US Election thread pony request February 24, 2016 9:16 PM   Subscribe

Can some sort of pony help me keep track of all of the election threads?

I've enjoyed the ongoing threads about the ongoing US election / reality TV clown circus. As far as I know This Trump thread and Nevada and South Carolina are the latest.

Some of these turn into ongoing chats about the election which I enjoy, but since I don't always read the site every day sometimes I miss the start of a new thread.

Is there any way someone could sidebar the latest election threads? Or is there a consistent tag that would help me find them? (I guess election comes close, does that miss any of them?)
posted by mmoncur to MetaFilter-Related at 9:16 PM (56 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I think using the sidebar for this is unlikely to work, but if we agree on a consistent tag we can totally add it to the outliers. There haven't been *that* many election threads yet.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 9:17 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


For the tag, I nominate "apocalypse2016".
posted by Bruce H. at 9:21 PM on February 24, 2016 [26 favorites]


I'd really like a consistent tag so I can avoid these threads by using MyMeFi.
posted by MoonOrb at 9:30 PM on February 24, 2016 [12 favorites]


I wish there was a Mefi styled primer for the election process and candidates for, the non Americans, who want a quick reference guide from normal lefty people, so they can sound clever and authoritative in cafes in Sydney.

Asking for a friend.
posted by taff at 9:35 PM on February 24, 2016 [7 favorites]


#declineandpoll
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:56 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


taff: "... so they can sound clever and authoritative in cafes in Sydney."

Aha, it's a trick request! It's well-known that people in Sydney only sound annoying and whiny in cafes.
posted by barnacles at 10:15 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


A pencil and paper?
posted by clavdivs at 11:46 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


The tags, "ourlongnationalfacepalm" and "eternalnovember" have so far not been used. On the other hand, "election2016" is not only clear at first glance, but has already been used for some threads back to June of last year... but I'll be sorely tempted to use it if I get my shit together for a "What you need to know about the March 13 German state elections" post.
posted by frimble at 12:21 AM on February 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


Oy barnacles, my, um friend, will be totes offended. Sydney people are annoying and whiny EVERYWHERE!!


(So... you're Queenslander, then?)
posted by taff at 12:21 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


There's too much election crap by far and I don't want anything to encourage more of it.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:28 AM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


For a while I was tagging posts with "election2016," and then I lost the thread; I'll try to get it back up to date.
posted by taz (staff) at 3:49 AM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


I wish there was a Mefi styled primer for the election process and candidates for, the non Americans, who want a quick reference guide from normal lefty people, so they can sound clever and authoritative in cafes in Sydney.

We're all in agreement that Trump is by far the most sensible choice.
posted by Drinky Die at 5:08 AM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Yup. Absolutely gonna repeat that over my skim flat white Campos in the morning.
posted by taff at 5:10 AM on February 25, 2016


skim flat white Campos

Can't tell if slang for shoes or drink or friends.
posted by RolandOfEld at 5:51 AM on February 25, 2016 [10 favorites]


So, okay: I think I've got them mostly all tagged "election2016" (and that's a whole lot of US electionfilter, omg). If anyone notices something I've overlooked, let me know.
posted by taz (staff) at 6:06 AM on February 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


Can't tell if slang for shoes or drink or friends.

It's very simple - taff is having breakfast. Camp-Os are a popular Australian brand of breakfast cereal named after a Rugby Union player. You can get white Camp-Os (vanilla) or dark (chocolate). If it's served in a bowl with skim milk, that's 'flat', if you get it to go in a special mug, that's 'tall'.
posted by zamboni at 6:30 AM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Seriously though, this is a tough election to write a guide for without about a billion if-then statements. That's what makes Trump so scary. In normal circumstances, you could predict his demise and breathe easy. We aren't in normal circumstances. We all already predicted his demise long ago and were proven wrong. In this election there are a ton of wildcards and we just seem to be adding more as we go instead of clarifying things.

