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Mark in Minnesota



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No. The pudding is wrong on several counts!

1. Halo 4 is being released on the day of the election. Technically (due to midnight sales) before most polling places open, but some polling places open at midnight and many retailers of the game do not offer midnight sales. In fact, since the midnight polls start on the East Coast and midnight retail sales of Halo 4 happen at local midnight per time zone, the election is technically already underway by the time the vast majority of our population is able to buy the game a few hours from now.
2. The Xbox 360 Live experience (which has started doing daily polls of gamers) has shown that Xbox gamers are surprisingly politically engaged. I'm sure most of those young male voters who are staying home to shoot each other will vote on their way to the retailer, or have cast absentee ballots on the grounds that they would be fighting Forerunner tech on another planet on the day of the election.
3. The election is for President, not King. King isn't even the royalty position in the United States--our monarch has always been styled as Emperor or similar. The imperial succession after Norton I is somewhat disputed but there is certainly not a national election for the position.
4. Romney doesn't want to invade Canada--he wants to ship all our sick people there. Invasion would just compound the repeal-of-socialist-health-care problem. What he actually wants is to undermine America's economic system so that we can functionally be annexed by the Cayman Islands without the nominal head of state changing.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:58 pm
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Plum Puddin'



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PEOPLE! PEOPLE! DO NOT BELIEVE THE MANPUTER!

He’s moonlighting as a Bain Company polling machine/interbot. They throw him some extra RAM every time he engages in a dis-info campaign. Sweet juicy RAM.

This abomination of man and machine would have us believe that these cheeto fingered, anime loving, mountain dew drinking fools will be our saviors.

NO, I SAY!

Will they vote in an xbox poll from the well worn ass grooves of their couch? YES!

Will they stop shooting shit & go outside & actually line up to vote? FUCK THAT, I’M PWNING MOFO'S!

This B-Grade Neo thinks that the election is for El Presidente’. I scoff in his direction.

SCOFF, MARK! SCOFFFFF!

Once the Grand Almighty Tzar has taken his throne, Canada will be but a memory.

HEED THESE WORDS!

You won't be laughing when we're on Kolob.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:33 pm
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Mark in Minnesota



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Please. Like I could be seduced with hardware. If I really were some kind of man-machine hybrid my software would have been running in the public cloud for years now. Bain would have to be defraying my opex costs directly, not paying me in some antiquated barter system.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:41 pm
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:59 pm
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anomaly
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I'm still trying to decide if I want to rush home and glue my eyes to the news feed on tv for the next 7 hours and know all as it happens....
OR
Go to some secluded place w a fishing pole and a bag of chips to play w my dick for 7 hours and find out the next morning.

I'm thinking 2 sounds more peaceful. And I like chips.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:41 pm
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Obama's going to win tomorrow and he's going to get about 300 electoral votes, which technically speaking means it won't even be all that close. The popular vote might be kinda close...but obviously that doesn't matter.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:42 pm
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I'm thinking sour cream chips. That's my fishing flava.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:49 pm
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futuristxen



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FuseONE wrote:
Obama's going to win tomorrow and he's going to get about 300 electoral votes, which technically speaking means it won't even be all that close. The popular vote might be kinda close...but obviously that doesn't matter.


Hope you're right. Or I guess I hope Nate Silver is right. It would be reassuring if this country didn't elect a complete asshat like Romney. That it's even close is remarkable considering how much shit Romney has showered himself in for the last year.

I mean you would have thought in most years just that video of him insulting half the country would have been enough to do it--without even getting into running a campaign that was ostensibly anti-women.

I think if Obama does win it--it pretty much ends the republican party as we now know them, because the demographics by the end of the next four years will be so decidedly against the republican party--they can't possibly continue to run the party catering to angry white christian males.

In four years the situation would be ripe you would think for an extremist minority party on the far right, and then a majority centrist party to slight right of democrats?

