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EtcetEraThread DNC platform committee once again overwhelmingly embraces Israel in recent vote despite ethnic cleansing
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GamingThread Ghost Of Tsushima Is Being Praised By Japanese Critics
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EtcetEraThread Shamima Begum wins right to return to UK
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GamingThread Fanbyte: Portrayals of Latinx Characters in 2020 Video Games Already Have Me Tired [See Staff Post]
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GamingThread Actress Laura Bailey getting heinous harassment and death threats over The Last of Us 2 character
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GamingThread Engadget - 'GTA V' brings transphobia to the next console generation
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EtcetEraThread I Have to be Honest. Seeing How Well Biden is Doing Against Trump Kinda Makes Me Happy He Got the Nom
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GamingThread Little Devil Inside has some troubling African caricatures [up: developer response, see threadmarks]
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EtcetEraThread Minneapolis protests over murder of George Floyd. Police response more severe than when white supremacists stormed capitol. (See Threadmarks to help)
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GamingThread Twitch establishes a 'Safety Advisory Council' to help it sort out its rules
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EtcetEraThread There's a racist website dedicated to tracking White women who date/fuck Black men
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EtcetEraThread Warren calls Biden's denial of sexual assault claim 'credible' and 'convincing,' says she proudly supports him
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |April OT| Lemon, it's April (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
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All ballots due by the 10th, with results expected by April 11th. Results expected by... seriously, May 22nd? What is this, California? It's... not really a caucus anymore, huh? Well, c'est la vie. You need to have made a ballot request by the 31st of March, so I hope everyone in WY did. For everyone else, results are expected by the 17th. This is a Big Deal Election, with the fate of the State Supreme Court in the balance, but it's worth repeating: practice social distancing. If you can vote by mail, do so. Already got pushed back once, and it'll probably get moved again, assuming it hasn't already and I just missed it. Soooooo in a move that was technically illegal, but still probably a good idea, DeWine basically pressued the courts into letting him cancel in-person voting and move the date. We should have results... at some point. That said, there's reports of ballots not getting mailed out to all registered voters, so check your registration and see if you can get your hands on one. And... that's it. Unsurprisingly, quite a bit got canceled this month, on account of quarantine (WASH YOUR HANDS).
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EtcetEraThread On Voting or Not Voting for Biden in Light of the Sexual Assault Allegations |OT| Discussion Guidelines in OP
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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:
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
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EtcetEraThread The mislabeling of left wing sources as "alt-right" is a problem (The problem with joe biden documentary)
Red Text Well, this was our bad. While we try to be thorough, our research was not sufficient enough in this instance. The thread will remain locked, as discussion of it really belongs in the Primary OT, but still - it shouldn't have been labeled as alt-right. That's our mistake, and we'll make sure it doesn't happen again in the future.
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EtcetEraThread Casting Director Says Adèle Haenel Has A “Well-Deserved Dead Career” After Awards Protest Of Roman Polanski [See Staff Post]
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EtcetEraThread Daughter of Steven Spielberg, 23-year-old Mikaela booked on domestic violence, a week after coming out as adult entertainer
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Red Text Discussion guidelines are largely the same as the last thread, though we're clarifying a few things.
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.
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| It Can't be Worse than Iowa, Right? (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
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EtcetEraThread I'm tried of rude customers (customer service stories) [See Staff Post]
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
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Not to me, honestly. If it's true, it'd make perfect sense. A huge point in Bernie's favor that weirdly people don't actually use much is that he's fantastic on veteran's issues. I feel like maybe it's because "great for vets" is all too often a dogwhistle for pro-military in the general discourse, but honestly, it's a strong argument for his electability and people who like Bernie should be proud of it.
