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Ashcroft gone.

Paraphrased letter of resignation:

<SuperAshcroft> *powerpose* MY JOB HERE IS DONE! *flies off into the horizon*
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To quote [livejournal.com profile] twoflower, out of the last chapter of Unreal Estate:

Spoilers within. Go read the fic, if you haven't already. It's good. I promise. )

The point is, for all the doom and gloom there is in the States and amongst those Americans who voted against Bush right now (not to be confused with those who voted for Kerry), it isn't the end of the world. We still live and breathe, and life for the time being will go on.

In other words, if we don't like the status quo, we still have the ability to change it.
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Strangest mental image ever: George W. Bush as Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast." Can't you see it?

o/~ I use antlers in all of my DEEEcorating o/~
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...despite what everybody thinks, tomorrow will not mark the first day of the end of this insanity. This is just the beginning.

Regardless of who wins tomorrow between the Big Two, and especially if someone OUTSIDE the Big Two manage to win after the midnight count, Blood. Will. Fly.

Accusations of voter fraud on both sides abound; neither wants to believe their own party's hands are dirty in any way. Democrats are being accused of multiple votes, Republicans are allegedly blocking Democratic votes and/or altering ballots, and anyone who thinks either of these aren't going to be brought up in the next week ought to look at this bridge I'm selling. Nobody will be satisfied at ALL.

Face it, folks, regardless of the turnout, these next four years are gonna be hell. If not because the -incumbent or -elect end up screwing up on policies important to you or others, because you can bet your ass people will not let this election die.

Amendment: This will not be the last thing I will say about this election. Somewhere down the line, if anyone believes otherwise and tells me so, I reserve the right to an "I told you so."
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Lots of other things happening in my life right now, but someone posted a link to this article, which I found interesting. As I said, I'm not going to bother with political debates on my LJ, and I've already submitted my absentee ballot, so.

Check out the comments at the bottom, too.
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And before I actually LEAVE, something I figure anybody voting in the US should read, as ganked from [livejournal.com profile] shadur and [livejournal.com profile] coldfury: Voters have been unknowingly deregistered out of their precincts by mysterious evil third parties.

Check your registration, especially you people in swing states. Preempt these possible messes before they happen!

(Commentlocked. Any comments on this really ought to go in the thread proper.)
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Genc e-mailed this to me; apparently, an American friend of his was arrested for protesting. On US soil. I think it's something worth reading, and if anyone here knows what protest action this is and can link me to anything about it, I'd appreciate it.

I write on behalf of an American, Erica Weitzman... )

GIP!

Feb. 13th, 2004 12:49 pm
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Having just acquired the first two Azumanga Daioh GNs, I took a moment and scanned a few images from what I thought was one of the cutest things I'd seen, and turned it into an animated icon. In about half an hour, I managed to toss this together.

After getting back online today, however, I decided to make a variation inspired by [livejournal.com profile] miggy (original post here) that goes a little something like this. I find it a a really cute punchline for whatever reason.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/25/business/media/25STUD.html?pagewanted=1

Excerpt:

This fall the industry's trade association is joining with Junior Achievement, an organization based in Colorado Springs whose volunteers lecture students from kindergarten through high school on the fundamentals of business, economics and free enterprise. An hourlong lesson plan was created in conjunction with Warner Brothers Entertainment, a unit of AOL Time Warner, and covers the history of copyright, the economic benefits of both the music and movie industries, and the consequences for consumers who violate copyright laws.

Junior Achievement is projecting that the lesson, which will be taught both in school and after school, will be used in 36,000 classrooms nationwide and has the potential of reaching 900,000 students in grades five through nine, or about 10 percent of all students in those grade levels.

In the role-playing activity Starving Artist, for example, groups of students are encouraged to come up with an idea for a musical act, write lyrics and design a CD cover only to be told by a volunteer teacher their work can be downloaded free. According to the lesson, the volunteer would then "ask them how they felt when they realized that their work was stolen and that they would not get anything for their efforts."


That last paragraph makes me laugh. Anyone who knows anything about the recording industry, or who has at least heard Courtney Love blather on, will know why.

If the RIAA/MPAA would actually donate money to an ailing public school system instead of this "Junior Achievement" organization, I would probably be more forgiving of their acts. But no, they spend money on propaganda, on trying to strengthen their image through words instead of actions. Instead of making kids learn stuff that could be USEFUL to them, they're making them learn stuff about THE EVILS OF DOWNLOADING SONGS. Like that's going to get them somewhere in life. Well FUCK them if they're going to pull shit like that. Every second they become more despicable.

I should really hunt for used CD shops around here. They're cheaper anyway.
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Still working on backing up my computer as much as possible. Hopefully will send computer to Dell this coming week.

Don't like war. Don't like war protesters. I live in fear of people realizing I'm American and lumping me in the Bush lot. There are idiots everywhere, and a lot of them are anti-everything-as-long-as-we-can-beat-the-shit-out-of-people-or-break-things.

It's not so much the war on its own as the timing of the war I don't like. It's too convenient, and it should not be led by Bush Jr., who seems to think it's a video game. We should have waited until someone competent was in office before doing this.

Gotta go to a group thing in a second...and I'll leave you with this thought:

"Instilling fear into your peoples and hiding your chemical, biological, and nukeular weapons and hoarding all your oil to yourself is wrong! I am the magical President Sailor Bush! And in the name of Freedom, Justice, and Oil, I will punish you!"
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Dad just sent me a small piece he wrote about Trent Lott's statement last week, and I thought I'd share it here. This is the man whose writing skills I hope to surpass someday.

The Forgotten )

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