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Barbarosa
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I was going to post this under Article Chat, but since this is more of an obsequious send up of the thread I thought I would post it here.

Well, I have to say to Heather et al, now you have done it. You have forced me to do something I have been resisting, up till now quite successfully. In fact I have started a post along these lines a couple of times, but deleted it each time for one reason or another. I am a coward.

I thought that “Why You Should Vote” was a new topic as I had not seen it before, and I followed the link at the end of one of your most recent posts in of all places Safer Sex and BC! What caught my eye was the very punny comment about “waxing your bush”, and I was going to zip you a line about one of my favorites sites; The Axis of Eve - http://www.axisofeve.org/ and a sister site http://www.axisofeve.org/daughters.php
The Daughters of Eve. I clicked on your link and started to read… and well that brings us to this point.

I was going to gush about all the great things that are done here, and how I think you are right on, how your advice is really sage, blah blah blah. Instead I have decided to keep it simple.

I loved this Vote section and if it is OK with you would like to leave a few copies in my waiting room.

You did not mention the environmental damage done by this admin, but hey, there is only so much space and the list of atrocities is pretty damn long…

Then there is the whole health care thing…Don’t let me get started.

I rented my soul to a drug company a few weekends back and am forwarding a small bit of the proceeds to support this site. (Its not much, my soul goes pretty cheap these days and we need a new forge at home)

I like it here. I think I will stay a while.

Oh well, any way Nice Job!


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Heather
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Well, thanks. And waiting room away! With this election, we all need to dole out all we can.

The issues I chose were the most relevant to Scarleteen and our users here. Obviously, as said at the end of the piece, there are a WEALTH (or is that a deficit?) of other issues: the environment, international relations, military issues, the economy, child welfare. healthcare, general education...the works.

And the women at Axis of Eve are great: we've spoken in passing. They did a banner for use here I keep forgetting to post!

Thanks as well for the pending donation.

(And do expect email per articles soon: I have my fingers in so many pies that coming back from a week away means a gargantuan pile of new email.)


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Barbarosa
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Paypal is wonderful. I hope they do not take a cut from your end.

I am going to move to the South of France if "you know who" (like a page from JK Rowling isnt it) gets re-selected this go around. Still working on the whole make a living/eat/stay warm/pay for college angle. Something will turn up I am sure.


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Milke
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Or move to Canada, like so many said they would last time. Fortunately, so few did that you can still find apartments there, even in large cities like Toronto, and French speakers should feel at home in Quebec.

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Miz S. That rocked. Really, it did.

I voted last time (just old enough by a couple of months), and I'm voting again this time. My state is so swinging that (I've heard) had only one person per voting district voted in a different manner, the state would have gone to Bush. (Gore won here by .5%)

In any case, I have much love for that article you wrote.

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Barbarosa
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I just finished reading the whole thing.

Now I am more depressed and genuinly frightened than before.

I usually start my day with a quick cruise of Salon.com, where I am most likely to find some positive news about the polls and voter info, or how Kerry rocked in a debate. Today the news was that Bush is up in some polls, and to top it off found this rather horrid little bit of news, and printed it to read tonight when I got home. I finished it about 10 minutes ago and had to post. Be Afraid, be very very afraid.
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/18/gayohio/index_np.html

You might not be able to see the whole thing if you are not a member, but it is worth the trouble to do the free access offer to read it all.

What scares me is the vile BS that Patrick Johnston spews as "thought" and political agenda could even be uttered in public and not result in his being locked away as a threat to humanity. People are actually suggesting ideas like “biblical law” in the mainstream! Here! And the RNC seems at least to be tacitly supporting this.

Call, email, write everyone you know in Ohio, tell them that Issue 1 is about one thing only; hatred at its absolute worst. Tell them to vote it into oblivion where it belongs. That leaves only 8 or 9 other states to get this message to…

If this all sounds familiar, it should.

At no time in my life have I been more worried about the future of this once great country. This as well as the info in the Vote article give me reason to think that we are now under the equivalent of Taliban rule.

A couple of years ago I was willing to delude myself into thinking that the odd backwater state that wanted to abandon teaching evolution to give creationism its due were just an oddity. I now believe that this effort is just the first step in the “Dumbification” of our youth, just as denying them good solid reproductive health info is. Teaching people not to think, and forcing them to learn only twisted religious doctrine is sounding freakishly familiar.


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Heather
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Hey, both you Wisconsinites: if you can make the time -- and I encourage you to -- do whatever you can after you vote to get more people TO vote in your state.

My best friend and I were strategizing over dinner tonight, for instance, and realized that if we drove over to the University afterwards and spent the rest of the day and evening there talking to people on the street, offering rides to polling places, we could be of a a lot of use.

(This was after my suggestion we just drive an hour over the border into Wisconsin, but in the area we'd hit, it's entirely possible that if I was too vocal about my stuff -- just being lesbian, for instance -- it might get pretty ugly, and as it is Minnesota is on shaky ground. Scary, really, for one of themost historically progressive states in the union.)

Milke: a move to Canada is by all means not out of the question. However, emigration standards/requirements and moving expenses as a single person make that far tougher than it seems, and you know, I like parts of Canada a lot, but I also like where I live now and have mainly grown up, where I've paid taxes for almost 20 years, where I've been politically active, where members of my family and myself worked awfully hard to make changes, where my friends and community are. So, I'm very reluctant to be literally driven out, especially by groups and parties who in many ways, pay far less heed to the priniciples of the nation here than I ever have.


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Well, around here, we're pretty well set with voter encouraging devices. Madison is pretty progressive, and I can't count how many times I've been asked to register to vote. Plus MTV (hey, they're high profile) Rock the Vote was here on campus a few days ago as was Michael Moore. So awareness is pretty high. I wish I could say as much for the rest of the state, or even the city.

But I have been telling my students to vote. Cause they should.

As an aside, I think it was pretty cool that, this summer as I was driving out to Washington and back, I was asked to register to vote in two other states. States I was in for no more than a day.

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Besides, as my wife said, if Miz Scarlet moved to Canada, she'd have to learn to like tea in the mornings.

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Heather
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(Actually, froggy, how it is in your city only effects your whole state so much, UNLESS you get even more people in the city to vote to essentially outvote those outside the city.

And that IS cool.)

Oh gawd, the morning tea. (Didn't work for me in England, either.)

Look, Bobo, I am STILL traumatized by the lack of coffee in Toronto mornings last week. Don't go compounding my trauma!


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Barbarosa
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Hey, I will be at UW Madison the 1st of Nov. I have a talk to do from about 830 till noonish. (pitty the poor grad students)

I will swing by the border, pick you guys up and we can head south to Lacross, then hit Madison and make Milwuakee before the polls close on Tuesday, if we hurry! If we start Sunday and you work the Madison campus whilst I do my thing we could be even more effecient.

I will spring for gas and accomodations. If we could just get JK to say that thing about approving this message...


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hey - i was just curious and hadn't looked here when i first wrote but does anyone know whether there are any plans to make voting obligatory. like i said (in another post - i'm gonna delete it) i have some australian friends and they get fined even if they are living in a different country they still have to get to their embassy, consulate or do postal voting. they have to vote once they hit the legal age (18??) why not here?
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