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P.J. Tobia provides some interesting analysis:
> Yesterday I met with a high-level official from the UN backed Election Complaints Commission(ECC.) The ECC ’s job is to look into allegations of fraud during last Thursday’s vote and after resolving all of the complaints, certify the election as valid. Or not.
> During our conversation, which covered everything from details on how complaints are investigated to the time line for getting all this sorted, he emphasized the importance of turnout in determining fraud. “Say 500 women are reported to have voted in Ghazni” the official said, using a hypothetical. “That seems improbable. So we’ll check it out.”
> He also told me that districts with polling stations closed due to Election Day violence should be returning very low numbers of ballots to Kabul. “But if somebody stuffed the ballot box the night before” the official says, “it will be obvious that the votes are invalid.” So like thieves the world over, those who may be trying to steal this election are likely too smart by half.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated number of genetically modified mosquitoes released since 2012 to combat dengue and chikungunya:
In Brazil, a herpetologist reported seeing a male black-and-white tegu copulate with a dead female. “I felt a sense of wonder,” he said.
Florida state officials announced plans to patrol Palm Beach County four to six times a month in order to kill five-foot-long lizards that are presumed to be responsible for a drop in the population of feral cats and the disappearance of a number of Dachshund puppies.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”