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03/03/04 10:18 - ID#32977

Truth in Politics and Media

Does anyone have additional information on the push to revive the draft? I've looked online and haven't found too much. I've also read that this is just a political ploy from the Democrats. Is the media really ignoring this issue? Who do we believe? The move to fill the draft boards is rather suspicious, but I would like to know more.
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03/01/04 06:59 - ID#32976

Super Tuesday Eve

I'd like to make a few more points:

1. If you want to work from outside the system, do that too. The MINIMUM you can do is vote. Do both. However, I don't see anyone working from outside the system. If you are, tell me how and count me in.

2. The reason we have so few options with candidates is that the younger generation doesn't vote. Politicians don't care about what younger people, who are arguably more liberal, are looking for in a candidate because this demographic group is seen as apathetic and not willing to vote. The only way to change this is to get out there and vote.

3. Maybe the democracy is working (in response to Terry). Democracy is based on the will of the majority. Face it - most of us on the e-strip are politically left of the majority of Americans.

4. If you don't vote, consider yourself voting for Bush. Republicans/Conservatives are far more unified than Democrats/Liberals, and they tend to vote more. Democrats and Independents need to vote to counter them.

If you don't care about whether abortion is legal, if there is oil drilling in the Arctic, if we continue this insane amount of military spending, or about any of the many issues that the Democrats and Republicans disagree on, then maybe it doesn't matter if you vote. But you do care. I know you do.
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02/26/04 12:29 - ID#32975

An Appeal To Robin and Everone Else...

Please vote.

Although it's true that in the U.S. electoral system we've generally had only two choices, there is such a thing as the lesser of two evils. Kerry doesn't stand for everything that I do. But Bush is FAR worse.

During the last election, I voted for Nader. At the time, I was living in Maryland, an extremely Democratic state, so I didn't have to worry about "throwing away a vote." Since I didn't have that risk, I felt like I needed to make the statement that the Democrats were not supporting the traditional Democratic ideals, or anything that actually resembled liberalism.

At this point, George Bush has caused more damage than I could have ever imagined. I would not vote for a third party candidate in this election, because he needs to be removed from office. I sincerely believe that he is the closest thing the U.S. has ever had to a dictator, and if allowed, he would be.

Between Nader's influence on the 2000 election and the amount of supporters Howard Dean has had throughout his campaign, I think the Democratic party has realized that it needs to be less centrist. No - it's not exactly the party I want to support. But politics has always been about compromise. And I have no doubt that John Kerry would make a better president than Bush.

If you can't agree with that, at least take into consideration the influence of your local politicians, and vote for them. In reality, local politics often has a greater impact in our personal lives then the President. If nothing else, vote for those running for local office.

Politicians cater to younger voters less than any other demographic group because we vote the least. Make that change. I beg of you all.

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that has."
- Margaret Meade

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02/25/04 02:30 - ID#32974

Gay Marriage Amendment

The gay marriage amendment is yet another terrifying and drastic assault on our civil liberties. The only constitutional amendment that has limited individual rights was Prohibition, and we all know how well that worked (if you don't, check out the 21st Amendment). The Patriot Act has already set a dangerous precedent. If the gay marriage amendment is passed, the U.S. will be on its way to developing a pattern of basic human rights violations.
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02/24/04 01:10 - ID#32973

Bush Administration Has Its Own Science

If you haven't already hit the maximum possible level of hatred for the Bush administration, this one may do it.

The Union of Concerned Scientists says that "the administration is distorting and censoring scientific findings that contradict its policies; manipulating the underlying science to align results with predetermined political decisions; and undermining the independence of science advisory panels by subjecting panel nominees to political litmus tests that have little or no bearing on their expertise; nominating non-experts or underqualified individuals from outside the scientific mainstream or with industry ties; as well as disbanding science advisory committees altogether."

The UCS has issued a report - "Restoring Scientific Integrity: An Investigation into the Bush Administration's Misuse of Science" in which they document some of their concerns. The Administration has allowed partisan politics to alter scientific findings in several fields, including HIV research, air quality, and global warming. You can read the report "An Investigation into the Bush Administration's Misuse of Science" at .

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02/09/04 04:21 - ID#32972

Winter Blues

Reading everyone's journals made me realize that that time of the year has arrived. The time when winter weather really gets under your skin. When you just can't take it anymore. Even though there are still months left. And that makes it all more depressing. Well, it's good to know that I'm not the only one.

This year I've decided that I'm going to do whatever I can to minimize the Buffalo Winter Depression. These are my suggestions for all of us (as obvious as they may be):

1. Vitamin D - trick your body into thinking it has been exposed to sunlight

2. Exercise - something fun, preferably outside

3. Get out and socialize!!!!

We all go into semi-hibernation mode in the winter. Let's encourage each other to get out and make the most of our time.
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02/05/04 12:44 - ID#32971

Down With the Word Count

I haven't written in so long. I need a star.

I have to agree with Matthew about this word count thing. It turns journal writing into a competition, and since my writing style is straight and to the point, I would lose. And I don't like losing. So I'm glad there's no more word count.
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01/23/04 01:15 - ID#32970


I found out last night that my ex-boyfriend is getting married. Don't get me wrong. Breaking up was definitely for the best, and I'm not exactly upset. But it feels a little weird. After all, it's only been six months. I guess life goes on.. no matter how strange.
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01/20/04 01:39 - ID#32969

Oh Canada

While talking to a Canadian at a club in Toronto last weekend, my friends and I were told that we were responsible for bombing an innocent country. Since all three of us were anti-war, it kind of bothered me. I believe that we have some responsibility for what our government does, but if you vote, protest, and participate in the political process in other ways, I think that you are doing what you can. Here's the kicker though: the guy told us that he would have voted for Bush. EXCUSE ME? AND THIS IS ALL MY FAULT?

After the three of us calmed down from that experience, we met another Canadian that made a similar comment. This young man appeared to have an Arab background, so I was very tempted to make a similar generalization, but I really didn't want to continue the discussion.
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01/13/04 12:26 - ID#32968

Graduation Party Picture

Here are some familiar faces that showed up at my house last weekend.


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