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Robots never rest 

The first disembodied call came early Thanksgiving Monday morning from a computer announcing itself as a representative of EKOS Research, whose auto-dialers were working their electronic fingers down to their hard drives on this holiday conducting one last poll of Canadian voting intentions in advance of today’s federal election.

Did I have five minutes to answer a few questions?

Touch 1 for yes…

Of course I did.

If you notice a spike in support for "None of the Above" in the company’s last poll before the election, you can give thanks to me.

No sooner had I hung from that machine than the next one called.

“Hi, I’m Jack Layton and I’m running for prime minister,” it said and then reminded me to get out and vote.

Thanks, Jack.

So much to give thanks for.

Give thanks that it will be over today.

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