of Bill sexual harassments and rape made him lose his license, and also Bill signing the bill that allowed company's to go over seas and what tanked our economy. So no vote for Hillary because her hands were in a lot of that and also the things that gone on with this election (Wikileaks, rigging against Sanders, etc).

To me she's a piece of crap just like Bill.
Trump....well don't need to say anything he hasn't said him self. He's a big piece of a crap too.
It's gotten to the point where anything one candidate says or does, the other has done something equally awful. So many people are not voting for someone because they agree with them, but are voting because they don't want the other person in office.

How did we get here with the illusion that are only choices are 2 people who are the bottom of the barrel? What do we do to prevent this same BS next year and the years to come?

I also remember the Clintons in office 20 years ago,. It wasn't anything like what you wrote. Every point you wrote was completely untrue. I mean that literally, everything you wrote was untrue.

Vince Foster scandal

Travelgate scandal
Paula Jones scandal
FBI background scandal
Jorge Cabrera scandal
Monica scandal
1600 Ave scandal
Whitewater scandal
Cattle Money scandal
You know, just to name a few scandals. There's more of u need more.

Bill Clinton signing the Nafta/GATT bill that sent our companies overseas and hence started our economy collapse. U must have remembered our factories and etc being shut down and being sent overseas starting late 90s and early 200 right?

But that's right, none of that EVER happened and isn't true :)

Correct, none of those things actually happened and is not true. Certainly, people made up scandals just as much then as they do now, but they were never true. Also, the whole NAFTA bit is nonsense, as has been pointed out by others. I remember our factories being shut down and sent overseas in the 80's, and it started even earlier. It's also worth mentioning that a lot of them went places we didn't have free trade agreements with.


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Jessex wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:

And the military's record with nukes lately is less than sterling.

The Air Force once dropped two bombs in the South. As it turned out, one of them even somehow armed itself, and only by the slimmiest of margins, it did not detonate when it hit ground.

And lets not get into the recent scandal regarding requalification of nuclear launch officers, shall we?

There are reasons the Army and Air Force do not operate NPP's.

The worst nuclear accident on US soil was caused by US Army personnel. The SL-1 explosion in Idaho.

The USN OTOH has a sterling record of safety with NPP's. Admiral Rickover created a very effective but very difficult training program that resulted in decades of safe operation of NPP's in very difficult conditions without a single accident. But as I pointed out above the program cannot be significantly expanded without diminishing its standards which would diminish safety. So using USN personnel to man numerous new civilian power stations is out of the question.

You ain't kidding, i went through the civilian side of that, and it's about 1 year training minimum. There are days i alternately cursed his name, and praised him.


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Redneckdevil wrote:

I'm a bit biased because I remember the clintons in office 20 years ago. Scandals after scandals, govt finally getting tired of Bill sexual harassments and rape made him lose his license, and also Bill signing the bill that allowed company's to go over seas and what tanked our economy. So no vote for Hillary because her hands were in a lot of that and also the things that gone on with this election (Wikileaks, rigging against Sanders, etc).

To me she's a piece of crap just like Bill.
Trump....well don't need to say anything he hasn't said him self. He's a big piece of a crap too.
It's gotten to the point where anything one candidate says or does, the other has done something equally awful. So many people are not voting for someone because they agree with them, but are voting because they don't want the other person in office.

How did we get here with the illusion that are only choices are 2 people who are the bottom of the barrel? What do we do to prevent this same BS next year and the years to come?

I also remember the Clintons in office 20 years ago,. It wasn't anything like what you wrote. Every point you wrote was completely untrue. I mean that literally, everything you wrote was untrue.


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Hillary Clinton calls for imposing a four-percent “Fair Share Surcharge” on Americans who make more than $5 million per year.

Edit: Among other things

I love that idea, yet i can already hear the howling.


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Dinesh d'souza is an incredibly tainted source. Absolutely nothing written by him should be considered anything other than a lie. He's the boy who cried Scandal 18 millions times a day.


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So I can't say i find it shocking that Trump would do and say such terrible things, I would expect a practiced con-man and all around sleaze to be good enough at being sleazy by age 60 to not get caught quite so blatantly. It makes me wonder if there is more of this, and if the republican party did no vetting whatsoever. Washington Post has been digging stuff up basically all month on him, and there's still about 30 days to go.


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I read some excerpts it was truly shocking. I was shocked to see Hillary is slightly more liberal in private.


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Kaine had more substance, Pence was able to lie with a straight face for 90 solid minutes, so i suspect he'll be called the victor. I question the choice of Kaine attacking him, I'm assuming it's so they can edit a video showing clips of Trump saying despicable things followed by pence saying he didn't say that.


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No,those were actual, recorded attacks on police by extreme right wing zealots. Currently, the most dangerous group to police officers are Sovereign Citizens, who also happen to be extreme right wing.