Let me just say this as personal opinion that I think you won't end up embarrassed if you repeat: America in 2016 is a flawed country in a million different ways. As a person from a country with gun control that works, you know we can be complete idiots about things. That said, America in 2016 is not a country that is going to fall to fascism. Despite the media hysteria. Despite the obvious huge problems with racism and xenophobia. Despite the various class resentments. This is a nation with a great commitment to concepts like egalitarianism and multiculturalism. Even Trump will tell you he welcomes legal immigration. He's married to an immigrant! We are not going to allow the worst of his agenda to happen. I'm a total lazy slob who talks a lot more about politics than I act. I'll be in the streets to prevent it if necessary, because the people he wants to deport are friends of mine I've worked alongside.

They are the least likely people to be criminals you can imagine. They are the people who when faced with the choice of turning to crime instead move a world away to work for shit wages doing hard ass work to support their families while never complaining. Neocons on the right talk about a new American century via using the military to expand our global power. I imagine one founded on the simple fact that we brought in so many immigrants with that level of integrity, intelligence, and work ethic that we can't possibly end up failing.

So, I think if you want to come off as streets ahead say this: They are probably going to reject Trump. Most people in America do not support his bonkers agenda. But if he does get elected due to some wildcard like Hillary's FBI investigation, the American people will find another way to stop him and his supporters.
posted by Drinky Die at 6:59 AM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


"Campos" is Australian slang for a person who sleeps rough – usually with a tucker bag, by a billabong. In Australia you can skim flat with a skimboard, usually, but not always, with a didgeridoo. A "white" is a type of kangaroo bred for food. I'm pretty sure Taff is breakfasting on 'roo sausage while skimming with a swagman.
posted by taz (staff) at 6:59 AM on February 25, 2016 [11 favorites]


The tags, "ourlongnationalfacepalm"

If you want a picture of the US presidential election 2016, imagine a human face falling disconsolately onto a human palm — forever.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:06 AM on February 25, 2016


So something like this?
posted by frimble at 7:33 AM on February 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


taff: "I wish there was a Mefi styled primer for the election process and candidates for, the non Americans, who want a quick reference guide from normal lefty people, so they can sound clever and authoritative in cafes in Sydney. "

You seem to be under the impression that it makes any sense to us in the US. Your guess is as good as ours about what's going on here.
posted by octothorpe at 7:43 AM on February 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


I wish there was a Mefi styled primer for the election process and candidates for, the non Americans, who want a quick reference guide from normal lefty people, so they can sound clever and authoritative in cafes in Sydney.

You know that scene in About Schmidt right after his wife dies where Jack Nicholson just pees all over the place for no real reason except that he can?
posted by phunniemee at 8:15 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


I wish there was a Mefi styled primer for the election process and candidates for, the non Americans, who want a quick reference guide from normal lefty people, so they can sound clever and authoritative in cafes in Sydney.

The 2016 US Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet (Atlantic)
The U.S. Presidential Nominating Process - (CFR)
Step-by-Step on the Campaign Trail: How the President Gets Elected (Infoplease)
Who Is Running for President? (NYT infographic)
Connecting the Dots Behind the 2016 Presidential Candidates (NYT infographic)
What Are Caucuses and How Do They Work? (Lifehacker)
What Is The Electoral College? How It Works And Why It Matters (HuffPo)
Everything you need to know about delegate math in the presidential primary (WaPo)
What are “superdelegates,” and what do they mean for the Democratic nomination? (Vox)
Where the Candidates Stand on 2016’s Biggest Issues (NYT infographic)
Compare 2016 Presidential Candidate Positions: A Side-by-Side Comparison Between Candidates on Key Issues (ProCon - summary chart)
The Big Issues Of The 2016 Campaign (fivethirtyeight)
Election 2016 Calendar - Key dates in the presidential election (WSJ)
Your Guide to the 2016 Election: When Is the Debate? When Does South Carolina Vote? (InsideGov - slightly more detail on key dates)
State legislative elections, 2016 (ballotpedia)
The 8 States to Watch in 2016 (Governing)
2016’s other key race — the battle for the Senate (NYPost)
posted by triggerfinger at 8:43 AM on February 25, 2016 [14 favorites]


Thank you, Taz, for tagging those posts.

It'll be helpful in the 2018 midterms when I'm wondering, "Did the Immortal and Perpetual President of the American Wastes always reign from a flaming throne atop a pyramid filled with crude oil, or did a change happen so gradually that I failed to notice?"
posted by frimble at 8:45 AM on February 25, 2016 [9 favorites]


I for one want to know what Trump is going to rename the country if he's elected. I'm guessing TRUMPTOPIA™.

