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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
22. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 26, 2016, 09:17 Pigeon
 
Retired wrote on Nov 26, 2016, 06:25:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 23:59:
Retired wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 20:03:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 14:15:
I seriously doubt a recount will change the results much, but we've been hearing for years about how vulnerable electronic ballots are. There should be a wide scale audit to at least give some evidence one way or other about the actual incidence of tampering with electronic ballots. They've done similar things in regards to claims millions of dead are voting and they tend to find you can count the number of actual cases on your fingers. What it does reveal is the voter registration system needs to be updated so deceased individuals are accurately identified and removed from the voter rolls. And while voter fraud by this method is very rare, what is very common are groups using often highly inaccurate data to purge large swaths of legitimately registered voters from the rolls.

Voter fraud exists. Two unknown people can go on election day and create this scenario over and over:

Person A: I want to vote
Voting Volunteer: Do you have an ID or anything with your address on it?
Person A: No.
Voting Volunteer: Who is going to vouch for you?
Person A: *Points to person B
Voting Volunteer: *Addressing Person B - Do you have an ID or anything with your address on it?
Person B: No.
Voting Volunteer: Who is going to vouch for you?
Person B: *Points to Person A
Voting Volunteer: Ok, looks good, here are your ballots.

Well voter vouching is not allowed in my state, and a quick google check suggests it's not as easy as you suggest. Further more what you have presented is not proof but a fictitious scenario you believe could happen. Why keep suggesting it's happening when you have no proof?

OTHER than the FACT that I watched it happen? On top of that I mentioned it to the MN legislators I know and they are aware of it and are frustrated. (Wasn't even aware you could do this, as common sense says it is not a good idea - until I saw it in action!)

You can't do that, at least not in the way described. Taken from Minnesota's Secretary of State page:

Registered voter who can confirm your address

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. This is known as 'vouching.' A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters. You cannot vouch for others if someone vouched for you.

So if you are vouched for you can not vouch for someone else, and you have to sign a sworn statement. http://vote.minneapolismn.gov has a little more detail:

Voter Voucher - a person may vouch for another voter, signing an oath confirming personal knowledge of the address of the voter who is registering, subject to the following guidelines:

-A voucher must be a pre-registered voter in the same precinct or a voter who registers in the same precinct on Election Day with one of the other authorized proofs of residence.
-A person may vouch for a limit of eight voters. (Please note: effective August 1, 2013, state law changed from allowing a person to vouch for up to 15 voters to the current limit of eight voters.)
-A voter who is vouched for cannot vouch for another voter.

That just basically adds that the person doing the vouching must have one of the accepted forms of ID. So if what you saw transpired as described the election official was either woefully uninformed of the law, or complicit in the act. You can file a complaint with the MN State Secretary; I'm not so optimistic to think much will come of it, but it is at least a course of action you can do, and who knows maybe someone will investigate.
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
19. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 25, 2016, 23:59 Pigeon
 
Retired wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 20:03:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 14:15:
I seriously doubt a recount will change the results much, but we've been hearing for years about how vulnerable electronic ballots are. There should be a wide scale audit to at least give some evidence one way or other about the actual incidence of tampering with electronic ballots. They've done similar things in regards to claims millions of dead are voting and they tend to find you can count the number of actual cases on your fingers. What it does reveal is the voter registration system needs to be updated so deceased individuals are accurately identified and removed from the voter rolls. And while voter fraud by this method is very rare, what is very common are groups using often highly inaccurate data to purge large swaths of legitimately registered voters from the rolls.

Voter fraud exists. Two unknown people can go on election day and create this scenario over and over:

Person A: I want to vote
Voting Volunteer: Do you have an ID or anything with your address on it?
Person A: No.
Voting Volunteer: Who is going to vouch for you?
Person A: *Points to person B
Voting Volunteer: *Addressing Person B - Do you have an ID or anything with your address on it?
Person B: No.
Voting Volunteer: Who is going to vouch for you?
Person B: *Points to Person A
Voting Volunteer: Ok, looks good, here are your ballots.

