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(Yahoo)   Forecasters say that Hurricane Sandy Frankenstorm III, Esq. could cause $1 billion in damages, unless it lingers long enough to affect the presidential elections, in which case damage estimates rise to $14 trillion   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 161
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2012-10-26 02:34:18 PM
About damn time people started figuring this out. Seriously, this is a real problem.

And I don't think it's possible to move the election due to disasters. There's no precedent.
 
2012-10-26 02:41:05 PM
I think the storm is over-hyped.  I know, I submitted some over hyped headlines about it.  At most it might lower the early voting on the East Coast but it will be gone by election day. 
 
2012-10-26 02:42:18 PM
Oh, it may also affect trick or treating.
 
2012-10-26 02:42:48 PM
Isn't it going to be nearly a full week early for election day? I wonder who it will vote for.
 
2012-10-26 02:53:52 PM

nekom: Isn't it going to be nearly a full week early for election day? I wonder who it will vote for.


Remember early this year with the whole clusterfark about power still not on a week later?

This one will probably be worse.
 
2012-10-26 02:56:01 PM
If Frankenstorm prevents some voters from being able to vote in key swing states like VA, PA and OH, are the people prevented from voting skewed more Republican or Democrat?

Republicans are older making them less mobile, right? But democrats are poorer making them less mobile too, right? And these are large generalizations.
 
2012-10-26 02:58:40 PM

SlothB77: If Frankenstorm prevents some voters from being able to vote in key swing states like VA, PA and OH, are the people prevented from voting skewed more Republican or Democrat?

Republicans are older making them less mobile, right? But democrats are poorer making them less mobile too, right? And these are large generalizations.


The biggest issue is I think Philadelphia, which is the reason Pennsylvania is blue.
 
2012-10-26 03:03:30 PM
 
2012-10-26 03:04:07 PM
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Hurr, forget my image.
 
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2012-10-26 03:12:19 PM

GAT_00: About damn time people started figuring this out. Seriously, this is a real problem.

And I don't think it's possible to move the election due to disasters. There's no precedent.


I think it would effect rural areas the most, so no negative impact.
 
2012-10-26 03:12:36 PM

Fark It: Pennsylvania....swing state

Nate Silver has PA as a 93.6% chance of an Obama victory. It's nearly as safe as Minnesota for Obama....

/there are going to be a lot of seriously ass-devastated old white people and southerners who think this race is closer than it really is the day after the election....


You do realize the reason that is true is Philadelphia, right?
 
2012-10-26 03:19:21 PM
Someone should predict tomorrow's NE Stormaggedon thread headline.

/as well as the thirty or so TFD headlines
 
2012-10-26 03:26:52 PM
 
2012-10-26 03:27:21 PM
Ok guys; either calm down about the damn storm, or shut your yaps about it.

/ it's not like this storm will wipe out civilization
 
2012-10-26 03:27:51 PM
I remember that time bad stuff happened in New Mexico and the East Coast gave a shiat, said no one ever.

The higher numbers just makes my ignoring it all that much more savory. I used to watch for East Coast, self important tears but even that isn't tasty anymore.
 
2012-10-26 03:28:01 PM
Thank goodness I don't have flood insurance anymore. FEMA can take their ridiculous premium increases and coverage denials and stick them where the sun don't shine.
 
2012-10-26 03:28:18 PM
The Black Panthers in Philly standing outside the polling place will be wearing galoshes.
 
2012-10-26 03:28:59 PM
So wait, we have a storm coming? Why was I not told about this?
 
2012-10-26 03:29:01 PM

GAT_00: Fark It: Pennsylvania....swing state

Nate Silver has PA as a 93.6% chance of an Obama victory. It's nearly as safe as Minnesota for Obama....

/there are going to be a lot of seriously ass-devastated old white people and southerners who think this race is closer than it really is the day after the election....

You do realize the reason that is true is Philadelphia, right?


Fortunately my polling place is about 100 yards away from my front door. Yay convenience.
 
2012-10-26 03:30:32 PM
Could be a problem. If the storm keeps going through tuesday, that would leave 7 days. It could well be that there could still be power outages a week later. In that case, polling stations would have to be moved. I would suspect that under blackout conditions, information would go out a little slowly, meaning that people would show up to the wrong site. If they couldn't figure out where the new polling station was and be able to get to it, the cries of voter fraud and suppression would echo throughout the land.

Luckily, I'm in Maryland, which will go democrat more or less regardless. But this could be a problem in a much larger state with much narrower margins, such as PA.

Let's just hope they get the lights on quickly.
 
2012-10-26 03:31:59 PM
I guess no one has ever heard of generators before.
 
2012-10-26 03:32:10 PM

GAT_00: You do realize the reason that is true is Philadelphia, right?


Yeah, but Philadelphia is a lot harder to shut down in a storm than the rural areas in the middle of the state. Most people are within walking distance of the polling places. The usual low spots in South Philly and the East & West river drives will flood. It'll make a mess of the stuff along the river in Manayunk, again. Everyone else will just be wet and miserable - there aren't even that many trees to knock down.
 
2012-10-26 03:32:30 PM

rudemix: I remember that time bad stuff happened in New Mexico and the East Coast gave a shiat, said no one ever.


You mean there's a New Mexico?!?

Heck, I live in New Mexico, and I don't even care about the disasters that happen here.
 
2012-10-26 03:35:02 PM

you have pee hands: GAT_00: You do realize the reason that is true is Philadelphia, right?

