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Evo Terra
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I don't want to talk about U.S. politics. I want to talk about math. Or rather, I want to talk about politics through the lens of math. Don't worry, this is pretty simple math.

And more to the point, I want to talk to the "ANYONE BUT ____" crowd, because denizens exist on either side. If you toe the party line faithfully and feel that the nominee your preferred party has chosen is the best possible choice, you can safely skip this post.

For the disgruntled, the lesser-of-two-evils voter or those who really are sick of politics as usual, you actually can make a difference. But I need to remind you of the harsh reality of the electoral college.

I'm not going to give you a civics class refresher. I'll summarize by this: there are states where it is statistically impossible for the Democrat nominee to win. Wyoming, Oklahoma, Idaho, and West Virginia, for example. There are states where it is statistically impossible for the Republican nominee to win. DC, Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts, for example.

If you're a disgruntled voter in any of those eight states (and several more) holding your nose while voting for the nominee you know will lose... you are wasting your vote.

Yes, I said it. A disgruntled vote for Clinton in WY, OK, ID, or WV will still result in 28 electoral votes for Trump. A disgruntled vote for Trump in D.C. or Hawaii will still result in 20 electoral votes for Clinton. Sorry. That's the electoral college system for you. It's how Americans actually elect a president, rather than by popular vote.

I chose those eight states as the most extreme examples. There are plenty more. And for all of them, it's miracle vs math. Statistically speaking at this point in time (which can change, so stay apprised via the link below before your voting time), your reluctant vote for a candidate you don't really like will not keep the other candidate out of the White House.

But I'm not suggesting you sit this one out. Instead, I'm suggesting you acknowledge reality and cast your vote a direction where the popular vote **does* matter*: To a third party candidate.

Again, I must state that this is only for states where it's miracle vs math. I promise you, Hawaiian small-government loving Conservative, Hillary will win 100% of the electoral college votes for your state. And bad news. social-justice loving Liberal from Wyoming; Donald will win 100% of the electoral college votes for your state. Neither of you can stop those outcomes from happening.

However, Conservatives from Hawaii and Liberals from Wyoming can safely cast their lot for a future-viable third party. I say safely because of the "winner-take-all" nature of the electoral votes in those states. No, the 3rd party candidate you vote for won't win your state or the general election (see: "electoral collage" and "this entire article"). But third parties are helped (or more properly stated will be helped) if they gain a sizable portion of the popular vote.

Since I'm talking about math, I have to be honest: The chance of any third party (Lib, Green, etc) getting enough of a percentage this year to gain the matching funds and air time they desperately need to compete in the 2020 election is quite slim. However, those chances are orders of magnitude greater than flipping a dominant "red" or "blue" state to the other color.

Vote smart, everyone. Those of you involved in close electoral college races, best of luck. Beat the drum and get as many people on your side as you can to keep the fascist (I'm sure both candidates have been called that, so I'm staying neutral) out of the white house. But for those of you voting where the outcome is a foregone conclusion... make your vote count, too. Because the graphic below is how the U.S really votes for President.

Image source and a link you should look at before you go to the polls or mail in your ballot: _ Be an informed voter. Please?
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+Scott Linford : All the mathematicians I've met have been much nicer than that.
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What else are you supposed to do when you’ve got a monkey in your bed? Also, we’re betting all the Brexit-backers were real ale fans, not craft beer drinkers.
What else are you supposed to do when you’ve got a monkey in your bed? Also, we’re betting all the Brexit-backers were real ale fans, not craft beer drinkers.
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I've never much worried about having a real "beach body", but I have over-fixated on the swim-ability and sun-ability of where the ocean meets the land.

In this article, I switch things up a bit and focus on five locations where you can enjoy the beach without ever setting foot in the water or exposing an extra bit of flesh.
Not all beaches are for sunbathing. Here's a list of beaches with other focal points from The Opportunistic Travelers.
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I'm in Chengdu China for the next few days, a guest of the Niccolo hotel. The property is amazing, and I've discovered my inner 87-year-old woman. Give me congee and kimchi every morning!

(The hotel is picking up the tab on this trip. But the compensation doesn't impact the praise I'm heaping. This place is awesome!)

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Nice.for vacation???? Happy trip
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And get the hell of my lawn.
Move over, teens. Your parents, aunts, and uncles are getting in on the Snapchat action. According to the Wall Street Journal, 14 percent of US smartphone
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Skin To Win With +Jeff Moriarty

When you ask someone who’s made a career out of taking off pants to do something crazy in a photo contest, you should not be surprised at his first choice.

