Really not very consequential or interesting regardless…
Several “life administration“ tasks on the list today including: a USA ballot (WA state); call to IRS (can’t I just fax them?); same-ish with CRA (will do that by postal letter I think); plus putting a variety of different nuts and seeds in peanut butter jars. Yes, my peanut butter consumption really pays off with extra jars. Think I will do that job first.
Update: US ballot done, and various nuts/seeds/etc. put into jars (Next to the tiny dried fish)
Also sortganized my supplements for the next fortnight.
Not quite up for tax forms at the moment so going to fold some laundry and meditate on it.
Pick a winner &/or a whiner. Whatever, I’m not telling you what to do (in this case anyway).
For me it starts with true sincere reconciliation with First Nations, meaningful immediate climate action including halt on old-growth logging & tar, and appropriate support for disabled / chronically ill plus other folks who have “slipped between the cracks”. #Elxn44
Memo: Mine showed up in Japan by DHL 2 days after election was called. Wrote in my choice (look up candidates in riding online) put envelope inside envelope inside envelope & zoom’d it back to Ottawa by standard airmail. *Probably* didnt pick a winner but hey i participated so not a whiner
Also advocating for proper representation for Guam, Northern Marianas islands, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, WaDC etc.
Maybe make two states out of all the territories (Atlantico & Pacifica) > combine the Dakotas and split Wyoming into the neighboring states to keep the total state numbers under control :-)
Yeah yeah, putting it in there to get people thinking but really the math sort of works out… I should really never post anything like this but really feel the people in these territories deserve proper representation so letting people know how weird/lousy it would feel if suddenly people of Wyoming or North Dakota were disenfranchised
On a similar riff, as I recall learning when Texas joined the union, there was a provision that the state could split into three states at some future point. Wonder if this is ever discussed as an actual option?
As usual, I voted in the Canadian Parliamentary election which is noteworthy as 2019 was the first federal election to allow ex-patriates to vote from abroad.
Voters (including me) voted in the riding (jurisdiction) of their last permanent address in Canada – this was a little confusing as i’ve had a variety of addresses (mail drops, crash pads, temp rentals, forwarding services and the like) but in the end, registered and voted in Vancouver Centre (West End etc).
Note: The candidate whose name i wrote in (using my nicest writing) was not successful and the many-time incumbent Hedy Fry won (again) adding to the Liberal party minority government which will be officially formed when parliament returns to session.
The ballot arrived in a speedily after my online registration in a DHL courier envelope with various return and security envelopes and instructions.
Regardless, i filled out the ballot and mailed it back to Ottawa.
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By giving every citizen a chance to donate to politicians, could we even the playing field of what issues politicians work to fix?
Lessig’s solution is to expand the fundraising base through small donor financing. His proposal is to give a $50 “democracy voucher” to every citizen to spend on the politician of their choice (on the proviso, they don’t also take big money). But several other proposals would work just as well, including this one, and this one, he says.
“The most important thing is to spread the recognition among ordinary people that this is a root cause to the inability of Congress to deal sensibly with a wide range of issues on the Left and Right,” he says. “When that becomes conventional wisdom, it will create an environment for someone to step forward and take advantage.”
Shortly after New Year’s Day, Uncle Weed recounts highlights from the passing year including a surprising visit with bong-toting ice fishermen on a frozen neighborhood lake, plus recaps on concerts, spreading messages to media and youth, voting often, speaking out, supporting soldiers and peaceniks, resisting cynicism, researching the painter Varley, publishing literature, sparking coverage of Olympics, making a board game, gallery visits, riding the new SeaBus, remembering ole dead gramps, drinking stout and earl grey tea, and the joys of treading on thin ice.
Heading out to vote in his riding in BC, Uncle Weed rallies to a secondary voting location at the last minute while spieling about the election process, political parties and vast timezones.
After filling out his Canadian ballot, he returns home to drink hot toddies, get baked and fill out his USA ballot while riffing about the left vote split resulting in the Canadian Conservative minority government, and expressing hope for good times ahead. Folk singer (and personal hero) Billy Bragg provides poignant music to inspire keeping faith in democracy.
On Canadian election evening in 2006, i join some folks at a pub to discuss results and share my opinion with my pal, Roland Tanglao who asks: Will the Conservative minority truly hinder Dave’s passion?