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There are many reasons why I am not voting in this election, the major one being I just don't like any of the leaders enough to vote for them. I really want the option to register my disgust and my total disapproval by being allowed to the option of a vote of non-confidence on the ballot. I have said as much before, but I feel the need to reiterate the sentiment. I don't like any of the major parties or their leaders and I do not feel I should have to swallow hard on my disgust and vote for the least offensive party.
Spoiled ballots are observed but conveniently ignored. Protest votes are similarly disregarded, though sometimes to the detriment of the parties in power. (such as former MP Deborah Grey and the emerging Reform Party back in 1989) To make a person's vote truly mean anything, there must be an option for people to state that they have lost or are losing confidence in the electoral system in this country, that the winners in any election definitely lack the consent of a certain percentage of the public. Leaders need a clear indicator just how much of a mandate that they have been handed by the voting public. Spoiled ballots and protest votes won't disappear, but I think they will be significantly lessened. I also think strategic voting would see a decline and voter turn out might actually be higher if the disillusioned portion of the electorate were given this option.
This all said, God help Canada should Stephen Harper and his New Conservatives win a majority in this election. I am tempted to vote for one reason: The MP for my area is a misogynist, a bigot and a complete idiot, who is incapable of understanding when a person is disagreeing with them.Observations
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It is an odd moment when one catches oneself making the statement, "We just received a shipment of brains." (We have Parkinson's and Alzheimer's studies taking place)
Intestines sometimes inflate with the gases that build inside the body after death and look like an assortment of balloon animals trying to escape from the zoo.
Lab Techs trying to figure out how to or what will push my buttons have learned that I can more easily gross them out than they can me. Although, I have since discovered on my own that rennets
(used in cheese making) are not the part of the cow that I thought they were.
Mennonites who accuse recent immigrants of ethnic block voting are usually hypocrites.
Nothing will get your father to see a doctor about his blood pressure faster than telling him that a high percentage of the heart attacks happen to men happen when they are taking a dump. My Dad's heart is great shape apparently.
20 year old girls discussing their mortgages is just plain wrong.
On my last cheque I only made about $145.00 more in two weeks than I did in my old job back in BC, which paid $4.69 less an hour. I have been encouraged to take the matter up with human resources, who like to err on the side of taxation overkill.
Beet tops are incredible as a main vegetable.
Naga peppers are as hot as they say and then some. Yeeeeoooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!