Well voter vouching is not allowed in my state, and a quick google check suggests it's not as easy as you suggest. Further more what you have presented is not proof but a fictitious scenario you believe could happen. Why keep suggesting it's happening when you have no proof?

jdreyer wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 22:07:
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 21:23:
On a more common sense approach, the GOP is always complaining about voter fraud and the need for voter id laws. Yet somehow, they have a majority in the House, in the Senate, something like 30 of the state legislatures and just won the Presidency. What percentage of the representation do you think would be GOP if it wasn't for all this cheating? 90%? It doesn't even pass the smell test.
Interestingly Dems got more votes for House, more for Senate, and more for POTUS. Yet they control none.

District gerrymandering is the most ridiculous thing ever. While understanding why it continues to exist, it's hard to see why anyone actually thinks it's a good thing. We'd be better off just slapping a population based grid on the states and being done with this ridiculous business.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2016, 16:05 Pigeon
 
Hope everyone else had a grand ole time yesterday. We ended up smoking our turkey this year it turned out amazing. I think I might cry when the leftovers are gone...  
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
8. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 25, 2016, 15:07 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Nov 25, 2016, 14:23:
Doesn't it cost a lot of money to do a recount? Although I am sure there'd be no problem funding it.

Yes it does, Jill Stein has raised ~$4m towards recount efforts. In a bit of irony I can only assume she is full of regrets by helping to usher in what she undoubtedly views as a nightmare.
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Safety Dance
6. Re: Black Friday Safety Dance Nov 25, 2016, 14:15 Pigeon
 
I seriously doubt a recount will change the results much, but we've been hearing for years about how vulnerable electronic ballots are. There should be a wide scale audit to at least give some evidence one way or other about the actual incidence of tampering with electronic ballots. They've done similar things in regards to claims millions of dead are voting and they tend to find you can count the number of actual cases on your fingers. What it does reveal is the voter registration system needs to be updated so deceased individuals are accurately identified and removed from the voter rolls. And while voter fraud by this method is very rare, what is very common are groups using often highly inaccurate data to purge large swaths of legitimately registered voters from the rolls.  
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Metaverse
4. Re: Thanksgiving Metaverse Nov 24, 2016, 15:40 Pigeon
 
Pretty tame, but still a dumb thing to do. I'd call that a successful troll of Huffman.  
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale & Steam Awards
23. Re: Steam Autumn Sale & Steam Awards Nov 24, 2016, 11:04 Pigeon
 
I'm sure everything I want that's on sale now will be on sale at the same price or better come Christmas. As most of you have commented, with out the limited time flash sales all the excitement is gone. The deals are still okay, but I don't feel like I'm missing any thing. On the plus side I don't need to watch their page like a hawk in fear I'll miss an amazing deal.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 23, 2016, 11:25 Pigeon
 
You can start a new diet trend; the Blue's Food diet, all the taste with none of the calories! Just one simple step, never wash your hands, especially after using the restroom... where you'll be spending a lot of, so leave a phone charger in there.

This comment was edited on Nov 23, 2016, 11:42.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Symmetra Changes Detailed
1. Re: Overwatch Symmetra Changes Detailed Nov 22, 2016, 21:31 Pigeon
 
Her left click is garbage in most situations; too many characters can quickly get out of range. The turrets can be very effective at choke points, or limiting the number of paths an enemy has towards an objective. But I feel any savy team will easily overcome them.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2016, 13:15 Pigeon
 
Happy Birthday Blue!! Here's hoping your trip to the DMV is quick and free of B.O.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: EM drive Nov 19, 2016, 23:15 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 19, 2016, 22:28:
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2016, 18:33:
Creston wrote on Nov 19, 2016, 11:40:
I've been following the progress on this thing for a few years now, and it just keeps being amazing.

