Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hear me roar

Despite that fact that is a beautiful fall day outside, I am grumpy as hell. The list:

  • I am currently getting ready to bend over because the conservatives won a stronger minority.
  • Seriously what the fuck is wrong with 41% of Canadians that couldn't get there arses out to vote
  • How the fuck does someone with NO vision get an increase in the vote. Seriously, he had NO vision for the country. If the conservatives had a vision and I disagreed with it, I could deal with the fact that they won. BUT they had NO vision. How did you vote for them???
  • I understand why one would vote for the other parties, I don't necessarily agree with the vision of the other parties but at least they have a vision and some policy that I can critique and understand. NO vision people NO vision
  • My favourite pair of jeans have ripped and I can not afford to replace them
  • I am bloated and feeling fat.
  • FUCKIN conservatives.
  • It was my wedding anniversary on Monday and we did not go out to dinner. We had reservations to a nice restaurant AND a babysitter, but when the time came the mister did not want to go. I wish I could yell at him or be mad at him, but really if I had been outside for 5 hours in the 10 degree Celsius non-stop rain, fixing the carport roof so water was not pouring down on his car (he was fixing the side where my car is parked), I think I would just want pizza and beer too.

17 comments:

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

I feel your pain - last night was depressing, seeing Harper's smug little face on the TV. 36% is not a mandate, dude. I just hope Layton stays in attack dog mode after the debate (Dion is done).

And yeah, the low turnout bugs the hell out of me too. I voted in every election I could when I lived in the UK and I would have loved to vote yesterday. Maybe my citizenship will come through by next time...

Harper has no vision, but he does have a very nice sweater.

ScientistMother said...

Yes he does have a nice sweater. I'm not a big fan of Layton but if he can keep pointing out how bad harper is, I will support him. Its too bad Dion is done, he actually had really good policy that is also going to get thrown into the trash

PhizzleDizzle said...

Are you saying everything is screwy in Canadia too? Crap...that's where I was hoping to go if things continue down the crapper here Stateside.....

Mrs. Spit said...

Grrr... . .

I was so angry. I was yelling and screaming at the TV last night. . .

I finally had to turn off the coverage. What coverage - the wretched and clueless tories took the entire darn province, except for one lone NDP outpost. ..

Grr.

ScientistMother said...

Mrs.Spit yon have made me happy today! I have not have the courage to look at the breakdown of seats yet.I know quite few Albertans that are not blue, but I don't think Alberta has had anything but blue since Landslide Anne. To know that at least 1 NDP won makes my heart glad.

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

phizzledizzle, these guys are nowhere near as bad as the Republicans, but much worse than their opposition if that makes sense!

I liked Dion's policies too, the carbon tax was a very interesting idea. I still would have voted NDP or green though.

ScientistMother said...

Cath - green I can see, but NDP? Really?

PhizzleDizzle - I disagree with Cathy, I think these guys have the potential to be as bad as the Republicans. Right now, are banks would've been in the same situation IF they had a majority the first time around and were able to deregulate like they wanted to. That said, we have way better social policies that I do not see them being able to change just yet. They need to generate way more propoganda

Dr. A said...

SM - what do you hate so much about the NDP vision?

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

I am definitely to the left of the Liberals. I read the Vancouver Sun's "15 issues, 5 parties" primer thingy on Saturday and agreed with the NDP on almost every single issue.

ScientistMother said...

Dr.A - I don't hate the NDP vision, I owe them alot, many of the rights my parents and I enjoy are because of the labor movement. I just feel like they are out of touch with reality. You can not provide many of the social policies they propose without a strong economy / business sector. Plus I feel that Jack Layton put his parties desires to gain more seat (= more power) over what was best for the country when he brought down the paul martin government. It was bullshit to say that the Paul Martin liberals didn't have the moral authority to govern because of what was going on in the Gomery Inquiry. They were voted in with us knowing about the sponsorship cancel. If he kept the government alive, we would have universal child care, the kelowna accord and probably a better environmental policy

Mimi said...

oh no! I, like phizzledizzle, was gonna hop the line if things go south here. Dratz.

Dr. A said...

Mimi And Phdizzle.. come on up! Even with our most right-winged party in power we still have universal health care and marriage equality, better than the most left-winged US party!

PhizzleDizzle said...

i do seriously have going on up to canada as a thought in my mind, particularly because of things like this.

it is daunting though, the idea of moving to another country, and i wouldn't even know how to go about doing it.

i'd want to know about what universities are there and how big their research programs are in particular areas of research...that knowledge about US universities is just innate, from being here, but i'm not sure about how to get that info about another country's universities...ideas? i've done things like google "computer science canada" but that's lots of hits and non-objective info (a school is always going to promote its own school to the max!)

Dr. A said...

PhDizzle.. Moving to another country is indeed daunting but US/Canada have so much in common that it is really not as hard as you would think. I grew up in Canada but did my undergrad in the US, then back to Canada for grad school, now in US for post-doc.

There are some exceptional schools in Canada. Personally I think the best are in BC (UBC), Alberta (U of A), Ontario (McMaster) and Montreal (McGill). A great resource for comparing these is an annual report done by Macleans (Our version of Newsweek or Time) found here.

http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/rankings/

Not to self-promote, but I happen to know UBC is a great computer science school and also located in the best city in the world!

PhizzleDizzle said...

Thanks Dr. A!!! That's just the kind of info I was looking for.

It's not so much culturally daunting, but I'm sure it's somewhat legally daunting. You can't just pick up and move to another country the way you can move to another state! There is paperwork involved. Like needing a job sponsor, or something like that.

I do love visiting Canada though...and I LOOOOVE Vancouver. The food is FAB!

ScientistMother said...

The paperwork is not as bad as you think, if you have a post-doc position waiting, the university does most of the paperwork. What type of post-doc are you looking for? I agree Dr.A about BC. Simon Fraser University is a smaller research university but has lots of opportunities. The molecular biology department is AWESOME. The professor are younger - a ton of women with kids that rock in science. The male PI's are pretty awesome too. Its a really good place to work

PhizzleDizzle said...

I've heard of Simon Fraser, I know a girl who is an Asst. Prof. there. In my field, we don't actual do postdocs, generally, just straight to professor after grad school. Computer science is the name of the game, for me :). I'll look into both places. Today I threatened my MIL (who like Palin) that we would move out of the country if Palin somehow becomes president, and I was able to back it up with, "I've already started looking into it!"

Thanks everyone :).