Out of the Blue

For those in the great white north, happy Thanksgiving Canada! It's been a rough year, but hopefully everyone has some blessings to count.

Here in the U.S., today is Columbus Day. Despite controversy over whether this is worthy of the distinction, it is one of just ten federal holidays in this country, and only one of three commemorating individuals (the other two are George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.). This article on CNN outlines the 16 states (and the District of Columbia) where the alternative Indigenous Peoples' Day is celebrated, saying there are now more than 130 cities that do so as well. Two of the states on the list, Alabama (American Indian Heritage Day) and Oklahoma (Native American Day), more or less mark both occasions.

Finally, today's custom logo first appeared here in January 2001. As always, it is the creation of Walter "2" Costinak, while the recent update for our current format was performed by Scott. Featuring The Romero's head on a spike that was the end boss in Doom II: Hell on Earth, this is to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the much-loved first-person shooter, which was first released on October 10, 1994.

Obituary: Margaret Nolan death: ‘Beyond iconic’ Goldfinger Bond girl dies aged 76.
Obituary: Joe Morgan, driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77.

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Oct 13, 2020, 18:37
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Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 20:20:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:28:
Given the shenanigans at urban polling stations (two voting machines for 500,000 voters!)
I don't particularly doubt this, but I am interested in where it happened. I'll make three guesses, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi....

So in Texas, there's one ballot drop box per county. Sounds fair, right? Rural counties might have a few thousands residents, while urban counties like Houston have millions.

Hard to know for the current election, since it hasn't happened yet, but in the past States like Ohio limited urban precints to two polling stations. The wait to vote was 9 or more hours in urban districts. Oddly, rural districts had dozens of polling stations, and there was no wait.

And that was before the SCOTUS overturned the voting rights act. Since then southern states have closed more than 1000 polling places.

The report comes as Republican-led states impose a range of other restrictions, from shorter voting hours to photo-ID requirements. As turnout has surged in recent elections, voters in cities like Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia, have endured hours-long waits to cast their ballots.

Seven counties in Georgia now have only one polling place, the report found.

Blatant voter suppression.
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Oct 12, 2020, 22:27
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Oct 12, 2020, 22:27
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 20:20:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:28:
Given the shenanigans at urban polling stations (two voting machines for 500,000 voters!)
I don't particularly doubt this, but I am interested in where it happened. I'll make three guesses, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi....

georgia, where republican voter suppression is at its most shameless maximum. wouldn't you know it, those two polling stations were in predominantly black areas.
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No NBA?
Oct 12, 2020, 21:08
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No NBA? Oct 12, 2020, 21:08
Oct 12, 2020, 21:08
 Ant
 
Lakers won!
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Oct 12, 2020, 20:21
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Oct 12, 2020, 20:21
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RIP Joe Morgan.

There's probably not one baseball playing kid from the 70's who didn't copy Joe Morgans iconic batting stance at least once.
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Re: Out of the Blue
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Oct 12, 2020, 20:20
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:28:
Given the shenanigans at urban polling stations (two voting machines for 500,000 voters!)
I don't particularly doubt this, but I am interested in where it happened. I'll make three guesses, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi....
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Oct 12, 2020, 18:46
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:28:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:22:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:16:
Get rid of Columbus Day entirely and make Federal Election Day a holiday.
I'd vote for that.

Given the shenanigans at urban polling stations (two voting machines for 500,000 voters!), maybe just scrap "Election Day" altogether and do all voting by mail.
First day of in person voting in Georgia today had thousands of people waiting outside to cast their ballot.
How is voting by mail going to solve that. /S
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Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:22:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:16:
Get rid of Columbus Day entirely and make Federal Election Day a holiday.
I'd vote for that.

Given the shenanigans at urban polling stations (two voting machines for 500,000 voters!), maybe just scrap "Election Day" altogether and do all voting by mail.
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Oct 12, 2020, 18:25
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Oct 12, 2020, 18:25
 
Happy Thanksgiving, eh!
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 18:16:
Get rid of Columbus Day entirely and make Federal Election Day a holiday.
I'd vote for that.
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Get rid of Columbus Day entirely and make Federal Election Day a holiday.

Like the average American is celebrating Columbus Day now, let alone "Native American/Indigenous Peoples/Whatever token 'holiday' we want to throw" Day. Few people actually get the day off so it's a waste anyway.
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Oct 12, 2020, 17:36
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I much prefer the Native American Day but almost made a joke from I love you to death (Klein, Reeves, Ullman, Hurt, Phoenix and Graham) about "America is an Italian country".
It might be rose colored glasses but I remember some funny lines in that movie.

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Oct 12, 2020, 15:40
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jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 15:32:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 12:39:
Horrible airline experience. At least they didn’t have to wear masks in 2016.
Here is the facebookless YouTube version https://youtu.be/5MztT0dkPW4

Thanks! You sullied yourself so we wouldn't have to.
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Copy video name to the tubes and viola.
Now I'm only tracked 1.2% less.
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Oct 12, 2020, 15:37
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Oct 12, 2020, 15:37
 
Using a laser and night vision to find a missing child.

FLIR FTW.

The vid is dated 9/22. How cold is it in Ontario at night at the end of September?
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RedEye9 wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 12:39:
Horrible airline experience. At least they didn’t have to wear masks in 2016.
Here is the facebookless YouTube version https://youtu.be/5MztT0dkPW4

Thanks! You sullied yourself so we wouldn't have to.
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Oct 12, 2020, 13:19
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Oct 12, 2020, 13:19
 
26th birthday/anniversary of DOOM II ....

I can hardly believe it's been so long. Also hard to believe none of the original guys posted anything commemorating the event .?
Although I keep myself away from social media as a general rule, so maybe I missed it ?
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Oct 12, 2020, 13:01
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Oct 12, 2020, 13:01
 
I have found that almost all airlines universally suck. Qantas seems to be the notable exception in my experience (cue: ACKSHUALLY THIS ONE TIME AT BAND CAMP bullshit from someone who just can't help themselves).
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Oct 12, 2020, 12:50
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Primalchrome wrote on Oct 12, 2020, 12:49:
I think American Airlines should hire all the top Starcraft players and let them run the logistical backend in realtime. Passengers could listen in on the shotcaller's translator and have second by second updates.

Imagine the looks on their faces when a Battlecruiser pulls up to the gate.
Uh, okay...
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Oct 12, 2020, 12:49
 
I think American Airlines should hire all the top Starcraft players and let them run the logistical backend in realtime. Passengers could listen in on the shotcaller's translator and have second by second updates.

Imagine the looks on their faces when a Battlecruiser pulls up to the gate.
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Re: Using a laser and night vision to find a missing child.
Oct 12, 2020, 12:49
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Oct 12, 2020, 12:49
 
The audio makes it sound like using a laser that way is not a normal procedure. Wonder if they were smart enough to add it as an option to their procedures.
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Oct 12, 2020, 12:39
 
Horrible airline experience. At least they didn’t have to wear masks in 2016.
Here is the facebookless YouTube version https://youtu.be/5MztT0dkPW4
A mask is an IQ test
"All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." Blaise Pascal
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