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US election fallout [Nov. 9th, 2004|09:48 pm]
Zoe
I avoided saying anything here until now, I mean we have talked it all to death at work but well just about the rest of the planet has put it their two cents/pence/whatever.

Ok first the funny bit:
Optimus Prime wins Election
very child of the 80's

Lots of maps of how people voted, and the whole Canada 2.0 thing.A very good Guardian piece by Simon Schama talking about outward and inward looking factions in the US. b0ingb0ing's roundup of thoughts. Scary posts on websites. kim_jong_il__ has started posting again, well worth a look.

I don't think the world got any safer that day, but well more people voted for him than the other guy, thats how Democracy works sometimes (yes I know all the stuff about dirtytricks and other problems but I hope if they did happen it was only in a few places, otherwise I would be double scared now). I keep telling myself 'its only four years, he cant trash the whole planet in that time', I hope I'm right.
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From: cerebros_vivos
2004-11-11 10:44 am (UTC)
I am also very much an 80's child. Strangely enough, I used to collect the Transformers comic. I found this picture, which I would like to believe is an actual photograph, most amusing.

As for the election material, I have now decided to boycott referencing the country about which you speak all together and am even considering absolute denial its existence. If we ignore them do you think they will go away?
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[User Picture]From: z303
2004-11-12 12:35 am (UTC)
I don't know 48% of them voted for the other guy, and a lot of them seem to be very sorry about how things turned out.

Like it or not what happens in that country effect us here in the UK, so its going to hard to avoid, plus it seem a shame to not listen to people who have interesting things to say just because of where they come from.
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From: cerebros_vivos
2004-11-12 11:24 am (UTC)
I completely agree. However, I think I some how gave you the wrong end of the stick. The comment was very much meant in a tongue in cheek fashion. Sorry.
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[User Picture]From: z303
2004-11-14 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was me being super serious again, whoops, it just can be very easy to label every US person as a redneck, who know very little of the world outside their own borders. I know I've done this in the past, but 99% of the US people I have met have not been like that.
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From: cerebros_vivos
2004-11-15 01:24 pm (UTC)
I agree withh your comments totally. In the past I have also snapped at people for making generalizations about Americans because I have also met many leberal-minded, tolerant and intelligent us citizens who I am proud to call friends.

The problem is, it can be hard to tell when someone is being ironic (gawd, that makes me sound like such a tw*t) or sarcastic purely through textual information.
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[User Picture]From: z303
2004-11-15 11:07 pm (UTC)
I guess as much as I hate them, this is what smileys are useful for.
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