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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Colorado regulator on Monday fined Uber with a nearly $9 million penalty, after an investigation revealed that 57 people with criminal and motor vehicle offenses were allowed to drive with the ride-hailing company. The commission said it found 57 drivers had issues that should've disqualified them from driving for Uber, including felony convictions for driving under the influence and reckless driving, while others had revoked, suspended or canceled licenses.

Teachers in Pennsylvania's capital city are asking for support after a series of violent altercations with students has led to multiple resignations. The Harrisburg Education Association says at least 45 teachers have resigned since July and October. Association President Jody Barksdale says more have resigned since then.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. ... Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. His project has cost him a total of $20,000, which includes Rust-Oleum paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craigslist that he converted into a ramp. His first test of the rocket will also be the launch date -- Saturday, when he straps into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California. He will travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph. read more

Monday, November 20, 2017

A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair. read more

Friday, November 17, 2017

An Ohio lawmaker who routinely touted his Christian faith and anti-LGBT views has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office. Wes Goodman, who is a Republican state legislator for Ohio, is married to a woman who is assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally known as March for Life. ... "I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office," [Republican House Speaker Cliff] Rosenberger said in a statement. "I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations.


Here's how to do this. If you can code, you can figure out how to circumvent the certification process, it's a joke.

#139 and #141 - More arguments

#143 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2017-11-28 01:49 PM | FLAG:

You don't understand the reference, here's what it's from:


"When you're voting, you can either decide, I want to express my fidelity to what I really care about, or you can say, I'm just going to contribute to making this a little better than it otherwise would be. If you're having an election between Mussolini and Hitler, and you decide, Mussolini's awful, but I'd much rather have him than Hitler and you vote for Mussolini, you're part of the group that's making the world less unjust than it otherwise would be. It's hard to see why that's really blameworthy.

People who do vote for a third party will say things like, "You're reinforcing the two-party system," and I just don't think that's the case, because [a major party winning] is going to happen anyways. People will claim, "If enough of us defect and go to the other party, we're giving them a viable threat -- if we're on the left-leaning side, they'll have to move a little leftward to keep us... We're preventing them from being moderate, that's our strategy." The problem with that is, empirically when you try to test whether that works, it doesn't look like it really matters much because of the type of voting system we have. People who threaten to leave and go to a third party in effect become irrelevant, because you don't have to get the majority of votes, you just have to get the most votes."

-Jason Brennan, PhD, author of The Ethics of Voting, being interviewed on Vice. It's actually one of the arguments against voting third party.

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