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That really just solidifies my thoughts that Johnson has as much chance being elected president as I do this year. I at least can name a foreign leader.


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I think her possession or not of marijuana isn't all that relevant to be honest. The results of her encounter with police completely justify her not wanting to deal or cooperate with them in any way. The exact situation she feared (maybe not, she might have feared worse) did come to pass. It seems to me she had the correct reaction to seeing the police regardless of any amount of drugs she may have been carrying, fear, expectation of violence, and the knowledge that no matter what they did to her it would be excused and waived away with her becoming the scapegoat. Frankly, if every African-American attempted to flee from police in every situation, I'd be hard-pressed to say they were wrong.


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But ignoring misbehavior and letting it go won't improve the situation. That's the reason things have the reached the level they have, many people had been trying to talk about the subject for decades. It reached the point that police abuse had become a punchline, but still the majority refused to believe it. Now there's cell phone cameras everywhere and people are suddenly shocked by how much systemic abuse there is.

In short, not talking about problems like his only ever make the problem worse. The negative media attention is a requirement for the problem to be ameliorated.


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I'd like to cancel my Subscription for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game line. I would like to keep my Adventure Path subscription though.


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Fergie wrote:
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... I don't *like* that we have a two party system, but that doesn't make it any less a fact.

I'm too lazy to create a Tyler Durden Alias, but I just have to bring up the quote: "And how's that working out for you?"

Do you like your choice of candidates for president?

Do you think the US government does a good job of dealing with foreign and domestic issues?

Do you think the government is getting better or worse?

After 4 or 8 years of more-of-the-same, are your choices going to improve, or get worse? How much longer before the system fails? (If you consider the current situation success)

The usual answers point to the need for serious changes. BOTH candidates want to bring the country backward, or essentially maintain the status quo. Anyone who tells me I have to vote for one or the other, is essentially saying that maybe if we try the same thing yet again, we will get different results, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In order:

I like one of my choices, but I've been fully expecting to vote for Hillary for President since before I was old enough to vote.

I do think the Us government does a pretty good job, there's room to improve of course, but it's not the worst.

I think the government is, slowly, getting better. We're now at least saying that people should be treated like people. As opposed to our previous, only some people count attitude.

Assuming 8 yrs of the same, my choices are likely to get better. It's literally impossible to determine how long before the system fails, nobody has anything even approaching an educated guess, wild numbers with no backing is all anybody can answer that with.


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So, this was a page or two back, but GreywolfLord brought up an individual who took photos inside a sub. I work in those areas, it is well known (by everyone) that photos cannot legally be taken in those areas, in fact you're not even allowed to HAVE a camera in them. You have to pass multiple signs, and armed sailors who ask you point blank if you have any electronic devices.


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GreyWolfLord wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
I still have people who believe that Clinton is no different than Trump, because they believe that she'll back out of any promises she made to the Sanders crowd, they pretty much see her and Trump as two sides of the same coin.

I'm probably one of those. I think Clinton is perhaps even MORE dishonest then Trump...BUT....

Clinton is most likely smarter than Trump. Trump is ONLY more honest than Clinton because he seems to speak whatever he's thinking at the moment...otherwise, he's probably just as devious and criminal behind the scenes when no one else is looking.

Clinton is better able to talk politics and handle political arenas than Trump. Clinton would probably keep a calm head talking to others in the international arena and be able to at least appear to negotiate. I could imagine Trump royally peeving off our allies, threatening nuclear attacks on those who aren't, and basically acting like a spoiled North Korean dictator.

Clinton hasn't threatened me or those like me simply because our background, nor implicated that we aren't true americans that should be treated like terrorists.

That isn't a new attitude, but normally it's NOT from a main political leader of the US which could do actions to truly hurt or injure me. Personal safety is a good thing to consider in regards to Presidential candidates, so even if I dislike Clinton...the fact that I probably won't be sent off to some internment camp or other such distasteful things...can be a pretty big incentive.

I still dislike what she did in twisting the DNC and media though. I might fear Trump, but that does not mean I trust Clinton after that.

No idea if she'll keep her promises...though I think it would be MUCH better if she truly fixed the healthcare mess we currently have in the US right now. I have to argue with the local hospital over anything they do, and they try to send bills to collections after 90 days, even if insurance pays it because they feel insurance companies don't...

I'd just like to mention, on the healthcare angle, that trying to fix healthcare has been a Hillary position since the mid 90's. It's what got the hate machine started against her. So, it's not just a Bernie position.


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Samy wrote:
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We need better free trade agreements, but free trade agreements are crucial to maintaining a stable and peaceful world.

Free trade stops wars. Then we figure out...

Free trade, however, has also resulted in all the blue collar jobs going away, when manufacturing is offshored to Bangladesh. And that's going to result in cities burning probably within our lifespans. True, countries won't go to war because they have so much to lose anymore. They'll burn from within because the people have nothing anymore.

