What (I Think) I Know About Canada

It has brought to my attention that, like many of my fellow Americans, I don’t know much about my northern national neighbor, Canada. I would argue that I know a lot more than many Americans, due to my general interest in world history and international politics (general interest = degrees in International Relations) and the fact that I grew up close to the border. However, I know that I still have many gaps in my knowledge, and know more French, British or Russian history than Canadian.

Still, I feel guilty that I don’t know more about the country that was just 2 hours away from me growing up, and I have friends who live there now. Plus I’m curious, because I always felt like we ran out of time in history class so never got to Canada.

So, here is a brain dump of all I know about my northern neighbor. Some of it is undoubtably WRONG, and there is so much that I don’t know.

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A Washington Post–ABC News poll found that 18% of voters — 33% of Clinton supporters and 1% of Trump supporters — think Trump was not the legitimate winner of the election. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has called on Congress to investigate the Russian cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee and the election.

There are reasons for concern. According to the director of national intelligence, the leaked emails from the DNC were “intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.” The director of national intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Security Agency concluded that the Russian government is behind the DNC email hack and that Russian hackers attacked U.S. voter registration databases.

We know that the national results could be tipped by manipulating the vote count in a relatively small number of jurisdictions — a few dozen spread across a few key states. We know that the vast majority of local elections officials have limited resources to detect or defend against cyberattacks. And while pre-election polls have large uncertainties, they were consistently off. And various aspects of the preliminary results, such as a high rate of undervotes for president, have aroused suspicion.

Computers counted the vast majority of the 130 million votes cast in this year’s election. Even without hacking, mistakes are inevitable. Computers can’t divine voter intent perfectly; computers can be misconfigured; and software can have bugs.

Did human error, computer glitches, hacking, or other problems change the outcome? While there is, as yet, no compelling evidence, the news about hacking and deliberate interference makes it worth finding out.


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episode of the eric andre show where they interview a bunch of alt-right people but eric and hannibal straight up shoot them all in real life before they have a chance to speak and there’s zero cuts or commercial breaks