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I don't really enjoy discussing politics, so I'll let others do it for me, especially when they do so elegantly.

* koimistress posted an eloquent essay on the subject of the imminently forthcoming U.S. elections.

* Art Small, Senatorial candidate from Iowa, is auctioning off his campaign-in-a-box if you want a ready-made senatorial campaign, ready to go for the 2008 elections.

In other election news, the long-ruling Botswana Democratic Party took 44 of the 57 parliamentary seats. Botswana has Africa's longest continuous multi-party democracy, and is among Africa's most stable countries, the BBC tells me. I wonder what other countries are having elections this week.

In unrelated, if still political, news, Europe is suffering a severe lard shortage. (More lard commentary here.) The shortening of supply is a consequence of all the animal parts usually rendered for lard being bought up by new EU member states to make sausage.

Update:The Ukraine held elections yesterday.


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Nov. 1st, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
** rushes off to hoard lard before it's too late **
Nov. 1st, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Meep!
You aren't in Europe! It's okay!

All Europe needs to do is start importing lard from Canada... you know, the same way the U.S. needs to get more flu vaccine suppliers. Since both are organic products, I'm sure they're both tied up in all sorts of regulatory twine.
Nov. 1st, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm taking a wild stab and assuming you still retain American citizenship? Are/can/have you voted?
Nov. 1st, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: voting?
I am indeed still an American. I sent off my absentee ballot several weeks ago. One advantage of being an Iowan voter is that it's inevitably a swing state, albeit one with a mere 7 electoral votes.
Nov. 1st, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed Koimistress' entry. I hope more people feel like her and step out and vote this year.
Nov. 1st, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
I remembered you asking about Jon Stewart on Thurs, and there's an article about his recent popularity here.
Nov. 1st, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yay JOn Stewart! Jon Stewart for President. No...seriously. ;-)
Nov. 1st, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
That was a useful, but strange article. I think it was written for people who know the late-night talk show scene better than I, and who have a strong sense of who Jon Stewart is - have seen a show or two - and want to know how it all fits together.

Still, it was useful inasmuch as I know now that much more about someone I've been hearing about from the Common Room folks as much as the Medievalists.
Nov. 1st, 2004 11:25 pm (UTC)
And on the lard front...
How dare those upstart new EU member states make sausage out of rendered animal parts and expect to sell it to other EU members?

That's our job!

[Mmmm, "mechanically reclaimed meat" and offal tubes!]

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