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News A Little Reminder and a Request

  1. Sep 19, 2012 #1


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    Yep, we're closing in on another Presidential election here in the States! Tell-tale signs include PFers who are sweet and rational most of the time are now bitter and frustrated. Members can be seen storming out of P&WA, angry and with bruised feelings.

    So...everyone take a deep breath, please!

    My request: re-read the rules...

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=113181 [Broken]

    ...and post here to acknowledge you did. This isn't a requirement, of course. I just want you all to follow o:) and ignore :devil:.
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    You're having an election? I hadn't heard....:tongue2:
  4. Sep 19, 2012 #3


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    Yeah that was the reminder :biggrin:!
  5. Sep 19, 2012 #4
    great thread Lisa, I just hope that everyone is really everyone.
  6. Sep 19, 2012 #5
    I find this thread offensive and frankly will never come here again!

    Yeah, I read it
  7. Sep 19, 2012 #6


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    Reluctant acknowledgement followed by forlorn sigh
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    Lisab: I think your request and reminder both are called for. Some have said more than they wanted to.

    Combattants, remember:
    -Concluding on non testable matters is difficult, scientifically.
    -Self censorship doesn't violate the freedom of speech.
    -Less is more
  10. Sep 19, 2012 #9


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    My favorite quote "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
  11. Sep 19, 2012 #10
    Meanwhile, I think this is worth a sticky, at least until after the elections
  12. Sep 19, 2012 #11
    Alright, I agree to act civilized. But they have to do it first.
  13. Sep 19, 2012 #12


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    Trying to understand the system where you elect electors that will do the electing must be frustrating, no wonder people elect to behave the way they behave.
  14. Sep 19, 2012 #13
    Read, and thanks for the reminder Lisa.

    Also, even though it may feel like it, if your party doesn't win, its not really the end of the world, I promise. We have survived both Republican and Democrat governments before.
  15. Sep 19, 2012 #14
    The least bitter thread on PW&A :rofl:
  16. Sep 20, 2012 #15
    Perhaps reading the rules has a calming effect....
  17. Sep 22, 2012 #16


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    Oh! I did that the other day in the "Blasphemy" thread, before it was locked. I'd have received many an infraction for that blasphemous post.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNeq2Utm0nU ​
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    It's not a good system, Borek. The electors are not bound to vote the will of the people who voted in their districts. They can be "unfaithful" and bargain in back rooms to shoehorn a president into office, if they want, despite the preferences of the voters in their district. I should note that some states might bind the electors (I don't know), but the electors have a great deal of leeway to make deals.
  19. Sep 22, 2012 #18


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    ...not that they ever do...
  20. Sep 22, 2012 #19


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    There have been some "faithless electors" who refused to vote for the candidate that they were supposed to vote for, about five in the last forty years.


    (if we go any further in this direction, we probably should have a separate thread about the Electoral College.)
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  21. Sep 22, 2012 #20


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    For the record: I have re-read the rules here.

    Furthermore, once I have elaborated some principle that has been discovered by my cult to be true, the discussion is over. If you disagree with that principle, then your reasoning is flawed. If you fail to correct your reasoning (accept the principle) then you are flawed. For such unreformed heretics excommunication is the final solution.

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