It would be interesting.
Post Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:32 am
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Direct democracy and civil disobedience are the only solutions. We saw the infancy of this with the occupy movement. Here in Montreal during the "Maple Spring" we saw hundreds of thousands of people commit civil disobedience together and later public assemblies that blew the old OWS GAs out of the water. We stopped the tuition increase, forced our Premiere out of power and now have an extremely vibrant political atmosphere in the city where activists have the balls and brains like I've never seen before in this city. Now we have our own Direct democracy party and there are people working on a social networking website that will allow us to vote on issues over the internet. Should be ready by January.

My point is, don't let this farce of an election determine the fate of your country. The task might seem impossible to some, but nothing's impossible, especially in the times we're living now. Be the change you want to see in the world and you will be amazed at how fast you will manifest your dreams. "One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws". MLK said it right there. You think he rellied on the outcome of a ONE party election to create a new world?

We all have a responsibility to change things and start a new world together. If you're reading this thread, chances are you're supposed to be apart of this change.

One Love
Post Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:37 am
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Captiv8



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One of the primary issues with civil disobedience is tied directly to the idea of manufacturing consent. Most people become too entrenched in their social positions that risking them for politics seems counter-intuitive. In other words, most people have just enough or too much to make placing it all on the line seem worth it. Debt, I think, is a big part of the puzzle. Finding and keeping a job to pay said debt is another major aspect. Nobody wants to explain why they were arrested (which remains on your record even if you are never convicted of anything) for exercising their right to peaceably assemble at a job interview. This being the case, I think the best course of action isn't disobedience at all. If the rules of the game are not dictated by the and for the people, who can the people expect to win? They can play by the rules so that they can change them. Public opinion needs to be shifted in such a way that people feel like it is in their best interest not to act against the government or political system but parallel to it in a way that is beneficial for everyone. There needs to be enough momentum for any political movement to reach the tipping point. That's really hard to do, especially from the perspective of revolution, rebellion, anarchy, and so forth.

The American people hold the power, but they're fooled into believing that they are powerless, or that the decisions are too difficult for them to make. Wrong. The greatest strength of the American people is their size in comparison to the government. If a significant portion of the United States' population galvanize toward any given issue it becomes impossible to ignore. To this end, I think there needs to be more of a cohesive approach among Americans in regards to impacting the political system. The geographic size of the US makes this difficult to organize, but I think it can be done. But again, it needs to be a unified sort of thing posed as a necessary evolution of American politics in which representative democracy becomes pure democracy in which citizens vote for issues, not politicians that make decisions based on lobbies.
Post Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:09 am
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Charlie Foxtrot



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Anyone else voting for Johnson?
Post Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:06 am
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Charlie Foxtrot wrote:
Anyone else voting for Johnson?


No.
Post Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:17 am
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Captiv8 wrote:


The American people hold the power, but they're fooled into believing that they are powerless, or that the decisions are too difficult for them to make. Wrong. The greatest strength of the American people is their size in comparison to the government. If a significant portion of the United States' population galvanize toward any given issue it becomes impossible to ignore. To this end, I think there needs to be more of a cohesive approach among Americans in regards to impacting the political system. The geographic size of the US makes this difficult to organize, but I think it can be done. But again, it needs to be a unified sort of thing posed as a necessary evolution of American politics in which representative democracy becomes pure democracy in which citizens vote for issues, not politicians that make decisions based on lobbies.


I think our geographic size is our greatest weakness in terms of people being heard. If a large protest takes place in California unless the news networks run with it--it doesn't make a sound. It doesn't affect people in middle America. It's like those protests in Wisconsin--everyone else in the country is so far removed from that situation--that it becomes simply a thing which is happening.

Our political reality is shaped by perception--you'd probably be most effective in the current climate if you were great at internet memes and had a coalition of letter writers to complain to newsnetwork advertisers with.

If you can control the narrative in the media and the narrative in the social media--you can control the country because that's how America works right now.

Rupert Murdoch has basically been running the country for awhile now. The way foxnews has warped the republican party has definitely shaped policy and the type of discussions the country has.
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GrantherBirdly
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Speaking of election shenanigans:

http://www.mediaite.com/online/video-of-irregular-voting-machine-goes-viral-after-being-posted-on-reddit/
Post Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:17 pm
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