Yeah, but Philadelphia is a lot harder to shut down in a storm than the rural areas in the middle of the state. Most people are within walking distance of the polling places. The usual low spots in South Philly and the East & West river drives will flood. It'll make a mess of the stuff along the river in Manayunk, again. Everyone else will just be wet and miserable - there aren't even that many trees to knock down.


Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.
 
2012-10-26 03:36:12 PM

This text is now purple: Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.


VOTER SUPPRESSION!
 
2012-10-26 03:36:16 PM

Yoyo: rudemix: I remember that time bad stuff happened in New Mexico and the East Coast gave a shiat, said no one ever.

You mean there's a New Mexico?!?

Heck, I live in New Mexico, and I don't even care about the disasters that happen here.


Yeah but that's like a sibling type thing. We can abuse it, others can not!
 
2012-10-26 03:37:05 PM

I_C_Weener: At most it might lower the early voting on the East Coast but it will be gone by election day.


The article agrees it will be gone by election day, but it claims the aftermath (power outages, etc.) might now.
 
2012-10-26 03:37:46 PM
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Dollars.
 
2012-10-26 03:38:11 PM
Might not, that is.
 
2012-10-26 03:39:27 PM

This text is now purple: Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.


It's only supposed to snow way up in the mountains, everything near the coast will just get lots of cold rain.
 
2012-10-26 03:39:53 PM

This text is now purple: Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.


It's not supposed to get that cold in Philly, and even if it does it'll almost surely melt in a week. During the blizzards a couple years ago public transit was shut down for less than 24 hours. Snow *removal* is utterly dysfunctional but the buses just drive over it.
 
2012-10-26 03:42:48 PM

GAT_00: And I don't think it's possible to move the election due to disasters. There's no precedent.


This is why disenfranchising millions of people with forcing them to comply 100% to an event that occurs once every 4 years is asinine.

I'm talking about voter IDs
 
2012-10-26 03:43:18 PM
That's it, I'm investing all my money in hurricanes.
 
2012-10-26 03:46:41 PM
If only there were some way that people could vote even without electricity. Maybe some futuristic voting system involving paper, rather than computers. Oh well, I guess this is the stuff of science fiction.
 
2012-10-26 03:46:42 PM
When do the southern congregations start praying for the storm to devastate blue states?
 
2012-10-26 03:49:17 PM

This text is now purple: Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.


Yeah, but wouldn't the rural vote count go down even FARTHER? (Since they'd haev to go longer distances to get to their poling places, and wouldn't be as plowed?)
 
2012-10-26 03:50:22 PM

fireclown: This text is now purple: Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.

VOTER SUPPRESSION!


Whitey keeping the black man down.
 
2012-10-26 03:50:42 PM
Great, now you Farkers are politicizing weather! Where does it end????

/pro Hurricane
//God's farts
 
2012-10-26 03:51:27 PM
Wait - (whistle tweet), hold it. Time out. First, it's pronounced "Fronken-steen," and Second, that was not the name of the flippin' Monster.

/sheesh
 
2012-10-26 03:52:28 PM

Felgraf: This text is now purple: Should it snow, though, the city vote count will be way down.

Yeah, but wouldn't the rural vote count go down even FARTHER? (Since they'd haev to go longer distances to get to their poling places, and wouldn't be as plowed?)


Rural residents seem more snow tolerant than Philadelphians, who often react to flurries as though god has become angry with them.
 
2012-10-26 03:53:47 PM
throw the forecasters in jail if their prediction is wrong!
 
2012-10-26 03:55:43 PM
I'm in the NW Philly suburbs. My polling place is within walking distance. Parking is more of a PITA than walking there.
 
2012-10-26 03:55:56 PM
$14 trillion??? That number is sooooo 2010, subby.

Try $16 trillion, AND COUNTING!
 
2012-10-26 03:56:15 PM
Political partisanship aside, can we all come together and collectively blame the Jews for this?
 
2012-10-26 03:58:22 PM
Hell my job went into freak out mode about 2 hours ago. Ive had to backup all our FedEx servers (because Im the only one that paid attention that day). We had to print out all our payroll labels for next week early and all kinds of fun and games. They even got a hotel reservation for me just in case.
 
2012-10-26 03:58:23 PM
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October Surprise!
 
2012-10-26 03:58:52 PM
Bring it Mother Nature! My ballot is already in the mail
 
2012-10-26 04:00:54 PM

ultraholland: Political partisanship aside, can we all come together and collectively blame the Jews for this?


Blame it on the rain. Gotta blame it on something.
 
2012-10-26 04:03:26 PM

Ambitwistor: I_C_Weener: At most it might lower the early voting on the East Coast but it will be gone by election day.

The article agrees it will be gone by election day, but it claims the aftermath (power outages, etc.) might now.



I hope it isn't bad.  But yeah, the one storm early this year knocked out power for a week or more.  And it seemed the response to fix the outages was either poor or they were just too large an area to fix in a reasonable time. 
 
I imagine it won't impact election day though.
 
2012-10-26 04:08:07 PM
Subby: Forecasters say that Hurricane Sandy Frankenstorm III, Esq. could cause $1 billion in damages, unless it lingers long enough to affect the presidential elections, in which case damage estimates rise to $14 trillion

The more important question is whether NOAA will allow Frankenstorm III to wear the Roman numerals on the back of her jersey.
 
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