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Very Important, Please give this a read and make the most of every opportunity you have to vote

Particularly my US friends, reposted from fb

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"(Apologies: Very long history nerd post ahead.)

We often hear the adage, "elections have consequences." And with regards to today's news, it's certainly not difficult to go back in time to 2008 and imagine a world in which John McCain wins the presidency instead of Barack Obama. In this parallel universe:

* Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not repealed.
* Federal hate crimes laws protecting LGBT people are not enacted.
* The President and Vice President of the United States never come out in favor of marriage equality.
* The Justice Department never abandons its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, which leads us down a path in which DOMA is never invalidated by the Supreme Court and today's victory never happens.

But today's victory--and the Lawrence and Windsor victories--actually relies on the outcome of an election nearly 30 years ago.

In 1987, in the second half of his second term, Ronald Reagan needed to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. His nominee was a D.C. Circuit Court judge and former Solicitor General named Robert Bork. Bork was a judicial and academic colleague of Antonin Scalia, who himself had been unanimously confirmed to the highest court in the land the previous year by a Republican-led Senate. Like Scalia, Bork was an "originalist," meaning: If it wasn't explicitly listed as a right in the Constitution by the original founders, then it was basically hogwash, in his opinion. And he had demonstrated this ideology many times over during his time on the D.C. Circuit Court, in rulings that were often co-signed by Scalia.

But between Scalia's confirmation to the Supreme Court and Bork's nomination, a midterm election had taken place, and Democrats had won control of the Senate for the first time since 1980. And they were not about to let Reagan put yet another hardline conservative on the court. With an opposition led by Ted Kennedy, the Senate rejected Bork's nomination.

In his place--after the brief nomination of a second judge who removed himself from consideration after his marijuana use came to light in the press (‪#‎myhowtimeshavechanged‬)--Reagan nominated the much more moderate Anthony Kennedy, who was unanimously confirmed.

So, again: If the Democrats hadn't won the 1986 Senate elections, Bork sits on the court instead of Kennedy. Lawrence v. Texas might still happen (it was a 6-3 decision), but Windsor and Obergefell almost certainly do not.

Remember this the next time you sit out a midterm election."

also, well done scotus, 2 for 2 this week
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I may have an extra ticket to this

anyone in the Balt/wash area want it if I do?
May 14th, 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD featuring an extraordinary collection of music stars celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia. #dearjerryconcert
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We've upped the Doctor Who dosage with even more audiobooks! Colin Baker and David Tennant lend their voices to the Humble Doctor Who Audiobook Bundle, with over $447 worth of audio adventures set in the Who-verse.

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Pay what you want for all chapters of Dalek Empire 1 and Dalek Empire 2. If you pay more than the average price, you also get every chapter of Dalek Empire 3 and The Stage Plays 1-3. If you pay $15 or more, you'll receive all of the above plus every chapter of Doctor Who - The Lost Stories 1. We'll even throw in a promo code for the Doctor Who: Legacy game to unlock some characters for free (including the 6th and 8th Doctors)!
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Chicago Area Residents

I find myself with the opportunity to visit the Windy City for the first time in a few weeks and would appreciate some advice as to how I might best spend the short time I will be there.

Of particular interest:

Friendly Local Gaming Shops
Great Food
Craft Breweries
Parks
Historical and Natural Attractions
Stunning Views
Anything else you consider a must visit

Thank You

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cytosine, thymine and uracil produced with simulated meteor
New research might shed light on how we got here by demonstrating that chemical components of our DNA could be produced in the brutal conditions of space.
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fellow american citizens

in case you've somehow missed the large tree's worth of campaign flyers that have been over-stuffing mailboxes across the country these last few weeks, i'd like to take this opportunity to remind you that there is an election tuesday

as such, i would earnestly request that you take some time over the next few days to research: a) the voting record and number of years in service of any incumbents on the ballot, b) the platform, if available, of any challenger, and c) any included ballot measure, so that we as a nation can be as informed as possible while we exercise our right to inform the direction of our leadership

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"Every game of Psi-Run starts with a crash of some kind. The characters, called Runners, have psychic powers and amnesia. The one thing they know for certain is that they are being pursued by their former captors, called Chasers. Over the course of the game, the players roll dice and assign them to categories, called Risks, in order to achieve their goals, answer the questions about the Runners past, use their psi powers, avoid harm, and avoid recapture by the Chasers. Along the way, the Runners leave a trail of information as they travel from location to location, and the Chasers follow this trail relentlessly."

Character creation is simple and will be completed at the beginning of the session. If you would like to get a head start then you can have one or two psychic powers in mind, such as telekinesis, flight, pyrokinesis, etc. The game's narrative is heavily influenced by the players, and aspects of your characters will be defined by other players depending on where you assign the dice you roll.  By the rules, Psi*Run is usually run in a modern setting, but in keeping with the theme of this Jackercon, this game will be set a century or two in the future and the characters will wake up in a wrecked spacecraft.

2-4 players, no experience necessary

Here is a link if you would like to buy the rules:

http://nightskygames.com/welcome/game/PsiRun

You're welcome, Lloyd.
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