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Comment Who's watching then? (Score 1) 180

Doesn't every polling place have observers? In Canada (and other British Commonwealth countries), every political party is entitled to have an volunteer observer called "scrutineer" present at the registration table, and that person also assists in the ballot count.

Does this happen in the US?
If not, it seems reasonable to have somebody watching what goes on.

Without neutral observers asserting that the process is fair, it seems pretty certain that it isn't.

Comment Re:I really just don't get it. (Score 1) 189

Has free-thinkers and weirdos ever caused an actual revolution? Changed the course of government that they were able to rid it of corruption and incompetence?

I think it happened in the 1770s in some English colonies, but I'm not a history buff, so I may have it wrong.

Comment "I wanted to work this weekend" (Score 5, Insightful) 211

I really did

"I've never worked a single weekend when I didn't want to"

Employee: "I wanted to work this weekend. I really did"
Interviewer: "Oh, that's good. Why did you want to work this weekend?"
Employee: "Cuz they'd fire my ass otherwise, doofus!"

'nuff said. Sure, some management type work weekends to "set an example" but otherwise I don't buy it.

I was a mid-level IT dept manager for a major newspaper. I was never specifically asked to work overtime, but I often did so because it was my responsibility to ensure production readiness. So yeah, I chose to work, but to say I "wanted to" would be stretching it.

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