Will he put a giant gold "T" on the White House? Add some red velvet and golden appliances. Maybe gild all the monuments and memorials.
posted by zarq at 9:01 AM on February 25, 2016


There's too much election crap by far and I don't want anything to encourage more of it.

Scroll and roll, my friend. Scroll and roll.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:04 AM on February 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


Can we also add tags highenergy and lowenergy? I prefer to avoid low energy threads.
posted by Tanizaki at 9:05 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Will he put a giant gold "T" on the White House? Add some red velvet and golden appliances. Maybe gild all the monuments and memorials.

Calling it now: the faces of Mt. Rushmore will be getting a new friend.
posted by cjelli at 9:26 AM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]




I've been using the election tag to find threads to lurk in. If I miss some, that's actually probably better for my state of mind.
posted by Roger Dodger at 12:55 PM on February 25, 2016


Can some sort of pony help me keep track of all of the election threads?

For the tag, I nominate "apocalypse2016"


That would require four ponies.
posted by Wherever you go, there you are at 1:32 PM on February 25, 2016 [19 favorites]


The live odds on who will be POTUS.
posted by Wordshore at 2:15 PM on February 25, 2016


How about these odds?
posted by Tanizaki at 3:42 PM on February 25, 2016


How about these odds?

That's the type of thing that should make a person ask "I wonder if this backtesting-based predictive model I'm using isn't maybe that rock solid."
posted by MoonOrb at 4:03 PM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm taking a class on ancient magic, including divination, and now when I see something that makes bold predictions about what will happen in the future, I like to think that the methodology somehow involves roasting a ewe and examining its liver. "The flesh has split, and the splits spell out CHAP 11, so it is foretold that Trump the victor shall be."
posted by teponaztli at 6:37 PM on February 25, 2016


taz: ""Campos" is Australian slang for a person who sleeps rough – usually with a tucker bag, by a billabong. In Australia you can skim flat with a skimboard, usually, but not always, with a didgeridoo. A "white" is a type of kangaroo bred for food. I'm pretty sure Taff is breakfasting on 'roo sausage while skimming with a swagman."

Nine hundred dollary-doos? Tobias! Did you accept a six hour collect call from the States?
posted by Chrysostom at 6:43 PM on February 25, 2016


"Campos" is Australian slang for a person who sleeps rough – usually with a tucker bag, by a billabong. In Australia you can skim flat with a skimboard, usually, but not always, with a didgeridoo. A "white" is a type of kangaroo bred for food. I'm pretty sure Taff is breakfasting on 'roo sausage while skimming with a swagman.

I am awfully disappointed in you, Taz, for spreading such lies.

taff just sent me a text, demanding I come to the Gray and "defend the campos".

Campos is in fact a mutation of 'camp as', ie, that person is very camp, in the sense of favouring that particular style or aesthetic. Or, to use it in a sentence, "Oi, that bloke is camp as!". Yes, we Australians are 'well classy'.

She is indeed having breakfast. taff likes to surround herself with the kind of men who dress well and with a bit of flair - generally running buddies to tend to the slender and lithe, or 'flat' in the local vernacular, referring to their enviable abs. And because she is very big on being sun-safe (Sydney has very high UV), she favours the ones who are diligent about sunscreen and hence rather pale. But when the bill comes, she generally takes more money from the plate than she puts in.

Yes, gentle mefites, taff skims the flat white campos. And we should defend them. They have suffered enough from her petty peculations.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:45 PM on February 25, 2016 [7 favorites]


"We're all in agreement that Trump is by far the most sensible choice."

I'm enjoying a tall warm gin served with a human hair.
posted by clavdivs at 6:47 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Neocons on the right talk about a new American century via using the military to expand our global power."