It's important to note that the US doesn't have any free-trade agreements with Bangladesh (we don't have them with almost any East or South-East Asian countries). So keep in mind, not having one didn't prevent outsourcing any jobs there, so it's kind of a red-herring.


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Hi James, been reading Horror Adventures and really wanting to run a Body Horror campaign now.

Do you have a favorite monster with Body Horror themes?

On an unrelated note, anything you're really looking forward to, not necessarily gaming related?


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The rice cooker presented for VP...
Sorry, what is the meaning behind this insult?
John Oliver reference...he compared Kaine with getting a rice cooker as a christmas present...serviceable but kind of boring and not likely to cause any excitement.
Which is a pretty bad reason to slam a VP candidate. 2 minutes, 45 seconds of "well, he's boring" is a waste of bandwidth.
Agreed. Oliver & his writers sacrificed truth for a lame joke.
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And Pence as the same make and model of rice cooker,only with hate slogans hand written on it.

If Kaine is a boring white "rice cooker", Pence is a septic tank pump. Pence's most redeeming quality is he isn't quite as horrifying as Trump or Cruz.

And I refuse to call Kaine a rice cooker until we've seen a demonstration of how well he makes pancakes.

Progressives were hoping for a VP that indicated that Clinton was moving away from the business as usual model for the party. They were hoping for a Warren, a Booker, or perhaps even a Sanders. The choice of Kaine was a choice made by someone who was ignoring them entirely.

Then you haven't been paying attention, because Kaine has been quietly progressive for decades now.


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Well, to give in to some conspiracy theorizing, Trump seems to be no fan of NATO. Weaker NATO would probably benefit Russia. But I doubt we'll ever get any true confirmation on that.


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That at least we can agree on


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<cough> another fake conspiracy <cough>


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Looks like it's not shipping for me today, oh well, maybe tomorrow.


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Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Yeah, yeah, "numerous possible reasons" of which you have enumerated... wait for it... none.

I'll take that under advisement.

Good lord, you want me to explain human sexuality to you? Well first off the bat, she could get off on being the other woman, she could not care, she could be totally fine with him having other lovers as they are both busy individuals, she could be asexual and prefer him as a friend and romantic partner rather than a sexual one. She could have a low sex-drive and he a high one so they worked out an arrangement to deal with that, she may have just forgiven him because she is truly deeply in love with him. Seriously, human sexuality is complex.

I have no evidence to suggest any of these are true as you have no evidence to suggest your theory is true. however, the complexity of human relationships pretty much guarantees that simple greed for power is unlikely.

I have her apparent extended public and (as reported by friends/associates)...

So you have absolutely no evidence, then? At least own that, instead of trying to rely on the very worst kind of hearsay. You don't like her, for no reason, at least own it.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Given that we have had TWO resignations over the WikkiLeaks material, Something has to be there... and a decent amount of it, even if it's just confirmation of what we had suspected all along.

In the world of politics that means absolutely nothing. People were angry, so they got blood, in what i consider a misguided attempt to appease the Bern-it-downs. Now that they've seen that frothing rage based on absolutely no evidence gets results, i see little reason they won't eventually morph into the exact same base of supporters that Trump has. Anger, without cause or reason.


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Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Yeah, yeah, "numerous possible reasons" of which you have enumerated... wait for it... none.

I'll take that under advisement.

Good lord, you want me to explain human sexuality to you? Well first off the bat, she could get off on being the other woman, she could not care, she could be totally fine with him having other lovers as they are both busy individuals, she could be asexual and prefer him as a friend and romantic partner rather than a sexual one. She could have a low sex-drive and he a high one so they worked out an arrangement to deal with that, she may have just forgiven him because she is truly deeply in love with him. Seriously, human sexuality is complex.

I have no evidence to suggest any of these are true as you have no evidence to suggest your theory is true. however, the complexity of human relationships pretty much guarantees that simple greed for power is unlikely.


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Caineach wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Edit: To make my support more transparent, if I had to just pick two completely unequivocal reasons why I support her she is the only candidate who is both not anti-vaxx and not a climate change denier. Those two things disqualify every other candidate, before we even get into economic policies, civil rights, etc.

Not sure why you think bernie is anti-vaxx. Quick google search shows he has openly criticized the movement as selfish. Not to mention climate change was a big part of his platform about how economic interests screw the little guy.

I was talking about Stein, Trump, and Johnson. I didn't realize we were still talking about Sanders, as he is not a candidate.


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I dunno, some pretty serious cyber-security professionals are indicating that it was, and is now being looked into by the FBI. There might be something to this


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Quark Blast wrote:
Squeakmaan wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.
Yes, am one.

Not me.

Given Bill's repeated public philandering over about a 30 year time span during his time with Hillary, I can surmise one thing.

