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11:19 am - Things to come
A very important day. I was thinking of Shakespeare's sonnet 107:
Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
Of the wide world dreaming on things to come...


Shame he was talking about the crowning of James 1, who was an arse.

I genuinely think this is the most important election of my lifetime, even including the disastrous 1979 election which brought Thatcher in. And I think this one will go the right way, for once.

Do you think we'll look back on today and think 'Big deal, it wasn't that much of a change?' I think the importance of today's result can never be dismissed in those terms, whatever Obama does next, because the importance isn't tied to what Obama might achieve, it's about avoiding the alternative, which could be bad beyond anything we've seen yet.

Good luck America.

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From:watervole
Date:November 4th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
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I could have survived McCain, but he might die and Palin as President does not bear thinking about.

Here's to Obama. May he live up to our expectations.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
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Yes. I think she is something else. I genuinely think she is capable of initiating a nuclear strike. Gives me the shudders.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
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It's not just the war either. I think we are going to face some big challenges around energy and climate, and just avoiding terrible possibilities in the third world, over the next twenty years, and I think the only way forward is international co-operation.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I only put it up about a second ago
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From:decemberleaf
Date:November 4th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
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"I genuinely think this is the most important election of my lifetime." Me too, and it was just great to come home to your post (and to email from Australia, Germany, and England). I voted at 6 a.m., an hour and a half ago, when the polls opened at our local school. When I got there the line was already stretching out the gym door. Thanks for your "Good luck America" about avoiding the alternative to Barack Obama. I'll widen it with ripples out across the pond and beyond: Good luck world, good luck to us all.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
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How wonderful that people were there so early. I may be mad to say it, but I think you will achieve a landslide today. Good luck to us all.
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From:hafren
Date:November 4th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Shame he was talking about the crowning of James 1, who was an arse.


I think he had quite a lot going for him. Didn't start any wars, that I recall, knew tobacco would be the ruin of the country's health, figured out also that witch-hunters were con-men. Fell in love with the wrong man, but don't we all? It is hard to forgive him for executing Ralegh, but apart from that, the country could have done a lot worse and indeed often has.
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From:fjm
Date:November 4th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately, the "lot worse" were his son, and one of his grandsons.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
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He wrote the witch-hunters' manual 'Daemonologie' so he wasn't that sceptical
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From:hafren
Date:November 4th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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He became so, after attending witch-trials; he was forever warning the judges not to be so gullible. He was a patron of the arts too, and at his death widely mourned, as a king who'd provided people with uninterrupted peace and low taxes, a difficult combination to beat...

Of course basically I think all kings should be shorter by a head (except possibly the present incumbents in Bhutan and Thailand, for the former especially is an undoubted good egg).
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From:nostalgia_lj
Date:November 4th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I hope Obama wins but I think he'll end up disappointing everyone.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
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At least we now think he's going to make it
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From:nostalgia_lj
Date:November 4th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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*crosses fingers*
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From:liliha
Date:November 4th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
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This made me weepy.

Today, I am awed and overwhelmed by the privilege and responsibility I have of living in this country. As a kid growing up in Alabama, I went to the polls with my parents for every election. This is my fourth presidential election as a voter myself. I just voted, and I haven't seen anything like it. I think it's entirely possible that Georgia could go blue. Today, I'm anxious and hopeful, but I'm also proud. I hope tomorrow I will be even prouder.
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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here's a piece of software from the NY Times that summarises how people are feeling, by aggregating words that they type in.
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From:liliha
Date:November 4th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Heh.

Anxious, hopeful, proud.

Me and everyone else, huh?
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From:decemberleaf
Date:November 4th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Anxious, hopeful, proud. Yep!!
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From:communicator
Date:November 4th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Still too early to say what's happened, but I am confident it will go OK

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