voting theory

Samantha Bee criticizes Trump claims: ‘For the record, massive voter fraud is a lie' 

Samantha Bee has taken on Donald Trump’s continued claims that voter fraud affected last month’s elections, calling them “big lies”.

The host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee criticized the former reality TV star for a set of tweets alleging that undocumented voters lost him the popular vote.

“For the record, massive voter fraud is a lie,” she said. “But this lie didn’t spring Athena-like from Donald’s collapsing pumpkin of a head. He’s a marketer. His big lies are like his buildings: he doesn’t build them, he just slaps his brand on them and tricks the press into promoting them for free.”

She then examined where the seed of this claim came from, blaming “noted Sandy Hook truther and moon landing denier Alex Jones, who despite protests got approval to build a bullshit pipeline straight into the president’s brain”. She also said we needed to go back further and look at the Republican party in general.

“If Trump manages to smash America’s institutions, it will only be because GOP termites have been gnawing away at the foundations for years with baseless claims of voter shenanigans,” she said.

While Trump, and some of his staff, continue to claim that Hillary Clinton’s win of the popular vote was the result of major discrepancies, Bee joked that he would have “won even bigly-er if you deduct all the ugly chicks, flag burners and Alec Baldwins who shouldn’t even be allowed to vote”.

She also spoke about Jill Stein’s much-publicised campaign to crowdfund a recount in key states, claiming people should be more invested in a key Louisiana vote on 10 December.

“Liberals, I know you only gave her money because you thought she’d take off with it and never come back and we all want that,” she said. “But instead of using your energy to undermine democracy, why not participate in it and help Foster Campbell win his Senate run-off? You could make a difference.”

From the 12.05.2016 edition of TBS’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee:

Samantha Bee nails it yet again. #FullFrontal #SamanthaBee

h/t: Benjamin Lee at The Guardian

A young child had an obsession with birds of prey. He would watch tv shows about them, doodle them in his notebook, and even asked his mom to buy him every bird toy he saw.

On his birthday, his mom decided to take him to the zoo so he could see these birds of of prey up close. He had a lot of fun, but his favorite bird was just coming up: the vulture.

Luckily for him, it was feeding time. These majestic creatures were alertly standing on a branch in their enclosure, eying down both the zookeeper and the large piece of meat he was holding.

The zookeeper tossed the meat onto the ground and carefully backed away. Right then, the largest and most ferocious of the birds swooped down, glared at the rest of his flock, and dared any to challenge him. His call was answered one by one. As he defeated each bird, it seems his stamina and bloodthirst only increased.

The boy viewed this scene excitedly. As the alpha vulture defeated the last of his peers, the boy looked to his mom and said “I guess he’s the condorset winner.”

—  A friend on Facebook

That one time when while playing Werewolf, Matt knew who the werewolves were and the others didn’t believe in his theory and voted wrong and lost the game

Matt: “I just want everybody to acknowledge that I was right from the beginning. And that everyone else at the table didn’t listen to me-”


The Misunderstood Hogwarts House - Slytherin

So for those of you who don’t know, Hogwarts is a school of Magic (officially named Hogwarts School of Whichcraft and Wizardry) from the book and film series called Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

There are four Houses in Hogwarts, each named after one of the four founders of the school: Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin.

Rereading the Harry Potter series, I noticed the prejudice against Slytherin House is positively horrendous.

The first mention of Slytherin is in the second chapter of the first book of the Harry Potter series (Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) in Madam Malkins ‘Robes for all occasions.’ And naturally, Draco Malfoy - the epitome Slytherin - introduces us to the house. He is depicted as an arrogant, posh, upper-class, selfish snob and instantly makes most of us abhor him and by extension - Slytherin and the Malfoy name and family.

The second mention of Slytherin House appears later in the same chapter when Harry asks Hagrid what Slytherin is. He explains to Harry that it is a house at Hogwarts. Hagrid then proceeds to build the foundation of Harry’s hate towards Slytherin and everything associated with it -  "There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin.” (rubeus Hagrid).

Before I go on, I would like to explain what the official and official traits of Slytherin are.

The latter three are mentioned in Book 2 By Dumbledore.

Unofficial (These I shall explain in more detail)

House Unity - This is displayed several times in the books. Slytherin House never sorts out disaccords in public. When around other people not in their house, Slytherins appear aloof, supportive and proud.

Abuse - Now, before you scowl angrily at your device and move onto the next post, hear me out. This isn’t a trait that applies to many students but after a little bit of research I found that children that have been abused either physically or emotionally in their childhood are more likely to be more controlling, ambitious, cunning and mature than other children their age. This is a result of their need to be cunning in situations in which require self-preservation. This can be seen with Tom Riddle. Bullied as a child, he became cunning, resourceful, powerful, manipulative and ambitious. The situations he found himself in, required him to be like that so that he could avoid any physical damage. Harry Potter is also an example of this. As much as some Slytherin haters like to deny, Harry Potter has many Slytherin traits: Resourcefulness, determination, power, influence, shrewdness, cunning, cleverness and quick wit (the films failed to show this - they were extremely biased and showed an extremely Gryffindor Harry). Harry was almost sorted into Slytherin but the hat decided to grant him his wish and sorted him into Gryffindor. People who have been deprived of power are often more likely to crave power over their own lives.

