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    US Politics: In Through the Out Door

    Yeah CNN called it for Rosen, but overall a very good night for Republicans given the circumstances!
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    US Politics: Four Days and Counting

    I believe it is supposed to deter people from being able to prove and thus be pressured into voting for certain candidates. I’m not sure if that’s a federal or NYS law, but that’s what I was instructed to tell people by the Board of Elections when I had my election inspector training.
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    US Politics: Four Days and Counting

    I was an election worker in 2016 and we made sure to tell people it was illegal to take a picture of their ballots, precisely for the reason you described above. Hacking voting machines via wifi with a smartphone is not a realistic concern.
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    US Politics: Four Days and Counting

    Predictions from a Republican POV Senate: FL-D MO- R IN- D ND- R TN- R TX- R NV- D AZ- R MT- D I believe those are all the battlegrounds but I could have missed one or two. Personally, I'm really nervous about how things will play out in AZ and NV, if Republicans lose those seats it could be the next step in those states going the way of Virginia. It'll be hard to win them back. I agree with what was said upthread about how the governor races have been fairly overlooked. Obviously Florida has gotten the most attention, and yes if Gillum wins it'll be very problematic for Reps when it comes to redistricting in 2020. Not out of the question that GOP still wins Senate and Gov races in FL, but I wouldn't bet on it happening. Dems flip the house, but to me, and this may be shortsighted I know, I only care about the Senate at this point. As long as the possibility exists to confirm more judges, SCOTUS and appellate courts, I'm ok with that. It's not as if any major legislation was going to get passed anytime soon anyway. Anyway those are my hot takes for the day, happy election day folks and may the best candidates win!
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    Thanks! I'll be sure to add it to my list. I just finished Player of Games last night. I enjoyed it, solid prose and a decently entertaining plot. I'd give it a solid 3/5 stars. @Darth Richard II I'll return to the Culture at some point in the future, but for now I'm going with Adrian Tchaikovsky's The Children of Time some harder sci-fi.
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    MLB 2018: Bonfire of the Metropolitans

    Ho ho ho!! Christmas is coming early!
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    MLB 2018: Bonfire of the Metropolitans

    Should the A's make it to the ALDS, are they going to use the Opener for the rest of the playoffs?
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    Tolkien 2.0

    I read The Fall of Gondolin story in The Book of Lost Tales Part 2 fairly recently, I thought it was a good story and there was more detail in it than there was in the Silmarillion. I didn't realize Chris Tolkien felt the need to publish another volume, the story felt already complete to me. My biggest disappointment about tBoLTP2 was how the Lay of Earendil was unfinished. I was really really looking forward to seeing the final chapter of the First Age finally be told in narrative form, only to have my hopes dashed. If anyone knows about a more complete version of the tale i'd be interested, but im not holding my breath.
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    MLB 2018: Bonfire of the Metropolitans

    Sorry not sorry
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    MLB 2018: Bonfire of the Metropolitans

    Hot take- If you’re not rooting for the Rockies over the Dodgers, you’re doing baseball fandom wrong.
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    I should have been more clear about what I was seeking. I moreso wanted to show what sci-fi I've read recently, regardless of its sub-genre. I was hoping The Expanse would be a good space opera series, but I was sadly dissapointed. That being said, I'm not against hard sci-fi at all provided there's a decent plot. That is interesting, I didn't know the universe was so large. (Heh heh "universe" get it...) When I get there I think I'll stick to the main storyline/trilogy plus Chasm City. Is Galactic North really that central to the main story that it's mandatory reading; if so do I read it after the main trilogy or commit to chronological order? I read Red Mars which was fun, but my interest petered out after Green Mars and I havent bothered to pick up Blue Mars. My favorite KSR book so far is Aurora which I thought was tremendous fun. I follow this YouTuber who's gone through a lot of GRRM's sci-fi as a way to analyze aSoIaF. Tuf Voyaging was a fun read, but I've enjoyed his other sci-fi short stories more. Sounds like The Gap is cropping up a few times so that will have to be on my list. I might take on Hamilton if I'm in the mood, but no promises. The Uplift Saga sounds like a good time. I was also thinking I'll keep this thread running as a way to document my sci-fi experiences and reviews since there seems to be a dearth of sci-fi on this forum. I'll be slow going, but better than starting a new thread every few months.
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    I'll be checking out Revelation Space for sure, sounds like good stuff from you and Darth. I wanted to like The Expanse really badly, but the prose and characters just didn't do it for me. I've realized im more of a literary snob that I first thought. If an author's writing sucks, the book likely cannot be redeemed in my eyes regardless of the plot. Malazan falls into this category for me too, although it did have its high moments, I don't know how I made it through all 10 books.
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    Ok i'll put down The Gap too thanks. I want to get into Revelation Space, but i've been put off a bit cause i've had some trouble finding an agreed upon reading order. Then again I haven't looked into it too hard. Hmm ok, anything like The Forever War at all?
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    Thats high praise to compare Tchaikovsky to Clarke, so consider me quite intrigued. I'll be checking him out. Lee's world also sounds interesting. Thanks! I'm down for a classic Space Opera, provided it isn't too cliche. I'm with Darth on this one, Hamilton sounds a bit too high-octane for me. Has anyone read The Three Body Problem? I've heard its a Chinese classic for sci-fi, and did write a note about it when I saw it in the bookstore a few weeks ago.
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    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    Gotcha, ok ill give it a shot and see what I think.
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