I sure hope the test in space in a few months will bear out.

Yeah, guess we'll see. If it does that's a complete game changer. Or maybe it just means we were wrong about Newts third law. Wouldn't be the first time that something accepted as gospel in science turned out to be wrong.

Iknowrite? Remember that time they thought the earth was flat and if you went too far you'd just fall off the edge? Morans.

That's the great thing about science; you can be proven wrong and it only makes science better when you are. Even if you learn you didn't know nearly as much about something than you thought you did, you've still advanced your knowledge.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 19, 2016, 11:33 Pigeon
 
Those free skates are neat. I think I'll get some cause I have a sudden urge to break my wrists and crack my head open.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Free Weekend
6. Re: Overwatch Free Weekend Nov 19, 2016, 09:23 Pigeon
 
Numinar wrote on Nov 19, 2016, 08:48:
Seems great, a much cleaner exciting version of TF2, which I also love. And with the same kind of after-launch support Blizzard is famous for it seems like a great buy. Unfortunately I think I've blown my gaming budget for the next year in the last 4 weeks so I'll wait a bit longer despite sale.

D.VA seems like a good beginner hero, won my first and only 2 MP games with her. Not many abilities or weapon modes to worry about, just shoot/shield/fly/self destruct! The interplay of different character abilities is super fun, like an FPS fighting game combined with heroes of the storm. I can see why this was/is such a big deal. Good stuff. Valve better be careful, if they go F2P and start selling hats for this or make a horde/mann vs machine type mode they are in trouble.

Agree with D.VA begin a good starter. Mei is also a good one, aim isn't that important (think pyro) and she has good survivablility. Soldier 76 is pretty straight forward and while he's a hit-box hero he has survivability with his heal. And Mercy is probably the easiest healer, she plays like Medic in TF2, but she's more at the mercy (harharhar) of her teammates' battle awareness than the other healers.

I've played a lot of McCree, I like the character, but I also do it to force myself to learn how to aim again. I do feel like he's lacking when compared to some of the other characters, I understand he got a pretty sizable nerf a few months ago, maybe they wnerfed a bit too much, or maybe he just has a high skill cap.

Anyways, been having a blast with the game for a few weeks now.

Luke wrote on Nov 19, 2016, 09:09:
Manga pos for the kids

I'm not sure, but over the last several days I've gotten the feeling Luke doesn't like Overwatch. Probably just my imagination.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2016, 15:48 Pigeon
 
Steazy wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 15:29:
Necrophob wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 14:26:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 13:07:
Man's body 'dissolved' by Yellowstone hot spring after seeking place to swim.

Hard to believe an entire human body could dissolve in a pool of water in 24 hours. Crazy.

Also, too: Darwin award winner.

When I visited Yellowstone, the amount of stupidity on display from other visitors was amazing. Walking too close to buffalo, touching boiling water (with a sign nearby in multiple languages saying water was scalding hot)...I picked up a book in the gift shop called Death in Yellowstone. Good read. This guy certainly wasn't the first person to hop in a hot spring.

Noticed the same thing when I visited, also picked up the Death in Yellowstone book. Should probably be required reading for all visitors :X

And then people don't understand when I say that Yellowstone is a "beautiful, psychedelic, nightmarish hell-scape." I say that in the most endearing way though! It's a humbling reminder that nature doesn't give a fuck about you or anyone you love. Some of the original native names are more appropriate than Jellystone, such as "land of the burning ground" or "the place of hot water". Maybe a rename would keep people aware of the very real dangers. The number of things that can kill you in that park... definitely worth a visit

Maybe Yellowstone visits should be mandatory for all US citizens. Might help keep that dipshit gene from spreading through our population anymore than it already has.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2016, 13:04 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 11:22:
Creston wrote on Nov 18, 2016, 11:17:
Man, eff spiders.

I don't like them either, but it's a fair point that a lot of folks here are pro pet/animal (some of us wildly so).