Aristocracy - Slytherins seem to all be pure-bloods and and some of them aristocrats. It was surprisingly hard to find any information about this topic, but I managed to find out that there are at least four ‘Most Ancient and Noble Houses’: Malfoy, Longbottom, Black and Greengrass. Three of these  Houses are almost always in Slytherin. I also managed to find out that most purebloods are seen as the nobility of the Wizarding World. Curiously, most of them are in Slytherin. I assume that this is because pureblood children are often taught how to be cunning and ambitious. They are brought up to value the wizarding aristocratic traits - many of which coincide with Slytherin traits.

Blood Purity - Many Slytherins are purebloods as already stated above.


Quick wit

The general idea is, that these traits make people evil. But isn’t this a contradiction? Harry himself has most of these traits, and yet he’s a ‘hero’ and a completely benevolent and altruistic person, simply because he’s a Gryffindor.

Evil. That is what most witches and wizards perceive Slytherins as.

Before I rebuttal this terrible accusation i just want to say how hilariously moronic this is.

Slytherin being one of the four houses of Hogwarts is one fourth of the schools population. JK. Rowling stated in an interview that Hogwarts houses more or less 1.000 students, a fourth of which have to be either Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin. This means that 250 people are Slytherins. Can you honestly believe that 250 children between the ages of 11-18 are evil? That 250-f****ing-students are sadistic, homocidal psychopaths intent on following a clearly man man?

One might argue that several students in Harry’s year ended up as Slytherins. I don’t deny that… It has been confirmed, that Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Theodore Nott and Pansy Parkinson were all in Slytherin and ended up becoming Slytherins. I would also like to remind you that all of these students had at least one parent who was already involved with the Death Eaters. They had literally no way of escaping their fate.

What often disgusts me is that there are only four Slytherins which ended up ‘reforming’ themselves. Only four Slytherins that in the eyes of the public were ‘good’. Personally this disgust me. Slytherins are depicted as universally bad people. There isn’t a single likeable Slytherin. Not in the Order of the Phoenix, nor in the Auror Corps, nor in Dumbledore’s Army.

Horace Slughorn
Andromeda Tonks
Severus Snape
Draco Malfoy

These are the only people in Slytherins who have been depicted as likeable…  Isn’t it odd, that Severus Snape, one of the most unpleasant and discriminating people (as pointed out by Harry) is one of the most likeable Slytherins?

Essentially, the only Slytherins that contributed to the side trying to defeat the genocidal maniac aka, Voldemort, were Severus Snape, Horace Slughorn, Regulus Black and Andromeda Tonks - and these were all exceptions to the general social rule that Slytherin was evil.

To summarise; Slytherins aren’t evil. Their traits make them seem underhanded and sly, and people don’t often like being outsmarted (which is something Slytherins often do), hence that is the reason why society collectively bullies them.

I just want you to give Slytherin a chance - look behind all that snark and sarcasm. Focus on their ingenuity and talent in manipulation. Personally I admire Slytherins for their self-preservation, and ability to gently manipulate a conversation in any direction (as seen with Horace Slughorn and Tom Riddle).

April 7, 2016 // [3/100

I’ve been taking a break from my regular/required/real schoolwork and attending a conference on campus about voting/collective decision-making. The conference has been fascinating – in my four years, one of the most academically inspiring events I’ve partaken in; I feel reaffirmed in my hopes about grad school. Anyways, it all took place in this warm room in the Quadrangle Club.

But think about Dipper actually being named after a type of Pine Tree. Just look at the possibilities!

  • Douglas
  • Spruce
  • Scots
  • Durango
  • Forrest
  • Cyprus
  • Wilson
  • Glehn

Imagine 20 years from now. A US history class is doing a project on the 2016 elections. Naturally, half the class focuses on Trump. One kid wants to be different. “Ted Cruz,” he says to himself. “Hm. I haven’t heard of him before. That could be interesting.” He tries to do research but all he can find are debates over whether or not ted cruz is the zodiac killer or the lead singer of stryper. He makes this into a detailed powerpoint with bullet-pointed facts supporting each side. At the end, the class votes on which theory they believe more. The teacher is forced to give him an A. She doesn’t even know how to properly explain the particular brand of 2016 internet humor that led to this.
Bradley effect

A theory proposed to explain observed discrepancies between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in some US government elections where a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other. Instead of ascribing the results to flawed methodology on the part of the pollster, the theory proposes that some voters tend to tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, and yet, on election day, vote for the white opponent. (via yeslikethemotorcycle)