She will put up with absolutely anything to maximize her access to power (cause she sure isn't staying with him for the money, the kid's sake, or his repentant new self). People who like power that much scare me.

Wow, that's a lot of assuming going on. There are numerous possible reasons that have nothing to do with access to power (which if the case would be completely unnecessary now). Human sexuality and relationships are far too complex to ever ascribe any one single driving factor, frankly your theory is childish in its simplicity.

Edit: To make my support more transparent, if I had to just pick two completely unequivocal reasons why I support her she is the only candidate who is both not anti-vaxx and not a climate change denier. Those two things disqualify every other candidate, before we even get into economic policies, civil rights, etc.


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Eh, you know I've been looking over this email leak stuff, and none of it is damning. None of it is even particularly shady, a few people came up with some bad ideas after Bernie had been bad mouthing them for months, those ideas were rightfully denied, the end. At this point I can only assume the people getting upset are simply looking for some conspiracy to explain why their preferred candidate lost.

It can't be that he ran a disorganized mess of a campaign (he did), it can't be that Clinton is a better politician with much more reasonable positions (she is), and it can't be that the majority of Democrats supported her over Bernie (they did). So it must be an evil conspiracy.

But hey, if people are gonna give up because the outsider with unreasonable promises lost to the long-time dedicated person who's spent a least a decade preparing for this by forming relationships, laying groundwork, and building up an organization (being a good politician) then i don't think the "revolution" was ever anything other than a flash-in-the-pan fad. Now they can go about their business of not having to put in any effort.

For all their many varied faults, the Tea Party at least realized that changing a party takes long term concerted effort. They're still working at it, and it's taken the better part of 6-8 years to fully come to fruition.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.

Yes, am one.


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I would think Shadow hounds would be a pretty quick obvious choice


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Valishmal Jungle
Geb
More Darklands (that weird dinosaur (and Other) infested cavern would be sweet!)

*And yes, I did have parentheses inside parentheses, because I'm awesome.


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I'd choose cold, because I work in Maine, and I would love to be immune to cold. I had to work outside, on an island, several days this winter. As a transplant from the South, when people said this past winter didn't even really count as winter it made me wonder why came here and stayed.


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While I might disagree that voting 3rd party is throwing your vote in the trash (Not that Libertarian and Green Party aren't both trash parties, seriously they're crazy-town) I feel that a vote for a 3rd party is a decent use of a vote, it's not gonna change anything, but i still think it's useful because one day there might be a 3rd party that isn't trash.


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I find that cover all kinds of disturbing. Love it!


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This blog post made my day.


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thejeff wrote:
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When 2/3 of the people don't vote because they're dissatisfied with the two options in front of them, I'd say 3rd parties have a place in our system. So many people say they don't vote for a third party because they can't possibly win - but considering how many Americans are independent, they actually can.

Whether in the long term they will remain, frankly, I don't care. (Okay, I do care, but not nearly as much as I care about this particular election having a third option.) All I care about is right now, I have two choices in front of me that are, to be blunt, horrible, and I absolutely, vehemently, and totally refuse to give a vote to either one of them. I'm absolutely not going to vote for someone I find a villain just because their opponent is a super villain.

You can do as you please. Just understand it's a protest vote with no practical effect.

I think you're fundamentally wrong, not just about Clinton, but about the American public. I'm not sure where you got the 2/3 don't vote from. In 2012 it was around 43% of eligible voters that didn't vote. Far too high, but not two thirds, either. I'd be shocked if turnout was nearly that much lower this time. The primary turnout was lower, but it always is.

That's also not necessarily because "they're dissatisfied with the two options in front of them", either. People have many reasons for not voting. Don't push your motivations on them. Nor assume that they'd find your third party better. Maybe they're just not paying attention (most likely). Maybe they're happy with the status quo and just don't care. Who knows.

More generally, as has been said here before, third parties not having a chance isn't a conspiracy and isn't because people think they can't win, it's a practical consequence of the system the founders set up, ironically partly to avoid the problems of parties.

For example I didn't vote in the Primary for one simple reason, I was perfectly happy to vote for either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Each had ideas I supported and ideas I didn't, but overwhelmingly agreed with both.

I have a slightly different angle on why I think 3rd parties do poorly here, while the structural reasons others have mentioned are certainly the case, it also seems to be the case that 3rd parties tend to be freaking nuts. Any good ideas the Libertarian party has are already supported by one of the major parties, all that's left is the crazy nonsense (the Fair Tax Plan for example, both unfair and terrible). Same is true for the Green party. Simply put, 3rd parties are by necessity more extreme in order to be able to carve out a niche for themselves.


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I hope that some of my fellow Americans will see this a reminder of the importance of voting. If higher percentages of younger, well-educated, less xenophobic demographics had voted, it might not have happened.

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