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#4502 Dec 08 2017 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
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TirithRR wrote:
I think I'm going to have show up at the school and talk to them in person...
Rent a white van and show up in shorts and a closed trench coat. That school won't call you anymore. Cops might, but the school will most certainly leave you alone.
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#4503 Dec 08 2017 at 8:43 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
I think I'm going to have show up at the school and talk to them in person...
Rent a white van and show up in shorts and a closed trench coat. That school won't call you anymore. Cops might, but the school will most certainly leave you alone.

Could be interesting, but they'd probably still call cause my name isn't attached to the number.
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#4504 Dec 08 2017 at 12:00 PM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
I think I'm going to have show up at the school and talk to them in person...
Rent a white van and show up in shorts and a closed trench coat. That school won't call you anymore. Cops might, but the school will most certainly leave you alone.


Didn't this exact same thing happen to someone else here a while back or is this some serious de ja vu?
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#4505 Dec 08 2017 at 12:23 PM Rating: Good
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Kuwoobie wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
TirithRR wrote:
I think I'm going to have show up at the school and talk to them in person...
Rent a white van and show up in shorts and a closed trench coat. That school won't call you anymore. Cops might, but the school will most certainly leave you alone.


Didn't this exact same thing happen to someone else here a while back or is this some serious de ja vu?


I'm like... 99% sure, it was me. Because I've been trying to get them to stop adding me to these auto callers for a couple years now. And each year when winter hits I start getting school closing messages again.

Another year of blocked numbers and it's still happening.
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#4506 Dec 09 2017 at 12:16 AM Rating: Decent
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#4507 Dec 11 2017 at 8:31 AM Rating: Good
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#4508 Dec 18 2017 at 1:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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What a ****** place for a train derailment. Good luck finding an alternate route past the military bases there. Lot of people are going to be experiencing the beauty of Roy Washington today. Smiley: oyvey

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Edited, Dec 18th 2017 1:55pm by someproteinguy
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#4509 Dec 21 2017 at 4:47 PM Rating: Good
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Joph, any truth to the UN Peacekeeping forces on the streets of Chicago?
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ETA: For got to include the liberal denial: Snopes Link

Edited, Dec 21st 2017 2:48pm by stupidmonkey
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#4510 Dec 21 2017 at 7:28 PM Rating: Good
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Looks pretty calm out there. Must be deployed on the North side.
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#4511 Dec 28 2017 at 3:26 PM Rating: Good
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Well, this ad on Facebook just took me back in time quite a few years!
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I keep quitting, then keep getting the bug. Currently playing on Merged Universe 1 on the US servers, which is an amalgamation of the old Andromeda server and a bunch of others. It's fairly dead, which is fine since I don't fleet much anymore.
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#4514 Jan 04 2018 at 11:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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Shopping for food that everyone can eat is annoying.

No dairy, no soy, no MSG... there's no a whole lot that's tasty and doesn't have at least one of those things. I had a blood sugar thing last night too, so probably need to go easy on the sweet stuff. That's even less on the menu. On the plus side the BBQ is working now, so maybe we need to use that more. Cooking outside in winter is always fun though.

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#4515 Jan 04 2018 at 12:34 PM Rating: Good
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someproteinguy wrote:
Cooking outside in winter is always fun though.
Nothing like making kebobs in two feet of snow, that's for certain.
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#4516 Jan 08 2018 at 10:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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Cooking outside in winter is always fun though.
Nothing like making kebobs in two feet of snow, that's for certain.
Did chicken in the rain. It turned out very moist and juicy. I'll claim that's due to my elite cooking skills, not the downpour, but really whatever gets the job done. Important thing is that we ate and no one is dead yet.
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#4517 Jan 08 2018 at 3:06 PM Rating: Good
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Give it time.
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#4518 Jan 09 2018 at 8:48 AM Rating: Good
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Ah yes, time. The silent equalizer.

Also buses.
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#4519 Jan 09 2018 at 2:42 PM Rating: Good
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Speaking of natural selection: Floods, fires, earthquakes, what the hell did you Californians do to piss off Captain Planet?
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#4520 Jan 09 2018 at 5:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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Speaking of natural selection: Floods, fires, earthquakes, what the hell did you Californians do to piss off Captain Planet?
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A strong low pressure system will continue to bring the threat for heavy rainfall and flooding of burn scars in the Los Angeles and San Diego area.
I think we know who to blame, at least.

















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#4521 Jan 09 2018 at 9:14 PM Rating: Good
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Not my fault! Honest!

Honestly, it hasn't been that nasty of a storm IMO. Fair amount of rain in an area that isn't design to handle runoff always causes problems, but the wind wasn't nearly as bad as some were making it out to be. Basically, the same areas that flood every time it rains flooded.