I'm generally fine with spiders, but I don't like them in my living space. Regular spiders whose venom isn't a problem for humans can have staph on their fangs. My brother and dad were bitten by regular house spiders on separate occasions, my brother ended up having to be rushed to the ER, and my dad had months long issues relating to it until the antibiotics were finally able to clear it out. So when I see a spider in my apartment I try to relocate it outside, and if that's not possible it gets squished.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2016, 17:43 Pigeon
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 17:13:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 16:51:
That "How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts" was a morose read especially Scott Stevens' story. I pray none of you ever get to that level of addiction with anything, including video games.


...too late... far too late.

Also, mmmm... baklava... *drool* -Home Simpson

There were random mini-baklava treats in the break-room today, wonder if someone actually knew it was baklava day. Either way it worked out well for me mmmmm.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2016, 13:41 Pigeon
 
BobBob wrote on Nov 17, 2016, 10:41:
I respect the intellectualism here more than any other online discussion forum.

Here are some questions:

Is this new administration going to suppress civil liberties? Will its ideology and staff choices be an enabler for hate groups and extremist individuals to discriminate against people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and minorities? Will it normalize acts of bullying? Will it reverse years of climate change policy? Will it cooperate with known oppressive governments? Or are most of these published articles and debates a bunch of hype brought about by major news and media outlets to increase ratings?

Among many of my worries is that massive tax-cuts will have the reverse of the intended effect and send our debt ballooning even faster than it already is. Once government spending gets cut you'll have an unemployment domino effect. Kansas has tried something very similar under Governor Brownback, and now their local economy is in dire straits. The money just stayed with the wealthy, and with nothing to help put money back into the economy they are just going to constrict their businesses further as there is less money to be made. Something has to keep money flowing through the economy, and there in no way in hell the people who have money are going to collectively work against their immediate self interest and start expanding their businesses in good faith that others same.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2016, 13:21 Pigeon
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 16, 2016, 12:49:
nin wrote on Nov 16, 2016, 10:39:
I've never had a problem with the needle, but generally have a slightly sore shoulder for a day or two. But it's not a big deal, in my experience.

I got lucky this year, the nurse was so good I didn't even feel the needle going in or out, no pain after. I've defiantly had them sting before as Blue mentioned. I think it's when they get the angle into the tissue/muscle wrong. I'm thinking more horizontal, is a better angle.

This year I had no soreness at all, and other years the next day it'll feel like an MMA fighter kicked me in the arm. I too wonder how much of this is due to injection technique.

EDIT: Quick google search says the soreness is part of the immune response, but I still suspect there's something to the technique as well.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Sombra Launch
5. Re: Overwatch Sombra Launch Nov 15, 2016, 23:16 Pigeon
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 22:32:
fucking hate the 1 on 1.

Only had a chance to try one game of that tonight. Got my ass handed to me at the outset till match point when I managed to win 4 rounds and tie it up. Got McCree who I've been playing the most and thought I'd have it in the bag only to get completely owned . Oddly I won with the players I had no clue how to use or am normally terrible at, like Hanzo. I can't hit shit with that bow, but I pulled off the perfectly timed head-shot for a perfect round.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Zika Virus mosquito Nov 15, 2016, 14:18 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Nov 15, 2016, 14:11:
Its days are numbered. There is a trial underway where they're going to release a bunch of genetically modified (male) mosquitoes into the wild. The only thing different about these is that they pass on a gene that makes its offspring sterile.

If proven successful, they'll release more of those, and within several generations that particular brand of mosquito will die off or at least be so diminished that its threat will mostly evaporate.

After that, they'll likely do the same for that little fucker in Africa that spreads Malaria.



Sterile GMO Mosquitoes (GMOMs)!? Sure nothing can go wrong with that; certainly won't backfire and sterilize the human population of Florida and the other southern coastal states. Actually... I'm cool with that.
 
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