#comedy #travel #funny #sxsw #guitar #austin #kidnapping #prostitution #thailand #pattaya

When you ask someone who’s made a career out of taking of pants to do something crazy in a photo contest, you should not be surprised at his first choice.
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Chengdu: Who Knew? A Snap Your Own Adventure Tale

We had a packed day of fun and excitement, all courtesy of Niccolo Chengdu, a fantastic Marco Polo property. Below you'll find a quasi-interactive video of the most packed day we had. (Where I might have snapped too much.)

I'm curious what you think of the format. And I hope you enjoy watching my antics!

#china #chengdu #snapchat 
Would you like to see me drink too much, eat too much, or pay a guy to shove metal sticks in my ear? Your choice!
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If SpaceX's webcasts are indicative, it's a company filled with attractive young people who are, in fact, rocket scientists.

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We spent the day volunteering in a panda rescue center outside of Chengdu, China. This chick went totally nuts!

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Greetings from Khao Lak, Thailand!

Don't be afraid of traveling in the rainy season. Just be ready to get wet a lot. Thanks for hosting us, JW Marriott Khao Lak!
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I'm a silver-maned guru!

... who Snapchats too much, according to this article. Well, to be fair, everyone mentioned in the article Snaps too much. That's how we got listed!_

If you need a little travel to brighten your Recent Stories, or just weary of over selfie filter use, try these on for size. We'll be nice! (Mostly.)
The age of the Snapchat traveler has begun. Here are 7 Snapchatters you should be following.
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Clammr - podcast sampling done right?

For about a year now, I've been using Clammr. I first liked it as a podcast discovery tool, but have found perhaps a better use: Podcast sampling.

If I've done a good job of picking the funnies/best/most interesting 24 seconds (shot clock, anyone?) of each episode, it should be an easy way to let browsers or casually interested people get a taste of what we do, with the hope of getting a complete download and ultimately a new subscriber.

The share seems pretty simple, though it would be great if it could be embedded on a webpage. Maybe I'll do some digging.
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Disruptive, science-minded beer drinker now living the digital nomad lifestyle!
In January of 2015, my wife and I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. We sold all of our possessions, kissed our son, family, and friends goodbye, and took off for parts unknown. Now, we're living the digital nomad lifestyle as we travel the world!

  • I embraced the web when it was young, dragging a multi-billion dollar company along kicking and screaming all the way.
  • I'm among the first dozens of podcasters, and now there are millions.
  • I'm an early adopter and vocal advocate of building businesses around the concept of "free".
  • I'm the author of 2.5 books in the "for Dummies" series and continue to indie publish non-fiction books.
  • Yes, I really did survive (and thrive) on a month-long regiment of craft beer and sausage as my only calorie source.
  • I've founded five different startups. Three in the publishing space, one in finance [shudder], and one in media.
  • If you'd like to have me speak at your conference or event; great! I have experience with all sorts of public speaking, from keynotes to workshops.
Bragging rights
I come from a long line of survivors. All the way back, in fact.
Freelance subversive. (Name the movie?)
Breaking things.
  • The Opportunistic Travelers
    Digital Nomad, 2015 - present
    Co-founder, 2005 - present
  • Big Bounce
    Chief Disruption Officer, 2014 - 2015
    Incubating disruptive startups to sustainable and viable going concerns.
  • Sitewire
    VP of Media & Innovation, 2009 - 2014
  • ePublish Unum
    Co-founder, 2011 - 2014
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Galicia, Spain - Tempe, AZ - Enid, OK - Arlington, Tx - San Pedro, CA - Cottonwood, AZ - St. Louis, MO - Corlay, France - Copenhagen, Denmark - Knutsford, England - Sheffield, England
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A great and almost hidden food court and entertainment venue. Loaded with cuisine from all over the world - yes, even Thai -- and at least two bars with active table service, you'd have to work hard not to find something you'd love. See you there some night!
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A damned tasty burger! Of course, I was smart and asked that they hold the mayo, which is typically served in 5-gallon quantities at burger places in this city. The interior is nice and cozy, with great decor all about fire fighters from all over. The Baconator was quite tasty, and the potato wedges outstanding. My wife says the regular fries were quite tasty, too. Not the cheapest place in town, but also not the most expensive. If I'm in the mood for a burger, this place'll be on my consideration set!
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