Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Looking out my window, not much has changed : Lying in bed this morning, I reached over and turned on the radio to catch the 6am news. A sinking feeling as I heard that the election was, again, a split. The momentum clearly in Bush's favour. The reality that the majority of US citizens support Bush, support the Bush administration and their actions over the past four years, and want more of the same.

While those of us the rest of the world will continue to hold the US accountable for their actions, internally, within the USA, those actions have no political value. They can't be used against Bush. He doesn't have to worry about them or take them into consideration. Everything that he believes has been validated in the most powerful, meaningful way. Anything that he's done before November 2, 2004 has the blessing of the people. From a political point-of-view, George W. Bush is golden and good-to-go.

Regardless of who actually gets into the White House, last night's election was, like September 11, a shift in the way I view the world. I look at the US and its citizen's in a different light this morning.

I will do my best not to prejudice someone just because they are a US citizen, but I will be cautious. I have to. The world is a dangerous place. This morning, a bit more so.