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Matt Taibbi has left Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media before Taibbi's digital magazine, Racket, ever debuted. First Look is still publishing The Intercept, and that magazine's Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and John Cook have chosen to tell the inside story on Taibbi's leaving. tl;dr is in Cook's tweet: "what has happened is bad and dumb and needless and not matt taibbi's fault"

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There are 6,951,484 names on the target list of the 28 states in the Crosscheck group; each of them represents a suspected double voter whose registration has now become subject to challenge and removal. According to a 2013 presentation by Kobach to the National Association of State Election Directors, the program is a highly sophisticated voter-fraud-detection system. The sample matches he showed his audience included the following criteria: first, last and middle name or initial; date of birth; suffixes; and Social Security number, or at least its last four digits. That was the sales pitch. But the actual lists show that not only are middle names commonly mismatched and suffix discrepancies ignored, even birthdates don't seem to have been taken into account. Moreover, Crosscheck deliberately ignores Social Security mismatches, in the few instances when the numbers are even collected. The Crosscheck instructions for county election officers state, "Social Security numbers are included for verification; the numbers might or might not match." In practice, all it takes to become a suspect is sharing a first and last name with a voter in another state. The [Crosscheck] lists are heavily weighted with names such as Jackson, Garcia, Patel and Kim — ones common among minorities, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, fully 1 in 7 African-Americans in those 27 states, plus the state of Washington (which enrolled in Crosscheck but has decided not to utilize the results), are listed as under suspicion of having voted twice. This also applies to 1 in 8 Asian-Americans and 1 in 8 Hispanic voters. White voters too — 1 in 11 — are at risk of having their names scrubbed from the voter rolls, though not as vulnerable as minorities. If even a fraction of those names are blocked from voting or purged from voter rolls, it could alter the outcome of next week's electoral battle for control of the U.S. Senate — and perhaps prove decisive in the 2016 presidential vote count.

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"Mid-afternoon on a weekday is a good time for a discreet liaison at The Carpenters Arms – the pub that used to belong to the Krays in Cheshire St – especially if you are meeting a jewel thief." From Spitalfields Life: So Long Lenny Hamilton, Jewel Thief, "a tribute to one of the East End [of London]'s most celebrated rogues." Hamilton co-authored an account of "the Firm," "a criminal organization based on racketeering, fraud and vicious bloodshed" and ruled over by the Kray twins. Hamilton, in his own words, on a fateful meeting: Leaving work, I was walking down Maidment St, and on the corner I saw this big fellow wrestling with these two little fellows. So I went to help them, they got away and I got arrested, because the guy I was wrestling with was a police officer. When I got taken down to Arber Sq police station, he said to me, 'Do you know what you've done? Them two young fellows was the Kray twins and now they've got away. They're on the run from the army.' I apologised and they let me go. Later, when the Krays got control of a snooker hall, The Regal, I was playing snooker there and they came in and this fellow put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'You don't know who I am do you? I am Reggie Kray – and this is my brother Ronnie.' I thought I was seeing double, you couldn't tell them apart. They took me across the road to a pub called The Wentworth to buy me a drink because I did them a favour. They liked me at first. That's how I came to be going round their house for nearly three years. Also from Spitalfields Life: Billy Frost, The Krays' Driver (violence). Billy Frost and Lenny Hamilton in conversation (autoplay, argh; details of murder and mayhem). From The Independent: Lenny Hamilton: 'I'll never forget when Ronnie Kray burnt me with pokers.' From the BBC: Scenes from Reggie Kray's funeral. Please use your judgment in reading the links if details of gangster life are likely to bother you. A small part of this terrible history has passed on, but not without having left behind an interesting glimpse of another era.)

