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19 11 2008

It is official.


the day after

6 11 2008

Nov 4th was spent mostly obsessing about how the Republicans will try to game the election. For instance, we did not know that counties were giving out completely different “I Voted” stickers. We just had 2 sample stickers – one from a Republican and the other from a Democrat – who had voted on election day (everyone else did the absentee ballot thing). Were the polling stations segregating voters and putting their ballots in different boxes? Will the Democratic vote count? (Really, we shouldn’t be worrying in CA – since nobody seems to care anyway…).

There was also the calling up of neighbouring states to get more blue votes and Bill Clinton’s recorded message to many iPhone users.

But today, I have realized something – we may have gotten the old John McCain back, but we have gotten the old Democratic cynicism back as well. For a while it seemed like that cynicism was too old-school for this new cult built on Hope and Change. Well, it is not. And thank god for that.

What is the other side up to?

The one Republican I met quotes Austin Powers in his status message :

“Finally those capitalist pigs will pay for their crimes, eh? Eh comrades?”

Now to talk about the state ballot measures and propositions. I am undecided about the whole idea. In theory, they lend a real grassroots quality to democracy. People choose how they want to spend their money, run their society etc. But in reality, it is all about giving keyhole perspectives on issues without any broader context. Just yesterday people decided, among many other things, if they wanted high speed trains, more rights for victims of violent crimes, more money for sick children, ban gay marriage, better farm animal rights and whether a sewage treatment plant in San Francisco would be named after George W. Bush (prop R, failed).

It is a fascinating ideal to have all the citizens (at least the registered voters) go through each of these ballot measures, read and understand them in the larger context and make the right decisions. But really, most people did not even get through the first page of the actual ballot measure or proposition. Because it is really hard to figure out what the documents are talking about. Most liberals relied on the Sierra Club to tell them what the environmental measures were or the Women’s League to tell them about social issues. I am sure the conservatives have their equivalents for these. Some just voted along party lines or cut out a published cheat-sheet and took it along to the polling station. Who is controlling the votes then? Good old campaign money and super ambitious politicians who will take on any hot-button issue that makes their campaign stand out.

Moving on. While some go through the pangs of withdrawal after weeks of being glued to their favourite source of election news and statistics… others have moved on to create nanotube rendering of Obama and trace down Michelle Obama’s designer.

Oh, as the president-elect begins to pick his team, there is talk of brown paper bag tests. Will it work the other way round now? What can I say, there is Hope for a Change. :)

And to end on a completely positive note, as the day deserves. We can still have some faith in the Judicial system and the Supreme Court.

And the Chandrayaan is still on track for Lunar Orbit. :)


A scary halloween

1 11 2008
can someone be clinton now?

can someone be clinton now?

[the text]

Please be advised that
the use of non-clever and hastily assembled
are strictly forbidden on these premises

– You are not going to be the only one wearing it. It’s painfully obvious
– You are not being frugal, just lazy. Your friends thought up and likely paid for costumes. You are wearing a pair of glasses and a dress of your mom’s
– We don’t care that “you can do the accent”. Everyone can do the accent. We get it. She says “you betcha” a lot
– Seriously, there were like five people at Jim’s part going as Sarah Palin, this is getting ridiculous.
– We don’t care if you’re a dude in a wig either

glasses + suit != costume

This policy will be strictly enforced unless I am dating you.