July 18th, 2001

What was G.W.'s margin again?

According to the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project, which released their July 2001 Report today, between 4 and 6 *million* votes were *lost* in the 2000 elections. Caltech president David Baltimore is quoted, "It is remarkable that we in America put up with a system where as many as six out of every hundred voters are unable to get their vote counted."

What was G.W.'s margin of victory, again? What should we do when the differences between the candidates are so small as to make the result of the election *statistically insignificant*?

White Overalls and Main Street Barricades

The Globe and Mail has an interesting article on the preparations for the protests in Genoa against the G8 meeting, which starts Friday.

And, as a nice example of the difference between (international policy brain-dead) Americans and (historically progressive) Italians (c.f. Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, who'd never find an audience in America): two American students showed up to "support" Bush's abandonment of the Kyoto Protocol in Bonn. Way to go, guys.

I expect the above links will go bad within 7 days, as the Globe and Mail seems only to provide internet article access for that long. Insert expletive here.