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US electoral politics, being a nerd about numbers 

If you want to see some numbers that might blow your mind:

This has all of the public early voting data available.

It's...kind of amazing. Here's one small nugget:

In North Carolina, there have already been 3.8 million votes cast between early voting and returned mail-in ballots. That's 81% of the total votes cast in 2016. Not only is that a huge number, a 26% of those early votes are cast by people who did not vote in the state for the 2016 Presidential Election. Either they didn't live there, weren't eligible or simply did not vote.

Given this early vote data, plus the responses in polls compared to previous elections, plus the record mid-term turnout in 2018...I am really firmly coming to believe that the turnout might actually be the highest in a century...and that's despite the right's continuing voter suppression manuevers.

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When the so-called president goes on TV and tells the Proud Boys to "stand by", this is the shit he's stirring up.

Vote him out. Alicia's and all our lives depend on it.


The FBI visited my house today. They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others.


"The enormity and variety of Mr.Trump’s misdeeds can feel overwhelming. Repetition has dulled the sense of outrage, and the accumulation of new outrages leaves little time to dwell on the particulars. This is the moment when Americans must recover that sense of outrage."

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Oh no the debate is cancelled due to the catastrophic mishandling of a pandemic how will we know which candidate to vote for?

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This article from someone who lived through the end of Sri Lankan civil war, comparing it to the current US situation is 💯:

I’m attending Fight For NC’s event, “NC Call Team: Make calls to North Carolina Voters!” – sign up now to join me!

Despite my skepticism, it seems Trump is really sick. So question: why is he taking some experimental drug instead of hydroxychloroquine?

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To help Donald Trump get the full COVID-19 experience, let’s make sure he loses his job and is evicted from his home next month.

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While some conspiracy theorists argue not to use encryption as this would put you on the radar of three-letter agencies, we argue the opposite: Everyone should use encryption to protect others. #Fight4Privacy

At the next debate, Trump could pull out a gun, shoot at Biden, miss, have Biden kick the gun out of his hand and punch him in the face, run off the stage crying, and his supporters would still say he won and criticize Biden for losing his cool. All a debate can do is give his campaign another chance at catching Biden stuttering or misspeaking about something, and using it in a meme or a sound bite.

In other words, Trump may be faking, but not to get out of the next debates

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The president of the United States, when asked to condemn white supremacist violence, instead told his nationalist militant supporters to 'Stand by', in a debate watched by millions of viewers. This comes after weeks of refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in an election, the integrity of which he has been disparaging with absurd lies for months.

I need my phone for two-step verification so I can log into Google and find my phone

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"Trump's UN speech was a bizarre feat of gaslighting and fantasy
Michael H Fuchs
It only made sense if you see the world as Trump does – a world where he can do no wrong, and completely divorced from facts"

Didn't sleep well so maybe this isn't logical but I'm thinking that the GOP will be expecting riots when they ram through a Supreme Court justice. I think riots will play into their hands. What I would advocate instead is strikes by anyone who works for an employer who is likely to donate to Republicans. And the rest of us should be prepared to support the strikers.

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