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Old 04 August 2017, 09:17 PM
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Along those same lines I sometimes see emails in my inbox from "Publisher's Clearing Ho" and "American Diabetes Ass", although neither of those sounds as titillating as teens.
I sign my name as 'Cat' on petitions and whatnot, which means I sometimes get emails from campaigns titled things like 'Together We Can Stop Homophobia Cat' or 'Support Freedom Of Speech Cat'.
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Old 05 August 2017, 01:13 AM
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I sign my name as 'Cat' on petitions and whatnot
Not sure how you mean that; but for a lot of petitions, if the legal name isn't used the signature doesn't count.

(If it's a petition for someone to run for office in New York State, every detail needs to be exactly as it is on the voter rolls, or it doesn't count. But NYS is notoriously picky about such things.)
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Old 05 August 2017, 02:20 AM
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Not sure how you mean that; but for a lot of petitions, if the legal name isn't used the signature doesn't count.
Does any petition "count"? Petitions are surely, almost by definition, things that come from the public? Yes, the legitimacy is always going to be somewhat questionable, but there can't ever be a formal rule by which it would "count" or not because petitions can never be formal in a legal or governmental sense.

I know various governments (including the UK government) have opened up sites on which people can present petitions, and these sites have to have rules simply by virtue of being websites, but I think it would be wrong to mistake that for "counting".
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Old 05 August 2017, 03:13 AM
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These certainly count:

https://www.elections.ny.gov/RunningOffice.html

So do the ones described here:

https://ballotpedia.org/Laws_governi...allot_measures

Wanna be on the ballot, or get an initiative on the ballot? File petitions. In the legal format.



-- it's a broad term. Somebody standing on a street corner, or posting on Facebook, saying 'sign this petition'? Very often that's something that doesn't count, no matter how many people sign it; in which case, it's not going to matter what name they sign it with. But there are also legally binding petitions, that have actual effects if enough of the right people sign them; and for those, it matters whether the right name is used.

ETA: maybe that's a USA thing? That, I don't know. But it isn't only New York State; though what you can do by petition, and how they have to be set up, is a state by state issue -- you can't get a state issue on the ballot in NY by petition, for instance, though you can in some states; though in NY for some municipal issues there's a process to petition for a referendum public vote for items otherwise just dealt with by municipal boards.
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Old 06 August 2017, 12:45 AM
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NM, wrong thread.
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Old 07 August 2017, 04:44 PM
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I thought I saw "UBS predicts pointless cargo flights by 2025."

It was actually "UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025."
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Old 24 August 2017, 07:08 PM
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Rabbits ditch Trump call over remarks


...er...that's Rabbis.
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Old 24 August 2017, 10:50 PM
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I'm sure rabbits don't like him either. Those golf courses displace lots of natural habitat.
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Old 29 August 2017, 12:42 PM
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Another one that I actually did see but initially misinterpreted:

Trump and Abe vow to increase pressure after North Korea fires missile over Japan

I thought, "Abe? What's Abraham Lincoln got to do with it?"
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Old 29 August 2017, 01:40 PM
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Me too, Richard (I'm reading The Guardian online).
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Old 29 August 2017, 04:00 PM
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There is a sign at a intersection near my house that is advertising new and used tires, but every time I see it, I think it says: New and Used Ties. I had no idea that there was any money in used cable ties.
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Old 30 August 2017, 06:53 AM
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New and used ties:
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Old 20 September 2017, 09:57 PM
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I misread a spam email subject:

I thought it said "Your sex machines are in." It actually said "Your sex matches are in", a much more common spam subject. The latter, while I still wouldn't have clicked on it, would have been a bit more intriguing.
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Old 20 September 2017, 10:37 PM
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I misread a spam email subject:

I thought it said "Your sex machines are in." It actually said "Your sex matches are in", a much more common spam subject. The latter, while I still wouldn't have clicked on it, would have been a bit more intriguing.
D'oh, too late to edit, but I meant the former would have been more intriguing, not the latter.
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Old 23 October 2017, 03:04 PM
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Sign advertising a haunted train ride at a local park...

What I thought it said: Halloween Epilepsy Train

Is this a special train ride for people prone to seizures?

What the sign really said: Halloween EYE SPY Train

Well that makes a lot more sense!!
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Does any petition "count"? Petitions are surely, almost by definition, things that come from the public? Yes, the legitimacy is always going to be somewhat questionable, but there can't ever be a formal rule by which it would "count" or not because petitions can never be formal in a legal or governmental sense.
They certainly can be in Ohio, and as TL said probably in other states. In Ohio, you can get an amendment to the state constitution on the ballot via petition.
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There is a show called "Teen Titans" on some channel of my DirecTV feed. When using the 'Guide' function to scroll through whats on, this gets abreviated 'Teen Tit.....' Almost enough to make a dirty old man stop and see what THAT show is.
For most episodes, the theme song is sung in English, but for some, it's in Japanese. I had wondered if the translation of the lyrics was similar (it isn't), and Googled "Japanese teen titan lyrics."

Future note to self: Do not Google a phrase containing "Japanese teen" with safe search off.
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Old 24 October 2017, 12:49 AM
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Hence why I have never researched via Google to see what the show is about.
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Old 26 October 2017, 03:01 PM
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Here's a headline I actually DID see, in Newsweek - a bit odd if it gets truncated:

Great Tits Are Evolving...

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Old 26 October 2017, 04:00 PM
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Newsweek really should have rephrased that!

Dawn--where else can I learn about Great Tits and Uranus?-Storm
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