I was out at a laundrymat today sitting on a bench near a guy who was reading the paper. He put it down in disgust and launched into an interesting and articulate lecture about how people in the US are wasting their votes by both not using them and by letting themselves be swayed by manipulative potlitcal advertising when they do bother to vote. Eventually he interpolated the information that he was a physicist who'd come to the US from India in the 1960's to work on the Apollo program. The brunt of his message was that people should not hand their rights away to politicians like the current administration so carelessly. People should vote, and research the candidates to levels deeper than TV adds. I just felt like passing that on since he was a physicist and articulate and I pretty much agree with it. I run into a huge amount of anti-Bush sentiment from people all over San Diego, and also on the net, and I have to wonder how he got re-elected. I have to wonder sometimes if the people who are complaining about him have fallen into the trap of being too cynical to actually get out and vote when the opportunity comes.