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mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

if you go to a polling station to vote, then it is you and only you behind the curtain with only a pencil and ballot. voting is totally anonymous.

but if you open your mail and you receive your ballot, you could write it and mail it in in the presence of another person.

this person could be anybody -- your spouse, parent, employer, landleech, etc.

anybody who doesn't see the problem with this has obviously never been in an abusive relationship.

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i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

to vote in montreal's municipal election tomorrow, you need to be registered. this is normal -- every other election i have voted in has had the same requirement -- except that most make registration easy.

not in montreal.

if you voted in the last election, and still live at the same address, then you are registered. all registered voters should have received a piece of mail, instructing them how to vote. they don't need to take any further action.

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I legitimately think Arrested Development is the funniest television I have seen, and I want to recommend it to everyone.

but I don't, because the very first episode portrays an anxiety attack played for laughs. They cooled off on that aspect of his character after the pilot, but it's such a major turn-off (or worse) for so many people that I just cannot recommend it to somebody I don't know well

it's so disappointing

If I’m against the mechanization and automation of sex, I guess that makes me 

a Lewddite

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thank mew for noticing :netkitty_face:

The fact that something crossing into the public domain sparks even more controversy and ambiguity about its legal status is proof enough that our copyright and IP laws are utterly h*cked and done so deliberately by mega-corps who want you to be afraid to create or consume anything without possibly needing to pay them.

someone at work just said smtp stands for "send mail to people" im dead

middle-class is a lie. there are only two social classes: the people who need to work and the people who can sit on their assets

Even more perverse, there seems to be a broad sense that this is the way things should be.

You can see it when tabloids whip up resentment against tube workers for paralysing London during contract disputes: the very fact that tube workers can paralyse London shows that their work is actually necessary, but this seems to be precisely what annoys people.

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Say what you like about nurses, garbage collectors, or mechanics, it’s obvious that were they to vanish in a puff of smoke, the results would be immediate and catastrophic. A world without teachers or dock-workers would soon be in trouble, and even one without writers or musicians would clearly be a lesser place. It’s not entirely clear how humanity would suffer were all private equity CEOs, lobbyists, PR researchers, actuaries, telemarketers, bailiffs or legal consultants to similarly vanish.

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In our society, there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one’s work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it.

By the standards of our great-grandparents, nearly all of us are coddled. Each generation tends to see the one after it as weak, whiny, and lacking in resilience. Those older generations may have a point, even though these generational changes reflect real and positive progress.

-The Coddling of the American Mind, How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure Greg Lukianoff (p. 26)


@danso Oh, quelle surprise! 😜

Après, ils se plaignent du cynisme des gens.

Me semble que, quand seulement 40% à voté pour toi, tu te dois de manifester un peu d'humilité.

Les politiciens sont irrécupérables.

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