· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · November
· · · · 03 (3 entries)

On Canada · This morn­ing, I re­ceived this email from an Amer­i­can, a fa­mous name in the tech busi­ness: So, what is it re­al­ly like to live in Cana­da rel­a­tive to the US? How are the pub­lic school­s? What's the re­al sto­ry with health care? How's the cost of liv­ing in Van­cou­ver or Mon­tre­al vs. Seat­tle? On one hand, as a cit­i­zen of the world, I think that it’s gen­er­al­ly dan­ger­ous when the USA gets as bad­ly out of tune with the rest of us as it is now, and thus it would be nice if the best Amer­i­cans stayed home and helped fix things. On the oth­er hand, as a pa­tri­ot­ic Cana­di­an, I know that we have reg­u­lar­ly ben­e­fit­ed from the ar­rival of smart, dis­af­fect­ed Amer­i­can­s. So here­with a few notes on what it’s like here ...
On Not Understanding · Last night, by a mar­gin of three to two, the vot­ers of Ohio amend­ed their con­sti­tu­tion to in­clude this: “Only a union be­tween one man and one wom­an may be a mar­riage valid in or rec­og­nized by this state and its po­lit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion­s. This state and its po­lit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions shall not cre­ate or rec­og­nize a le­gal sta­tus for re­la­tion­ships of un­mar­ried in­di­vid­u­als that in­tends to ap­prox­i­mate the de­sign, qual­i­ties, sig­nif­i­cance or ef­fect of marriage.” Ten oth­er states passed sim­i­lar mea­sures. In par­al­lel, a high pro­por­tion of exit-polled vot­ers said that their de­ci­sions were made on the ba­sis of “moral values” rather than on eco­nom­ic or foreign-policy is­sues. On this, and the elec­tion as a whole, I cheer­ful­ly ad­mit that I Just Don’t Get It. But then, the Unit­ed States doesn’t need me to un­der­stand it, and still less does it need—nor ap­par­ent­ly want—the world’s ap­proval of its ac­tions or, uh, “moral values”. It would be good if Amer­i­ca and the world weren’t so bad­ly out of tune, but that’s how it is, and nei­ther has much lever­age on the oth­er. But I’m op­ti­mistic that we’ll get along bet­ter, down the road.
Postmodern Sass · The ti­tle is Post­mod­erne Sprach­spie­len; I’m not ex­act­ly sure what that mean­s, but the blog is by an old-time bud­dy of mine who for the mo­ment wants to man­i­fest as “Sass”. Def­i­nite­ly worth read­ing: She’s just get­ting start­ed and has al­ready writ­ten about love, drunk­en­ness, South­ern cul­ture, and Elvis. It doesn’t work that well yet on In­ter­net Ex­plor­er but she says she’ll fix that on the week­end and any­how, who us­es IE?
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