Location: Melbourne, Australia
Age: Probably older than you
Current Preoccupation: Speechwriter, policy wonk, amateur space enthusiast
Previous Preoccupations: Perennial student, analytic philosopher, frustrated writer, frequently broke.
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Try being at a union party. There were grown men in tears. Yeah, the sausage thing has really become a feature in the past decade or so. Overall, voting venues are more and more resembling small fairs, which I'm loving. Clifton Hill Primary School was offering democracy daiquiris during the state election last year. I fully support compulsory voting, but watching pensioners down cocktails at 10 in the morning is its own reward.
Federal Election in Australia last Saturday. Since voting is compulsory (sorta), everybody turns out, has a sausage and then goes to the pub. It almost feels like a public holiday. This one was particularly portentous because the conservative government of the past three years has been bloody awful and there was widespread expectation that the progressive Labor Party would walk it in. Instead, an electoral car crash ensued and we woke up on Sunday stuck with the government unchanged. A lot of people are deeply disappointed.
>as soon as Fox News changes their tune, so should the voters, right?
The extent to which Fox shapes public opinion, and to which public opinion shapes Fox, is a topic that likely deserves its own hubski post and a great deal of considered discussion.
A project, which I knew from the outset would become a Gordian knot if I touched it, has dominated my working hours for so long that I have passed through the other side of disgust.
On the other hand, once it's done and dusted I'll probably be pretty idle.
Looking forward to our holiday in the States in a few weeks. Thanks again tacocat for the Chicago recommendations.
Lastly, am I alone in getting the distinct impression that an economic downturn in on its way?
Huh. It appears I asked this same question four years ago. I really need to lift my content game.