Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Election in Canada is coming soon

It was yet another cool day out, and I stayed inside. The election campaign is "heating up" as "they" say though, so I'm sure the news won't be boring at least. Oh wait, it will be. We did the same thing just 15 months ago in June 2004. Here're my 2006 election predictions:

* Harper will say the Liberals are corrupt and hate marriage.
* Martin will say the Conservatives are scary and hate gays.
* Layton will say, "What about health care?"
* Duceppe will say, "What about Quebec?"
* And the Canadian public will say, "Who's Jim Harris? You mean there are 308 Green Party candidates? There are that many Green Party members in Canada?!"

And on January 24th, the Tuesday after the Monday election, we'll all be saying, "Why in the H. E. Double Hockey Sticks. did we just spend $400 Million on an election to get another Liberal minority government with fewer NDP seats, no Green seats, a lot more Bloc seats, and just enough Conservative seats to send Harper out to pasture to use his spiffy new cowboy hat?" So put away about $12 for each person in your household, because that's how much you're paying for this exercise in democracy. Merry Canvassing everyone, and a Happy New Government!

I'd like to see fewer Liberal seats, more NDP and Green seats, and more Conservative seats in Quebec and Ontario. The chances of this actually happening is what Santa is for. If anyone can bring a miracle, it's Santa. All I want for Christmas is a new democracy; one that doesn't break the day after it comes out of the ballot box. And one that isn't hogged by Ontario and Quebec; they'll let other provinces play with it. One that protects the privacy of Canadians, and upholds the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At least with a minority government, we can send the toy back to the makers if it breaks before its five year warranty expires. But, you know what a pain it is to get something fixed when it breaks; you have to send it away to Calgary or Oshawa after finding just the right sized box to pack it, and that's when you noticed the product was made in China. Wait. This analogy is over.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Main blog is running again

There was a blizzard today, so I didn't drive anywhere, but into the city to pick up a printer.

Thoughts on the "urban myth" that cities carry both rural expenses and their own:

"Why should we [urban dwellers] have to pay more for our phone service/electricity/roads/etc, etc, etc just so you [rural dwellers] can afford yours? If you like living in the middle of nowhere so much then be prepared to pay for it."

Why? Because you're not all selfish city slickers? Seriously though, because your groceries and oil and everything doesn't come from downtown New York, and if you want supplies in your cities you'll need people and support structures outside of cities to support your urban lifestyle. If you want skilled people to work out of the city you'll have to provide them with healthcare, communication, education, and entertainment, so consider supporting rural Internet service to be part of your grocery bill. You'll either pay it in rural subsidies, on your loaf of bread, or in revolution if you manage things badly enough in the central government.

My friend Alvil has gone to Korea to teach english at a school. He's setting up a blog at tvfmalviltayco.blogspot.com, which is bound to have interesting stories and photos soon.

I was on the Mike Wilson Show over a year ago, pitching my Pet Foil Hat Technology to him and his listeners. Yesterday [Nov. 18] I found out that he was let go from his station WMAY. Sorry to hear him go.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

My main blog is disabled temporarily

Yesterday I "ran out of room" on my webhost, or at least that's what Sasktel thinks. Really, they have a bug in their quota program, and they are working on the problem.

For now, here's today's entry:
The Vatican made a pronouncement against Intelligent Design, backing up what I said about ID being a backhanded attempt at teaching Christian creationism in the science classroom using non-scientific "evidence" from the Bible.

I went to Buchanan today, and Springside. After work I went shopping for groceries and took the bus home. I can't figure out why the bus always smells, but it's kind of unfortunate that it does.

I came across a CFL blog called Twelve Men on the Field. It has a lot of information if you're really into CFL stats and sites.

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