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  1. Comment on Trump campaign is reportedly plotting an election coup to “bypass” a Biden win in ~news

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    Not necessarily true... If you look at the "snake chart" in the 538 model lots of swing states (eg GA, OH, NC, FL, AZ, PA, WI) have Republican-controlled state legislatures according to this. And...

    If a state has enough GOP power to change the amendment to clench a Trump win, then that state will almost certainly have gone to Trump anyway.

    Not necessarily true...

    If you look at the "snake chart" in the 538 model lots of swing states (eg GA, OH, NC, FL, AZ, PA, WI) have Republican-controlled state legislatures according to this.

    And I'm not aware of any states where a constitutional amendment requires electors to vote faithfully. 33 states have laws about it, but as far as I know none have it baked into the constitution. SCOTUS only just ruled this term that laws against faithless electors are even allowable.

    I think there's a very real possibility of Bush v. Gore 2.0, with a Republican swing state legislature deciding to hand their state electors to Trump.

    In an oft-forgotten aspect of the 2000 Florida recount, that actually happened:

    Meanwhile, on December 6 the Republican-controlled Florida legislature convened a special session to appoint a slate of electors pledged to Bush, as the U.S. Constitution bestows upon state legislatures the duty to determine how its state's electors are appointed. On December 12, the same day as the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Florida House approved awarding the state's electoral votes to Bush, but the matter was moot after the Court's ruling.

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  2. Comment on The timeless nihilism of Se7en: Released twenty-five years ago, David Fincher's film is a crushing look at just how meaningless life can be in ~movies

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    Tagged as spoilers, even though it's a 25 year old movie, because it has a fantastic ending that shouldn't be spoiled. If you haven't seen it before, go watch it before reading this article.

    Tagged as spoilers, even though it's a 25 year old movie, because it has a fantastic ending that shouldn't be spoiled.

    If you haven't seen it before, go watch it before reading this article.

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  3. Comment on I can't make it any clearer. Any advice? in ~comp

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    How often is this "pinned" feature used, and for what sort of other notifications? If it's used for both "urgent: read these upgrade instructions or your computer will stop working" and "hey, sign...

    we had instructions for users posted on our Intranet (pinned to the top for the next 4 days)

    How often is this "pinned" feature used, and for what sort of other notifications?

    If it's used for both "urgent: read these upgrade instructions or your computer will stop working" and "hey, sign up for the company softball league" then I think it's entirely possible many users gloss right over it.

    I also like Bottom Line Up Front style communication for this. If it's something you want everyone to see, send an email (realistically, multiple emails) with a BLUF of something like:

    We're upgrading some IT stuff. Everything on your computer will still work, but your action will be required as part of the upgrade

    At most companies, there's all sorts of "oh fyi, some things are happening" emails, Slack messages, etc. Unless you make it very clear, people will default to the assumption you're sending them an FYI message and not a you need to do something as a result of reading this message.

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  4. Comment on Parents who work in childcare are trapped in an unsustainable system in ~health.coronavirus

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    The median pay in this field is $24,000 a year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And this does not include the large number of workers who do the job off the books — with no benefits and often at lower wages. The average annual cost of infant care: $9,600 for family care, which is often home-based, and $15,000 for center-based care. This poses a huge dilemma for childcare workers who have children of their own.

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  5. Comment on "What could possibly go wrong?": Chris Anderson, the supervisor of elections in Seminole County, Florida, on the risks of running a presidential election in a pandemic in ~health.coronavirus