Hey all, This is not me being the OP. This is just a single, centralized place to discuss what's become a fairly hot-button topic here so we don't get a slew of threads, counter-threads, etc. etc. In short, the positions we've seen outlined are : Voting is important, all the way up and all the way down the ticket, for reasons of power and politics. The Republicans represent an existential threat to the wellbeing of millions of vulnerable Americans in a way the Democrats simply do not, even a Democrat like Joe Biden. Biden still has a very long way down to go until he's half so bad as Trump. Ergo, it's your responsibility to vote for him, even if you find him incredibly objectionable (which some people disagree with in the first place), simply because the other guy is that much worse. Not doing so, in this model, is an expression of privilege, as a typically blue voter sitting out is, in our 2 party, system, effectively the same as a nonvoter switching sides. A vote is a personal expression of conscience and morality based on an evaluation of each candidate individually. Joe Biden is being accused of sexual assault. He voted for the Iraq War, and he voted against bussing, and he voted for the crime bill, and many other things beside. His platform is insufficient to face the coming climate and economic crises of the coming decades. Trump being terrible is irrelevant, because Biden has made himself ineligible by default. Ergo, demanding that people vote for him is a blind expression of partisanship at best and a cruel act of violence at worst, as you force people hurt by Biden and people like Biden to lend their support. This last part can be especially important. There's a great deal of trauma wrapped up in that. Don't vote for Biden, but vote downballot. In this argument, voting is a political position, but it allows more for the understanding of a vote as a personal expression as well. By splitting this difference, it comes to a course of action: namely, Trump is unacceptable, but so is Biden, ergo, just vote for the downballot candidates in an effort to staunch the bleeding should Trump win a second term. There are most likely more positions than this. If you feel like I've misconstrued one of the arguments, by all means, correct me; I'm doing my best to give a fair assessment to each. Discussion guidelines are as follows:
Washington Post did a an article about this report .
Not trying to create a panic but this morning, someone on Twitter claimed that ResetEra had been breached and user data including emails and passwords had been leaked online. I posted this in the and messaged staff, but no one has responded so far. Given how serious this is, I wanted to make sure everyone was aware so users could change their passwords on Era and emails / other accounts as soon as possible. I'm not sure how reliable this person is, but regardless, it would be a good idea for everyone to change their password and enable two factor authentication just in case this turns out to be real.
Alright, folks. Now we're playing for alllll the marbles. This OP will be briefer because frankly nobody read the first one anyway and I can't be assed. Alright, the big one. Super Tuesday is March 3rd this year, and you'd better believe that people are watching it closely. Even more, even states are participating in the first primary day in March, and it's a big reason why the goddamn campaign season has dragged on like it has. This year, we're getting Alabama, Arkansas, American Samoa (caucus), California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine (fuck Susan Collins), Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Vermont. That's a lot of delegates right up at the front. If you live there, remember to make sure you're registered and get out to vote! And now to do it again! The 10th has voting for Democrats Abroad, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Washington (the state, not the district). Just google the name of your primary and make sure you're registered, same as the others. Next up, we've got the US Virgin Islands (caucus) on the 12th, followed by the Guam and Northern Mariana Islands caucus on the 14th. Caucuses... ugh. Still, it's good to participate. On the 17th, we've got another bundle! This time, it's Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. Once more, if you live in any of these states, make sure to check your voter registration! A moment of silence for those members of Era still stuck in Ohio before we proceed. My heart goes out to you, poor souls. From there on, we have Georgia on the 24th, and Puerto Rico on the 29th, and then we're done with March! By this point, most of the large, delegate-rich states will have been parceled out, but we've still got a ways to go until the convention. Plenty of time for folks to eat bans.
Very NSFW but you might wanna watch this.
Given the concern and confusion of discussions in the wake of the current Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak (aka 2019-nCoV or COVID-19), the team has allowed me to reboot the coronavirus thread with a more comprehensive OP for our members to learn about the disease and its current situation, so as so prime conversation and prevent misinformation. It is important to emphasize that information on COVID-19 continues to emerge and evolve as researchers and medical professionals around the world contend with this ongoing outbreak; statements (including the opinions of other posters) should therefore be evaluated in that light. __________ The World Health Organization (WHO), the public health arm of the United Nations, has a handy webpage on the current outbreak, with a plethora of links to guidelines and information. Of particular interest to the general public is their Q&A, which provides an easy overview of the basic characteristics of the disease: As well as their page on recommendations for the public in protecting against infection: Of note is the recommendation that healthy individuals need only wear a mask if they are taking care of someone with a suspected infection; otherwise, wear a mask if you are experience coughing or sneezing symptoms, and make sure to do so in conjunction with frequent hand-washing. It should also be noted that the WHO does not recommend restrictions on international travel at this time (as per their statements on the and ). However, basic precautions should be taken, and advice can be found in the video below: For those interested in keeping abreast of emerging epidemiological information, the WHO also releases daily global situation reports, which can be found here: Basic stats as of the 22nd of February: For a streamlined overview globally, please refer to the WHO's interactive situation dashboard: __________ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the national public health institute of the United States, has also composed a hub dedicated to the coronavirus, which is of particular interest to our American members, but also provides information of use to our members globally. Below you'll find some PDF factsheets with a quick overview of COVID-19: For our members located in the US, the CDC provides an updating page outlining the presence of COVID-19 cases state by state: Concerning international travel, the CDC has issued a , recommending that individuals avoid all nonessential travel to the People's Republic of China. and have both been issued Alert - Level 2 Travel Notices, meaning that travelers should practice enhanced precautions, and that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to those countries. , meaning that the CDC does not recommend avoiding travel to Hong Kong, but that travelers should exercise basic precautions. __________ For some information more generally on disease, the novel coronavirus, and its social ramifications, Era member kindly provided us with the following links: I also highly recommend his thread on resources pertaining to epidemiology: __________
From our : Feel like this one is pretty obvious, but as a reminder is needed here.