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So there's this UK punk band. First wavers, '77. Cohorts of Gang of Four (whose pictures were inadvertently printed on the back of their first album). Rivals of The Clash, to whom their first single was an answer record. Their energy is so gregarious, their working-class politics so pointed but relatable, they make a mark for themselves despite the limitation of barely being able to play. They get to the part where they're supposed to break up or fade away. Instead, they learn to play, to play very well, even. They become an ever-shifting collective, picking up new members, people from The Rolling Stones, or people who'd played with The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, The Cure. They made roaring post-punk records, shimmering power pop, pint-raising Irish/British folk, and booze-saturated country records. They found a fascination with folk music, American country music in particular. Actually, they may have accidentally invented alt-country. Lester Bangs says they're "The most revolutionary group in the history of rock n' roll." Hyperbole? Nah. Hyperbole was when he called them "better than the Beatles." 37 years in, they're still making records that odds are, you either love dearly, or have never heard of at all. They're The Mekons, friend, and Joe Angio's new documentary looks at them in all of their shambling, lovable, raucous glory. Currently sporting a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with glowing notices from The Village Voice and The New York Times, Revenge of the Mekons is currently playing the Film Forum in NYC and hits selected US cities in 2015. Bonus: a complete live show from 2001 at Chelsea Musicplace in Vienna.

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How do I make my cockroach costume "sexy" in a really obnoxious way.I'm trying to play a little with the "sexy costume" meme. I originally decided I wanted to be a bedbug (cuz bedbugs iwww) and I ordered this costume on Amazon. Not exactly a bed bug but "buggy" enough. As I'm sure most of you do, I find the "sexy" costume fad ridiculous and tragic. I'd like to accessorize the costume by adding my own sexy elements. I'd was thinking maybe wearing fishnet stockings? stapling some cheap lingerie onto it? stapling "heart" boxers onto it? Kudos for something I can find at Goodwill. Thanks for your help!

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Max Gladstone ponders goblins

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Generate Color Palletes on the fly. Here's a Halloween theme with MeFi colors to get you started.

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My home address has the exact same address as a location in my same zip code. Google's default result for the search is the other address. Can I get this fixed? How?My address is 1234 Main Street, Anytown, PA, 12345 and that is the exact same address as a factory about a mile from me. Enter the address in Google, and they default to the factory. So people can't find my house, but for some reason I also get semi-trucks trolling around my residential neighborhood looking for the factory. The town name is the same because the zip code is the same. They're actually in a different town, but that neighborhood of that town is named after my town, if that makes sense. I don't want to go about changing my street name. How do I get google and/or the post office to rectify this somehow?

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A family member is a physical therapist assistant in Virginia. They just completed a one or two-year massage therapy course at a local college (I forget the details). They want to know if the course meets their continuing education requirements.(Requirements here.) They wrote the board and asked, and the board simply said it counted if it met the standards. In other words, they aren't going to interpret anything for them and give a clear yes or no answer. They're pretty busy, and I am too, but I'd like to help out by getting them an answer. Is this the kind of thing that an attorney or some other rules-knower might be able to just interpret for them for a small fee? From afar, it would be a simple way for me to help and would save them a bunch of stress and time looking into it themselves.

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Trick or Treat? Anchor Brewing's Bob Brewer on pumpkin beers and why Anchor hasn't produced one. Pumpkins, by themselves have very little – if any – real flavor that will survive brewing and fermentation. It's sort of the "tofu" of the squash world in that it tastes like what you put on or into it. The flavor that everyone associates with pumpkins is pumpkin pie. What we are tasting in a pumpkin pie is actually the huge load of sugar dumped into it along with the allspice, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, ginger and other spices. Pumpkin beer has a long history in the US. Serious Eats: Colonial Necessity to Seasonal Treat. "Fermentable sugars had to be found where they could, and in the first pumpkin beers, the meat of the pumpkin took the place of malt entirely." The popularity of pumpkin beer has led to more beers being offered more early. USA Today: Pumpkin beer season starts early. "Every year, distributors and retailers say, 'OK, who can get me a pumpkin beer first?'" Many see the pumpkin beer craze as good for the craft beer industry. Drunkspin: Stop Whining About Pumpkin Beer. "Pumpkin beer is good for beer culture." The Week: In Defense of Pumpkin Beer. "Pumpkin beer is a gateway beer. It is a stepping stone from macro swill to the wide variety of styles and tastes craft beer has to offer." Some recommendations: Thrillist: The 21 Best Pumpkin Beers, In Order.Paste: The Great Pumpkin Beer List: The Best and Worst Pumpkin Beers.Draft: Big & Small: 10 Pumpkin Beers and The Dark Side of Pumpkin Beer: 8 to Try.The Great Pumpkin Beer Review: a blog dedicated to pumpkin beer reviews.

