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  1. I get the feeling Paddington did not do well in algebra class.
  2. This is a good question, and one I'd like to see answered by the people who have argued that the money needed to fix these machines should instead be spent on useless voter ID laws. @Walking Boot, what is wrong with fixing problems like this?
  3. It's still US vs Serbia, just using players from each country's domestic league though, yes? Like, we're not getting Kaka and Gio suiting up for this.
  4. Perhaps the source of your confusion is that you've been trying to refute a position that no one has actually taken.
  5. Yeah. The environment is much more dangerous and resources are much scarcer, to the point that you have to actually make tactical decisions about how you use them. Get careless, or make the wrong choice, and you will die. Pre-patch, you never had to worry about your life support or hazard protection or shields or launch thrusters, because you were never more than five feet away from everything you needed to keep them going. They were just these annoying things that made you stop whatever you were doing every five minutes to refuel them. I'd mostly just wander aimlessly on the planets trying to find and scan all the animals, or looking for good screenshots. Now, I'm constantly keeping an eye on things like, how far am I from my ship? How much further can I go, before I won't have time to make it back before I freeze to death? What if an acid rainstorm pops up while I'm out here, are there any caves I can run to for shelter? Are there predators in those caves? Is it worth spending the fuel I need for life support to jetpack across this canyon to get the mineral deposit? What if I don't make it, can I survive the fall? Did that sentinel see me chop down those trees? He did. ####. ####. Should I find someplace to hide? Can I make it back to the ship? How far was I from my ship, again?
  6. Also still guessing whether there is actually a difference between the two.
  7. - Two 12-team East and West divisions and an 8 team Central division. - East and West will play 3 each against 6 divisional oppnents (2 home-away-home, 2 away-home-away, 1 home-home-home, 1 away-away-away) and 2 against the others. - Central will similarly play 3 each against 6 divisional opponents and 10 against the seventh. - 6 bonus interdivisional games, played against the teams whose prior year standings match those of the team's three-game divisional opponents. Modulus arithmatic will be used to calculate the standings of the Central division. - Interdivisional matchups rotate yearly based on the lunar calendar.
  8. "Hey, maybe if we just straight up steal the MLS logo and start using it as our own, people will think of us as an MLS team!"
  9. Well holy ####. They released an update for No Man's Sky this weekend and... it's actually a game now.
  10. Not really the attitude you want your coach to have, but it's hard for me to say he's wrong.
  11. Any voting system where the candidate with a plurality of votes is the only winner will naturally end up with a two-party system. If, for example, there were four parties with between 20-30% of the vote each, any two of those parties could gain an advantage by merging and throwing their combined support behind a single compromise candidate. The electoral college goes even further, and requires the winner to have an actual majority of electoral votes. With three or more well-supported parties winning electoral votes, it's likely that there would never be a winner and every election would fall to Congress to decide.
  12. The two party system comes (in part) from the electoral college.
  13. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated. In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day on November 5. In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the "First Thanksgiving", including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631. According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden. Now called Oktober Feesten, Leiden's autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims' plans to emigrate to America. Later in Massachusetts, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned the colony's thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s. Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God". In modern times the President of the United States, in addition to issuing a proclamation, will "pardon" a turkey, which spares the bird's life and ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland. Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. Influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for around 40 years trying to make it an official holiday, Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of America's refusal to recognize Lincoln's authority, a nationwide Thanksgiving date was not realized until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Two years earlier, Roosevelt had used a presidential proclamation to try to achieve this change, reasoning that earlier celebration of the holiday would give the country an economic boost.
  14. Do you want orcs? Because this is how you get orcs.
  15. There are still people alive who were voting age when Alaska and Hawaii joined. I guess we should let them keep their senate seats for another couple decades.