Oh. And the usual caveats about idiot drivers who don't realize how slick roads get during the first day of rain when it hasn't rained for like 6 months applies. It's funny to watch someone, usually with out of state plates, maybe driving a lifted pickup, honking furiously at all those idiot slow California drivers who don't know how to drive in the rain, swerving around them, rushing off in a huff, and then spinning out of control at the next intersection. It's more or less instant karma. Usually doesn't cause more than a minor fender bender though, so there is that.

Edited, Jan 9th 2018 7:17pm by gbaji
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#4522 Jan 10 2018 at 11:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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Someone needs to tell them they can speed up after the first rain though. If it's been raining for 4 months straight there's no need to go 5 under the limit on a flat well-paved road. Smiley: oyvey

Also gerrymandering is bad, mm-kay?
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#4523 Jan 10 2018 at 7:43 PM Rating: Good
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Gerrymandering is only bad at the state level and only if you are obvious about it. Otherwise what's the harm in wasting people's votes or counting them differently? It's not like they can do the math on it anyway.
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Despite claims in the article to the contrary, the term Gerrymandering is very specific to drawing absurd shaped districts to give your party an advantage, not merely having districts that give an advantage in general. The latter is pretty normal. Every time there's an opportunity to redraw districts (due to population changes requiring it because the number of districts change), the party in control of the process, which is usually the party in power in the state legislature, will *always* draw them in ways to benefit them. To say, in just this one case, "OMG! That's so unfair", is pretty ridiculous.

It's always going to happen. It's pretty much unavoidable. Everyone does it.

Gerrymandering is when you do so to a ridiculous degree. Which is not the case in NC this time around. I think the case in question raises some legitimate issues, but also has some potential dangers. Who gets to decide what is "fair"? What criteria do we use? Is it "normal" for every single district in a state to have an equal ratio of people based on political orientation? That seems pretty unnatural to me. And to do this in a "fair" way would often actually require the very sort of bizarre Gerrymandered shapes, because of the simple fact that people don't distribute themselves geographically in anything remotely resembling an even distribution based on political alignment. One need only look at a state map showing precincts by party vote to see this. Democrats tend to clump together in tight high population areas, while Republicans are spread out everywhere else. You'd have to actively decide to slice out portions of the high population cities and loop them with much larger geographical regions in order to achieve a balance.

I'm not sure that's even desired here. IMO, while not perfect, the idea of allowing the party which has political power to do such things is fine. We do this in everything else, right? The party in power gets to do things like write the laws they want, right? No one goes running to the Courts every time a political party passes a law they don't like, insisting that it's somehow wrong for them to pursue their agenda just because they won a majority in the election. Um... Yeah. That's exactly how our political process works. If the law itself is unconstitutional, that's one thing, but merely results in something you don't agree with politically? That's the nature of living in a county where people get to vote for things. A significant percentage of the population is always going to not get what they want.

If there's a better and more "fair" way of doing this, then propose it. Just complaining because you don't like the outcome isn't productive. And in this particular subject, it's interesting that the political left is just recently so up in arms about this, but that's because over the last couple decades, the GOP has made huge gains in state legislatures, giving them more power to do this. Go back 50--60 years, and it was the Dems who Gerrymandered, and didn't seem to mind at all that it was "unfair". I actually think that the problem the Dems are facing is that sometime around the 1960s, their party began to be more increasingly urban focused. So much of what today is labeled as district unfairness (ratio of congressional seats in a state compared to total votes for each party in that same state), can be explained by this fact. The GOP doesn't have to create bizarre shapes on a map to have a political advantage in the districts. They just have to prevent the Dems from doing so in the other direction.
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#4525 Jan 11 2018 at 8:23 AM Rating: Good
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gbaji wrote:
Who gets to decide what is "fair"?
Federal judges.
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#4526 Jan 11 2018 at 10:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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gbaji wrote:
If there's a better and more "fair" way of doing this, then propose it.
Proportional Representation.

In lieu of that something that approximates it. If we're stuck with districts the distribution of representatives should be roughly proportional. So if your state has 10 districts and about 60% of the people voting for representatives in the last election voted Republican, you should end up with about 6 Republican representatives and 4 Democrats.

Or there's that metric that's in front of the Supreme Court. (Remembering back to the discussion elsewhere here) It looks at the distribution of wasted votes and tries to keep them under a certain threshold to ensure more parity and competitive districts (which makes the moderate part of me happy).

Beyond that we probably don't want me proposing my own ideas though. There's a lot of political science people who know a lot more about this and have spent their life studying it, and have proposals of their own. They often have pretty graphics and convincing plots as well, which I'm sadly lacking today. Smiley: frown

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Who gets to decide what is "fair"?
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Funny the way these checks and balances work.
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