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I got a call from a client today who saw an apt with another broker. This broker has the same listing as me but is in another office (the owner of the property is using both of our offices - neither of us have exclusivity agreements). I have the listing at a slightly lower price and no broker fee. the other broker charges a broker's fee, has a higher rent on the listing and charges more per credit check fee. The client obviously wants to rent with me. She also says she tried to get in touch with the broker and he was not as responsive as she would have liked. Didn't return her calls and sent her an email with an application but failed to answer her questions. What should I do? Do I tell the owner that she saw it with his other broker first or not mention it at all? I don't want to jeopardize our relationship (i rented out this apt to his previous tenants) but if I tell him he might be upset that she would've rented it at a higher price and he wouldn't have had to pay the fee. Do I tell the client not to mention it at all and pretend like I never knew? I think if the tables were turned the other broker wouldn't be considering how he could help me wrap up the deal b/c I showed it first. What happens in the original broker finds out the people he showed it to took it with me?

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Film Crit Hulk is back with a long essay about more-than-gamergate. Building off his previous ethical criticism (especially his multipart James Bond series) Film Crit Hulk gives us his opinions on "THE VOID OF THIS PARTICULAR HOUR". Touching on such issues as: Emotional truths in internet conversation Cult-like behavior in arguments and identity politics Fellow-travelers Social despair Film Crit Hulk sends love to the universe Does the traditional narrative arc of modern media make it harder for real people to change? "Arc of the Audience, Arc of Ourselves" Does cinematic catharsis offer us emotion at the expense of morality? Film Crit Hulk's worst job ever And of course, Film Crit Hulk's Message to the Young People. With discussion of True Detective, The Sopranos, and Happy Go Lucky among others.

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I've paid for a large wholesale order that comes with several types of items. The order is shipping from China. Merchant wants to swap out one of the items bearing a licensed character image for an item without that image because "will be the customs check". What exactly is he saying?I've already told him to cancel the order if he can't send the item I want, but for the time being I'm stuck trying to figure out if whether he is going to send it or not and whether I need to put in an order for the item from another vendor. I don't understand the problem with a customs check - I've put in several orders from China for this type of licensed-character item without any problems, and I would expect a customs check to happen on his end as it exports and mine as it imports (to Canada). Is he trying to say that he doesn't have a license to sell/ship the item (I don't know what the rules are on this)? Is he just trying to get me to swap out a superior item for an inferior one? Maybe he's out of the one I want? Is he going to try to seek more money? Your best guess is appreciated. Obviously I can try to talk it through with him, but I need to make a decision quickly and it's after midnight there now, plus language and truthfulness issues.