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EtcetEraThread #JusticeForJohnnyDepp trending following Amber Heard admitting to hitting and throwing pots, pans, and vases at Depp in leaked audio [See Staff Post]
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EtcetEraThread Politico: 6 DNC members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention(DNC leadership refused)
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EtcetEraThread The Flu is Much Deadlier Than The Chinese Coronavirus
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EtcetEraThread Democratic Presidential Primary |February OT| Witty Thread Subtitle Goes Here (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
Red Text Okay, now for the rules. It’s been observed that political threads on Era are, bluntly speaking, a series of trashfires, except when they get
Greetings, users and lurkers of Era, to our first official 2020 Democratic Primaries & Caucuses OT! As you may know, the long national nightmare known as the 2020 Democratic Primary is coming to a head next month as ballots are cast in primaries and sweaty partisans take to caucuses to scream at each other in person instead of online. In this thread, we’ll have a short summary on each contest in February, some advice for people looking to participate, and some guidelines for discussion. The first in the nation since the parties lengthened the process in 1972 (thanks, assholes), the Iowa Caucuses are held on February 3rd. Though long held as a key state, the Iowa caucuses have only predicted the nominee 43% of the time. So if your fave doesn’t make it, don’t abandon hope: they’ve still got better-than-coinflip odds. Unlike a primary, a caucus is a group process. Participants show up to a precinct in person and sort themselves into groups for each candidate on the ballot. The doors are closed to further participants, and a count is taken. If a candidate’s supporters make up less than 15% of all people present, that group is disbanded, and their supporters are either asked to join another group or leave in what’s called the realignment - this is the part that generally involves a fair bit of shouting (but it’s shouting, I’m told), as the remaining groups attempt to win over the newly-unaligned caucusgoers to their side. This process can repeat multiple times until all <15% candidates are eliminated and a final count is taken, with precinct delegates being allocated proportionally. The Iowa caucuses have been the subject of quite a bit of debate lately. There are those that say that having the first state be extremely white and rural biases the process, and that caucuses themselves are undemocratic due to the way the high time requirements and sometimes trying atmosphere make it difficult for underprivileged people to participate. Proponents say that Iowa has developed a unique culture of retail politics that makes it an excellent trial-by-fire first state. That’s unlikely to be settled on an internet forum, but by all means, have at it. Check to check in early and find your precinct. If you’re registered to vote in Iowa but not currently living there, there’s a number of satellite precincts as well! If you want to participate but you’re not sure what the requirements are, they’re fairly straightforward: you must be a resident of the precinct you’re attempting to caucus at, you must be a registered member of the Democratic party, and you must be an eligible registered voter. If neither of the latter two apply to you, no worries - show up early, and you can register both as a voter and as a Democrat right on site. Eligibility for the former can be determined by checking . Remember, this is a multi-hour process, and the doors shut at 7PM sharp, so make sure you have the time to get there early and stay. Next - New Hampshire! Like Iowa, but instead of caucuses, they have primaries, and instead of corn syrup, they’ve got . Mmm. Taking place on February 11 this year, the New Hampshire primaries first rose in importance in 1952, and successfully predicted the president (if not the party nominee) every year from then until 1988. Similar to Iowa, NH has a very “retail politics” vibe, but unlike Iowa, the candidates don’t get to hang out there for months on end, following the first contest as it does by only a week (okay, 8 days). This results in an absolutely hectic period of on-the-ground campaigning as candidates furiously shove pancakes into their mouths and sing muffled praise for the various 10,000 districts of the NH State Legislature in an effort to shore up support with key figures they previously hadn’t had the time to extensively court. NH frankly hasn’t been subject to the same level of scrutiny as Iowa, but it probably should be. Like Iowa, it’s very rural, and very white - not at all representative of the country as a whole. But like Iowa, there’s a certain amount of pride (and perhaps exasperation) in the way that every 4 years candidates for president show up in their living rooms, dining rooms, and back decks peering in the window and checking to see if they’re not home. Primaries are much simpler than Caucuses: show up, be registered, vote. New Hampshire has semi-open primaries, so