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My best friend wants to volunteer driving voters to the polls in N.C., he has other volunteers too.

Is there any particular infrastructure set up for things like this?

Is there any people in particular he should contact other than the obvious ones of the state and local N.C. Democratic parties and the Clinton campaign?
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Sep 17, 2016, 01:56 PM (6 replies)

"Deplorable" comment is obviously intended strategy. It's right in line with alt-right attack theme.

The word choice is too deliberate, that's not the kind of phrase that just falls out of your mouth when talking to reporters. (Whether you happen to like the particular phrase or not.)

It's clearly meant to continue driving a wedge between GOP voters and make it "okay" for the normally GOP voting soccer mom in Bucks County PA or the Wall St Journal reading guy in Grosse Point, MI and Shaker Heights, OH who feel uncomfortable being on the same team as a torch wielding lynch mob to vote HRC, Gary Johnson, stay home or whatever rather than doing what habit and their sense of GOP "duty" normally would compel them to do.

Whether the strategy is good or effective remains to be seen, the potential drawback/backfire is if these same GOPers identify even more with their "team" and take the "deplorable" as aimed at them and turn out even more than they would have.

The other, probably intended, effect is that it will likely provoke the deplorable ones into acting, well, deplorably, in very visible ways that can be covered by media, emphasizing the point.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Sep 10, 2016, 01:04 PM (3 replies)

Time for the "Guess the Movie From The ScreenShot" Game.

Here's how it works. Someone posts a screenshot. In the replies to that screenshot people guess what movie it's from. If no one guesses right, or even worse no one even has a clue and tries to guess, then additional screenshots should be posted in the replies as hints until the movie is guessed.

To make the game fun it's best to pick shots that don't show obvious things like the face of famous movie stars that were in the film, but do convey information about significant things from the film so that people who know the film well can guess.

Picking scenes that have basically no information (like some random street shot) kind of sucks, as does using super obscure movies that no one has seen (my opinion). I think it's good to post additional shots as hints especially if people just aren't getting it.

I usually get screenshots by playing the movie on my computer either with Netflix, Amazon Prime, or the streaming program for my cable TV service. I pause at the shot that I chose, and take a screenshot. Then I trim the extra bits on the edges with Microsoft Paint and upload to an image hosting site (imgur in my case).
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Aug 7, 2016, 09:16 PM (61 replies)

How can one tell what is a "real" BlackLivesMatter website and what is not? Is there such a thing?

Is there a real organization or just a hashtag with sympathetic supporters?

In the aftermath of Bernie Sanders getting shut down at his rally earlier I can't for the life of me figure out whether there is a real organization that has either claimed credit or apologized for the incident, or if there is any way to do so.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 11:28 PM (6 replies)

Aren't there usually a bunch of "flash" insta-polls after any high profile debate? What gives?

Even though it's super early and it's the first primary debate, I'd figure this Trump fiesta would garner more interest than any debate in recent times and news organs would want to cash in on the easy clickbait of polling the immediate fallout.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 05:32 PM (2 replies)

Seen on another forum: "Donald Trump brought a real whistle to the GOP's dog whistle party."

"Now everyone has their hands over their ears and don't know what to do."

I don't think have anything brilliant to add but I think it's a nice description of the situation.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Jul 12, 2015, 07:45 PM (3 replies)

No one see "Unfriended". It's absolutely awful.

There's potentially a great and scary horror movie in the premise of someone haunting people from beyond the grave via their Facebook and social media accounts, sending creepy messages, posting photos and video clips etc. This is not that movie.

This is an incredibly cheaply made and cheap looking shabby "found footage" style movie that takes place entirely as one extended Skype video chat conference call where a bunch of dumb teenagers stay online with each other even as they are getting knocked off.

You have been warned.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Apr 19, 2015, 08:51 PM (2 replies)

What do you think the odds this story would have played out this way if the suspect were black?

Pretty low, I suspect, although this particular police officer seems very courageous and willing to endure some increased personal risk to himself to decrease the chance of him having to kill the other man, in contrast to what we've seen from most of these other recent stories of killings by police.


From NBCnews.com (video is at the link):


The suspect rushes toward him shouting, "Shoot me, shoot me!"

"Back up!" screams Kidder, holding his gun out. The man finally crumples to the ground just feet away from the officer in the video taken in the Cincinnati suburb of Elsmere, Kentucky.

Investigators say Michael Wilcox, 27, killed his fiancee in their Brown County, Ohio, home, then killed his best friend in Elsmere, reported NBC affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati, which first obtained the body-camera video. A Brown County investigator spotted Wilcox Thursday night at about 8 p.m. and attempted to stop him, but Wilcox claimed he had a gun and drove away, officials said.

The suspect in the confrontation with Officer Jesse Kidder surrendered peacefully with no shots fired.

In the Kentucky case, the suspect was believed to be armed and is heard threatening the officer on the video.


"I was trying to open a dialogue with him. 'I don't want to shoot you, get on the ground,' but he wasn't having it. He kept repeating, 'Shoot me.' At one point, he said 'Shoot me or I'll shoot you,'" Kidder told WLWT.


Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Apr 19, 2015, 10:40 AM (4 replies)

E-filing taxes: How can I tell if an e-file site/service is legitimate?

The IRS.gov site doesn't list any sites as being okay or not okay.

It's after hours for the IRS phone line people and googling specific information about this is surprisingly difficult.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 09:38 PM (17 replies)

The problem of police easily resorting to deadly force should be approached systemically.

There are no doubt multiple factors, but some of the key ones are probably:

1. All the police are carrying firearms when the majority of law enforcement activities may not require this
2. Training and doctrine leading too readily to the use of the power of arrest and physical restraining and subduing citizens when less "escalatory" means might well suffice and not incur the risk of a physical confrontation
3. In many instances the police shooter may not have much or any empathy with the citizen, particularly if they view the population being policed as a hostile occupied territory or if racism is at play, i.e. they simply don't care about or value the citizen's life and are therefore more cavalier about snuffing it out
4. The police may, in general, feel that they are almost certain to get away with a "bad shoot" because they and their partners will be the only surviving witness and their account will have the benefit of the doubt over any other civilian witness in the absence of other objective evidence. This makes them less reluctant to use deadly force.

Some of these factors, like racism, are deeply endemic in our society and very difficult to eradicate. However causes like 1, 2 and 4 can be readily addressed either by policy or technology, e.g. only a subset of police units are equipped with firearms and called upon in specific circumstances, change policy to severely narrow the circumstances in which physical restraint and arrest are used (eliminating Eric Garner type confrontations), and equip all police with bodycams recording every interaction with civilians with severe penalties for the equipment being nonoperational or disabled.

It may take a generation or more to successfully address issues like racism or the class and warfare of populations like Ferguson's being treated like an occupied territory (and being fleeced for revenue to boot). But by tackling some of the systemic issues that can be directly and immediately addressed we should hopefully significantly reduce the incidence of this type of killing in a relatively short time.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Thu Apr 9, 2015, 10:15 AM (12 replies)
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