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MeFi can't read dude's minds, but maybe it can tell me if I made the right call with this early stage dating dilemma so I can stop obsessing over it. Bottom line: I want to know if I'm coming across as abrupt and harsh when I only want to be clear and direct.We met online, I went out with him four or five times over the past couple months. He seemed to want to take things slow. I initiated our first kiss, and a couple times I extended invitations --- to come to my place for dinner, or go watch a game at a bar in my neighborhood --- that in my mind at least, had pretty clear implied hook up potential. Both times he demurred, but indicated that he would like to do these thing some other time, so initially I wasn't discouraged. Our last date, we met for drinks, hung out for several hours, conversation was easy, fun, not maybe super flirty. He kissed me goodnight as we parted, it was a good kiss. A couple days later, I texted him suggesting we might hang out that weekend, he said he couldn't, but would like to some other time. I then didn't text him for about a week, heard nothing from him. He'd said to me that he'd be swamped with work over the next couple weeks, so I reached out again, he texted back and we chatted a bit, I asked when he'd be available to meet up, he said Friday might work and to check in with him later in the week when he'd know what was up, work-wise. I said fine, I'd check in with him Thursday. I texted him Thursday morning, didn't hear from him until 8:30 Thursday night. He replied with a friendly text saying Friday wouldn't work after all, a week from Friday might be better. I pointed out that was Halloween, and asked if he had an idea of what he wanted to do as going out to anywhere was likely to be nuts, he said maybe Friday wouldn't work then and said he might know his schedule better mid-week. So at that point I was kind of annoyed, I have to say. After mulling it over a bit I texted him later that night, saying straight out that while I'd had a really good time when I'd actually hung out with him, in between times I was starting to feel like I was chasing him down to set something up, and it made me feel like an asshole, like I was pestering him, and I didn't like feeling that way. I understood he was busy at work and might have other stuff going on, which was fine, but if you can't seem to find a single night to see me over the course of a month, that spoke for itself. I closed by saying again that I enjoyed spending time with him, and if he figured out his schedule, he had my number. He hasn't replied. So...that is my answer right there, bottom line. I guess what I'm wondering now is, did I act like a jerk here? Were my intentions that unclear? I waver between feeling like: You teach people how to treat you. I was honest and upfront about what I was feeling, and I thought I was clear --- I wouldn't mind seeing him again, but I wasn't willing to chase after him and get jerked around. If he had come back with some version of, hey look, I had a great time too and do want to see you, work is just nuts right now, then I would have been okay with that. He didn't, fair enough, I should just move on. But on the other hand, I did like this guy, we seemed to have a connection, did I toss that away by writing something that came across like an out of the blue ultimatum or a break up text? When we did hang out, it was usually he who was suggesting further dates, the kiss was good, it seemed to me there was chemistry. I guess I'm just worried that my own neuroses are leading me wrong here: I'm a pretty independent-minded person as a rule, and perhaps oversensitive about not wanting to seem needy or pushy. I think I'm on high alert for any sign of my level of interest not being fully reciprocated, and backing off if that seems to me to be the case. Maybe, then, I'm actually over-doing and coming across as distant and unreadable. Gah. I just don't know. In hindsight, I think the reason this is bugging me so much is that this dude was the only guy I've met in several months of active dating whom I actually really liked. I don't want to be a pushover, but neither do I want to push people away for no reason, and my gut's not telling me whether I did right here.

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Haven't been able to find it on google due to terminology ignorance, and have relentlessly searched the JayisGames archive with no result. Turn-based browser combat game with a clicky mechanism I do not know the name of, somewhat generic supernatural theme, detective-like protagonist.- turn based combat, which used a horizontal bar with a marker that went back and forth at various speeds; you had to click when the marker was between two points to make a successful attack. Sometimes you had to click twice or three times between various points, depending on each character's style of attack. Miss and the attack misses. - not much animation, more portraits of character party members, and maybe some swirly effects on the picture of the monster enemies - protagonist is a trenchcoat-wearing detective type who uses a handgun - the first enemy was a raven or crow that attacks outside of his client's house - the client is a girl who asks him to look for her father/uncle/grandfather - the detective then gets on a train to go to a town of some sort, and faces some wolf/dog monster (?) enemies on the train - when he arrives at the town he finds it's overrun with similar monsters (zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts) and the remaining townspeople are like "please do something" - he picks up some party members as he goes along a fixed route through the town with fixed enemy encounters - eventually they have to go through a spooky portal or something - you got new abilities and/or some stats increase whenever you leveled up

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I find that different brands of men's dress shirts of the same size very significantly in how they fit, but you can't try them on.E.g. a 15 neck/34-35 sleeve shirt from Calvin Klein might be cut wildly different from a Nautica of the same size. Which would be fine, except for the packaging. You can't try it on...unless you open it. I know you can return dress shirts that you've opened but what happens to the shirt when you return it? Does an employee there re-package it? (it's a huge pain in the ass) Does it get put on a hanger and placed on the clearance rack? Does it get sent to the warehouse to be re-packaged? I want to know how much guilt I should feel about returning a dress shirt, because I really really need to try it on first. Also I have another question: Do you know which brands have slim fit dress shirts that are the slimmest fit? that have minimal bagginess? Jos A. Bank for instance seems to be okay except the sleeves are too baggy. So in other words what are they snuggest men's dress shirts?