undeclared voters can vote in either primary, but voters with declared party affiliation can only vote in their own. If you’re a registered republican but want in on the primary, it may be too late. Want to know where to vote? Check . Not sure if you’re registered? No worries - according to the Secretary of State’s office, you can register to vote on election day at your polling place. The requirements are outlined As an aside, NH Dem party: get your shit together - I had to go trawling the SoS office's site directly to find that. Smh. VIVA CLARK COUNTY! The Nevada caucuses take place on February 22, and represent basically the first opportunity for nonwhite people to weigh in. Nevada doesn’t have the same kind of weight that Iowa and NH does, sadly (some would say… curiously). At one point, Nevada had regular primaries, but switched over to caucuses in 2008 in an effort to boost electoral relevance - caucuses require far more on-the-ground organizing time and effort thean primaries. They also moved up to be before Super Tuesday, which has to help. This year, the party is attempting something of a hybrid system. There’s an early voting period from February 15-February 18, with the caucuses themselves taking place the following Saturday the 22nd. The votes from the early voting will be sent to the related caucus precinct and totaled with the in-person votes. Unlike Iowa, nonviable candidates’ supporters are not released and allowed to join their second choice - less than 15% and they’re just out. The doors open at 10AM PT and caucuses are called to order at noon, so make sure to get there on time if you’re going in person. Nevada’s actual delegate allocation system is a mess that I won’t get into, but if you want more details (including voter registration, precinct and early voting locations, training, volunteer opportunities, and more) check out . See, NH? Other states did it. It’s not just Iowa. Finally, our last contest of February! The South Carolina primary has been the first in the south since its inception in 1980, and in 2008 established an important marker as the first Democratic primary contest of the cycle with a majority black electorate. As such, it’s taken on an important role as a signal flag. Candidates that fail to hit 15% in SC are unlikely to do much better with black voters going forwards, and as they’re the core of the Democratic voting bloc, tend to drop out. But who even knows, this year. There’s a strong argument to be made that SC should be even more important than it is. As was mentioned above, black voters are core to the Democratic constituency, and emphasizing the importance of this contest could serve to align candidates on black issues in the same way Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status somehow convinced everyone that ethanol would solve climate change and actually corn syrup in everything is fine. As a primary, there’s not much to say on the process - show up on February 29th between 7AM and 7PM ET and vote. Voters may participate regardless of party affiliation, but if you’re thinking of trying to Operation Chaos the Republicans, don’t bother - the South Carolina primary has predicted their contest winner every presidential election since its inception (other than 2012), so naturally they canceled it this year. To check your voter registration status and find your polling place, click . Want to register to vote? Click for instructions on how. To avoid adding any extraneous editorializing on what's likely to be the hot-button section of the OP, I'm just going to link people to the latest . As of today, 1/27/2020, Joe Biden remains the favorite, with Sanders close behind, followed more distantly be Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg
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EtcetEraThread Bernie really out here cutting ads with Joe Rogan's endorsement (SEE STAFF POST)
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EtcetEraThread AOC: "The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center, or a center-conservative party"
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EtcetEraThread AOC: "The Democratic Party is not a left party. They're a center, or center-right party." [READ OP]
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EtcetEraThread Warren campaign might not be source of CNN story about Bernie Sanders saying a woman can't win [SEE STAFF POST]
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EtcetEraThread Warren campaign might not be source of CNN story about Bernie Sanders saying a woman can't win [SEE STAFF POST]
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EtcetEraThread Boyega, Hamill, JJ and Isaac on Star Wars' Romance and a Gross Comment by Boyega (Open Spoilers)
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EtcetEraThread After Anti-Semitic Killings, Jersey City School Official Called Jews ‘Brutes’
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GamingThread Gears 5 - Campaign benchmark footage [See Staff Post]
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GamingThread Xbox Game Studios |OT5| The Cult of Phil in the Age of Booty: A Case Study
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