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I just want to say that unfortunately a true 3rd party does not work in America. Unlike other systems of government around the world,  there is no benefit to voting third party. There's no threshold to reach where some seats are allocated to a third party and then when forming policy it allows for coalitions to be made where the party may gain something from it.  

The way to truly have your voice heard is to win local elections.. if say AOC and some Democrats that are further left than these old moderates were able to put more progressives in the house or as mayors, district attorneys, etc.. you start to see a shift in local politics and it can lead to an overall shift of the party in Washington. 

Pretty much have to overtake the party.. cannot really breakaway and form a new one. 

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The only way to have third parties enter parliaments in somewhat significant numbers in those extreme winner-takes-it-all / first-past-the-post voting systems is if you have districts where national minorities build up the majority, like in the UK, where of the 83 non-Tory and non-Labour members (of 650 members in total), 48 are representing the Scottish National Party, 8 DUP (representing the Protestant part for Northern Ireland), 7 Sinn Féin (the political arm of the IRA, to make it simple), 3 Plaid Cymru (apparently a Welsh nationalist party) and 1 another Northern Ireland party.

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James Randi, magician and skeptic famous for debunking psychics, mediums, and faith healers, died at age 92.

His NYT obituary has truly great opening and closing paragraphs.

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James Randi, a MacArthur award-winning magician who turned his formidable savvy to investigating claims of spoon bending, mind reading, fortunetelling, ghost whispering, water dowsing, faith healing, U.F.O. spotting and sundry varieties of bamboozlement, bunco, chicanery, flimflam, flummery, humbuggery, mountebankery, pettifoggery and out-and-out quacksalvery, as he quite often saw fit to call them, died on Tuesday at his home in Plantation, Fla. He was 92.

 

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Though he remained a dyed-in-the wool rationalist to the last, Mr. Randi did have a contingency plan for the hereafter, as he told New Times in 2009. “I want to be cremated,” he said. “And I want my ashes blown in Uri Geller’s eyes.”

 

 

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I was gonna mention that after reading about it from AP but didn't know this thread existed. Probably would have never known about him if not for my dad (who, incidentally, is also named Randy). 

RIP

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James Randi fucking ruled. 

Teller linked to a great article the onion put out after his death:

https://entertainment.theonion.com/psychic-already-sick-of-spectral-james-randi-ragging-on-1845453086

Here's another great story from his obituary:

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One of Mr. Randi’s most celebrated investigations was that of Mr. Popoff. A California preacher who professed to heal the sick, Mr. Popoff had a wide following on television and radio. He drew large crowds at revival meetings around the country, at which he called upon audience members by name and correctly identified their afflictions. In 1986, The Los Angeles Times reported, his average gross income was $550,000 a month.

That year, Mr. Randi planted an accomplice with a radio scanner and a tape recorder at one of Mr. Popoff’s public meetings. The scanner picked up Mr. Popoff’s wife relaying information previously gleaned about audience members into a small receiver hidden in his ear.

“Popoff says God tells him these things,” Mr. Randi told U.S. News & World Report in 2002. “Maybe he does. But I didn’t realize God used a frequency of 39.17 megahertz and had a voice exactly like Elizabeth Popoff’s.”

 

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