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if you're in canada, you should be aware that there is a federal election that is happening on monday. unlike a lot of elections, this is one where the outcome is unsure, which makes it all the more important that people who would be inclined to sit at home and ignore what's happening to get out and figure out which candidate, if any, they support.

there are lots of ways you can make this decision. you can vote because you like the platform of a particular party. you can vote for a particular candidate because you think they are a well-informed, principled person (having those around is a good thing, no matter what party they come from). you can even make a point of spoiling your ballot (as long as you don't eat it, because that's illegal), if you feel that you've studied the parties and their candidates and really cannot find a decent one among them to support.

the important thing is to participate. because the easiest way for politics to become/ continue being corrupt and unfair is for the people to stay asleep and refuse to hold them to account.

in fact, voting should not be the only participation people have in their democracy. things as simple as making an effort to inform ourselves on issues, publicly question and take action against decisions we feel are wrong and support decisions we feel are right- those efforts are, in fact, more important. but the fact is that voting does change things, particularly when there are as many closesly contested races as there are in this election.

a word about strategic voting, while i'm at it: voting for one party or candidate you don't like or know nothing about because you dislike or fear the alternative is a really bad idea. it is a long-standing tool of those in power to maintain their position by keeping people afraid that anyone else is going to sell the country to foreigners, let terrorists blow us all up, or turn the country into a fascist dictatorship. you want to know what happens when people vote because they are made to feel afraid? look to the south of us.

vote for someone because you feel they are good or their party is good, even if they aren't going to win. because it's better to vote for what you want than to try to choose between devils.

information on how to vote is available through elections canada and riding by riding candidate profiles, as well as a lot of other information on the election is available through the cbc.

still convinced that your vote is meaningless? why not use the election as an excuse to campaign for electoral reform, so that people don't have to feel that their votes are wasted just because they don't support the winning candidate?

here endeth the nag.

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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: hot stuff, comin' through

i don't even know what to say about the weather. the end of september saw temperatures at a scalding 36c/ 97f outside. this is especially annoying because we've had a moderate summer. most days it rained a little in the morning, the temperatures didn't creep into the 30s too often and there wasn't the normal stretch of a few weeks when it felt like we were living on the sun. now, we've receded into more normal fall weather, although it's still on the warm side for mid-october. that climate change thing is a bitch.

trying to think of something positive in the situation, it does put me in a perfect frame of mind to write about urban decay's naked heat palette. it's the latest in what appears to be an endless series of warm neutral and red eyeshadow palettes that have followed in the footsteps of anastasia's modern renaissance. [which i ultimately decided i didn't need after doing a thorough search of my considerable stash.] i do think that it'…

i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

of course, i was wrong. the ad in question ran in 1983. this is the part where i would triumphantly embed the ad from youtube, except that the governmen…