Dub Not Dubya

Monday, October 20, 2003
Update on California voting irregularities: the butterfly did it, again. I had actually, after posting the previous Bartcop link (read down if you care; I'm too lazy to look up a link in my own blog), thought that maybe it had to do with the order of candidates on a particular county's ballot, which I'm told varied from county to county. I had thought that maybe it was people who voted no on the recall and then just picked a random name near the top. But it was the butterfly. What's that quote about not attributing to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity? In this case, stupidity of ballot design as much as of the careless voters.

Sunday, October 19, 2003
In a Guardian article, even more interesting than the headline, "Thai mouse to risk life for Bush in last line of bio-chemical defence," is this tidbit:

Poisoners might not need direct access to the food though as 300 tribespeople gathered in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai yesterday to put a curse on Mr Bush and other leaders who are perceived to exploit the poor.

A shaman "captured" the spirits of the leaders and encased them in a pot that was sunk in a river. A chicken was then sacrificed and analysis of the shape and colour of the bones will determine the curse's chances of success.

If anyone hears how the analysis turns out, let us know.