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Love is not Enough is a fantastic breakdown why Love, as many people imagine it, is not all that is needed for a healthy relationship. It then provides realistic suggestions as to what you do need when choosing a partner. Just because: All You Need is Love Love is Not Enough

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I am looking for contact information for a specific person, and since all of my leads have been exhausted, I'm thinking about using one of those sites like Spokeo to reach them. Is there any good information out there on which of these is the best and/or anecdotal information about which of them is best?This is for a reporting project I'm working on. Just trying to locate a phone number.

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Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don't seek to draw attention to myself. . . . At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' " . . . While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

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My passport expired, and thus I am having a time getting the correct i-9 documentation for my new job. I am told I need originals of all documents. How do original birth certificates work?My mother overnighted me my Louisiana birth certificate, and it has a phrase on it that troubles me and makes me worry it won't work for my purposes: "this record is valid for birth only." Googling on that phrase finds me adoptees and soon-to-be cruise-ship-passengers who also have that stamped on their Louisiana BC and are similarly confused, but there aren't answers. Basically, I need to know if this version of my birth certificate is an official document that I can use for i-9 purposes. I was told I cannot use a copy--and this is absolutely not a photocopy; it has raised ink for the seal and the border. It's the "valid for birth only" that confuses me. Here is a picture. For reference, compare it to Bobby Jindal's, which I found while I was trying to see what an official Louisiana birth certificate should look like. Before you ask, yes, I know I could use my social security card, but alas, I don't know where it is. It is likely somewhere in a large storage unit that, if you tell me my birth certificate won't work, I will spend the next three days going through.

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Countless articles have been written about General Motors and its massive recalls earlier this year. What hasn't been fully told is how GM might have gotten away with multiple counts of consumercide were it not for the efforts of three men: a Georgia lawyer, a Mississippi mechanic, and a Florida engineer. How an unsafe ignition lock helped kill tens of people and the people who found out the truth about it.

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Semi-newbie knitter question - I want to make this blanket, but I don't want it to be baby blanket-sized; I want it to be twice as big so as to potentially be used by an adult.I feel like maybe this is a stupid question but humor me: Assume that I intend to use the same size needles/same gauge as specified in the pattern In order to double the size of the blanket, is it really as simple as just doubling all of the instructions? For instance, the pattern (free download at the link if anyone wants to take a look) says initially to cast on 135 stitches on a circular needle - to double it, should I just cast on 270 stitches? Another example: early on in the pattern it says to knit 10, purl to last 10 stitches, then knit the last 10. Does this mean I should knit 20, purl to last 20, then knit the last 20? It seems straightforward, but seeing as I am a really new knitter I have no idea of there might be repercussions in whether the pattern will come out properly if I do it this way. Am I on the right track?

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She would dump the two-timing jerk, but then she'd be out on the street. Help.Asking for a friend. I'm trying to come up with a plan to get her back on her feet. I know you're not giving legal advice. Let's call them Johnny and Mary. This is in New York state. They've been in a relationship (not married, although everyone assumes they are) for 23 years, living in the same house for 15 years. The house is in his name, and he's the one who has always paid the mortgage. She bought the food, paid for entertainment, and bought furnishings and repairs for the house. Now they're splitting up in a messy breakup - Johnny's got a new girlfriend on the side and it appears he wants to break up with Mary. Or he might just be having a midlife crisis, but wow, it's a doozy. Mary would leave, but she'll be absolutely penniless, starting over again at 60 years old. She has no savings, no IRA. She's self-employed but it doesn't pay a lot, and she has a fairly hefty car payment (she needs the car for the job.) I see the first steps to be: (1) make an itemized budget to figure out exactly how much money she has and (2) talk to a lawyer. I'm looking for resources for her - advice, anecdotes, places to find inexpensive legal advice, displaced homemaker counseling and any other ideas I'm overlooking that could help her. Thanks.

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A visual analysis of skateboarding's Battle at the Berrics.

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In a Slate Article by David Rosenberg, side-by-side images and descriptions illustrate the "dual lives" of those coping with mental illness.

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