1947
The Neocons were formed to counter soviet intellectuals by co-opting various aspects of cultural endeavours.

1975
Neocons gain direct access to White House

1991
Neocons foster war

2001
Neocons attack

2016
Neocons are billboards in major metropolitan areas.
posted by clavdivs at 6:54 PM on February 25, 2016


redthoughts is a complete and utter mischievous bastard. Campos are rabid drop bears. Terrifying in their kill accuracy. We turn the (usually) dead pale males in to rugs. It's more fashion forward than cow hides. But we only take enough from the top of the chain to ensure ongoing genetic robustness. We really do only skim the flat white Campos. Isn't that right, smoke?
posted by taff at 9:09 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Taff told me I could only have a glass of her wine if I came here to defend the campos.

So um, it's pretty good. And maybe it's made out of dropbears or something.

I swear she's mobilising the whole of Sydney tonight around this one important issue.

(I'm not even 100% sure what campos tastes like actually. I live in the Wild West. We only have pubs not cafes.)
posted by lollusc at 4:45 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


(It's like this thread has some sort of infestation. I think the mods are probably going to chase us out, or lay poison or something.)
posted by lollusc at 4:46 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Election products (possibly NSFW)
posted by Wordshore at 4:50 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, I just want to say that despite what everyone says, Australians (also known as "Mozzies") are a fine, upstanding people, even if they all wear the Uggs (also known as the "wobbly boot") and eat dingos for breakfast.
posted by taz (staff) at 5:42 AM on February 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


Will he put a giant gold "T" on the White House?

The picture at the top of this article is pretty good (in a graphics job, rather than a literal 'good', way).

The article itself may give you nightmares, tho...
posted by Wordshore at 9:52 AM on February 26, 2016


We're all in agreement that Trump is by far the most sensible choice.

Perhaps the system is so fundamentally flawed the rational choice is the the candidate who will most hasten its utter collapse..?
posted by juv3nal at 10:30 AM on February 26, 2016


For posterity, and because I suddenly realised that this could pass as a redesigned front page of The Onion, the current front page of Politico.
posted by Wordshore at 11:09 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Perhaps the system is so fundamentally flawed the rational choice is the the candidate who will most hasten its utter collapse..?

While I see the appeal of the concept, I don't think that "heightening the contradictions" has worked out that well in practice.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:29 PM on February 26, 2016


For the record, I was kidding; everyone please do whatever you can to stop the scary man from becoming president.
posted by juv3nal at 12:55 PM on February 26, 2016


Perhaps the system is so fundamentally flawed the rational choice is the the candidate who will most hasten its utter collapse..?

Accelerationism is a thing.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 10:02 PM on February 26, 2016


I've learned some interesting things from this post. Let's recap:

* There is a Trump thread with 1300+ comments I knew nothing about.
* I'm going to have to learn a lot of slang when I arrive in Australia as a political refugee
* I need to lie to my kids about Australian spiders until we get there
posted by double block and bleed at 5:20 AM on February 27, 2016


* I need to lie to my kids about Australian spiders until we get there

True. But just the spiders?
posted by Wordshore at 6:34 AM on February 27, 2016


"Campos" is Australian slang for a person who sleeps rough – usually with a tucker bag, by a billabong.

Maybe where you come from, but around here CampOS is a sixth-generation cloud-based operating system and web browser that presents information in a somewhat arch and affected way. It gives you a great feeling of insight into daily events, but its color scheme and presentation can be hard when you've just woken up so most users use a professional flat white background to skim the news.
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:41 PM on February 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


A thread for today, Super Tuesday, is up on the blue. May God/Morgan Freeman/PB/Cthulhu Save Us All.
posted by Wordshore at 1:32 AM on March 1, 2016


It's good to have a Super Tuesday thread, but it's starting a bit early maybe, and I'm hoping it might be more news and info-oriented than just continuing the same comments from previous threads. I'll make a doomed plea to not rush to fill up that thread with partisan bickering or empty snark while we wait for more substantial news.
posted by taz (staff) at 1:51 AM on March 1, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's good to have a Super Tuesday thread, but it's starting a bit early maybe, and I'm hoping it might be more news and info-oriented than just continuing the same comments from previous threads. I'll make a doomed plea to not rush to fill up that thread with partisan bickering or empty snark while we wait for more substantial news.

Yes, definitely.

As many states are doing the primary / caucus thing today, am hoping a few MeFi's in them will comment with their experience of going out and doing the selection thing. The first polls open in about an hour in Virginia.
posted by Wordshore at 1:56 AM on March 1, 2016


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